June messages from the Barrie Green Party
1) New system up and running
2) REMINDER: Free screening of 11th Hour TONIGHT at 7pm @ Georgian College
3) Yard Sale delay & appeal
4) Carbon Tax Shift will bring Canadians Tax Freedom
1) Our new email system is now up and running. If you missed our May newsletter, we apologize, but now you should be able to get all our current and future updates through our new announcement email list.
2) REMINDER: Free screening of 11th Hour TONIGHT at 7pm @ Georgian College (Rowntree Theatre)
Please come out for this free showing of a fantastic film, with moderated panel discussion to follow. For more information please visit http://livinggreen.info/11hour.htm
3) Yard Sale delay & appeal
Due to unavailability of some volunteers, our first Green Yard Sale has been postponed until July (Saturday morning, exact date to be determined). If you are interested in helping out in any way – before or during the sale – please contact email@example.com soon – we’d really appreciate your help for this fun, Green fundraising event!
If you have any unwanted but salable items around, please hold them for our sale – you will get a generous tax credit (75%) for anything of yours that we can sell. Just let us know that you have something to donate and we’ll contact you about pickup/delivery details.
4) Carbon Tax Shift will bring more Tax Freedom
You may have heard about Stephan Dion announcing the Liberal’s Green Shift (great name, eh?) today, but yesterday an even better policy was announced by the Green Party in Ottawa. Our own policy, much longer in preparation than that of the Johnny-come-lately Liberals, would shift $40 billion in taxes off the things we want – salary, income, jobs – and onto things we would like to reduce – greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution.
What this kind of tax shift essentially means is giving you the freedom to control and reduce your tax burden. Income taxes give you no control – you don’t control your salary (that’s up to your boss), and you don’t control how much tax you pay on it (that’s up to Canada Revenue). The only way to reduce your income tax is to earn less – not too attractive! But with a tax shift, those income taxes are reduced and put on things like energy consumption – something you do have some control over. Then you can reduce your tax burden by living a less energy-intensive lifestyle – by turning down the heat or AC, driving a smaller car, working closer to home (or living closer to work), taking transit or sharing rides, moderninzing your lightbulbs and appliances, etc. The money you save can go to toward your healthier, greener priorities as you are financially rewarded for reducing your ecological footprint.
Measures like income tax splitting (very family-friendly) and low-income rebates will put more money in your pockets, giving you more control over your spending and how much tax you pay.
The Liberal tax shift is a good start, but the Green Party’s one is even better; you can learn all about it here: http://www.greenparty.ca/en/releases/18.06.2008