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Petition: Reduce GST Burden on the Self-Employed

Please consider supporting this petition and spreading the word.

There are so many barriers to hinder the early stages of small businesses. One of them is how soon ($30,000 revenue) they must start collecting GST with its associated paperwork. This is a disincentive to young entrepreneurs trying to get started and also retirees wanting to do a little work on the side.

The petition and easy voting can be found at

Petition.

Thank you.

Canadian Injury Prevention Survey

We have received the following message and wish to bring it to your attention:

Hello West End Learning,

My name is Melissa Roetcisoender and I am a Research Assistant at the University of Waterloo. Under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Crizzle, we have launched a national survey to examine the prevalence and associations of health and mobility in Canadians. I was wondering if you would be willing to assist us in distributing this survey to West End Learning members. I have provided more information regarding the survey below and attached a letter of information, but if you have more questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Here is a chance to participate in a study funded by the University of Waterloo International Research and Partnership Grant to examine the effects of health on mobility among Canadians. The aim is to determine how health as well as physical, cognitive and social factors influence injury rates including driving and fall related accidents. Findings from this project will lead to program and service development that address the needs of Canadians as they age. Follow up studies will be done in 5 year intervals to see how health, mobility, driving practices, the environment, activity levels and cognitive function have changed. Comparing data every 5 years will result in greater understanding of health and mobility trends among an aging population. For additional insight findings from this study will be compared to residents of France, who have completed the same survey.

The survey is completed through Survey Monkey. In order to participate, you must be over the age of 45. There are 90 questions asking about your health, mobility, social demographic factors, driving, falls and a few questions on memory, sleepiness and distraction. The survey should take between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You can stop, save, and return to the survey at any time if you cannot complete it in one go. The survey is available in both English and French.

The survey is completely confidential. Your name and any other identifying information will be removed from the database prior to analysis. You will be referred to only by an assigned study ID (or number). All findings from the study will be reported anonymously and secured on password-protected computers at the University of Waterloo. You are allowed to skip questions throughout the survey should you choose to do so or withdraw altogether by closing your web browser without submitting your responses.

There are 5 small prizes to be won for a restaurant certificate. If you enter for a chance to win a prize the information collected to draw for the prizes will not be linked to the study data in any way, any identifying information will be stored separately, then destroyed after the prizes have been provided. The amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report this amount for income tax purposes.

For any questions you may contact either myself, Sarah Laberge at 519-878-1637, email selaberg@uwaterloo.ca, or the Principal Investigator Dr. Alexander Crizzle at 306-966-2773, email alex.crizzle@usask.ca.

To complete the survey in English, please click on
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/canadian_health_mobility_survey_eng

Pour l’enquête en Français, vous pouvez suivre le lien ci-dessous:
https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/canadien_sante_mobilite_enquete_fr

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/CanadianInjuryPreventionSurvey/


National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation has an interesting series of fact sheets:


Learning Resources

Many courses are available on-line at little or no cost. Here are a few sources:

To add more links or comment please contact:

Julie Chahal
Ph. 613-226-3915


Charities

Submitted by Diana Pilsworth

The Canada Revenue Agency maintains a searchable list of Canadian charities. Use the Charities Listings to:

This is the web site address that will take you to the first screen where you can begin your search for information on a registered charity.
www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html

Page/screen 1. Basic search. On this first screen you will see two input boxes. The first gives general options for you to select. The second more relevant box requires you to input the name of the charity for which you require information. It is very important to provide an accurate name or your search will fail. The word "The" in front of a charity's name is usually omitted. Click on "search".

Page/screen 2. will provide the name only of the charity for which you are searching. There may be several branches of large charities. In this case, click either on the individual charity or the branch of a larger charity that you wish to investigate. This will take you to the next screen .

Page/screen 3. This screen provides basic information on your selected charity. Each item on the list reflects different aspects of the charity. The last item on the list refers you to the "Information Return" know as the "T3010 Return" which provides financial detail on the charity. Click on T3010 to proceed.

Page/screen 4 provides the option of selecting the T301 0 for the past year (2009) or the three preceding years. For most up to date information, click on the most recent, 2009.

Page/Screen 5 provides an index of all the components of the "Registered Charity Information Return". You can click on any item on this index. For financial detail, click on Schedule 6, "Detailed Financial Information". If when this schedule comes up, there is no data showing, assume that the charity's revenue exceeds $100,000.00. In this case, you must click on Schedule 6, Detailed Financial Informationon the first line in the box shown at the top of this page to obtain thedetailed financial information.

Note: If you have questions or need further assistance, you may contact the Charities Directorate directly by calling 1 8002672384. You usually reach a live person and they are quite helpful in answering your questions.