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The Irvings' proposal for a new way of moving electricity around the region / Why politicians are tip-toeing around potential sources of tax revenue they need to balance budgets / Phone-in : dietitian Maureen Tilley's advice on low- and no-salt recipes

There's nothing symmetrical about the electricity business in the Maritime Provinces.
We come in all different sizes, with different sources of generation and a mix of public and private utilities.
The electrons that flow through those wires to homes and businesses and export markets don't care. But the question of the best way to move them around is one that's bedeviled by our fragmented way of transmitting them.
Yesterday, the holding company for Irving Oil Ltd., floated the idea of a new venture called Portage Energy Ltd. which would deal with mismatches and a perceived lack of coordination among regional players.
Jeff Matthews is the Director of Business Development for Fort Reliance, the holding company.

As we slouch towards this spring's federal & provincial budgets, political leaders have been dropping heavy hints about cuts to spending and programmes. It's all in the interest of returning to balanced budgets, they say.
What nobody in elected office seems willing to mention is the possibility of raising taxes or instituting new ones. Politically, that kind of talk is considered suicidal.
But is part of the current fiscal pickle due to politicians turning a blind eye to potential sources of tax revenue ?
Tom Kent isn't a politician. He's a Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy and Founding Editor of Policy Options, and he explained why some government should close some current tax loopholes to raise more money.

They're almost irresistible - those fast foods, prepared meals, canned vegetables and condiments that promise to spare you time in the kitchen or get a meal in the table in short order.  
They're also loaded with salt, and a little salt goes a long, long way.
If there was ever a time to try to shake the salt from your diet, this is it:  the amount of salt in our daily diet has been linked to medical problems such as high blood pressure and strokes.
But once you get used to that salty taste, it's hard to imagine your food without it.  
Maureen Tilley helps us imagine just that. She's a dietician and author of "Hold The Salt !". She shared tips and recipes to help you reduce salt in your diet.   
And the callers who won copies of Maureen's book are : Ian Smith of Wolfville,NS,
Jeanne-Mance Riordon of Bathurst,NB, and Kathleen Dickieson of O'Leary,PEI

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