State of the Province, Bay of Quinte Boat Cruise, QBAA Nominations, Community Events

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June 21, 2019
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MPP Todd Smith is the Minister of Children, Community & Social Services as of June 20, 2019
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Looking for a way to treat your clients or employees this summer? 🧐🛳
Cruise the Bay of Quinte while enjoying a three course, full service lunch!

To purchase tickets, please contact the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce at 613-392-7635.

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QYP Health + Work-Life Balance

What a great night surrounded with amazing young professionals. There was so much passion in one room. What an amazing future our community has when there are so many young people passionate about their careers/business, family, and volunteering. We loved getting to know people and having an open discussion. Thank you to our sponsors and lead speakers for making this event possible.

Hoping you can join us for our less formal pop up events thorough out the year.

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Opportunity Knocks

Each member gets a one time  free 1/4 page ad or insert into our printed newsletter of your choice.  We are currently putting together the July/August issue. 

If you have used your free ad or insert then you are welcome to advertise in our newsletter with an ad or insert for $100.

Don't miss out on this advertising opportunity.

Contact Jennifer for details

Thanks to all who came out to Roundel Glen to mix and mingle with your business community.
We enjoyed hearing about the history of the course and how it has evolved over the years.

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Back to the Future: Alcohol and Interprovincial Trade Barriers

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we hop in our time machine and take you back through all the interprovincial trade inefficiencies and hopelessly outdated promises made by Canada’s Premiers that are obstructing the liberation of alcohol trade.

With Council of the Federations meeting once again in a few weeks, the Premiers will talk tough or announce a new plan or promise to improve interprovincial trade. Sadly, given their poor record removing these trade barriers, we do not need to take our time machine into the future to know that we are just going to get more of the same.

Nevertheless, the stakes are too high for us not to continue to fight for more constructive solutions to Canada’s internal trade malaise. We are calling for a full review of the Canada Free Trade Agreement in our federal election platform, Vote Prosperity.

Read this month’s 5 Minutes for Business.
Motion M-225 has received full support of the House of Commons.

MP Ellis’s Motion Passes and Confirms Federal Leadership to End Veteran Homelessness by 2025

Image above – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, MP Ellis, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lawrence MacAuley

Ottawa, ON – The Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, Neil Ellis, is pleased to announce that his Private Members’ motion, M-225, on ending veteran homelessness has been warmly received by Members of the House of Commons. M-225 was first brought the House of Commons for debate on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Although that process was unsuccessful, today, when MP Karen Vecchio brought it forward again on a Point of Order, it received the full support of the House.

M-225 states: “That, in the opinion of the House: (a) the government should set a goal to prevent and end veteran homelessness in Canada by 2025; (b) a plan to achieve this aim should be developed by the government and be presented to the House by June 2020, co-led by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Veterans Affairs; and (c) this plan should include consideration of whether a National Veterans Housing Benefit similar to the highly successful U.S. Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD VASH) Program would fit the Canadian context, complementing the National Housing Strategy.”

MP Ellis credits the success of M-225 to the strong all-party support received long before today’s debate in the House. M-225 was formally seconded by Conservative and New Democrat MPs, Karen Vecchio and Sheri Benson. The readiness to undertake action was on full display on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, during the press release announcement regarding M-225.

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Premier Ford Announces Changes to His Cabinet

New team positioned to meet the priorities for the people of Ontario in the coming year

TORONTO — After nearly one full year in office, Premier Doug Ford today announced changes to his cabinet to build on the priorities for the people of Ontario for the year ahead. A renewed Executive Council also includes the addition of one new ministry as well as five new associate ministers.

These changes will ensure that the Government of Ontario will effectively continue with its agenda of creating good jobs, supporting small businesses, putting more money in people's pockets and restoring trust and accountability in government, while also protecting what matters most through sound investments in health care and education.

After a fast-paced first year in government that saw 20 pieces of legislation passed in 117 days, through four sittings of the Legislature, 85 per cent of the total commitments the government made to the people of Ontario have been completed or put into action. The Premier and his new cabinet will continue to draw on the collective skills of our 73-member caucus in order to effectively serve the people of Ontario.

• Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs - Doug Ford
• Deputy Premier and Minister of Health - Christine Elliott
• Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions - Michael Tibollo
• Minister of Long-Term Care - Merrilee Fullerton
• Minister of Finance - Rod Phillips
• Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Chair of Cabinet - Vic Fedeli
• Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction - Prabmeet Sarkaria
• Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Steve Clark
• Solicitor General - Sylvia Jones
• Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks - Jeff Yurek
• Minister of Children, Community and Social Services - Todd Smith 
• Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues - Jill Dunlop
• Minister of Labour - Monte McNaughton
• Attorney General - Doug Downey
• Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs - Caroline Mulroney
• Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) - Kinga Surma
• Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities - Ross Romano
• Minister of Education - Stephen Lecce
• President of the Treasury Board - Peter Bethlenfalvy
• Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry - John Yakabuski
• Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs - Greg Rickford
• Associate Minister of Energy - Bill Walker
• Minister for Seniors and Accessibility - Raymond Cho
• Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Ernie Hardeman
• Minister of Infrastructure - Laurie Scott
• Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport - Lisa MacLeod
• Minister of Government and Consumer Services - Lisa Thompson
• Government House Leader - Paul Calandra

Contact:  Ivana Yelich, Premier’s Office

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It’s All About Caring

There are many reasons that employers provide their staff with employee benefits. Employee retention is higher and recruitment easier. It’s typically tax advantageous with health and dental premiums not being taxable benefits to employees. The reality is when we talk to business owners there is a sense of caring. 

They want to look after their employees and their employees’ families, not just as an efficient part of their business but more as an extended part of their own family. Most employers are protective of their employees and benefits help them provide some of this net of security for them.


Chamber Member,Bev Woods receives Durham College Alumni Award
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Stinky Canuk
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As part of our Orientation Week activities this Fall, Loyalist College is  hosting two vendor and service fairs to introduce students to the wide range of services this region has to offer. We hope your business or organization will join us:

Orientation Day Tuesday, September 3, 10 am – 1 pm

Friday Night Lights Friday, September 6, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

If you would like more information, or to confirm your participation, please contact student Orientation Coordinator Alicia Douglas by July 19.

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