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Innisfil Examiner Examiner ? ? Friday, Friday, December 27, 27, 2013 2013

Northern Gateway? Get on it with it

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no surprise a National Energy Board review panel after almost two years of hearings gave the go-ahead Thursday to the $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline, provided 209 conditions are met. It's also the right decision. The panel's key conclusion that, "Canada and Canadians would be better off with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project than without it" is a statement of the obvious. We're a resource-rich country, but when it comes to oil and natural gas, most of our resources are landlocked in the centre of the nation. If we don't develop efficient ways to get them to Canadian harbours on the west and east coast, and from there to foreign markets, our economy will suffer. Canadians will suffer. Any political party that opposes the Northern Gateway pipeline -- and others now under review across Canada -- may as well tell us they don't care about our economic well-being. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet have six months to decide whether to approve the pipeline, but that's a foregone conclusion. Significant hurdles remain in terms of getting the B.C. government fully on side and fighting off legal challenges and political pressure from environmental groups, whose real agenda is not to make pipelines safe, but to stop them. Aboriginal groups opposing the Northern Gateway and other fossil fuel projects across the country, such as fracking, alternate between attacking them on environmental grounds and demanding a share of the profits, from what they say is their land. Indeed, settling native land claims would help move these projects along considerably. But the bottom line is this. No form of energy generation, extraction or transport is 100% safe. Pipelines leak, oil tankers run aground, trains carrying fossil fuels derail - as we saw with the terrible loss of life in Lac-Megantic. So make no mistake. The job of government is to make the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels as safe as possible. But it's also to stand up to political pressure from green luddites, whose real agenda is to sell us on the idiotic idea of sabotaging our own economy. And to get us to buy their snake-oil claims that wind and solar power are capable of powering a modern, industrialized economy, which is nonsense. ? QMI AGENCY

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Year-round fare in Simcoe County

Although

berry picking is complete and laneway farm gates have closed for the season, winter does not signal an end to the fresh local food you crave. Instead, many local food retailers and farmers markets line their stands, shelves, and freezers with fresh local fare all four seasons. ?We have always promoted locally produced food as being available all year, because in fact it is,? said Sandra Trainor, Executive Director of Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Association. ?We have a wide selection of year-round food to choose from in Simcoe County including dairy products, different types of meat and poultry, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and produce that?s been preserved, frozen or put in cold storage.? In addition to local food retailers continuing to showcase plenty of local bounty, many restaurateurs across the county channel the local landscape and changing seasons to create their seasonal menu items. ?We love the challenge of keeping our customers happy, while using what is locally available throughout each unique season,? said Sam Holwell from Creemore Kitchen. ?Being 'local' isn?t simply

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Muskoka Initiative a great gift

As the host country of the G8 Summit three years ago, Canada focused the world?s attention on maternal and child health in the developing world. Dubbed the Muskoka Initiative, Canada?s contribution was a combined total of almost $3 billion. That was a huge boost to extreme global poverty, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children since then would live to see their fifth birthday and that their mothers would have access to better nutrition, sanitation and immunization for their families.

BRITTANY DONER- GILROY

FOOD MATTERS

about kilometres or municipal borders. It?s also about building relationships and making year-round connections with the men, women and families who grow and raise our food,? added Holwell. This season?s menu at Creemore Kitchen includes top-quality cuts of meat, caramelized onions, and colourful heirloom vegetables, such as rainbow carrots and red or golden beets. These seasonal ingredients are not exclusive to seasoned chefs and are available to home cooks through a variety of local producers. Find more ways to optimize your use of local food all year long: The Muskoka Initiative is set to end in 2015, providing a perfect opportunity for Prime Minister Steven Harper to create a Canadian legacy by ramping up Canada?s commitment to maternal and child health in 2015. Wouldn?t that be a wonderful holiday gift to the world?s poorest people. Paulie Duhaime Calgary Get to know winter produce Cabbage, cauliflower, squash, beets, carrots and other root vegetables are all available locally throughout the winter. Learning a variety of recipes and cooking techniques for these foods will ensure a long winter of delicious and hearty meals. Cold storage also keeps local produce accessible in the winter. For example, this season?s apples are readily available locally throughout the colder months. Several area farmers are also using greenhouses to extend the seasons, making it possible to get locally grown greens and other products during the winter months. Pack in the protein: Sources of protein such as dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese, meats (beef, pork, lamb, and poultry), fish and eggs are all available from local producers year-round. These items are the base for many wonderful winter dishes such as soups, stews, roasts, and quiche. Other sources of protein that are available year-round include pantry items such as honey, maple syrup and oats. Keep it growing, with a kitchen herb garden: Whether its thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint, or parsley fresh herbs will give beautiful flavour, colour and nutrients to all of your dishes throughout the winter and add a little greenery to your home. Bring on the preserves: Red pepper jelly paired with a local cheese, pickled beets on the side, or local strawberry jam with tea and toast are all examples how preserves offer a little taste of local all year long. Many local food retailers and farmers markets sell these types of locally-produced food products; however, if you?re interested in learning how to make your own preservatives there are many canning and preserving workshops hosted throughout the summer. Plan ahead: Spaghetti sauces, casseroles, soups, and baked goods can all be made with fresh seasonal ingredients and frozen for enjoyment at a later date. Additionally, many fresh fruits freeze well and are great additions to oatmeal, smoothies and juices. For more information on where to buy local food yearround, visit simcoecountyfarmfresh.ca. To learn more about Creemore Kitchen, visit creemorekitchen.ca. Brittany Doner-Gilroy is project manager Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter- Food Matters is a monthly column addressing a variety of relevant topics concerning the food system in Simcoe County. For more information, visit www.fpa.simcoe.ca We want to hear your opinions. Send letters to: barrie.news@sunmedia.ca. Make sure to provide your name, phone number, and your city or town.

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