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Canadian Air Pollution has U.S. Sources

A government study released by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment confirms what Canadian officials have long suspected that the majority of Ontario's air pollution comes from U.S. sources. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Cwiek reports.  Go to full article
A bed of tulips near Parliament Hill (above). One of many 5' fiberglass tulips scattered around Ottawa (below).
A bed of tulips near Parliament Hill (above). One of many 5' fiberglass tulips scattered around Ottawa (below).

Tulipmania Returns to Ottawa

Millions of tulips are blossoming again this month in Canada's Capital Region -- Ottawa and Gatineau. Known as North America's Tulip Capital, the 2005 Canadian Tulip Festival through May 23 is the world's largest celebration of its kind. This year the festival commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the end of Second World War and the Gift of Tulips to Canada from Holland. The theme is "A Celebration of Peace and Friendship". Todd Moe spoke with some of the organizers.  Go to full article
Arboretum America
Arboretum America

Amazing Tomato: How to Keep Seeds, and Why

We follow a listener's story of long-keeping tomatoes another step. Martha Foley talks with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist, researcher and author in Merrickville, Ontario, about how to keep seeds, and why it's important to preserve unusual and potentially valuable plants.  Go to full article

Ontario's "Rural Revolution" Catches On

Last Friday, hundreds of tractors, buses, and pickup trucks shut down access to the Canadian side of the international bridge near Ogdensburg for several hours. The protest was organized by a coalition of farmers and property rights groups across rural Ontario. They want their government to lower taxes, reduce regulations, and leave them alone. They're a part of a growing movement that's drawing the attention of the Canadian public. David Sommerstein reports.

To learn more about the history of the landowners associations involved in the "Rural Revolution" protests, David Sommerstein spoke with Carla Hilton, producer for CBC Radio in Ottawa (To listen, click the interview link below). She began covering the groups when they emerged in the rural Ottawa Valley.  Go to full article

Balancing Private & Public in Canada

Unlike in the United States, the Canadian constitution, drafted in 1982, puts the rights of the group over the rights of the individual. Robert Thacker is a professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University. He told David Sommerstein in Canada, there's been an assumption that people cede some of their personal rights for the good of the community.  Go to full article

Roadblocks for Water Diversion Agreement?

Ontario provincial leaders say they're not willing to sign a draft agreement aimed at protecting the Great Lakes from diversion in its current form. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports, observers say Ontario's objections won't sidetrack negotiations on the agreement known as the Great Lakes Charter Annex.  Go to full article

Tragedy Prompts New Drinking Water Proposal

Environmental groups are praising a proposed law that aims to protect the sources of Ontario's drinking water. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article
Grass carp, one of four Asian species now in American waters.
Grass carp, one of four Asian species now in American waters.

Canadian Ban Proposed on Asian Carp Imports

Another major piece is about to fall into place in the battle to contain the Asian Carp from spreading into the Great Lakes. Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources is set to slap a ban on importing the invasive carp. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports.  Go to full article

New Nuke Plants North of the Border?

As many as eight new nuclear reactors might be built over the next twenty years if recommendations are acted on north of the border. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, dwindling energy supplies have put Ontario's new government in a corner, and political leaders say there may be little choice but to build more nuclear plants.  Go to full article

Report: Aging Sewer Systems Plague Ontario

A new report finds outdated sewage systems are polluting waters throughout Ontario. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

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