Brian Mann

Brian Mann is Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio in northern New York. He regularly covers Canadian issues, energy policy, and rural politics in the US.  Brian lives on a seventy acre hay farm in New York's Champlain Valley. His work appears regularly in a variety of national public media outlets. His 2007 book "Welcome to the Homeland" is an exploration of the rise of small town political power in American politics.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at the signing ceremony on climate change at the UN in 2016. Trudeau has committed Canada to steep reductions in carbon pollution, while also pushing to expand tar sands oil production.

Climate warrior? Champion of ‘Big Oil’? Canada’s leader wants to be both.


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to make steep cuts in climate pollution while still increasing the flow of dirty tar sands oil. It’s a high-wire act that has him taking fire from both sides.

Susan Sorrenti, an ICU nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, nearly died from SARS back in 2003. She says she feels empathy for the nurses in Texas who contracted Ebola from treating a sick patient.

The US Ebola cases remind Toronto healthcare workers of their SARS outbreak in 2003

Oil extraction near Drayton Valley, Alberta.

Canada: The Emerging Energy Superpower to the North

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Southwest Water Woes

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Zebra Mussels

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Monarch Butterflies

North Country Radio’s Brian Mann takes us on a journey to Central Mexico to the monarch butterfly’s wintering ground. The butterfly’s habitat is endangered by logging and farming, but a unique program is trying to help residents make a living by preserving the monarch’s habitat.

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Animal manure on industrial farms can wreak environmental havoc. At the University of Guelph in Ontario, microbiologist Cecil Forsberg has found a solution to the problem. He genetically modified pigs to produce low-phosphorous manure.