The latest news from the Greater Oshawa Chamber Of Commerce.

Message To Metrolinx – Durham Needs Fairness And Value In Revenue Tools

On March 13, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) hosted the first of 9 roundtables across the GTA with John Howe, Vice President of Investment Strategy and Project Investment for Metrolinx. Business and community leaders sat down to tackle various funding options for what’s being called by Metrolinx as the “the Big Move”, a $50 billion transit project over the next 25 years to improve transit throughout the Greater Toronto area.

The intent of the OCC roundtable was to have a frank, honest conversation around how to pay for transit improvements to existing service and new transit construction across Durham and the GTA.

“These conversations will help us develop the best possible advice to provide to the Province on these funding challenges,” stated Josh Hjartarson, Vice-President of Policy for the OCC.

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Darlington Nuclear Plant Overhaul Gets Environmental Approval

Following a public hearing held December 3 to 6, 2012 in Courtice, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on Thursday, March 14, that it has accepted the environmental assessment for the proposed refurbishment of Darlington’s four nuclear reactors. The Commission concluded that it will have no significant damaging effect on the environment. The news means Ontario Power Generation can move ahead with a number of activities in support of Darlington refurbishment project.

“OPG is very pleased with the (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s) decision,” said Wayne Robbins, OPG’s Chief Nuclear Officer. “We were confident in our conclusions that Darlington refurbishment and continued operation of the station will not result in any significant, adverse environmental effects, given the mitigation measures identified.” (more…)

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CME Policy Brief – Repeal Of The Industrial Exception

Submitted by Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario
Overview: On January 25th, 2013, the Attorney General of Ontario announced that effective March 1, 2013, those responsible for professional engineering work in relation to production machinery or equipment must be licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). CME engaged the Attorney General, the MEDTE, the Premier’s office and key industry stakeholders in opposition to the change. The AG has subsequently extended the timeline for implementation from March 1, 2013 to September 1, 2013.

CME is coordinating a response calling for a full Regulatory Impact Analysis and, subject to verification of the costs and lack of benefit, a return to the status quo with respect to the industrial exception.
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In Durham, Chambers Speak For Business – Not Toronto Board

On February 9th the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) Board of Directors wrote to the Toronto Board of Trade on behalf of its membership stressing its disappointment in the Toronto Board’s decision of introducing a new brand name – Toronto Region Board of Trade. The decision by the Toronto Board was made without consultation and was clearly seen by the GOCC Board as an attempt to undermine the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the GTA Chambers of Commerce.

The letter stressed that the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce represented its business community and its members very well at all levels of government. The GOCC provides vital feedback and participates in the success and longevity of the Ontario and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce. The GOCC agreed with the position of Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson that the Chambers and Boards in Durham speak for business in Durham – NOT the Toronto Board. (more…)

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Metrolinx Revenue Tools On The Menu

On Wednesday, March 13th the Durham Economic Prosperity Committee of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in co-operation with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Metrolinx at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre to understand the impact of the proposed Revenue Tools to Durham Region. John Howe, Vice President, Investment Strategy & Project Evaluation at Metrolinx is the keynote speaker.

In early 2012 the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, along with twelve other Chambers of Commerce from the GTA signed on to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) letter sent to Metrolinx stating the GTA Chambers strongly believe transportation infrastructure investments are vital to economic growth and productivity, particularly in light of the uncertainty facing the Ontario economy. Since that time the OCC has established a GTA caucus of over 20 Chambers of Commerce to ensure the business community and ratepayers in the 905 area have input into the proposed revenue tools. (more…)

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