Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tax on Tax Signature Update: (GST being charged on Carbon Tax)

Please Consider supporting this petition at.
e-713 (Tax system) 42nd Parliament
Petition to the Government of Canada
The Government of British Columbia instituted a carbon tax in 2008 and the federal government GST (currently at 5%) is still being charged on this carbon tax.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to eliminate the GST being charged on this or any other future carbon tax enacted by the provinces or territories.

Initiated by bob spiers from Vernon, British Columbia, on January 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)
Sponsor Mel Arnold North Okanagan—Shuswap Conservative British Columbia

Open for signature : January 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : May 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)
Signatures (1403)
Province / Territory Signatures
Alberta 77
British Columbia 1236
Manitoba 13
New Brunswick 7
Newfoundland &  Labrador 4
Nova Scotia 3
Nunavut 1
Ontario 46
Quebec 5
Saskatchewan 9
Other Countries 2 (citizens of Canada)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

February 2017 CPI for B.C. & Canada

The August 2015 CPI for B.C. of a 1.2% increase was used on Dec 1, 2015 to increase the Councillors and Mayor's base rate.

The August 2016 CPI for B.C. of a 2% increase will be used on Dec 1, 2016 to increase the Councillors and Mayor's base rate.

The August 2015 CPI for Canada of 1.3% was used Jan 1, 2016 in relationship to the Facilities agreement contract for GVAC Members.

The August 2016 CPI for Canada of 1.1% will be used on Jan 1, 2017 in relationship to the Facilities agreement contract for GVAC Members.
The Dec 2015 CPI for B.C of 1.9% was used to increase the Directors Stipend at RDNO as well as Committee Pay (From $147/meeting to $150.)

The Dec 2016 CPI for B.C of 1.9% will be used to increase the Directors Stipend at RDNO as well as Committee Pay. (From $150/meeting to $152.85.)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

MP REPORT: Challenging a tax on a tax

Sun Mar 26th, 2017 6:00am Vernon Morning Star
The federal government has responsibilities to provide financial support to the citizens, provinces and territories of Canada. Federal government funds are raised through federal taxes, including the goods and services tax, or GST.  When I was approached by Vernon Coun. Bob Spiers to sponsor his petition that seeks to end the federal government’s charging of GST on carbon tax, I felt I had to say yes especially when I began to see how many people are unaware that there is a tax on tax. I found my latest Fortis invoice and sure enough, there it was- tax on tax.You can imagine my motivation to sponsor Councilor Spiers’ petition and support this initiative which is why I have worked with my colleague Mark Warawa, MP for Langley-Aldergrove, in supporting and introducing his bill initiated in the House of Common on March 20 that also seeks to eliminate the charging of GST on existing and future carbon taxes. I believe that Canadians deserve to take home and keep as much of their hard-earned pay as possible and I likewise acknowledge that taxes are necessary for governments to fulfill their responsibilities- to fund healthcare, schools, infrastructure and law enforcement. However, the necessity of taxes is not a license for government to pad its revenues by taxing tax.

My concerns about the application of GST were piqued last year when Budget 2016 forecasted a 21 per cent increase in the federal government’s GST revenues from 2015 to 2020. This figure did not make sense to me so I formally asked the federal government to explain how they calculated the 21 per cent increase and in short, the response I received was “taxable consumption.” This response left me wondering what this meant. Were Canadians expected to be buying 21 per cent more by 2020? Is the GST rate of five per cent going to be increased? Are more goods and services going to be subjected to GST? How on earth was GST revenue calculated to increase by 21 per cent? Well, the revelation that GST is charged on B.C.’s carbon tax was one indication before the federal government mandated that all provinces and territories have a carbon tax in place by 2018. Budget 2017 was presented this March 22 and guess what- the federal government is now projecting a 24 per cent increase in their GST revenue between 2015 and 2021.After running a $23 billion deficit last year and forecasting a $28.5 billion deficit for this year, the federal government is scrambling to increase its revenues by taxing Canadians, by taxing taxes.

Working with Canadians from coast to coast to coast, my colleagues and I were able to pressure the government away from taxing health and dental benefits and the federal government also backed away from increasing capital gains taxes in Budget 2017 but there is more work to be done to fight over-taxation.Please join the fight against tax on tax by signing petition e-713 which may be found online by searching for petition e-713.

Mel Arnold is MP for North Okanagan-Shuswap.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Canada's northernmost community seeks PM's help to weather climate change

Nunavut has a population of about 33,000 people, spread out over 25 communities. The biggest is the capital with about 6,800 people; the smallest is tiny Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island with 148 people. (Government of Nunavut)
By Sara Frizzell, CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2017 12:10 PM CT
The mayor of Canada's northernmost community is looking to top officials for help adapting the hamlet to climate change. After high tides last summer crashed over snowmobiles and carried fuel tanks out to sea, Meeka Kiguktak wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Grise Fiord, Nunavut to see for himself their infrastructure needs. She approached MP Hunter Tootoo's office in Nunavut with this request at a meeting of Baffin mayors last week in Iqaluit. Tootoo's parliamentary assistant Henry Wright, said the MP is planning on visiting every community in his constituency over the next year, and would like to bring the prime minister, but nothing has been scheduled for Grise Fiord at this point.
The federal budget tabled on Wednesday, includes $83.8 million over five years beginning in 2018 to integrate traditional knowledge into understanding climate change.The budget proposal commits to improving Indigenous communities' resilience to climate change with northern infrastructure investment, especially in communities at risk of flooding. Kiguktak says she's seen "rapid change" with tides rising every year. For the first time, the hamlet's water supply — which runs off from a glacier — was brown. "Aujuittuq, that's the name of our community, meaning the glacier or the ice cap never thaws, but it's thawed," she said, noting that the glacier is no longer visible from town, where she used to be able to see it on top of the mountain. Kiguktak has been a resident of Grise Fiord since her family moved from Pangnirtung in 1966 when she was two years old. he community was founded in the 1950s when the Government of Canada relocated Inuit from Northern Quebec and Pond Inlet to the high Arctic.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Arena Low Bid Price Revealed

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre March 24, 2017 03:33 pm
Negotiations will start soon with the company expected to build the new arena at Kal Tire Place. Vernon’s Recreation Service Director Doug Ross says VVI Construction of Kelowna had the low bid of 11.7 million dollars, and now they have to reach a final price. “We have up to 60 days to negotiate, but I think both parties are motivated to reach an agreement much sooner than that,” Ross tells Kiss FM Three other firms bid on the contract for the 400 seat arena, which Ross says could start to be constructed in mid April. “The bid price (from VVI) was certainly in the range of what we were anticipating,” says Ross, who says the high bid was $13.3 million from Yellow Ridge Construction of Port Moody. The plan is to have the new arena completed by the fall of 2018. It’s being built at the north end of the existing facility. Ross says the new 43 vehicle parking lot adjacent to 43rd Avenue should be completed April 7.
RECREATION SERVICES Kal Tire Place Expansion Project
The project to expand Kal Tire Place is moving forward on schedule. The phase of the project to create a new parking area at the south end of the existing facility along 43rdAvenue was started ahead of schedule and is targeting a completion date of April 7 subject to weather conditions. In order to accommodate the parking lot, some trees were removed and some will be relocated on site and will form part of new landscaping. On March 10 the public tender opening was held and four bids were received. After verifying  the bids, it was determined that all bids qualified to be considered. VVI Construction Ltd of Kelowna was identified as the low bidder at $11,776,891. Negotiations with VVI are currently underway. Although the two parties have sixty (60) days to negotiate a contract, it is anticipated that the negotiations will be completed in a shorter time period and that construction could start as early as mid-April.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Agricultural Water Rates Going Up

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Ron Manz March 23, 2017 03:00 pm
Agricultural customers in the Greater Vernon Water District will be seeing their rates increasing over the next three years. Currently between $950-thousand and a million, fifty thousand dollars is collected for agricultural water use, but the actual cost is much more. Regional District North Okanagan Chair Bob Fleming says a 3.7% hike will be phased in over a 3 year period. “The rates will be eased up over a three year period to try to balance that so that what is designated or what we can reasonably capture as agricultural costs are being recovered through agricultural rates.” “The costs that can be specifically allocated to agriculture is somewhere between $950,000 and $1,050,000 and right now we are falling a little bit short of capturing that through agricultural rates.” “Right now agriculture is not completed separated from the domestic service.” That domestic service currently collects fees based on 50% from a fixed rate for water use and 50% on variable rates to encourage conservation.

Water Change

 Vernon, BC, Canada  1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre March 23, 2017 12:43 pm
Some Greater Vernon homes and businesses will be using a different water source next week. The regional district says the Duteau Creek source will be turned off the week of March 27th for planned maintenance. All customers will be supplied with Kalamalka Lake water from the Mission Hill Treatment Plant. “Customers regularly receiving Duteau water could notice a change in their water as Kalamalka Lake water is harder and more alkaline,” says Utilities Manager Zee Marcolin. “This may be of interest to those customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums.” As an emergency backup supply, the Antwerp Deep Well and Ranch Well #1 have been serviced to be on standby and will only be used if needed. Both the Antwerp Deep Well and Ranch Well #1 are approved by Interior Health as emergency potable water use backups and are considered safe as drinking water sources. “The Antwerp Shallow Well that was contaminated in 2010 has been permanently taken off-line and will not be used by GVW as a potable water source,” ads Marcolin.
If the Antwerp Deep Well is used, road signs will be posted in affected areas and on our website with a map outlining customers impacted. The maintenance work should be completed by March 31, 2017 but could be extended if required.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Money lands at airport

by Darren Handschuh - CASTANET  Mar 22, 2017 / 10:17 am |
Close to a million dollars has landed at the Vernon airport thanks to the B.C. government. The latest of a flurry of funding announcements from the ruling BC Liberal Party has the airport receiving $823,700 in funding from the B.C. Air Access Program this year for runway rehabilitation. Vernon-Monshee MLA Eric Foster made the announcement Wednesday morning. Ian Adkins, aiport supervisor for the city of Vernon, said that is good news for the future of the facility. Adkins said the money will extend the life of the runway for another 25 years. “This is one of the areas that was identified as needing to be done right away,” said Adkins. “The runway has reached the end of its lifespan and we need to ensure it's there for future users. This will guarantee that the runway is available.” Mayor Akbal Mund said the upgrades will make the airport safe. Mund said Kal Air uses the airport several times a day “so it's important for our business sector to bring clients in and out. “Also there are other planes that land here. Kelowna International Airport has been growing and there will be other, smaller airplanes that will re-locate here for their own safety because as Kelowna expands I'm sure they will not have the room to support the smaller aircraft.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Conservatives Name Candidate

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre March 21, 2017 05:03 pm
The BC Conservative Party has chosen its BC election candidate in the Vernon-Monashee riding. Nels Harrington owns and operates Harrington’s Renovations, a construction company based in Coldstream. Harrington, 54, was born in B.C., lived on cattle farms in McBride and Alberta, and grew up in a conservative family in B.C.’s Interior where his father was an educator, author and public figure while his mother became head nurse of the extended-care wing of Polson Jubilee Hospital. He and his wife have four children and live in Vernon. “My many years of experience operating a small business have convinced me of the need for local people to step forward and bring good government back to B.C.,” says Harrington. “As a small business owner I have had first-hand experience with the myriad challenges facing small business operators,” he adds, citing imbalanced regulatory frameworks that favour large corporations, privatization of public assets that drive up costs and increasing pressures from automation and other shifts in the business climate that need to be addressed.He is the party’s fourth candidate in BC so far. Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson is Harrington’s campaign manager.

Double tax targeted Bill hopes to remove GST from being levied on the carbon tax

RICHARD ROLKE Tue Mar 21st, 2017 10:19am NEWS Morning Star

The fight over a tax on a tax is gaining strength. Mel Arnold, North Okanagan-Shuswap MP, seconded a private member’s bill in the House of Commons Monday that calls for the goods and services tax to be removed from carbon tax. “It’s a tax on a tax and it’s an unfair way of dealing with provinces,” said Arnold. The private member’s bill by Langley MP Mark Warawa was a result of a petition initiated by Bob Spiers, a Vernon city councillor. “I’m happy with the bill. It may persuade the government to do the right thing,” said Spiers. The petition was launched Jan. 4 and it currently has 1,300 signatures. The petition closes May 4.B.C. initiated a carbon tax in 2008 and the five per cent federal GST is levied on it. About $85 million in GST is expected to be collected in B.C. in 2017/18, and despite assurances from the federal government that the carbon tax would be revenue neutral and the funds would stay in the province, Arnold says that’s not the case. “It’s unfair that Canadians have to pay a tax on a tax,” he said referring to heating homes and fuelling vehicles. Arnold believes the federal government will have to change its policies. “When Canadians realize what’s taking place, they won’t be happy. I hope they pressure the government to exempt the carbon tax from the GST,” he said.

Tax on Tax Private members bill introduced March 20, 2017


March 20, 2017
Ottawa, ON – Today, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove, introduced his Private Member’s Bill C-342: An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (carbon levy).

“Prime Minister Trudeau decided that all Canadians must pay a new carbon tax on everything. To make this tax hike seem reasonable, the Prime Minister told Canadians that the provinces and territories may make this tax revenue neutral, but he assured us that his new tax on carbon would not create any new taxes for his federal government. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

“It’s been revealed that the federal Liberal government will be collecting billions of new tax dollars from Canadians by charging GST/HST on top of the price on carbon… a tax on a tax,” said Warawa.

Under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the federal government has outlined a benchmark for pricing carbon by 2018. The provinces and territories are required to implement their own carbon pricing systems to meet the federal benchmark.

Warawa’s bill would amend the Excise Tax Act to prevent the federal government from collecting GST/HST on top of the new federally mandated price on carbon.

“I thank my colleague Mark Warawa for introducing this Private Member’s Bill,” said MP Mel Arnold, who seconded the introduction of the bill. “Applying GST/HST to federally mandated taxes on carbon is unfair to Canadians and I look forward to working with MP Warawa to stand up for Canadians against this tax grab.”

Warawa’s bill was introduced and received its first reading in the House of Commons on March 20, 2017. Debate on the bill is expected to begin in early April.

Please Consider supporting this petition at.
e-713 (Tax system) 42nd 

Petition to the Government of Canada
The Government of British Columbia instituted a carbon tax in 2008 and the federal government GST (currently at 5%) is still being charged on this carbon tax.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to eliminate the GST being charged on this or any other future carbon tax enacted by the provinces or territories.

Initiated by bob spiers from Vernon, British Columbia, on January 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)
Sponsor Mel Arnold North Okanagan—Shuswap Conservative British Columbia
Don Quixote Note
I would like to thank MP. Mark Waraw  for introducing this bill in Parliament. And to MP Mel Arnold for his continued  support for sponsoring the online petition and rallying support for it.

The petition deadline is May 4. Please consider signing it. Please send the petition link to all your contacts across Canada.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Water Rates Changes to be approved at RDNO Wednesday.

Below are the 2016 rates and the proposed 2017 water rates effective April 1, 2017.
Link to a residential calculator where you can put in your quarterly consumption amount (in m3) and see how these new rates will effect you. (in my case my 46m3 quarterly consumption will result in an annual reduction of $13.48.)

Try the Beta calculator and estimate your saving or increase.

2017 rates effective April 1 (If approved RDNO Wednesday)
2016 Rates 

2017 rates effective April 1 (If approved RDNO Wednesday)
2016 Rates