#ProtectGrowth - a Chamber Advocacy Initiative

Monday, Oct. 2: The government-set deadline passes for consultation, but we will not stop our advocacy. In fact, we're just ramping up under the #ProtectGrowth campaign.

KEY MESSAGE: That the federal government rethink its proposed tax changes to ensure we #ProtectGrowth of small businesses across Canada and continue to encourage entrepreneurship .

There's a lot you can do to help the Voice of Business be heard. As concerned citizens and business owners we encourage you to take the following actions along with us:

PETITION: We've launched a petition that we encourage you to sign and share .

SHARE STORIES: We want your stories submitted by video and ask that you share them via [email protected] and [email protected] . Not sure what kind of message to use, check this out . Videos do not have to be slick and they don't have to be long - in fact 30-60 seconds is best. Videos should tell the story of how proposed changes will impact your business.

GO SOCIAL: @ProtectGrowth. If you are on social media, the Canadian Chamber has just created a new Twitter handle for this initiative - @ProtectGrowth. We encourage you to add this handle to those that you follow and include the handle in any tweeting you do on this tax issue. Don't forget @mhdchamber @albertachambers @Perrin Beatty @CdnChamberofCommerce and the hashtags #SMEisMidClass #ProtectGrowth. Want to communicate directly with MP Bill Morneau and PM Justin Trudeau on social media? Use these links: Twitter: @Bill_Morneau @JustinTrudeau; Facebook: @morneau.bill @JustinPJTrudeau

EDUCATE: Web pages have been developed by our Chamber , the Alberta Chambers and the Canadian Chambers , as well as the new ProtectGrowth.ca page. We encourage you to visit these sites for more information and share them with anyone you know.

CALL: Finance Minister Bill Morneau directly at his office in Ottawa, or at his constituency. Even if all your calls bounce, this, more than anything else, makes an impact.

House of Commons (Ottawa)
Telephone: 613-992-1377
Fax: 613-992-1383

Constituency Office (Toronto)
Telephone: 416-972-9749
Fax: 416-972-9891

EMAIL: Fill out and edit the attached template letter and send it to our Member of Parliament and to Finance Minister Bill Morneau . Don’t know where to send the message to your Member of Parliament? Look up their address using your postal code  here .

For added effect, schedule your emails to send on 8 am, Monday October 2nd, EST

RALLY: Sunday, Oct. 1: a rally will be held in front of Minister Morneau's riding office, 430 Parliament St., Toronto from 1-2:30PM. If you are in the area, you may wish to join in. If you know people in the GTA, please feel free to share this message with them.

Wild Horse Resumes Winter Hours

The Port of Wildhorse will resume winter hours on October 1, 2017. The port will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You can find further information on the port through US Customs and Border Protection or through Canada Border Services Agency. For more information on the Chamber of Commerce policies regarding this border, visit us on the advocacy page of our website.

New Member: ArtWorks in RED Studio

Theresa is a contemporary artist from Medicine Hat, Alberta and is the owner of ArtWorks in RED Studio. She uses a luscious application of paint and mundane household elements such as text, coffee, salt and paper in her artwork. Her use of vibrant color, layers, texture and interplay of light draw the viewer to look deeper into each and every art piece. Her current artwork involves painting urban and natural landscapes of western Canada. Historic Buildings, florals and trees are part of her favorite themes to paint. The imagery in her current painting series specifically reference Medicine Hat’s downtown buildings as an area with history and deep personal connection. Seeing the beauty in common subjects that often go unnoticed, is what fuels my passion for painting. As an artist, a westerner, a Canadian and a woman, I have stories to tell about our shared environment. I capture the things people walk by daily, without really taking the time to see, or look for the story behind the subject and commit those to canvas. Theresa does personalized commission work for interior spaces, paints to exhibit and sell, as well as teaches individuals and groups. To book a class or a painting project, go to www.artworksinred.ca.

Time for a Genuine Consultation on Tax Reform

Ushering in a New Era of Trade: CETA to Open New Opportunities for Canadian Business

September 21, 2017 marked a historic moment for Canadian business as the world's most modernized trade deal, the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), came into force. Once fully implemented, CETA will eliminate tariffs on more than 99% of all goods that we trade to participating European nations. The progressive agreement will also break down barriers such as temporary travel restrictions and foreign investor risks, while addressing environmental protections. Canadian business, especially, stands to benefit. CETA will no only open up investment and job creation opportunities here at home, it was also give Canadian businesses access to the world's second largest market of more than 500,000 million people. One joint study by the European Commission and Government of Canada forecast the deal will inject more than $12 billion in new revenue into the Canadian economy and enhance bilateral trade by 20%. Read More

South Railway Street - South Flats Project Update

Motorists can now travel in both directions from 9th Street to Scholten Hill with no detours. Stage 4 work continues west of the intersection of South Railway Street and 9th Street to Oliver Ave with detours marked.  By the end of October Stage 4 which is roughly west of Allowance Avenue overpass will be completed. As this time of year marks the end of construction season, a decision has been made to complete the final stage of this project next spring. This is based on weather, timing and safety, as proceeding with construction beyond the end of October is risky due to the possibility of freeze-up. South Railway Street SE is a key part of the City’s transportation network and it is the City's priority to ensure it is open and safe for the winter.  Everything is in place to complete Stage 5 next spring, including having the contractor on board to resume work quickly and efficiently when weather permits. Once completed, this infrastructure upgrade will provide many benefits to be enjoyed by residents and business owners in the years to come. For further information, please contact: Sandeep Pareek P. Eng., Planning Engineer, Municipal Works Department, City of Medicine Hat, (403) 525-8872.

News We're Following for Week of September 25 - 29, 2017

The Canadian Chamber Wants More time on Proposed Tax Changes - Global News
Morneau's Tax Reform Needs Further Thought - The Hill Times
Too Soon to Tell if New NAFTA Deal Will Be Reached by Year End, Canada's Chief Negotiator Says - BNN
Canada Looks to China Trade Deal While Knowing 'There are Issues There', McCallum Says - CBC News
Oilsands @ 50: Triumph Over Challenges Gave Rise to Alberta's Oilsands - Calgary Herald
The Liberals' Proposed Tax Hikes are Bad Politics and Policy - Financial Post
Team Alberta Approach for Headquarters Attraction - Government of Alberta
Promoting Alberta Agriculture to the World - Government of Alberta
Canadian Chamber Not Backing Down on Fight Against Tax Changes, CEO Says - CBC News
More Time Needed for Tax Reform Consultation: Canadian Chamber of Commerce - BNN
Chambers of Commerce Demand "Genuine Tax Consultation" - Insurance Journal
Tories Leverage Chamber of Commerce Criticism Against Liberals' Tax Plan - iPolitics
Finance Minister Bill Morneau Convinced Tax Reforms Needed - CBC News
Conservatives Say Liberals 'Ignoring' Concerns of Business Groups - Global News
Interest Growing in Megaproject to Bring Natural Gas from Alberta to Nova Scotia: LNG CEO - Global News
Canada Pushes for Enforceable, Progressive Labour Standards - Macleans
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Takes On Ottawa Over Proposed Tax Changes - Baystreet.ca
Feds Working to Avoid 'Unintended Consequences' with Tax Reform: Bardish Chagger - CBC News
Conservatives Urge Agriculture Minister to 'Stand with Farmers' Over Tax Changes - Global News
Poll Finds Support for Trans Mountain Pipeline in B.C. - Metro News
Thanks to Trudeau's Tax Proposals, Big Fish are Moving Billions out of Canada, Former Finance Minister - The Province
Most Canadian Small Business Owners Think New Tax Rules Will be Harmful: Poll - 24 News
Conservatives Call for House Debate on Liberal Small Business Tax Proposal - Global News
Tax Measures Hurt Modest Business Owners: Coalition - Advisor
Clark Calls for Pause in Minimum Wage Increases; Seeks Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy - Alberta Party Press Release
Red Tape Consultation - United Conservative Caucus

Value Added Benefit: Seed Discount

As an AG Proud AGvocate, Karen Murray Ag Services would like to offer a 5% discount on forage seeds to fellow Chamber Members. With a degree in agriculture and as a Certified Crop Advisor Karen has the skill to listen to what you need and the knowledge to create unique blends for each location and requirement.

Business Beat: Helium Is Not To Be Taken Lightly

A few weeks ago, the Medicine Hat News reported that the City of Medicine Hat is planning to drill exploratory wells to look for helium. If that activity bears fruit, it could be a boon for Medicine Hat. Which begs the questions, what is helium and what makes it an opportunity worth pursuing? Although best known for its use in party balloons, helium is primarily used in high-tech industries such as health care, electronics and aerospace. In fact, MRI cryogenics, electronics and aircraft lifting account for over 50 per cent of global helium consumption. Read More

New Member: gotmold? Disaster Recovery Services

Our team members at gotmold? Disaster Recovery Services are trained and certified in water damage restoration, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, radon remediation, fire damage restoration, confined space operations, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), WHMIS and First Aid. We are also committed to ongoing training and certification programs and strive for excellence in everything we do. We work with OH&S and utilize the stringent safety regulations of Alberta and B.C. as our work process standard. All of our sampling (air, bulk or tape), is done using the latest scientific procedures and all testing is performed by fully certified independent labs.