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Recorded Workshop - Orientation to Public Service - Sept 6, 2018

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce put on a workshop on Sept 6 - Orientation to Public Service. If you couldn't attend this workshop - Tony Hicks (The Camera Guy) was on hand and recorded the full workshop. Please see below 

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2018 Municipal Election Information

The Municipal Election is on October 22, 2018

List of Candidates

Municipal Elections are administered by the Municipal Clerk, who acts as the Returning Officer under the authority of the Municipal Elections Act. Should you have any questions regarding the information on City of Brockville website or the 2018 Municipal Election, please contact:

Clerk's Office
City of Brockville
1 King Street West, Brockville, ON K6V 7A5
Ph: 613-342-8772 ext. 4491
 
Bio's on the Candidates for Mayor - click on each person to read about them  (if the link doesn't work it's due to the candidate not submitting their Bio to the Chamber)
 
Jason Baker
Kelly Cole 
 
Bio's on the Candidates for Council - click on each person to read about them (if the link doesn't work it's due to the candidate not submitting their Bio to the Chamber) 
 
                          Jessica Barabash                                                   Larry Journal
                          Tony Barnes                                                            Mike Kalivas
                          Matthew Blair                                                          Nathalie Lavergne
                          Leigh Bursey                                                           Ralph Legere
                          Mark Darrah                                                             Naomi McNeill
                          Philip Deery                                                             Robert Shannon
                         Jeffrey Earle                                                             Joy Sterritt
                          Bud Eyre                                                                  Willy Stevenson 
                         Jane Fullarton                                                          Cameron Wales 
                         John Henderson                                                       Matt Wren 
 


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce polled our membership for questions to ask the candidates at the upcoming debate. Due to time constraints we will not be able to ask questions to the candidates for council on the night of the debate. We have provide 7 questions to all of the  candidates  for council (members questions). 
 
Please see below each person's response to these questions: Click on the name for there response. (if the link doesn't work it's due to the candidate not submitting the answers) 
 
Jessica Barabash                            Larry Journal
Tony Barnes                                    Mike Kalivas
Matthew Blair                                   Nathalie Lavergne
Leigh Bursey                                    Ralph Legere
Mark Darrah                                     Naomi McNeill
Phillip Deery                                     Robert Shannon
Jeffrey Earle                                     Joy Sterritt
Bud Eyre                                          Willy Stevenson
Jane Fullarton                                  Cameron Wales
John Henderson                              Matt Wren 

 
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How Has Bill 148 Impacted your Business

HOW HAS BILL 148 IMPACTED YOUR BUSINESS?

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Network are seeking grassroots data on the impact of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which amended the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. How has the increase to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, expanded personal emergency leave, equal pay for equal work, and other changes impacted your business?

 

This information will be summarized in a document to be shared with the government in order to advise them on how to bring balance back to labour legislation in Ontario.

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is looking for specific, statistical information about the financial, legal, and administrative impacts of Bill 148 on your business since January 1, 2018. Your name or contact information will not be collected, and all data will be presented in aggregate.

 

To share how Bill 148 has impacted your business, please use this form.

 

Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Brockville Tourism Office Digital Billboard & Website Advertising

TOURISM OFFICE DIGITAL BILLBOARD & WEBSITE ADVERTISING

 

OVERVIEW

 Billboard Advertising:
Our 3’ by 8’ digital billboard is on the job 15 hours a day, 365 days of the year for your digital ad or video.  Mounted on the north side of the Tourism Office the billboard provides visibility for:

·        Market Patrons on Market Street West

·        Pedestrians on King street as they come towards the waterfront

·        Patrons exiting Service Canada

·        Visitors that come to the Tourism office for information on boat launches, Art Centre performances, festival and events, etc.

Guaranteed Display Time:   500 impressions per day @ 8 seconds each

Website Advertising:
Promote your business or event with an attractive photo and title on the homepage of brockvilletourism.com as well as in the side bar of our website’s sub-pages. The space will link to your own website, directly driving traffic to your site for more information.  The Tourism Office has a standalone rate on the website of $50 per month. In 2017 there were 171,000 unique views on www.brockvilletourism.com 

Cost for Billboard only ads:
Placement on Digital Billboard:

·        Static Ad - $75 for one month

·        Video Ad - $150 per month (maximum 30 seconds)

 Cost for Billboard A plus Website Ad:
If you wish to purchase both the website placement and the digital billboard, the following special is offered:

·        Placement on Digital Billboard & ad placement on the Tourism Website:

·        Static Ad $90 for one month

·        Video Ad $135 for one month

Flexibility:

The tourism office can instantly send messages to the sign to promote your business, a special event, time sensitive sale, a contest or special announcement.   We also offer the flexibility for you to change your ad as you wish throughout the month; you only need to provide us with the new artwork or wording you require.

 

ADVERTISER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

WEBSITE AD:

Submit your website ad as a jpeg (300 x 250 pixels) min. 2 weeks prior to when your ad is supposed to start running.
 

DIGITAL BILLBOARD AD:

Submit digital billboard ads as a PNG or JPEG, sized at either 240x80 pixels, 480x160 pixels, or 720x240 pixels (roughly).  Do not use  lower than a 30 size font on the image .



For more information contact the Brockville Tourism office at 613-342-4357

 

 

 

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An Art Auction, Dinner & Social to Benefit the Brockville & Area YMCA Foundation

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Blueprint Letters: Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business

 

 

 

Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business:Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

Ontario’s business advocate outlines key priorities for shared economic prosperity across Ontario 

 

 July 16, 2018 - With the legislative session resuming today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  wrote to each provincial Cabinet minister, outlining a blueprint to execute over the next four years that will help make Ontario open for business. The OCC’s blueprint includes both policy asks where immediate action is required to support business and foundational recommendations for long-term prosperity.  

 

A key tool to making this province competitive is reducing red tape. The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  and the OCC believes Premier Ford’s step to create a separate Deputy Minister for Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction is an excellent start in lowering the administrative burden felt by Ontario businesses.  

 

“We are providing all Ministers with a blueprint for steps that can be taken to ensure we are growing Ontario’s economy and building shared prosperity for all,” said Pamela Robertson, Executive Director. “Each ministry has a fundamental role to play in making Ontario open for business and we look forward to working with Premier Ford as well as his cabinet in achieving the policy commitments that support businesses across the province. 

 

The themes that emerged in the OCC and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce blueprint for making Ontario open for business include:  

  • Fiscal balance:  Fundamental to economic growth is ensuring that the Government of Ontario’s own fiscal house is in order. 

  • Business competitiveness:  The most powerful tool in making this province competitive is reducing red tape; we ask that the government prioritize lowering the administrative   burden on business and ensure that regulation is streamlined and effective.

  • Investment growth:  Investing in Ontario through strategic spending is essential to fostering job creation and building healthy and productive communities across the province.

  • Government accountability:   Poor implementation of government initiatives in the past has led to resource waste, mismanagement, and disruption for both businesses and residents.  

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    To ensure Ontario’s economy has a strong foundation, business and government must work together to support evidence-based policies. As Ontario’s business advocate, the OCC is committed to working with the Ontario government to ensure the public policies introduced contribute to a competitive business environment as well as the economic and social well-being of our province". 

     

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New Ontario Government Speech from the Throne

Rapid Policy Update: New Ontario Government Speech from the Throne

On July 12th, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Speech from the Throne laying out the priorities of the new PC government.

Yesterday’s Speech from the Throne officially opened the first session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario, with the new government calling itself “Ontario's government for the People.” Many of the commitments made were previously announced by the PC Party during the election campaign.

The OCC has provided a synopsis of the Speech from the Throne below with key highlights most important to business. Throne speeches provide a general overview of the government’s policy commitments rather than specific details.

Highlights

  1. Job Creation and Business Competitiveness: The Ontario government is committed to reducing the regulatory burden businesses are facing and reiterated its commitment to creating and protecting jobs. 
     
  2. Trade: The government has committed to standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the federal government on trade, standing up to U.S. tariffs and ensuring Ontario’s best interests are represented in NAFTA renegotiations.
     
  3. Energy and the Environment: The throne speech highlighted the government's commitment to reducing gas prices and lowering hydro bills as well as “restor[ing] public confidence in Ontario’s electricity system” by implementing management reform at Hydro One. The government reiterated its commitment to cancel Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and oppose all other carbon tax proposals. It also indicated it will be ending all green energy contracts.
     
  4. Transit: The government indicated its commitment to addressing the transportation needs of Ontario’s urban centres, with an intention to partner with Toronto and other GTA municipalities to improve transit services. 
     
  5. Government and Fiscal Accountability: The government intends to take immediate steps to “restore faith” in Ontario’s public institutions and committed to returning Ontario to a balanced budget. 
     
  6. Health Care: The government intends to work in collaboration with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners to ensure the health care system puts the interests of patients first. 

Read the OCC's Full Rapid Policy Update

 

Read the Ontario Government's Throne Speech

 

 

 
 
 
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Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers

ONTARIO PC GOVERNMENT

NEWLY APPOINTED CABINET MINISTERS


On June 29, 2018 at Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the new PC cabinet were sworn into office. We look forward to working with the PC government to ensure shared prosperity for all. 
 

 

Here is the full list of cabinet ministers:

  • Peter Bethlenfalvy - President of the Treasury Board
  • Raymond Cho - Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Steve Clark - Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
  • Victor Fedeli - Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
  • Doug Ford - Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Merrilee Fullerton - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ernie Hardeman - Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Sylvia Jones - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Lisa MacLeod - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
  • Monte McNaughton - Minister of Infrastructure
  • Caroline Mulroney - Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
  • Rod Phillips - Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Greg Rickford - Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Laurie Scott - Minister of Labour
  • Todd Smith - Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Government House Leader
  • Lisa Thompson - Minister of Education
  • Michael Tibollo - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Jim Wilson - Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • John Yakabuski - Minister of Transportation
  • Jeff Yurek - Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
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Thank you to All of Our Sponsors for the Golf Experience

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Ministry of Labour releases their 2018-2019 Inspection Blitz Schedule

 

This is the time of year when the Ministry of Labour releases their 2018-2019 inspection blitz schedule. As you may already know Ontario is conducting more than two dozen targeted blitzes and initiatives to raise awareness and check for violations of occupational health and safety and employment standards laws at workplaces across the province in 2018-2019.

Enforcement staff will visit workplaces such as warehouses, "big box" retail, grocery stores, chemical manufacturing plants, pulp and paper mills, hotels, golf courses, health care organizations, mines and construction projects. In particular, sectors with new and young workers, temporary help, vulnerable workers and a history of low compliance will be targeted.

Occupational health and safety inspectors will look for occupational health and safety violations involving issues such as working at heights, hazardous materials, machine guarding, conveyors, mobile equipment, violence, ergonomics and falls. The goals will be to raise awareness that safety is everyone's responsibility, to enhance workplace health and safety and to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.  Enforcement action will be taken, as appropriate, if violations are found.  

From May 1 to August 31, 2018, Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on new and young worker safety during a blitz to check that employers have taken proper steps to protect these vulnerable workers.

 

NEW AND YOUNG WORKERS ARE VULNERABLE TO INJURY. They can be young, they can be new to a particular job or they can be seasonal workers hired during a peak period. New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time.

 

What Do Inspectors Look For?

  • Compliance with mandatory awareness training requirements
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee/Health & Safety Representative
  • Proper orientation and supervision

 

Mandatory Training : Employers must ensure all workers complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/training/workers.php

QUOTE from Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour : "Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day and to receive their employment standards entitlements. We want to raise awareness of hazards and other violations at workplaces across the province to ensure employers are complying with Ontario laws and that workers are protected."

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Rapid Policy Update: Ontario PC Platform

Ontario PC Platform 2018

 

 

On May 30, 2018, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader Doug Ford announced his party’s 2018 election platform, Plan for the People. Below is a high-level synopsis of the major policy initiatives most relevant to Ontario business.
 

Key Areas at a Glance

  1. Jobs and Economic Growth: Cut regulations and reduce business tax rates.
  2. Energy and Electricity: Lower electricity prices and scrap the Green Energy Act.
  3. Government Accountability: Audit government spending and plan for a balanced budget.
  4. Health Care: Invest in mental health, dental care for seniors, and beds in both hospitals and long-term care facilities.
  5. Transportation and Infrastructure: Implement substantial spending on transportation infrastructure, including subways, GO service, and highways.
  6. Housing: Preserve rent control for existing tenants and increase the supply of affordable housing in the GTA.
  7. Environment: End the cap and trade system and challenge any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon tax.

Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update

 

Read the Ontario PC Party's Platform

 
 
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Vote Prosperity

In October, the OCC released Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign on June 7. The release of our platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

We have provided analyses of the Liberal, NDP, and Green Party platforms with comparisons to recommendations in Vote Prosperity.

With the election just a week away, we are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform.

 
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Rapid Policy Update: NDP Platform 2018

 

NDP Platform 2018

 

Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath announced the NDP’s 2018 Election Platform Change for the Better. Below is a high-level synopsis of the major policy initiatives within the platform.

Five Key Promises

  1. Provide drug and dental coverage for all Ontarians.
  2. End hallway medicine and fix seniors care.
  3. A 30 percent cut to hydro bills by bringing Hydro One back into public hands.
  4. Take on student debt by converting loans to grants, and creating thousands of student co-op jobs.
  5. Protect middle-class families by having the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share.

Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update

Read the NDP's Platform

 
 
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Vote Prosperity

In October, the OCC released Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign on June 7. The release of our platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

Upon their release, we will provide an analysis of the Liberal and Progressive Conservative platforms with comparisons to recommendations in Vote Prosperity.

We are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform.

 

 

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