Brian Mann is Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio in northern New York. He regularly covers Canadian issues, energy policy, and rural politics in the US. Brian lives on a seventy acre hay farm in New York's Champlain Valley. His work appears regularly in a variety of national public media outlets. His 2007 book "Welcome to the Homeland" is an exploration of the rise of small town political power in American politics.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to make steep cuts in climate pollution while still increasing the flow of dirty tar sands oil. It's a high-wire act that has him taking fire from both sides.
In 2003, when SARS broke out in Toronto, many doctors and nurses got sick and died from the disease. “I think we lost control of it in Canada," says one Canadian nurse. "We should learn from that moment and be prepared.”
Animal manure on industrial farms can wreak environmental havoc. At the University of Guelph in Ontario, microbiologist Cecil Forsberg has found a solution to the problem. He genetically modified pigs to produce low-phosphorous manure.
As climate change cuts the flow of the Colorado river, drought-like conditions in the American Southwest may become the norm.