WBEZ | Brian Mann http://www.wbez.org/tags/brian-mann Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Canada boosts recession-era prosperity with government jobs, new borrowing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/canada-boosts-recession-era-prosperity-government-jobs-new-borrowing-944 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-30/Brian Mann Ontario.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week, the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a> series looked at how workers in the Great Lakes region have been weathering the recession. Brian Mann of <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/" target="_blank">North Country Public Radio</a> has been traveling in Ontario, comparing the lot of Canadians and Americans. One of the biggest differences he observed was in government jobs. This week the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a> reported deep cuts to the public sector in the U.S. That trend hit black communities in cities from Chicago to Cleveland particularly hard. However, big government cut backs had not yet taken place north of the border.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 290px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted rgb(170, 33, 29); margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; }ul { margin-left: 15px; }li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><a href="/frontandcenter"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-06/FC-logo-sm_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 38px;" title=""></a><p><strong>Follow Brian Mann’s road trip:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/great-lakes-workers-faring-better-canadian-side-border-94389">Workers in U.S. vs. Canada</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414">Comparing social safety nets</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/canada-boosts-recession-era-prosperity-government-jobs-new-borrowing-944">Government jobs on both sides of the border</a></strong></li></ul></div><div class="inlineContent">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/canada-boosts-recession-era-prosperity-government-jobs-new-borrowing-944 Canadian workers comforted by social safety net http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/torontopic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a> looked at the real-life challenges facing workers in the Great Lakes region.</p><p>As part of that conversation, <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/" target="_blank">North Country Public Radio’s</a> Brian Mann has been on the road talking to people on the Canadian side of the border. It turned out, workers living just a few miles away in Canada, have experienced the recession very differently than workers in the U.S.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 290px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted rgb(170, 33, 29); margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; }ul { margin-left: 15px; }li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><a href="/frontandcenter"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-06/FC-logo-sm_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 38px;" title=""></a><p><strong>Follow Brian Mann’s road trip:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/great-lakes-workers-faring-better-canadian-side-border-94389">Workers in U.S. vs. Canada</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414">Comparing social safety nets</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/canada-boosts-recession-era-prosperity-government-jobs-new-borrowing-944">Government jobs on both sides of the border</a></strong></li></ul></div><div class="inlineContent">&nbsp;</div></div><p>While Chicago and Detroit struggled and lost population, Toronto and Montreal continued to grow--they have even added jobs through the recession. Workers who do lose their jobs in Canada find a much more comprehensive social safety net. Mann joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> on the line from Toronto.</p><p>Wednesday, Mann will explore Canada's approach to workforce education and retraining in the Great Lakes region.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414 Great Lakes' workers faring better on Canadian side of the border http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/great-lakes-workers-faring-better-canadian-side-border-94389 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/the first is a street scene from kingston, credit brian mann.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a> continues this week with a look across the Canada-U.S. border. One of the questions being asked is why communities on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes region seemed to be faring so much better economically than cities and workers on the U.S. side. Unemployment on the Canadian side of the lakes was around 8 percent in Ontario and 7.7 percent in Quebec; governors of U.S. states in the Great Lakes region would probably kill for those rates. In fact, Ontario and Quebec actually added jobs during the recession.</p><p>Furthermore, workers who did end up losing their positions could expect to be out of work for only half as long as their American counterparts.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 290px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted rgb(170, 33, 29); margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; }ul { margin-left: 15px; }li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><a href="/frontandcenter"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-06/FC-logo-sm_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 38px;" title=""></a><p><strong>Follow Brian Mann’s road trip:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/great-lakes-workers-faring-better-canadian-side-border-94389">Workers in U.S. vs. Canada</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414">Comparing social safety nets</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/canada-boosts-recession-era-prosperity-government-jobs-new-borrowing-944">Government jobs on both sides of the border</a></strong></li></ul></div><div class="inlineContent">&nbsp;</div></div><p>Brian Mann is with <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/">North Country Public Radio</a> in New York and he will join <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> this week to talk about business on both sides of the border. He will be traveling from the St. Lawrence River in the east all the way to Detroit in the west. Brian was in Kingston, Ontario Monday and he was next headed to Toronto.</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/great-lakes-workers-faring-better-canadian-side-border-94389 Front and Center: Can't we all just get along? Disagreements on St. Lawrence http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/front-and-center-cant-we-all-just-get-along-disagreements-st-lawrence-88 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-24/st. lawrence seaway.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Seaway faces some huge challenges, from invasive species to climate change.&nbsp; But the complicated web of government agencies in the U.S. and Canada has slowed efforts at making big reforms.</p><p>In Montreal this week there was a meeting of the top environment officials from Canada and the US.&nbsp; They discussed the various regulations across state and national borders, which don’t always align. The head of Canada’s Environment Ministry,&nbsp; Peter Kent said, “We sometimes get ahead of one-another and have to find ways to effectively blend and align our regulations.”</p><p>It’s not just environmental policy issues that the two countries negotiate. Trade issues and international politics all get tangled up in decisions made about the Seaway and Great Lakes.</p><p>For example, hydrodams hold back the rivers. And some green groups want to use the flow from those dams to allow the river to fluctuate in a more natural way that would help restore shoreline habitats. Upstream towns in New York and Ontario also want more water held behind the big hydro dams during the summer for water recreation. But those ideas were vetoed by Quebec which wants high and stead levels for the shipping industry.<br> <br> In addition to navigating different economic and political interests, there are also cultural differences to navigate, huge divides in how different groups view the river. The U.S. has a more developed and aggressive environmental movement than Canada, and green groups are a big part of the social fabric. On the Canadian side, first nations groups, such as the Mohawks and the Metis, shape the debate more.</p><p>Lisa Jackson, the head of the U.S. EPA said that business is way ahead of government in thinking about how these negotiations should occur across borders, she said, “Our industries really are almost blind with respect to the border. That’s the kind of thing we’re going to have to do if we’re going to be leaders and move our continent forward.&nbsp; So I think there are still opportunities there.&nbsp; That doesn’t mean that some of our disagreements or our challenges are going to go away overnight.”</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/front-and-center-cant-we-all-just-get-along-disagreements-st-lawrence-88 Front and Center: Is the St. Lawrence Seaway Big Enough? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/front-and-center-st-lawrence-seaway-big-enough-88189 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-22/St. Lawrence Flickr Neil Smith.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Brian Mann with <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/" target="_blank">North Country Public Radio</a> is traveling along the St. Lawrence Seaway as part of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter"><em>Front and Center</em></a> series. Monday, he talked about the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway back in 1959. He checked in from his journey, discussing shipping along that route.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/front-and-center-st-lawrence-seaway-big-enough-88189