News We're Following - November 1, 2013


Policy News: Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) still producing negative effects for our cattle industry

On Friday, October 25th CHAT News reported that Tyson Foods, the third-largest buyer of Canadian cattle would no longer
buy slaughter-ready animals because the cost of obeying American meat labeling rules is simply too high.

CHAT reported that “Tyson says they don’t have the warehouse capacity to handle so many products requiring different labels. The
company still plans to buy Canadian calves and raise them in the U.S. [if you have Canadian cattle in the U.S. for 120 days they become American cattle], but their partial withdrawal from the market is expected to hurt cattle prices.”

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce developed a federal policy in 2010 that deals with the market protectionist nature of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) which was updated, resubmitted and renewed as a policy of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in September 2013.

To provide background, COOL legislation was fully implemented in 2009 and immediately provided negative effects to our cattle and pork producers. The U.S. COOL legislation is predicated on the idea that foreign food, which meets different safety standards than domestic, should be processed differently and separately from domestic food because the possibility of incongruent food safety standards is thought to create risk to U.S. consumers. As such, foreign foods which are processed in the U.S. must be segregated from domestically sourced foods and undergo separate production, which then creates added costs on Canadian food exports that are processed in the U.S.

As the article states above, the negative effects are becoming even greater, as major U.S. food processors are choosing not to buy Canadian slaughter-ready animals altogether.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Government of Canada and the World Trade Organization will continue to pursue trade action to combat the market protectionist aspects of COOL legislation to prevent the further marginalization of the Canadian red meat industry.

To read the complete CHAT article click here.

To review our Chamber’s policy on COOL legislation please visit page 129 of our policy book here.


Advocacy News: Country of Origin Labeling still producing negative effects for our cattle industry

On Friday, October 25th CHAT News reported that Tyson Foods, the third-largest buyer of Canadian cattle would no longer buy slaughter-ready animals because the cost of obeying American meat labeling rules is simply too high.

CHAT reported that “Tyson says they don’t have the warehouse capacity to handle so many products requiring different labels. The company still plans to buy Canadian calves and raise them in the U.S. [if you have Canadian cattle in the U.S. for 120 days they become American cattle], but their partial withdrawal from the market is expected to hurt cattle prices.”

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce developed a federal policy in 2010 that deals with the market protectionist nature of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) which was updated, resubmitted and renewed as a policy of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in September 2013.

To provide background, COOL legislation was fully implemented in 2009 and immediately provided negative effects to our cattle and pork producers. The U.S. COOL legislation is predicated on the idea that foreign food, which meets different safety standards than domestic, should be processed differently and separately from domestic food because the possibility of incongruent food safety standards is thought to create risk to U.S. consumers. As such, foreign foods which are processed in the U.S. must be segregated from domestically sourced foods and undergo separate production, which then creates added costs on Canadian food exports that are processed in the U.S.

As the article states above, the negative effects are becoming even greater, as major U.S. food processors are choosing not to buy Canadian slaughter-ready animals altogether.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Government of Canada and the World Trade Organization will continue to pursue trade action to combat the market protectionist aspects of COOL legislation to prevent the further marginalization of the Canadian red meat industry.

To read the complete CHAT article click HERE

To review our Chamber’s policy on COOL legislation please visit page 129 of our policy book HERE


Member News: Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK Day) Medicine Hat is on a mission to create empathy and a “pay-it-forward” philosophy in our community.  On November 1st our community will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day. This day has been earmarked by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta as a day to recognize kindness and humanity in Medicine Hat & surrounding area.  There are so many ways you can get involved! The Community Foundation hopes that you and your staff will spread the word and invite others to be a part of RAK Day. Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to touch the lives of others and make the world a better place. For more information please visit the Community Foundation’s RAK Day website at http://rakdaymh.com/


Member News: Trick or Eat benefits local Food Bank

The Medicine Hat College (MHC) Student Residence and Department of international education have teamed up to organize a Trick or Eat Meal Exchange Campaign on Thursday, October 31 from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. The event takes a different approach to the traditional Halloween celebrations, and instead of asking for candy, teams raise money online and go door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items.

All donations will be given to the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank.

Click here for more information.


Flood Impact Packages for Tax Assessment

The City of Medicine Hat Assessment department has mailed a Flood Impact Package to all properties that may have been physically affected by the 2013 Flood.

It includes a letter explaining the purpose of the package and a form asking owners to list the flood impact to their property and /or living unit for the purposes of preparing their 2014 property assessment. The form is also available on-line by clicking here.

Completed forms must be returned to the Assessment department at City Hall by December 24, 2013, as the 2014 Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out on or before February 28, 2014.

Following mailing of the Property Assessment Notice, property owners will have the opportunity to review and, if necessary, inquire about the 2014 assessment during the 60 day Customer Review Period.

For more information about the property assessment activities in relation to the flood and other helpful resources, please visit www.medicinehat.ca.

You can also contact the Assessment department for assistance or to arrange for an assessor to review your property by calling 403.529.8114.




Government of Alberta Consultation Opportunity

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development is requesting your input on proposed updates to the province's regulatory framework for recycling designated materials. The proposed changes are intended to reduce municipal solid waste in Alberta, streamline Alberta's regulatory framework, and provide options to shift end-of-life management costs from taxpayers to producers and product users. The changes will advance initiatives in Alberta's Too Good to Waste strategy.   

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes. Consultation is open to everyone so feel free to share this notice with others. No decisions have been made and your input will be a valuable piece of the decision-making process.

More information on the proposed changes and the consultation
process is available at
http://environment.alberta.ca/02638.html. The consultation will
run from October 16 until December 13, 2013. During this time, an online
workbook will be available at this webpage for your review and input. This
workbook will be our primary avenue for gathering feedback from stakeholders.

Department staff are available to respond to questions and to schedule meetings upon request.  They can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 780-644-5091 (for toll free access anywhere in Alberta, first dial 310-0000).


Why YOU want an Alberta Business Award of Distinction

The 2014 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction celebrate the best of Alberta Business.   

How do I enter?

Entering is easy, visit  Alberta Business Awards of Distinction (ABAD) and fill out a Business Profile for each category you are entering. Be sure to include information that demonstrates your business meets the General and Specific Eligibility Requirements for that category. 

Can I nominate a business?

Yes, click on Nomination Contest on the ABAD home page and complete the award nomination form. Then encourage your nominee to complete the full submission for their award category.

What are the categories?

  • Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction
  • Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction
  • Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction
  • Employer of Youth Award of Distinction
  • Export Award of Distinction
  • Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction
  • Marketing Award of Distinction
  • Small Business Award of Distinction
  • Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction
  • Aboriginal Relations - Best Practices Award of Distinction
  • Premiere's Award of Distinction

Why should I bother?

 An Alberta Business Award of Distinction will:

1. Help your company’s reputation

The award tells your customers what you stand for and how you give back to your community.

2. Shine a light on your company’s successes

It increases your credibility among peers as an industry leader.

3. Help you recruit and retain top talent

Whether you’re a big-, small-, or medium-sized company, your most important resource for long-term success is your people. This award tells prospective employees you have a great culture that values diversity.

4. Create valuable networking opportunities

The 23rd annual gala event on February 28, 2014 presents a valuable opportunity to network with other finalists and awards sponsors. Who knows, you may meet a future client or potential investor.

Have questions about the awards?  Contact [email protected] or call 780-425-4180 ext. 2 or toll free 1-800-272-8854 ext.2. Further information is available online at: http://abbusinessawards.com/submissions-2

In order to be eligible, your submission must be received electronically or delivered to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce office no later than 4 p.m., November 22, 2013.


News We're Following - October 25, 2013


New Member: NKI Entertainment

NKI Entertainment Ltd. is Southern Alberta’s own Talent Agency and Management Service.  At NKI we manage and promote local actors, singers, media personality, magicians, professional speakers, models, DJ’s, Dance Troupes and other entertainment artists looking for management services.  We have the necessary tools and resources to make the Artist stand out in their industry while helping them gain exposure on both the local and national/international scene. Here at NKI Entertainment Ltd. our goal is to have our Artists feel at home with management that respects them and their particular art and wants to see them succeed! We have a team of industry leaders available to help in every moment of the artists’ career. NKI Entertainment Ltd. and our Artists are proud to be a part of Southern Alberta.


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