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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 December 2018.
Nolaa Granolaa was created by Melissa Woodworth, a local Niagara resident. Nolaa Granolaa uses only local certified organic farmers to create their granola blends. They work with local suppliers to source the freshest and most authentic ingredients, and use old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. Their goal is to make your tastebuds happy! They make custom flavours but also have the usual favourites, including Peanut Butter Chocolate, University (cranberry protein), Coffee Blueberry and Maple Crunch (100% nut and seed free).
All of their blends are completely gluten-free, vegan, organic and no sugar added. They also have zero additives or preservatives and are fantastic enjoyed alone, or sprinkled on salads, yogurts, ice cream, or other snacks.
Nolaa Granolaa’s bakers start work before the sun rises each day to ensure that every batch is as fresh as possible before it gets to customers. The warm smell of blended maple syrup, honey and coconut often escapes onto the street, tantalizing customers before they’ve even opened.
Nolaa Granolaa is dedicated to kickstarting your morning with complete power blends and guilt free snacking. They bring you enough organic granola blends to satisfy any dietary needs. Their little bakery brings out the best for you — and your body!
If you have questions about the ingredients or their dietary use, the owner is a nutritional expert ketogenics, diabetic and low sugar ratios. They offer Peanut Butter and Maple Keto Blends that ensure you kick your day off right, with a 125g serving providing 15g of protein, 24g of fat and 180 calories.
IN THE NEWS
Niagara Health Seeks Board of Directors Members
The Niagara Health Foundation is currently seeking persons interested in serving on the Board of Directors. As a health care foundation, the foundation prides itself on ensuring patients are the number one priority by providing comfort, care and hope with respect and dignity to thousands of Niagara residents.
The Niagara Health Foudnation is committed to keeping our hospitals equipped to provide first-class care for the greater good of all the people of Niagara. The foundation invites applications of individuals from the Niagara Region who have demonstrated community leadership, have an interest in governance and who share the passion of the mission, vision and values of Niagara Health Foundation.
Civic Theatres Toronto Announces Long-Term Partnership with Meridian
On January 21, Civic Theatres Toronto announced a strategic partnership with Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and third largest in Canada, which includes the naming rights for two iconic Toronto cultural properties. Meridian is committing $30.75-million over 15 years to the partnership, one of the largest agreements of its kind in the arts and culture community in Canada.
The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts will respectively become Meridian Hall and Meridian Arts Centre as of September 15, 2019. The partnership includes Meridian branding and content fully integrated into the venues, as well as the Centres’ digital and promotional platforms.
Pathstone Mental Health Named Recipient of 2019 Many Hands Project
Students in Niagara College’s Event Management program are hard at work organizing a series of fundraisers to support Pathstone Mental Health, the 2019 recipient of this year’s Many Hands Project. The annual project sees students in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency.
With no budget, students build all aspects of their campaign, from venue selection, sponsorship and fundraising to social media, marketing and execution. Each year, students keep the events fresh, adding twists and finding new ways to engage the community.
Win This Space Finalists Announced
Nine entrepreneurs who want to set up shop in downtown St. Catharines are finalists in the Win This Space contest. Run by the St. Catharines Downtown Association, the contest will see the winner get a year’s worth of rent up to $24,000 to locate a new business in the core.
The winner will also receive $14,000 in additional prizes from local businesses that includes in-kind professional services to help its venture succeed; as well, the winner will be able to choose a business location from nine vacant storefronts downtown that are displaying Win This Space posters in their windows.
Toque Tuesday Returning in Support of Community Care
People thinking of the homeless during a week of bitter cold and who want to give back have an opportunity in weeks ahead. On February 5, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, in conjunction with St. Catharines Farmers Market, will continue a 20-year tradition in hosting its Toque Tuesday Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast at Market Square.
“All the funds raised go towards local homelessness outreach programs,” said Community Care special events manager Rhiannon Fleming. She pointed out the St. Catharines agency has several programs that address homelessness or precarious housing, including youth outreach, trusteeship, shelter connection and placement programs.
Do You Know Your Healthcare Options in Niagara?
Niagara Health’s Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres are busy over the winter months. There are many other options for healthcare in Niagara. Understanding your medical options will help you get the right care as quickly as possible.
In non-emergency situations, your first option should be your family doctor or nurse practitioner. Urgent care clinics treat abdominal pain, cuts that may need stitches, sprains, minor asthma attacks, and so on. The specialized emergency department teams treat patients who call 9-1-1 and arrive by ambulance. Knowing your options will help reduce wait times and improve service for everyone.
Brexit Vote Adds Pressure on U.K., Canada to Strike Bilateral Trade Deal
The U.K. and Canada are on track to forge a bilateral agreement that would immediately take effect should Britain be forced to leave the European Union without a deal on March 29, the U.K.’s high commissioner to Canada says.
“We’ve made a huge amount of progress talking about what that agreement might look like and those informal discussions have been conducted on the basis that we both know this is incredibly important to us,” High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, the U.K.’s top diplomat in Ottawa, said in an interview.
Canada Still Without Responsible Business Ombudsperson One Year Later
More than one year after the federal government promised to create an ombudsperson for responsible enterprise, the role remains empty and the position’s full mandate unclear.
“It’s quite concerning,” said Emily Dwyer, coordinator of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, and a member of the government’s multi-stakeholder advisory body on responsible business conduct.
Join the OCC for the Launch of the 2019 Ontario Economic Report
On February 19, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will be releasing its third annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) aimed at shaping and informing future public policy in the province.
The OER will present the collective voice of our membership through the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index and the Economic Outlook. This report will provide a snapshot of the past year and a look at the year ahead.
The following members renewed their membership in December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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