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Could new deal with US on "Buy American" mean more work in Canada for a Maritime firm ? Cape Bretoners prepare to return west as tar sands projects resume / Phone-in: Jim White's advice on using paint, stain or wallpaper

When the US launched its massive $800 billion stimulus package last year, the so-called "Buy American" provision shut out Canadian bidders from much of the work.
But today, Ottawa has announced a deal to ease those restrictions. It also gives companies in both countries permanent market access to projects at the sub-federal level - meaning they can bid and work on public works projects at the provincial, state or municipal level.
The agreement applies only to U.S. funding delivered under the current stimulus program, and not to any future legislation that might include similar "Buy American" clauses.
As well, some interprovincial barriers in Canada will have to drop...with some exceptions.
We spoke with Steve Ross, the General Manager of the Cherubini Group of Companies, a steel fabrication company based in Dartmouth.


From boom to bust - and now, back to boom ?
Work in the Alberta Tar Sands is beginning to pick up again. Several major construction projects have been announced in the last few weeks, and together, they're worth billions of dollars.
That's good news for the economy of Wild Rose Country. But what does it mean for people on this side of Canada ?
The CBC's Wendy Martin looked into how it might affect some highly mobile workers from Cape Breton - who are in the same boat as many other Maritimers laid off during the recession in Alberta.  

There are days in winter when the scene outside looks pretty black and white. So we look indoors to get the burst of colour to brighten our moods. But before you go crazy with pots of paint, perhaps some professional advice would help.
Jim White operates Lake City Paint and XXL Painting in Dartmouth. He answered your questions about using paint, stain and wallpaper.
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