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Campaign to Ban the Van/Preserving and Pickling Phone In

Banning the Van:  It was a tragic accident that people in the Maritimes will never forget. Two winters ago, a passenger van carrying members of the Bathurst High School basketball team collided with an on-coming tractor-trailer on a snow and ice covered highway. Seven members of the team died that night, as did the wife of the coach. He was driving the van. The accident sparked an inquest, and led the New Brunswick government to ban the use of 15- seat passenger vans for school trips. Prince Edward Island has enacted a similar ban. In Nova Scotia, it's been illegal to use the vans to transport school students since the mid 1980's. There's a similar ban in Quebec.Two mothers who lost their sons in accidents involving the 15-seat passenger vans want to extend that ban to every province. And they're targetting Canada's ministers of transportation, who are now meeting in Halifax. Isabelle Hain's 17-year-old son Daniel died in the Bathurst crash. Stella Gurr lost her 26-year-old son Michael when the van he was travelling in rolled over near Brandon, Manitoba.

In a Pickle: What better time to focus on pickling? All manner of vegetables are candidates for home canning.There are the usual cucumbers - but also beets, beans, carrots and zucchini, even pumpkin and watermelon rind. Ellie Topp is the co-author of The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving, and she answered your questions about canning and preserving.

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