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When Do Governments Cease To Be Responsible For Our Misfortunes?

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When do governments cease to be responsible for our misfortunes? My last blog mentioned the death of a 41-year-old cyclist in Toronto when his bike tire became lodged in a stretch of unused streetcar track. He was not wearing a safety helmet and he was carrying a bag of groceries on his front handlebars. There are rumours the case may lead to a lawsuit. Apparently, similar incidents in Canada and the US have sparked litigation against municipalities, for example, in Seattle 6 cyclists sued the city after falling along the streetcar line. Their lawyer argued the city breached its duty...

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What Are We Waiting For?

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Canadians have the right to know if the ski and snowboard helmets they buy meet recommended safety standards. Unlike hockey helmets that MUST be CSA certified to be sold in Canada, ski and snowboard helmets are not regulated. Why is there a discrepancy in the legislation affecting the safety helmets of these sports? "Canadian parents believe that when they go out and buy a helmet for their kids, it meets some type of crash-test standard and that’s not the case” said Richard Kinar, a spokesperson for the Brain Injury Association of Canada. "It’s also been suggested some of the helmets...

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Women Have A Powerful Voice!

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Ladies, it is time to make ourselves heard! There’s a Federal election around the corner and it’s our chance to make sure the issues we feel strongly about are on the election agenda. What better way for women to join forces and be heard than through the Internet? Twitter, blog sites and Facebook are powerful tools. Did you know mom bloggers are considered one of the most powerful blocs in North America? Let’s make sure the voice of women overpowers the message of other powerful lobby groups. Who would you rather the politicians listen to … the gun lobbyists, the...

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Taxing Donations

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Here’s another case of ridiculous taxation policy: I was just informed by the Ontario Ministry of Revenue that I have to charge PST (provincial sales tax) on every Tail Wags product donation. In other words, every time I donate a helmet cover to a charity, silent auction or blog site for review, I have to charge tax on the full value of the product even though the product was provided free of charge. At first I thought I misunderstood the auditor. “You’ve got to be kidding? Shouldn’t you be encouraging and supporting donations rather than creating deterrents?” My complaints fell...

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