Canada

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Last Monday marked the two-year anniversary of the explosion of oil tanker train cars in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec that shook many in the region and across the country. The train derailed in the middle of the night, right in the center of the small village, destroying many of the buildings in the town center and taking 47 lives.

It's been dubbed "marry out, get out" - a controversial law that strips members of the Canadian Kahnawake Mohawks of their tribal rights if they marry a non-native.

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Canada is hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, which began on June 5. Their national women's team is set to compete in the second stage next week with the help of Josee Belanger, a native of Coaticook, Quebec.

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The French first came to Vermont with Champlain in the early 17th century. And ever since, French Canada and the state of Vermont have been trading people, goods, and ideas. We've got the names to prove it - of both people and places - from Grand Isle to the state's families of Bodettes, Greniers, and Levesques. 

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It's become a tradition for the governor to hold a slew of public bill signings around the state after legislators adjourn in the spring, declaring victory on some of the year's major policy agendas.

Two of Shumlin's top priorities this year were job growth through a revamped business incentive program and a beefed up water quality plan for Lake Champlain.

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You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down – and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job.

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Cirque du Soleil is the dreamlike, traveling human circus that got its start more than 30 years ago in Québec. It’s been headquartered in Montreal for a long time and is considered a cultural treasure. But just recently, it was sold to a group of investors from the U.S. and China.

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The financial relationship between Quebec and Vermont is crucial to both areas: Each year, $5 billion in trade crosses the border, the biggest piece of that being goods imported from Canada into Vermont. Canadian tourists bring about $168 million to Vermont each year and recently there have been improvements to the road that connects the two places.

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This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up two questions of same-sex marriage: whether states should be permitted to ban it, and whether they must recognize same-sex marriages from other states. 

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Officials from Vermont and Quebec signed a new agreement Monday that outlines how the two governments will continue to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain.

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Vermont first bought power from Quebec a century ago. That trade relationship deepened in the 1980s when Gov. Richard Snelling negotiated with Quebec Premier Rene Levesque to secure the first of several long-term power deals.

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A significant hurdle to the resumption of Amtrak rail service through Vermont to Montreal was cleared Monday when the United States and Canada signed an agreement allowing the creation of a U.S. Customs facility in Montreal.  

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Rebecca Grenier is an American citizen. She was born and grew up in Vermont, but in 2009, a law change made by the Canadian government suddenly gave her and her father citizenship of a country to which she’s been connected for a long time. She joined Vermont Edition to explain her newfound citizenship.

Canadians are considering what to do now that the country’s highest court has struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide.

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If you're considering visiting Montreal or any other parts north from the U.S., right now might be a good time, even if it's not exactly a warm weather getaway for winter. The reason is the bang you'll get for your buck. The Canadian dollar has fallen to right around 80 cents. That's the lowest it's been since 2009, when the country was in recession.

The main reason for the decline is the fall in oil prices, said Jeff Ayres, a political scientist at St. Michael's College.

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Law enforcement officers from Canada and Vermont gathered this week with border patrol officials from both sides of the international boundary. The aim was to foster closer collaboration.

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When you think of the Mafia and organized crime, your mind might drift to New York, Chicago or even Sicily. Montreal, not so much.
 

But the Mafia and organized crime presence in Quebec’s largest city has been leaving a mark since as far back as the 1950s. And the role of organized crime in the awarding of provincial transportation and construction contracts prompted a recent and ongoing government inquiry.

Paul Cherry is the crime reporter for the Montreal Gazette. He provided Vermont Edition with background on the Mafia presence in Quebec.
 

Just across the border in Quebec, voters will be headed to the polls on Monday for provincial elections. At stake are the possibility of another referendum on separatism, allegations of corruption, and a bill that would ban public sector employees from displaying or wearing religious symbols.

Tim Duboyce is News Editor at the CBC in Montreal. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the issues at hand.

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