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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
News that unapproved genetically modified wheat was found on a farm in Oregon has spread fast, and it's already having global trade consequences. There is no GMO wheat approved for commercial use in the United States. No one's really sure how this...
The Canadian portion of an important regional border crossing is slated for improvments over the next 3 years. As detailed by Wikipedia Champlain-St. Bernard de Lacolle connects Champlain, New...
The last couple of weeks, the United States is doing something we rarely do: we’re thinking in more or less practical terms about the future of our democracy, boiling our values and our needs down into numbers on a balance...
News stories tagged with "trade"
May 29, 2008 — The North Country's manufacturing industry continues to decline. Jarden Plastics, in Tupper Lake, closed earlier this month. Some companies are holding on and looking for ways to survive and grow. But they face big challenges, with rising energy costs and foreign competition. Brian Mann spoke with Stephen Maselli, president of Old Adirondack Furniture in Willsboro. His company employs more than twenty craftsmen and salespeople. Maselli says the region needs to do more to develop and protect the Adirondack brand. One of the national furniture catalogs that used to sell his company's Adirondack chairs now buys chairs from a plant in Asia. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Apr 25, 2008 — The U.S. House of representatives voted 395 to 7 yesterday on legislation to force ocean-going freighters to treat ballast water for invasive species before they enter US waters, like the St. Lawrence River. Ballast water is blamed for introducing foreign species like the zebra mussel, sea lampreys and the round goby. The new regulation sets tough standards for the number and size of living organisms that ships can release when they jettison ballast water. New ships have to have treatment technology by next year; all ships must treat ballast water by 2016. The new standard has support from the Great Lakes shipping industry and several environmental groups. Jennifer Caddick is executive director of Save the River, an environmental group based on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, NY. She spoke with Martha Foley this morning. Go to full article
Nov 27, 2007 — The U.S. and Canada released a long-delayed binational study of the St. Lawrence Seaway late yesterday. The report calls for more ship traffic within the Great Lakes and supports efforts to reduce the impact of invasive species. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Oct 02, 2007 — Just days after a scathing Federal report found big gaps in security along the US-Canada border, a coalition of New York state, Quebec Provincial, and local officials from the North Country say they plan to step up their efforts to stop illegal traffic. New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni held a meeting yesterday in Plattsburg. As Brian Mann reports, they say better communication is the first step. Go to full article
Sep 28, 2007 — Investigators for the Government Accountability Office say they were able to smuggle fake contraband designed to look like a dirty atomic bomb into the United States. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. In a report released yesterday, GAO officials say they crossed easily at seven different remote rural sites, including four unidentified spots on the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, there's a growing bipartisan consensus that the Bush Administration's strategy for security on the northern border isn't working. Go to full article
Aug 29, 2007 — New York's congressional delegation is leveling bi-partisan criticism at the Bush administration's plan to improve security along the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, lawmakers say a new policy could limit legitimate trade, while failing to stop illegal traffic. Go to full article
Nov 20, 2006 — Bush nemesis Hugo Chavez is giving free heating oil to Akwesasne, Daniel Ortega's back in Nicaragua, and Democratic control of Congress could alter free trade with Latin America. The Miami Herald's Andean region bureau chief, Steven Dudley, talks with David Sommerstein about how Latin America's trend of leftist politics could affect us in the North Country. Dudley gives a talk, entitled "Latin America's leftist tilt: how much weight will it have?" tonight at 7:30 in Kellas Hall at SUNY Potsdam. Go to full article
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Sep 29, 2006 — Canada may be our closest metropolitan market, but it's a tough one to access for New York farmers. That's according to a report released Thursday by Senator Hillary Clinton's office, and coauthored by the New York State Apple Association and other farm lobby groups. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article