January 2012 Archives

Delaying Retirement, Chemical Cosmetics, Acadian Discovery

Posted by Maritime Noon

Is working past the age of 65 a good idea? Learn about the chemicals in your cosmetics. Plus, Acadian researchers re-discover a long-lost document.
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Fredericton Gun Registry, Facts of Life, Mayoral Weight Loss Challenge

Posted by Maritime Noon

Why it's mandatory to register pellet and BB guns in Fredericton. Your feedback on possible cuts to Old Age Security. The best way to talk to kids about sex. Plus, the mayor of Toronto challenges his counterparts to lose weight, and PEI steps up.
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Changes to Old Age Security, Are You Driving a Lemon?

Posted by Maritime Noon

We debate the Prime Minister's suggestion that the Old Age Security program is unsustainable. Plus, advice on what's good value and what isn't when it comes to buying a vehicle.
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Insurance Contest, Overweight Pets, Your Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

A PEI family loses an insurance company contest that would have allowed them to make their home wheelchair-accessible - even though they earned the most votes from the public. A veterinarian shares tips on dealing with overweight pets. Plus, your feedback on exam exemptions and caring for Alzheimer patients.
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Exam Exemptions and Caring for Alzheimer Patients

Posted by Maritime Noon

Should schools allow exam exemptions for students? Plus, caring for Alzheimer patients. Your stories, and tips from Dr. Kenneth Rockwood.
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Mexico Travel, Turbine Feedback, Fixing Appliances

Posted by Maritime Noon

A travel consultant on whether it's safe to travel to Mexico. Your feedback on whether humans and wind turbines make good neighbours. Plus, advice on fixing your appliances.
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Wind Turbines & Your Health, C. difficile, Your Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

Do wind turbines affect human health? Understanding a potentially deadly bacteria in our hospitals called C. difficile. Plus, your feedback on joining a political party and cutting down on moose collisions.
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Moose Cull, Joining a Political Party, Your Feedback

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A biologist responds to a call for a moose cull to cut down on collisions with vehicles. More of your thoughts on paying for online news. We look at Maritimers and their involvement with political parties. Plus, your feedback on the legacy of the Enterprise Fawcett foundry in Sackville, NB.
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Historic Foundry Destroyed, Paying for News, Bible Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

Sackville's Enterprise Fawcett foundry burns down. Some local papers are charging you to read online news -- will you pay? Plus, more of your feedback on handing out Bibles in schools.
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Bibles in Schools, Household Solutions

Posted by Maritime Noon

A PEI parent is upset to learn The Gideons have permission to distribute bibles in his daughter's public school. We ask for your reaction. Plus, green solutions to everyday household problems.
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Bibles in Schools

Posted by Maritime Noon

A statement from Kelvin Warkentin with The Gideons International in Canada:

As you've probably already read on our website, we began offering New Testaments to Grade Five students in 1946. The Canadian public school system at that time was very open to it, so it became an annual tradition across the country that students would receive their own personal, pocket sized copy. Canada was a different country back then, especially with regards to the diversity of religions in the classrooms.

Grade Five was chosen as "the year" because research shows this is about the time when children begin asking the big questions of life. The Gideons wanted to offer children the opportunity to read a book that they believed would offer them positive guidance in the decisions they would be facing as they grew older. This philosophy has been affirmed again and again by adults who have told us they have hung onto that New Testament for many years and have derived much wisdom and hope from it. That Testament has altered the path of many readers.

However, over time due to the religious fabric of our country changing, school boards began to re-evaluate their policy on this free service by The Gideons. It was usually a case of someone in the community disagreeing with the distribution and voicing their opinion to the school board. In response, some school boards have opted to ban all distribution of "religious" matter to students. Others have opted to evaluate it on an annual basis, based on the community's feelings on it, and make the opportunity available to all religions. Still other school boards are completely open to it and our members still distribute the New Testaments to the schools.

Generally speaking, boards that do allow the distribution send home a letter or card to the parents asking whether or not they consent to their child receiving a New Testament. There is no pressure or "sales pitch" to the parent, and they are free to opt out of this offer.

The Gideons' position is that offering a free New Testament to students is optional to the school boards and we respect their decision. It is completely up to them whether or not students be offered a Gideons New Testament.

We still believe that there is a place for religion in public schools and that shutting out the open discussion of God and other spiritual matters from our public school system will have a long-term detrimental affect on our Canadian young people. However, it is not our philosophy to force the issue, nor do we view it as a right of ours to continue the distributions.

Military Spy, Automotive Qs, Air Canada Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

A Nova Scotian is charged with sharing military secrets. We learn more about the realities of espionage in Canada. Automotive expert Doug Bethune takes your questions. Plus, your comments on Air Canada's response to an emergency landing.
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Air Canada Complaint, Home Heating Qs, Your Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

A NS couple say an emergency landing ruined their honeymoon, and all they got from Air Canada was a $100 voucher. More of your tips on cutting costs in the healthcare system. Home heating expert Art Irwin answers your questions. Plus, more fat cat stories.
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Tiny (the Not-So-Tiny-Cat) On the Move!

Posted by Maritime Noon

Tiny doesn't seem too keen on fulfilling his New Year's Resolution. Check it out:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/01/13/nb-tiny-cat-spca-1152.html

Cheap Mortgage, Waste in Health Care, Really Fat Cat

Posted by Maritime Noon

The Bank of Montreal offers the lowest 5 year mortgage rate from a major bank in Canadian history - we look at the fine print. Your feedback on the high cost of home heating oil. Plus, we ask: Where do you see waste in the health care system? Finally, meet a very fat cat from the Fredericton SPCA.
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Recipe: Snow Crab Cakes

Posted by Maritime Noon

Simple but delicious, this recipe relies on the very best fresh crab legs straight out of the shell. If you use canned or frozen meat in a bag they could taste fishy and not nearly as nice.

 

For the cakes:

 

  • 2 cups picked crab meat (about 2 lbs in shell)
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • ¼ cup minced celery
  • ¼ cup minced fennel bulb (optional)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¾ cup real mayonnaise or whipped salad dressing
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp fresh cut chives, dill, fennel fronds, or other fresh herb of your choice
  • 1 cup panko or dried bread crumbs

 

  1. After you pick the crab meat from the shells, gently tear the pieces into small bits, leaving some larger pieces for texture. Carefully feel the meat for any pieces of shell that may be present. Then, squeeze the meat in small handfuls to remove any excess water. Place the meat in a bowl and refrigerate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2.  Sauté the onion, celery, and fennel in the butter until translucent, then deglaze with the wine. Reduce until all the wine is evaporated and add this mixture to the crabmeat bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice and zest, vinegar, salt, pepper, and egg yolks until smooth. Add this dressing to the crabmeat bowl along with the first cup of panko breadcrumbs and the herbs. Mix very well together. Portion the mixture into 8 cakes and form into a puck shape. Refrigerate the cakes for about 30 minutes before breading just so they set and easier to handle. Then, follow the breading procedure below.

 

For the breading:

 

  • ½ cup flour seasoned well with salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup panko crumbs, Italian breadcrumbs, or crushed crackers
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

 

  1. Dredge each cake in the flour, then the egg wash, and then the breadcrumbs of choice. It must be done in this order for the breading to stick well to each cake. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. This is best over medium high heat, but watch them carefully as every stove is different. Place them on a cookie tray and bake for about 5 minutes at 350 F just to heat through. Serve immediately when they are crisp and delicious.

 

Ideas for sides:

 

Tartar sauce, mustard pickles, chow chow, and even a fruit chutney are great condiments with the cakes.

Home Heating Costs, Cooking Tips, Your Feedback

Posted by Maritime Noon

A new record for winter oil prices is forcing many Maritimers to scramble to stay warm. Chef Craig Flinn has tips to help you conquer your cooking nightmares. Plus, more of your feedback on re-useable coffee cups!
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McDonalds Cups, Radon Feedback, Plumbing Qs

Posted by Maritime Noon

Find out why McDonalds has a policy against using re-useable mugs. Your thoughts on testing for radon in the home. Plus, our expert takes your plumbing questions.
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Radon Links

Posted by Maritime Noon

Radon :  "What you need to know" flash presentation
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/radiation/radon/_radon_animation/animation-eng.php

Health Canada:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/radiation/radon/index-eng.php

How to find a Radon Specialist in your area:

  • Canadian Measurement Professionals list
  • http://www.neha-nrpp.org/Canada_Measurement.html

  • Canadian Mitigation Professionals list
  • http://www.neha-nrpp.org/Canada_Mitigation.html

    Lung Association:

    http://www.lung.ca/protect-protegez/pollution-pollution/indoor-interieur/radon-radon_e.php

    Coyote Encounters, Radon Facts, Your Feedback

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    Another close encounter with a coyote has Maritimers wondering how to improve our relationship with the animals. Your feedback on Brad Marchand's suspension and fine. Tips on how to test for radon in your home. Plus, more of your thoughts on roadside litter.
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    Marchand Controversy, Record Collector, Disposable Cup Feedback

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    NS hockey hero Brad Marchand faces a disciplinary hearing today - we ask if his reputation could become a problem down the line. A record collector assesses the value of your vinyl. Plus, your thoughts on the amount of litter from disposable cups.
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    Brad Marchand - Dirty Hit?

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    The Boston Bruins player faces a disciplinary hearing today. Does he deserve to be suspended for this hit in Saturday's game? Watch it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GN2cFZ1oMA

    Today on Maritime Noon, we discuss Marchand's reputation as a dirty player - will it help or hinder the Hammonds Plains native in his NHL career?

    John Simon Settlement, Home Renos, Tim Hortons Cup Litter

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    The family of an aboriginal man shot and killed by the RCMP reaches a settlement. Answers to your home renovation questions. Plus, a representative from Tim Hortons responds to the number of disposable cups that seem to end up in the ditch!
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    EI Delays, Feeding the Birds, Your Feedback

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    Why some Maritimers are facing long delays getting their EI claims approved. Tips for feeding the birds in your backyard. Plus, your feedback on the fairness of Canada's EI system, commuter fees and tethering dogs.
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    Chickadee Pie

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 cups chopped suet
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup cornmeal
    • 1 cup water 
    1. Melt the suet over medium-low heat. Do not over-heat as this fat can ignite! When mostly malted (there may be some solid lumps that just won't melt), add other ingredients and mix well. Pour into an 8 x 8 pan, cool and cut into cubes. The 'pie' can be 'served' in an onion bag or wire suet feeder.
    2. If using an onion or mesh bag, be sure to keep the bag quite full as birds can become entangled in a nearly empty bad. Secure the 'pie' holder carefully as crows might take off with the whole thing. Keep leftover 'pie' in the freezer and the portion being fed in the shade so that it will not go rancid. In warm weather, check suet products frequently to ensure they have not gone bad.  Throw out all rancid suet products and clean the holder thoroughly.

    Variations:

    1. Other seeds and nuts can be added if desired, but no salted fats, such as bacon fats or fats collected from the kitchen.
    2. The mixture, when still semi-liquid, can be poured or spread into holes in a suet log. Or, dip cones repeatedly in the mixture until heavily coated and hang them from tree branches.  Great fun and a little bit messy hands-on experience for kids! 

    Lahey Sentence, SJ Commuter Fees, EI Changes

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    An Ottawa judge sentences the former bishop of Antigonish - Ramond Lahey - for importing child pornography. Saint John city councillors consider road tolls and higher parking fees for commuters - we hear from one of those commuters. Plus, your take on proposed changes to the EI system.
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    Occupy Fredericton, Dog Behaviour Questions

    Posted by Maritime Noon

    City staff dismantle the Occupy protest site outside Fredericton city hall. Plus, your questions on your dog's behavioural oddities.
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