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Chamber Promotes National Conferance - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chamber Promotes National Conferance to be held in Thunder Bay

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#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

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#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'

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#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 

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#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 

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#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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#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

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#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

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#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


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#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


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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

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

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#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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