City Cracking Down on Illegal Parking Near Schools, Fire Lanes

WINNIPEG – Keep your eye on your mailbox because the city is now mailing parking tickets.

Starting today, if you’re parked in the wrong spot in front of a school or in a fire lane, the city could mail you an infraction.

The city has five enforcement vehicles that can capture licence plates while moving.

The hope is that this will do a better job of catching rule breakers than people on foot.

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“Our officer would attend an area, they would identify an infraction and write a ticket. But the person in the vehicle, we don’t have the authority to say, ‘You must wait for your ticket,’” explains Ryan Arabsky, manager of regulations and compliance with the city. “The person can then just drive away, and in a lot of cases all they would do is just circle the block which creates even further safety and traffic issues.”

Arabsky says it’s a problem all over Winnipeg, with rushed parents ignoring pleas from school staff.

“Park a block away, park two blocks away and walk that short distance rather than parking in a no stop zone. It creates a safety hazard and traffic issues as well.”

One of the locations where enforcement vehicles were targeting on the first day was General Wolfe School on Banning. The entrance is on the northbound side of the road, where no parking is allowed, but there is one-hour parking on the southbound side.

This didn’t stop people from idling on the wrong side of the road as school got out. Seven cars could have been ticketed, but the officer told 680 CJOB that she was just giving out warnings today.

Those drivers could have faced fines up to $70. If you illegally park in a fire lane, that could cost you up to $300.

Canadian celebrity chefs share their Mother’s Day brunch tips

Whether you grew up with the type of mom who made everything from scratch or one who had a more pragmatic take on cooking (who doesn’t love frozen pizza Fridays?), a Mother’s Day spread filled with all her favourite foods — and her kids — is the perfect way to say, “Thanks, Mom.”

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Brunch is always a crowd-pleaser, mainly because of the opportunity it presents to serve both savoury and sweet foods, not to mention cocktails. (A Google Trends search consistently shows its rising popularity, with spikes in the springtime around Easter and Mother’s Day.) Although most urban centres are bursting with brunch spots, nothing beats the intimacy of hosting a brunch at home.

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This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a truly special brunch with tips from some of Canada’s most renowned celebrity chefs.

For a health-conscious brunch

Chef Roger Mooking, host of Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food, wants to treat his wife to a special brunch while observing her fitness goals.

“My mother lives in Alberta and won’t be visiting us for Mother’s Day, but my wife deserves the golden treatment,” he says. “She’s been on a fitness transformation for the last year and has achieved every single marker to date, and she has set a new goal that will be in very full swing for this Mother’s Day.”

As such, Mooking is planning a tasty yet health-conscious meal that includes lean proteins, cooked vegetables and whole-grain carbohydrates.

Grilled steak with grilled or fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates makes for a delicious and health-conscious brunch.

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“I’m thinking that raw shaved Brussels sprouts and grilled broccoli rabe [rapini] with lemon and chili is in order,” he says. “For the proteins, it will be grilled flank or skirt steak rubbed with blackening spice, and cooked over open fire using natural lump-wood charcoal.”

Less-experienced cooks can simplify this meal by serving a fresh salad with a mixture of lettuces and vegetables to pair with the grilled meat. If you’re opting for a buffet-style brunch, slice the meat and put it in a serving dish so guests can easily help themselves. Add some complex carbohydrates like roasted sweet potatoes or brown rice.

While it’s not recommended to eat red meat daily, moderate consumption is fine, experts say.

For a spring-themed brunch

“Half of cooking is curating,” says chef Craig Harding, host of TLN’s The Chef’s Bar and owner of Campagnolo in Toronto.

The idea behind Mother’s Day, Harding says, is to spend time with your mom, so don’t try anything too elaborate that will require last-minute attention. He advises choosing fresh, in-season ingredients that are packed with flavour and won’t require too much fuss.

“If you’re serving eggs, opt for a frittata that can be assembled the night before and popped into the oven in the morning,” he says. “Add in springtime ingredients like green or white asparagus, fresh peas or ramps.”

Infuse simple, make-ahead dishes with fresh, in-season ingredients like asparagus, strawberries and peas.

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He also recommends a light pasta, like spaghetti tossed with lemon juice and butter, and topped off with shaved parmesan. For dessert, he says the season’s fresh fruits, like strawberries and rhubarb, are perfect as a stand-alone ending to the meal.

“Topped with lime juice, icing sugar and fresh mint, they’re the perfect Mother’s Day flavours,” he says.

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“By doing some research on the freshest ingredients and some good shopping ahead of time, it’ll make your life easier and your brunch successful.”

For a decadent brunch

Splurging on a meal can, in many ways, be the best way to spend money: it satisfies your visceral appetite, while sharing it with others feeds your soul. Or at least that’s how chef Rob Gentile, owner of the Buca restaurants in Toronto, sees it.

“I love to splurge on ingredients that I wouldn’t use every day, like truffles and caviar,” he says. “And for these occasions, I’m not too shy to open a bottle of champagne.”

Splurge on decadent ingredients like caviar, and don’t be afraid to pop open some champagne, Gentile says.

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For him, indulgence is the word of the day.

“For brunch, make a soft scramble and add some caviar or fresh-shaved truffles [which are in season now] with some burrata cheese,” he says. “If you play with wonderful, special ingredients, your dish will taste great.”

On the same note, chef Mark McEwan, host of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, says to put an indulgent spin on a classic Canadian ingredient: lobster.

“For Mother’s Day, I like to elevate classic dishes to give them a wow-factor — everything should be indulgent,” he says. “Nothing beats Canadian lobster and it’s cooked perfectly when poached in butter.”

Chef McEwan’s ‘indulgent’ lobster Florentine.

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He pairs it with runny poached eggs and shaved truffle on top of garlic brioche and sauteed spinach for an upscale Canadian take on eggs Florentine.

“Once plated, everything looks stunning, and it really is a memorable, standout meal,” he says.

Some tips on decor

When it comes to sprucing up your home for Mother’s Day, nature is in your favour.

“Seasonality means you have lots of beautiful fresh blooms to choose from, like tulips, flowering branches, lilacs and peonies — it doesn’t get much simpler,” says Becky De Oliveira, owner of Blush and Bloom Flower Studio in Toronto.

Coordinating your flowers to a label on a wine bottle is an interesting way to showcase both.

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For table arrangements, go for an unscented floral, like tulips, that won’t interfere with the aromas of your food. And if you have allergy-prone guests, go for plants or pussy willow branches, or decorate with colourful napkins and candles (also unscented).

An interesting new decor trend is matching florals to wine.

“You can pair floral wines with flowers, matching the notes in the wine to your blooms,” De Oliveira says. “Or match the label of your wine bottle to a floral arrangement. It’s an interesting way to display both together.”

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