Coalition Compliments Draft Definition of "Newspaper": Looks forward to working with Government to resolve remaining concerns



    TORONTO, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - SAVE OUR VOICE! today complimented Premier
Dalton McGuinty and his Government for the progress made in developing a
regulation that will end tax discrimination against community, ethnic and
campus newspapers.
    The Coalition was responding to a draft regulation tabled yesterday by
the McGuinty Government. The draft will amend the definition of "newspaper" in
an attempt to ensure that it covers all newspapers, including ethnic, campus
and community publications.
    "Thanks to the leadership of Premier Dalton McGuinty, together with
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, we are making real progress toward fair and
equal treatment of all newspapers," said SAVE OUR VOICE! spokesperson Dat
Nguyen.
    The Coalition looks forward to resolving outstanding issues raised by the
proposed definition, such as the fact that it could exclude some campus,
community and ethnic newspapers that publish less frequently than monthly.
    "Our objective remains government recognition that all newspapers are in
fact real newspapers," said Nguyen. "The goodwill we have seen to date leaves
us confident of achieving a fair solution."
    The Ontario Government's proposed definition of "newspaper" differs from
definitions developed by the federal Department of Heritage and the Ontario
Community Newspapers Association. SAVE OUR VOICE! is urging all community,
ethnic and campus newspapers to test themselves against the Government's
proposed definition and to contact SAVE OUR VOICE! if they fall outside the
definition. The Coalition will work with the Government to address all gaps in
the current proposal.





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