Q. Just how will the HST work exactly?
A. The same way as the TTC.
Q. How so?
A. Price will escalate and the people who can least afford them will be unable to figure out why there has been an increase and the powerless to do anything about it except whine and post incriminating photos on the internet.
Q. Last month, the Ontario Gov. kicked off a $1.6 million ad campaign to explain, spin, whatever the HST to the public. Why launch a campaign now and not in July when the tax kicks in?
A. Presumably to save on the related HST.
Q. Purchases of less than $4 for our daily fixes at local fast food will be exempt from HST. What’s your take on that?
A. If you are a regular at Starbucks, them’s the breaks.
Q. I logged on to the Ontario Ministry of Finance website to learn more about the HST, but left more confused than when I started. Any advice?
A. Look on the bright side, at least there were not any annoying pop-up ads and they don’t pester you for your email address, to enter some contest you don’t have a hope in the heck of winning.
Source: The Mirror
(Scarborough Community Newspaper)
Hundreds of screaming students succeeded in what few thought possible Tuesday night – silencing incendiary right-winger Ann Coulter.
Organizers for the American’s tour of Canada scrubbed her much-anticipated speech at the University of Ottawa when students crowded the entrance before her arrival.
A spokesman for the organizers said about 2,000 “threatening" students posed a security threat to the darling of the American right, and she was advised against appearing.
Coulter was in the middle of a three-city tour of Canada which began at the University of Western Ontario in London on Monday and ends in Calgary on Thursday.
The event in London went without incident, but not without controversy. When answering questions from students, Coulter told a 17-year-old Muslim student to “take a camel" instead of the flying carpet she has previously suggested Muslims use for transportation.
She even got a mention in the House of Commons, with New Democrat MP Olivia Chow accusing the government of hypocrisy in allowing her into the country, after having given the boot to an ideological opposite.
Chow said the decision last year to bar British MP George Galloway, who has expressed pro-Palestinian views, shows the Tories have a double-standard on freedom of speech.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended keeping Galloway out by noting his financial help to a terrorist group, Hamas.
“Hogwash," responded Chow.
“George Galloway has no criminal record. He can travel the United States, all over the world. What the minister is doing … people he agrees with, fine come; people he doesn’t agree with, you can’t come."