In this edition:
- Niagara Falls ranked world’s second most popular bucket-list travel destination
- St. Catharines launches new building permit application portal
- Niagara-on-the-Lake relaunches Discretionary Grant Program
- Ontario Chamber marks National Trucking Week by urging action on industry challenges
- Recent gains in residential building fail to overcome overall sector decline in July
- Bell Media Radio recognized as outstanding community partner
- Grimsby hires new director of planning
- Reading Recommendations: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Niagara Falls ranked world’s second most popular bucket-list travel destination
Niagara Falls has again found itself on a list — this time as one of the top bucket-list travel destinations in the world.
And with the busy peak summer tourism season behind them, it has come at a good time for local tourism officials planning to keep visitors coming through the fall and winter months.
A new report from tourism company Kuoni listed Niagara Falls second to the Maldives as it examined global search volumes for 115 travel bucket-list items.
St. Catharines launches new building permit application portal
St. Catharines has launched phase one of a new building permit application portal, allowing those looking to build or renovate in the city to easily apply and pay for permits online.
This initial stage allows residents, contractors and developers to fill out and track permit applications to construct, renovate, add on to, or demolish structures like houses, semi-detached houses, townhouses, apartment buildings and hotels. Payments can be made for invoices within the portal using the invoice number or building permit number.
Niagara-on-the-Lake relaunches Discretionary Grant Program
The Town is proud to announce that its Discretionary Grant Program opens for applications on September 7, 2023, and closes on October 20, 2023. This Program is designed to allocate discretionary funds to organizations, groups and events that contribute to the cultural, social, environmental, and economic well-being of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community.
The Town operates a Discretionary Grant Program with a total budget of $102,000 funded from the parking program. The Program supports a wide variety of community-based events and capital purchases to create investments in the community that are easily observed and have a positive community impact.
Ontario Chamber marks National Trucking Week by urging action on industry challenges
As National Trucking Week casts a spotlight on the vital role trucking plays in the Ontario and Canadian economy, the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), Rocco Rossi, emphasizes the pressing need to address challenges impacting the sector.
“The trucking industry forms the backbone of the economy, ensuring goods are transported reliably and efficiently across vast distances,” Rossi remarked in a statement issued today. “While National Trucking Week provides an opportunity for us to recognize the hard work and dedication of truck drivers and industry professionals, it is also a time to call for public policy action as the industry struggles to rebound following the pandemic as consumer demand drops.”
Recent gains in residential building fail to overcome overall sector decline in July
The total monthly value of building permits in Canada declined 1.5% in July to $11.7 billion, despite a monthly gain of 5.4% in the residential sector, new data released today by Statistics Canada reveals. On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), the total value of building permits was down 3.5% to $6.7 billion.
The total monthly value of residential permits increased 5.4% to $7.4 billion in July. Ontario (+23.9% to $3.5 billion) contributed the most to the rise in value of both single-family and multi-family dwelling permits.
Across Canada, July marked the third consecutive monthly increase in single-family home permits, up 7.6% to $2.8 billion. This prolonged uptick followed a year of trending decline in construction intentions for single-family homes from May 2022 to April 2023.
Bell Media Radio recognized as outstanding community partner
Bell Media Radio – Niagara was recognized as an Outstanding Community Partner at the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2023 National Philanthropy Day awards.
The awards will be handed out Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at the elegant Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton.
This year marks the return of the National Philanthropy Day event after a three-year hiatus due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grimsby hires new director of planning
After a year-and-a-half-long search, Grimsby has found a new director of planning and building.
Chief administrative officer (CAO) Sarah Kim formally welcomed Harold Madi to the town at the Sept. 5 council meeting, which was also his first day.
With more than 25 years of experience, Madi has worked as founding principal of Urbanism by Design (UxD), director of urban design for the City of Toronto, senior principal and urban places Canada lead for Stantec and more.
Did you know?
Focus on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Spell it out: Using plain language to create inclusive workplaces
What’s the ROI on that? Have you booked your PTO? Make sure you read the SDS on that chemical.
Organizations and industries have historically used acronyms and expressions to make communication more efficient, as well as to foster camaraderie over a shared language.
But as workplaces become more diverse and demographics change, acronyms, expressions, and other complex language practices can put up unnecessary language barriers. Workers who are new to the workforce, new to the country, or not yet accustomed to their workplace often have difficulty understanding them.
Communicating simply and clearly is a part of plain language principles — a set of guidelines that helps everyone in the workplace understand the information being communicated.
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