News We're Following for the Week of August 29 - September 2, 2016

Member News: YMCA Offers FREE Swim Classes

Splash Week is September 5th-10th and we will be offering free swim to survive classes that whole week. I have included the links to our event pages, schedules and the link to register online for swim to survive. Drowning is a leading cause of preventable death in children and the YMCA of Medicine Hat believes that learning to swim is a critical life skill. The Y is offering free introduction to water safety classes September 5th to 10th for people of all ages. It’s all part of Splash Week designed to increase awareness about water safety and encourage children and families to learn to swim. Click here to register online for our FREE Swim to Survive Classes. For a complete schedule of activities check out our Splash Week Schedule or for more information on our Grand Opening Event on September 10, 2016 click here to visit our event page.

New Member: LimeLitez Dance Academy

LimeLitez Dance Academy has been offering dance classes to students in Medicine Hat for the past 8 years. It prides itself on small and limited class sizes, professional and qualified adult instructors, organized and efficient office staff, and emphasis on educating students through yearly classes, performances, exams, and competitive programs!

Unchecked Deficit Spending – There Are No Long Term Winners

In the face of more deficit spending, detailed in Q1 Alberta Fiscal Update released yesterday, Alberta’s business community continues to promote its message of zero increases in provincial operational spending. The big uncontrollable factors contributing to an estimated economic contraction of 2.7% in 2016 are well known, low oil prices and the Fort McMurray fire. These clouds still remain, but the state of provincial finances takes an already gloomy picture and paints it darker. Provincial spending is resulting in the highest per capita debt ratio in Canada of over $2500 per Albertan. To the business community, this climbing provincial deficit of $10.9B in 2016-17 is a result of two things – luck and unsustainable spending. If global oil hadn’t jumped higher than budgeted the $500M increase to the deficit announced yesterday could have been much higher, another $500 – 700M higher. But the 15K jobs created in the Institutional sector in the July-July period from 2015 to 2016 – the highest of all sectors – tells the more detailed story of fiscal management that business wants to see addressed. Read the complete Alberta Chambers of Commerce Press Release online.

5 Minutes for Business: Building the Skills to Pay the Bills (and Rule the World)

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, looks at the best way to improve the skills of the Canadian workforce. It’s estimated that 65% of children now entering grade school will end up working in careers that haven’t even been invented yet and that a young person entering the workforce today will change jobs 15 times in her career! But this isn’t some far off problem for our kids to deal with. Even today, we’re hearing from businesses across the country that their inability to access skilled workers is one of Canada’s biggest barriers to competitiveness.

What should young people be studying? Read this week's 5 Minutes for Business to find out.

News We're Following for the Week of August 22-26, 2016

Member 2 Member (M2M) Discount: Key Tags Are Now Ready!!!

The day has finally arrived!! Membership key tags are now ready and will be mailed out within the next or so! We are so excited, let's do a CONTEST!!! Stay tuned.....

New Member: Over The Rainbow Party Supplies & Rentals

Over The Rainbow Party Supplies & Rentals is a locally owned and operated business that has been in Medicine Hat for almost 4 years. They started out carrying only about 10 party themes and has now grown to more than 160 party themes all in stock. From bridal showers to retirement parties and everything in between, you should be able to find what you are looking for right here in Medicine Hat. Then in March of 2016 they have also expanded into carrying rentals at the best price in town. Rentals include, but not limited to tablecloths & runners, chair covers & sashes, table skirts, wedding decor and more!

Training Session for Company Security Officers (CSO)

On October 13th there will be a training session in Saskatoon for Company Security Officers, facilitated by the Industrial Security Branch of Public Services & Procurement Canada (Public Works & Government Services Canada). It is targeted for all organizations registered in the Contract Security Program. A security clearance is necessary when a Government of Canada contract requires a company’s personnel to access classified or protected information, assets or sensitive federal work sites. When going through the Security Clearance process, companies are required to appoint a company security officer. This training will outline the roles and responsibilities of that CSO. This training is important for companies who have recently gone through the security clearance process. This session is the only location planned in the West and will be held at the Park Town Hotel, 924 Spadina Crescent E., Saskatoon, SK. Registration starts at 8:00 with the course from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. There is no cost to attend, but it is only open to companies who are already registered with the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate. To register, please submit names by email.
For those companies who are not yet in a position to take this particular training, be advised that the Industrial Security Branch does offer regular webinars on “How to Obtain a Security Clearance”. More information can be found online.