September 2011 Archives

PEI Election Preview, Minister MacKay's Flights, Thanksgiving Dinner, Eating Local, Mean Geese

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We look ahead to the election in PEI, and pick up the debate on Minister Peter MacKay's flight expenses. We take your calls on Thanksgiving Dinner. Plus, a month of eating local in Cape Breton.

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Chef Craig Flinn's Pick for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast with Fava Bean Succotash
Serves 4 to 6

This is a great way to enjoy turkey without roasting an enormous bird and worrying about what to do with the leftovers for a week. Boneless turkey breasts are always available fresh and are very cheap compared to boneless chicken. But the lean meat can easily be overcooked-enter the bacon. Barding meat, or laying fat over the flesh during baking, prevents loss of moisture, adds flavour, and inhibits shrinkage. I also use a brine here which adds additional moisture and seasoning to the meat. I would serve this dish with any simple side dish, like mashed potatoes, but the sweet and colourful succotash really makes it exciting.

Turkey breast
1 large boneless turkey breast (about 2 lb/1 kg)
1/4 cup (60 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
4 cups (1 L) cold water
7 or 8 slices lean smoked bacon

Succotash
3 cobs of corn
1/2 cup (125 mL) diced red pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) diced green pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) diced red onion
3/4 cup (180 mL) blanched fresh or tinned fava beans*
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (3 mL) freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup (180 mL) halved cherry tomatoes
3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh sage
3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh parsley

*Using fresh fava beans for this is much better than tinned. They can be purchased in the pod at market, shelled, and blanched in boiling water. After blanching, the white skin over the bean will peel away easily.

For the turkey breast:
Remove the skin from the turkey breast and trim any fat along the edges.


In a plastic container or bowl, mix together the salt, sugar, and water, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve. Place the turkey breast in the brine and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from the brine and pat dry with clean paper towels; discard the brine.

On a large flat surface, lay the strips of bacon down with the edges just overlapping, forming a rough square of bacon. Lay the breast in the centre and pull each strip of bacon up and over the breast, overlapping the ends each time. Flip the breast over and place on a roasting rack above a baking tray. The seams of the bacon should be against the rack so they do not uncoil as the breast cooks.


Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Roast the breast on the middle rack for 45 minutes, then carefully roll the breast over to expose the underside (where the bacon seams are). Roast for 30 minutes, until the bacon begins to colour and render some fat. Then flip the breast back over to its original side and continue baking until the internal temperature reaches 145° to 155°F (62° to 68°C).

Rest the turkey for at least 20 minutes before carving. Serve in 1/4- to 1/2-in (3 to 5 mm) slices; slicing the turkey too thinly may cause the bacon to fall off and ruin the presentation.

For the succotash:
Carefully remove the kernels of corn from the cobs. Sauté the corn, bell peppers, red onion, and fava beans in the butter until the corn begins to "snap"; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs just before serving.

Eating Food from Cape Breton for 30 Days

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Find out more about Alicia Lake's extreme local food challenge! You can find her blog at http://cblocaldiet.ca/

Concordia Investigation, Geese Behaviour, Multiple Messages in Bottles

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Investigators conclude that human error is to blame for the sinking of the SV Concordia. Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft answers your questions about Canada Geese. Plus, meet a man from PEI who has sent thousands of messages in bottles.
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Youth Crime Debate Continues, Kevin O'Leary, PEI Potatoes for Doctors

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More of your thoughts on the pros and cons of getting tough on violent young offenders. Your questions for entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary. Plus, an election proposal to trade PEI potatoes for Cuban doctors.
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Underage Drinking, Youth Crime, Stuck Ship

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Bar owners in Halifax share information to keep underage drinkers out. Your thoughts on whether we need to be tougher on young offenders, in light of the government's proposed crime bill. Plus, an update on the ship stuck off the coast of Cape Breton.
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Investment Advice, Genealogy, Your Feedback

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Financial Advisor Dan Noel on the global financial picture, and what to do with your money. Your feedback on politicians using government planes. Terry Punch on genealogy. Plus, your thoughts on couponing and superstition.
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High Flying Politicians, Couponing Tips, More Maritime Superstitions

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The cost to the public of politicians using government jets for personal reasons. Hunting for deals at the checkout. And more of your superstitions.

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Election trouble in Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church), Red Head Stories, Maritime Superstitions

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Officials at a New Brunswick First Nation are accused of vote buying and ballot tampering. Growing up as a read head. Plus, favourite superstitions from the Maritimes.

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Africville Hiring Saga, NB Gas Wars, Home Heating Advice, Red Heads

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Revealing information about the employment history for the new executive director of the Africville Heritage Trust. Costco sparks a battle in Fredericton by lowering gas prices. Art Irwin gives home heating advice. Plus, why an international sperm bank will no longer
accept sperm from red-haired men.
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Africville Controversy, Pros and Cons of Spanking Children

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Some members of NS's black community are outraged that a white woman was hired to run the Africville Heritage Trust. We ask: Was it wrong to hire a white person for the job? Plus, we debate the pros and cons of spanking as a way to discipline children.
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Sydney Dredge, Home School Study, Automotive Expert

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Moving lobster and crab out of Sydney harbour before the dredging starts. A new study shows home schoolers do as well, or better, than public school students when it comes to academics. Plus, our automotive expert takes your questions.
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PEI Immigration News Conference, Oxfam Donations, Paint Expert

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Reporter Brendan Elliot on a news conference about allegations of wrongdoing in the PEI Immigration Program, the Executive Director of Oxfam on famine relief donations, and paint expert Jim White gives painting advice.
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PEI Immigration Investigation, Swiss Air Probe, Fixed Elections

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Allegations of fraud and bribery in a PEI immigration program. Ottawa calls in the RCMP. A former investigator questions the cause of the Swissair crash, and suggests the plane might have been brought down deliberately. Plus, we ask: Are fixed election dates good for democracy?
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Lead Contamination, Complementary Cancer Therapies, Booster Seats

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A water quality expert on lead contamination in public buildings. Your questions about alternative or complementary cancer treatments. Plus, a 9 year old speaks out about the rules around booster seats.
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Meet Nova Scotia's Booster Seat... Booster!

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Nine-year-old Kieran Sharpe wants Nova Scotia to remove the age cap for booster seats, and focus on a height requirement instead (4'9"). See the poster for his campaign here...

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Complementary Cancer Medicine

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Check out this webcast with alternative care experts Dr. Rob Rutledge and Lynda Balneaves http://healingandcancer.tv/

Surrogate Mother, Hazing, MLA Expenses, Your Feedback

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A surrogate mother in Bathurst gives birth to twins, only to have the intended parents abandon her. Hazing and initiation lives on at Maritime universities. Former NS MLA Dave Wilson heads to court. Plus, your feedback on election debates and "Cultureville".
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Election Debate Protocol, Cultureville Nominations, Homework Feedback

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We ask if it was fair for CBC TV to exclude 3 of the 5 party leaders in PEI's provincial election from the televised debate. Your nominations for "Cultureville" in the Maritimes. Plus, more of your thoughts on the pros and cons of homework.
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Drinking Death, Is Homework Important?, Feedback, Cold Call

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NS's chief medical health officer responds to news that a university student has died of alcohol poisoning. We ask for your take on homework. Your stories about cooking on your own for the first time. Plus, we make a "cold call" and ask what you would put in a time capsule.
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Hockey Head Shots, Student Nutrition, Your Feedback

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Banning head shots in hockey, what's holding the NHL back. Your memories of cooking on your own for the first time. Plus, your feedback on frosh drinking, cutting down trees and small schools.
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New Page Bankruptcy, Alcohol Poisoning, School Anxiety, Your Feedback

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The company behind the New Page pulp and paper mill in Port Hawkesbury files for bankruptcy. An emergency doctor explains the facts behind alcohol poisoning. Advice on preparing anxious kids for school. Plus, your feedback on efforts in Moncton to prevent property owners from cutting trees.

P.S. We had some trouble with our signal today, so the 10 minutes before Peter Coade are lost! Our apologies for that...


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PEI Election, Tree Protest, Small Schools, Found Buoy

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PEI calls an election today and we look at voter trends. Monctonians protest as crews cut down trees near a heritage property. We ask: Are small schools better schools? Plus, a beachcomber finds the original owners of a lost-and-found buoy.
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Trucking Thefts, Call Centres, Gardening Qs, Gap Year Feedback

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Find out who's stealing tractor trailers full of cargo in the Maritimes. We look at the future of the call centre business in this region, following another closure in Cape Breton. Marjorie Willison on gardening. Plus, your feedback on the value of a "gap year".
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Invasive Beetle in NB, the Value of a Gap Year, Hunting for Red Sea Glass

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An invasive beetle that destroys spruce trees is discovered in NB for the first time. Your thoughts on the pros and cons of a gap year between highschool and post-secondary education. Plus, tales on the hunt for red sea glass.
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Career Planning With Your Kids: A Guide For Parents

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Look to "The Decade After High School: A Parent's Guide" for hints on helping your son or daughter plan their career after graduation. http://www.resilienceresearch.org/files/the_decade_after_high_school_parents_guide.pdf