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The Food Almanac: Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Restaurant Anniversaries
La Petite Grocery, an excellent restaurant on Magazine Street a block from Napoleon Avenue, opened today in 2004. In a way, it was a spinoff of Peristyle, where Anton and Diane Schulte worked before opening the Grocery with partner and gourmet caterer Joel Dondis. When they left to open Bistro Daisy, Justin Devillier took over as chef. He has since bought the restaurant.

Le Petite Grocery is named for the Frank A. Von Der Haar Grocery, a first-class food emporium that operated for decades in the building. The renovation that resulted in the restaurant left a few signs of the old days (I remember the ceiling in particular). La Petite Grocery was one of the first major Uptown restaurants to reopen after the hurricane. For many Orleanians, it was the place where they reconnected with friends after the storm, and saw that it was possible for the life we love to go on

Great American Brewers
Now here's an odd coincidence: August Anheuser Busch Jr., the long-time boss of Budweiser, was born today in 1899. And Frederick Pabst, for whom that brand of American beer is named, was also born on this date, in 1836.

Food Inventions
Victor Mills was born today in 1897. He lived to be 101, which gave him time to achieve several major advances in the food world. His method of milling flour for cake mix made Duncan Hines into the country's dominant cake mix brand. He figured out a way of keeping the oil in peanut butter from separating out--and Jif was born. Then he devised the method of stacking potato chips that led to Pringles. He also worked on the other end: he created Pampers.

Deft Dining Rule #7:
All other things being equal, a new pleasure beats the repetition of an old one.

Eating Around The World
Today in 1930, Turkish authorities changed the name of Constantinople to Istanbul. In the same stroke, they changed the name of bean dip to hummus.

The Old Kitchen Sage Sez:
Add what seems like the right amount of lemon juice to your hummus recipe, then add that much again. It strikes flavor-heightening battle with the bitterness of the garlic and the chickpeas.

Music To Dine By
Be My Love, the biggest hit recorded by Mario Lanza, reached the top of the charts today in 1951. It is heard frequently in Italian restaurants everywhere. On this date in 1899, William Fleming received a patent for an electrically operated player piano. Many restaurants have grand pianos, but few have matching pianists. The gizmos now available to play the piano electronically are amazingly good. But you can't ask them to play your song.

Edible Dictionary
annatto, n.--The pulp and seeds from pods growing on the achiote, a tropical South American tree. Both seeds and pulp are used very widely in food coloring. The most common annatto-colored foods are margarine, butter, cheddar cheese, and yellow rice. In many inexpensive restaurants, paella is colored with annatto powder instead of the vastly more expensive saffron. Annatto has only the subtlest of flavors, nothing like that of saffron. Its ability to color what it touches is very powerful. In South America, it has long been used by indigenous people as skin coloration, and the tree it comes from is nicknamed "the lipstick tree." Sometimes the stuff is called achiote. Although it is legitimately a natural coloring, more people are allergic to it than have reactions to artificial colors. (But not that many.)

Gourmet Gazetteer
Vanilla, Pennsylvania is near the Maryland state line, thirteen miles from Hagerstown. It's a large farm, really, in an area where many similar farms are nearby. Quite a lot of tomatoes are grown around there. The nearest place to eat something other than a farm-cooked meal is in Mercersburg, about five miles away, at the Towne Square Eatery.

Food Namesakes
The Raspberries, the 1970s rock group, broke up today in 1974. Cheryl James, "Salt" of the hip-hop group Salt 'n' Pepa, was born today in 1969.

Words To Eat By
"It is part of the novelist's convention not to mention soup and salmon and ducklings, as if soup and salmon and ducklings were of no importance."--Virginia Woolf, who drowned herself today in 1941.

Words To Drink By
"Drink to the point of hilarity."--St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Food Almanac: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Recipes


I just tried making vegan eggnog following your advice. I took:
1 eggfruit,
1 1/4 c soy milk (sweetened),
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I blended it and it tastes really good. It is similar to eggnog, but I think if you put in some bourbon or bourbon flavoring (I don't drink and didn't have the flavoring)it would be an even closer substitute.

Thanks for the great suggestion,

I posted a video of this recipe here:

I'm so glad I came across your blog post! I just found eggfruit for the first time and am in dire need of some advice. I bought it almost two weeks ago so I thought that for sure, it must be ripe by now. Turns out I was very wrong, and I see what so many people mean when they've spoken about about the latex-y texture. My question is: Is there any way for it to ripen still, now that it's been cut? I've sealed the two halves in a zip-lock bag, but should it go in the fridge or stay out on the counter? And if not, can it be boiled, baked, or steamed to at least make it edible? I'm so bummed to think that I may have ruined my chances to try eggfruit!

Glad to hear you managed to get your hands on some eggfruit, but sorry to hear about your troubles! Well, the good news is that they're climacteric fruits, which means they may continue softening. It depends when you cut it--if you cut it when it was still hard as a golf ball and it's bitter, then there's not much hope, though. I've made the same mistake with its close relative, the sapota--no amount of sitting made its green latex bitterness go away.

I'm not sure what climate you're in, but if it's humid, I wouldn't recommend the ziploc out at room temperature. I've had mold and decay happen pretty quickly that way! I'd leave the halves out out at room temperature along with bananas, or, in the refrigerator in the baggie.

You can certainly try to cook egg fruit--some people do with ripe fruits and it holds up nicely to the heat. In its unripe phase I'm not sure you'll have much success. I've not come across a single instance where people use unripe fruits for recipes as they do, say, with durian or jackfruit.

I apologize that this didn't directly answer your question! I hope this long, albeit convoluted answer helps in some way. Good luck, Hannah!

The Food Almanac: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Recipes

Sarah Linden is the name of the main character in AMC’s drama The Killing. Her colleagues call her Linden, because they are police officers and that’s how they roll. But for the first few episodes I misunderstood what they were saying and thought her first name was Linda. When he realized this, Bryan had a good laugh at my expense. I still call her Linda.

Linda (played by the totally amazingly awesome Mireille Enos) is a tough nut to crack. Despite being kind of a shitty (though loving!) mom, a terrible partner (her poor fiancé!), and a loose cannon of a cop (what rules?!) she somehow manages to elicit an unusual amount of empathy from me. I love her. Love. I love her smarts. I love her sense of justice. I love her silence and her rage. I love her Fair Isle sweaters and somber parkas. I love her constant gum chewing. I love her ponytail.

I also worry about her. She doesn’t take care of herself. In fact, I think Linda has been uncomfortable for so long (both physically and emotionally) that it has become her normal. Consequently, I spend a surprising amount of time thinking about making Linda a nice home-cooked meal. Throughout the series we mostly see her eat out of vending machines, though I suspect there are days when she doesn’t eat much at all. She needs a break. She needs nourishment. She needs biscuits.

I would like to make her these malted buttermilk biscuits which, like Linda, happen to come from Seattle via The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. They are easy and delicious. A very crisp crust gives way to a tender interior with a subtle malt flavor. They should be made, and made often. Maybe you’ll serve them with some homemade orange marmalade. Maybe you’ll eat them while watching The Killing? Maybe they’ll write me and these biscuits into the third season of The Killing?

This is the second recipe I have loved from The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. It is a fantastic book and worth checking out if you’re a home baker.

Malted Buttermilk Biscuits (from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook)

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup (8oz) unsalted butter, frozen for 15 minutes- plus some additional melted butter for brushing tops
  • 1 cup buttermilk, cold
  • 1 tablespoon barley malt syrup
  • sea salt for sprinkling

Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Using a box grater, grate the frozen butter over the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to distribute the butter throughout the flour.

In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk and barley malt. Stir to blend thoroughly. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the flour-butter mixture, stirring with the rubber spatula just until the dough comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Lightly and quickly knead the dough

to finish incorporating all of the ingredients. Then gently press the dough together into a flattened ball.

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a 1-inch thickness. Cut out biscuits using a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter (remember not to twist! punch straight down and up). You can reroll scraps once, remaining gentle with the dough.

Place the biscuits about 1-inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with a flaky sea salt (like Maldon).

Bake until golden and cooked through, about 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

This week we went to Holter's Holstein farms, they have diary cattle and have created a great business out of it. I found it really interesting how they have collars on the cows to make sure they are fed properly and that they don't get to much or too little or something. It was a lot of technology put into it between the cameras and computer system. It makes me wonder how they kept all their cattle straight before all this technology, I believe they also had less cows though. I am also excited to hear that one of the girls graduated with a food science degree and is planning to create ice cream out of her milk!
Today we went to the compost center, it was cool to see how far we've come and how much of an investment we've made into our compost center. Unfortunately the tour guide did not show but we still got to look around a little.

Kott in the Garden

Pinterest, how is it that the four-pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and the can of Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup I bought at Winco together in a crockpot for four hours makes "Awesome Homemade Chicken and Mushrooms"? What's homemade about that, again? Is it that the crockpot is in my home?

I've gotta say I'm a fan of "easy" and "time-saving", but the above "recipe" doesn't scream "homemade" to me. (Is that enough quotes for you? I almost put quotes around "me" for fun but that just would've been wrong.) Especially when I consider the ingredient list of a can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup:

Water, Mushrooms, Modified Food Starch, Wheat Flour, Contains Less Than 2% of: Salt, Cream, Dried Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Yeast Extract, Spice Extract, Dehydrated Garlic, Vegetable Oil: Corn, Cottonseed, Canola and, or Soybean oil

The list starts out well, but soon goes downhill. I still haven't found a good source for Soy Protein Concentrate, or Yeast- or Spice Extract. So, several years ago I went looking for homemade DIY substitutes for Campbell's Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken, and Knorrs' Onion Soup mixes. These are the three I use a LOT in my recipes.

I tried to find the internet site I got the Cream of Mushroom mix recipe from, but had no luck. It was before I was aware of or invited to Pinterest. I'll just say that some smart and savvy blogger I happened to run across one day while checking stuff out on the computer has a great dry Cream of Mushroom Soup mix recipe. It makes a half-gallon of dry mix. If I can find the site later, I'll be sure to post it here.

4 Cups lowfat powdered milk
1 1/2 Cups cornstarch
1 Cup chopped dried mushrooms (I use a full ounce of dry mushrooms, which is about 2 Cups)
1/2 Cup beef bouillon granules
2 Tbsp thyme
2 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp pepper
1/2 Tbsp parsley
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder

I keep all this stuff in bulk in my pantry - with the exception of dried mushrooms - , so it's easy to mix this up when I run out. The mushrooms I get in the Asian section of my local Winco. They might be in the bulk section of your store.

I roughly chop the mushrooms.

Add them to the rest of the ingredients in my mixing bowl, whisk to mix.

Dump in 1/2 gallon Cream of Mushroom Soup Mix jar.

To make some soup, you stir 1/3 Cup mix into 1 1/4 Cup boiling water in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until thickened. I turn off the heat and put a lid on the pot for about 2 minutes to plump the dried mushrooms. This can be added to any recipe in place of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, or eaten as is.

The Cream of Chicken Soup Mix also makes 1/2 gallon of dry mix:

4 Cups lowfat powdered milk
1 1/2 Cups cornstarch
1/2 Cup chicken bouillon granules
1/3 Cup chopped dry onion
2 tsp italian herbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper

Again, to make, it's 1/3 cup mix to 1 1/4 cup boiling water, stir on low until thickened.

Onion Soup Mix is much easier. I use as much beef bouillon granules to as much dry chopped onions as looks right (probably about 3 Cups bouillon to 1 Cup dry onion. Remember, I'm a dumper by nature, not a measurer!). I use 3 Tbsp dry mix as a substitute for a packet of Knorr Onion Soup in recipes.

These dry mixes make me feel like I'm actually using my ultra-frugal ninja-chef skills to make something wholesome and homemade. Maybe it's a little healthier without the funky extras like modified food starch or monosodium glutamate. AND I get to feel slightly superior to the poor folks who have to run out and buy the chicken breast four-pack and can of mushroom soup to make homemade chicken!

Hey, you poor folks with the canned soup! You, too, can easily make frugal-ninja-chef dry soup mixes! Hope this helps. It sure helped me. If you make it, give a shout-out to the brilliant as-yet-unnamed blogger for the recipes (I hope to find her soon to give credit where it's due).

Crunchy Cracknels.

Today, March 15th …

Mary Thomas was one of the first settlers in Adelaide, South Australia in 1836. Her husband and his partner published the first London issue of the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register in June 1836, and he then set off with his wife and four children to become the first Government Printer for the new colony. They arrived in November 1836, and by the end of December they had built a camp of tents and rush huts to accommodate their family as well as the first printing press in South Australia.

Mary was a resourceful and talented woman – a poet and writer herself. In addition to her role as matriarch of a family coping with a climate and living conditions at the opposite end of the scale to which they were reared, she contributed actively to the newspaper. She also kept up a correspondence with her brother in England, and she must have expressed a wish for some of the food that she missed from home, for he sent her occasional food parcels. On this day in 1840 she wrote to him:

“We have received the bacon and hams, and excellent they are: such a treat as I, at least, have not had since I have been in the colony. The cracknels were as fresh as if they were just out of the oven, but the pot of honey, I am sorry to say, was broken.”

The idea of hams and bacon arriving after many months at sea without refrigeration
horrifies us today, and it is tempting to think that pure nostalgia gave the ‘cracknels’ that just-baked aroma and crunch. The ‘cracknels’ Mary was referring to were thin, light biscuits “bak'd hard, so as to crackle under the Teeth” – although in some parts of the world the same word means “Small pieces of fat pork fried crisp.”

Perhaps Mary still did not have a proper oven, or surely she would have made the biscuits herself?

To make Cracknels
Take half a pound of fine flour, half a pound of sugar, two ounces of butter, two eggs, and a few carraway seeds (you must beat and sift the sugar) then put it to your flour and work it to paste roll them as thin as you can, and cut them out with queen cake tins, lie them on papers and bake them in a slow oven. They are proper to eat with chocolate. [English Housewifry 1764]

Tomorrow’s Story …

Second Breakfast.

The story last year …

A Vegetarian Feast was the topic of the day.

Quotation for the Day …

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. Laiko Bahrs


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Email scandal uncovered a culture of 'delete, delete, delete' in B.C. government

The B.C. government is coming under heavy fire following the release of a report that revealed a culture of deleting emails in order to skirt freedom of information laws.

Speaking on CB.C.'s B.C. Almanac Thursday, NDP leader John Horgan expressed disbelief at the level of suppression of information B.C.'s Privacy Officer, Elizabeth Denham's report uncovered.

"[Cadario has] been cited as having no records," Horgan said. "Working in a location for two years and not one single email? You, the second most powerful person in the premier's office and you don't use email? That's hard to get your head around."

Denham's report, Access Denied, found that Michele Cadario, deputy chief of staff in the premier's office, routinely deleted emails in contravention of laws protecting the public's right to hold politicians accountable for their actions.

Denham also found that a staffer in the transportation ministry, George Gretes, could face charges after he lied under oath when he denied that he intentionally deleted emails and records connected to the Highway of Tears.

"People need to understand that it's not just about politics," Horgan said. "We're supposed to have freedom of information so the public understands why their government was making decisions on their behalf.

"Instead what the B.C. Liberals have done is make a culture of delete, delete, delete. They're scouring their computers at the end of the day so the public doesn't know what they're up to."

Also speaking on B.C. Almanac, freelance investigative journalist and FOI expert, Bob Mackin, said he believed today's revelations would prove to be "just the tip of the iceberg".

He also questioned the appointment of former B.C. Privacy Officer David Loukadelis as an advisor to help the government get back on track.

"He's been brought in at the expense of the taxpayer when they already have Elizabeth Denham who's already made so many recommendations that have fallen on deaf ears," he said.

"Why don't they just adopt everything she's already said?"

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Ontario court rules deadly shootdown of Flight 752 in Iran was act of terrorism

TORONTO — An Ontario court has ruled that the Iranian military's downing of a passenger jet early last year was an intentional act of terrorism, paving the way for relatives of those killed to seek compensation from the country. In the decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba found on a balance of probabilities that the missiles that shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on Jan. 8, 2020, were fired deliberately at a time when there was no armed conflict in the area. As a result, he found it constituted an act of terrorism that would invalidate Iran's immunity against civil litigation. While the State Immunity Act protects foreign states from legal claims, the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act provides an exception in cases where the losses are caused by terrorist activity, the ruling said. More than 100 of the 176 people killed in the plane crash had ties to Canada, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents. The lawsuit was filed last year by four people whose loved ones were killed in the attack. Merzhad Zarei lost his 18-year-old son, Arad, while Shahin Moghaddam lost his wife, Shakiba, and their son Rossitin, the document said. Ali Gorji lost his niece Poureh and her husband Arash, who were newlyweds, it said. The fourth plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe because she fears reprisals from Iran, had planned to be on the plane alongside her husband but couldn't get a visa in time, the ruling said. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs said the ruling is "unprecedented in Canadian law." "It is significant for the impact it will have on immediate surviving family members seeking justice," Mark Arnold and Jonah Arnold said in a statement Thursday. The suit names a number of defendants, including the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iran was served with the claim through Global Affairs Canada in September, but failed to file a statement of defence and was found in default in December. Normally, a defendant found in default is deemed to admit the truth of the allegations made in the statement of claim, but the protections under the State Immunity Act apply even to those found in default, Belobaba wrote. The plaintiffs must therefore still satisfy the court that the case can proceed under the legally established exceptions. "The plaintiffs have established that the shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants was an act of terrorism and constitutes 'terrorist activity' under the SIA, the JVTA and the provisions of the Criminal Code," he wrote. The judge relied on two expert reports -- one by Ralph Goodale, Canada's special adviser on the incident, and the other by the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Council -- in determining that the missiles were fired intentionally. He also relied on the UN report and other experts in finding there was no armed conflict in the region at the time. In the immediate aftermath of the shootdown, Iran denied responsibility but acknowledged three days later that its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard mistakenly hit the Ukrainian jetliner with two surface-to-air missiles. Preliminary reports released by Iranian authorities last year pointed to an air-defence operator who they said mistook the Boeing 737-800 for an American cruise missile. Iran's civil aviation body released a final report earlier this year that blamed "human error'' for the firing of the missiles but named no one responsible. Thursday's ruling dealt only with liability. The judge said another hearing will be held regarding compensation. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

Hinshaw announces new COVID-19 quarantine rules for vaccinated Albertans

EDMONTON — Fully vaccinated Albertans no longer have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, the province's chief medical officer of health said Thursday. "While vaccines don't erase all possibility of infection, the data shows the vaccine reduces the amount of virus in the person's body, even if someone does get infected, which further reduces the risk of transmission," said Dr. Deena Hinshaw. She also said people who have had one shot can have their isolation time reduced. Until Thursday, people were legally required to quarantine for 14 days when a close contact was confirmed to have been infected with the virus. Hinshaw said people who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks no longer need to isolate as long as they don't show symptoms. If that person is symptomatic they will be required to isolate and get tested. They would no longer need to quarantine if their test is negative, but if it's positive, they must isolate for 10 days after their symptoms started. Hinshaw said for those with one vaccine dose the quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days, or as long as they also don't have symptoms. Those who have a negative PCR test on Day 7 or later can be released from quarantine, but those who test positive must isolate as usual. All the other restrictions still apply to people who haven't had any vaccine and those returning from international travel, Hinshaw said. She noted that almost 51 per cent of Albertans age 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. But she stressed that public health restrictions are still in place and must be followed to keep infection rates down. "We are gaining momentum, but it is fragile and we cannot afford to take this (long) weekend off from following the rules," she said. There were 812 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Alberta and four new deaths. Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, a total of 2,162 people have died from the virus in the province. Hinshaw said there were 665 people in hospital, including 177 in intensive care. She said the province is working on a centralized vaccine booking system to ease the burden on pharmacies and to help prevent abuse of the system. Alberta Health Services (AHS) said in a tweet Wednesday that it was monitoring vaccination no-shows following claims on social media that some people are booking several times to try to stop others from getting a shot. The agency said it shared the information with police and is making sure participating pharmacies are aware of the claims. "At this time, AHS is not seeing an increase in no-shows. On any given day, no-shows account for approximately one per cent of the total number booked for an immunization," it said in an emailed statement Thursday. The Alberta Pharmacists' Association said it did not have information on the matter and could not comment. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

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The dos and don'ts of getting your COVID-19 shot at a Sask. pharmacy

So you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and you want to get your shot at a Saskatchewan pharmacy. Great! There are some important things to keep in mind, says Dawn Martin, the CEO of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan. Pharmacies have administered between 40,000 and 50,000 doses in the province since joining the vaccination drive in the last few weeks and are expected to play a greater role during the second-dose phase, Martin said. According to the province, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments are being divvied up essentially 50-50 between Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) clinics and pharmacies. While pharmacists are used to giving out shots during flu season, the COVID-19 pandemic presents a new wrinkle in requiring the thawed-out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used quickly in order to avoid any wastage, she said. "That's really intense this time around because the supply to date has been a bit limited, but is going to get better and better as we go into the next few weeks." Here are five guidelines Martin encourages people to follow in order to help pharmacists in their future vaccination efforts. Don't just walk in. Call ahead "There's a huge amount of pressure on the supply that pharmacists have right now, so you need to call ahead," Martin said. The map of Saskatchewan pharmacies currently administering COVID-19 vaccines can be found here. Scott Livingstone, the CEO of the SHA, said Thursday that links to pharmacies' online booking systems will be added to that database. Don't call a pharmacy until your age-bracket is eligible "It's really important to know that pharmacies as well have to operate under that age category strategy that the government has set out and the Saskatchewan Health Authority is doing," Martin said. In case you missed it, here's the tentative schedule for future second-dose age drops: (Saskatchewan Health Authority) The Ministry of Health and Saskatchewan Health Authority will confirm the date of each age drop when it becomes official. "Some pharmacies have wait lists, but not all," Martin said. Do cancel your appointment if you get your shot elsewhere first "Make sure that if you have an appointment at a pharmacy or you have an appointment [with the SHA] or you have multiple appointments, if you do end up going and getting your shot, please cancel all those other appointments," Martin said. "The whole system is working really hard here. Those cancelled appointments cause some problems." Don't expect a centralized pharmacy booking system in Saskatchewan A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said Thursday there are currently no plans to develop a provincial pharmacy booking system. Martin said there have been discussions about it between the association and the government, but that it's likely too late to launch such a system now. "In an ideal world where we weren't dealing with all of the pressures and problems and challenges related to the pandemic, sure, that would probably help," she said. Do be patient. Your time will come "We're really struggling with a lot of pressure, a lot of phone calls to pharmacies [from] people who aren't in that second-dose age category," Martin said. "So I'm just asking people, please be patient."

Lebanon president says PM-designate incapable of forming government

BEIRUT (Reuters) -Lebanon's president has said he believes Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri is incapable of forming a government to pull the nation out of financial crisis. President Michel Aoun's verdict was contained in a letter read out to parliament on Friday and which will be discussed on Saturday. The existing government has been acting in a caretaker capacity since resigning after a huge explosion in a portside warehouse tore through Beirut in August.

New vaccine leader says military can do better

During her first public appearance since taking over management of Canada's COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie urged the military to strive to do better. The government appointed Brodie to lead the campaign after the general who previously oversaw the effort, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, was abruptly sidelined due to an allegation of sexual misconduct, which he denies.

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2nd AstraZeneca-related death reported, 15 new cases

A second New Brunswicker has died from a rare blood clot associated with the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell announced Friday, along with 15 new confirmed cases of COVID. The person in their 50s received their first dose on April 11 and went to an emergency department with symptoms of a blood clot 17 days later, she said. The individual was previously reported as being hospitalized and died "recently," said Russell, offering her condolences to the bereaved family and friends. She did not indicate the zone in which the person lived. Two other New Brunswickers suffered a vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT, after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, but recovered. "The risks associated with this product are rare but they are real, as we have seen today," Russell told the live COVID briefing. But the risks remain minimal compared to the risks, complications and potential consequences of COVID-19, she stressed. The news came as Public Health announced people aged 55 or older who received AstraZeneca as a first dose at least eight weeks ago are now eligible to receive a second dose of the vaccine, with their "informed consent." "If you decide not to take the AstraZeneca booster, you can wait to get a second shot with another product," said Russell. "We expect to receive direction from the federal government soon on using another brand of vaccine as a booster." New Brunswick has roughly 3,500 doses of AstraZeneca in stock, which will expire on May 31. If the doses aren't used by then, they will be disposed of, Russell said. About 43,000 New Brunswickers received AstraZeneca as their first vaccine dose. People 55 or older who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose at least eight weeks ago can now schedule an appointment to get a second dose either online through a clinic offered by the Vitalité or Horizon health networks by contacting a participating pharmacy that has doses available.(Reuters) "Many of those shots were administered prior to late March, when new evidence about rare post-vaccine blood clots led us to change our vaccination protocol," she said. New Brunswick continues to offer AstraZeneca as first doses to those 55 or older, or who are confined at home, and have provided their informed consent, depending on supply. "If we are to prevent further outbreaks and limit the spread of the virus, we must get as many people vaccinated as we can as quickly as possible," said Russell. "We need to use every tool available to us to expand the reach of our vaccination program." Russell participated in the briefing remotely from her home.Students, staff and household members of a school community have been asked to self-isolate for 72 hours and she is affected, she explained. "In this particular situation, it's unlikely that I have contracted COVID-19, but … it is vital that everyone follows Public Health guidance and advice. And that includes myself, the chief medical officer of health." Earlier this month, a New Brunswicker in their 60s died after developing blood clots following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. In April, someone in their 30s, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in March, and someone in their 50s, who received the shot in mid-April, also suffered blood clots but recovered. 127 active cases New Brunswick has 127 active cases of COVID-19. Of the 15 new cases announced Friday, nine are in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, pushing the total active cases in the region to 61. Fredericton is battling a cluster of 36 cases at the Delta Fredericton, an outbreak at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Veterans Health Unit, positive cases at four schools and a child-care facility. At least two COVID variants of concern are circulating — the one first reported in India and the one first reported in the U.K. Numerous potential public exposure notices have been issued and about 1,900 people were self-isolating, as of Wednesday. The majority of the cases are the highly contagious COVID variant first reported in India, said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell. Several new potential public exposure notifications were also added to the already extensive list. "We're watching this very closely. I mean, we're talking hour by hour," describing the situation as "concerning." Contact tracers have been able to establish links between almost all of the active cases of COVID-19 in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, said Russell.(Government of New Brunswick) But for now, the region will remain at the yellow COVID alert level. One of the reasons, she said, is because contact tracers have been able to establish links between almost all of the cases, and most of the spread has been among close contacts. "We have seen other types of transmission where people were in public spaces as well. However, we have not seen community transmission at this point." In addition, the hospital still has capacity, with available ICU beds, and there are no long-term care homes affected. If the situation worsens over the weekend with evidence of community spread or a spike of cases, the province will not hesitate to tighten restrictions, Russell said. "This can change literally overnight." The 15 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday put the total active cases at 127.(CBC) The breakdown of the new cases is as follows: Moncton region, Zone 1, one case: A person 40-49. This case is under investigation. Fredericton region, Zone 3, nine cases: A person 19 or under A person 20-29 Four people 30-39 A person 40-49 A person 50-59 A person 70-79 Five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, three are travel-related and one is under investigation. Bathurst region, Zone 6, four cases: A person 30-39 A person 40-49 A person 50-59 A person 60-69 All four cases are travel-related. Three of the four cases are isolating out of the province. Miramichi region, Zone 7, one case: A person 20-29 This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case. Six people are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. One New Brunswicker is hospitalized out of province in an intensive care unit. New Brunswick has had 2,113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 1,942 recoveries so far, and 43 COVID-related deaths. A total of 321,482 COVID tests have been conducted, including 1,611 on Thursday. As of Friday, 364,386 New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of vaccine. That's 52.6 per cent of the eligible population, aged 12 and over. Count on summer Premier Blaine Higgs told reporters Friday that loosening restrictions and plans to reopen the Atlantic bubble by July 1 will depend on the number of cases in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, remaining stable or dropping over the next few days. "At the current projection of where we are, people should be planning on summer in New Brunswick," he said, committing to release a detailed plan within the next couple of weeks. Details for loosened restrictions are still being finalized, said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard, but she hopes to "tease out the road to green" by as early as next week "so that people can see that they have something to really push for. "Get vaccinated, get us there." Confirmed case at Kids Korral Day Care in Fredericton A positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at the Kids Korral Day Care in Fredericton on Thursday and the building was closed Friday. Public Health has directed the children, staff, and their families to self-isolate for 72 hours while contract tracing is conducted. Families will be contacted directly with more information over the weekend, Public Health said in a news release. "If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact," it said. Latest public exposures Public Health has identified potential public exposures to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the Fredericton region: Scholten's, 325 Sunset Dr., Fredericton, on May 17 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Atlantic Superstore, 116 Main St., Fredericton, on May 16 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Progressive Credit Union, 395 Connell Rd., Woodstock, on May 13, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A&W, 1018 Prospect St., Fredericton, on May 12, between noon and 2 p.m. University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus, residence administration building, 20 Bailey Dr., Fredericton, on May 11 and May 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sobeys, 463 Brookside Dr., Fredericton, on May 11, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Public Health is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who has been in a public exposure area, even it they're not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to book an appointment. People experiencing one or more symptom are also encouraged to get tested. Previous public exposures Fredericton: Tony Pepperoni, 510 Brookside Dr., on May 11, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Drome, 301 Main St., on May 11, between 8:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. NB Power, 515 King St., on May 12, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sobeys Fast Fuel, 530 Brookside Dr., on May 12, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Costco, 25 Wayne Squibb Blvd., on May 12, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and May 13, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Giant Tiger, 1160 Smythe St., on May 13, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Scholten's, 325 Sunset Dr., on May 13, between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. McMath Law Office, 406 Regent St., on May 14, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Fredericton Mitsubishi, 327 St. Mary's St., on May 14, between 10:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pizza Delight, 243 St. Mary's St., on May 14, between noon and 2 p.m. The Abbey Café, 546 Queen St., on May 14, between noon and 12:30 p.m. Scotiabank, 490 King St., on May 14, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sobeys, 1180 Prospect St., on May 14, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Cannon's Cross Pub, 15 Riverside Dr., on May 14, between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, 665 George St., on May 15 between 10 a.m. and noon Moores Clothing, 1150 Prospect St., on May 15, between 11 a.m. and noon. Home Depot, 1450 Regent St., on May 15, between noon and 1 p.m. Montana's, 6 Trinity Ave., on May 2, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wolastoq Wharf, 527 Union St., on May 9, between noon and 2:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 1177 Prospect St., on May 14, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Pickle Jar Restaurant, 620 Queen St., from May 11 to May 16 Harvey: Kubbyhole Craft Shop, 1879 Route 3, on May 7, between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nackawic: Cal's Independent Grocer, 135 Otis Dr., on May 14, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Waasis: Irving Big Stop Blue Canoe restaurant, 415 Nevers Rd., on May 14, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following location and date in Edmundston: Jean Coutu, 177 Victoria St., on May 15, between noon and 1 p.m. Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 314 – from Vancouver to Montreal, departed at 11:24 p.m. on May 11. Air Canada Flight 8902 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 1:06 p.m. on May 12. The province has also listed another flight with a passenger who has tested positive for COVID-19 on May 7. Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 11 a.m. Other exposure notifications Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 6 while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 396 – from Edmonton to Toronto, departed at 6:50 a.m. Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:43 p.m. Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 10 while on the following flight. Air Canada Flight 8946 from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:47 p.m. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the following regions: Moncton region: Pumphouse, 5 Orange Ln., Moncton, on May 4 between 8 and 10 p.m. Staples, 233 Main St., Moncton, on May 5, between noon and 8 p.m. Walmart Supercentre, 477 Paul St., Dieppe, on May 6, between 7 and 10 p.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 7, between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Greco Pizza, 120 Killam Dr., Moncton, on May 5, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., May 3, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., and May 2, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 4, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre emergency department, 330 Université Ave., Moncton, on May 7, between 2-9:30 p.m., and May 6, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saint John region: Foodland, 1 Market Sq., Quispamsis, on May 3, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Circle K, 309 River Valley Dr., Grand Bay-Westfield, between 11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, and 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Fredericton region: My Home Consignment, 5 Acorn St., Fredericton — May 8 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., May 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and May 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sobeys, 1180 Prospect St., Fredericton, — May 8 between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King Ave., Fredericton — April 28 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell — May 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and April 28 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King St., Fredericton, on April 28, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell, on May 6, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and April 28, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 1177 Prospect St., on May 5, at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant in Walmart, 125 Two Nations Crossing, on May 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Brainfix Clinic, 56 Avonlea Crt., on May 6. Adica Massage Clinic, 152 King St., on May 6. Williams Chiropractic, 169 Main St., on May 6. Simms Home Hardware Building Centre, 190 King St., on May 6. Costco Gas Bar, 5 Wayne Squibb Blvd., on May 6. Massage Experts, 169 Dundonald St., on May 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on May 7, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., on May 6-12. STMR. 36 Restaurant – Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., on May 6-12. Jack's Pizza, 379 King St., on May 7, at 1 p.m. Mitch Clarke Skate Park, 116 Johnston Ave., on May 7, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Garrison Skatepark, York Street parking lot, on May 7, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. James Joyce Pub, 659 Queen St., on May 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 94 Main St., on May 7, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and May 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Princess Auto, 21 Trinity Ave., on May 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton St., on May 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Northside Market, 170 Main St., on May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Irving Oil, 181 King St., on May 9, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dollarama, 5 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 2 p.m. NB Liquor, 18 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Home Sense, 18 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Tim Hortons drive-thru, Regent Street, on May 10, at 1:30 p.m. Atlantic Superstore, 471 Smythe St, on May 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, 700 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, 800 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Veterans Health Unit, 680 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Shoppers Drug Mart, 1040 Prospect St., on May 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Scott's Nursery, 2192 Route 102, on May 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: Fever above 38 C. New cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.

Exclusive: In tactical shift, Iran grows new, loyal elite from among Iraqi militias

Iran has hand picked hundreds of trusted fighters from among the cadres of its most powerful militia allies in Iraq, forming smaller, elite and fiercely loyal factions in a shift away from relying on large groups with which it once exerted influence. The new covert groups were trained last year in drone warfare, surveillance and online propaganda and answer directly to officers in Iran's Quds Force, the arm of its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) that controls its allied militia abroad. They have been responsible for a series of increasingly sophisticated attacks against the United States and its allies, according to accounts by Iraqi security officials, militia commanders and Western diplomatic and military sources.

1 person killed in parking lot shooting outside Nanaimo shopping centre

One person is dead and several people have been arrested following a shooting in Nanaimo, B.C., on Thursday afternoon. RCMP Const. Gary Oɻrien said the shooting in the parking lot of the Rock City Centre shopping plaza was reported at around 3:30 p.m. The victim was found dead inside a parked vehicle. Several arrests were made at the Best Western Hotel on Metral Drive in connection with the violence, Oɻrien said. A vehicle connected to one of the arrested people was seized as well, and investigators have searched the hotel for forensic evidence. "This is a dynamic investigation and at this time we cannot confirm if there are others who are not in custody who may be involved in this shooting. As further information becomes known, the public will be advised," Oɻrien said in a statement. Police have yet to say whether the shooting is gang-related.

Macron, in swipe at Turkey, says NATO must commit to values

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that NATO leaders must make a clear, unequivocal commitment to the military organization’s values and rules at a summit next month — a thinly veiled swipe at Turkey’s conduct within the alliance. Macron ruffled feathers at NATO just ahead of the last summit in December 2019 when he lamented the “brain death” of the 30-nation alliance, due to a perceived lack of U.S. leadership under former President Donald Trump and unilateral military actions taken by Turkey in Syria without warning its partners. Speaking to reporters in Paris Friday alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Macron said the leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, must openly discuss “cohesion” within NATO at their June 14 summit in Brussels. “That means to be clear among ourselves about the values, principles and the rules that underpin our Alliance,” Macron said. “Solidarity among allies is not simply a word that can mean anything at any time. It involves duties, responsibility to each other. It involves each ally committing to respect international law and clear rules of conduct,” he said. Macron said it’s important for countries not to focus “on national interests that are contradictory to the security of other allies, as has been the case in recent years in Syria, the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, in the Caucasus." He also mentioned the "interoperability of armaments, which is absolutely critical in NATO.” The French president did not mention Turkey by name, but Turkey has been widely criticized for its energy exploration work in contested parts of the Eastern Mediterranean. Last year, Turkish warships also prevented a French frigate policing the U.N. arms embargo on Libya from inspecting a cargo vessel. Turkey’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 missiles, which NATO says would compromise its own defenses, saw the country kicked out of the F-35 stealth fighter program by the United States. Despite this, it is understood in NATO circles that Ankara intends to buy more. Stoltenberg said only that the leaders “will reinforce our unity and solidarity” in future. “This means consulting more in NATO on all issues that affect our security, reaffirming our fundamental values, and strengthening our commitment to collective defense, including with increased investments,” the former Norwegian prime minister said. The Associated Press

Bank of Canada reminds us of more things to worry about

Whether you are a teacher, a student, a medical professional or just coping with the COVID-19 crisis in your daily life, there are frequent reports about how the pandemic is increasing our levels of anxiety. Rather than trying to add to our troubles, the Bank of Canada's latest report on Canada's financial vulnerabilities is intended to help us avoid some major ones. And what the bank's governor, Tiff Macklem, outlined at a news conference on Thursday was not what will certainly go wrong, but what could go wrong if we're not careful. "The biggest domestic vulnerabilities are those linked to imbalances in the housing market and high household indebtedness," Macklem told reporters. "These are not new, but they have intensified." The Bank of Canada governor has plenty to keep him awake at night. The report was not just about housing. Macklem also worries Canadian businesses may have become too used to cheap borrowing in the bond market, something that could end without anything to replace it. He frets that investors have failed to account for what climate change could do to the price of their assets. He is concerned about cybercrime. Also, the rising Canadian dollar and how it could hurt exports. Serious damage, and not just to borrowers But the big worry this time was real estate. The message was clear, if sometimes couched in central-bank-speak. If people don't stop bidding up the price of houses, Canadians are already so loaded with mortgage debt that an unexpected change in the market could do serious damage not just to "overstretched" borrowers with enormous loans, but to the entire economy. That's why the first and biggest risk outlined by the bank in its report was "a large decline in household income and house prices" caused by an external trigger event. It is hard to be sure what form such a trigger event could take. Macklem referred at one point to a "sharp repricing of risk." Such an event might lead to, say, a sudden rise in global interest rates, a stock market crash or a weakening of global trade. Maybe even the collapse of bitcoin. As the Bank of Canada illustrated in the graphic below, once triggered, already high levels of indebtedness could have a circular impact, pushing house prices down, reducing incomes and spreading through the entire economy. This is a financial system review graphic from the Bank of Canada's latest report. It shows what could happen if some kind of triggering economic event were to impact the housing market.(Bank of Canada) Asked if he was responsible for inflated house prices by keeping interest rates too low, Macklem offered a warning: "Interest rates have been very low, and at some point they are going to go back up." While he thinks this week's high inflation rates are temporary, he made it clear that if inflation does not come back down on its own, the bank is still committed to pushing it back to the two per cent range. That could mean even higher rates. Tougher stress tests coming Although it is the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), not the Bank of Canada, that imposes "stress tests" designed to limit the amount people can borrow, the two bodies work closely together. Shortly after Macklem's news conference, OFSI put out a news release of its own confirming that as of June 1, the agency would go ahead with a plan to make it harder to get a loan. Borrowers will have to prove they have the income to pay a minimum of 5.25 per cent interest, even if their lender offers a much lower rate. That is not a plan that will satisfy everyone, including the many young families that Macklem said send him letters each week saying they have been squeezed out of the housing market. But they would likely be even more disappointed if the current frenzy to buy a home led to what the Bank of Canada report refers to as "a correction in prices in the future," potentially leading to the vicious circle described above. The housing market was far from the only concern Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem discussed at yesterday's news conference(Don Pittis/CBC) Despite his warnings, Macklem was not entirely gloomy. He pointed to the fact the Canadian economy had proven itself resilient in the face of widespread COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. "Vulnerabilities need not lead to serious problems," the central banker told the online gathering of reporters. "Some will work themselves out before bad things happen." But with so much at stake, including the health of the Canadian property market and all the jobs it supports, hoping for the best really isn't enough. "The lesson from history is that if left unchecked, vulnerabilities can lead to calamities," Macklem said. Asked what else he could do besides hiking interest rates to slow down the property market, Macklem did not mention the very thing he did yesterday: he can try to scare the bejesus out of us. Follow Don Pittis on Twitter @don_pittis

Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening is ‘much too slow’ and timing is ‘a bit contradictory,' infectious disease doctor says

Ontario has released its plan for reopening the province and one infectious disease expert is stressing that it is great for the province to finally a plan in place, but the pace may be slower than needed.

The Food Almanac: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Recipes

It's been some time since my last post, but with Easter around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect moment to dig through the archives and share some of my favorite recipes that would go well with any spring feast. Spring hasn't quite sprung yet here in Chicago (though the upcoming weekend weather forecast has me more optimistic), but here are some recipes to get you in the mood for the season.

Hot Cross Buns are a traditional Easter treat.

Sticky Meyer Lemon Rolls are addictive, and best shared with a group at brunch.

Consider this light and relatively healthy savory spinach bread pudding.

I'm definitely missing California berries. Try using some in these awesome strawberry cheesecake muffins.

Asparagus is just coming into season and this simple asparagus mimosa is a great, fresh way to use them.

This strawberry and lemon curd tart is one of my favorite ways to bridge the gap with winter citrus and spring berries. Even though temperatures are still a bit chilly in Chicago, this reminds me that warmer days are around the corner.

As always, I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends that you love.

The Food Almanac: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Recipes

We love cranberry sauce with poultry, so I wanted to find a similar (but sweeter)recipe to serve with our Easter ham. Traditionally, I make mashed potatoes and gravy, but this year I am opting for potatoes au gratin, so I wanted a little something extra to serve with the ham (this is NOT a ham glaze, it is a condiment).

This recipe definitely was the BEST sauce I tried and it is so quick and easy (made with pantry staples) that I am certain I will be making it throughout the year. It is sweet but not overly sweet and has the consistency of a soft jam.

1/4 cup of water
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons DRY mustard powder
8 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice

Mix well and bring to a boil turn heat down to a simmer and cook gently for 20 minutes (start timer AFTER it comes to a simmer). This sauce will thicken a little more as it cools.

If you don't have 20 minutes for this to cook, just simmer gently for 10 minutes then thicken with a little cornstarch and water slurry. You will get the same consistency but I think it tastes better if you do the 20 minute simmer.

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