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Lunch & Learn: The Business Case for Creating Inclusive Workplaces
Learn how to access funding to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
January 24 • 12:00pm—1:30pm
Big Marco’s Italian Restaurant
274 Fourth Avenue
State of the City St. Catharines
January 30, 2018 • 4:30—7:00pm
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
250 St. Paul Street
Business After 5
Hosted in February by Yoga by Sarah
February 6, 2018 • 5:00pm—7:00pm
400 Scott Street
Save the Date!
WINspirational Women: A Conversation with Dr. Suzanne Johnston
February 8, 2018 • 7:00pm—9:00pm
Lundy’s Manor Wine Cellars
9941 Lundy’s Lane
International Women’s Day 2018
The Event for All
March 8, 2018
Save the Date!
State of the Region
March 28, 2018
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Save the Date!
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in November 2017.
IN THE MEDIA
IN THE NEWS
Gillian’s Place Presents the 2018 Performance of The Vagina Monologues
With humor and grace, the award-winning The Vagina Monologues celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.
For twenty years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. Proceeds support the work of Gillian’s Place, safe shelter and support programs for abused women and children, serving St. Catharines and North Niagara.
Record Year for Development in Welland
In a media release Tuesday, the City of Welland announced development in Welland is thriving with this growth expected to continue. In 2017, the city saw a record for building and residential growth. During the past 10 years the city has seen a steady increase in building permits and there is no end in sight.
In 2016, the city issued 622 permits representing projects valued at $81.7 million. During 2017, 726 permits were issued, representing projects valued at more than $164.5 million.
Niagara Icewine Festival Starts Today
With an early start to an abundant harvest, Niagara”s vintners have a lot to celebrate this season. And the party won”t stop for two weeks once the 23rd annual Niagara Icewine Festival is underway.
“It”s starting on Friday night with the big gala, the official kickoff,” said Grape Growers of Ontario chief executive officer Debbie Zimmerman. “And then really it”s two weeks of events.” She said the icewine grape harvest began in December, weeks ahead of schedule, and the harvest is continuing.
Young Dancers Step Towards Their Dreams at Ballet Etc.
Young ballet students took part in an open ballet class with Canada’s National Ballet School at Ballet Etc. in St. Catharines last week. The classes were part of the National Audition Tour for students aged nine to 12.
The National Ballet School Professional Ballet Program held the auditions for their full-time program, which accepts about 150 students from thousands who auditions.
Provincial Grant for Brock Wine Research
A virtual reality lab will soon be a reality at Brock University thanks to nearly $1 million in provincial funding that will help give researchers insight into choices consumers make regarding wine.
Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, was at the university Monday to announce the grant as part of a $137-million investment into 53 research projects at 17 institutions throughout the province.
You Can Retire Your Way
When you “retire”, will you volunteer? Work part time? Go back to school? Whatever you decide, you need to be financially prepared, and Edward Jones can help.
Join Nicolle Lalonde of the Edward Jones Pelham office to learn how retirement has changed and what your next move will be. This seminar will explore organizing your financial assets, realistic goals for retirement spending, and what to do if you’re not quite where you should be in your retirement plan.
Pearl Gloves Does It Again
The Pearl Gloves Charity Boxing organizers, along with their community partners, announced that the yearly charity boxing event raised $110,877.93 for the fight against multiple sclerosis.
The Multple Sclerosis Society Niagara Peninsula Chapter of Hope and Hotel Dieu Shaver were two of the very fortunate charities to receive the funds from this event.
Learn Accounting for Business
Furtney Crysler LLP is offering an Accounting for Business seminar at the Welland Job Gym on January 31st. Learn how to keep your business accounting under control!
This one hour session covers the basics of business accounting, how to work with the Canada Revenue Agency, and compliance, timing and deadlines.
Tips from CAA on Safe Winter Driving
Alex Pedersen, public relations co-ordinator with CAA Niagara, said over the holidays during the cold snap that CAA received double the amount of calls than normal. Most calls were battery-related or towing requests for drivers who slid off the road.
CAA recommends that drivers allow for extra travel time during poor weather, keep up with regular vehicle maintenance and park in a garage if possible. Following distance should also be increased to eight to 10 seconds while driving in poor weather conditions to allow for more time to stop.
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Despite NAFTA Jitters, Canada Launches Trade Broadside Against U.S.
Prepare for a tense moment in Canada-U.S. relations, with hard bargaining on NAFTA on the horizon prompting nervous glances at Donald Trump to see whether he cancels the agreement, now compounded by a bitter, wide-ranging trade dispute.
Canada launched a broad attack against American trade practices in an international complaint about the superpower’s use of punitive duties, eliciting a caustic counter-swipe from the Trump administration when the document was made public Wednesday.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce Hosts Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park
On Monday February 26, the Ontario Chamber Network will hold its third annual Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. With an election just around the corner, this is an opportunity for the Ontario Chamber Network to create momentum behind Vote Prosperity and the priorities of Ontario’s business community.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Cabinet Ministers, opposition critics, and senior civil servants to emphasize priority policy areas that matter most to member communities and Ontario businesses.
Identifying the Vital Professions for Canada’s Economy in 2018
While 2017 proved to be a good year for jobs in Canada, five professions in particular stood out. Economist Daniel Culbertson explained these jobs have seen “significant growth” when it comes to the number of job postings on employment websites.
“While it can be tricky to forecast” added Culbertson, “we do anticipate that these trends will continue to 2018, and as indicated by our list of jobs to watch, we think the bright spots in the labour market will be in health care and tech.”
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The following members renewed their membership in November 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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