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Do we need a sugar tax?

Tax on pop could bring in more cash than additional HST on books
BNewfoundland and Labrador government breiefing notes obtained by CBC News show a tax on sugary drinks could bring in a lot more than the new tax on books.
CBC

Tax sugary drinks: Health Units 
The Sudbury and District Health Units is joining a call from the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (ALPHA) to the Ontario government to develop a province-wide comprehensive strategy to promote healthy eating.
The Sudbury Star

Fat, sugar tax for Canadians, CBC readers say not so fast
The editorial's authors say the government should pass laws that — as with tobacco — restrict the sale of foods that are high calorie and nutrient poor. It also says the government should make these foods more expensive to purchase by slapping taxes on them. 
CBC

Why a sugar sweetened beverage tax will help prevent type 2 diabetes
Rick Blickstead, CDA President and CEO, says: “Evidence-based studies conclusively demonstrate that excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages directly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Canadian Diabetes Association

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