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Mystery Creature Identified / All Aboard: Rural Transportation in the Maritimes/ Phone In: Filing Your 2009 Income Tax Return

Wild and Wooly Creatures: Lorraine Simmons of Halifax called us recently to describe a chance sighting of what looked like a large, curly horned goat hanging out with a bunch of deer. Turns out, the goat belongs to Shelley Skedden of Upper Nine Mile River, Nova Scotia. Or it did. It's a 400 pound Boer goat buck that Shelley and her husband brought in to service the lady goats on their farm, and it's been on the lam for four and a half years.

Getting From Point A to Point B: In most parts of the Maritimes passenger train service is a distant memory, the bus "milk runs" that used to connect small communities are morphing into "express runs" between cities, and bus lines have applied to drop some routes altogether. Yesterday on the phone in we asked you what would improve transportation among Maritime communities. Several of you emailed to ask why the heck we don't press school buses into service. One caller also suggested we could also take a cue from Cuba. There, government cars are clearly identified and are required to pick you up if they're going your way.
Philip Milo told us about the success of Kings Transit in serving Annapolis Country and Western Kings County. And a shuttle bus operator in the Yarmouth area said she hoped government dollars aren't spent subsidizing public transit, because it would put small businesses like hers at a disadvantage. Krista Shackleton of Gagetown wrote to say that we should stop the bleeding away of small communities, and support local services, retailers and producers, and if necessary, help them to get us what we need. Her comments were echoed by Andrew Graham in Saint John.

This Is It: Well, if you've put off the job of filing your 2009 income tax return until now, it's time to get focused. Pat Olmstead of the Canada Revenue Agency answered all your questions.


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