Fun with the Canada Revenue Agency


See that form? That’s a form I need to get stamped by the Canada Revenue Agency so that my literary agent can release funds to me for a book I wrote that comes out in October. I sent this form in to their office in Regina in March and the Canada Revenue Agency lost it.  I called them last week to check on why I hadn’t received it and they said they would have to do a search. The guy last week told me it would take 5-7 days to do the search. I called them today, a different person told me that it would take 30 days to process the search.

It gets better. (Worse, actually)

I asked the lady on the phone if there was anyone I could take new forms to locally to get them stamped. She put me into a queue for 30 minutes to something called “the next level”. A man answered and informed me that it would take 30 days to find the lost forms. I told him that I knew that and asked if I could go to the Saskatoon office of the Canada Revenue Agency to get them stamped. He then, and I shit you not, WENT TO THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY WEBSITE TO SEE IF IT COULD BE DONE AT THE SASKATOON OFFICE!!

Of course the website said it couldn’t be done. I knew this because, gasp, I was staring at the website at the same time! So I asked him where the closest Canada Revenue Agency Office might be where I could go in person to get a tax exemption form stamped. The guy on the phone told me “the closest CRA office where you could get it done would be Ottawa”. For those unaware, Ottawa is Canada’s national capital and it’s more than 2000 kilometers (1400 miles) from where I live.






This is what we’re paying for in the way of the highest taxes in North America. This is Canada’s public service. Full wages and benefits and a pension plan and job security and …. nobody in my city is qualified to put a stamp on a piece of paper the UK Tax Office needs to prove that I am in fact, Canadian.

It’s this kind of crap that reinforces my steadfast believe that the entire civil service should be privatized. Thought everyone should know about this. They lost the forms, not me. I am trapped in a bureaucratic loop that is starting to feel very much like The Matrix.


#### UPDATE ####

Canada Revenue Agency called me back (odd because I did not give them my number) to inform me they found the missing forms and they were mailed today. Anyone want to figure that one out??? I did notice a slew of Government of Canada IP addresses visiting my website within an hour of this posting coming out and it appearing on Twitter.


Reason #8932 of why I adore my mother.


Below is an email from my mother that I just received a few moments ago – there are typos because Mom’s 78 year old vision is going. But it’s a wonderful memory of something that she experienced sixty seven years ago.


i found it strange that cbc was the only newea service that mentioned that yesterday was the end of ww2 and today is the actual sigbibg of the surrender by the various generals. has too juch time passed? i remember that day like it was yesterday. My father had been gone for a month or so and that day i was in grade six and we had the day off school so I rode a free street car and bus up to my friends place and we went to the rcaf barracks on avenue road where there were tons of people and they burned a fuge effigy of Hitler and Mussolini. Memory is amazing isn’t ity===mom


Mom, you rock.

Also, I still like Iron Maiden so get over it. 🙂


Cover Reveal – And this time I mean it!


Here’s the cover for my forthcoming YA debut POLTERGEEKS! (After a few minor tweaks.) It’s a gorgeous, GORGEOUS cover and I’m just blown away by the quality of the artwork. Paul Young from Artist’s Partners in the UK is the mastermind behind the cover and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! What do you think? Would this stop you in your tracks at your local bookstore?




Cover Reveal! Check it!


Courtesy of Strange Chemistry Books, here’s the cover for my forthcoming POLTERGEEKS. From Strange Chemistry’s site:

After you seemed so appreciative of the little tasters we gave you of the Blackwood and Shift cover art as it progressed, we thought that we would do the same with POLTERGEEKS (coming in October, written by Sean Cummings).

We have asked the artist to do some funky stuff with the background to the piece and obviously there is no lettering on it at all – but meet Julie, the main character. Julie is a sassy teen witch, embroiled in a life and death showdown with a Dark Power, and we are thrilled to see that the artist (which is one Paul Young) has captured Julie’s look of determination brilliantly.

Also? Julie is a jeans and t-shirt gal, and we’re proud to show her in such!


I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled with cover artist Paul Young’s work on this!



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