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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

Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 3

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After a few rainy days in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I was on a quest to reach the province of Quebec. So I skateboarded down the on-ramp to put my thumb out on the side of highway as soon as the rain stopped. At first it took me about 45 minutes to get picked up but once the ball started rolling I was getting one short ride after another with less than 5 minutes of waiting. Before sunset, I arrived at an Irving gas station and I decided to toss up my tent in the field behind the building for the night. This would allow me to charge my cell phone using the outdoor plug outlets located behind the Irving before…

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Thinking outside the box

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Even though waiting at the stoplight can take only two minutes, it sometimes feels like a lifetime. Eyes fixated on that blank black circle, like staring into an abyss and waiting for the flicking green arrow guiding you left. It feels like an eternity. When your eyes begin to wander, you may have noticed some paintings plastered on traffic boxes. Solidified sceneries captured in time. Christina Hamlyn is one of the artists behind the traffic box project. If you venture across town, you will notice the extent of her talent. From a Newfoundland version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night to a caribou – her own work and other paintings vary throughout the city. Hamlyn has been working in effort with…

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival: More than just a place to catch some awesome music

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If you’re looking to take in a huge dose of live music, you can do far worse than the NL Folk Festival. In the second week in August, for the 38th year in a row, dozens of bands and musicians from across the province and around the world descended on St. John’s for three days of songs, tunes and merriment. This year, bigger names like Fortunate Ones, Gord Downey, Kevin Burke and Basia Bulat joined a multitude of perhaps less known but excellent performers on the main stage and in workshops. Whether you wanted to just sit in the field and be entertained, or to get up close and learn something, you could get your fill. While it’s not necessarily…

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Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 2

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As of today it has been 13 days since I left St. John’s to hitchhike my way West to British Columbia before hitching my way down South to California. So far it’s been 1918 kilometers, 15 separate rides and one ferry from Port aux Basques to North Sydney. I have to admit, it has been nothing but fun. Currently I am in Fredericton New Brunswick and it’s pretty rainy. I’m hoping that it clears up today or tomorrow so I can get back on the open road as soon as possible because hitchhiking in the rain is like sweeping leaves in the wind. Standing on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway with my thumb out is always the most exciting…

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Hanrahan is not a hipster

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Recently a new type of character has come to be recognized and well known- the hipster. You all know him, he listens to vinyl, he usually has a beard or a moustache. The most notable trait of the hipster is the fact that he supposedly takes little to no effort to be anything but mainstream. Lucas Hanrahan is not a hipster. His pants are rolled up, his guitar is on his back, he considers growing facial hair but he is too busy being emotionally involved in every moment in life that he is unable to be effortless. Yes at a glimpse he does withhold a somewhat hipster-ish style, if you will. I am sure he digs the sound of records,…

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