Unsafe wharf could jeopardize whale-watching season in NS community / Reactions to ideas for reducing drug plan costs / Phone-in: George Iny of the APA on best buys in new and used carsApril 7, 2010 3:11 PM
- It's hard to promote whale-watching tours when your local wharf features a sign saying that the structure is unsafe
Whales, Watching & Wharves : It's hard to think of a tourism ad for a Maritime Province that doesn't include a nod to whale-watching. What you won't see in an ad is rotting planks and a sign that says "Not Safe For Use". But that's what greets tourists at the Irishtown wharf on Brier Island in the Bay of Fundy. And what's worse for local tour operators is that a repair job announced by the federal government with much fanfare last September has been canceled because Ottawa says the bids came in too high.
Now local residents are hoping to access emergency funding and cobble together a temporary fix. We spoke with Penny Graham, the owner-operator of Mariner Cruises, a whale-watching tour company in Westport on Brier Island
Paying For Pills : If you pay into a drug plan, are you and your fellow contributors, spending more than you need to ?
Well, probably. At least that's what the Competition Bureau of Canada concluded two years ago. The bureau estimated that buying generic drugs at competitive prices could save people who pay premiums - employers & employees - upwards of $600m a year.
On Tuesday's show, we spoke with Hugh Paton, Executive Director of Health Plan Payers Canada, a new, non-profit group based in Atlantic Canada that's trying to rally the regional and national organizations that pay for these drugs to move towards a more affordable, sustainable system. He explained how most of the links in the drug supply chain - from manufacturers through to pharmacists and doctors - can make decisions that lead to higher-than-necessary costs. Producer Deborah Woolway dropped in to the studio to read your emails.
Do I Have A Deal For You: The shakedown in the automobile industry continues to ripple around the globe. But most buyers don't care which struggling brand has been bought by a bigger, more stable manufacturer - they just want to know which vehicle on the local car lot provides the best value.
Our guest was George Iny, President of the Automobile Protection Association. His organization provides annual buyers' guides for new and used vehicles (and be sure to check out that link to the APA; aside from the 2010 Lemon-Aid Guide to New Cars, it includes a video of George revealing the type of disguise he and his researchers might use when they're checking out dealerships and garages).
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