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Montreal police have struggled to cope with three months of continuing demonstrations. Photo: Monica Eileen Patterson
Montreal police have struggled to cope with three months of continuing demonstrations. Photo: Monica Eileen Patterson

In Montreal, student protests target Quebec's Liberal government

Massive demonstrations in the city of Montreal have continued for more than a hundred straight days.

The protest began when Quebec's Liberal Party tried to hike tuition rates for college students. But the sometimes violent street rallies have exploded into a much wider debate in French Canada over civil liberties and the future of popular social programs.

As Brian Mann reports, some students are now calling for the resignation of Quebec's premier.  Go to full article
Student strikes have swept Montreal for more than 100 days. Photo: Monica Patterson
Student strikes have swept Montreal for more than 100 days. Photo: Monica Patterson

Montreal student protests widen, tackle big Quebec questions

For more than 100 days, the city of Montreal has been rocked by massive student protests - rallies and marches which have grown on some days to include tens of thousands of people.

The movement was sparked by a move by Quebec's provincial government to raise student tuitions. But an effort by Prime Minister Jean Charest to crack down on street marches and limit protests earlier this month triggered a political backlash.

Brian Mann has been traveling to Montreal to cover the street protests there, for NCPR, NPR and for PRI's The World. He joined Martha Foley on the line from our bureau in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
The International Joint Commission in St Armand, Quebec
The International Joint Commission in St Armand, Quebec

Public hearings in VT, Quebec on phosphorus in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay

Missisquoi Bay is in the northeast corner of Lake Champlain, along the Vermont-Quebec border. The bay has some of the highest phosphorus concentrations in the lake and is frequently plagued by blue/green algae. In 2008, the US government asked the International Joint Commission, a bi-national body that helps manage US and Canadian boundary waters, to assist in reducing phosphorus levels in the bay.

They've now completed a study that identifies where the phosphorus is coming from and how it gets to the lake. Two public hearings are underway to discuss the results. Sarah Harris was at last night's meeting in Saint Armand, Quebec and has more.  Go to full article

Champlain powerline gets OK from green groups

The company that hopes to run a $2-billion underwater electric line from Quebec to New York City says it has reached an agreement with some of the environmental groups that had raised concerns about the project.

Donald Jessome, head of TDI, says the deal was reached after 15 months of closed-door negotiations and will shape how the underwater line is laid under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry

Cuomo wants $2 billion to modernize power corridor to North Country, Quebec

Governor Cuomo's agenda for the coming year includes more than $20 billion for capital projects aimed at boosting the state's infrastructure.

One of the big ticket items is a $2 billion plan to develop new high tech utility lines designed to feed electricity from producers in the North Country and Quebec to consumers downstate. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Iris along the marsh bank (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Iris along the marsh bank (Photos: Brian Mann)

Audio Postcard: Paddling the marsh where the St. Lawrence and Richelieu meet

The last couple of weeks, our Adirondack reporter Brian Mann has been exploring the St. Lawrence River. Yesterday, we heard his report on questions surrounding the shipment of nuclear waste through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

This morning, Brian sends an audio postcard from a different sort of trip. He explored a vast marsh in Sorel, Quebec known as the Lake St. Pierre Bisophere Reserve.

The wetland --one of the biggest heron nesting grounds in North America--is formed by the St. Lawrence and by the Richelieu River which flows north out of Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Here it is...the strategic maple reserve near Quebec City.  [Photo by Simon Trepanier]
Here it is...the strategic maple reserve near Quebec City. [Photo by Simon Trepanier]

Quebec's 'strategic maple reserve'

A couple years ago, a friend of the station e-mailed us to say she had heard something about a "strategic maple reserve"--a vast bunker of maple syrup hidden somewhere in the Great White North just in case of--well, we didn't know.

The "strategic maple reserve" fell off the radar until this spring, when David Sommerstein snooped around. Turns out it wasn't hard to find. Simon Trepanier is the director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. Trepanier's organization maintains the strategic maple reserve, and it's pretty serious. Quebec is the world's largest maple syrup maker by far. The province's 7500 producers boil down 75% of all the maple syrup on Earth.

So as more countries and more people hanker for the sweet stuff, one bad year in Quebec could turn the market upside down. That is, until the strategic maple reserve was created. Trepanier told David Sommerstein the reserve isn't as secret or mysterious as it sounds.  Go to full article
Rupert River diversion was a massive industrial project rooted in Quebec's wilderness (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Rupert River diversion was a massive industrial project rooted in Quebec's wilderness (Photo: Brian Mann)

As Northeast looks to Hydro Quebec for power, thorny environmental questions remain

Northeast states are increasingly looking to Canada to meet a growing demand for low cost hydro electricity from renewable sources.

But the energy imports are stirring controversy. In northern New Hampshire, local activists are fighting a power line that would send the electricity south. And questions are being raised about whether big hydro is really green.

As part of a collaboration of Northeast stations John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio reports.

Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies. Northeast environmental coverage is part of NPR's Local News Initiative.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A New Year's tale from northern Quebec

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a midwinter tale about a young logger and a flying canoe at a lumber camp in northern Quebec.  Go to full article
Yup. Photo: Angela Evancie
Yup. Photo: Angela Evancie

Brew fest brings beer makers and beer lovers together

One of the highlights of Burlington's summer is the yearly "brewfest" on the waterfront. It brings brewers and beer fanciers together for a big, cheery, Canadian-American party. As Angela Evancie found, there's serious tasting going on, with some unexpected elements.  Go to full article

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