September 2009
Volume 1, Issue 7
BusinessMatters ENews

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to your Business Matters E-News! Do you have news...we want to hear from you! We have several ways to help you promote your business to Chamber members and business leaders in the community, however it all starts with communication from you. 
Fall Election 
At the time of writing, there is still speculation on whether
or not Canadian voters will face a fall election. Should an election be announced, the Chamber is prepared to swing into action to formulate the business position with regards to the election issues and prepare the Chamber for all-candidate debates and MP and candidate meetings. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, cast your ballot in our poll - Do you think there should be a fall election? Click here.
Chamber Encourages Businesses To Comment On Accessiblity Rules
We've alerted you recently about public reviews for proposed regulations, now the government has appointed former Liberal Cabinet Minister Charles Beer to conduct a mandatory independent review of the entire Act.  Beer is organizing province wide consultations, which will help form his report to the government of Ontario. Consultation sessions will be held in Sudbury (Oct. 1), Ottawa (Oct. 6), Toronto (Oct. 14) and London (Oct. 20), and members are encouraged to attend these sessions in person and/or send in written submissions.   
Durham Strategic Energy Alliance Conference
Thursday October 1, 2009
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Ajax Convention Centre

The challenge of building a sustainable community, to develop long-term solutions that meets current and future energy needs has become the defining infrastructure and development issue of our time.

More than 300 business leaders are expected to attend the Second Annual DSEA Conference which will focus on deconstructing the sustainable community to reveal the technologies and partnerships needed to envision, design and build the future. 
Why Is The Harmonizated Sales Tax Good For The Economy?
John Wilkinson
Wednesday October 14, 2009
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn Oshawa Whitby Conference Centre.
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Durham Region Home Builders' Association and Durham Region Association of Realtors host a Breakfast with John Wilkinson - Minister of Revenue to discuss the harmonization of sales tax and what it means to business and the economy.
Minister Clement Discusses Canada's Road To Recovery
Honourable Tony Clement
Friday, October 16, 2009
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
Best Western Durham - Octavien's.
The Durham Economic Prosperity Committee (DEPC) hosts a Breakfast with the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry to discuss "Canada's Economy Road to Recovery". The event is sponsored by Organization of CANDU Industries. 
Business of the Month 
Robichaud ChiropractyicRobichaud Family Chiropractic, located at 179 King Street West, Oshawa, is owned and operated by Dr. Adrian Robichaud who has been practicing since 1999. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being nominated Business of the Month for September.
NEW! Chamber Welcomes New Members       
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the following new members, click here for details, who have joined the Chamber since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2009. We encourage you to Shop A Chamber Member First!
Member to Member (M2M) Special Offer Program
The Chamber has added a new feature to its website to highlight the new Member-to-Member Special Offer Program. This program is designed to attract fellow chamber members to "Shop a Chamber Member First". Please click here for details if you wish to participate and offer exclusive discounts or special offers to Chamber members and their employees.
Minister Raitt's Commitment To Expedite Ontario's Nuclear Decision Welcomed By OCI
The Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI) welcomes comments made by Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt committing to work with the Ontario government to make a timely decision on Canada's nuclear future. In a speech at the Economic Club of Canada, Raitt declared "'s time we work together, for Canadians and Ontarians, to build a stronger future for our nuclear industry but time is of the essence."
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy & Advocacy Update

Employment Insurance
As expected, there will be a report from the EI working group at the end of September. While press reports indicate that the EI issue may no longer be the trigger for a possible election, the Canadian Chamber will continue to pursue reform of the EI program as an important issue - one that is critical to Canada's productivity and competitiveness. We urge you to continue to reiterate your business concerns regarding the EI program if you have upcoming meetings with MPs and policymakers.

[Canadian Chamber's EI Report]

Pre-Budget Submission
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce made its pre-Budget submission in August, for a copy of the report click here.
In This Issue
Fall Election?
Accessiblity Rules
DSEA Conference
HST Good For Economy?
Minister Clement
Business Of The Month
New Members
M2M Special Offers
Expedite Ontario Nuclear
Chamber Events

Thursday, Sept 24
 Thursday, Oct. 8
Minister of Revenue Breakfast
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Friday, Oct. 16
Women in Business Luncheon
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Business Events
Various Dates 

DSEA Conference
Thursday, Oct. 1

Leadership Event Thursday, Oct. 1

Friday, Oct. 16

The Economic Edge
Wednesday, Oct. 21

Community Events
Santa's Parade of Lights
Saturday, Nov. 21

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Ontario Chamber
Region of Durham


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