Cakes, conditions, cybercrime compete at Christmas

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In Bay of Islands, as anywhere else in Newfoundland and Labrador and places beyond, December’s end-of-year observances offer hope for more fresh starts as the new year looms. As more things go, it is seemingly less so.

For some folk, new hope may be found simply in discovering, even trading and trying, new and more tried and true recipes found online or certain print media near you, even further away. Raisin tea buns and some fancier treats that fit well with the festive season just ahead stand among them, just like the missus’s latest fruitcake. Those sweet tea biscuits suit just fine, too, especially being more economical and easier to make.

Moose steak, rabbit stew and grouse gruel — either complete with a simple flour and baking powder paste, along with those occasioned snowmobile adventures and sporadic wilderness hikes that bring them to our tables this time of year - also find their place among the rites of passage up the harbours, down the shores, out the bays and in the backcountry passes that many know well in rural parts of the province. Some not so much.

Global warming and related climate change — here, too, as anywhere else comprising variable expectations and frequent mixed precipitations — also cause many to seek hope in shortened winters and in the likely reprieve from the many hazards found in longer cold seasons like we used to know. Lately lesser the latter, and still without prejudice, we press on.

Open minds welcome all manner of seasonal hope, like that promoted by the provincial Organ Procurement and Exchange of Newfoundland and Labrador (OPEN).

For many, organ and tissue transplants, human body parts harvested from understanding folk yet able to speak for themselves and understood by knowing others when they are not able to do so, provides new hope for people needing them to stay alive. Many of the latter will die waiting and hoping.

“Organ donation is based solely on human compassion,” notes an OPEN pamphlet circulating this holiday season. Persons considering that they would like to be an organ or tissue donor are encouraged to fill out an organ donor card or check the box on your driver’s licence renewal form and to “tell those closest to you about your decision.

“At the time of your death (accidental and otherwise), your family will be asked to give consent (to see it through) on your behalf.”

Do be considerate that you may give the gift of life to another this holiday season (and, at any other time). By indicating in writing your willingness to make organ and tissue donations, telling next of kin about your decision, and in initiating contact with easternhealth.ca or by telephoning toll free 1-877-640-1110, to verify that intent, it gets done.

By petition

Predicting weather, forecasting short-term as well as longer-term weather patterns in time of changing seasons, appears difficult for people who strive to making a living from doing so. For others, more so.

Looking ahead, too, cybercrime appears yet again on Bay of Islands radar after a young Curling man discovered this week that he had been robbed of some $1,900-plus held in his Canadian chartered bank account by someone hacking his computer through what appears to have been gaming sites he is connected with online. The 21-year-old reported his loss to the local bank branch in Corner Brook, which told him they now have an investigation under way. Checking and preserving passwords and security programs aligned with the online service is all a part of it.

Pending lax bank security or likely personal misunderstanding and carelessness, do be cautious when sharing information with gaming partners and others seemingly practising false friendship in the cyber universe.

Looking back, November was Movember Month, the seventh year in Canada as part of the ongoing series of global fundraisers aimed at another great cause, the eradication of life-altering health conditions among men – prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health issues.

By all indications , it was another successful campaign with many Mo Bros (moustache-growing men) and Mo Sistas (assistive fundraising women) giving cause and needed financial support for increased awareness among the general populace in this country and abroad.

In all, more than 20 countries worldwide have helped raised some $500 million for those causes since it was inaugurated in Australia in 2003.

Movember Canada has become a leading player in the movement with some $100 million in donations achieved. Already, more than $28 million has been collected in this country so far this year.

Bits, pieces, good salad

Holiday times are under way, for sure, starting this Friday with the McIvers Community Improvement Club (MCIC) kicking in with members of the recreation committee gathering to decorate the local hall’s Christmas tree and to stuff children’s loot bags for the annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, beginning 1 p.m.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at  688-2003, or email at: davidjwhite@columnist.com.

Organizations: McIvers Community Improvement Club, Mo Bros

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Corner Brook Australia Santa Claus Parade

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