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NS decision on gas pricing means customers near border will continue to head to NB for fill-ups / Refugee groups on Ottawa's new policies / Green plastics / Phone-in: your 2009 income tax return

Cross-Border Gassing : It looks as if gas station operators in the Amherst area will continue to see their neighbours' licence plates disappearing into the distance on the road to Aulac or Sackville, New Brunswick. The Utilities and Review Board has ruled that despite the fact consumers on their side of the border pay 5.4 cents per litre more for gas than New Brunswickers, there is still what it considers to be a "viable gasoline market in the Border Area". We spoke with a disappointed Randy Smith, President of the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce.

From A Refugee Camp To Your Neighbourhood: Changes to the way Canada decides who gets into this country are receiving cautiously positive reviews from people who work with refugees in the Maritimes. Ottawa wants to open the door to more people languishing in UN-sponsored refugee camps, while quickly ushering out those who come to Canada and make bogus claims for asylum.  
Under the new plan, 2500 additional refugees would be allowed into Canada each year.  But 2000 of those must be sponsored by private organizations, which provide financial and social support.
We spoke with Lorraine LeClair, Executive Director of the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton and Evelyn Jones, the refugee sponsorship co-ordinator with Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services in Halifax. (For information on the April11th benefit concert for ISIS in Halifax, click here.)


Plastic Without the Petroleum ? Plastics are relatively cheap to produce, lightweight, strong and versatile, and the convenience they offer is almost irresistible. But most - from 2-litre pop bottles to the container filled with leftovers in the back of the fridge - are made from finite oil resources. When we toss petroleum-based plastics out, they end up clogging a landfill, or, if burned,  generating harmful emissions. If only they could biodegrade.  
Dr. Andrew Dove is a chemist at the University of Warwick in the U.K. He's working on non-petroleum-based plastics (He's giving a talk at 7pm, Wednesday, March 31st, in the Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre at the University of Prince Edward Island).   

Sharpen That Pencil : It's a chore many of us put off til the last minute.  But it has to be done, and the more organized and better-informed we are, the easier it'll be. We are, of course taking about filing this year's income tax form. Pat Olmstead of the Canada Revenue Agency answered dozens of questions.


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