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Canadian Federation of Independent Business readies promotion

The Toronto-based Canadian Federation of Independent Business is preparing to resume its annual "Read Tape Awareness Week" promotion for a 10th year. Beginning on Jan. 21, the initiative is intended to raise awareness of the impact of government regulations on businesses. The effort also highlights government officials who have reduced regulations. The campaign includes the annual Paperweight Awards, intended to recognize the most onerous regulations, as well as the release of a Red Tape Accountability Report Card. These and other activities will be supported with social media content.

"Looking back over a decade of fighting red tape, we are proud of what we have accomplished and how far we have come as a country," said Laura Jones, executive vice-president of the organization. "However, the work is never done. Like a bad weed, red tape will multiply the moment you turn your back on it. Out-of-control red tape leads to a host of bad outcomes, from higher prices and reduced entrepreneurship to some less expected ones like increased poverty and income inequality."

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