Monthly Archives: June 2010

American Lost in Pakistan -Looking for Bin Laden

American contruction worker flew to Pakistan in search of Osama Bin Laden. I heard about this guy before but it wasn’t until I saw his interview on The View yesterday that I started thinking about this guy. I can’t figure out if he’s a wannabe hero or crazy… perhaps both. Either way I see a movie/book deal in the work about this guys.

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How Will HST Affect The Canadian Travel Industry?

With HST being phased in, even on travel purchased prior to July 1st but to be used after the date HST is set to be in full force, domestic travels  and travels to Canada will begin to decrease. The harmonise sale tax will not be levied to on international flights making trips to outside of Canada even more appealing.

                Travelers will also benefit from being able to get tax refunds from outside of Canada will the minimal amount to spend as little as $40 CAN. While visitors to Canada will need to spend at least $200 PER purchase in order to benefit from the same tax relief. Residents of Canada, aren’t as lucky and will not qualify for any tax relief from purchases they make while traveling outside of their normal yearly tax refunds and the HST refund.

                Even the idea of a new tax is enough to scare off tourist.  Not only is the Canadian dollar at a fairly strong point against the struggling green back, and with new passport requirements an additional tax or change to taxation will make Canada look like an unaffordable tourist destination to those who’s travel dollars are already stretch thing.

                With an already struggling travel industry especially in Ontario the last thing we need is a new tax.

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…and so it ended.

Hmm perhaps traveling with a companion wasn’t in the cards for me.  C had gotten some film work that was going to keep her busy until roughly until September and me between work, freelancing and preparing for yet another year of college (which I really wish was like Breaker High) that I unfortunately have no time either to get away. In fact shortly after receiving our deposit and what other money we paid the college tuition monster ate  it.

We may go on a trip later in the year, until then I am prepairing for a trip on a grander scale.  In the mean while I am back look forward to more blogs from me here.

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