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Did you ever imagine polygamy would become so…topical? Confession time: I have never seen any of the TV shows that have sprung up on this topic. The few books I have read on the subject left me with a decidedly dim view of polygamy. While I...
Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
A book club I attend spent a whole year on the theme of rivers. Believe it or not, one of the titles we grown-ups dove into was a children’s book from 1941 called “Paddle-to-the-Sea“, by Holling Clancy Holling. In it, an young...


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Aug 28, 2014 — The Canadian synth pop group offers an intimate live performance of its song "A Real Hero," popularized in the 2011 film Drive.
Aug 27, 2014 — Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.
Aug 27, 2014 — The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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Warren Bain as Caliban & Nathan Carroll as Stephano.  Photo: Andrew Alexander.
Warren Bain as Caliban & Nathan Carroll as Stephano. Photo: Andrew Alexander.

Theatre Review: "The Tempest" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

It's generally agreed by scholars that "The Tempest" is Shakespeare's last play. One can see the play as Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre, particularly Prospero's famous speech that begins "Our revels now are ended."  Go to full article
On Camelot Island. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightlounge/157504297/">Jason Roberts</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thousand Islands controlled burn will protect rare pitch pines

MALLORYTOWN, Ont. - Parks Canada is to start a controlled blaze today in Ontario's Thousand Islands National Park to help protect rare fire-dependent species. It says a 16-member team will descend on Camelot Island to set fire to an area of just over one hectare that is home to about 50 pitch pine trees.

The fire will help them regenerate and open the canopy, giving more light for seedlings to grow. The federal agency says years of fire suppression has upset the balance of natural and essential processes needed to support healthy mixed forests in the park.  Go to full article
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains.  Photo:  New York State Police

14-year-old Quebec girl dies in Adirondack bus crash

The victim of a fatal bus accident in Essex County on Friday has been identified as 14-year-old Chelssy Mercier from Quebec.

State Police say Mercier died when the tourist bus overturned in North Hudson while traveling from Quebec to New York City with 55 passengers. Officials say Mercier's mother was also aboard the bus.

There's no word yet on what may have caused the accident. According to police, the bus operated by a company called Autobus Fleur de Lys entered the median and flipped over.

Passersby tried to help Mercier, who was trapped under the bus, and State Police also attempted to revive the girl, but she died at the scene.  Go to full article
Ellie Mae Casselman as Crabbe the dog & Kerry Ann Doherty as Launce.  Photo: Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's season this summer features "The Tempest" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" as well as a Sunday afternoon series of smaller...  Go to full article
Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/premshree/2535275511/">Premshree Pillai</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Customs: possible traffic delays at Quebec border

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say there could be traffic delays at the Vermont-Canadian border during Quebec's two-week "Construction...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pats0n/4231123374/"> Alexander Safonov</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Video which appeared to show shark in Lake Ontario an elaborate hoax

TORONTO - It turns out a video which had many wondering whether a shark was lurking in the waters of Lake Ontario was all an elaborate marketing ploy.

Discovery...  Go to full article
Sultans of String (courtesy sultansofstring.com)

Sultans of String perform in Norwood this week

Sultans of String are a Canadian band with musical influences from across the globe, and they're bringing their unique music to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series this...  Go to full article
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec

NPR: critics say oil train reforms haven't kept pace with traffic

Yesterday we heard from Brian Mann...  Go to full article
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb.  Photo: Julie Grant

Ontario may restrict insecticides harmful to bees

Ontario has no plan to ban a pesticide that may pose a risk to honey bees, but the government will consider restricting its use.

The governing Liberals say they'll...  Go to full article
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell."  He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone."  Photo:  Monique Cornett

One year later: sorrow, hope and hard work in Lac-Megantic

Early Sunday morning in a small town in eastern Quebec, thousands of local residents held a midnight vigil for the victims of one of North America's deadliest train...  Go to full article

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