August 2011 Archives

MLA Trial, Pitbull Ban, Beachcombing, Wish Book Stories

Posted by Maritime Noon

The latest on the fraud trial for former Nova Scotia MLA Richard Hurlburt. The pros and cons of a pitbull ban. Your stories about best beachcombing finds. Plus, more memories of the Christmas Wish Book.
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Dog Attack, Analog to Digital TV, Christmas Wish Book

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A Nova Scotian calls for a ban on pitbulls after she's attacked at the beach. We clarify which Maritimers need to upgrade their televisions to receive the new digital signal. Plus, your memories of the "Christmas Wish Book".
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Do you need to convert your old TV?

Posted by Maritime Noon

The first step is to find out if CBC TV is converting to digital in your area. If you live in the Fredericton, Halifax or Charlottetown areas, you need to buy a converter box and antenna for your old tv with rabbit-ears, or buy cable or satellite to continue watching. Check this map to find out if you fall within the boundaries of those cities' transmitters: http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/tvn/pdf-maps/TN-0024_TVE_PATL.pdf 

Storm Stories, Stanley Cup, Dream Interpretation, Cold Call

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We hear about the potential for a storm surge along the Bay of Fundy. The Stanley Cup reaches Halifax from PEI. A psychoanalyst does dream interpretation. Plus, we make a cold call on preparing for Irene.
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Hurricane Irene, Going Unplugged, Layton Funeral, Your Feedback

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The latest on Hurricane Irene as she heads up the coast. Your thoughts on our drinking culture in the Maritimes. Your stories about unplugging from technology. Plus, a former New Brunswicker on officiating Jack Layton's funeral.
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Anti-Fracking Defense, Layton Walk, Do We Drink Too Much?

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An NB environmental group defends its reputation after the environment minister accuses it of spreading misinformation and inciting protest around natural gas exploration. A 15-year-old Nova Scotian organizes a walk to honour Jack Layton. Plus, we ask: do we need to change our drinking culture in the Maritimes? If so, how do we do that?
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NB Earthquake, Goods in the Woods, Baby Names, Hurricane Watch

Posted by Maritime Noon

A geophysics expert from UNB explains why Frederictonians felt the Virginia earthquake. Your stories about foraging in the woods. The most popular baby names in NS this year. Plus, the latest on Hurricane Irene's trek up the coast.
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Foraging Goods from the Woods

Posted by Maritime Noon

Get your own copy of a photo guide to non-timber forest products by following this link: http://www.fundymodelforest.net/

Paper Mill Closure, Dog Behaviour Expert, Layton's Letter

Posted by Maritime Noon

The political response to New Page's decision to close the paper mill in Port Hawkesbury. Our dog behaviour expert answers your questions on everything from aggression to fear. Plus, a call to live each day to the fullest, in the wake of Jack Layton's letter to Canadians.
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Remembering Jack Layton, Cancer Specialist, Drowning Accidents

Posted by Maritime Noon

NDP Leader Jack Layton has lost his battle with cancer. He died early this morning at age 61. We hear how Maritimers are reacting to the sad and stunning news. Medical oncologist Dr. Mary Davis helps us understand how quickly cancer can progress. Plus, we speak with the Canadian Red Cross about two recent drowning accidents.
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Hydro-electric Energy, Marjorie Willson on Gardening, and Meat Cove

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A hyrdro-electric project could bring clean energy to the maritimes for decades, Marjorie Willison takes your questions, from transplanting grape vines, to rescuing hydrangea, and we'll check in with Meat Cove: it's been one year since the community flooded.
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Romeo Cormier update, Energy Efficient Housing, and Raccoon and Oil exploration Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

CBC Reporter Kate Letterick brings us up to speed on Romeo Cormier's trial, we answer your questions about low energy housing. Then, it's your turn: we hear some of your stories about those cute but troublesome critters: raccoons.
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Oil Exploration, Raccoons, and Empathy in Schools

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Controversy over oil exploration in Maritime waters, Bob Bancroft answers your questions about raccoons, and using empathy as a teaching tool in schools.
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Seniors' Housing, Convention Centres, Active Citizens, and Aging Well

Posted by Maritime Noon

What it'll take to keep more seniors in their homes. Your feedback on the prospect of another new convention centre in the Maritimes. What it means to be an active citizen and more of your stories on the upside to aging.
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Acadian Pride, Convention Centres, Upside to Aging, More Canning Tips

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We mark National Acadian Day by asking for your proudest moments as Acadians. The Feds agree to help pay for a new convention centre in Halifax -- we ask if there's room for one more in the Maritimes. Your stories on the upside to aging. Plus, more tips on preserving the harvest.
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Recipe for Peach Lavender Jam

Posted by Maritime Noon

Thanks to Sherrie Graham in Yarmouth for sharing this recipe. She writes: "It's from The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard. Which, incidentally, is a fabulous book with over 300 recipes and thorough instructions - I highly recommend it!"

Peach Lavender Jam

  • 2 tbsp dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups finely chopped peaches (about 5-6 medium peaches)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 pouch liquid fruit pectin

    1. Place lavender flowers in a small bowl. Pour boiling water over flowers and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard flowers.

    2. Combine lavender liquid, peaches, lemon juice and sugar in a very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat and boil hard for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in pectin.

    3. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars and process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath. Makes 6 cups.

Wood Fossils, Food Scam, Preserving the Harvest, More Tattoo Stories

Posted by Maritime Noon

Ancient fossils in NB tell the story of the first wood on the planet. A warning about a groceries scam. Chef Craig Flinn has tips on canning, pickling, drying and jamming. Plus, more of your stories about getting inked.
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Classic Pickle Recipes from Chef Craig Flinn

Posted by Maritime Noon

GREEN TOMATO AND APPLE CHOW

Chow chow, as it is affectionately called in the Maritimes, is made with green tomatoes and onions. I use the apple as a sweetening element. It is crucial to use an apple that holds its shape otherwise it will melt and make the chow sloppy. I also cook my chow a bit less than many recipes as I enjoy the crisp texture of the green tomato and onions.

  • 9 lb (4 kg) green tomatoes diced
  • 2.2 lb (1 kg) onion diced
  • 1/4 (60 mL) cup rock salt
  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) peeled and diced apple (Jona Gold or Northern Spy)
  • 2 cups (500 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cloves
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (3 mL) allspice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) pickling spice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) water
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine green tomatoes, onions, and rock salt and set in a cool place overnight. It is not necessary to refrigerate at this point as it is desirable to extract as much water as possible from the vegetables. This process is more efficient if the vegetables are not extremely cold.
  2. The next day drain the vegetables of the released liquid but do not rinse. Place in a large pot and add the apples, cider vinegar, brown sugar, and spices. The pickling spice, available as a mix in most grocery stores, is best wrapped in a sachet of cheesecloth. This bundle can be easily removed after the pickles have simmered. Handy spice bags are now available as well during the pickling season.
  3. Simmer the pickles on low heat for 1 hour. Remove sachet and discard. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and water and add to the pot. The sauce will thicken very slightly and develop a lovely glossy sheen. Jar the chow in sterilized mason jars as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. For longer term storage of the chow, process the jars in a water sterilization pot as per the instructions. As a general rule, jars submerged in boiling water for 30 minutes will successfully sterilize the food.

 

CHIVES' MUSTARD PICKLES

This recipe comes after much experimentation and taste testing dozens of types of mustard pickles from village markets all over Nova Scotia. It has evolved into a "spoonable", chutney style pickle instead of large and chunky. This means it works well as a garnish for fish or as a condiment with burgers and sausages.

  • 10 cups (2 1/2 litres) English cucumbers diced, seeds removed (see below for instructions)
  • 5 cups (1250 mL) onions diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) red pepper minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) green pepper minced
  • 4 stalks celery minced
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) rock salt
  • 5 cups (1250 mL) boiling water
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) whole yellow mustards seeds
  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) dry mustard
  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) turmeric
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) crushed fenugreek
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cumin
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) ground black pepper
  • 6 cups (1500 mL) white vinegar
  • 8 cups (2 litres) white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (180 mL) cornstarch
  1. To properly prepare the cucumbers slice lengthwise and using a spoon remove the pulpy seeds from the center. Do not peel. Dice into pieces about 1/2 inch square (1 cm). Add salt to water and bring to a boil. Pour salted water over cucumbers, onions, peppers, and celery and let stand for 2 hours. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot combine spices with vinegar and sugar. Once thoroughly mixed remove 2 cups and set aside. Add the vegetables to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook the vegetables for a minimum of 15 minutes to remove as much excess water from the vegetables as possible. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and the reserved 2 cups of vinegar/sugar blend. Increase the heat again to high and resume the boil. Add the slurry and stir continuously until the pickles and sauce thicken. Simmer for 3 minutes and proceed to jarring in sanitized containers. It is always best to follow the manufacturer's directions for sterilizing mason jars and lids.
  3. For longer term storage of the chow, process the jars in a water sterilization pot as per the instructions. As a general rule, jars submerged in boiling water for 30 minutes will successfully sterilize the food.

Peat Moss Mess in NB, Tattoo Tales, Quit Smoking Stories

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Peat moss producers say the rain is ruining the harvest, and hurting the economy in Northern NB. Your tattoos and the stories behind them. Plus, more tales from people who managed to break their addiction to tobacco.
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Stanley Stand-off, Detox Holiday, Quitting Smoking, Scam Stories

Posted by Maritime Noon

An update on the stand-off outside of Stanley, NB, where protestors set up a blockade to protest shale gas development. Why the detox unit in Middleton, NS is closed for 2 weeks for staff vacations. Your stories about quitting, or trying to quit, smoking. Plus, more tales about your encounters with fraudsters.
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Earwigs in Wells, Scam Stories, Firewood Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

Why it's potentially dangerous to have earwigs in your well, and how you get rid of them. Your warning stories about scams and frauds. Plus, more answers to your questions about firewood.
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Don't Get Scammed!

Posted by Maritime Noon

Here are a couple of websites to help you avoid becoming a victim...

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/index-eng.htm

http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

http://romancescams.org/RedFlags.html

Global Finances, Homeless Vet Response, Firewood Tips, Root Cellar How-To

Posted by Maritime Noon

Economics prof Lars Osberg on another tough day for investors around the world, and the fall-out here in Canada. The Feds respond to a call for more help for homeless veterans. Plus, tips on buying firewood and how to build a root cellar.
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Homeless Veterans, Government Waste Feedback, Gardening Qs

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Volunteers call for special assistance for veterans living on the street. More of your suggestions for saving public money. Tips from gardening guru Marjorie Willison and a video of a dramatic cloud in Grand Falls becomes a YouTube sensation.
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Potato Pest, Government Waste, Feedback on Organics and Airport Delays

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Find out why PEI farmers are fighting a losing battle against wire worms. More of your feedback on the price of organic foods. Your thoughts on how we stop the government from wasting money. Plus, who to blame when lightning grounds planes at the Halifax airport.
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Airport Delays, City Council Size, Summer Books, Spider Stories

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Travellers react after an electrical storm grounds flights at the Halifax Airport. We ponder the advantages and disadvantages of smaller city councils. Your summer book suggestions. Plus, more spider questions and stories.
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Lightning Strike Fire, Trucker Fatigue, Spider Qs, Yard Sale Poem

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Meet a farmer who lost 50 animals when lightning struck his barn in Drummond, NB. A trucker describes the stress of being on the road. Zoologist Andrew Hebda takes your spider questions. Plus, an ode to the yard sale!
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