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article imageBloomers will soon fly on clotheslines in Nova Scotia

By Kevin Jess     Nov 25, 2010 in Environment
Halifax - Nova Scotians who love the smell of laundry dried outdoors will soon be able to have a clothesline no matter where they live in the province.
Proposed amendments to the Energy Resources Conservation Act will soon allow people to use clotheslines regardless of rules or bylaws that prevent their use in subdivisions, apartments or condominiums.
Amendments to two acts and a new bill that will help families save money and reduce their carbon footprint were introduced Thursday, Nov. 25.
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks said in a press release, "Nova Scotians want to do what they can to save money and contribute to a better environment. We want to make it easier for them to use clotheslines and take transit wherever possible."
Also, in the first program of its kind in Canada, amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter will allow homeowners in HRM to finance solar hot water heating systems through their tax bills. The cost will be paid back over a period determined by the homeowner.
A third amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act is aimed at helping public transit buses. The amendment will give the buses the right of way when they signal their intention to re-enter traffic helping public transit avoid scheduling delays.
The bills are part of the Nova Scotia government's Suburban Priorities Initiative.
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