By John Anderson Opinion Mon., May 13, 2019 It has been a few weeks of important news for all those who believe in fair taxation and that the giant digital monopolies, such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Spotify, should pay their fair share. First of all, the Quebec government, which is the first in Canada to make the digital oligopolies collect sales tax (only Quebec PST in this case) discovered that in the short period from Jan. 1 to March 31 some $15.5 million was collected from these companies combined, much more than anticipated. Saskatchewan has also started collecting PST sales tax in January on digital sales. Facebook now claims it too will begin to collect sales tax on ads sold in Canada by the middle of this year. At this rate, if sales tax had been collected across Canada some $90 million in one quarter, or roughly $360 million might have been collected in (GST and PST) sales tax alone in one year. And this is without these companies generally … [Read more...] about Taxing digital monopolies should be 2019 election issue
By Rebecca Thomas For Star Halifax Sun., May 12, 2019 HALIFAX—The state of Georgia just signed House Bill 481 which would make abortion illegal after six weeks into pregnancy, or once a fetal heartbeat is detected; a time frame in which many women have to yet to find out they are pregnant. This kind of bill is otherwise known as a “Heartbeat Bill.” As a woman who has always been vehemently pro-choice, this kind of bill meant to single-handedly control and regulate women’s bodies makes me so angry, I have a hard time finding the words to describe it. That being said, I think it’s time I find some. Hi. My name is Rebecca and this is my abortion story. When I was 22, my then-boyfriend-now-husband got me pregnant. Contrary to what many folks think, the birth control pill is not 100 per cent effective. It is even less effective when taken inconsistently. Being the daughter of a physician, I had very clear directions to ensure I was … [Read more...] about Hi. My name is Rebecca and this is my abortion story
By Merran Smith Opinion Dan Woynillowicz Thu., May 2, 2019 Electric cars will take over roads in Canada and around the world. This is not simply the opinion of environmentalists, but a reality echoed by most analysts and automakers. It’s why Volkswagen is betting everything on a fast-approaching electric future. It’s why Ford just dropped a cool $500 million into electric truck startup Rivian with an eye toward electrifying its F-series (the bestselling trucks in Canada). And it’s why there’s a combined US$300 billion being invested by 29 global automakers into electric vehicles. Here in Canada, sales of new electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. In Norway, there were more electric cars sold than gas ones last month. One of the more pessimistic outlooks for electric cars, courtesy of ExxonMobil, sees the number of electric cars growing from two million to around 160 million in just 20 years. But perhaps, more than any factoid, what … [Read more...] about Will Conservative climate plan embrace electric cars?
By Rashid Husain Syed Opinion Wed., May 1, 2019 The ongoing tirade by President Donald Trump against Iran and his unwavering support for the “embattled” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) has emboldened the brash young prince to persevere with his crusade against dissent in the kingdom. On April 23 Riyadh executed 37 nationals. Thirty-four of them were identified as Shiites. The Saudi government defends such executions as a powerful tool for deterrence. A Saudi interior ministry statement said those executed were found guilty of attacking security installations with explosives, killing a number of security officers and cooperating with enemy organizations against the interests of the country. However, Amnesty International said 11 of the men were convicted of spying for Iran and sentenced to death after a “grossly unfair trial.” At least 14 others were convicted of violent offences related to their participation in anti-government … [Read more...] about Trump is backing the crack-down by MBS in Saudi Arabia
By David Zarnett Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 In January 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the regulator for private cannabis retail, announced the winners of its lottery for 25 cannabis retail store licences. The lottery is part of the Ford government’s strategy to privatize the sale of non-medical cannabis. Since the announcement of the lottery winners, the process has been marred in controversy as there were no pre-qualifications for lottery applicants, only 25 licences were provided for the entire province that has approximately two million cannabis users, and the overwhelming majority of licence winners had no prior experience in cannabis retail. What has received far less attention is that the government sold the licences for well below their market value, leaving more than $200 million on the table at a time when it is making significant cuts to essential social services. The winners of the lottery paid $10,075 for their licence, which … [Read more...] about Cannabis licences sold well below market value