Policy Update: Financially Fit for the Future Survey and Open House June 1

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce submitted our Sustainable Municipal Finance Policy to the City in January 2016 and requested that the City work with stakeholders to move towards a more responsible financial management plan focused on long term certainty and predictability in City budgets.
The City of Medicine Hat is now inviting the public to learn more about the City’s plan to ensure long-term financial sustainability at a Financially Fit for the Future open house. Taking place June 1, 2016 from 3:30-7:30 pm at Higdon Hall, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grounds.

Additionally, the City of Medicine Hat launched a survey asking residents and taxpayers to provide feedback on potential service level adjustments to offset need for additional property taxes, which is on the City’s website. The survey closes June 10, so make sure your voice is heard.
To view the City of Medicine Hat News Release click here.  To take the City’s Survey click here. To view the Chamber of Commerce policy, click here.

News We're Following, May 31, 2016: Chair appointed for apprenticeship system

J’Amey Holroyd has been appointed as the Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, marking the first time in its 71-year-history that a woman has chaired the provincial board.  Here's the story.

Benefit Highlight: Discounts on Sponsorships & Tickets with the Mavericks

Members of the Medicine Hat Chamber will receive 20% off Medicine Hat Mavericks Season Tickets and also 15% off sponsorships of $500.
Support our initiatives of community entertainment, youth mentorship camps and providing local, Canadian and International baseballers the opportunity to chase their dreams!
For more information email or call the Mavericks @ 403-878-4294

New Member: The Sharpener

Paul Marr is a ASI Certified Sharpener. Offering mobile Sharpening Service serving Medicine Hat and Area. The Sharpener can offer services for scissors, shears, clipper blades, paper cutter blades, knives and MORE!

Member Spotlight: Medicine Hat Women's Shelter

The Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society has over 30 years of experience in the delivery of programs and services to women and children who have been impacted by family violence.  The Society began with a 6 bed shelter (Phoenix Safe House) and grew to 30 bed capacity and continues to expand the other programs and services. 

We have expanded our services from emergency shelter services to become one of the few organizations in Alberta with comprehensive services to many areas of family violence.  Our services include a 24 hour crisis support and information services, a 30 bed Emergency Residential Shelter (Phoenix Safe House), 10 Supported Living units (Musasa House), Housing First Program, Outreach Programs for women, youth, children and men, Safe Families Intervention located in the Medicine Hat Police Station, Support Groups, Community Education and Awareness and Child Support Programs.

Take a stand against family violence by volunteering, donating or learning more at www.mhwss.ca.

5 Minutes for Business: Why Privacy Regulation Could Stifle Innovation

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, our Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, looks at how new privacy regulations could negatively impact innovation and other aspects of business in Canada.
When we think about innovation, we almost always imagine a cool new gadget. But more and more, innovation is data driven—and it is creating the most amazing products, some of which could be threatened by new privacy rules. So how can we encourage and leverage the next Facebook, with its 1.65 billion users? Or the next data-driven medical diagnostics tool?
How do we find the right balance between privacy and innovation?  Read 5 Minutes for Business here to find out more.

New Member: Nancy Yackel Photography

I love photography, and I love Medicine Hat!

I fell in love with photography when my sister gave me a camera for my 12th birthday.  I grew up as a farm girl near Maple Creek, SK, clicking pictures through high school.  I moved to Medicine Hat in 1976, married and raised two children who were the subjects of numerous photographs!  I studied Business Administration at the Medicine Hat College, graduating in 1996 with an Accounting Major with Honors.  In 2004, As a football mom, I took action shots at my son's games and sold them to parents as a fundraiser for the Medicine Hat Hawks.  I started my business "Snapshots Photography" at this time.  My children grew up and left for university, and I married Kevin in 2005.

Between getting lots of experience snapping sports events, graduations, families, and weddings, I'm continuing my artistic education as a current student with New York Institute of Photography, and I also enroll in numerous online courses learning new trends for photography.  In 2013 I changed my business name to "Nancy Yackel Photography" to reflect the the growth and professionalism of my work.

Nancy Yackel

Member News: Become a Canadian Forces Appreciation Industry Partner!

The Department of National Defence (DND) has a national system in which businesses and industry can sign up to provide members of the Canadian Armed Forces “Appreciation” benefits. It’s called the CFOne Card. Once businesses enroll in this program their respective benefits are available to all Canadian Forces members across Canada.  This program includes uniformed military members, DND public servants and their respective families. In addition to DND members, this offer also extends to British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) members, providing UK members the ability to enjoy these benefits regionally and throughout Canada while traveling.
If you would like to extend an offer of appreciation to our military and participate in this program by offering benefits to the nearly 2,000 military personnel at Suffield, you can click here to find out more about becoming a CF Appreciation Industry Partner. In order to join the program, you will need to fill out the Basic Agreement Form.

Policy Update: City Hosts Anti-noise Bylaw

Since the adoption of the current Anti-Noise Bylaw No. 1926 in July 1979, there have been many regulatory changes in Alberta. Council has initiated a review of the current Anti-Noise Bylaw.  To learn more click here

News We're Following, May 24, 2016

Alberta welcomes progress on Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.  Click here to find out more.
Agriculture and Forestry will begin the next phase of consultations with the farm and ranch sector on the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.  Click here to find out more.