Member News: Medicine Hat Mall welcomes 3 new staff members

Medicine Hat Mall & Primaris Management Inc. would like to welcome 3 new additions to their team!

Richard Okrainec - General Manager; Kelsey Solberg - Specialty Leasing Coordinator; and Janine Lindboe - Marketing Coordinator.

Richard, Kelsey and Janine look forward to working with you as part of the Medicine Hat Mall team!

Canada's Anti-spam legislation (CASL) comes into effect July 1, 2014

Here are the facts about the world’s most stringent anti-spam legislation:

What's happened?

• The Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations of Canada’s Antispam Legislation (CASL) were given PCO approval last week and will be published in Gazette II on December 18.

• Anti-spam provisions of CASL comes into force on July 1, 2014.

• Malware provisions of CASL comes into force Jan. 15, 2015.

What does this mean?

• You will need consent to send most forms of commercial electronic messages (CEMs). This includes email, SMS text and some forms of instant messaging.

• You cannot send a CEM to acquire consent.

• Consent must be “opt-in” (a pre-checked box on a website not acceptable).

• Consent must be verifiable (you need to document the where, when and how consent was acquired).

• All CEMs must have a one-step electronic mechanism to unsubscribe from future messages

• All messages must include prescribed information about the sender and sender’s contact information.

• You will also need consent to place a computer program on another person’s computing device.

• There are several exemptions that provide relief from the prohibition on sending messages but still require that CEMs include an "unsubscribe" mechanism and prescribed information.  These are an existing family relationship and existing business or non-business relationship. 

• The existing business relationship exemption has been greatly improved since the last version of the regulation was published in Gazette 1.

• Another improvement is the limiting of CASL to messages sent outside of Canada. Messages sent outside of Canada must comply with the law of the jurisdiction where the message is sent. If there is no spam law in that jurisdiction, then CASL applies.

What are we doing?

• The Canadian Chamber is providing compliance recommendations.

• We will be posting an FAQ section on the Chamber’s website.

• Hosting a webinar at the end of January 2014.

• The Canadian Chamber is following-up with Industry Canada and the CRTC to clarify compliance requirements for existing consents.

What can you do?

• Read and be familiar with the Act, Regulations, Regulatory Impact Assessment Statement, CRTC regulations and compliance guidelines.  These can find all of these on Industry Canada’s website at

• Participate in the Chamber’s webinar on January 29th (details to come).


Canada Post's 5 Point Action Plan

Canada Post’s five-point action plan will rejig postal service in Canada. This will have significant implications for some users, including many businesses. While the changes announced will be felt most among urban residential customers, businesses will experience some of the same price increases as those announced for residential customers. You are encouraged to be in touch with us if you have specific concerns. Canada Post has assured us it will respond to questions and concerns, and we will make these answers available to our membership as it does. With regards to the changes announced, Canada Post has made available both a report following up on its consultations earlier in 2013 and a short video.

News We're Following - December 20, 2013

2014-15 Economic Outlook - Canadian Chambers of Commerce

Province extends deadline for flood recovery programs - Government of Alberta

Medicine Hat to host 2016 Alberta Winter Games - Government of Alberta

Medicine Hat bridge opens in time for the holidays - Government of Alberta

November 2013 Monthly Economic Review - Government of Alberta

November 2013 Monthly Economic Summary - Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta

Medicine Hat ranks 15th Best Community for Business in Alberta

We’re pleased to see Medicine Hat back in the ranking for Best Communities in Western Canada for Business. Placing in at #15, the City boasts of more hours of sunshine than any other Canadian city and features more than 100 parks and 90 kilometres of trails. Add to that low property taxes, natural gas and electricity rates, which are below the North American average and you have a good foundation for success.


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Hot Deals Highlight

Do you subscribe to our Hot Deals newsletter? This separate, subscriber only newsletter is provided to keep you up-to-date with Hot Deals and promotions offered by our members. Hot Deals differ from our Member 2 Member deals because they are short-term, of the moment discounts and promotions while our M2M deals are offered all year long.


Current Hot Deals include 5% off advertising in the Report on Southeast Alberta from the Medicine Hat News, 15% off all upholstering at Mercer Upholstery, snowshoeing expeditions from the Medicine Hat Accommodation Association and free room rentals for Christmas parties from Liquid Niteclub.


The Hot Deals page on our website can be viewed here and you can subscribe to the Hot Deals e-newsletter by clicking the link at the top of the page.

Member News: FOCUS is moving!

FOCUS Corporation is moving their Medicine Hat office from their current fourth street location to 451 1st Street SE. Please change their address in your records to:


FOCUS Corporation

451 1st Street SE

Medicine Hat, Alberta

T1A 0L7

New Member: Torrey Mattson

At the age of 10 I would continuously beg my family to play Monopoly. It was clear to everyone that real estate was my calling. It was only a matter of time before I made it my career choice, and now there's no turning back!


I moved from my hometown of Rockglen, Saskatchewan to Medicine Hat in 1998 to further my education at Medicine Hat College, where I received Business Administration diplomas in both Management and Marketing. My original plan - finish my education and move on to bigger and better things. However, in three short years I fell in love with this great city, and now a decade and a half later I'm still here. This amazing city is now home to me, and it is truly the best place I could ever imagine raising my young son. Since receiving my real estate license in 2005, I have always worked hard to stay a step ahead of the competition, while never forgetting this is a people business. My goal is to make every real estate experience a positive one, and to keep each client as a client for life. I look forward to meeting you and your family, and earning your confidence in me as your Realtor for life!

New Member: BGS Body Shop

At BGS Body Shop our goal is to provide premium bra fitting services – without the premium price tag. Our professional fitters have a total of 10+ years of experience, and more than that, we care about our customers. By carrying bras for all body types, we hope to foster an atmosphere of positivity and body acceptance for everyone in Medicine Hat and area.

We also provide bra-related accessories: Straps, shapewear, panties and fabric care. We hope with the addition of these items to offer a comprehensive bra-buying experience that serves the needs of every customer.

Our bra fittings are always free, with no obligation to buy and no appointment necessary. Visit us downtown at 455 3
rd Street SE and view our Facebook page
for up-to-date news and information from the Shop!

M2M Program - A Great Way to Promote Your Business!

The Chamber’s Member 2 Member discount program is available to give local Chamber members the opportunity to promote their business while also encouraging Chamber members to do business together. Did you know the Chamber represents over 650 members who employ over 13,000 individuals in Medicine Hat?  Offering a M2M discount promotes your business to all of these individuals, at no additional cost!


Participating member businesses provide benefits in the form of discounts for products and/or services, and in turn receive recognition in the form of advertising and exposure. The M2M program is promoted through a dedicated page on our website, rotating logo advertising in our weekly e-newsletter, dedicated promotion to all of our new members and highlights to our members through dedicated email or features in the Voice.


The Chamber is looking to offer even more discounts, deals and promotions to our members. If you are interested in promoting your business to over 650 members and their employees, click here to fill out our discount agreement.


Click here to view our current M2M offers!