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A closer look at the proposed retail discount tax

The discount tax for retail employees seems to have become a non issue across government parties. However, Canada Revenue Agency has issued guidelines for businesses to follow regarding merchandise taxes. 

Though the Liberal party has stated this tax will not harm retail employees, it’s a real slippery slope to dance around. 

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A closer look at the proposed retail discount tax

The discount tax for retail employees seems to have become a non issue across government parties. However, Canada Revenue Agency has issued guidelines for businesses to follow regarding merchandise taxes.  Though the Liberal party has stated this tax will not … Keep Reading

There is no humour in verbal assault

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Disrespect is not a punchline. I’m not really sure how many more times it can be said before the inconsiderate, insensitive morons of the world understand that their behaviour is nothing short of despicable. Two days ago, NTV’s Heather Gillis was on Signal Hill and was the victim of – yet another – verbal assault when three simpletons yelled “FHRITP” in Gillis’ direction. This is not the first incident of FHRITP that has happened in our city, and worse, it’s not the first time Gillis has been the victim of this verbal violence. Before you cry “melodrama,” it needs to be understood that yelling this phrase at anyone, much less someone who is in the public eye at the time…

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Clean up campaign finance

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I’ve long felt that money plays too big a role in St. John’s politics. My experience running for a councillor-at-large seat has shown me that a lot of voters in St John’s agree. wh Most of us understand the dangers of political donations. Donations undermine democratic accountability. Elected representatives should be equally accountable to everyone, but if their political fortunes depend on a few wealthy and interested donors, those donors voices’ will be heard far louder than yours. Donations raise concerns about corruption—justified or not. When a major donor gets a contract or a zoning change, it’s hard to help wondering if something is crooked. Donations also make political campaigns more expensive: if successful candidates start putting signs on every…

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Remembering Mr. Dressup

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  I’ll always remember September 2001 and not for the obvious reason you might think. Among the sad, confusing and sometimes scary news reports that were painting the picture of what was happening in New York and around the world was also a story about a man named Ernie Coombs who had suffered a stroke on September 10th and died eight days later. You might not recognize the name Ernie Coombs but you most certainly would know him by his stage name Mr. Dressup. Mr. Dressup ran from 1967 to 1996 and on CBC for 4,000 episodes making it one of the longest running English language television shows in Canada. Ernie Coombs started out as an understudy for another beloved…

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All My Friends Are Waste(rs)?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends. I love them despite the fact that I often have trouble making plans with them, and even when they can’t see the truth; that Taylor Swift is a snake. I love them despite our differences but that doesn’t mean that they sometimes disappoint me (and surely I, them). A lot of my friends here in St. John’s (and I suspect many of the city’s residents) do not recycle and I do not get it. For as long as I can remember, recycling has been a part of my life. Does anyone remember the sketch that used to air during Sesame Street on CBC back in the day? From what I remember it…

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“I’m On A [Beer] Tour with Common, My Man”

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So perhaps this title needs some explaining; it’s a riff on a lyric from Kanye West’s song “The Glory” which in turn was a riff on a lyric from “Award Tour” by A Tribe Called Quest. Also, I did go on a beer tour, but Common wasn’t there; but Kayla Walters, owner of St. John’s Beer Tours was. Now that I have made some arguably obscure pop culture references, let me call “Spotlight on St. John’s Beer Tours!” (Remember Spotlight?) St. John’s Beer Tours started with a conversation about craft beer that Kayla had with a tourist this past Christmas. After chatting for about an hour, the tourist suggested that Kayla should be a tour guide for a living. “I…

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