Archived North Country Matters, 2015
North Country Matters (NCM) is a local public affairs video magazine. The NCM civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region include AAUW-St. Lawrence County, the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, and the Potsdam Public Library. The shows are filmed at the Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer and are available on YouTube.
AAUW-NYS awarded a 2015 21st Century Platinum Award for North Country Matters at the 2015 AAUW state convention.
The LWV-NYS awarded the St. Lawrence County MAL Unit the Thinking Outside the Box Award for NCM and Conversations with Candidates at the 2015 LVW state convention.
Updated: May 15, 2017
2015 NCM Shows
- North Country Matters: The Low Wage Workers Survey, part 2 - Jeanette Zoeckler and Relani Prudhomme, from the Occupational Health Clinical Center, discuss the findings and recommendations from the second phase of the survey which looked at the workplace conditions in the low-wage sector of the job market for people who live and work in Syracuse. (Oct. 27, 2015) (Published March 24, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Back to School with Tom Burns - St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, Tom Burns joins Donna Seymour and Ann Carvill for a lively discussion about the Common Core Learning Standards, the differences between high and low stakes testing, teacher shortages, and education funding. (Oct. 27, 2015). (Published March 24, 2016)
- North Country Matters: St. Lawrence County Community Development Programs with Norma Cary and Daisy Cox. The St. Lawrence County Community Development Program is a private, not-for-profit agency that operates programs and services for low-income families to assist them toward self-sufficiency. Norma Cary discusses the programs run by the CDP: Daisy Cox talks about the Neighborhood Center Program and how it helps to feed people in need. (Sept. 22, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam School Check-Up - Joann Chambers, the Superintendent of Potsdam Central School, who discusses back to school issues that include new personnel and programs, the renovations update; CCSS test results and related issues as well as graduation rates and obstacles. (Oct. 6, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Town Check with Marie Regan, the Supervisor of the Town of Potsdam, who updates us on town budget and court issues, looks at infrastructure improvements, and the joint village-town recreation program. She talks about her 20 year career in local town politics as she wraps up her term this year. (Oct. 6, 2015)
- North Country Matters: St. Lawrence County Disaster Preparation & Response with Tim Schwob, the Community Partner Services Lead for the Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross. He discusses the formation of the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) made up of St. Lawrence County community service agencies, as well as personal emergency preparations and Red Cross services. (Sept. 15, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Early Literacy Programs with Sarah Sachs, Potsdam Public Library, & Rebecca Donnelly, Norwood Public Library. They speak about about the basis for early literacy programming in libraries and what role public libraries play in helping to establish a love of reading in young children. (Sept. 8, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Solarize Canton with Louise Gava and Carol Gable from the Canton Sustainability Committee who discuss the effort to bring subsidized residential solar power to the North Country to increase local energy self-sufficiency. (Sept. 15, 2015)
- Women in Engineering Day at SUNY Canton 2015 - On May 13, 2015, SUNY Canton and AAUW-St. Lawrence County collaborated to put on a STEM Day for 140 7-12 grade female students from nine St. Lawrence County Schools. The students could choose 4 out of 9 classes to take for hands-on STEM learning experiences. The project was supported by a Branch Programming Grant from AAUW-NYS.
- WPBS Public Eye with Jeff Cole: Title 9, Sexual Harassment in College - Sexual abuse on college campuses is not just a national problem but it affects colleges here in the North Country. In this special 1-hour episode of Public Eye, we examine this very controversial and sensitive topic through a panel discussion exploring the realities surrounding sexual assault on our local college campuses. This special edition of Public Eye was underwritten by AAUW-NYS and the Branches of District 7. (April 13, 2015)
- Body Image & the Media - Jenna Boss, a member of the Clarkson University Class of 2015, discusses how media images in movies affect children, media marketing directed at children, and how to become a savvy media consumer with NCM host Donna Seymour. (April 7, 2015)
- Opening the Gendered Toolbox - Emily Baker, a Social Documentation major of the Clarkson Class of 2016 discusses her research into women engineering students at Clarkson with NCM host Donna Seymour. Using the new AAUW report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing, they discuss AAUW's recommendations for colleges with Clarkson as a case in point. (April 7, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Public Heath Today in the Face of Current Events Dr. Timothy Sellati, who joined Saranac Lake's the Trudeau Institute in 2013 as an Associate Member, talks about public health, both from a historical perspective and how it applies today in the face of the current events, including the recent measles outbreak and how climate change is affecting disease. (March 31, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Sexual Assault Awareness - St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House guests Valarie Dana, Child Advocate/Educator, and Caitlin Hill, Legal Advocate, talk about sexual assault awareness. (March 31, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Helping Hands of Potsdam - Tom Chappell, the Director of Helping Hands, discusses the history and work of the non-profit agency. (March 24, 2015)
- North Country Matters: St. Lawrence County SUNYS' Cambodian Study Tour - Sabel Bong, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Counselor at SUNY Canton and two SUNY Potsdam students, Isaac Griffith, a senior in Sociology and Speech Communications, and Joshua Garry, a junior in Sociology and Psychology, discuss their recent Study Abroad trip to Cambodia. (March 24, 2014)
- North Country Matters: North Country 350 Alliance with Heather Sullivan-Catlin and Ginger Storey-Welch (March 10, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Village of Canton Check Up with Mary Ann Ashley & Leigh Bixby Rodriguez (March 10, 2015)
- New AAUW Research: Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. The YouTube video is available now!
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Central Update with Superintendent Pat Brady (March 3, 2015)
- PowHerNY Video Panel: Need something to do for Women’s History Month?
(March 4, 2015)
- PowHerNY Stronger Together: A Google Hangout discussion about equal pay, paid leave and child care (February 24, 2015) Equal Pay, Paid Family Leave and Childcare are all connected issues, but just how exactly?
- North Country Matters: Steve Todd on Education Challenges in 2015 (Feb. 17, 2015)
- North Country Matters: The 2015 Workers Memorial Theater Project (Feb. 17, 2015)
- Tom Graser on Media Changes (Jan. 27, 2015) Tom Graser is the editor of the St. Lawrence County newspapers.
- Food Insecurity in St. Lawrence County with Heather Sullivan-Catlin and Daisy Cox. (Jan. 27, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Gloria McAdam, the Executive Director for GardenShare.org (Jan. 20, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with Caitlin Hill & Valerie Dana from the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family Violence (Jan. 20, 2015)
- WPBS's Public Eye: Human Trafficking (Jan. 15, 2015)