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Tattoo artist thinks Maritime governments should outline and colour in her industry with health regulations / Remembering Doug Harkness / Phone-in : installing and maintaining septic systems

Missing the Point ? More and more Maritimers are dropping their pants, exposing their bellies and rolling up their sleeves - for tattoos and piercings. The demand for all that ink and metal has created a boom for entrepreneurs who provide those services. Some have opened home businesses where people can have their bodies decorated and accessorised.
But Darren Fisher, a councillor with the Halifax Regional Municipality, thinks tattoo shops should be banned from residential areas and limited to commercial zones.There's going to be a public hearing on Mr Fisher's suggestion next week.
But someone who works in the tattoo industry feels there's a much more important issue than zoning which elected officials are ignoring : the health of Maritimers getting tattooed and pierced.
Amber Thorpe has worked in studios in Ontario and Alberta, and now runs Adept Tattoos in Halifax.

One Flush and It's Gone...Somewhere : If you live in one of the many Maritime homes or cottages not hooked up to municpal sewer pipes you are always keenly interested in what goes down the drain and into your septic system. Those systems require careful maintenance. When they're running smoothly, you barely notice them. But when they act up, the results can be very unpleasant, from soggy lawns to tainted wells.
We re-assembled our panel of experts to take your questions about keeping your septic system in good shape. Gilles Gallant is the owner of Gallant Septic Services in Grande-Digue, New Brunswick. Morley Foy is an engineer with the Water Management Division at PEI's Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry. Phil Cameron is a septic system consultant based in Truro, and the former Chair of Wastewater Nova Scotia.

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