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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...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 17, 2014 — The 304,000 applications filed last week means they were close to the lowest level since May 2007. Analysts say the news is another sign that the economy continues to grow.
Apr 17, 2014 — Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
Apr 17, 2014 — A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.

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"Seasonals" Enter Big Tupper Debate

Town officials in Tupper Lake will hold a hearing tonight to discuss zoning changes for the proposed resort around the Big Tupper ski area. Pennsylvania developer Michael Foxman hopes to build 700 condos and luxury great camps on a six thousand acre parcel on the edge of the village. No zoning decisions will be made tonight, but board members will take public comments. A new town supervisor, Roger Amell, will be sworn in after the New Year. Officials are also waiting for recommendations from an outside consultant and the town planning board. At a meeting yesterday, the town did approve new water and sewer districts for the resort project. Meanwhile, a new group issued a statement on Tuesday urging the town to reject the zoning changes. The group calls itself "Concerned Citizens of Tupper Lake". In fact, the organizers are all seasonal residents. Many of them own camps and vacation homes near the proposed development and have been outspoken critics. The growing activism of seasonal residents has been controversial. Brian Mann spoke with Phyllis Thompson. She's a professor and administrator at a small liberal arts college in Houston, Texas, who spends part of each year at her camp on the shore of Lake Simond.  Go to full article

Mexican Farm Workers Arrested en Route to Lowville

State Police in Oneida County arrested 10 illegal Mexican immigrants yesterday. Troopers responded to a vehicle that had slid off of Route 12. David Sommerstein spoke with Sergeant Kevin Maxwell. He said police from Utica who spoke Spanish helped find out the nine men and one woman were on their way to a farm in the Lowville area. He didn't know which farm. None of the Mexicans had identification. Maxwell says they were packed into a pick-up truck.  Go to full article

So... Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada. Most Americans aren't very clear on what "boxing day" means--and neither are many Canadians. Lucy Martin sampled folks in Ottawa.  Go to full article
Carrie Baker's emotional encounter with the mother of Gabriel, her employee.

Farmers Seek Workers' Roots - in Mexico

Five years ago, just a handful of dairy farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Today, some 50 farms use or have expressed a desire to hire workers from...  Go to full article

Hispanic Dairy Workers in New York: The Bigger Picture

Agricultural labor specialist Tom Maloney of Cornell University completed a survey of Hispanic workers on New York dairy farms earlier this year. Many of these workers came...  Go to full article

Tupper Board Blasts Draft Rules for New Resort

Tupper Lake's town planning board is urging local officials to reject a set of zoning rules proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman's company, Preserve Associates,...  Go to full article

Confessions of a Mall Santa: It's Not Always Jolly

Walk into any shopping mall or large department store this week and you'll likely meet one seasonal employee who needs no introduction. Todd Moe explains.  Go to full article

Caught in the Heating Squeeze

Heating oil prices are 23 percent higher statewide than last winter. But the federal funds that help low-income people pay the bills have not increased. That could change...  Go to full article

Gas Dealer Denies Gouging

A St. Lawrence County gas station owner disputes charges that he gouged prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Wayne Taillon owns Wayne's Gas and Service in Madrid. ...  Go to full article
Marsha and Jim Akins and their freshly cut Christmas spruce head home.

All Good Things?The End of an Era at a Canton Tree Farm

A Canton Christmas tree farm will hang up its saws for good after this year's holiday season. The Van De Water farm has been a perennial favorite for many families in the...  Go to full article

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