Canada Day 2012: New Laws And Taxes Take Effect In Several Provinces July 1

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TORONTO - With the arrival of Canada Day comes the introduction of some new taxes, laws, and regulations in certain provinces.

In Ontario, anyone earning more than $500,000 a year now faces a two per cent surtax on their income.

Tougher impaired driving laws in Alberta mean anyone who blows over .08 will now have their licence immediately suspended for an indefinite period.

In Quebec, professional drivers — including taxi and bus drivers — face a licence suspension of 24 hours if caught consuming any alcohol on the job.

In Toronto, the five-cent charge for plastic shopping bags disappears.

In Manitoba daycare fees rise by $1 a day, and in British Columbia motorcyclists are now banned from wearing so called "beanie" or "skullcap" helmets. Violators will risk a $138 ticket.

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