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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: June 21, 2023

Niagara marks Indigenous Peoples Day, Walker to welcome community at Neighbour Appreciation Open House, and more.

In this edition:

Niagara marks Indigenous Peoples Day

Niagara is marking National Indigenous Peoples Day with a number of events today.

The Town of Lincoln hosted an event this afternoon at Rotary Park in Beamsville by participating the Moccasin Identifier Project community event from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Moccasin Identifier Project builds treaty and Indigenous public awareness by covering Canada in moccasins.

Meantime, Brock University’s third annual Indigenous Leader Speaker Series tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m online. Click here to register for the free online event.

At the Niagara Falls History Museum, Indigenous artists Tracey-Mae Chambers and Nadya Kwandibens have created pieces that will be unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) and remain on display at the Museum throughout the summer.

In St. Catharines, the City will be joining the Niagara Regional Native Centre and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to acknowledge Indigenous Solidarity Day on June 21. The City of St. Catharines will be waiving parking fees at all lots and metres (garages and permit lots excluded) on June 21.

An Indigenous Artist Vendor Market will be open to browse starting at 4 p.m. at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

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Walker to welcome community at Neighbour Appreciation Open House

Walker will welcome neighbours, partners and community leaders to its Resource Management Campus on Saturday, June 24th to show appreciation to its local community.  The day will consist of tours of its Resource Management Campus, touch a truck, educational demonstrations, live music and free food.

Click here to RSVP.

Ontario to fund new skilled trades training centres

The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $224 million to build and upgrade training centres and help tackle the province’s historic labour shortage. Applications for the new Skills Development Fund (SDF) Capital Stream open on June 30. It will help unions, Indigenous centres, and industry associations with funding to build new training centres, or upgrade and convert existing facilities into new training centres with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

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General merchandise sales led retail uptick in April

Retail sales increased 1.1% to $65.9 billion in April. Sales increased in eight of nine subsectors and were led by increases at general merchandise retailers (+3.3%) and food and beverage retailers (+1.5%).

Core retail sales—which exclude gasoline stations and fuel vendors and motor vehicle and parts dealers—increased 1.5% in April.

In volume terms, retail sales increased 0.3% in April.

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Auditor General: Provincial performance measurement and reporting inadequate

Ontario needs to significantly improve how it measures its own performance, evaluates programs, and reports that information internally and to the public, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said in a report delivered to the Legislature today. Effectively assessing performance and progress on strategic outcomes over time is essential if government decision-makers are to maximize the benefits Ontarians receive from the taxes they pay.

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Foreign businesses moving investments out of China as confidence decreases: report

Foreign companies are shifting investments and their Asian headquarters out of China as confidence plunges following the expansion of an anti-spying law and other challenges, a business group said on Jun. 21.

The report by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China adds is one of many signs of growing pessimism despite the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to revive interest in the world’s No. 2 economy following the end of anti-virus controls.

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Did you know?

Every single thing you say to Siri is stored by Apple for two years.

Focus on Climate

Canada needs to set its businesses up for success in the clean energy transition

Canada committed to the United Nation Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. These 17 goals aim to “achieve peace and prosperity for people and the planet.” This is an important, yet challenging, undertaking.

The goals aim to establish a “global partership” to address the pressing issues of our time. Some of these issues include reducing inequalities, promoting quality education, addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity.

When taking action to reduce our impact on the environment, a key challenge is how to transition to cleaner economies. The costs and risks of such an undertaking are clearly not trivial.

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