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Literary journals in the Maritimes to lose federal assistance / Your support for regulating the home inspection industry / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison on plants and how to start an indoor herb garden

The federal budget hasn't been announced, but the cuts have already begun.
Publications with a paid circulation of 5000 or fewer copies won't be eligible for any assistance from the new Canadian Periodical Fund (which replaces two funding streams : the Canadian Magazine Fund, which supported editorial content and business development, and the Publications Assistance Program, which subsidized mailing costs).
Ottawa will exempt aboriginal, ethno-cultural and official language publications from the 5000-circulation threshhold. But dozens of literary, arts or scholarly periodicals will be affected - including some prominent journals based in the Maritimes.
Jeanette Lynes is co-editor of The Antigonish Review. Ross Leckie is the Editor of The Fiddlehead, in Fredericton. They told us what this could mean for their periodicals, which published the early work of Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards, Lynn Coady and many more.

When is a home inspector not a home inspector ? Or, at least, one who doesn't have all the skills needed to do a throrough investigation of that home you'd like to buy ? 
The home inspection industry is unregulated in the Maritimes, as it is in most of Canada. That leaves plenty of room for someone with a ladder and a flashlight to hang out a shingle and call themselves a home inspector. And if they fail to uncover problems like mould, faulty wiring or a crack in the foundation, you could end up paying a lot of money to fix the problems, with your only recourse in the court system.  
On January 25th, we spoke with Dan Connors who runs a property maintenance and inspection business in Moncton. He's trying to convince the New Brunswick government to regulate the industry. Dan found plenty of support on our answering machine. We also heard about home inspectors who do thorough, professional jobs, and help many potential buyers.

Unless you're a vampire, you crave sunlight - especially in the Canadian winter.
But the fact is, we actually waste perfectly good sunlight all the time.
Take this studio, for instance : third floor, lots of natural light, and not a plant in sight.
But this year, we hope to change that.
Marjorie Willison is going to tell us how to plan and grow a small herb garden. That's right - something you can snip and use in your cooking. And we're going to see if we can document our progress - the successes and failures - and invite you to do the same - on the MN website.
But as always with gardening - indoors or out - we're going to have to plan this. Marjorie is here to get us started on this herbal journey. She's the author of the East Coast Gardener and she'd be happy to answer any question you have about plants.
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