EDITORIAL: Tax credit a drop in the bucket

What’s missing is a culture of active living because everybody is so strapped for time

The federal Conservative government deserves credit for recognizing that childhood fitness is an issue and that sports activities are expensive.

But let’s face it, the doubling of the tax credit for children under 16 from $500 to $1,000 is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to getting kids active and fit.

Now, parents can get back up to 15 per cent of their children’s registration or membership fees at tax time but it’s really just a gesture and an acknowledgement that the original $500 tax credit was far too low, especially if you have more than one child registered in more than one sport.

What sweetens the pot slightly is the maximum credit actually works as a refund of $150, meaning that families whose incomes are too low to benefit will get some assistance, although they have to spend a lot to benefit just a little.

Cynics will argue that the Conservatives are just buying votes — with voters’ own money — in advance of a federal election a year from now.

But people’s memories aren’t that long and the refund or tax credit isn’t worth that much.

What would make a difference would be a national fitness strategy to encourage families to make health and fitness a priority.

Currently, this is left up to cities to do, with some encouragement from provincial governments or regional health authorities, and other non-profit agencies.

What’s missing is a culture of active living because everybody is so strapped for time, people drive everywhere and sitting in front of a screen all day is seen as the most productive way of getting things done. Could a pan-national strategy address more issues over a long-term  time frame?

Absolutely, and it’s not just kids who could benefit from incentives to employers and agencies to get everyone moving and being healthy.

– Campbell River Mirror

 

Just Posted

Vernon RCMP superintendent helps with arrest

Supt. Shawna Baher arrests man for theft; turns out to be suspect in assault and robbery

Vernon Vipers open BCHL training camp

Defending Interior Conference champs open pre-season slate Friday at home vs Grande Prairie (AJHL)

No costs as directed upsets Vernon councillor

Scott Anderson and council still waiting for as-directed costs on hiring private security firm

Midnight fist fight leads to arrest in Vernon

An Edmonton man was arrested following the fight; the other man has not yet been located

Two drowning incidents on Okanagan Lake serve as safety reminder

B.C. drowning fatalities down compared to August 2018

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Kamloops RCMP locate and arrest man who fled from police

The 22-year-old male was wanted in relation to a domestic violence investigation

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

Kelowna man arrested after allegedly setting blaze near Fire Department

The man was allegedly seen lighting bushes on fire near the Kelowna Fire Department

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Okanagan mothers to share grief, spread awareness for Overdose Day

Moms Stop the Harm is hosting an event for International Overdose Awareness Day in Kelowna

Most Read