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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: March 15, 2022

Mayor Sendzik to deliver State of the City 2022, Ontario providing more support for Niagara Health, and more.

In this edition:

Mayor Sendzik to deliver State of the City 2022
Ontario providing more support for Niagara Health
Metrolinx confirms feasibility of future GO station in Beamsville
Canadian business organizations urge government to facilitate negotiation between CP and Teamsters
Ontario offering free training and paid apprenticeships for electricians

Mayor Sendzik to deliver State of the City 2022

Mayor of St. Catharines Walter Sendzik will look back at the accomplishments and challenges of 2021 and support for business in 2022 and beyond at tomorrow’s State of the City event, powered by Verge Insurance Group. The Mayor will also recognize those who have helped build St. Catharines with the 2022 Team STC Awards, to be given out live.

The hybrid event will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre tomorrow evening. Tickets are available here.

Ontario providing more support for Niagara Health

The Ontario government is providing $5,006,981.00 to Niagara Health as part of its $572.3 million investment to reimburse hospitals across the province for their lost revenue during the pandemic in order to provide financial stability and support continued high-quality patient care people need and deserve.

“As a local MPP, access to high-quality health care has been one of my top priorities,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

“Niagara Health has been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic, and our government is committed to supporting hospitals through this challenging time. This investment is a key part of our government’s plan to end hallway healthcare, cut hospital wait times and build a better, more connected health care system that puts patients and their families first.”

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Metrolinx confirms feasibility of future GO station in Beamsville

Metrolinx completed an Initial Business Case (IBC) in partnership with the Town of Lincoln, Region of Niagara, and a third-party partner for a proposed GO Station in Beamsville. While the announcement does not lay out timelines or confirm the construction of a GO station, it does mark a positive step towards expanded access to GO service in Lincoln.

The proposed station would be located on the Niagara Extension between the proposed Grimsby GO Station to the west and the existing St. Catharines GO Station to the east. Metrolinx’s Transit Oriented Communities program aims to deliver public transit infrastructure by leveraging third-party investment to connect more people and places to transit.

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Canadian business organizations urge government to facilitate negotiation between CP and Teamsters

Canadian business representatives and organizations including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, several provincial Chambers of Commerce, the Retail Council of Canada, Wine Growers Canada, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, the Canadian Steel Producers Association, have called upon the Government of Canada to facilitate a negotiation between the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to avoid a work stoppage on the CP rail network.

Canada’s rail network is a key driver of economic growth for many of the country’s major industries, the organizations said in a joint letter. It is also crucial for exporting Canadian goods. Any disruption of this magnitude would create a freight capacity crisis that would have a profound impact on rail shippers throughout the broader Canadian economy.

Click here to read the letter to ministers.

Ontario offering free training and paid apprenticeships for electricians

The Ontario government is investing more than $13 million to provide free training and paid electricians’ apprenticeships for more than 2,500 people across the province.

With over $2 billion in infrastructure projects on the horizon, Ontario faces a shortage of electricians and other skilled trades workers.

Today’s investment is for nine projects across Ontario. Two of the projects are being delivered by the Ontario Electrical Industry Training Trust Fund who are training nearly 300 people for jobs as construction and industrial electricians and cabling specialists. The training focuses on safety, best practices for installation, and other skills crucial skills for electricians.

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Reading Recommendations

Update on Ukraine

The Immediate Challenge in Ukraine: Maximum Pressure Combined With Structured Negotiation

Tony Blair

Putin has badly miscalculated. The parallel from Russian history he should have drawn is Russian defence of their homeland from the invasions first of Napoleon and then Hitler.

The Ukrainians are now fighting for their homeland with a bravery, determination and skill which has rightly fired the imagination of a large part of the world.

The West, after a hesitant start, has impressively united to assemble a vast arsenal of sanctions which will over time collapse the Russian economy.

Even if Putin succeeds in subjugating Ukraine by brute force, which is not at this point clear, such subjugation cannot be sustained.

I am confident that in the end Ukraine will emerge as a strong independent nation.

And in the end, this aggression may well herald the downfall of Putin.

Those Russians with no access to information other than through the state propaganda machine may support his action, but many younger and better informed Russians will regard it as a complete disaster, making the country “a stench in the nostrils” of the world, to use the old Biblical words, and destroying what was left of their ambitions to become properly connected to the global economy.

But the operative phrase is “in the end”.

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Through the Daily Updates, the GNCC aims to deliver important business news in a timely manner. We disseminate all news and information we feel will be important to businesses. Inclusion in the Daily Update is not an endorsement by the GNCC.

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