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EAC: National e-news update, July 2006

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors' Association of Canada

In this issue:

1. ACTIVE VOICE: Read the July issue online
2. EAC ENGLISH WEBSITE LAUNCH CONTEST: Winners announced
3. NEW GST RATE: How does the reduced GST rate affect your membership fee?

1. ACTIVE VOICE: Read the July issue online
The latest issue of Active Voice is now available on the EAC website. In the July issue:

  • Cultivating Diversity: Conference snapshots
  • Editorial: The benefits of membership
  • Frank Condron: Fairley winner's great discovery
  • The economics of editing
  • New approach to membership: Witness the migration
  • Grammar grumble: The department of redundancy department
  • James Harbeck explores the domino effect
  • The typesetter's tale: A short fiction
  • PPB celebrates
  • Are you certifiable? What happens on Bowen, stays on Bowen

TIP: Jump to the EAC website to download Active Voice -- no password required!.

TIP: You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read Active Voice.
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2. EAC ENGLISH WEBSITE LAUNCH CONTEST: Winners announced
We invited EAC members to take part in a short story contest to kick off the launch of EAC's new English website in February. Entrants put their creative muscles to the test to write a short story that completed the following opening:

"The last thing he said to me before he left Carlton Street to go to Granville Island was 'My dear, I want to give you this dictionary. Give it to her only when she really needs it.' It was a large dictionary, and when I opened its pages ... "

The national executive council whittled the entries down to a shortlist of five stories that were posted on the Interactive Voice discussion forum. Following a free vote by EAC members we are pleased to announce the winners.

First place: Lee Hunter, NCR (Story #13)
Second place: Carolyn Bishop, TO (Story #5)
Third place: Heather Ebbs, NCR (Story #2)

For their efforts, Heather picks up a Conference 2006 t-shirt, Carolyn receives the new Canadian Oxford Dictionary and Lee walks away with our grand prize, a year's free membership in EAC. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who participated.

3. NEW GST RATE: How does the reduced GST rate affect your membership fee?
The new 6% GST rate went into effect on July 1, 2006. According to the Canada Revenue Agency, "If GST/HST becomes payable on or after July 1, 2006 without having been paid before that day, the 6% GST rate ... will apply," and "If GST/HST becomes payable or is paid before July 1, 2006, the 7% GST rate ... will apply."

How does this affect your membership renewal fee? If your first renewal notice was issued on or before June 30, 2006, the old 7% GST will apply, even if you submit your payment after July 1. If your first renewal notice was issued on or after July 1, 2006, the new 6% GST will apply.

TIP: For more information on the GST rate reduction, access Canada Revenue Agency's Excise Tax Act info sheets online.

The EAC National E-News Update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.