Ontario

More Theater Conversions

Landmark Cinemas will be converting several former Empire Theaters locations today throughout Canada :

Landmark Cinemas 7, Bolton
Landmark Cinemas 9, Brandon
Landmark Cinemas 9, City Centre, Edmonton
Landmark Cinemas 10, Clairview, Edmonton
Landmark Cinemas 16, Country Hills, Calgary
Landmark Cinemas 6, Esplanade, North Vancouver
Landmark Cinemas 8, Grant Park, Winnipeg
Landmark Cinemas 12, Guildford, Surrey
Landmark Cinemas 6, Jackson Square, Hamilton
Landmark Cinemas 24, Kanata
Landmark Cinemas 10, Kingston
Landmark Cinemas 12, Kitchener
Landmark Cinemas 8, London
Landmark Cinemas 10, Mississauga
Landmark Cinemas 10, Orleans (Ottawa)
Landmark Cinemas 7, Ottawa
Landmark Cinemas 10, Pen Centre, St. Catherines
Landmark Cinemas 10, Shawnessy, Calgary
Landmark Cinemas 7, Spruce Grove, Edmonton
Landmark Cinemas 4, University Heights, Victoria
Landmark Cinemas 10, Waterloo
Landmark Cinemas 24, Whitby
Landmark Cinemas 5, Winkler

Three Empire Theaters in the Ottawa area will be converted into Landmark Theaters today. But one of these theaters may close on December 31st, 2013.

The World Exchange Plaza location’s lease is expiring on that date and the mall’s owners has plans for the space according to CBC Television, although negotiations are still underway.

The former Empire locations in Kanata and Orleans had been originally slated to be converted into Cineplex Theaters. But these were sold to Landmark instead.

Please note that the Landmark Cinema web site will be updated with the new locations on November 1st, 2013.

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.

The HST – A Canada Day Gift !

Ontario residents and non-residents traveling to Ontario will not be paying more taxes on the following :

  • CD, DVD, Blu-Ray Discs
  • TVs, Mp3 Players, DVD/Blu-Ray Players
  • Movie Tickets (reduction of 2%) / Cable Television
  • Computers, Hard Drives, Prepackaged Computer Software
  • Books, Audio Books & Retail Magazine Purchases
  • Music Lessons/Educational Services
  • Municipal Public Transit/GO Transit
  • Bridge, road, and ferry tolls
  • Products on which they paid both the GST and PST on prior to July 1st, 2010

But they will be paying more taxes on the following :

  • Internet Access Services in Ontario
  • Concert Tickets for events in Ontario
  • Alcohol purchases in Ontario
  • Gasoline/Diesel/Electricity/Natural Gas purchased in Ontario
  • Accommodation in Ontario (Hotels/Motels/Camping)
  • Airline, Bus and Rail Tickets/Taxi Fares in and from Ontario
  • Magazine Subscriptions (Ontario Residents Only)

In contrast British Columbia residents will be paying less in taxes to fuel up their cars and less on accommodation. But they’re still going to pay more for their utilities.

Isn’t this a FUN Canada Day gift ?!