Friday, August 1, 2008

Organic.. Tobacco?

"A Chilliwack man recently fined by Revenue Canada for failing to file proper information argues his penalty is as much about upsetting Ottawa's apple cart--or tobacco cart--as it is about paperwork.

Brian Downey was fined $4,000 in June for failing to file the proper documents on time with Revenue Canada for the years 2002 through 2005. However, the tax statements in question represent his dealings with a Fraser Valley co-op with which he is involved. The Canada U Grow Co-op is a group that tries to find organic, chemical-free food for its members but what's got the federal government concerned, in his eyes, is the group's effort to get people to grow organic tobacco, which would fall outside the tax formulas that governments impose on cigarettes. Downey says their point is not to encourage tobacco use, adding that going organic, home-grown actually makes it easier to butt out."

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