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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: May 12, 2023

‘Chaotic’ down south, concern up north as U.S. ends COVID border, immigration rules, Rhys Mendes appointed BoC Deputy Governor, and more.

In this edition:

‘Chaotic’ down south, concern up north as U.S. ends COVID border, immigration rules

The imminent overnight end of the COVID-19 public health emergency felt more like a crisis than cause for celebration Thursday as Homeland Security agents and officials braced for an onslaught of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s a far cry from the scene at the Canada-U.S. border, where the end of the public health emergency means border agents will no longer be asking travellers to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

But there, too, there’s more apprehension than elation.

Those southbound Border Patrol officers and customs agents had to come from somewhere, said New York Rep. Brian Higgins, the Democratic congressman whose efforts to combat pandemic-era travel restrictions has become a personal crusade.

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Rhys Mendes appointed Bank of Canada Deputy Governor

The Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada today announced the appointment of Rhys R. Mendes as Deputy Governor, effective July 17, 2023.

As Deputy Governor, Mr. Mendes will join the Bank’s Governing Council, which sets the strategic direction of the Bank and is its policy-making body. He will oversee the Bank’s economic and financial research, its analysis of international economic developments, and he will serve as the Bank’s G7 and G20 Deputy.

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First electric GO buses to enter service Monday

The Ontario government is bringing two new fully electric zero-emission GO buses into service for the first time as part of its plan to support electric vehicles, reduce emissions and expand clean, green transit options across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Starting May 15, commuters on GO bus routes 19 (Mississauga/North York), 27 (Milton/North York), 92 (Oshawa/Yorkdale) and 96B (Oshawa/Finch Express) will have the opportunity to travel on the zero-emission buses.

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CRTC launches consultations to modernize broadcasting system

Today, the CRTC is launching three public consultations to modernize the broadcasting system and ensure that online streaming services make meaningful contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content.

First, the CRTC is consulting on what contributions online services will need to make to support the Canadian broadcasting system.

Second, the CRTC is consulting on which online streaming services need to be registered and which services will be exempted.

Interested parties can follow the CRTC’s consultations and participate by:

  • filling out the online form;
  • writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2; or
  • sending a fax to 819-994-0218.

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AMSI begins development of 62,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility in Beamsville

The Town of Lincoln is excited to welcome Applied Modern System Integration (AMSI) Inc. to the Lincoln community as they begin the development of a brand new 62,000 sq ft manufacturing facility on Bartlett Road in Beamsville. The new facility is being developed on an eight-acre parcel of land, just south of Lincoln’s Town Hall, is one of Lincoln’s last greenfield sites in their industrial park of this size.

AMSI Inc. is a leader in custom engineered electrical manufactured products in Southern Ontario and Canada. AMSI produces a variety of products including modular buildings (E-houses), switchgear unites, protection & control cabinets, system integration, portable substations, specialty products & more.

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Welland partners with Catholic school board for second trades promotion night

The City of Welland’s Economic Development Department continues to support local partners and the trades, teaming with the Niagara Catholic District School Board to host the second leg of this year’s trades promotion nights.

Taking place on Wednesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls, the City of Welland’s presence and promotion stems from discussions with industry leaders in Welland. The economic development team’s involvement directly relates to the pursuit of bringing talented and engaging industry to the city while helping prepare the future workforce to meet industry needs.

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Forum in Niagara Falls to explore food security solutions

With food prices soaring at supermarkets and Niagara emergency food banks straining to keep up with record demand, the Niagara Food Security Network is inviting anyone involved in Niagara’s food/food security sector to come together to brainstorm at a forum in Niagara Falls next month.

The network, a United Way Niagara-supported collective of non-profit agencies, charities, faith groups, community members and groups, and business and agricultural sector representatives, is working on improving the food security system in Niagara with an emphasis on helping at-risk and marginalized people.

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Did you know?

IBM employees have won six Nobel prizes, ten U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science and six Turing Awards.

Focus on International Trade

Supply chain study shows that visibility remains elusive for global logistics companies

HERE Technologies, a location data and technology platform, published an inaugural study, APAC On The Move, to provide insights from transportation and logistics (T&L) professionals across Asia-Pacific (APAC) on the current technology trends and practices that are shaping supply chain, fleet, and logistics management.

A key finding from APAC On The Move 2023 is the extent to which end-to-end asset tracking and shipment visibility remain a challenge for logistics companies three years since the onset of the pandemic. Nearly 90% of APAC logistics companies surveyed have cited technology implementation challenges as their biggest barrier to achieving real-time end-to-end supply chain visibility, despite the motivations to improve customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.

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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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