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Sudden end of federal eco-Energy Retrofit program has heating contractor shaking his head / Why NB environmentalists want to make the scruffiest pieces of urban land "ground zero" for wildflowers / Phone-in: genealogist Terry Punch

Lights Out : Canadians in all economic groups used it for years to make their homes more energy efficient.Through the the eco-Energy Retrofit program, you could get up to $5000 from the government to help you seal & insulate your house or buy a more efficient heating system. The upgrades have saved people hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year, and helped reduce energy consumption.
But on March 31st, as the clock ran out on the fiscal year, Ottawa announced it was suspending the program as a matter of "prudent fiscal management". Anyone who's already booked an evaluation is still eligible, but new applications will no longer be accepted.
Every province had partnered with Ottawa in the eco-Energy Retrofit program.  On Thursday, we spoke with Richard Brown, the Minister of Environment, Energy & Forestry in Prince Edward Island and Elizabeth Weir, President and CEO of Efficiency NB. The interviews prompted a heating contractor to call and tell us why he thinks the federal decision is wrong on many levels.

Seeds Away : The next time you're walking by a hard-scrabble vacant lot littered with Tim Horton's cups and cigarette butts among the spring weeds, imagine that same space filled with daisies and black-eyed Susans. According to some environmentalists, there could be an explosion of native wildflowers in places like that this summer.
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is making and handing out what they call "seed bombs" and encouraging people to start lobbing. The CBC's Angela Chang checked it out.

Just Suppose We Juxtapose : If you watch crime dramas, you've seen it a million times. After the police investigators have exhausted all their leads and their frustration is at the boiling point, someone links the victim with a suspect. They might have attended the same school 30 years ago, or dated the same person - but the revelation comes because someone has juxtaposed the two people : placed them side by side and found a significant connection in the past which could explain the more recent fatal connection.
Juxtaposition is a technique you can use to save yourself enormous amounts of time in researching your family tree - especially if you share a surname with millions of people - say Brown or LeBlanc or Lee.
Terry Punch is the author of three volumes of  "Erin's Sons : Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada". He gave examples of genealogical juxtaposition, and answered questions about how to research your family tree.
Speaking of research, the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, The Archives and Research Department of the New Brunswick Museum and Saint John Regional Library are providing  NAVIGATING THE INTERNET sessions at the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square in Saint John on April 24, 2010 from 10:30am - 3:00pm. For more information contact info@nbgssj.ca

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