This has been bugging me for a while so I thought I’d finally blow off some steam. I get charged a “Stuffing” fee every year. Essentially, this license allows me to use foam slabs and quilt batting for the tails, ears and fins of my helmet covers. I had never heard of a stuffing license until I received a phone call from one of my retailers 2 years ago. She called to say my helmet covers were removed from their store shelves because I didn’t have this license. As a business owner, I certainly knew of and regularly pay fees for my NAFTA renewal, business licenses, and provincial and federal taxes (just to name a few). However, this latest money grab by yet another licensing board (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) seems ridiculous and unfair. What is the benefit to society because companies are paying a stuffing fee? Is my product enhanced or safer because I pay a stuffing license? To back track, I think certain licenses make sense. Clearly restaurant inspections every year are worthwhile. We all want to know the restaurants we eat at are clean, bug free and meet minimum safety and health standards. I also appreciate the public wants to make sure the stuffing I am using is brand new. Clearly we don’t want manufacturers using recycled stuffing in their products. However, if I prove that I’m buying brand new stuffing, shouldn’t this suffice? But the ministry does not make annual checks. I’m sure I’ll never hear from them again unless I forget to pay my fee. What fees and taxes do you resent the most? Here’s your chance to complain to your heart’s content!
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