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Cost equity a must
AMHERST - Amherst residents appear to favour reducing taxes as the best way of stopping the flow of motorists across the border to New Brunswick to purchase gasoline.
A survey, conducted last week by the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce, shows 77 per cent of 148 respondents believe a lower price through tax equity is the best way to encourage residents to buy fuel locally.
The unscientific survey, done through the survey monkey website, also indicated 83.7 per cent of those surveyed do cross the border to purchase their fuel and found that 80 per cent of those who go to New Brunswick to shop also purchase fuel there.
March hitting air for Haiti
AMHERST - Dave March doesn't know how he'll stay awake and on the air for 48 hours. But that doesn't concern him at the moment, because he knows this is something he needs to do.
March will be the CKDH host for 48 Hours for Haiti, an event raising money for Haitian relief following an earthquake last week that levelled much of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
He plans on spending all 48 hours at the radio station, beginning at noon Thursday and lasting until Saturday. All the funds raised go directly to the Canadian Red Cross Haiti earthquake fund.
Health care strike short-lived
AMHERST - Things are slowly returning to normal at Cumberland County's hospitals following a two-hour strike by unionized employees.
About 400 employees represented by CUPE went off the job at 6 a.m. Monday morning to back up contract demands, but were back on the job just after 8 a.m. following a tentative agreement with the province that will, among other things, guarantee wage parity with their counterparts in the Capital District Health Authority.

Organizations: Area Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Red Cross Haiti, Capital District Health Authority

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, New Brunswick Haiti Port-au-Prince

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