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From suspected DUI to international incident on the Maine-NB border / Maritime contractor calls for regulation of the housing inspection industry / Phone-in: Eric Tusz-King and Alan Keating answer home repair and renovation questions

Recently, we examined cross-border issues which have cropped up where New Brunswick and Nova Scotia meet. But a cross-border issue of a very different sort has just come to light where New Brunswick meets the State of Maine.
A spokesperson for Maine State Police says one of the force's troopers was suspended for crossing the border into Canada during a high speed pursuit.
The incident happended last fall fall on Campobello Island, but has only recently been revealed. CBC reporter Connell Smith in Saint John has been looking into this story.

Buying a home is the biggest investment most of us will ever make. And the last thing you want to do is buy into a whole lot of expensive and demoralizing problems.
That's why you hire a house inspector to check the dwelling from basement to attic - structure, electrical, plumbing, insulation - the works.  
But the home inspection "industry" is not regulated in most of Canada, including here in the Maritimes. And while many home inspectors are authorities in their field, many are not.  Dan Connors thinks the industry needs standards and regulation to protect homeowners. He operates Metro Maintenance and Inspection in Moncton - a property management and inspection business.  

The February 1st deadline is looming for anyone who wants to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit . It was introduced a year ago, and offers a 15% non-refundable tax credit for renovations to a house, condo or cottage.  The credit is based on eligible expenses for work performed,  or materials purchased, after January 27, 2009, and before February 1st, 2010 - that's next Monday.
Many Maritimers have taken advantage of the tax credit, and not surprisingly, given the older housing stock here in the Maritimes, many people are concentrating on improving their home's energy efficiency, along with updating bathrooms and kitchens.
But whether you're planning a major addition or simply looking for pointers to help you lay a new floor in the kitchen, our Renovators Panel provided sound advice.
Alan Keating is a carpenter and operator of Keating Construction in Sydney. Eric Tusz-King is with Energreen Builders Co-op in Sackville, which concentrates on building affordable, energy efficient housing.   
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