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Kale caesar and other recipes for Father’s Day – Toronto

Kale Caesar with Parmesan Crisps

Makes 4 servings.

4 cups baby kale
4 cups spinach

Caesar dressing
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp water
2 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp finely chopped garlic
½ tsp Dijon mustard

Parmesan crisps

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Place kale and spinach on a large platter.

Caesar dressing: Whisk 2 tbsp cheese, mayonnaise, olive oil, water, lemon juice, garlic and mustard until smooth or puree in small food processor.

To make the Parmesan crisps:Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Witha 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, place the cheese on abaking sheet, making 12 rounds. Bake for 8 minutes.
Pour dressing over greens, mix well and garnish with crisps.

Rose Reisman’s grilled veal chop

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Grilled Veal Chop

1 French Cut Veal Chop (8-12 oz)

1. Rub veal chop with with crushed garlic and oil.

2. Grill on barbeque until medium (approx. 135F).

3. Serve with roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus (or vegetable of your choice)


Fingerling Potatoes

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

2 lb fingerling or small roasting potatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (optional)

1/2 tsp sea salt

pinch of coarsely ground pepper

3 Tbsp chopped parsley


1.  Boil the potatoes for 8 minutes just until fork tender.

2. Rinse with cold water then slice in half lengthwise. Place in bowl.

3. Add oil, cheese, rosemary, salt and pepper.

4. Place on baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with vegetable oil.  Bake for 20 minutes, turning after 15 minutes, just until slightly golden. Garnish with parsley.

Rose Reisman’s Strawberry Blueberry Double Crisp

Strawberry Blueberry Double Crisp

Makes 12 servings.

1 1/2 cups blueberries

1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup low-fat granola

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tbsp water


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square cake pan with vegetable spray.

1. In bowl, stir together blueberries, strawberries, sugar, and 1 tbsp flour.

2. In another bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, brown sugar, oats, granola, and cinnamon. Stir in the oil and water until the mixture is crumbly. Pat half of it into a prepared baking dish. Pour the berry mixture evenly over top. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top.

3. Place the pan in the centre of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the crisp is golden.

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What the critics are saying: ’22 Jump Street’

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TORONTO — In 2012, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum rebooted the ’90s made-in-Vancouver TV series 21 Jump Street as a comedy for the big screen — and it was a $200 million hit.

The duo is back in theatres with the sequel 22 Jump Street, in which they go undercover at a college to crack a drug ring.

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Is the second movie bigger and better than the first? Here’s a look at some of the reviews.

“If you loved 21 Jump Street, you’re in luck: The sequel, 22 Jump Street, is the exact same movie,” declared Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly.

“Since the first film was such a fast and fizzy buddy-cop bromance, that’s not the worst news in the world. But it is a bit of a disappointment.”

Nashawaty complained the movie “lazily milks the undercover brothers’ codependency for gay-panic punchlines (enough already). They bicker. They break up. They go their separate ways. (Cue John Waite’s ”Missing You.”) Tatum then finds a new target for his homoerotic double entendres in the alpha-male quarterback Zook, played by Wyatt (son of Kurt) Russell.”

At Express, Allan Hunter described 22 Jump Street as “just as a daft, loud and self-aware as the original.”

He wrote: “It is uneven and perhaps a smidgen too long  but 22 Jump Street certainly has fun trying to keep us entertained and hits the target often enough not to disappoint anyone who enjoyed the original.”

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Richard Corliss of TIME said the movie’s best gags are about its being a sequel.

“The problem is that nearly two hours of rationalizing repetition, even by winking at it, can get wearying,” he added.

Roger Moore of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services raved about 22 Jump Street, commending it for producing “the biggest, loudest laughs of any movie this summer.”

But he, too, noted the running time.

“It goes on way too long, peaks too early and sputters,” wrote Moore, “before rallying with a frothy finale and a closing credits gag that kills, but also goes on too long.”

Boston Globe reviewer Ty Burr opined 22 Jump Street takes awhile to get going but eventually “soars on wings of pure, dopey silliness.”

But, Francesca Rudkin of the New Zealand Herald said: “For a film that appears to be utterly silly, there’s clever material and occasionally, it’s even quite sweet.”

She wrote: “Not everything fires at full throttle, and at 112 minutes removing some of the gags that miss wouldn’t have hurt, but there are enough hits to keep you smiling, and the action scenes required to liven things up. Returning fans won’t be disappointed.”

Jazz Tangcay of So So Gay summed up the sequel this way: “They took everything that worked in 21 Jump Street and threw in a lot of new material.

“Things are better the second time around.”

Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon said 22 Jump Street is a self-aware parody.

“You’d likely die from alcohol poisoning if you crafted a drinking game that forced you to take a shot every time 22 Jump Street made a reference to another film or joked that it itself is a film.

“And it works, occasionally.”

Bunch added: “The mere fact that the filmmakers are aware that they’re playing the role of a wholly unoriginal cog in the corporate machine does not really excuse their unoriginality.”

At the San Jose Mercury, Randy Myers said more sequels should be “so cheeky and self-aware.”

“None of what goes down on-screen makes one lick of sense, nor should it. 22 Jump Street realizes its main goal is to be ridiculously fun and that to do so, it must be utterly ridiculous, as well as in on the joke.”

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Street artists to transform Toronto alleyways for NXNE – Toronto

TORONTO – Street artists will transform Toronto’s “lost space” with murals and installations in the city’s alleyways as part of the NXNE festival.

From June 16 to 22, NXNE Art will recreate Toronto’s iconic Graffiti Alley between Niagara St. and Tecumseth St. with murals by Toronto and Detroit-based artists.

Festival organizers said using art to transform the public realm is an “integral” part of NXNE Art.

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“We’re transforming the pedestrian experience, revitalizing lost space, bringing life to alleyways, and bringing forward public engagement rooted in art through a series of mural and projection-based urban interventions.”

Throughout the festival, a number of artists will take over parts of the city.

Montreal’s En Masse, a multi-artist collaborative drawing project featuring illustrators, comic book artists and graffiti artists, will create a large-scale black and white mural in an alleyway on June 18.

Street artist Birdo will take over a downtown alleyway on June 20, bringing his multi-coloured animals to NXNE’s extended graffiti alley.

On Sat. June 21, festival attendees can watch the artists at work.

READ MORE: Architect Paul Raff to create 1.6 km art fence in Toronto’s Don Valley

NXNE’s graffiti project is supported by StreetARToronto (StART), a City of Toronto program that aims to promote street art and its role in transforming neighbourhoods, while preventing vandalism.

StART runs a number of programs in Toronto, including a partnership program that funds projects hoping to revitalize communities through street art, a program that transforms traffic signal boxes into works of art, and a program to make the city’s underpasses safe and beautiful.

Graffiti Alley is a stretch of alleyway beginning at 1 Rush Lane. Although not everyone in the city knows exactly where Graffiti Alley is, many recognize it as the backdrop used for television personality Rick Mercer’s beloved “Rick’s Rant.”

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B.C. Child Advocate, Ombudsman involved in foster child case

UPDATE: Sources tell Global Okanagan that The Independent Office of the Representative for Children and Youth is not ‘investigating’ the case although it is involved in the file. Global Okanagan has also learned there is to be an information rally to show support for the family at noon on Sunday outside the Parkinson Rec Centre.

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KELOWNA, B.C. – The B.C. Child Advocate and the Ombudsman’s office are now involved in a case where the Ministry of Children and Family Development want to remove a child from a foster home where he’s spent his entire life.

“They have informed us that there’s nothing that they can do as far as the decisions on children, but they are investigating it administratively,” says Nancy Ross, great aunt.

But what will be done following the outcome remains to be seen, says Ross.

“What that means at the end of the day, I’m not exactly sure, but it’s something,” she adds.

Ross says her nephew, a victim of shaken baby syndrome as an infant, still has the ability to express emotion. His classmates have witnesses a change in recent weeks.

“(My daughter) has noticed a bit of a change, noticed that his demeanor is more sad and all the kids are just confused about why this is happening,” says Tracie Koebel, whose daughter attends school with the boy.

While the Ministry intended to move both her nephew and another special needs boy from their foster home at the end of May, the move has been postponed to the end of June as the new group home is outfitted with new equipment for their care needs.

In a statement, the Ministry told Global News, “decisions are made based solely on the best interests for the child in care including the need for permanence.”

Both boys have only spent their lives at the current foster home.

While the foster home was given no reason for removing the kids, the Ministry initially believed their safety was in question, according to foster parents Klemens and Eva Koester. After the foster family was cleared in November 2012, the Koester’s say their 20 year contract with the Ministry was simply not renewed.

The boys remain in the Koester’s care, despite their contract expiring.

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Unsealed court documents reveal lead-up to Lac-Megantic disaster

MONTREAL — Reactions of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway employees the night of the Lac-Megantic train derailment have been revealed in unsealed court documents.

A “heavily redacted version” of the search warrant  was provided to  The Montreal Gazette and the Journal de Montréal after a search warrant request was made.

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It is important to note that the information and allegations within the documents have not been proven in court.

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The court documents show how some of the railway employees reacted in the run-up to the train disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed the town centre last July. They also reveal what train engineer Thomas Harding told investigators about what happened that night.

Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie were arrested, charged and released on bail, after appearing in a makeshift courtroom in Lac-Megantic on May 13.

The three men face 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death in connection to the Lac-Megantic train disaster.

Former Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. employees Thomas Harding, right, Jean Demaitre, centre, and Richard Labrie are escorted by police to appear in court in Lac-Megantic, Que., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

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Harding was the driver of the train, Labrie was the railway traffic controller and Demaitre was the manager of train operations.

According to The Gazette, some of the allegations include a claim that after a fire broke out on the train, MMA railway sent an unqualified employee to check on the situation and ensure the train had been secured.

A logo for Montreal Maine and Atlantic railway.

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Surete du Quebec investigators work at the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Inc. office in Farnham, Que., on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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An engineer checks the engine of a Montreal Maine and Atlantic locomotive outside the offices of MMA railway in the town of Farnham, Que., on July 11, 2013.

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A locomotive passes by the offices of Montreal Maine and Atlantic railway in the town of Farnham, Que., July 11, 2013.

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Harding allegedly told investigators that he had set seven hand brakes on the train; two fewer than required by the railway company and eight fewer than an independent investigator recommended.

The court documents also included interviews with several MMA employees, who told investigators that they believed the railway company’s equipment and train tracks were in poor condition.

Labrie apparently also said that many who worked with the company were concerned about a “catastrophe” given what the trains were transporting.

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