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Featuring Canadian Olympian Charmaine Crooks (Silver Medallist, 1984 Summer Olympics) and 2019 IWD Award Recipient Susan Venditti
State of the Region
With Regional Chair Jim Bradley
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
11:00am — 2:00pm
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls
Save the Date!
The Government of Ontario has announced that the governance structures of several municipalities in the province may be reformed, with consultations to take place in the spring. Niagara is one of the listed municipalities. The GNCC is conducting a survey to assess the needs and desires of the business community regarding this restructuring in order to be a better advocate and to present an accurate picture for the Province to assess. This survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete, and all answers are confidential.
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in January 2019.
SERVICEMASTER RESTORE OF ST. CATHARINES
ServiceMaster Restore is locally owned and operated and has been serving the Niagara region for 50 years.
ServiceMaster provides property owners and insurance companies with the highest quality emergency restoration services and understands how property damage can be difficult and stressful for those affected. The difference in dealing with ServiceMaster for your insurance restoration needs is that one of the businesses’ owners would be looking after your claim and making sure your home gets put back to pre-loss or better condition in a timely manner.
ServiceMaster is committed to providing the highest quality workmanship and service to our customers. Our highly trained and certified technicians are prepared to handle any emergency and are committed to delivering uncompromising disaster restoration services to our customers and providing value through our technically advanced products and systems.
In addition to being certified to handle insurance claims related to fire, water & wind, ServiceMaster can also look after mould and asbestos remediation as well as the deep cleaning that nobody else offers — hoarding cleanup, trauma cleanup & all types of odor removal (pests & cigarettes, etc.) The ServiceMaster team is local and cares about the community, the people in it and are here to assist you in your time of need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
IN THE NEWS
Canine Comfort Enters the Courtroom
Monday marked Axel’s first day as a calming presence and source of comfort at Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines. The two-and-a-half-year-old Labrador retriever is a facility dog with Victim Services Niagara, an organization that connects victims with a support team of crisis responders to help deal with the impact of tragedy or crime.
In court Monday, the Crown brought forward an application asking that Axel be allowed in the courtroom during the testimony of a complainant at the trial of a Niagara Falls man charged with sexual assault. Following a hearing on the application, Judge Tori Colvin said complainants have the right to request “testimonial aids” under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and ruled the dog would be permitted to lie near the woman when she testified.
KO for Kids Raises Money for Pathstone Mental Health
They’ll be stepping into the ring again this spring for the third annual KO for Kids fundraiser. The charity event pits 38 competitors against each other for 19 boxing matches raising money for Pathstone Mental Health, Ronald McDonald House and stem cell research.
That means people who don’t normally lace up the gloves will get into the ring, says co-founder Mike Strange. And while they know it’s for fun and a good cause, come fight night they’re all business. “They’re very, very competitive,” said the former Olympic boxer and current Niagara Falls city councillor during a news conference on February 4. “You find that out as soon as you start (training).”
PenFinancial Makes Truly Local Commitment to Niagara
PenFinancial Credit Union launched a new initiative it’s calling the Truly Local Commitment to Niagara at its Fourth Avenue branch. Director of brand Jody Vizza explained the many aspects of the initiative to a crowd of local business representatives in the branch’s new community room on February 1.
“Yes, it’s a financial institution like a bank or a credit union,” she said. “But the difference is that we’re 100 per cent local.” Vizza said PenFinancial has committed to giving 10 per cent of its pre-tax earnings back to the community.
Steve Ludzik Foundation Donates $60,000 to Parkinson’s Rehab
Former NHL hockey player, coach and analyst Steve Ludzik visited the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre on February 1 to present his foundation’s annual donation. The $60,000 donation will help to fund continued operation of the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Centre.
Ludzik’s foundation has raised $756,000 for the clinic since 2012. “It’s really nice to have something not about yourself,” he told the small gathering of partners from the foundation, the rehab centre and Scotiabank. “This is my way of paying back.”
Brock Research Looks to Create New Tourism Niche
Niagara as a UNESCO Global Geopark — that is what new research by Brock University’s Niagara Community Observator says could be a possibility. Global Geoparks, according to UNESCO, are “sites and landscapes of international geological significance.”
Carol Philips, author of the community observatory’s policy brief Ohnia:kara, An Aspiring Global Geopark points out that the designation would allow Niagara to brand itself internationally as a destination for geotourism. “Niagara has a fascinating earth history that has created so many beautiful sites, culminating in Niagara Falls,” said Philips. “This brand allows us to showcase those sites as well as the history and culture that has developed around them.”
Niagara College Unites in Support of United Way with $40,000 Donation
The NC Cares in a United Way Campaign continues to live up to its name. Through employee donations and a variety of fundraising initiative, the College raised $40,000 in its 2018 campaign to support the United Way Niagara. The fundraising campaign kicked off on Niagara Day in August and wrapped up in December at the President’s holiday reception.
Campaign co-chairs Greg Medulun and Caroline Triemstra were pleased with the campaign’s continued success and thanked the college community for their support. “The College community showed tremendous spirit through their support for the campaign, in turn, allowing the United Way to truly make a difference in the lives of so many Niagara area residents,” said Triemstra.
Opinion: 90% of Canadians Don’t Want Pharmacare Jeopardizing their Drug Coverage
Ensuring that no Canadian lacks access to the medicines they need is a laudable goal. If the federal government is to move forward with a national pharmacare program, it should focus on what needs fixing: providing coverage to the 10 per cent of Canadians who are currently uninsured or underinsured.
There is no rhyme or reason to throwing out an entire system that is working for most Canadians for a costly alternative. Any national program must be designed in a way that is fiscally sustainable, ensures continued access to innovative medicines, and does not crowd out the comprehensive coverage options that most Canadians already enjoy.
Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park on March 25
On Monday, March 25, the Ontario Chamber Network will hold its fourth annual Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. With the provincial government approaching the one-year mark of its mandate, Advocacy Day is a forum to share ideas on how to foster a competitive business climate and strong, prosperous communities.
As a key benefit included with your membership, all Chamber Network members are encouraged to join us in Toronto for this important day. This is your opportunity to interact directly with elected and non-elected officials, sharing top ideas and concerns of your members.
Ontario Government Supports Innovation and Growth in Automated Vehicle Industry
In January, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek was at the Sedra Student Design Centre at the University of Waterloo to support innovation and growth within Ontario’s automated vehicle industry. Ontario has updated its Automated Vehicle Pilot program to allow for more testing of emerging technologies and to support future sales of the next generation of autos.
Ontario will allow vehicles equipped with higher levels of automation — Society of Automotive Engineers Level 3 technology — to be driven on Ontario roads once they are eligible for purchase in Canada. Ontario will also permit pilot participants to test driverless automated vehicles and connected truck platoons on roads, under strict conditions.
The following members renewed their membership in January for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
If you’re thinking of adding group benefits to your company, there are a lot of good reasons to put your Chamber membership to work for you. Not the least is exclusivity: only members have access to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®.
To contact your local insurance rep, call Jim Garrett or Cindy Haines at 905-468-8575
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MEMBER 2 MEMBER SAVINGS PROGRAM
Many other Chamber of Commerce members feature discounts and special offers — tailored specifically for other GNCC members. Check out the full Member 2 Member database. If you’d like to add an offer for your company, sign in to your account. You can add and update your offer any time you wish.
BUSINESS SAVINGS PROGRAMS
The GNCC offers many business resources that are regionally, provincially or nationally endorsed – programs offered to Chamber Members through the OCC (Ontario Chamber of Commerce) or the CCC (Canadian Chamber of Commerce). Affinity programs include the Chamber Group Insurance, FedEx savings, Gales Gas discounts, Desjardins payroll service, Chase Paymentech and FirstData merchant services, etc. For more information click HERE.
If your organization is interested in partnering with the GNCC on an affinity program, please feel free to reach out to Mishka Balsom, CEO, at email@example.com.
GNCC REFERRAL PROGRAM
From the beginning, the GNCC has grown because of your word-of-mouth support.
This Referral Program is our way of saying thanks.
Get your choice of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card for every new member you refer and who joins the Chamber -OR- $50 in GNCC Cash for every new member you refer and joins the Chamber towards GNCC ads, sponsorship or event tickets.
More program information HERE.
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