May 2011 Archives

Hospital Evacuation, Ant Invasion, Chimney Swifts

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We talk to the man who made the call to evacuate the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, NS following a bomb threat. Zoologist Andrew Hebda on ants in the house. Plus, the plight of a little bird called the Chimney Swift.

If you want to send a sample ant to Andrew Hebda for identification, here's the address: 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3A6. Also, for questions about which pesticides you can use, check out the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.


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Postal Strike Deadline, Sea Dogs Win, Lyme Disease, Feedback

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Canada Post workers set a strike deadline, we celebrate the first Maritime hockey team to win the Memorial Cup, infectious disease specialist Dr. Todd Hatchette on Lyme Disease, plus your feedback on seawalls, internet access, MVIs, woodlots and more.
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Paying for Online News, No Internet Access, Seawalls, Solving the "Carport" Mystery

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Should you have to pay to read online news? We ask two people in the business. Hear about one woman's struggle to access highspeed internet at home. The pros and cons of coastal seawalls. Plus, we solve the "carport" mystery.
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Internet Access, "Carport" Names, Woodlots, MVIs

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A new Statistics Canada survey shows New Brunswickers are the least likely to have internet access at home. Your suggestions for alternate "carport" names. Clearcutting reductions mean more pressure on woodlot owners to get involved. Proposed changes to motor vehicle inspections.
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Sea Level Bylaw, Indoor Cat Feedback, Grains, Butterfly Atlas

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Find out how a small coastal community in NB is leading the fight against rising sea levels. Your thoughts on protecting songbirds by keeping cats indoors. Nutritionist Mary Sue Waisman on grains. Plus, how you can help document the butterflies in our region.


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Grain Recipes from Nutritionist Mary Sue Waisman

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NUTTY AND FRUITY QUINOA SALAD WITH MAPLE VINAIGRETTE

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup toasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup Maple Vinaigrette (see recipe below) 
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and 2 cups water; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl. Add almonds, apple, apricots, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins and mint; toss to combine. Pour in vinaigrette and toss gently to coat.

Nutrients Per Serving: 233 Calories, 8.3g Fat, 1.1g Saturated Fat, 29 mg (1%DV) Sodium, 36g Carboyhydrate, 4g (16%DV) Fiber, 6g Protein, 47 mg (4%DV) Calcium, 3.1 mg (22%DV) Iron

Diabetes Food Choice Values: 2 Carbohydrates, 1 1/2 Fats

 

MAPLE VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  1. In a jar, combine maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, oil and 2 tbsp water. Seal and shake until well blended.
  2. Store in a refrigerator for up to 1 week, shaking well before use. Makes 1 cup (250 mL)

 

BARLEY TERRINE

  • 2/3 cup pot barley
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Prepare 9-by-5-inch (23 by 12.5cm) metal loaf pan, greased.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil over high heat. Stir in barley. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Drain and discard any excess water. Transfer barley to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
  3. Add eggs, cheese, onion, celery, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, walnuts, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper to barley and stir to form a uniform mixture. Press gently into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove and let stand for 10 minutes. Unmold onto a cutting board and cut into 8 slices. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrients Per Serving: 279 Calories, 16.7g Fat, 7.2g Saturated Fat, 355mg (15%DV) Sodium, 19g Carbohydrate, 5g (20%DV) Fiber, 15g Protein, 243mg (22%DV) Calcium, 2.1mg (15%DV) Iron

Diabetes Food Choice Valutes: 1 Carbohydrate, 1 1/2 Meat & Alternatives, 2 Fats


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Cats on the Prowl, Car Maintenance, Your Feedback

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A NS veterinarian presents the case for protecting birds by keeping you cats indoors. Our automotive consultant Doug Bethune takes your car maintenance questions. Plus, tension on the street: drivers speak out about cyclists on the road.
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Finance Ministers, Cycling Road Rules, Mi'kmaq Immersion

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Provincial finance ministers respond to concerns that cuts in Ottawa will hurt Maritimers. Your feedback on fracking and gardening. Clarifying the rules of the road for cyclists -- and drivers. Plus, we mark 10 years of Mi'kmaq immersion classes.
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Can You Identify These Flowers?

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RECIPE FOR KILLING CREEPING CHARLIE

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  1. Dilute 285 grams of Borax in 1 cup of warm water.
  2. Dilute that mixture with water until you have 10 litres.
  3. Apply that over 100 square metres... voila!
  4. Do this in June, when the plants are rapidly growing.

CAUTION: To avoid killing your grass as well, do not apply more than once a year and no more than two years in a row.


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NB Minister on Fracking, Cold Call Grand Manan, Gardening, Your Feedback

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NB Environment Minister on a recent trip to the US to observe shale gas operations. We make a cold call to Grand Manan after ferry service is cut-off. Marjorie Willison takes your gardening questions. Plus, your thoughts on coastal development, school cancellation policies and life jackets.
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Federal Cabinet, Snow Days, Cottage Inheritance, Coastline Documentary

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Understanding the stories behind Stephen Harper's cabinet announcement. A NS school board decides whether to keep schools open on snow days. Your questions about inheriting family property. Plus, a new documentary film explores coastal development in NS.
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Drowning Danger, RCMP Emergency Response, Dukan Diet, Your Feedback

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A grim reminder about the dangers of boating this time of year. RCMP explain why they didn't send an ambulance to an accident scene in NB. Your questions and comments about the latest fad: The Dukan Diet. Plus, your feedback on tanning, liquor laws, and driving.
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911 Response, Wine Protest, Tanning Ban, Tax Talk, Shoreline Erosion

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A trucker questions 911 response time in NB after an early morning collision. Challenging the law when it comes to carrying wine across provincial borders. NS bans under-19s from using tanning beds. Your thoughts on gas prices. Plus, shoreline erosion along the Northumberland Strait.
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Gas Prices, Booster Seats, Ethical Fabrics, Tan-Free Prom

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A gas price explainer, new research finds most parents take their kids out of their booster seats too soon, a new movement promotes ethical fabrics, and PEI highschool students sign a pledge not to get a tan for prom.
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NS on Hyde Inquiry, Fracking Feedback, Obesity Laws, Worst Road in the Maritimes

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Nova Scotia responds to the Howard Hyde inquiry. Your feedback on new fracking research. Is legislation the way to stop the consumption of unhealthy foods? Plus, your nominations for worst road in the region.
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Fracking Study, "Bluenoser" Theories, Learning Disabilities, Cold Call

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A new study on the impact of fracking, your thoughts on where the term "Bluenoser" comes from, your questions on learning disabilities, and a cold call on the worst road in the Maritimes.
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Endangered Tuna, Folk Names Feedback, Prospecting for Gold

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A biologist explains why he doesn't think the government will accept a recommendation to declare the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna an endangered species. Your thoughts on folknames for our communities. Plus, prospecting for gold in the Maritimes.
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Stranded Whale, Gas Price Feedback, Folk Names for Our Communities

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Rescuers work to save a beached whale in the New Glasgow area. Your thoughts on regulating gas prices. Plus, we exchange stories about the folk names for the people and places in the Maritimes.


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Having Trouble Downloading Our Podcast?

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We've discovered a little glitch in our software, but our podcast library is on the mend as we speak. It should be up and running again by midnight on Friday, May 6th. In the meantime, you can listen to the shows you might have missed right here on this webpage. Just click on the audio player at the bottom of each blog entry. Thanks for your patience!
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Oil Prices, NS Pharmacies, Ticks, e-Books vs. Paper Books

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Price of oil drops dramatically, NS pharmacists protest proposed legislation, your questions on ticks and your feedback on electronic books versus paper books.
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Flood Warning: St. John River Basin

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There's a flood warning in place throughout the entire St. John River Basin. In Bathurst, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and Edmunston. This includes many full road closures. Visit the "River Watch" page on the New Brunswick website for more information.


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Fracking, Electric Heat Ban, e-Books, Census Cold Call

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An Alberta woman says fracking ruined her water supply, and launches a lawsuit. Your thoughts on a controversial proposal to ban electric baseboard heating in NB. Electronic versus traditional books. Plus, a cold call to Montague, PEI on the mandatory census.


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Electric Heat Debate, Lahey Pleads Guilty, PEI Gas Leak, Your Feedback

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Should electric baseboard heaters be banned in new homes? Home heating expert Art Irwin weighs in. Former NS Roman Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey pleads guilty to one count of possessing child porn. A PEI gas leak sends about 20 people to hospital. Plus, your feedback on swing voters.
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Federal Election Results: Our Panel and Your Views

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Our political panel's perspective on the federal election outcome. What does it mean for the Maritimes? Plus, a political science professor takes your comments and questions on our new government.


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Osama bin Laden's Death, Election Day, Cheese Guru, Your Feedback

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US Special Forces kill Osama Bin Laden. Some of your views on the death of the most hunted man in the world. An election day look at the ridings to watch in the Maritimes. We chat with Canada's cheese guru. Plus, your feedback on the royal wedding.
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