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DNSSAB chair concerned with impact of carbon tax hike

The chair of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) is concerned about Friday’s scheduled hike to the Carbon Tax in Canada.  

It’s set to rise to $50 a tonne.  

DNSSAB Chair Mark King says that means the cost of fuel, and a lot more, is going to go up. 

“How that’s going to play into food costs and living costs, especially in northern Ontario and accelerate the cost of living, it’s going to have a negative impact on a lot of people,” he says. 

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King, who is also vice-chair of the Cassellholme Board, says the impact on seniors alone is troublesome. 

“Are we forcing more people into supportive housing? Will they be at the door of the Gathering Place (Soup Kitchen)?  I think that’s where it’s going,” he says. 

Earlier this week, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney quoted the Bank of Canada, in saying the scheduled carbon tax increase will see inflation rise by nearly 0.5 percent, with inflation already at a 30-year high.  

That province is calling for the Federal government to stop the planned increase.

A 2018 federal Department of Finance document highlighting expected price increases over the four years of Carbon Tax increases suggests gasoline prices will jump a couple cents per litre on Friday. 

According to, prices are set to rise about 6 cents for most Ontario cities on Friday, with the carbon tax accounting for half. 

The website is run by Dan McTeague, President of Canadians for Affordable Energy.


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