Tue October 7, 2014

Just to the north, the drone industry takes off

Ars Electronica via Flickr

There have been 1,020 small unmanned aerial vehicle flights - what most people call drones - in Canada this year, according to the Canadian transportation officials.

That's up from 945 in 2013 and 347 in 2012, Transport Canada reported.

"In Canada, as globally, UAV is exploding," said Joe Barnsley, an aviation attorney in Winnipeg, Canada. "It’s a huge growth area."

Meanwhile, The U.S. drone industry is simmering more than exploding. 

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Wed June 26, 2013
Border Crossings

Cuomo outlines plans for Peace Bridge redevelopment on U.S. side

Governor Cuomo and Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States


New York state and the Canadian government have reached an agreement on millions of dollars worth of improvements at the Peace Bridge. In a news conference Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gary Doer, the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, announced a deal that ends a bitter dispute over operation of the bridge. 

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Fri June 21, 2013

Is Plattsburgh Montreal's U.S. suburb?

Plattsburgh, N.Y. is just over an hour's drive from Montreal.

Jonathan Slater teaches communications at SUNY Plattsburgh. It’s the end of the work day, and he’s headed out to his car to go home.

But Jonathan’s commute involves an international border. He lives on the south shore of Montreal, and commutes to Plattsburgh every day.

"Next stop is the border – and that should take no more than a minute or two, and then home, and evening with my daughter," Jonathan says as he packs the trunk of his car and drives off.  

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Tue June 18, 2013

Allowing Canadians to stay in U.S. 2 more months "a shot in the arm"

Sen. Charles Schumer discussed a proposed Canadian retiree visa while in Syracuse on Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Older Canadians will be able to spend more time in the United States under a proposal floated by New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer.

Right now, Canadians can stay in the U.S. up to six months. Many retired Canadians use up that time at winter homes in the Southwest or Florida.

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Fri April 26, 2013

Business lines up against proposed border crossing fee

Destiny USA mall in Syracuse relies on Canadian visitors for about a quarter of its business.
Destiny USA

Business leaders are joining with several New York members of Congress who oppose the idea of introducing a fee for visitors crossing the border into the U.S., citing the importance of Canadians to upstate New York’s economy.

The Department of Homeland Security says the proposed border crossing fee would help generate revenue, and wants to fund a study of the idea as part of its 2014 budget.

But business owners on this side of the border worry it would reduce tourism and hurt business.

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