November 2011 Archives

Fired School Board, Loyalty Cards, Bye Bye Moustache

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Another elected board in the region is fired - what needs to happen to make them work? Your feedback on a power rate increase in NS. Tips for cashing in on loyalty cards and reward points. Plus, a farewell to the "Movember" moustache.
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NS Power Rate Increase, Writing a Will, Holiday Decorating Cold Call

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Nova Scotians react to a 9.1% increase to their power bills. Advice on writing a will. Plus, we make a cold call to Rustico, PEI on when is it too soon to start decorating for the holidays?
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Boys Lagging in the Classroom, Our Paint Expert, Your Feedback

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A Canada-wide testing program for grade 8 students shows that boys are lagging behind. We ask why. Our paint expert, Jim White, takes your questions about painting, staining and wallpaper. Plus your feedback on the layout of our liquor stores.
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And the Winner is...

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Thanks to everyone who entered their names in our book draw today for "Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines" by Natalie MacLean. The winners are: Sandra O'Leary, Lynda FitzGerald and Kenzie MacNeil!

Black Friday Goes Local, Buying Cheap Wine, Your Feedback, Kijiji Ad

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Mixed messages on Black Friday: buy everything? Buy nothing? Or buy local? Wine critic and author Natalie MacLean on buying good quality wine on the cheap. Your feedback on snow clearance and pronunciation pet peeves. Plus, a funny NB Kijiji ad attracts hits from around the world.
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Hilarious NB Kijiji Ad Attracts Hits from Around the World

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This Kjiji ad for a snowblower from a Moncton seller is just racking up the hits, simply because the writing is so hilarious! Check it out for yourself: http://moncton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-equipment-11HP-29-Snowblower-W0QQAdIdZ332915918

Reducing MLAs, Snow Plowing, New Health Accord

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The New Brunswick government says fewer MLAs could help cut costs. Your feedback on snow plowing after the storm. Plus, your calls on what you'd like to see in the 2014 Canadian Health Accord.
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Maritime Snow Clearance Policies

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Link: Nova Scotia's snow plowing guidelines (PDF)

Link: New Brunswick's snow plowing guidelines (PDF - go to page 6 in the document)

Link: Snow removal contacts in PEI

SPCA Struggle, Aging Well, Unclaimed Ticket

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The executive director of the Nova Scotia SPCA addresses the power struggle in Cape Breton. Your calls on how your community serves seniors. Plus, the details on an unclaimed million dollar lotto ticket.
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Lobster Vote, Holiday Spending, CPR Obligation

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Fishermen vote to split the fishing season to push prices up. A poll shows Maritimers will spend more this Christmas than other Canadians. Plus, your calls on the 'moral obligation' to perform CPR.
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Crosby Returns, Grammar Pet Peeves, Cat Calls

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Sidney Crosby returns to NHL action tonight, we ask what his experience teaches us about preventing head injuries in youth hockey. Your grammar pet peeves. Plus, more of your "cat came back" stories.
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Underwear Thefts, Cat Came Back Stories, Your Feedback

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A psychologist on whether the underwear thefts in NB could escalate to something more serious. Your feedback on allowing Sunday hunting. Some amazing "cat came back" stories. Plus, more of your thoughts on electric vehicles.
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Sunday Hunting, Electric Cars, Men and Romance, Your Feedback

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NS MLA Andrew Younger pushing for Sunday hunting. Your feedback on a photo banned from Fredericton city hall. Electric vehicles soon to be available, an expert takes your questions. Plus, new research shows men prefer romance over sex.
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Future for Liverpool Paper Mill, Personal Debt, Controversial Photo

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Bowater Mersey paper mill workers vote on job cuts and major concessions or risk permanent closure. Advice on paying off your debts. Plus, why a Fredericton artist is not allowed to display his work at city hall.
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Jeff Crawford Photo - Offensive?

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Here's the link: http://www.jcrawford.ca/Emersion/content/_MG_6702_Edit_large.html

Future of Occupy NS, Your Feedback on the Eviction, Weather Qs

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A spokesperson for Occupy NS explains what's next for the movement now that the encampment is gone. More of your answers to the question: Was Halifax right to evict the Occupy protesters? Plus, senior climatologist David Phillips takes your weather questions.
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PEI Suspicious Deaths, Occupy NS, Freezing Food

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RCMP release more details about two suspicious deaths in New Annan, PEI. We ask: was Halifax right to evict the Occupy protesters? Plus, Chef Craig Flinn has tips on freezing food.
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Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Note: This recipe, as with many basic baking recipes, uses weight measurements which are more consistent than volume measures. You can purchase a simple scale for weights under 2 lbs at any kitchen supply store or large grocery stores these days. They are well worth the $5 to $20 investment.

  • 450 g pitted dates
  • 450 ml water
  • 180 g softened unsalted butter
  • 450 g brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 540 g unbleached white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  1. Boil dates in water until soft (about 5 mins.) and puree in a food processor. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl using the paddle attachment, then add the date puree, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until a smooth creamy base is formed. Sieve flour, baking powder, and salt together and add to wet mixture. Mix gently until just combined into a homogenous batter.
  2. Pour in buttered and floured 8 oz. ramekins three quarters full and bake at 350 F for about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool the puddings and remove from them from the ramekins, placing them on a cookie sheet. Freeze them for 2 hours on the cookie sheet, then transfer them into a large freezer bag.

Sauce:

(Make this sauce just before serving the puddings)

  • 300 g white sugar
  • 300 g unsalted butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 300 g heavy cream
  1. Boil sugar and butter together until golden brown and shock with lemon...stir in cream. Flavour with vanilla, rum, or your favorite liqueur.
  2. At service, remove the puddings from the freezer and place them on a dinner plate. Thaw for 30 minutes at room temperature, then warm them either in a microwave or 300 F oven until hot. Serve with the sauce and either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Serves 8

Special Remembrance Day Edition of Maritime Noon

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We discuss one of the major fronts during WWII, one that doesn't get as much attention as the Normany Invasion: The Italian Campaign. We also hear stories from 90-year-old veteran Justice David Dickson. And we hear a half hour service from the national war memorial in Ottawa.
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Veteran Voices of Canada

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Hear veterans tell their stories in their own voices: http://www.vetvoicecan.org/

Cancer Fraud, Winter Tire Qs, Your Feedback

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The former employee of a Halifax spa is sentenced for stealing money from the business, based on a fake cancer diagnosis. A winter driving expert has advice on winter tires. Plus your feedback on veteran medals and graphic safety campaigns for teens.
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Distracted Driving Message, Second Careers, Pastor Turned Elvis

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Was a presentation about distracted driving too graphic for teens? How to launch a second career, and a story about a former preacher turned Elvis impersonator. Plus, your feedback, and an update on NS's booster seat booster.
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Public Sector Pensions, Veterans' Medals, Home Energy Audits

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City workers in Saint John are facing a big cut to their pensions -- and that's just one of many public sector pensions in crisis. Why veterans' family members can't wear their medals on Remembrance Day. Plus, our home heating expert with a word of caution about home energy audits.
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Homeward Bound, Bay of Fundy, Beaver Trap Update, Your Feedback

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Maritimers in Alberta react to the promise of new shipbuilding jobs back home. What you love about the Bay of Fundy. An update on an unmarked beaver trap in NS. Plus, more of your stories about treasured possessions.
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NB Snow Plows, NS Beaver Trap, Most Treasured Possession

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A controversial plan to cut the NB winter maintenance budget worries rural residents. A NS man calls for signs marking deadly beaver traps. Your stories about your most treasured possession. Plus, your feedback on parents misbehaving in the stands.
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Is Your Road Going to be Plowed this Winter?

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New Brunswick has announced it's no longer going to plow private roads with less than three full time residents on it. Find out if your road is on the list: http://www.gnb.ca/0113/WinterMaintenance/ProvincialSummary.pdf

 

Paper Mill Workers, MLA Pensions, Sport Parenting, Your Feedback

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Another paper mill in the region is in danger of closing. We hear from some of the workers at Bowater Mersey in Liverpool, NS. An independent review panel asks if MLA pensions are too generous. Your suggestions for changing the culture in the stands when sport parents get rowdy. Plus, your feedback on French Immersion and the new Auditor General.
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Missing Woman, Early French Immersion, Unilingual Auditor General

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We check in with volunteers, three and a half weeks after Amber Kirwan went missing in New Glasgow, NS. We ask: Is earlier better when it comes to kids starting French Immersion? Plus, the new auditor general and his French language skills -- or lack of them.
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Beach Erosion, Fraud Warnings, More Ghost Stories

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Fighting erosion at Dominion Beach in Cape Breton. What the next storm could mean for the shoreline. When employees and volunteers steal - we talk fraud. Plus, more of your deliciously spooky ghost stories.
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