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Quebec voters boost new party

For decades, politics in Quebec have been dominated by the unresolved issue of sovereignty. Quebeckers could chose federalism under the Liberals, or pursue the elusive goal of nationhood with the Parti Qubcois. Yesterday, voters delivered a stinging rebuke to both parties, by lifting a third out of obscurity. The Liberals barely held on to power and must now attempt to lead Quebec's first minority government since 1878. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Quebec voters head to the polls

Voters across Quebec cast ballots today, in a provincial election which has re-ignited the hot-button issue of sovereignty. Polls indicate a tight three-way race. If no solid majority emerges, some accomodation will have to be formed between parties with strongly divergent views to allow what would be Quebec's first minority government in over 100 years to function. And one party's pledged yet a third vote on the divisive question of leaving Canada to form an independent nation. Ottawa corespondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Three-way political race in Quebec

Quebec voters go to the polls March 26 to elect new leadership for the province. Separatists had hopes of regaining power, but so far it's a three-way race with no clear frontrunner. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Quebec teen wins Crane Piano Contest

17 young pianists from around the world competed in the 3rd annual Julia Crane International Piano Competition at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam this weekend. The winner was 18-year-old Olivier Hebert-Bouchard, from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Here he plays Diabolical Suggestion by Prokofiev.  Go to full article
(top) Irving Fields in Montreal (bottom) "Bagels and Bongos," 1954
(top) Irving Fields in Montreal (bottom) "Bagels and Bongos," 1954

Quebec hosts Klezkanada

The 11th annual Klezkanada is this week, in the Quebec countryside just north of Montreal. It's the place to be for players and fans of klezmer and other Yiddish music. The goal is to bring together younger and older generations to learn from each other. Gregory Warner went to the opening night concert. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Local Fire Crews Return from Massive Quebec Blazes

21 New York forest rangers and assistant forest rangers returned late last night from northern Quebec. They spent the last two weeks helping to fight dozens of wild fires that have burned nearly two million acres in the region around James Bay. The New York crew included veteran firefighters from across the north country. Brian Mann spoke with Rob Praczkajlo, a forest ranger based in Jay.  Go to full article

New York Crews Help Fight Quebec Fires

Six fire fighters from the North Country are helping in the fight against wildfires in Quebec. The crew is part of a 21-person team sent north late last week. As Brian Mann reports, they'll be fighting forest fires in one of the hardest-hit areas.  Go to full article
Gary Tessier of Team Manitoba works on the team's 16-foot-high snow sculpture in Gatineau, Quebec.  (photo: Karen Kelly)
Gary Tessier of Team Manitoba works on the team's 16-foot-high snow sculpture in Gatineau, Quebec. (photo: Karen Kelly)

A Snow Sculpting Pilgrimage

Every year, snow sculptors from the U-S and Canada travel to northern cities to carve huge works of art. They often depict things such as sea monsters and native spirits. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, these artists are driven by a shared passion for the outdoors.  Go to full article

Winter Air Quality An Issue

Earlier this month, Environment Canada issued smog warnings for the Montreal area for six straight days. Higher elevations gave a clear view of the brown smog layer on the horizon. Quebec's environment minister Thomas Mulcair blamed wood smoke. He said in Quebec, residential wood burning accounts for more fine particle pollution than industry or transportation. And he said he'll introduce legislation this year to crack down on inefficient, polluting stoves and fireplaces. Air quality is recognized as a winter-time problem on the U.S. side of the border, too. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports, we might be hearing more about this type of pollution in our daily weather reports.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Flu Caravan a Success, Many Seniors Still Unprotected

The supply of flu vaccine is extremely tight in the U.S. On Friday, two hundred and sixty people from Plattsburgh crossed the border in a caravan arranged by local officials. Seniors paid twenty-five dollars apiece to get their shots at a private clinic. As North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the locally-organized effort still leaves thousands of high-risk people unprotected.  Go to full article

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