The feds have proposed a retail tax on certain luxury goods sold in Canada effective January 1, 2022.
This means extra tax when you buy luxury cars and private aircrafts priced over $100,000, or boats priced over $250,000 — cause that's definitely something all of us were planning on doing next year (note the sarcasm).
Excise duties are paid by businesses rather than consumers, meaning you won't have to pay the tax if you're just a vape user. But it does mean that vaping products will likely get more expensive to make up for it.
The new duty on vaping would apply to all vaping liquids, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, but not to cannabis vaping products.
There's also a proposed increase in excise duties on tobacco products in the budget — up by $4 per carton of 200 cigarettes, along with corresponding increases for other tobacco products.
Again, you won't be paying more taxes on cigarettes but the price could go up because the tobacco industry will want to recuperate the costs.
Netflix, Prime Video & other video streaming platforms
The government wants companies from outside of Canada that sell and supply digital services to Canadians to start collecting and paying GST/HST.
This includes video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and so on.
Crave is homegrown so it won't be impacted.
The measures would come into effect on July 1, 2021.
Experts told the Canadian Press that companies will probably add a GST/HST charge to subscribers' bills or add the price of the tax to the total sale price.
The same way Netflix would be required to collect and pay GST/HST, so too would non-Canadian music streaming platforms, such as Spotify.*
The government's GST/HST proposal also covers "non-resident distribution platform operators" like Google Play.*
Tax lawyers Rob Kreklewetz and Stuart Clark explained in a blog entry that vendors and operators will collect the correct amount of GST/HST based on the consumer's "usual place of residence as determined by their billing address, SIM card, IP Address, and/or banking information among other indicators."
*This article has been updated. An earlier version of this article included Apple Music & the Apple App Store; however, Apple opted to start charging GST/HST voluntarily in 2019.
The activity's creator shared a preview of the game map with MTL Blog and it looks so legit that you may have you remind yourself your life's not in danger in this "non-murderous" take on Squid Game— although, the fact that he was wearing a square-marked mask and holding a bag of marbles at the time might have also had something to do with it.
The Montreal activity is being organized by Walking Brain, a geo-gaming company that runs outdoor adventure games around the city.
Walking Brain founder David Naderi told MTL Blog that during the Squid Adventure Games, players will walk between parc Mont-Royal and parc La Fontaine guided by their smartphones. Games will be played on a web-based mobile app that uses artificial intelligence, meaning players don't actually need to touch anything or enter any buildings.
"They will solve some location-based riddles, some mind puzzles, that are very similar to those of Squid Game," Naderi said.
MTL BLog's Alex Melki met up with Naderi at McGill University to get a better idea of how the games will work, which is how he ended up getting a sneak-peek of the map on camera.
Squid Game fans will notice that the map is full of imagery depicting different aspects of the show, including the "red light green light" game, the VIPs, tug-of-war and dalgona candy.
Asked his advice to potential players, Naderi said, "[They should] find someone to be teamed [up with] that's as passionate as themselves to play this game and just enjoy because we're going to separate them from the world of reality."
Teams will consist of three to four players with six rounds of different games each team must complete. If the team can't complete one of the rounds, the system will eliminate them. The activity lasts three to four hours and you need to be 18 or older to play.
Winning teams get a cash prize of up to $200, depending on how many players sign up.
Centineo may be best known for his role as Peter Kavinsky in the To All The Boys franchise. But he's apparently in Montreal to work on Netflix's forthcoming series Graymail, shooting in the city from October to February, according to ACTRA.
The actor posted a photo of a Graymail script on his Instagram story on October 18.
The owner says he's shocked by dalgona's popularity.
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Netflix'sSquid Gameis making waves around the world and Montreal is no exception. Just ask the owner of a Saint-Henri depanneur who says dalgona, a Korean candy featured on the show, is flying off the shelves.
Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette owner Robert Kim, who was born and raised in South Korea, told MTL Blog he and his wife began making and selling the Korean treat on Saturday.
He posted that he had the "honeycomb candy" (made with sugar and baking soda) in stock on social media and, on the first day, he said he sold out within an hour.
Since then, Kim said they've been making more and more and are now up to about five dozen, which — at $1.99 per piece — sells out each day. He called the rising popularity of dalgona "shocking."
"Some people come to the store and they knew exactly [that] we had it. They come to buy these things," Kim explained.
"But [some] didn't expect that. They didn't know anything about it. When they saw this [they said], 'Wow, that's the game! From the game.'"
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Netflix describes Squid Game as a show in which "hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to compete in children's games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly."
Kim said he grew up playing the dalgona game showcased on the show but with "no death, obviously." And no blood or gore either.
At the shop across the street from his elementary school, he and his friends would try to trim out the shape engraved in the cookie with their hands or a needle. As a prize, he said, they could win a free dalgona from the merchant.
"We have enjoyed this game and we were sharing it. It's very happy [...] that people start knowing these cookies," he said. "I'm not BTS or anything, but I'm very proud to show people Korean culture and foods and so on."
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Kim and his family, who also have an event company, even decorated Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette with their own Squid Game Halloween decorations.
You can see them for yourself — and try dalgona — at 4131, rue Saint-Antoine O.
Videos posted to Instagram and TikTok show someone recruiting Montreal metro riders to engage in Squid Game-like activities — minus the bloodshed.
The hit Netflix show follows a group of contestants competing for prize money in deadly versions of children's games. The main character, Gi-hun, joins the competition after a recruiter wearing a suit approaches him in the metro.
The Instagram and TikTok videos show a similarly-dressed individual engaging with STM riders and playing some of the games featured in the show.
Contacted by MTL Blog, the person behind the social media accounts declined to identify themselves but said they're developing more content for their channels.
They also said they've given prizes to some players in the form of $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards — much more modest than the ₩45,600,000,000 (about CA$48,021,177.60, according to Google) grand prize in the Netflix show.
"I'm doing these videos because I'm having a lot of fun creating unique experiences for people," the account owner told MTL Blog. "Seeing the enlightment on the face of the participants, the people around and the reactions from the videos make it all worthwhile!"