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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft As we celebrated the birth of Matt Munro's new baby, and he enjoys some well-deserved vacation with his daughter - we have to pull together the Chamber Chat this week without him as well as trying to get ready for our Open House next week and year end!  I cannot believe we are days away from Christmas and I’ve been here at the Chamber for 10 months!  Looking back, the transition has seemed fairly smooth and allowed me to focus on what it is the Chamber does and what we should and could do more of… I am excited to say we are defining this purpose and we’ve got our
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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft Another full week winds down after a great mingle at Shorelines and the official swearing in of the 2018 Board of Directors.  Thankfully, the new Board is an experienced one – with Helen Wheeler acclaimed to her first full three-year term after serving last year as a member-at-large.  Jon Tuer and Ashton Calnan were elected for their second terms. The Board also elected their Executive on Wednesday evening and I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Hunt will be serving as the President in 2018!  Rene Veillette – slated as incoming President as the First Vice – advised
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Webinar for Bill 148, Ontario’s New Labour Laws The OCC alongside MNP, released a comprehensive handbook to help Ontario's business community navigate the incoming changes from Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act). The handbook outlines the potential risks employers can expect from Bill 148, and offers human resources and operational strategies to help mitigate the impact. As part of that handbook they also hosted a Webinar outlining the different aspects of Bill 148, and provided a recap video that is and excellent resource. You can download or read the handbook by clicking below.  Watch the recap video below: 
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5 Minutes for Business In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Aaron Van Tassel, our Business Law Committee Intern, examines the Comeau case, which will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada this week, and the lasting impact it could have on interprovincial trade.    When Gerard Comeau crossed over to Québec from New Brunswick, where he lived, to buy a few cases of beer, he was in for quite the surprise. Coming back into New Brunswick, he was fined for transporting alcohol across the border. He contested the fine, unleashing a much larger debate on constitutional interpretation and free trade between
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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft Happy December!!!  This has just been such an awesome week!  We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the daily routine of phone and e-mail but this Wednesday’s double-header with a breakfast and a mingle in the same day reminded me why we do what we do and LOVE IT! Advocacy might be a fancy word for “complaining” to some but truthfully, I’ve realized with the incoming legislation changes that small business owners don’t have time to share their story, and when they do – who listens?  The Chamber.  We listen locally and take your concerns to the
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