It’s November, and snow has already fallen in parts of the country. Usually those first snowflakes have people reaching for comforting soups and stews, but some, myself included, may still yearn for lighter fare. Personally, I always want a salad, whatever the weather.
There are many interesting cool-weather salad ingredients. Pleasantly bitter greens, like endive, frisée, radicchio and their colorful chicory cousins, are lovely combined with fruit (apples, pears, citrus) and toasted walnuts. You’ll find them at them available now, at farmers’ markets and in the produce departments of most supermarkets.
But the other day, one of my favorite market stands was offering gorgeous spinach with medium-size crinkled, curly leaves. Freshly picked, this spinach had enough body to stand up to a forceful vinaigrette. You certainly can’t say that about the ubiquitous packaged baby spinach that more or less wilts on contact with dressing. I prefer the larger leaves for a chewy salad with crunch.
If you can’t find hearty spinach leaves like that, choose another kind of green with texture, such as Japanese jagged-edged mizuna, a member of the mustard family; Napa cabbage, sliced into wide ribbons; or large arugula leaves. A mix of several kinds of sturdy greens is another possibility.
I considered what kind of salad to make: Of course, there’s the classic spinach salad tossed with crisp sizzled bacon and a hot dressing made in the skillet with bacon fat and cider vinegar. I often serve a spinach salad dressed with a zippy mustard vinaigrette, chopped hard-cooked egg and shavings of Gruyère cheese or Provolone. With or without bacon, it makes a great first course or light lunch. Delicious as those may be, I craved something with a fresher feel.
On this particular day, I wanted a salad substantial enough to be a main course, and came up with this one, which takes cues from Japan. I enhanced the gingery, garlicky dressing with miso, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce and splash of sake for good measure. For texture, I added chopped cucumber, thinly sliced daikon radish and edamame beans, along with a shower of sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and peanuts. To make it even more of a meal, I tucked in slices of baked marinated firm tofu.
The hearty, handsome salad fulfilled the urge for something green, healthy, vegetarian and light, even with a chill in the air. For that matter, though, this exceedingly satisfying spinach salad could easily be served year round.
Recipe: Spinach and Tofu Salad
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Jair Bolsonaro has won the presidential election in Brazil. Well known for his often incendiary statements, the far-right politician’s actual policy positions are harder to pin down.
After being stabbed by a lone attacker on 6 September, Mr Bolsonaro spent time in hospital receiving treatment which took him away from the campaign trail.
Even after he won the first round of the election on 7 October, he did not participate in TV debates with his Workers’ Party rival, Fernando Haddad.
He has nonetheless remained active on social media and given interviews where he has offered some clues about the kind of policies his administration could pursue.
Gun rights for ‘all honest citizens’
Increasing security for Brazilian citizens has been one of Mr Bolsonaro’s flagship campaign issues. He has portrayed himself as a hardliner who will restore safety to Brazil’s streets.
He has indicated that his government will aim to relax laws restricting the ownership and carrying of guns. “Every honest citizen, man or woman, if they want to have a weapon in their homes – depending on certain criteria – should be able to have one,” he said of his plans on Rede TV on 11 October.
He has also strongly opposed the legalisation of abortion. Writing on Twitter on 12 October he said: “The money of Brazilians will not finance NGOs that promote that practice.”
That stance has won him the support of many evangelic Christians.
Mixed signals about the economy
Many Brazilians said that they voted for Jair Bolsonaro as a reaction to what they considered the inadequate economic track-record of the left-wing Workers’ Party, under which Brazil’s economy went from boom to bust.
Mr Bolsonaro’s economic policy plans resemble those of market-friendly right-wing governments in other parts of Latin America, and include proposals to reduce government “waste” and promises to reduce state intervention in the economy.
However, on occasion he has also defended more nationalistic stances, arguing for the need to keep state control over industries he deems strategic.
The former army captain has said that he wants to undertake a reform of the government in order to reduce and relocate “unnecessary expenses”.
“I made a commitment to reduce the number of ministries, extinguish and privatise many of the state-owned [companies] that exist today,” he wrote on Twitter.
In his party manifesto, he also suggested that state-run oil company Petrobras should “sell a substantial portion of its refining, retail, transportation and other activities where it has market power” in order to “promote competition” in the oil and gas sector for the good of consumers.
However, in a TV interview on 9 October he expressed concern that privatising electric utility company Eletrobras could lead to it being bought by Chinese investors.
He also rowed back on his earlier support for privatising Petrobras, saying that the “core” of the oil company should stay under state control.
Affinity with Donald Trump
Mr Bolsonaro has been called “Trump of the Tropics” and on foreign policy he is likely to follow an agenda closely aligned to that of the US president on issues such as the environment and the Middle East conflict.
He has suggested that Brazil could pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, arguing that its requirements compromise Brazil’s sovereignty over the Amazon region. An editorial in São Paulo’s Folha newspaper called Mr Bolsonaro’s reasoning “an anachronistic fear”, but it is one that has won him the support of many landowners and agribusinesses.
Mr Bolsonaro is also thought to favour moving the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
He also said he would close the Palestinian embassy in Brazil. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” he said in August.
He has also said that his first foreign trip as president would be to Israel.
Re “‘Pink Wave’ May Complicate Race for Speaker” (news article, Nov. 16):
Why do Democrats internalize and parrot Republican smear campaigns against our party’s accomplished women? After such a critical blue wave, why squander the savvy, tenacity and expertise that Nancy Pelosi would bring to steering the Democratic agenda? Her deft skills are unquestioned. Republicans cast Ms. Pelosi as evil incarnate, as they did Hillary Clinton, precisely for fear of her effectiveness.
There’s nothing progressive — or wise — about discarding Ms. Pelosi; it’s downright ludicrous to sideline your most formidable and accomplished warrior, especially when the battle has just begun.
Military pilots from across Canada, and NATO allies have been earning their wings just south of Moose Jaw for over 75 years. To celebrate the aviation and military tradition, 15 Wing Moose Jaw will bring back the Saskatchewan Airshow.
Originally discontinued in 2005, the airshow will once again take place on July 6 and 7, 2019.
Wing commander for the base Col. Denis O’Reilly was central in bringing back the airshow. The Moose Jaw native said he wanted to inspire a new generation of pilots.
“My parents had a farm just off the end of the runway and I used to bike out the airport in the summertime, grab a coke and help the pilots wash their aircraft and maybe hope to get a flight,” O’Reilly said.
Growing up in Moose Jaw’s South Hill neighbourhood, O’Reilly routinely heard Snowbirds and other aircraft flying overhead.
“I just grew up hearing that noise all the time and just looking up in the sky and thinking that’s something really cool men and women get to do and that’s something I’ll probably never get to do, not really realizing it’s something available to all Canadians,” O’Reilly said.
Today, one of those “really cool men” is Lt-Col. Mike French, commanding officer for the Snowbirds. Like O’Reilly, his aviation dreams began when he was a three-year-old at an airshow in Abbostford, B.C.
“I saw the Snowbirds flyover. I came out from under my blanket because the RAF Falcon bomber flew over and scarred me,” French said. “I came out from under my blanket and looked and saw the Snowbirds flying and decided right then and there that’s what I wanted to do.”
French used to fly in the Saskatchewan Airshow prior to its cancellation. Now, he said the Snowbirds will be midway through their season when the July return comes around, making for a well-rehearsed show.
Formation flying can look seamless from the ground. Up in the air, French compared it to driving in bumper to bumper traffic at 300 miles per hour with vehicles beside, above and below you. That means pilots only have a about a two foot box to maneuver their planes in, leaving no room for error.
“What that means is a lot more room for trust, and we absolutely have to trust each other. We hold ourselves accountable to each other and we can’t break that trust; plain and simple,” French said.
There is still a lot of prep work that will have to go into the airshow’s big return. Organizers anticipate more than 30,000 people will attend the weekend shows.
Military and civilian performers will be announced next year.
In addition to flight demonstrations there will be opportunities to get up close and personal with planes, a cabaret and a Saskatchewan micro-brewery will be chosen to brew a signature beer for the event.
A new downtown arena in Saskatoon could create millions of dollars in new tax revenue, according to an urban planner involved in creating Edmonton’s Rogers Place.
On Tuesday, Saskatoon city councillors took the first step in planning for a new downtown arena and entertainment district.
“I think something like this is very warranted and it could really change, positively, the heart and soul of the city,” said Simon O’Byrne, senior vice-president with Stantec, who worked on the urban planning for Edmonton’s arena and the surrounding district.
More than one-third of Edmonton’s arena project is funded through tax increment financing (TIF), also known as a community revitalization levy (CRL).
A TIF is one of the proposed funding methods for a Saskatoon arena.
With a TIF, once an arena location is chosen, a city maps out an area that would reap the economic spin-offs from the facility.
The new project typically draws more development in the form of restaurants, hotels and other amenities, increasing property tax revenue around the arena.
“At the end of the day, you want to be able to make sure you’re creating the catalytic effect that you want,” O’Byrne said.
The new revenue that comes in is then used to directly pay down the debt of the project, rather than go toward the city’s coffers.
“The CRL in Edmonton has been an unbelievable success story,” O’Byrne said.
“The city basically anticipates getting something like $25 million to $30 million more a year in property taxes now that the arena and the arena district has gone in.”
Unlike Alberta, Saskatchewan legislation appears to limit the incremental revenue to just the municipal portion of taxes – about 45 per cent of the total, according to a City of Saskatoon report.
“Without this additional portion of taxes in the TIF program, the financing business case is significantly weakened,” the report reads.
Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding would neither rule out nor commit to changing the legislation.
“We would certainly entertain any proposal and work with it on its own merit,” Kaeding said.
A joint-use arena and convention centre to replace SaskTel Centre and TCU Place is estimated to cost $330 million to $375 million, according to a consultant’s report.
Having also worked on Saskatoon’s City Centre Plan, O’Byrne had some dos and don’ts for tax increment financing and downtown arena projects in general.
Arenas should be situated in locations where there is room to grow and increase the tax base, he said.
“You want to pick a site where if you build it, they will come. It’ll result in new hotels, new office space, new restaurants, new condos [and] new rental buildings,” O’Byrne said.
He also recommended a location with multiple routes in and out of the area, as opposed to the traffic bottlenecks created before and after SaskTel Centre events.
The area also needs to be pedestrian-friendly.
“You want to pick an area that has narrower streets or streets that could be made more narrow,” O’Byrne said.
Don’t place a downtown arena in an area that is totally developed and there’s less potential for property tax revenue to climb.
“Part of the don’ts is to locate an arena or a new catalytic project where the land appreciation is leased,” according to O’Byrne.
Don’t forecast too much money to come from tax incremental financing, as revenue shortfalls need to be made up.
“But you don’t want to be so conservative with the numbers that you’re going to handcuff yourself either.”
The city has not made any potential locations public, though O’Byrne noted the city’s warehouse district, land north of TCU Place and an area north of downtown all have promise.
Civic administration has identified an amusement tax, naming rights, business district levies and parking revenues as other potential revenue options.
A possible new arena is still many years away, but more discussion is possible during Monday’s meeting of Saskatoon city council.
Look up, look way up! And you’ll see the completed Stantec Tower.
The tallest tower in Western Canada was officially topped-off on Friday, just over two years since its official ground breaking.
At 251 metres, the finishing touch gives the Stantec Tower the title of the tallest tower outside of Toronto.
A view of Edmonton from the Stantec Tower, Nov. 16, 2018.
Downtown Edmonton from the 60 floor of the Stantec Tower, Nov. 16, 2018.
A view of Edmonton from the Stantec Tower, Nov. 16, 2018.
A view from the 60 floor of Edmonton’s Stantec Tower, Nov. 16, 2018.
A view of the JW Marriott from Edmonton’s Stantec Tower, Nov. 16, 2018.
The tower will be home to Stantec’s 1,500 Edmonton-based employees. The company’s new global headquarters includes 29 storeys of commercial workspace. The building also houses 483 condo suites and more than 20,000 square feet of amenity space. The condos are expected to be ready for residents by fall 2019.
A view of Manulife Place from Edmonton’s Stantec Tower, Nov. 16, 2018.
WASHINGTON — The families of three Army Special Forces soldiers who were fatally shot by a Jordanian base guard in 2016 said on Friday that they had sued the kingdom over false accusations that the Green Berets provoked the killings — accounts disputed by a video of the attack.
The three soldiers — Staff Sgts. Matthew C. Lewellen, Kevin J. McEnroe and James F. Moriarty — were stationed in Jordan as part of a C.I.A.-run program to train Syrian rebels. They were shot at close range by First Sgt. Maarik al-Tawayha, a guard in the Jordanian Air Force, when their convoy was stopped at the gate of the King Faisal air base after a training mission on Nov. 4, 2016.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Washington, seeks unspecified monetary damages from the Jordanian government.
“For life to work, we have to be willing to hold the powerful accountable,” James Moriarty, the father of Sergeant Moriarty, said at an emotional news conference on Friday. He also urged the United States to re-examine its longstanding alliance with Jordan.
Sergeant Tawayha was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in July 2017. During the trial, he offered no explanation for the attack, and he said after a hearing that “I was doing my job.”
On Friday, Mr. Moriarty and the fathers of Sergeants Lewellen and McEnroe said that the Jordanian government had made false leaks to the news media asserting that the Green Berets had been drinking before they returned to the base, and had accidentally fired one of their pistols at the gate.
A six-minute video of the shootings, taken from a security camera and released after Sergeant Tawayha’s sentencing, appears to show a different sequence of events at the gate. In it, Sergeant Moriarty is seen trying to defuse the situation by raising his hands after Sergeants McEnroe and Lewellen were shot.
The lawsuit said the Kingdom of Jordan had “aided and abetted this terrorist act,” and it accused Sergeant Tawayha of having “hunted down and brutally murdered their loved ones.” It said the kingdom had initially defended Sergeant Tawayha by asserting that he had acted “within internationally accepted rules of engagement.”
Neither the F.B.I. nor Jordanian officials have linked Sergeant Tawayha to any extremist groups.
In a statement, the Jordanian Embassy in Washington did not directly comment on the lawsuit but said that “Jordan successfully prosecuted the perpetrator, and he is now serving a life sentence.”
“Jordan deeply regrets the tragedy, and has done its best to achieve justice,” the statement said.