So, winter hadn’t even officially started yet, and Montréal and most of Québec got a big snow storm – about 30-35cm fell in most areas of Montreal and the suburbs.

Out in the country though, in particular at our country home in Rockburn (Hinchinbrook) Quebec, there was even more – 52.5cm of snow as measured by a neighbour. It’s located just north of the US border, and at the foot of Covey Hill which is probably the northern edge of the Appalachian Mountain range and Adirondack mountains. So we get a lot of run off.

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Amanda Todd

Simply put, if you’re a parent of kids – boys or girls – you need to watch the incredible investigation (totally depressing, but essential watching) by CBC Fifth Estate on the online sextortion, harassment, and shaming to the point that Amanda Todd took her own life. All this despite several critical warning signs by both Amanda and her family to authorities including the RCMP.

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Just finished watching an excellent CBC The Fifth Estate episode on ‘The Switch from Hell’ about the GM cover-up of their faulty ignition switch which would go from the ‘run’ to ‘accessory’ position thus causing loss of all power functions including power steering, power brakes and worst… air bag deployment. The situation caused the deaths of dozens of GM drivers of Pontiac Pursuit, Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles from the early to mid-2000 model years. Several Canadian victims were involved.

All of it seems to have revealed a culture of profit over even the most basic corporate (and human) responsibility …

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Nadia Laberge - 17 disparue depuis le 9 juillet 2014

Nadia Laberge – 17 ans, disparue depuis le 9 juillet 2014

 

Lisa Marie Kopecny disparue le 14 juillet 2014

Lisa Marie Kopecny – 16 ans,  disparue depuis le 14 juillet 2014

La police de Montréal (SPVM) sont à la recherche de deux jeunes femmes disparues dernièrement en juillet.

Il s’agit de Nadia Laberge de 17 ans et Lisa Marie Kopecny ayant 16 ans

Sardine heads & guts ... OK, so those that know and/or love me also know that I love cooking and it’s a sort of pleasure, therapy, hobby and passion. That said, I just spent 45 minutes (literally) trying to clean, gut and fillet some sardines I had bought in the hope of an ‘easy’ meal.

Granted, I don’t have much experience (haven’t filleted, cleaned scales, or gutted a whole fish in at least 25 years) but I didn’t think it would be this much torment (and mess, and carnage, and on and on)…

Nonetheless, I soldiered on, and the ‘cleaned’ fishes are now marinating in the fridge in an EVOO blend of mediterranean oils, sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Stay tuned for the full recipe and outcome in another update… :)

Yes – sardines are immensely healthy (Omega 3) and also a bargain – if one doesn’t calculate the time to cook them if they’re not cleaned, scaled, gutted and filleted… :)

Whole Sardines Cleaned but not yet gutted

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