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MD's insight leads to better care in nursing homes & less pressure on ERs / A shift in plans for Donkin Mine could conflict with lobster fishery / Phone-in: What's the most important information you need when buying or selling property?

Some of the most frail men & women in the Maritimes live in nursing homes. In the Halifax area alone, it amounts to more than 2000 people. And with the aging population, that number is rising.
A year ago, when there was a severe shortage of doctors willing to take on their files, the seniors in the Halifax area faced a crisis in medical care. As well, hospital emergency departments and beds were getting overloaded with nursing home residents with complex conditions.
The CBC's Lisa Roberts told us how one passionate doctor used research and observation to come up with a system that's created huge changes in just one year.

For a very long time, the engine of the Cape Breton economy was powered by coal. But the engine went off the track as other global producers began mining the commodity and as some consumers switched to other fuels. The last underground mine on the island closed a decade ago.
So the announcement on Wednesday that Xstrata would reopen the Donkin mine was greeted with a lot of interest on the island.
But not everyone is greeting the news with excitement.
We spoke with Hugh Kennedy, who chairs the Xstrata-Donkin Coal Community Liason Committee.

It's the Battle of the Titans : The Competition Bureau is challenging the rules that Canadian Real Estate Association  imposes on agents who use its Multiple Listing Service or MLS. The Commissioner of the Bureau has applied to the Competition Tribunal to strike down the rules.
In particular, the Bureau says the rules restrict consumers from choosing the real estate services they actually want, force them to pay for services they don't need, and prevent real estate agents from offering more innovative service and pricing options to consumers. In general, The Bureau says the rules result in inflated transaction prices for consumers.
To read about the Commissioner's application to the Competition Tribunal regarding "anti-competitive real estate rules, click here .
The Canadian Real Estate Association calls the Commissioner's allegations "simply false". It had been in negotations with the Competition Bureau for months and stated that it had made the business decision to change the rules in question, whether or not a settlement with the Bureau could be reached. To read CREA's response, click here.
Ultimately, this will be settled by the federal Competition Tribunal. But people interested in buying or selling a home or cottage or other piece of property might have a more ground level view of the flow of information necessary to making an informed decision.
We were joined by Steve Neill of homebuyandsell.com in Vancouver. He launched the complaint that led to the competition bureau challenge.
We asked the Canadian Real Estate Association to take part in our phone-in, but they declined.
Our question "What is the most important information you need when buying and selling property?"


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