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PEI and NB react to Ottawa axing program that helps homeowners cut energy costs / Former residents of PEI orphanage disappointed in Supreme Court of Canada decision on liability for alleged abuses / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison with advice on gardening

Out In The Cold...Again : For years, the eco-Energy Retrofit program has been incredibly popular - and for obvious reasons. You could get up to $5000 from government to increase the energy efficiency of your home, which would in turn, save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year - forever after.
But on March 31st, in the dying hours of the fiscal year, the federal government announced it will suspend the program.
And while anyone who's already booked an evaluation is still eligible, the federal Natural Resources Department will no longer accept new applications.
This is the second time the federal government has dropped the program. When it eliminated it in 2006, the backlash from citizens who planned to access funds for retrofits forced it to reinstate it.
Every province had partnered with Ottawa in the eco-Energy Retrofit program. We contacted Richard Brown, the Minister of Environment, Energy & Forestry in Prince Edward Island and Elizabeth Weir, the President and CEO of Efficiency NB.

Not Responsible: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the government of Prince Edward Island is not responsible for what allegedly happened at the Mount Herbert Orphanage.
In 2002, 57 former residents of the orphanage launched the lawsuit, claiming they had been physically and sexually abused there.
The CBC's Pat Martel gave us the background on the story and details of the decision.
To read the decision, click here.

Come On, Tarragon
: We're happy to report that the herb seeds we planted in February are flourishing, and have now been transplanted into pots with the help of our technician, Gerry Thibault. However...sad to say, there is one exception : the tarragon.
Marjorie Willison inspected the plants and explained what the problem might be. She's the author of The East Coast Gardener, and she also answered questions about your gardening plans.

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