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Fraser says lots of emotion still exists about proposed tax changes

The Member of Parliament for Central Nova says he heard lots of emotion from community members at a tax reform information session in Antigonish Wednesday.

Sean Fraser says when proposed tax changes came to the forefront initially, federal officials heard lots of reservation- especially from the small business community, and some adjustments were made.

He says locals want to make sure changes won't have a negative impact on small business growth.

Fraser tells The Hawk he heard from passionate people in the local area at the discussion- they want things to be planned before changes happens.

"There was a number of things we heard- there was some real emotion that still exists in the small business community in Antigonish and across Canada quite frankly," he says. "They want to ensure that any measures that are adopted are given the time to be well-thought-out and ensure that they're not capturing all small businesses."

Fraser says residents want more information about the possible changes.

"The one other thing that I heard loud and clear, was that we need a little bit of certainty for the business community," he says. "At present, there's still some details to be released; we'll see that when draft legislation is actually tabled in the House of Commons."

Fraser says we could see something for certain proposals in the next federal budget- likely in February or March.

He says there could be draft legislation for a portion of proposals that could come before then.


Work on new transmission towers almost done

Officials with Nova Scotia Power say transmission tower work across the Strait of Canso should be finished soon.

Tiffany Chase, a spokesperson with the utility, says tower construction is complete, and they've been transitioning navigational lights from the old towers to the new, taller towers.

She says they've engaged multiple local contractors for tower construction, and investment in the local community has been well above $5,000,000.

Chase tells The Hawk the work brings an important backup to customers.

"The existing lines that were on the towers that have always been across the Strait of Canso now will be separated onto two separate circuits," she says. "If we have an outage affecting that circuit, we can switch to the other line and provide that backup supply of power to our customers between Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia."

Chase says the next step is to string the power line on the new towers; they're planning to start that soon- there's some more planning that has to be done.

She says work will allow our province to receive energy through the Maritime Link Project.

"This new line that we have across the Strait of Canso that will be supported by the new transmission towers that people are seeing constructed over the past several months will enable the addition of that new renewable energy."

Chase says significantly windy conditions could slow down the work, but weather-dependent, they hope to have the project finished in December.

Photo credit: Nova Scotia Power (www.nspower.ca)


Pump prices drop three cents

The price of gas is lower.

Pump prices fell three cents during the regular price adjustment at midnight, which means a litre of regular self-serve in the Quad Counties is now between $1.17.6 on the low end, and $1.20.6 on the high end.

It's the first price drop after five consecutive increases that totalled more than 15 cents.

Diesel did not change; that means the range in the Quad Counties remains between a minimum of $1.15.3 and a maximum of $1.18.3.


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