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Campgrounds Face Triple Tax Rate
CRA backcharging for 2015 season
If you ask anyone in the Ottawa Valley if a campground was more like a tourism business or more like a storage facility, chances are they would go with the tourism angle. Even the province and the country in general count campgrounds as part of the “accommodations” aspect of the tourism industry. Up until this year, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) agreed with the majority of Canadians. This year, they changed their mind.
LINK:  CRA Questions Posed by Ottawa Valley Business
LINK:  Camping in Ontario
LINK:  Economic Impact of Camping in Ontario 2015
LINK:  Canadian Camping & RV Council

Liberal Members Resigning
MPP addresses energy costs and health care

On August 3rd, Premier Kathleen Wynne called a by-election for September 1st in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, which was necessitated by the resignation of Bas Balkissoon. Both Wynne and Balkissoon have refused to give any reason for his sudden resignation in March. What is surprising is that Wynne has refused to also call a by-election in Ottawa-Vanier for the same day.
LINK:  MPP John Yakabuski

Special Section: Banks and Credit Unions
CFIB weighs in on best options for small business; plus facts
Distinguishing business clients by their size is critical to obtaining an accurate assessment of banks since smaller businesses generally receive different levels of treatment and service compared to larger firms. Previous CFIB banking reports show that smaller businesses typically experience lower levels of satisfaction with their main bank.
LINK: CFIB Report on Banks
LINK: Canadian Bankers Association
LINK: Credit Union Community and Economic Impact Report

Book Club:
Eat That Frog

By: Brian Tracy

Using ‘eat that frog’ as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day - the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life. Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You’ll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done.


Marketing A Cause

How to succeed with advocacy

Many organizations make decisions to move forward with campaigns based on the “friends and family bias” and end up with disappointing results. Equally, organizations choose not to move forward based on opinions of those not in their target market, and miss out on very positive results. This is why marketing is so important when it comes to championing a cause - it’s the ticket to achieving success and preventing failure.


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