News We're Following for the Week of August 28 - September 1, 2017

New Member: Games Galore & The Billiard Store

While Games Galore & Billiard Store are all for fun and games, we're also very serious when it comes to your satisfaction. Our commitment is to providing a unique mix of quality products at competitive prices, offering you great customer service and standing behind the products we sell. We are committed to giving you service tailored to your needs and providing whatever information or assistance you may need. Don't roll the dice when it comes to your family's fun; bet on a sure thing and come to us for a wide selection of exciting games! Games Galore & The Billiard Store has been in business in Medicine Hat for more than 13 years. We are a family owned and operated business, and we pride ourselves on our customer service and our great product knowledge. We offer our expertise to our customers, and we love to help those who are enthusiastic about their leisure time activities. If you're looking for a challenging puzzle or you need your pool table repaired, we can help!

Have your Say on Consumer Protection

Albertans are invited to six new open house sessions to give input on key consumer issues. The government wants to hear the public's views on contract-related issues, such as warranties and cancellation rights, as well as shopping-related concerns like transparency in pricing and reward points. Potential policy solutions will be outlined at the sessions for public feedback. Albertans who cannot attend the open houses have until September 15 to complete an online survey. The survey open houses are gathering public input on 15 consumer topics. The most popular topics so far are the need for a Bill of Rights, ticket sales, car repairs and return policies. Other issues about marketplace fairness, such as moving services and debt-collection practices, are also generating input. The open house in Medicine Hat will be taking place at the Medicine Hat College on September 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Read More

Important: Feedback Requested on Proposed Federal Tax Changes

Are you a business owner?
If your business is incorporated, then you could be facing a larger tax bill and big compliance costs from the government’s new proposals to change the way corporations are taxed. Here are three things you need to know about the tax changes proposed by the federal government:

  1. Do you employ family members? The government wants to scrutinize their compensation to apply a much higher tax rate on income they consider “unreasonable”.
  2. Do you invest the profits from your business? The federal government is proposing to tax that income at an effective rate of 70%.
  3. Do you want to pass your business on to your children? Tough new rules make it difficult for younger kids to get the capital gains exemption. They could be double-taxed.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are the engine of the Canadian economy – estimates range from 85 to 90% of all businesses in Canada are SMEs. The chamber network across Canada is using its collective voice on this issue; your voice as a business person needs to be heard as part of this initiative. Send a message to your MP today. Government needs to know that this tax reform will harm businesses of all sizes. Don’t know where to send the message to your Member of Parliament? Look up their address using your postal code here.

Click here for a template that can be used to send a letter to your MP. If you have any feedback or impact stories please email: [email protected].

Click here for to view our press release.
Click here for information from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and here for an update from Alberta Chamber of Commerce.

New Member: Staples Business Advantage

Staples Business Advantage is the business to business division of Staples, we are geared towards helping businesses consolidate and streamline their ordering process, to save them time and money. Contact your local, rep Elisha Willis today!

5 Minutes for Business: Finance Canada's New Crackdown

The government has just proposed the most radical tax overhaul in 50 years. We're particularly worried about the impact on business from (1) a new tax on investment income in a corporation and (2) tough new rules for compensation in family businesses. In this special edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, looks at what is driving the government's new crackdown on private corporations.

Read 5 Minutes for Business. We encourage you to contact your local MP to tell him/her the government is proposing to hammer business with tax changes that will hurt families and punish entrepreneurs. Sign the petition to extend consultation on the proposed policy changes.

New Member: Leighton Irrigation & Landscaping Ltd.

With years of experience in the industry, at Leighton Irrigation & Landscaping Ltd. we believe our customers count on our Dependability, our Passion, and our Integrity! We will strive to constantly exceed each team member's and customer’s expectations, while setting the industry example for quality craftsmanship and professionalism. Our commitment to this mission will allow Leighton Irrigation & Landscaping Ltd. to be your preferred irrigation and landscaping company! We offer a variety of services for your commercial, residential and acreage properties.We are fully licensed, have full WCB coverage as required by the Province of Alberta and carry $5,000,000 Commercial General Liability Insurance.Leighton Irrigation & Landscaping Ltd. is proud to serve Medicine Hat and surrounding communities!

South Railway Street Construction - South Flats Update

Construction on a small section of South Railway Street SE, on both sides of the railway crossing, was previously scheduled to start the week of August 28, 2017. This construction has now been rescheduled to start on September 5, 2017. This section of road will remain open until construction begins, at which time it will be closed for approximately two weeks and traffic will be detoured via Factory Street. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to obey all traffic signs/signals and drive safely around work crews. The City would like to thank everyone for their support and patience as this important project is undertaken and would like to remind the public that local business access will be maintained.

If you have any questions or concerns with this roadway improvement project contact: Sandeep Pareek, Project Manager, Municipal Works Department, (403) 525-8872

Finlay Bridge Closed for 3 - 5 Days Starting August 28

Starting August 28, 2017, the City of Medicine Hat Gas Distribution Department will begin inspecting a 150mm (6") pipeline attached to the Finlay Bridge structure. The inspection will be conducted via rope access off Finlay Bridge by a specialized contractor. This routine work will assess the integrity of the pipeline and ensure the continued safety and reliable delivery of natural gas to customers. The pipeline inspection is expected to take approximately 3 - 5 days, depending on weather or unforeseen circumstances.

During this work temporary traffic accommodations will be put in place to maintain the safety of the public and the personnel on site. 2nd Avenue NE (Finlay Bridge) will be closed for the duration of the project. Furthermore expect temporary traffic controls and detours along Parkview Drive NE and River Road SE at various times throughout the project.

The east side of the bridge will remain open for pedestrian traffic. The west side of the bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic during this project. Please adhere to all construction signage to ensure the work can be completed in a timely manner. As a reminder, please slow down in construction zones as driving conditions can change rapidly.

For further information, please contact:

Customer Service Gas Distribution

Nominations Open for John J. Kennelly Award of Merit

The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar (WCDS) is seeking nominations for the John J. Kennelly Award of Merit. The WCDS Award of Merit is inspired by the past contributions of Dr. John Kennelly to the seminar and is awarded by the advisory committee to an individual who has made a superior contribution in the areas of education, training, technology transfer and extension to the Western Canadian dairy industry.

To nominate an individual for the Award of Merit, complete the nomination form. The nomination should include a summary statement describing the nominee's key contributions to the dairy industry in Western Canada (max. 500 words), biography of the nominee (max. 300 words), and the nominee's contact information. Nominations should be sent to Kent Davies, conference coordinator, Western Canadian Dairy, c/o Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, 4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P5, email, fax 780-492-5771, phone 780-492-3236.

Nominations received prior to September 1, 2017, will be eligible for consideration for the 2018 seminar.