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The World's 10 Best Castles

Hopper.com | Posted 06.27.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

Amidst the web of England's old hilltop rises, France's majestic country châteaux, Germany's sprawling Gothic palaces, Canada's revival-style hotels and America's high-society retreats, there's an endless map of them to explore.

Nord Encore: Recent Canadian Folk Releases

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Here's a rundown of recent Canadian releases, many of which I picked up at the Folk Alliance conference back in February.

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Remembering Dick Rockefeller

Henry Miller | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Henry Miller

Dick Rockefeller once slept on my couch. That's all you need to know to understand that Dr. Richard Rockefeller, an heir to the Rockefeller fortune, wasn't your typical son of great wealth.

Sky Could Fall on North Dakota's Oil If We're Not Careful, Shale Boss Says

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

All parties with a collective interest in seeing the North Dakota oil experiment succeed need to work together because, right now, the boss at the largest stakeholder in the Bakken shale says opponents are drawing a bead on the region. And it's not just exploration and production that's a concern.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Crimea, Anschluss and the Enduring Quest for Autonomy

David Morris | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Ukraine and the West insist that Crimeans do not have the right to vote on independence. Russia agrees.  This tragic meeting of minds moves us toward a potentially tumultuous showdown.

The Media Frenzy Over The Charter Of Quebec Values

The Immanent Frame | Jean-Michel Landry | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion

The recent media buzz stirred up by a sad story captures well the sense of uneasiness pervading Quebec since the ruling Parti Québécois (PQ) began w...

Climate Change This Week: Climate Call to Arms, Arctic Aneurism, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today the Earth Got a Little Warmer. Drunken Arctic Is Freezing the US reports Chris Mooney at MotherJones, as a large portion of the polar vortex, t...

Teen's 'Blue Christmas' Cover Would Make Elvis Proud (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Teen

David Thibault is a 16-year-old French Canadian singer with a very surprising voice. Watch his impressive performance of Elvis Presley's song "Blue...

20 Coziest Countryside Getaways in North America and Europe

Joy Pecknold | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

A drop in temperature isn't all bad though, because it means cuddling up to a fire and sipping hot cocoa (or something stiffer).

Mundial Montréal #3: (Part Un) 'World Music Affaires!'

Marlon Regis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

Without a chance to brush up on my poor speaking or understanding of French, I was whisked away from LA to Montréal, Canada after an invite came into my inbox to attend the 3rd annual world music conference/festival Mundial Montréal.

Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Custer State Park is located just an hour's drive south of Mount Rushmore and is one of those places where reaching it is half the fun. There very few places on earth where you can actually get stuck in traffic because a herd of buffalo decided to cross the road.

What Quebec's Battle Over Religious Symbols Can Teach Americans About Church-State Separation

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

As post-9-11 Americans, we know all too well that there's often a thin line between the separation of church and state and the infringement of rights we would otherwise take for granted; it's not easy to preserve individual rights while protecting religious groups.

Climate Change This Week: The Beetles Are Baaaaack, Drunken Forests, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.16.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Beetles Are Baaaaaack... and Now They're Decimating Spruce Forests with climate change, reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Over the pas...

The 10 Best Cities in the World

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Nearly 80,000 travelers took part in a survey, casting 1.3 million votes for the world's best cities. No destination was too remote or too small, and no hotel was too new. Do you live in one of the world's best cities?

Quebec Seeks Curb On Religious Symbols

AP | BENJAMIN SHINGLER | Posted 10.09.2013 | World

MONTREAL -- MONTREAL (AP) — Viewed from the outside, Quebec often seems like a place where all life orbits around the political destiny of a French-...

Where Moufettes Munch and Franglais Is Not Spoken

Martha Lufkin | Posted 10.02.2013 | Comedy
Martha Lufkin

As we drove from Boston into Quebec, hints of French nationalism were in evidence. Outside Quebec City, I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw a sign for the "national capital."

The challenge of pluralism: the case of Quebec

Common Ground News Service | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Common Ground News Service

Ottawa - In Quebec, a bill roughly drafted to manage the province's religious diversity by restricting the visible display of religious symbols such a...

Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

T. Sher Singh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

In it's desperate clawing for political power, Quebec's separatist party -- the Parti Quebecois -- has turned to toying with its citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms with the hope that it will polarize the electorate ... in the party's favour.

Is The 'Charter Of Quebec Values' Xenophobic?

Religion News Service | Ron Csillag | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Quebec’s government this week introduced its much-discussed Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban “overt and conspicuous” religious sy...

Louise Penny, The Magic of Light, and How it Gets In

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.02.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Louise Penny has done it again. Magic. Wonderful, captivating, heart-pumping, edge-of-the-seat magic. In her ninth Chief Inspector Gamache novel, H...

Hip Montreal: Pop Art, Goth Bars and Kinetik Music Festival (VIDEO)

La Carmina | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

Montreal has such a rich history that visitors can easily overlook the young, underground culture. In fact, I consider this French-Canadian city to be one of the best alternative travel destinations in North America.

Eight Great Pieces of Gear to Take Kayaking

Robin Raskin | Posted 08.09.2013 | Technology
Robin Raskin

As the founder and producer of the Sports and Fitness Tech Summit at CES each year, I feel the need to take the tools of the high-tech outdoor sport...

Energy East Pipeline Is No Magical Oil Sands Solution

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Rubin

If Energy East were displacing expensive imported fuel with a cheaper home grown alternative that would be one thing. But that's not the case.