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A Maritimer's tale of the new security regime when flying to the US / Some Mainers want NS company to reduce rockweed harvesting / Phone-in: automotive expert Doug Bethune with advice on maintaining your vehicle

Traveling by plane isn't the carefree experience it used to be.
And in the wake of a single incident on Christmas Day, security protocols have been ratcheted up several more notches - leading to additional hassles for anyone traveling to the United States.
Aside from more rigorous searches and turning bags you used to "carry-on" into checked luggage, the federal government has ordered 11 million dollars' worth of body-scanning machines.
And while those scanners aren't in place yet, air travelers are already seeing some of the unintended consequences of the new security regime.
Diana Dalton is a lawyer and consultant based in Halifax who had to fly to the States on business with the World Bank earlier in the week. We reached her in Washington, DC.

The frigid waters of Cobscook Bay near the New Brunswick border with Maine are heating up these days over a humble seaweed.
Rockweed thickly covers the rocks all along the shoreline that stretches from Maine into the Bay of Fundy. Traditionally, it's been harvested locally on a small scale to fertilize home gardens.  
But dried rockweed is a hot commodity. It's rich in minerals and nutrients, and is used as an ingredient in commercial fertilizers, cosmetics and nutritional supplements. In 2008 nearly 11.7 million pounds of rockweed were harvested in Maine alone, more than twice the amount cut in 2001. And a company based in Nova Scotia - Acadian Seaplants - is the most active.
The industrial scale of that harvesting is of concern to Julie Keene, the co-founder of the Maine Rockweed Coalition, and to marine biologist  Dr Robin Hadlock Seeley. We reached them near Lubec, Maine, across from Campobello Island, NB.

Was 2009 the end of the love affair with the automobile ? The US saw a decline of 4 million cars on the road - the largest drop in fifty years. In Canada, auto sales last year were down a whopping 10.7%  -  the biggest drop since 1990.
Fewer new cars being sold can only mean one thing : people are holding on to their existing wheels even longer. And that's where Doug Bethune comes in. He shared tips on how to keep your vehicle in top shape for as long as possible, and answered your automotive questions.


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