February 2012 Archives

Transit Strike Deadlock, Science of Death

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An Industrial Relations professor weighs in on the Halifax transit strike impasse. Plus, a medical examiner answers your questions about the science of death.
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Dying a Good Death - Links

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For information on advance care planning (ie starting the discussion about your wishes) see http://www.advancecareplanning.ca/
For a great all-round resource for almost any question about palliative care issues see:



Navy Spy, Job Bank Crash, Palliative Care, Your Feedback

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The latest developments in the cases of a naval officer from Nova Scotia accused of spying. A few perspectives on the federal government's job bank website going down. Your thoughts on what makes a good death. Plus, more of your stories on memorable wakes.
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RRSP Deadline, Most Memorable Wake

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Personal Finance guru Gordon Pape on using RRSPs to save for retirement. Your stories about memorable wakes.

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Election Fraud Investigation, Painting Qs, Your Feedback

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Elections Canada investigates a series of deceptive calls made during the last federal election. Your feedback on making politicians' private lives a public matter. Plus, Jim White answers your painting questions.
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Politicians' Private Lives, Executor Duties, Pet Feedback

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We ask: When do politicians' private problems become our business? What you need to know if you're named the executor of a will. Plus, your feedback on NB's no-pet policy in subsidized housing units.
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Pet Evictions, Anne Murray vs Windmills Feedback, Bat Encounters

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A senior speaks out against a crackdown on pets in New Brunswick subsidized housing. Your thoughts on Anne Murray's opposition to windmills near her summer home, and a popular golf course in Pugwash. Plus, a zoologist tells us why bats matter and your close encounters with bats.
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Anne Murray, Veterans Ombudsman, Red Tape, OxyContin Limits

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Why Anne Murray is fighting a windmill project in Nova Scotia. Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent criticizes how government handles disability claims. Leanne Hachey answers your calls on red tape. Plus, why more needs to be done to really restrict access to OxyContin.
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Anne Murray Protests Wind Farm

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A famous Nova Scotian voice is speaking out against a proposed wind farm in Pugwash. Pugwash Wind Farm wants to build 11 turbines along the Gulf Shore Road. Anne Murray has written a letter to the Premier, calling on the provincial government to stop the project.
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Classroom Technology, Doug Bethune, Coyote Feedback

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PEI cuts the classroom technology budget - we discuss reprecussions. Automotive Expert Doug Bethune answers your car questions. Plus, your thoughts on the human/coyote relationship.
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"Bogus" Refugees, Wildlife Sightings, Your Feedback

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An advocate reacts to news that the feds are cracking down on bogus refugee claimants. More of your bullying solutions. Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft on animal sightings. Plus, more of your likes and dislikes from the world of advertising.

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Online Surveillance Bill and Parents Battling Bullying

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A privacy lawyer on possible changes to the feds' online surveillance bill. Plus, we ask: How far would you go to protect your kids from bullies?

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Slum Housing, Best and Worst Ads, Your Feedback

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Fighting poor conditions on the rental market. Your feedback on the provinces not paying for preventive care. Plus, two insiders share their views on the best and worst ads.

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Preventive Medicine, Love Story, Cooking with Chocolate

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Why an NB doctor can't charge Medicare for wellness visits. Two seniors in a retirement home share their love story. Plus, Chef Craig Flinn has tips on cooking with chocolate.

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Your Favourite Chocolate Recipes

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Rod MacIntyre in Darmouth writes: "I've attached a recipe I got from my sister (Imelda Farrell in Antigonish) years ago. It is a crowd pleaser for anyone who likes chocolate and it's quick and easy!"



8 oz. cream cheese                              1/4 cup cocoa

1 egg                                                  1 tsp. baking soda

1/3 cup sugar                                      1/2 tsp. salt

Pinch of salt                                         1 cup water

1 cup chocolate chips                          1/3 cup salad oil

1 1/2 cups flour                                   1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sugar                                         1 tsp. vinegar




  1. Fill regular sized muffin tins with large paper liners or use no grease non- stick muffin tins.
  2. Cream together cream cheese, egg and 1/3 cup sugar, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips and set aside. I use milk chocolate chips.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla to flour mixture and stir.
  4. Fill each muffin tin 1/3 full with chocolate batter mixture.  Drop a large spoonful of cream cheese mixture on top. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chocolate cake part springs back when lightly touched. Makes approximately 20 cupcakes. Enjoy!



Irene Doyle writes: "Be sure to tell all people with celiac disease that this is wonderful!"

                                       CHICKPEA ORANGE CAKE


1 19 oz can chickpeas, drained

1/3 Cup orange juice

4   Large eggs, room temp

 1 Cup light brown sugar

2/3 cup cocoa

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

grate 1 orange rind

garnish as you wish


            Blend chickpeas and orange juice in processor or blender. Place in a bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat. Add brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Beat together until mixed well. Add grated orange rind.  Bake in an 8 inch round pan in 350 deg. F oven for 50 minutes. Serve warm or cold as cake. Garnish with fruit and/or whipped cream to serve as a dessert


For 12 servings 

Nutrition facts per 1 serving:

30 g carbohydrate

5 g protein

2.5 g fat

160 calories

2 g fibre

228 mg sodium



From the Stewart Family:

                                      LEONA'S BROWNIES

  • 1 cup Becel
  • 2 cups W. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt ...blend together and add
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 10 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • optional 1/2 c chopped nuts


  1. mix about 20 strokes
  2. bake @350F for 1/2 hour
  3. I use a 9x13 pan for these brownies  


Trudy MacDonald in Wheatley River, PEI writes: "I'm not a big fan of CHOCOLATE, but this is a sweet treat my family, friends and I like:"

**Melt semi sweet chocolate in double boiler with a little butter

**Place candy cups on a tray and sprinkle crushed almonds or other nuts on the bottom of the cups

**Chop firm bananas into 1/2 or 3/4 inch coins

**Use a skewer to coat the fruit and transfer to cups

** Sprinkle more nuts on top

**Freeze on tray, then store in container by

**separating layers with waxed or parchment paper

**remove from freezer a few minutes before serving





Liz Moore send this link for a Hot Fudge Sunday recipe. She writes: "I make this on a fairly regular basis. It's very easy, tastes great, and I always get rave reviews."



Chef Craig Flinn's Valentine's Day Recipe

Posted by Maritime Noon



This makes a large recipe, so cut the amounts in half for about 8 to 10 portions.


Chocolate Cake:


  • 2 lb unsalted butter (plus a bit extra for greasing the ramekins)
  • 16 oz dark bittersweet chocolate
  • 10 eggs
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp white sugar (extra is for dusting the ramekins)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Use a double boiler (a clean mixing bowl sitting over a pot of simmering water) to melt the chocolate and butter together. When completely smooth set aside.
  2. Combine whole eggs, egg yolks, white sugar, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl and mix with the paddle attachment until the batter reaches the ribbon stage. Whisk in the melted chocolate and, when smooth, gently fold in the sifted flour and salt.
  3. Using the extra butter and sugar, grease the inside of 24 ramekins and fill to 3/4 full. Refrigerate until batter has set. Preheat oven to 400 F and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Convection ovens may require a couple of minutes less. Remove from oven and rest the cakes for 5 minutes.
  4. To remove the cakes run a small paring knife along the inside of the ramekin and carefully turn the dish upside down in the middle of the plate being used to serve the dessert...serve immediately with cherries jubilee and vanilla ice cream.


Cherries Jubilee:


  • 4 cans sour bing cherries
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup kirsch liqeuer or brandy
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 35%
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  1. Strain the canned cherries into a boil and reserve the juice. Sauté the cherries in the butter for 2 minutes and flambé with kirsch. When the flames subside, add about a cup of reserved juice, the sugar, and the orange juice and zest and bring to a rapid boil. Add the cream and reduce the sauce for a few minutes. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and a little more cherry juice and thicken the sauce to the desired consistency. Serve over the cakes with ice cream while the sauce is still warm.

Agent Orange Compensation, Home Heating Advice

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A recently-widowed man says Ottawa owes his late-wife compensation for cancer linked to Agent Orange. Plus, home heating expert Art Irwin has advice on staying warm this winter.

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Live from Summerside, with Dick Irvin and Your Hockey Memories

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Norma Lee heads to PEI for a special broadcast for Scotiabank's Hockey Day in Canada.

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Maritimers on the Move, Telemarketing Feedback, Tax Questions

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The latest census numbers show significant changes in where Maritimers live. Your feedback on telemarketing.  Plus, your tax questions.

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Join our Live Studio Audience in Summerside - Fri, Feb 10th!

Posted by Maritime Noon

We're going to be broadcasting live from the lobby of the arena in Summerside, PEI -- that's between 12noon and 1pm on Friday, February 10th. Please drop by, grab a chair, and watch the magic unfold behind the scenes! We have a great program planned for you in honour of Scotiabank Hockey Day in CanadaLegendary broadcaster Dick Irvin will be our guest, and we're asking you to share your favourite hockey memories. We'll also hear from some young hockey players -- including a 10-year-old who has to battle arthritis to stay on the ice. You don't want to miss it. If you can't be there in person, please tune in on CBC Radio One!

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Trade Mission, Telemarketing Tales and Tricks, Minorities Feedback

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Our Premiers have been shepherding a group of local businesspeople through Atlanta, Georgia, for a trade mission. Your calls on telemarketing. And, feedback on special seats in the legislature.
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Do Not Call List

Posted by Maritime Noon

Link: National Do Not Call List

Or call: 1-866-580-DNCL (3625)

Substandard Helmets, Minority Ridings

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A major medical journal blasts the lack of quality ski helmets in Canada. Plus, your calls on setting aside seats for minority groups in our legislatures.
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Pugwash Village, Terry Punch, More Maritime-isms

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Another Maritime village council may be dissolved. Your questions on geneaology. And more of your favourite Maritime expressions.
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Transit Strike Feedback, Your Favourite Maritime Expressions!

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More of your feedback on whether transit workers should have the right to strike. Plus, a hilarious collection of Maritime expressions.
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Transit Strike, Judging Parents, Bankruptcy Stories

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We ask: Should transit workers be allowed to strike, or should it be considered an essential service? Judging parents, and being judged. Plus, more of your bankruptcy stories.
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Impact of Weather on Plants, Your Bankruptcy Stories

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The impact of a mild winter on Maritime plant crops. More of your feedback on early retirement. Plus, your bankruptcy stories.
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