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Beckwith Street Redevelopment Survey

        Please Download and Fill out this survey:   Click this Link to Download the Survey for Downtown Revitalization Dec 2017_Chamber members Supporting materials – Option_1_Angled Parking_Reduced Option_2_CycleTracks_Reduced Option_3_Wide_Sidewalks_Reduced Public Open House Boards 1-10_November 23 Public Open House Boards 11-20_November 23   For further information or to provide comments directly, please contact: W. Troy Dunlop, C.E.T. Director of Public Works and UtilitiesTown of Smiths Falls77 Beckwith St N, Box 695Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2B8Tel: 613-283-4124 ext. 3305 Email: trdunlop@smithsfalls.ca Ronald Clarke, MCIP, RPP Vice-President Parsons Inc.1223 Michael Street, Suite 100Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2Tel: 613-738-4160 x 5226Fax: 613-739-7105 E-mail: ronald.clarke@parsons.com
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Bill 148 Webinar

Join the Webinar! November 2nd 9:30 a.m. MNP and the OCC will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to discuss the handbook and go into further detail about the full slate of changes Bill 148 will implement. Join the webinar to learn more, click here to register!   https://tinyurl.com/y8ypf8we
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Bill 148 Handbook issued by the Chamber network

  The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and management-consulting firm, MNP, have released a comprehensive handbook (Steering Through Change) to help Ontario businesses navigate the new costs and regulations associated with Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. The handbook provides a summary of the incoming changes, outlines the potential risks to business, and identifies strategies to help mitigate the impact. From substantial increases to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, reforms to the collective bargaining process and dozens of other changes, Bill 148 will present many challenges for employers.
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Bill 148 Resources

Thank you to everyone who came out to our information session tonight and to our presenters. Click to download Karl’s presentation: CWR – Nov 1 Final Click to download the Handbook: (Steering Through Change) Click to download the Fact Sheet Provided by Randy Hillier’s office Bill 148 Fact Sheet Click to download Jock Climie’s Presentation for the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce (Lawyer with Emond Harnden – Labour & Employment Law) Bill 148 presentation – Jock Climie Here is a link to the Bill 148 law itself – http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=4963 And a summary of the changes offered by the Ontario Government – https://www.ontario.ca/page/plan-fair-workplaces-and-better-jobs-bill-148
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Rideau Rendezvous Vendor information July 14, 15, 16

The Town of Smiths Falls and the Organizers of the Rideau Rendezvous event have asked us to share the information on this upcoming event. They are offering opportunities for our local businesses to participate and have both indoor and outdoor vendor spots and sponsorship opportunities.    Proposed Schedule of Events    Friday July 14, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm-              Site and Vendor Set-up 12:00pm- 9:00pm               Camping Registration (Run by the Town in their own camping area) 5:00pm – 9:00pm-              Ride/Event Registration(Rideau Registration) and All Vendor’s open for Action! 6:00pm – 11:00pm-            Indoor Beer Garden Open in Olympic Arena 8:00pm – 11:00pm
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Your story can make a difference!

  Your story can make a difference! Just follow this secure link to tell us your story (anonymous), and answer a few questions (most easily completed on a laptop). http://ca.sensemaker-suite.com/Collector/collector.gsp?projectID=GroupValue&Group=JTA1&SubGp=A&Focus=WR&language=EN#Collector Try it today…and help us to help you…grow your business! ————————————————————————————————— Background Context I’m really curious! I want to better understand how business groups (like the Chamber of Commerce), benefit members. What are the attractors that get business people to the group and what keeps them there? How come some seem to flourish and others are in decline? I am using a cutting edge research methodology “water cooler stories” to
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What is Accessibility?  – Making Our Community More Accessible

Submitted by the United Way of Lanark County, April 2017 When we think of disabilities, we tend to think of people in wheelchairs and physical disabilities – disabilities that are visible and apparent.  However, disabilities may also be non-visible.  We can’t always tell who has one.  The broad range of disabilities also includes vision, deafness or being hard of hearing, intellectual or developmental, learning, and mental health disabilities.  A disability may be permanent or it may be temporary, and it may happen to anyone at any time. Accessibility simply means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in
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CHEEKY CHILI – Winner of the ChiliSpiel 2017

CHEEKY CHILI          Created for RCHS by Bobbi H. 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes 1 Can of Pasta Sauce of Choice 1 Can of Red or White Kidney Beans or Baked Beans 1 Cup of TVP (7 oz. boiled water to set/ 10-15 min) ¼ Cup Dehydrated Vegetable Flakes 1 TBSP Onion Flakes 1 TBSP Chili Powder 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cumin ½ tsp Paprika ½ tsp Oregano ½ tsp Onion Powder ½ tsp White Sugar (optional) ¼ tsp Cayenne Powder (optional) ¼ tsp Red Chili Flakes Salt & Pepper to Taste Directions: In a medium to large
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Advocacy Day at Queens Park 2017

Smiths Falls & District is represented at the Advocacy Day at Queens Park today! Chambers from across Ontario have come together to lobby the provincial government on barriers to business! President Barbara Black is on site fighting for our businesses and small town interest. She’ll bring back important information that will help us to represent our local businesses even better.    
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