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Public Sector Problems, Private Sector Solutions

Partnering with the private sector to deliver more public services could potentially save Ontario billions of dollars, according to a new report on alternative service delivery from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Certified General Accountants of Ontario.

The report, “Public Sector Problems, Private Sector Solutions”, makes the case that many of the services Ontarians rely on can be delivered better and more affordably by businesses and not-for-profits, including in areas of health care and education. (more…)

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Another Major Review For Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation System

Submitted by Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario…On April 25, 2013 CME presented to Douglas Stanley, who is holding public hearings that will help to shape Ontario’s workers’ compensation system. He is seeking input and will be reporting directly to the Chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). This is the third major consultation that the WSIB has conducted over the last few years. The system was introduced in Ontario almost 100 years ago, and all recognize that there is a need to update it and ensure that it is relevant and properly and appropriately serving the needs of all stakeholders, particularly the workers and employers of Ontario. (more…)

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OPG Awards Turbine Contract Darlington Refurbishment Project

Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) continues to move forward with the refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. OPG has awarded an equipment supply and technical services contract to Alstom Power & Transport Canada Inc. to refurbish the four turbine generator sets at Darlington Nuclear. The contract, valued at approximately $350 million, is one of several that will be awarded for the refurbishment of the station. 

“This is an important part of our refurbishment project,” said Dietmar Reiner, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Refurbishment. “We conducted thorough reviews of the major turbine and generator components, and determined that they are in good shape, with no life limiting issues. However, other factors that might affect their life need to be addressed through refurbishment. The work and upgrades associated with this contract will allow the equipment to run for another 30 years.” (more…)

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Will Your Business Be Affected By Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law?

Do you market your products or services via email, text or on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter? Canada’s new anti-spam law is about to fundamentally alter online marketing activities in Canada. It is perhaps the most comprehensive Anti-Spam legislation in the world, which will regulate commercial electronic messages and impose stiff new anti-spyware provisions. It will also amend Canada’s privacy law, PIPEDA, and Competition Act.  Is your business ready?

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) passed parliament and received Royal Assent in December 2010. Final regulations for the law were issued March 2012 and the enforcement bodies have been identified, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Competition Bureau. The goal of the law is to protect Canadians from spam, malware, including phishing and spyware, and other electronic threats. (more…)

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