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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: November 11, 2022

Remembrance Day ceremonies held across the country, GO Transit workers reach tentative deal with Metrolinx to end strike, and more.

In this edition:

Remembrance Day ceremonies held across the country

Canadians gathered at cenotaphs and monuments across the country today to pay their respects to those who fought and died in service of the country.

This year marks a full return to normalcy after COVID-19 forced changes to ceremonies over the past two years.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined the Remembrance Day tribute at the provincial legislature in Toronto this morning.

“Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the debt of gratitude every Canadian owes to our veterans and servicemembers,” said the Premier in a statement, “as well as commemorate those brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We must demonstrate our appreciation, not only today, but every day that we enjoy the freedoms they have made possible.”

And in Ottawa, gun salutes boomed out and thousands of people wearing poppies gathered this morning to pay their respects to the country’s war dead.

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GO Transit workers reach tentative deal with Metrolinx to end strike

GO Transit bus service will resume Saturday after a tentative deal was reached between Metrolinx and the union representing more than 2,000 workers, ending a four-day strike.

More than 22-hundred station attendants, bus operators, maintenance workers, transit safety officers, and office professionals walked off the job Monday, prompting the cancellation of regional bus service across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

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Ontario withdraws labour board case seeking to declare CUPE’s walkout illegal

Ontario’s labour relations board says the provincial government has withdrawn its application to have a walkout by 55,000 education workers declared illegal.

The workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) walked off the job last Friday after the government passed legislation that imposed a contract and banned a strike.

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford promised to rescind the legislation if the workers ended their job action, and CUPE said employees would be back at work the next day.

The walkout had shut hundreds of schools to in-person learning.

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Ontario to release 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review on Monday

Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance, will deliver the 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review in the legislature on Monday, November 14, at 1:00pm.

Watch the Minister’s speech with English closed captioning on the Government of Ontario YouTube Channel, or with French closed captioning at Chaîne YouTube du gouvernement de l’Ontario.

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Job losses will rise but won’t reach levels seen in past economic downturns: BoC

As a potential recession looms, unemployment will rise, but Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem says job losses won’t fall to levels seen in past economic downturns.

Canada’s job market has remained strong despite growing forecasts that a slowdown is on the horizon.

“We don’t expect a large increase in unemployment in the way we’ve seen in past recessions,” Macklem said before students and researchers at Toronto Metropolitan University Thursday. “We’re not expecting high unemployment by historical standards.”

The governor said the country’s current low unemployment rate is not sustainable and is contributing to decades-high inflation.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters amalgamating in Niagara to form one agency

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North and West Niagara and its South Central counterpart are amalgamating.

Both agencies announced their intent to create one single agency today, creating the largest mentoring program to support children and youth across Niagara.

The new agency will operate under the name Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara (BBBSN).

“Our goal is to create a single, strong Big Brothers Big Sisters that will increase our impact throughout the entire Niagara region,” says Frank Ruberto, Board Chair for BBBSSCN.

“We want to ensure that every child that wants a mentor has access to a mentor.”

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NOTL Gives Back returns this season

Teaming up with community partners, Niagara-on-the-Lake Minor Hockey Association, Revel Realty and Team MAC Inc, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is once again preparing for NOTL Gives Back, an event to collect donations for various vital support programs within our municipality and beyond.

NOTL Gives Back will take place Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Mary Snider Room at the Meridian Credit Union Arena (1567 Four Mile Creek Road, Virgil).

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Your input is needed for the Fall 2022 Ontario Economic Report

The GNCC and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) are looking for your insights on issues that matter to your businesses. How confident are you in Ontario’s economy and your organization’s outlook? What should governments prioritize to drive economic growth?

Your participation in our annual Business Confidence Survey is as important as ever. The results of the survey will inform the 2023 Ontario Economic Report: the landmark research platform of the OCC, offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province.

Share your views by taking a short five-minute survey here.

Focus on Technology

Elon Musk seeks to reassure advertisers on Twitter after chaos

Elon Musk sought to reassure big companies that advertise on Twitter on Wednesday that his chaotic takeover of the social media platform won’t harm their brands, acknowledging that some “dumb things” might happen on his way to creating what he says will be a better, safer user experience.

The latest erratic move on the minds of major advertisers – that the company depends on for revenue – was Musk’s decision to abolish a new “official” label on high-profile Twitter accounts just hours after introducing it.

Twitter began adding grey labels to prominent accounts Wednesday, including brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, and Apple, to indicate that they are authentic. A few hours later, the labels started disappearing.

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Choosing the right technology for your small business: 5 tips

As a small business owner, you want to impress a customer from the moment they walk into your business—whether they’re greeted by an aroma of fresh-baked pastries, beautifully arranged products, or a friendly face. But more and more often, customers are experiencing that first touchpoint digitally: More than 65% of consumers say they research products online before going to a brick-and-mortar store, and 76% say they check out a business’s online presence.

Choosing the right technology is crucial to ensuring these customers complete their journey to your store—whether that’s from your online booking portal, Yelp Page, or social media site. But how do you go about finding tech that feels as personalized and helpful as that first “hello” from a team member?

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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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