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People involved in Haitian relief effort and Maritimers waiting to hear from relatives there / Phone-in: Judith Andrew of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business : red tape you could do without

It's an impoverished nation whose people have been burdened by decades of government corruption, terrorized by violence, and battered by hurricanes. Now, Haiti is dealing with the effects of a 7.0 earthquake, which struck close to the capital city of Port-Au-Prince Tuesday evening, January 12th. We reached Bill Lawlor in Saint John. He's Director of Disaster Management and International Operations for the Red Cross in Atlantic Canada.

As many countries mobilized to send relief to Haiti, we asked the CBC's Rob Gordon about options for the Canadian military - especially the Navy.

Reginald Dentiste has lived in Canada since 1984. Two years ago he moved to Halifax, and now drives a shuttle bus at the "Park and Fly" at the Stanfield International Airport. He told us that his father landed in Haiti on a family visit just hours before the earthquake.

Many Maritimers volunteer their time and skills to help Haitians who have experienced decades of deprivation and poverty. Around this time last year, CBC reporter Stephen Puddicombe visited the school and orphange run by the Hands Across the Sea charity in a place called Lachapelle. His documentary about the woman who runs the orphange, Karen Huxter, and her right-hand man, Luckner Estimable, aired on Maritime Magazine last March. We played an excerpt.   
We also spoke with Bill Newell, Pastor of the Yarmouth North and Brooklyn  Baptist Churches in Nova Scotia. Some of his family members traveled to Haiti earlier this month to volunteer at the Hands Across the Sea charity.  

If you operate a business in the Maritimes, for every hour you spend selling a set of  tires or housepainting services or homemade jellies, how much time do you spend  filling out forms and reporting to government ?
Now there is agreement that we need regulations to ensure the safety of workers and consumers and a tax system that encourages compliance; there are plenty of countries where this is not the case and the results aren't pretty.
But certain paperwork can leave business owners scratching their heads about whether it's helping achieve the goals of the regulations. And things like long turnaround times for government approvals or getting different answers to the same question from different people in the same government department can be truly frustrating.
We were joined by Judith Andrew, Vice President (Legislative) with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The CFIB just released a study entitled "Prosperity Restricted By Red Tape" (to read the study, click here .)
We asked you to call with your examples of red tape you could do without.
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