I said I would post about Ron Hynes this week, but recent events have bumped that post for now. If you’ve been reading my posts, it’s pretty clear that I love Newfoundland: a place of natural beauty with a strong sense of pride in its people and heritage. But many Newfoundlanders are ranting and roaring these days about the recent budget. Two things in particular stand out for me.
One, the province will become the first in Canada to charge HST on books. Two, just over half of Newfoundland’s libraries are set to close over the next two years. Boo and hiss. It makes no sense whatsoever for the province with the lowest literacy rate to bludgeon books like this.
Ranting and roaring about these proposals can make us feel better, but here’s two more things you can do:
- Sign the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association‘s petition against the tax on books here.
- Support your local library, no matter where you live. Use it or lose it peeps.
And, to cheer us all up here’s Great Big Sea with We’ll Rant & We’ll Roar: