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Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fares - Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fare category, expanding customer options

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  • TORONTO, ONTARIO - July 13, 2018 (LSN)  Porter Airlines is introducing a new entry-level fare class to meet increasing demand from travellers wanting to choose from a range of prices and service options they most value.
  • The new Basic fare is an entry-level product designed to provide essential services for passengers with definite travel plans. It delivers the lowest available price on select flights booked at least 21 days prior to departure.
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SSMEDC helps 13 area youth - Friday, July 13, 2018

SSMEDC helps 13 area youth start summer businesses

Copper Country Coffee Roasters  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Lars Moffat (right), owner of Copper Country Coffee Roasters, with  Keaton Schmidt

Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO -  July 13, 2018) – This summer, 13 youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area started businesses with the support of a young entrepreneur program. Summer Company is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the program provides training, mentoring and grants to assist students in starting a seasonal business.

 

“Summer Company provides youth with useful, real-world experience in entrepreneurship and self-employment, said Harleen Puaar, an Economic Development Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

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Greyhound Cancelling Service Across the Northern Ontario - Monday, July 9, 2018

Greyhound Cancelling Service
Across  the Northern Ontario

Grayhound Cancelling Service Northen Ontario  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - July 9, 2018  (LSN) Wendy Landry President of NOMA stated "NOMA is disappointed with the decision of greyhound cancelling routes past Sudbury.
We at NOMA have been advocating for Subsidized inter community bus services to
Enable our citizens to travel between our communities for appointments, events, shopping, and more. This cripples they ability even more.

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Northwest Nosh Food Magazine - Friday, May 25, 2018

Food Strategy introducing Northwest Nosh Food Magazine

Northwest Nosh  Magazine  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO May 25, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is introducing Northwest Nosh – the area’s first Special Edition magazine- with a focus on celebrating everything related to the regional food system. “There is so much exciting work being done regionally to build strong and resilient food systems. The Northwest Nosh is an opportunity to celebrate some of those amazing stories,” says Rebecca Johnson, Co-Chair of the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy (TBAFS) Executive Committee; “Food shows the connection between our health and well-being, and our economy and environment.”

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Access to Talent Required - Thursday, May 24, 2018

Access to Talent Required to Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 24, 2018 (LSN) Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce called on all political parties to take bold action in improving the alignment of skills, education, and career opportunities across the province with election day just weeks away. In its Vote Prosperity platform, the Chambers emphasize that a robust labour market with good jobs is essential to the future growth of the economy and Ontario’s continued global competitiveness.  77 percent of businesses in Ontario note that access to talent has the largest impact on their competitiveness.

The Chamber Network would like Ontario’s next government to modernize the apprenticeship system and work with both industry and post-secondary institutions to ensure that program offerings remain responsive to the changing labour market and needs of the business community.

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Thunder Bay Mining day - Saturday, May 19, 2018

 6th Anniversary Thunder Bay Mining day 

Thunder Bay Mining Day Panning for Gold  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   Panning for Gold

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 19, 2018  (LSN)  On June 23, 2018 Mining Day will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary. It is organized by a group of volunteers from various mining and associated service companies in NW Ontario.

The Festival is free to the public to enjoy with their families. Games and activities with a mining related theme are presented by the many exhibitors. The kids get to pan for real gold, use a metal detector, make jewelry from rocks and gems, ask geologists tough questions, enter draws for prizes and learn about the rocks beneath their feet.

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Strategic Growth Plan Required - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Strategic Growth Plan Required To Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, Ontario  May 18, 2018: (LSN)  With election day just weeks away, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on all political parties to commit to reducing input costs and the regulatory burden felt by businesses across the province.

In the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform, strengthening business competitiveness is not only fundamental for employers but also the success of the entire province. With industry struggling to compete under increased costs and regulations, the OCC and Thunder Bay Chamber would like Ontario’s next government to establish a publicly available analysis of the cost of doing business, as well as adopt a robust approach to reducing red tape.

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Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Job Training Program Preparing Participants for Job Opportunities  for Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line
#LSN_Econ Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO - May 17th, 2018 (LSN) Today, a training program that is designed for those looking to gain direct or indirect employment in the construction of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line was introduced in Northwestern Ontario, and is already being deemed a success by all participating partners. Wataynikaneyap Power, Opiikapawiin Services, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), PowerTel and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute have joined together to deliver training programs including Line Crew Ground Support Training, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund. The First Nations have been working together since 2013 on community engagement, participation and capacity building to capture maximum employment, training and business opportunities. They recognized that it will be required to develop capabilities and initiate specific training for the people.

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SSMEDC 2017 Annual Report - Monday, May 14, 2018

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ SSMEDC

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  May 14, 2018  (LSN) What impact does the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) have on the community? To answer this question while sharing information with citizens and partners, the organization released its 2017 Annual Report this week. The publication highlights activity and results generated. Staff presented the figures at the May 14 City Council meeting.

 

In 2017, the SSMEDC processed more than 1,900 inquiries from entrepreneurs and delivered over 950 client consultations. The organization also made 17 formal pitches to external investors and companies, facilitated 85 business support seminars and workshops, and took part in 66 outreach and networking events.

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Commercial Property Showcase - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commercial Property Showcase
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Soo Michigan Block Party   Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  May 8, 2018  (LSN)   –  On May 15th several historic properties will be open to the public in the 400 block of Ashmun.  With the initial idea coming from the Sault Ste. Marie Main Street Economic Vitality Committee, several entities are partnering to showcase four available commercial properties in the heart of our downtown. 

“This is our first real estate block party, and we hope to slate more for this year.” reported Justin Knepper of the Downtown Development Authority. “The Economic Vitality Committee along with several DDA board members and the help of the Convention & Visitors Bureau we will be able to clean up these storefronts, hang up historic banners and get new businesses moving in the right direction.”

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Pop-Up Patio Pilot - Friday, May 4, 2018

City Thunder Bay Launches Pop-Up Patio Pilot

Bean Fien Algoma Street  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  The Bean Fiend Cafe  and Algoma Business Area

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 4, 2018  (LSN)   The City of Thunder Bay will be launching a two-year Pop-Up Patio Pilot beginning this summer to allow local businesses to build temporary, seasonal patios and seating areas using sidewalks and on-street parking spaces.

 

This pilot has been requested by businesses within the Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and Business Association (BA) areas who believe the establishment of pop-up patios would contribute to the attractiveness and vibrancy of the areas, attracting additional visitors and increased spending.

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Concerns of Business Cannot Be Ignored - Thursday, May 3, 2018

Concerns of Business
Cannot Be Ignored this Election

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce   Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  May 3, 2018  (LSN)  – The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, will be mobilizing during the upcoming election campaign to bring the recommendations outlined in their Vote Prosperity platform to political leaders and local candidates across the province. Over the course of the campaign, local chambers and boards of trade will be boldly pushing the Vote Prosperity message through local debates, events and stakeholder meetings.

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Robinson elected to OCC Board - Monday, April 30, 2018

Thunder Bay Chamber President Charla Robinson
elected to OCC Board of Directors

Charla Robinson to the OCC Board of Directors  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  -  April 30, 2018 (LSN)   Representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a successful meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in Hamilton.  The two-day conference included presentations by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario PC Opposition Leader Vic Fedeli, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, as well as discussion and debate on a broad range of provincial issues that are impacting businesses including employment standards, infrastructure, competitiveness, and the growing skills shortage.

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SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment - Monday, April 30, 2018

SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment from Silicon Valley

Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of skritswap  Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - April 30, 2018  (LSN) Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of skritswap, is riding high. Her company recently received a six-figure investment from Boost VC, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley, California.

Skritswap uses artificial intelligence to replace complex jargon with plain language. Its software is able to swap any document, like a mortgage or tax code, from its original wording to three different levels of complexity.

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Tbaytel gives $18.55M - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tbaytel gives $18.55M to city of Thunder Bay
in dividend payments

TBaytel  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - April 25, 2018  (LSN) Tbaytel contributed $17.375 million through a fixed annual dividend payment as well as a $1 million special dividend payment and a performance dividend of $175,123. In addition to total dividend payments in the amount of $18.55 million made to the City of Thunder Bay, Tbaytel also reported $191.4 million in revenue for the year.

 

 Tbaytel has proven through its annual financial results that it continues to be a major economic engine and an integral part of the northern Ontario business community,” says Tbaytel Municipal Services Board chair Jack Jamieson. “2017 was a very strong year for Tbaytel’s entire workforce, made up of 429 dedicated employees who are helping the company continue to grow, expand and explore new business opportunities.”

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Thunder Bay Airport Partners with URIDE - Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Airport Partners with URIDE

Thunder Bay Airport Uride  Lake Superior News
#Econ   Uride 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 20, 2018  (LSN)  Passengers coming to and from the Thunder Bay Airport now have the option to access URIDE, a local ride sharing app native to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

“We’re excited for this new partnership between URIDE and the Thunder Bay Airport. My team and I look forward to providing reliable, affordable rides to the people of Thunder Bay for years to come. The partnership with the airport allows URIDE to help provide other transportation options to passengers, as well as the potential to save substantially compared to parking options.

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Passenger Rail Summit - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NorthEastern Ontario Passenger Rail Summit 

April 19th in Sault Ste Marie

NorthEastern Ontario Passenger Rail Network  Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  - April 17, 2018   (LSN)  While Northern Ontario faces the challenges created by our current economic times, NEORN is promoting a sustainable approach to supporting economic opportunity in the north. Innovative, integrative and accessible passenger rail service offers solutions to many of the challenges that are affecting the north’s economic diversity, development and accessibility.
 
It is vital to the sustainability of our northern regions of Ontario that passenger rail services be supported, refurbished and reinstated otherwise we will become increasingly isolated economically and socially – something our northern regions and Ontario cannot afford.

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Annual Business Awards - Monday, April 16, 2018

TBay Chamber 24th Annual Business Awards

Chamber 24th Annual Business Awards  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - April 16, 2018  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners for our 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards, which were proudly presented by Bell. The awards were presented Saturday night, April 14th at the Valhalla Inn

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Ontario Chamber President Leaders Luncheon - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ontario Chamber President to speak at
Leaders Luncheon

Leader Luncheon Rocco Rossi  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY ONTARIO - April 12, 2018  (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Rocco Rossi, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, as keynote speaker at our Leaders Luncheon on Tuesday, April 17 at the Da Vinci Centre.

Rocco will outline the key findings of the Ontario Economic Report including the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index, and the 2018-19 Economic Outlook, with a particular focus on the region of Thunder Bay.

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Changes in Ontario's Electricity Markets - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Understanding the Changes in Ontario's Electricity Markets and Their Effects

Electrical Prices  Fraser Institute  Lake Superior News
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Energy consumption is a driver of economic growth. Policymakers in Ontario have made poor policy decisions, resulting in rising electricity costs, lower employment, and lower competitiveness, while achieving minimal environmental benefits. This publication presents a series of collected essays that critique the reasoning behind Ontario’s electricity policy changes and spell out the long term consequences.

Ontario’s main policy shift began around 2005 when the government made a decision to begin phasing out coal. The next major step occurred in 2009 when the government launched its Green Energy Act (GEA). The centerpiece of the GEA was a Feed-In-Tariff program, which provides long-term guaranteed contracts to generators with renewable sources (wind, solar, etc.) at a fixed price above market rates. In order to fund these commitments, as well as the cost of conservation programs, Ontario levied a non-market surcharge on electricity called the Global Adjustment (GA). Between 2008 and 2016, the GA grew more than 70 percent, causing a drastic increase in electricity prices.

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Rescind Small Business Tax Increases  - Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rescind Small Business Tax Increases 
20,000 employers paying $100 million more in Employment Health Tax over the next three years

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY ONTARIO - April 4, 2018  (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Chamber Network in 135 communities across the province are calling on the Ontario Government to remove two proposed tax reforms that will cost employers nearly half a billion dollars in new taxes from the 2018 budget.

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‘KNOW YOUR POWER’ workshop - Thursday, April 5, 2018

Businesses invited to take part in 
‘KNOW YOUR POWER’ workshop

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce   Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIOR - April 4, 2018 (LSN)  – Businesses are invited to join the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce for a ‘KNOW YOUR POWER’ event on April 12th, 2018 to learn about practical energy cost-saving programs that are available for businesses in Ontario.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has partnered with the Ministry of Energy to lead an education campaign to improve awareness of energy conservation and cost saving programs available in Ontario. The Know Your Power initiative is a one-stop shop for information on energy-saving programs and opportunities for businesses to improve energy efficiency and identify measures to help reduce electricity bills.

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Budget does little to alleviate rising input costs - Thursday, March 29, 2018

Budget does little to alleviate rising input costs or address low business confidence: Soo Chamber of Commerce

Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce on Ontario Budget 2018  Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO  March 29, 2018  (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is deeply concerned that yesterday’s provincial budget does little to alleviate rising input costs or tangibly address low business confidence. In fact, the Ontario Government has chosen to follow the federal government’s lead on changes to the tax code that will result in significant new taxes on Ontario’s employer community at a time when businesses are still struggling to adapt to the significant labour and minimum wage reforms recently introduced by the government’s Bill 148.

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NRDC Does Not Speak for Us - Monday, March 12, 2018

NRDC, an American activist group Does Not Speak for Us

Ontario Forestry Alliance    Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  March 12th, 2018 (LSN)  “Why is NRDC, an American activist group, lobbying our provincial government and attempting to frustrate consultation and accommodation with First Nations communities and impacted municipalities?” said Wendy Landry, President of NOMA and Mayor of Shuniah. She continued, “NRDC does not speak for us or the harmonious relationship we have with our natural resources. We are respectfully asking that they stop these one-sided and misinformed attacks that end up harming our natural resources, and join us in support of the positive announcement from the MNRF.”

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SSMCOC statement U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs - Friday, March 9, 2018

SSMCOC statement on today’s exemption from  
U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

Soo Chamber of Commerce  Trade Steel Tariffs
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Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO  March 8, 2018  (LSN) The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is issuing the following statement pertaining to today’s announcement by the United States Administration that Canada would be exempted - at least during the continued NAFTA negotiations - from tariffs being imposed on steel and aluminum imports into the United States:

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Pharmacare Must Address Outstanding System Gaps - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pharmacare Must Address Outstanding System Gaps
 Maintain High Quality Coverage 

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario  - March 7, 2018   (LSN)   The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), has released Principles for an Effective Pharmacare Program, a policy report that provides guidelines for the federal and Ontario governments to follow when considering reforms to pharmaceutical coverage, which has implications for both governments. The report highlights five principles against which new pharmacare proposals can be tested to ensure an effective and sustainable program.

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No Vacancy at Smartzone - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

No Vacancy at Smartzone
Small Business Development Center 
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Sault Ste. Marie Smartzone  Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  March 7, 2018  (LSN)   – As of Friday, March 2nd the Smartzone, located at 2345 Meridian Street is full.  With 9 paying tenants and 2 resource offices, including the City’s Economic Development Corp. (EDC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) the facility, created to foster entrepreneurial ideas into businesses, is doing just that.

“We are very excited that our Smartzone has been fully utilized,” reported Jeff Holt, EDC Director. “The building was partially funded with a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and a bond through the City of Sault Ste. Marie with the idea that start-ups would utilize the space to grow and move into their location and hire skilled community members.”

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DREAM OF BECOMING A BEAUTY PROFESSIONAL?  - Sunday, March 4, 2018

DO YOU HAVE A DREAM OF BECOMING A BEAUTY PROFESSIONAL? 
ESTHETIC ACADEMY OFFERS YOU A PLATFORM TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL

Jasmine Maki and Malanie White (Spa Assistants - A Spa For You) it is in the classroom where the future students can practice their skills  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Jasmine Maki and Malanie White (Spa Assistants -

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   March 4, 2018  (LSN)  Imagine a career where you can wake up and having the opportunity to make people feel relaxed as well work in a beautiful spa environment.  Little or no arguments can be put up against the speedy growth of the aesthetic industry; if compared to the past, one will notice that there’s a vast increase in demands for beauty services and products.  Have you always had the dream of starting a beauty business?  Working in a spa?  With this You will have the liberty to set up your independent beauty shop and have a tremendous business growth over a little period of practice; however, this aim is achievable only if you learn the market requirements and the know-how from competent professionals.

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Pharmacare - Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pharmacare Must Address Outstanding System Gaps,
Maintain High Quality Coverage

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY ONTARIO - March 1, 2018  (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a policy report, Principles for an Effective Pharmacare Program, which provides guidelines for the federal and Ontario governments to follow when considering reforms to pharmaceutical coverage, which has implications for both governments. The report highlights five principles against which new pharmacare proposals can be tested to ensure an effective and sustainable program.

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Soo Chamber Calls on Trudeau to help - Thursday, March 1, 2018

Soo Chamber Calls on Prime Minister to  Directly Address Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Soo Chamber  Fighting for Jobs   Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO –  March 1, 2018   (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is calling on the Prime Minister to get directly involved in the crisis brewing as a result of today’s announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States.  
 

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Budget is Big on Spending, Short on Growth, - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Budget is Big on Spending, Short on Growth, 
Ill-Prepared for Any Economic Challenges: Chamber

Soo Chamber  Fighting for Jobs   Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO –  FEBRUARY 28, 2018   (LSN)  Tuesday’s federal budget offers a handful of incentives for Canadian businesses, but does little to prepare or protect Canada’s economy, its businesses or Canadian jobs as we start to witness real external challenges and influencers on the horizon. This is the assessment of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC).

SSMCOC Chief Executive Officer, Rory Ring notes that “while it’s disappointing that the budget left the corporate tax rate unchanged, the budget did include a cut to the small business rate of 10.5% to 10% starting this year and another cut to 9% in 2019 as well spending on several fronts to help women entrepreneurs and support women in the workforce. We were also pleased to see some additional funding for FedNor.”

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Soo Chamber Fighting for Jobs - Saturday, February 24, 2018

Soo Chamber heading to Queen’s Park 
Fighting for Jobs

Soo Chamber  Fighting for Jobs   Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO –  fEBRUARY 24, 2018   (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) has been monitoring recent news that Canadian steel was not excluded in last week’s U.S. Commerce Department announcement that it intends to suggest a wide range of tariffs and quotas on imported steel and aluminum from an undisclosed number of countries. The Chamber is also concerned that even if Canadian steel ultimately wins an exemption, the Ontario government’s proposal to introduce a bill that would allow for retaliatory measures against states that adopt “Buy American” provisions might still result in Ontario’s steel industry getting caught-up in subnational trade disputes.

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UW-Superior team - Saturday, February 24, 2018

UW-Superior team wins state
supply chain case competition

UW-Superior team  Lake Superior News
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SUPERIOR, Wisconsin – February 24, 2018  (LSN)   A team from the University of Wisconsin-Superior won first place in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Milwaukee Roundtable Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition held February 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

“The case competition tested our students’ supply chain knowledge as well as their capability and creativity in problem solving,

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Vote Prosperity Soo Chamber - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Business needs to mobilize to put shared prosperity, economic development front-and-centre in provincial election”

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commce   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  support the Chamber network’s election platform, Vote Prosperity

Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO  February 14, 2018  (LSN)   The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has joined with Chambers from across Ontario to launch a major province-wide letter writing campaign urging the business community to encourage local provincial candidates to support the Chamber network’s election platform, Vote Prosperity.

“Our local members have made it clear that the ever-rising costs of doing business from all levels of government have hindered their ability to prosper and grow their business,” says Don Mitchell, Acting President of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. “A thriving private sector is the most important source for a high standard of living for everyone. Businesses provide Saultites and Ontarians with employment opportunities, contribute to the development of skills, and promote technological innovation that advances Ontario’s growing economy.”

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2018 Ontario Economic Report - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BUSINESS LOSING CONFIDENCE IN ONTARIO’S ECONOMY

Sault Ste. Marie  Thunder Bay  Chamber of Commerce  2018 Ontario Economic Report  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ 2018 Ontario Economic Report

THUNDER BAY, SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO FEBRUARY 7, 2018 -  (LSN) Today the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce,  and Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and Chambers from across the province have joined with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to officially launched the 2018 Ontario Economic Report.  This is the second annual Ontario Economic Report, compiled from input provided directly from Ontario’s businesses, including participants from Sault Ste. Marie. The report provides a snapshot of business confidence in the economy and measures the level of concern around specific challenges that Ontario businesses are facing.

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Poeter Expands in Thunder Bay - Sunday, February 4, 2018

Porter Adds More Daily Flights plus Crew Base in Thunder Bay

Porter Adds More Daily Flights plus Crew Base in Thunder Bay
#LSN_Econ 

THUNDER BAY / February 1, 2018 – Porter Airlines is significantly investing in Thunder Bay, Ont., by adding flights and officially opening its new crew base for pilots and flight attendants.

The base grand opening received an added dose of excitement when the airline announced that it is increasing its schedule, with up to seven daily roundtrip flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. There will be as many as 45 weekly flights, beginning April 12.

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Chair’s Reception & AGM  - Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Reception & AGM 

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Reception & AGM  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Sean Speer,  U of T School of Public Policy          Rosa Carlino, 2018 Chair of the Board

THUNDER BAY, ON:  February 1, 2018 – The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Reception & 53rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The business meeting begins at 5 pm, networking reception at 5:30 pm, and evening program following at 6:30 pm. The evening includes the formal swearing in of Rosa Carlino, 2018 Chair of the Board.

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CHAMBERS WANT DE MINIMIS THRESHOLD LOW - Friday, January 26, 2018

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE PARTNER TO URGE GOVERNMENT TO KEEP THE DE MINIMIS THRESHOLD LOW

THE DE MINIMIS THRESHOLD   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  January 26, 2018 –  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay, Windsor-Essex Regional, Sarnia Lambton, Greater Niagara and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers are calling for the Federal Government to keep the de minimis threshold (DMT) low to ensure retailers in Canada and U.S. have a level playing field.

On December 14, 2017, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP released the Retail Council of Canada-commissioned study: Rise in Canada's de minimis threshold: Economic Impact Assessment, concluding that raising the DMT would drastically impact on retailers in Canada, their employees and the overall economy.

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Small Business Development Center UW - Thursday, January 25, 2018

Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior receives grants

Small Business Development Center UW-Superior  Lake Superior News
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SUPERIOR, Wis. – January 25, 2018   (LSN)  The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior was recently awarded two grants totaling $13,000 from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

“We would like to thank the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation for their support in these grants and look forward to our continued service to the community as we strengthen entrepreneurship and economic development in Northwest Wisconsin,”

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Passenger Volume Record - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Thunder Bay Airport Sets New Passenger Volume Record

Thunder Bay Airport
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  January 24, 2018   (LSN) This past year saw Thunder Bay Airport (YQT) volumes hit an all-time high by hosting 844,627 passengers in 2017.  Traffic grew by 4.6% over 2016 volumes. 
 
Traffic volume growth was supported by a number of positive factors.  Additional capacity offered by a number of airlines into northern destinations has contributed new volume.  The early start of the winter charter season also brought new passengers to the airport. 

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Soo Chamber Outstanding Business Achievement Awards - Monday, January 22, 2018

Soo Chamber Recognizing Local Business Excellence at the 
Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

Soo Chamber Outstanding Business  Awards  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

SAULT STE. MAREIE, ONTARIO  - January 22, 2018  (LSN)  It was a celebration of innovation, creativity, leadership and entrepreneurship, as the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) handed out its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards on Saturday evening.

“This year, more than 200 nominations were received by the Chamber, for 21 different awards,” explains Don Mitchell, Acting President of the Sault Chamber. “Each of the nominated businesses were chosen by their customers and their fellow local businesses.”

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DEVELOPING A POSITIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL CLIMATE - Friday, January 19, 2018

U of M RECOGNIZES SAULT STE. MARIE FOR DEVELOPING A POSITIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL CLIMATE

EDC Executive Director Jeff Holt  Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE MICHIGAN  January 18, 2018  (LSN)- The City of Sault Ste. Marie has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. The Sault was honored as a Five-Star community and was recognized on November 14th, during an eCities Panel Discussion, which discussed how talent, business policy, and access to capital have impacted community growth in Michigan. The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan.

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Soo Chamber calls for tax Reform - Monday, January 15, 2018

Ontario’s Chamber Network calls for tax reform, to Keep Ontario Competitive

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Sault Ste. Marie Chamber , in partnership with  Ontario Chamber of Commerce

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  –  January 15, 2018  (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), provided the Ontario government with 11 recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget that will help businesses manage costs and secure the province's competitive advantage. The submission, presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, calls on the government to implement taxation reforms and smart infrastructure and transportation spending to maximize growth and benefit all regions of Ontario.

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Ontario East‐West Tie Line - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ontario East‐West Tie Line Project
connect the Wawa Transformer Station to the Lakehead Transformer Station near Thunder Bay

Ontario East‐West Tie Line Project  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Agreement between Valard and NextBridge

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  December 13, 2017   (LSN)  Tuesday, leaders from across many northern communities came together on Fort William First Nation territory to witness the signing of a contracting agreement for the Ontario East‐West Tie Line Project (the Project) between Valard and NextBridge Infrastructure (NextBridge). The long‐anticipated agreement signals a critical milestone in the development of the Project that will connect the Wawa Transformer Station to the Lakehead Transformer Station near Thunder Bay with an anticipated 2020 in‐service date. The Project helps to bring a stable source of electricity for the region and hundreds of high‐quality, good paying jobs.

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Outstanding Business Achievement Awards - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

200 Nominations submitted for the Soo Chamber’s 
2017 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

Soo Outstanding Business Achievement Awards
#LSN_Econ  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Awards

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario –  December 12, 2017  (LSN)  With its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards just a little over a month away, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is well underway with plans for the January gala where it will announce the recipients of more than 20 awards recognizing commitment to professional and organizational excellence.

According to SSMCOC CEO Rory Ring, the business awards, which are handed out annually by the local Chamber, started humbly in 1985 with a handful of awards recognizing businesses that had demonstrated significant growth and economic contributions as well as the individuals that led those enterprises.

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FOREST INDUSTRY CHAMBER LUNCHEON - Sunday, December 3, 2017

FOREST INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES 
  TBay CHAMBER LUNCHEON

 FOREST INDUSTRY Thunder Bay  CHAMBER LUNCHEON  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    FOREST INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES HIGHLIGHTED

THUNDER BAY, December 1, 2017: A Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Leaders Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at the Italian Cultural Centre with keynote speaker Derek Nighbor, President of the Forest Product Association of Canada. The Forest Product Association of Canada provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.

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Bus Service to the Northwest - Saturday, December 2, 2017

Common Voice Northwest 
Welcomes Bus Service to the Northwest

Common Voice Northwest  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  December 2, 2017  ----  (LSN)  In 2015 Common Voice Northwest published a policy paper entitled The Future of Inter-Community Bus Service in Northwestern Ontario. That paper called on the Province of Ontario to institute and fund a plan to connect all of the communities in the Northwest using existing carriers.

Task Force Chair, Gary Woodbeck said that he is extremely pleased with Friday’s announcement.

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Jason Naccarato - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Soo Chamber President Jason Naccarato
to Step Down

hamber President Jason Naccarato to Step Down  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Jason Naccarato, left speaking at City Council Meeting

Sault Ste. Marie, ON –  November 30, 2-17   (LSN)  Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) President, Jason Naccarato has announced his resignation as the business organization’s President to pursue a brief contract opportunity within the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Serving the Ontario Legislative Assembly from the constituency office of MPP Ross Romano, Mr. Naccarato will promote Sault Ste. Marie as a great place to do business and advance opportunities for economic prosperity in the community.

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State of Woodland Caribou - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Activists 10 Years Behind the Current State
of Science on Woodland Caribou

NOMA FONOM    Caribou  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    NOMA  FONOM  on Woodland Caribou

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  November 7, 2017   (LSN)  Recently activists have claimed that Ontario has not acted to save caribou. Articles submitted to the Toronto Star (Will anyone act to save the caribou? Ontario is not; Ontario stumbles on caribou protection plan) are working against the substantial efforts the province, industry, communities and stakeholders have done to study the habitat of caribou in the Boreal forest. These activists are conveniently ignoring over 20 years of work, 600 tracked animals and $11 million dollars of government research. As if it was Groundhog Day, campaign science is once again attempting to shut down Ontario’s most renewable and sustainable sector, at the expense of 57,000 hardworking men and women in northern and rural communities across this province.

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Helping Businesses - Monday, November 6, 2017

Helping Businesses
Mitigate the Impact of Bill 148

Helping Businesses Mitigate the Impact of Bill 148  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    A Handbook for Ontario’s Business Community

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Open Letter of Ontario Premier - Thursday, November 2, 2017

Soo Chamber of Commerce
Open Letter to Premier Wynne

Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce     Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    Open Letter to Wynne

SAULSTE MARIE, ONTARIO  -  November 2, 2017  An open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne  and members of the Standing Committee onf Finace and Economic Affairs from the Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce on the potential that Bill 148 has to disrupt not only the impact that small business has as an economic contributor to Ontario, but also to the social fabric and ability of Ontario to service and support many of those in need.

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LTEP NOT WORTH WAITING FOR - Saturday, October 28, 2017

NOMA  LONG TERM ENERGY PLAN
“NOT WORTH WAITING FOR”

LTEP  LONG TERM ENERGY PLAN Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Need for transmission upgradesNo mention to renewing the fuel contracts 

THUNDER BAY, ON –  October 28, 2017  (LSN)  Thursday, the Ministry of Energy released Ontario’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), Delivering Fairness and Choice, a 20-year road map for Ontario’s energy sector.

“Ontario’s much anticipated Long-Term Energy Plan turns out to be not worth waiting for as it offers nothing new for the Northwest,” said Mayor Wendy Landry, President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.  “All it does is regurgitate plans that are already in place but fails to outline the future for the Atikokan and Thunder Bay Generating Stations and does not speak to the outstanding need for transmission upgrades to Greenstone and the First Nation communities in that area,” added Landry.

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WE ARE THE SOO Expos - Friday, October 27, 2017

Registration is now open: Health & Wellness, Home Decor & Renovation, Sport & Outdoor Show 

Soo Expos    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    WE ARE THE SOO Expos

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario -  October 27, 2017  (LSN) The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open on all three of its popular annual expos. 

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SOO Chamber Seeking Nominations - Thursday, October 19, 2017

SOO Chamber Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

Sault Ste Marie Business Awards    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Sault Ste. Marie - October 19, 2017  (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards to be given out at its annual Awards Gala in January.

Jason Naccarato, President of the Sault Chamber says that “the annual business awards are about recognizing local businesses that strive to be innovative and find new ways to engage their customers, who have adapted unique business practices that set them apart from their competition and who have become ‘outstanding’ in their individual business sectors.”

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Soo Chamber welcomes revised tax reforms - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Soo Chamber welcomes revised tax reforms and lower small business tax rate but concerns remain
 

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
#LSN_Econ   national #ProtectGrowth campaign

SAULT STE. MARIE,  ONTARIO  -  October 18, 2017  (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) welcome the federal government’s plans to revise its proposed tax reforms and to reduce the small business tax rate as a result of the comments and concerns expressed through the national #ProtectGrowth campaign and in consultations.

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce President, Jason Naccarato welcomes the news that the federal government is taking a step back on the proposed tax reforms, particularly as they relate to small business. “We applaud the government for listening to the concerns of small business owners, entrepreneurs and even caucus members. The new measures proposed Monday, while not perfect, appear to be more balanced. We will be vigilant on their details and application, however.”

Although the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce still has significant reservations on some of the proposed changes, the lobbying efforts of the Canadian Chamber network were successful and the Minister of Finance appears to have made a noteworthy effort to take the opinion of small businesses into consideration in the new version of his proposed tax changes.

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Small Business Too Big To Ignore: Sault Chamber - Monday, October 16, 2017

Small Business Too Big To Ignore: Sault Chamber

Small Business Too Big To Ignore  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the WSIB and local chambers across the province kick-off Small Business Week

Sault Ste. Marie / Toronto - October 16, 2017   (LSN)  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), is celebrating, Small Business Week with its signature campaign, Small Business Too Big To Ignore that highlights the important contributions small businesses make to Ontario’s economy and local communities.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Ontario economy and the heart of our community”, says Jason Naccarato, president of the Sault Chamber. “Over the course of Small Business Week, our local Chamber will be engaging with small businesses to show them that we recognize the significant role that they play in our community and discussing how we can support them.”

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TAX REFORMS AND LOWER SMALL BUSINESS TAX RATE - Monday, October 16, 2017

CHAMBERS WELCOME REVISED TAX REFORMS AND LOWER SMALL BUSINESS TAX RATE BUT REMAIN CONCERNED

CHAMBERS WELCOME REVISED TAX REFORMS
#LSN_Econ  Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

THUNDER BAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017:  (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcome the government’s plans to revise its proposed tax reforms and to reduce the small business tax rate as a result of the comments and concerns expressed through the national #ProtectGrowth campaign and in consultations.

“The cut to the small business tax rate and the cancellation of changes to capital gains exemptions are welcome news for small business owners and operators in Thunder Bay,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “We are pleased that the Government is taking steps to further support hardworking small businesses in Thunder Bay and across the country.”

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BDC Celebrating Small Businesses - Saturday, October 14, 2017

BDC Celebrating Small Businesses

BDC Celebrating Small Businesses  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Small Business Week

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   --  October 13, 2017 –  (LSN) The Community Economic Development Commission, various City partners, and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) are celebrating entrepreneurship during BDC Small Business WeekTM. BDC Small Business Week run from Oct. 15 - 21, as declared by Councillor Shelby Ch'ng this morning at City Hall. 

BDC Small Business WeekTM (SBW) is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada has been organizing for 38 years.

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Pro Growth Policies Need - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Comprehensive, Pro-Growth Policies  Needed in 2018 Provincial Election 

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC),    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   Vote Prosperity, a platform  priorities for the upcoming 2018 provincial election

Sault Ste. Marie / Toronto - Today, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released Vote Prosperity, a platform and campaign outlining the Ontario business community’s priorities for the upcoming 2018 provincial election. Vote Prosperity provides a series of proactive recommendations that all of Ontario’s political parties should adopt to ensure growth for the province’s economy. 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Sault’s economy, they support working families in our local community and across the province, and that’s why candidates from every party in every community will become familiar with Vote Prosperity,” says Jason Naccarato, President of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. “Ontario’s business community is prepared to be bold and with today’s recommendations, we are seeking to motivate our political leaders to embrace these principles and goals that will lead Ontario to economic prosperity.”

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Airport to all-time Record - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

International Traffic propels Airport to all-time Record

Thunder Bay Airport   Lake superior News
#LSN_Econ   Air side 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   --October 3, 2017   (LSN)  Fuelled by international traffic attending Confederation College, Lakehead University and the Under 18 World Baseball Championships, Thunder Bay Airport set an all time passenger volume record in August.

For the first time in the airport’s history, monthly volume exceeded 80,000 passengers by posting volume of 81,003 passengers. Traffic was up 4% from 2016.

“Although August is always a busy month, these numbers are unprecedented,” noted President & CEO Ed Schmidtke. “The international traffic generated by the Baseball Championships combined with growing international student populations at our two post-secondary institutions generated a lot of activity.”

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Ontario doctors advocate for tax fairness - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ontario doctors advocate for tax fairness beyond federal consultation deadline

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#LSN-Econ    Making decisions of this magnitude requires careful consideration

Toronto, Ont., Oct. 3, 2017: While we’ve reached the end of the federal finance minister’s 75-day public consultation period regarding tax planning using private corporations, Ontario doctors are not backing down.

Making decisions of this magnitude requires careful consideration with all impacted stakeholders. The brief 75-day consultation period offered to these amendments—over the quiet summer months—simply did not suffice.

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sign strategic business agreement - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Marten Falls First Nation and North Star Air sign strategic business agreement

Martin Falls First Nation & North Star Air  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    Marten Falls becomes the 11th community to sign a revenue share agreement 

Thunder Bay, Ontario   -  September  27 2017  (LSN)    North Star Air is pleased to announce the signing of a strategic business agreement with Marten Falls First Nation. This agreement includes a revenue share agreement and the introduction of flights between Thunder Bay and Marten Falls First Nation.

Air transport in remote regions is of crucial social & economic importance to communities and the new flights will provide more choices and direct access to necessary services in Thunder Bay. The flight service is scheduled to start on Oct 16, 2017.

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Bill 148 reveals $12 billion economic problem - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Final analysis of Bill 148 reveals $12 billion economic problem that the Ontario Government must resolve


Thunder Bay Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerc  Bill 148   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Norther Chamber of Commerce join Ontario Chamber   Bill 148 

September 27, 2017   (LSN) Today, the Thunder Bay and the Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce,in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition released the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto. This final report follows CANCEA’s August report outlining the interim findings of this analysis.

 

CANCEA’s analysis reveals that if Government were to extend implementation of the minimum wage increase over five years instead of the next 15 months, jobs at risk would decrease by 74 per cent in the first two years.  The analysis also indicates that while the proposed changes will see $11 billion in wage stimulus flow into the economy in the next two years, a remaining $12 billion problem exists which will lead to jobs lost, added costs, and general damage to the Ontario economy.

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Biomass North Forum 2017 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Opportunities for Challenging Times
Biomass North Forum 2017
 

Biomass North Forum 2017  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   Biomass North Development Centre’s 2nd annual

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 26, 2017  (LSN)  

Biomass North Development Centre’s 2nd annual Forum will explore challenges facing Canada’s forest bioeconomy and highlight opportunities to meet those challenges. Will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, October 11 - 12, 2017 

Canada’s bioeconomy finds itself in challenging times in 2017.

From trade uncertainty over softwood lumber and pellet off-take agreements, to rapidly changing policy frameworks across Canada, to the growing leadership role of indigenous communities in the bioeconomy - project leaders often feel like they are aiming at a constantly moving target

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Chamber Promotes National Conferance - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chamber Promotes National Conferance to be held in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Chamber of Comerce  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Charla Robinson, Kevin Anderson, Kerry Berlinquette, Ken Boshcoff

This weekend, representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce are in Fredericton, NB for the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to promote Thunder Bay as the host location for the 2018 conference.  It will be the first time in Chamber history that the national conference is held in Northern Ontario.

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Soo Chamber to Host Town Halls - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Soo Chamber to Host Town Halls on Bill 148’s Proposed Changes to Labour Laws

Sault Ste Marie Chamber  Town Hall Meeting    Lake Supeiror News
#LSN_Econ  Proposed Changes to Labour Laws and on Minimum Wage

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The Ontario Government’s Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, introduces very significant changes to our province’s employment legislation. It includes a swift increase in the minimum wage by more than 30% to $15/hour in less than eighteen months and also introduces new proposed rules for vacation time, on-call work, equal pay for temporary and part time workers, scheduling and emergency leave days.

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has arranged TWO Town Hall forums and is inviting businesses, associations, government agencies and representatives, unions, social justice groups and interested individuals to take part and share their feedback on the proposed legislation, their concerns or their support.

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‘Tis the Season - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chamber Launches ‘Tis the Season Show and Shop'

Chamber Launches ‘Tis the Season Show and Shop'  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Thunder Bay’s first holiday entertaining show

Thunder Bay, Ontario,  --  September 19, 2017  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce Thunder Bay’s first holiday entertaining show, aimed at connecting consumers with local business as they begin planning for the holiday season.
‘Tis the Season Show and Shop will take place on Sunday, November 5th at the Valhalla Inn and will feature Thunder Bay’s leading experts in fine foods, cocktails, fashion, home décor and guesting gifts. Attendees will enjoy live demos, fashion shows, product sampling and inventory for purchase.

Chamber President Charla Robinson says the event is designed to offer a wider audience the opportunity to connect with the talent and expertise of Thunder Bay businesses at a time when they’re starting to make their holiday plans.

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DNR public comment period onPolyMet dam public waters work permits - Saturday, September 16, 2017

DNR public comment period onPolyMet dam public waters work permits 

comment period on draft PolyMet dam
#LSN_Econ   DNR public comment period onPolyMet dam public waters work permits

HOYT LAKES, MINNESOTA,  Septemberf 16, 2017   (LSN) The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota.

This is the public’s opportunity to submit written comments on these draft permits.

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Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute 

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute  radioisotopes  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Staying Abreast of Innovation Innovative ideas and medical research combine to improve patient treatments

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   September 13, 2017  (LSN)  There's a unique device under development in Thunder Bay that could radically change the way in which breast cancer is detected. Currently, mammography is used to highlight changes in the breast, including abnormal density of tissue that can be associated with cancer. However, dense tissue can also be a cyst, benign tumour, fibroid or even an infection.

The need for accurate testing is great. According to the U.S. National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., of the two million Canadian and American women a year who are sent for a biopsy following suspicious mammography findings, only 20 per cent are confirmed as having cancer.  Consequently every year, more than one million North American women experience anxiety and stress due to a false positive result and could avoid a biopsy if better technology were available. Four million others, who do not undergo a biopsy, are sent home with inconclusive results, leaving many to worry about their health status until their next test.

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CHAMBERS EXTENDS INVITATION TO MINISTER OF FINANCE BRING CONSULTATIONS - Thursday, September 7, 2017

CANADIAN CHAMBER EXTENDS INVITATION TO MINISTER OF FINANCE: BRING CONSULTATIONS TO THE CHAMBERS, LOCAL CHAMBER AGREES

Consultations with Finance Minister  Welcomed  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Canadian and Thunder Bay Chambers welcome meeting with Minister of Finance 

Saskatoon, SK – September 7, 2017  (LSN)  In response to yesterday's announcement by the Minister of Finance that he and his colleagues want to discuss his proposed tax changes with small business owners across the country, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is offering to organize 25 cross-country forums.

“I welcome the Minister’s wish to meet with small business owners. To assist, the Canadian Chamber is offering to provide 25 forums across Canada, organized by our network of local chambers between now and the end of November, for the Minister and his colleagues to explain the government's tax reform proposals to small businesses and hear their concerns," said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “This would be without cost to the government. Our only preconditions would be that the government put these massive tax changes on hold to allow time for these meetings to take place and that it commit to fairly consider the issues raised.”

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CRTC More competition for Internet - Sunday, September 3, 2017

CRTC enables greater competition in the broadband Internet market

CRTC  Shaw  Tbaytel   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ      CRTC  Greater Competition for Internet Market

August 29, 2017 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)  Judith A. LaRocque, Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC “Today, the CRTC is fostering a more dynamic competitive telecommunications market by ensuring competitors have access to the wholesale services they need at reasonable prices. This decision, along with multiple decisions rendered by the CRTC in recent years, continue to help ensure a healthy wholesale market, which is crucial to providing Canadians with choice.”

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Marten Falls Ring of Fire Road - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Marten Falls First Nation's North-South Road Goes to the Community and Eventually to Ring of Fire

Martin Falls Road to Ring of Fire     Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    Road to Ring of Fire  thought Martin Falls

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, September 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  (LSN)  Marten Falls First Nation was pleased to participate in the August 21st media announcement of the government of Ontario. What is most important for Marten Falls and has been overlooked in the announcement is the reality that the First Nation will finally, after years of negotiating and planning, get a community access road. The road to the community will follow a north-south alignment from around Aroland/Nakina and construction of the road is planned to start in 2019.

Marten Falls views the access road as a means to food security and to improving housing, education and economic opportunities. The First Nation experiences poverty, drug addiction, and social and economic challenges and has also been denied development and employment opportunities due to remoteness. Marten Falls has been looking for options to connect the community to the provincial highway for a while and although four other remote regional First Nations received $785,000 in March 2015 from the federal and provincial governments for studying an all-weather road, Marten Falls only started work on road options with the province late last year.

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TBay Chamber NAFTA Discussions DMT - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

​CHAMBERS PARTNER TO ENSURE LOCAL BUSINESSES REPRESENTED IN NAFTA DISCUSSIONS

Thunder Bay Chamber  NAFTA  Lake Superior News
#LSN_ECON   TBay Chamber NAFTA Discussions 

THUNDER BAY, ONNTARIO  – August 30, 2017  ---   (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chamber is partnering with the Greater Niagara, Sarnia Lambton and Windsor-Essex Regional Chambers to ensure local business interests are strongly represented in NAFTA discussions by bringing their “Protect Canadian Business by Keeping the De Minimis Threshold Low” resolution to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM, September 23-25, 2017 in Fredericton, NB.

Given that NAFTA renegotiations appear to be going forward, the four Chambers recommend that the federal government maintain the current Canadian De Minimis level of $20 to prevent granting an unfair advantage to foreign online retail sellers operating in the Canadian marketplace.

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2,010 JOBS AT RISK IN THUNDER BAY DISTRICT - Monday, August 21, 2017

2,010 JOBS AT RISK IN THUNDER BAY DISTRICT FROM BILL 148

Jobs at Risk Thunder Bay District Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   
Hardest hit sectors include: accommodations & food services, retail, and private health care and social services

THUNDER BAY. Ontario –  August 21, 2017   (LSN)  Further details were released today regarding the projected local impacts of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. Economic analysis undertaken by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), revealed that if the legislation is implemented as currently drafted, it will place 2,010 jobs at risk in Thunder Bay District.

“The pace of change proposed in Bill 148 will hurt our city and our region,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “The data shows that the accommodations & food sector will be hit hardest with 220 jobs at risk, followed by 170 retail jobs at risk, and 140 private health care and social assistance jobs at risk.  We are calling on the Premier to slow down the implementation of this legislation to avoid these unintended consequences and protect jobs and the most vulnerable in Thunder Bay.”

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185,000 ONTARIO JOBS AT RISK FROM BILL 148 - Monday, August 14, 2017

Thunder Bay Chamber Commerce Jobs at Risk
#LSN_Econ   185,000 ONTARIO JOBS AT RISK FROM BILL 148

THUNDER BAY - ONTARIO - August 14, 2017  (LSN)  Today the Keep Ontario Working Coalition (KOW), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, released the first and only independent economic impact analysis of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. Conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), the study revealed that if the legislation is implemented as currently drafted, there will be significant, sudden and sizable uncertainty for Ontario jobs, economy and communities.

The study concludes that these vast, unprecedented reforms will put about 185,000 jobs at risk in the first two years, greatly impacting Ontario's most vulnerable workers.

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Minimum wage hikes hurt most vulnerable - Monday, August 14, 2017

Minimum wage hikes hurt
#LSN_Opinion   Minimum wage hikes hurt most vulnerable

VANCOUVER, B.C./Troy Media/ August 8, 2017  (LSN) – With many of Canada’s largest provinces (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia) either committing to or considering a minimum wage of $15 per hour, many analysts – including us – note that this policy will hurt many vulnerable workers by reducing job opportunities.

But in an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, 53 “economic experts” dismissed this concern as “fear-mongering” and “out of line with the latest economic research.”

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