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Canada election signals a new order

After leading two minority Conservative governments, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been given what he wanted -- a majority.

A jubilant Harper told cheering supporters in Calgary last night that Canadians can turn the page on the uncertainty of the past seven years, and "focus on building a great future."

The New Democrats will be the official opposition. The longtime opposition party, the Liberals, suffered their worst-ever election showing. And the Bloc Quebecois won only four seats.

With the rise of the social democrat NDP, and the Conservative majority, Canada's political landscape looks even more polarized this morning. Robert Thacker, who teaches in St. Lawrence University's Canadian Studies Department, says voters wanted stability and got it. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Perseid meteors are also known as St. Lawrence's Tears, since the shower occurs near his August 10 feast day
Perseid meteors are also known as St. Lawrence's Tears, since the shower occurs near his August 10 feast day

Planets, Perseids and more in the night sky

Venus is high, planets on the inside track of the solar system will be moving through the night sky in the coming weeks, and there's the Perseid meteor shower to look for. St. Lawrence University physics professor (and astronomer) Aileen O'Donoghue made another visit to our studios this morning. She shared a long list of night sky news with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Moon and planets, 9 pm
Moon and planets, 9 pm

Solstice, planets and more in the night sky

The summer solstice isn't until next Monday, but the earliest sunrise of the year was this morning, and the latest sunset isn't until later this month. St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue shared these fun facts, and talked about how the crescent moon will be a good guide to Venus, Mars, Saturn and the star, Spica, over the next few days when she visited our studios this morning.
(Ooops! Aileen says it's a waning crescent Moon near Jupiter on July 3 and 4...not a gibbous Moon.)  Go to full article
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking to St. Lawrence University graduates yesterday. (Photo: SLU)
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking to St. Lawrence University graduates yesterday. (Photo: SLU)

Sotomayor tells St. Lawrence University grads to seek their passion

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor urged graduates at St. Lawrence University yesterday to seek their passion and "live each day trying to learn as much as you can."

Sotomayor was confirmed in August as the court's first Latina justice. Speaking at St. Lawrence's 150th commencement, the justice said she's been "living a dream" in her new role.

In a speech that lasted about 10 minutes, Sotomayor focused on family. Her niece, Kiley Anne Sotomayor, was among the graduates. Sotomayor also received an honorary degree. Audio provided courtesy of St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

SLU welcomes Sotomayor

Families and friends are gathering in Canton for commencement exercises at St. Lawrence University Sunday morning. Among them is Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

She's one of three people who'll receive honorary doctorates at the college this weekend. All three also speak at the ceremony. Community members are welcome -- with a caveat. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Students think back to September 11

The bells at the St. Lawrence University chapel tolled seven times at noon yesterday, marking the seventh anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Most of the students who heard those bells were in middle school when the Twin Towers fell. David Sommerstein asked some of them what they were thinking about on the anniversary.  Go to full article
The wild Rupert River will soon be altered radically.
The wild Rupert River will soon be altered radically.

On a wild Quebec river, wolves, caribou and the encroachment of industry

Last November, Brian Mann reported on plans to dam and divert the massive Rupert River in northern Quebec. The project, developed by the provincial utility, Hydro-Quebec, will provide hydroelectricity to consumers in New York and Vermont. His story was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award. Last week, Brian returned to paddle the Rupert again. He made the trip as part of a documentary project called "Encounters." Here's his reporter's notebook.  Go to full article
Annie Guay slaps a shot (Photo:  SLU Sports)
Annie Guay slaps a shot (Photo: SLU Sports)

St. Lawrence Saints fight for berth in women's Frozen Four

The women's college hockey season heads into the postseason this weekend, with the country's top teams competing for berths in the Frozen Four. Once again, St. Lawrence University is chasing a national championship. With just two thousand students, St. Lawrence has found a way to compete head-to-head with Ivy League schools, and with big state programs like Wisconsin and Minnesota. But as Brian Mann reports, St. Lawrence is under pressure this season to prove that they can win the big games.  Go to full article

Religious school funding dominates Ontario campaigns

Ontario voters go to the polls in a province-wide election tomorrow. Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty faces challenges from Conservative John Tory, and New Democrat Howard Hampton. One issue has dominated the campaign: public funding for faith-based schools. Support of religious schools is included in the British North America Act of 1867, which created modern Canada. Funds were guaranteed for Protestant and Catholic schools, and that evolved into a system of public schools, and Catholic schools. In Canada, education is a provincial matter, not federal, and every province is a little different. Dr. Robert Thacker teaches Canadian studies at St. Lawrence University. He told Martha Foley religious school funding wasn't expected to be the focus, and it's diverted attention from other issues.  Go to full article
Phil Royce on a wild northern river (Photo:  Barrett Miles)
Phil Royce on a wild northern river (Photo: Barrett Miles)

For SLU outdoor team, a decade-long journey north

For ten years, St. Lawrence University has been sending students north into the James Bay region of Quebec and Ontario. The James Bay Canoe Expedition is led by Phil Royce. He's a veteran whitewater guide and heads the school's outdoor program. This year, Royce led a team of eight paddlers down the Wakwayowkastic River. His audio diary from the trip was produced by Brian Mann. We also heard from students Jon Angus and Barrett Miles, who graduated from SLU this year. In ten years of the James Bay Canoe Expedition, there has never been a serious injury.  Go to full article

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