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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: January 4, 2023

TPH Academy to open campus in Niagara Region, NPCA: water levels “well below critical,” Court of Appeal sets hearing date on Rogers-Shaw deal

In this edition:

TPH Academy to open campus in Niagara Region

TPH Academy has announced their expansion in Ontario, Canada with a Niagara Region campus coming Spring of 2023. Located at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre in Port Colborne, Ontario, TPH Academy Niagara will offer a blended learning environment for young athletes to Study, Train, and Play. Prospective families and student-athletes can learn more about the TPH Academy model, speak to a director, and submit their early applications by visiting the TPH Academy Niagara website.

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NPCA: water levels “well below critical”

Environment Canada has issued a Rainfall Warning for our area. Rainfall flowing over saturated ground can cause significant runoff to be directed into local ditches, watercourses, and storm sewer systems.

At the present time, water levels in the local watercourses are elevated but remain well below critical flood elevations. This rain will serve to further increase water levels in our local creeks and rivers and will likely result in flooding typically experienced in low-lying, flood prone areas.

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Federal Court of Appeal sets Jan. 24 for hearing on Rogers-Shaw deal

The Federal Court of Appeal will hear the Competition Bureau’s appeal of a decision that cleared the way for Rogers Communication Inc.’s takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. on Jan. 24.

The Competition Bureau is appealing the Competition Tribunal’s dismissal last week of its efforts to block the $26-billion deal, stating the tribunal made fundamental errors of law. The bureau on Monday secured a temporary, emergency stay to halt the deal until the Federal Court of Appeal hears its case.

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Salesforce ‘hired too many people,’ will lay off 10 per cent of workforce

Salesforce Inc said it plans to cut jobs by 10 per cent and close some offices, after rapid pandemic hiring left it with a bloated workforce amid an economic slowdown.

The cloud-based software firm said on Wednesday the job cuts would lead to about $1.4 billion US to $2.1 billion in charges, while only about $800 million to $1 billion will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

Companies like Meta and Amazon have slashed thousands of jobs in the past year, in preparation for a recession, expected as a result of aggressive interest rate hikes by global central banks to curb inflation.

Salesforce Canada employs 1,800 people and has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax, according to its website. When contacted by CBC News, the company would not say whether its Canadian operations and employees are impacted by the layoffs.

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Ottawa prepared to help as hundreds of refugee families quietly transferred to Niagara Falls: Bittle

St. Catharines Liberal MP Chris Bittle says the federal government is prepared to help local organizations scrambling to cope with an influx of hundreds of refugee families the federal government has quietly sent to Niagara Falls in recent months.

“If these families came in through Quebec, which I believe probably most of them did, there was a voluntary program to relocate them to Ontario, if they wanted to,” said Bittle.

“It wasn’t the Department of Immigration requiring people to move to Niagara, it was a choice and the opportunities are there. People have work permits. They can work. It is up to, initially, refugee claimants to find their own housing. If that’s not possible, then they do turn to social service agencies, which I haven’t heard from. But clearly there’s some expressing some concern.”
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Niagara Geopark eyeing UNESCO designation to help place the region in Earth’s ancient history

Three west Niagara sites could soon be recognized by the United Nations (UN), if a local geology-focused non-profit organization is successful in its application.

Niagara Peninsula Geopark (NPG) is applying for Geopark designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to increase awareness among locals and tourists that Niagara’s geology rocks.

The non-profit already exists as a network of sites that are geologically significant across the region, but by applying to get UNESCO designation, it’s hoped that the park will be well and truly put on the map.

It’s no secret that Niagara has geological wonders, including the Escarpment and the Horseshoe falls.

But geopark members want to both increase the awareness of the significance of those sites, and also increase the profile of other lesser-known sites, said Perry Hartwick, chair of NPG.
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Half of Canadian workers will job hunt in 2023 for better pay and perks, according to poll

Half of Canadian workers plan to look for a new job in 2023, a nearly twofold increase from just a year ago, according to a new poll by recruitment firm Robert Half.

The survey conducted in the fall found 50 per cent of respondents indicated they planned to search for a new job in the next six months.

That number has risen steadily over the last year and a half, from about 21 per cent of employees on the hunt for a new job in June 2021 to 28 per cent a year ago and 31 per cent six months ago.

The latest polling found the workers most likely to make a career move include employees who have been with a company for two to four years, Gen Z and millennials, tech workers and working parents.

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Focus on Climate

Why 2023 will be a watershed year for climate litigation

Over the past 12 months, courts from Indonesia to Australia have made groundbreaking rulings that blocked polluting power plants and denounced the human rights violations of the climate crisis. But 2023 could be even more important, with hearings and judgments across the world poised to throw light on the worst perpetrators, give victims a voice and force recalcitrant governments and companies into action.

In Canada, a ruling is expected this year in the country’s first climate lawsuit to have had its day in court. Seven young people, fronted by now-15-year-old Sophia Mathur, made history last autumn when they challenged the Ontario government’s rollback of its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

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