Starting on July 1st 2015, Canadian women will pay less for feminine hygiene products, as the government *finally* announced that they will be exempting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on “a supply of a product that is marketed exclusively for feminine hygiene purposes and is a sanitary napkin, tampon, sanitary belt, menstrual cup or other similar product.”
Over the years, there has been a lot of pressure on the government to remove the tax on feminine hygiene products, however considering that they made $36,398,387 in taxes on feminine hygiene products in last year alone, they have extremely reluctant to make any changes. Several provinces currently still charge the provincial portion of the tax (PST) on these products and have not yet announced any changes to the tax.
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Former dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford has sent a letter to sex workers across Canada asking for feedback on whether she should reveal the names of politicians she claims have employed sex workers.
Bedford, who led the legal battle that overturned Canada’s prostitution laws, threatened to name naughty politicians at a Senate hearing last month into C-36, the law the Conservative government is bringing in to make it illegal to buy sex.
Releasing a list would “show the hypocrisy of those who want to impose their will on others while themselves engaging in the very behaviour they want to others to stop.” She also suggests that her plan would keep the issue in the public eye. “Nothing attracts media attention as much as politics combined with scandals of this kind.”
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Retired dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford was escorted by security out of a Senate committee meeting after refusing to heed the chair’s warning that her allotted speaking time had run out — but not before threatening to make politicians “forget about Mike Duffy.”
The woman who won a Supreme Court challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws told committee members that the government’s proposal to criminalize buyers of sex would “make Canada the laughingstock of the world.”
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