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Explore the many ways the U.S.-Canada border only 100 miles from Syracuse influences the economy, culture and history of New York.
Published: June 7, 2019
Akwesasne: Foot in two worlds

The First

Long before Europeans came to North America, the Mohawks lived and thrived on the land that now forms the border between northern New York and Canada. That border now splits the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne in two.

Akwesasne: Foot in two worlds
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A foot in two worlds

Published: May 30, 2019

Darryl Lazare Jr. values the freedom of growing up on the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne and loves his family here. But he wants to get out.

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Post 1479 fights to honor those who served

Published: May 30, 2019

The American Legion Post in the heart of the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne serves as more than just a place for veterans.

Canadian border patrol confront migrants from Cameroon and Uganda as they cross the border at Roxham Road with their luggage on March 1.

Border Crossing

While the Southern border has made headlines, the border to the north is nearly as active, with millions of crossings a year, smuggling, trade disputes and asylum seekers heading both north into Canada and south into the United States in search of a better life.

Canadian border patrol confront migrants from Cameroon and Uganda as they cross the border at Roxham Road with their luggage on March 1.
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Slipping through the cracks

Published: May 30, 2019

Asylum-seekers, many French-speaking U.S. immigrants, have steadily been traveling to a rural road north of Plattsburgh, New York, in search of a safe haven in Canada.

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Niagara Falls at the crossroads of two nations

Published: May 30, 2019

The picturesque tourist destination that straddles the U.S.-Canada border has its share of home-grown and imported social problems. Churches are stepping up to try to address those problems.

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The border by the numbers

Published: May 30, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people cross the U.S.-Canada border each year. We explore some of these data points in a series of visualizations about America's long and busy northern border.

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Religious tolerance in jeopardy in Quebec

Published: May 30, 2019

A new law makes it illegal for anyone working in the public sphere to wear religious symbols or clothing.

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Working Life

Canada and the United States seem similar at first glance, so is life in the two countries really that much different? For dairy farmers, maple syrup producers and marijuana entrepreneurs, the answer is most certainly “yes.”

Michele McCarthy, owner of Chantilly Rose boutique in Lewiston, New York
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A border, not a barrier

Published: May 30, 2019

Love took a Canadian woman to the U.S., and an American women to Canada. They both deftly manage their lives on both sides of the border to succeed as business owners in New York.

Bernadette Clement, Ontario’s first black, female mayor
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Ontario mayor believes immigrants can boost the economy

Published: May 30, 2019

Bernadette Clément, the first black, female mayor of Cornwall, Ontario, has seen her city’s growth stagnate. Now, the mayor is looking at immigration as a possible solution.

The Blue Church in Prescott, Ontario

Living Past

Border residents reflect on how the past continues to shape their hometowns, from the urban renewal that seeks to revive tourism in the Niagara Falls region to the “river rats” who smuggled alcohol across the Saint Lawrence during prohibition.

Historic photo: St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project
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The unforgotten memory of a lost village

Published: May 30, 2019

Canadians reflect on losing their childhood homes during the expansion of a seaway designed to give cargo ships access to the Great Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean

The Brockville Railway Tunnel in Canada features a light show set to Canadian music.

Miles Apart

Borders can be surprisingly fluid and can exist within a country as they do in Canada at the intersection of English speaking Ontario and French Quebec. These stories explore how that fluidity can create both tension and opportunity.

Erie County Medical Center - Buffalo, New York
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Crossing the border for health care

Published: May 30, 2019

Americans face steep prices for medical procedures. Canadians can face lengthy wait times. That has some Americans headed north for health care, while Canadians head south.

The Brockville Railway Tunnel in Canada features a light show set to Canadian music.
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Up the river

Published: May 30, 2019

Explore the lives of those who live along the Saint Lawrence River on both sides of the United States and Canada border.

About Borderlines: Reporters and photographers at the Blue Church in Ontario

About Borderlines

Dozens of Newhouse School students deployed to New York’s border with Canada to report stories about the people, cultures, businesses and landscapes at the edge of two nations.