Media Advisory - Coalition to Protect Ethnic, Community and Campus Newspapers: Campaign Launch



    TORONTO, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - The voice of many ethnic, rural and student
communities is threatened because unfair, retroactive taxation is poised to
put many ethnic, community and campus newspapers out of business.

    The Issue: Newspapers are supposed to be exempt from sales tax. But
provincial tax collectors now claim that many ethnic, community and campus
newspapers are not real newspapers. The result is demands to pay huge amounts
of back taxes, some in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. For many small
newspapers, this means staff layoffs, price hikes or even closure.

    SAVE OUR VOICE! is a group of dedicated citizens who are launching a
coalition to protect Ontario's community, ethnic and campus newspapers and
ensure that they receive the same respect and fair treatment from the
government as mainstream newspapers that serve larger, English-language, urban
populations.

    
    Details of the launch are as follows:

         When:  Wednesday, December 12, 2007

         Time:  10:00 a.m.

         Where: Queen's Park Media Studio
                Main Legislative Building
                111 Wellesley Street West
                Toronto

         Who:   Sima Sahar Zerehi, Shahrvand Publications
                Dat Nguyen, Thoi Bao, The Vietnamese Newspaper
                Les Weller, Weller Publishing

    NOTICE TO MEDIA WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE QUEEN'S PARK PRESS GALLERY:

    To participate in the news conference you will need both a visitor's pass
from Legislative Security and a Media Day Pass issued by the Press Gallery:

    1.  Arrive in plenty of time to get your passes, by 9:30 at the latest.

    2.  When you arrive at the Legislative Building, state that you are
        attending a news conference in the Media Studio (you may have to show
        photo ID). The officer will print a name tag which will allow you
        access inside the Legislative Building and into the Media Studio.

    3.  Proceed to Room 387 (third floor) and ask to speak to Gerald
        Christopher who will issue a "Media Day Pass." You must show photo ID
        as well as a letter from your editor indicating that you are there to
        cover a news conference in the media studio.

    4.  After you obtain a Media Day Pass, proceed to the Media Studio. The
        Media Studio is located on first floor, on the north side of the main
        hallway, west of the Grand Staircase.
    




For further information:

For further information: Jeff Graham, (416) 865-5442,
jgraham@fasken.com

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