Ontario’s Eco Fees Confuse Consumers

If you’re an ONtario resident and you’re confused as to why you’re paying for eco-fees, then you’re no alone.

According to a December 23rd, 2003 article in the Ottawa Citizen, people are still getting sticker shock, having believed these fees were discontinued in October.

The problem is that the government actually said they would be discontinueing the expansion of these fees, which means some items are still being subjected to these fees, some under different programs.

For example, tires are still being subjected to eco fees under the Ontario Tire Stewardship program and electronics like televisions are subject to eco fees via a program operated by the Ontario Electronics Stewardship.

What the Government of Ontario refrained from implementing was a second phase of eco fees, on fluorescent tubes and bulbs, aerosols, portable fire extinguishers, mercury-containing devices, and corrosives, such as acidic cleaning products, drain openers, pool and spa chemicals, masonry products and paint remover.

The remaining first phase results in eco fees on :

* Household paints and coatings and their containers
* Solvents, such as thinners for paint, lacquer and contact cement, paint strippers and degreasers, and their containers
* Used oil filters
* Oil containers of 30 litres or less
* Single-use, dry cell batteries
* Automotive antifreeze (engine coolant) and related containers
* Pressured containers, such as propane tanks and cylinders
* Fertilizers and their containers
* Pesticides, including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, and their containers

Additional information on the eco fees can be found at makethedrop.ca and stewardshipontario.ca.

Platinum Blonde on iTunes

Canadian 80’s new wave rock band Platinum Blonde has finally had their three studio albums re-released.

Standing In the Dark, Alien Shores and Contact – Platinum Blonde are now available on iTunes

Liberals Respond To iPod Tax / Bill C-32

It appears that the Liberal Party do not support the so called iPod Tax after all, according to a press release found on their web site.

Like the conservatives they do not see any future for such levies. The Liberals would rather “introduce a new Private Copying Compensation Payment of $35 million to be transferred to Canadian artists each year, through the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC)” according to the press release.

The funds for this compensation, for “uncompensated downloads”, would not come from ISPs or from a levy, the party having recognized that the consumer wants neither.

They also recognized the bill’s digital locks provision restricted the consumer’s ability to make personal copies of material they’ve purchased and would alter this provision to allow copies for personal use.

The other general alterations they propose are the clarification of the definitions of “fair use”, specifically the education use and “mash-up” provisions. They want educational institutions to qualify for the exemption.

Bill C-32 has been referred to a Legislative Committee headed by Gordon Brown, MP for Leeds—Grenville (Ontario).

Please contact your local Member Of Parliament to voice your comments and concerns in regards to the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act.

Thank you.

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Limewire Plans Scrapped

Limewire is no more.

The company has confirmed that they will cease their operations on December 31st, scrapping their plans to offer legal music services.

Their agreements with several independent labels and distributors will be dissolved.

And don’t call me Shirley…

Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen died yesterday of complications from pneumonia at the age of 84.

According to a family member he had recently been hospitalized in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the condition and passed away quietly Sunday afternoon surrounded by friends and family.

Having been too young to have seen Airplane! in theaters when it had been released, I had become a fan since the release of Naked Gun.

Though I was aware of him as an actor on television, most of the rolls I had known him for while growing up was for his dramatic portrayals of top ranking police officers and military brass. And Police Squad had been canceled within a few episodes in 1982 so this series basically flew below my radar until the release of the Naked Gun film in late 1988.

I of course now own all of the series on DVD, television episodes included. But I still occasionally watch Naked Gun on American television for the hilarious deleted scenes that have yet to have been released on DVD.

This series has unfortunately not been released on blu-ray and it appears that only The Naked Gun – From the Files of Police Squad! and Police Squad!: The Complete Series are in print in Canada at the moment, though a Naked Gun Gift Set appears to be available for pre-order.