TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - Today's announcement by Finance Minister Dwight
Duncan that the Ontario government will circulate a draft regulation to
address tax discrimination against community, ethnic and campus newspapers is
a positive first step, according to SAVE OUR VOICE!
"We welcome the Minister's announcement and look forward to working with
the government to ensure that all ethnic, campus and community newspapers are
protected," said Sima Sahar Zerehi, a spokesperson for SAVE OUR VOICE!
SAVE OUR VOICE! was launched this morning at Queen's Park. Its goal is
changing provincial sales tax regulations so that all ethnic, community and
campus newspapers are recognized as newspapers, no matter how often they are
printed, and whether or not they are stapled. (Currently, provincial tax
collectors discriminate against newspapers that publish less than weekly, and
against stapled newspapers that publish less than daily.)
At present it is unknown whether the promised draft regulation will
protect some or all of the campus, ethnic and community newspapers currently
threatened by tax discrimination. Nonetheless, SAVE OUR VOICE! is greeting the
government's announcement as an encouraging sign of goodwill.
"This is a great first step," said Zerehi. "Our coalition will remain
active until the government treats all newspapers the same.
"We will not rest until the government treats ethnic newspapers the same
as English newspapers, rural newspapers the same as big city papers, and
campus papers the same as the mainstream press."
For further information:
For further information: Jeff Graham, (416) 865-5442,