Beef Producers Vote on Service Charge Model

The results of the Alberta Beef Producers plebiscite are in, and members have chosen to remain with a refundable service charge model. These results are preliminary. More than 1,800 ABP members cast votes with 51.3 per cent voting in favour of the refundable service charge model. Final results will be shared after Dec. 11, following a two-week period when members can contest the results. 


Crystal Ball Report: The Accelerating Pace of Change: Economic, Business and Policy Outlook 2019

Last night, business and association executives, as well as senior public servants, gathered at our annual Crystal Ball Symposium to hear from leading experts on how trends in technology, the global economy and international politics will affect Canadian business 2019 and beyond. In the report, released today, we lay out what we heard over the course of the last year about the environment businesses expect to be operating in throughout 2019 and the implications that has for policy-makers and business leaders.  Click here to read this year's Crystal Ball Report.


Canadian Chamber Releases New Report: Within Our Control

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) released a new report: Within Our Control: Improving the Regulation of Business-Indigenous Peoples' Relationships. From trade agreements to tax reductions and regulatory streamlining, our major trading partners have us on the competitive hot seat. Our attractiveness as a place in which to invest is slipping due to our relatively high and complex taxes, compounded by a regulatory environment that is unpredictable. We have to be prepared to make changes to ensure businesses remain competitive and Canada continues to be an attractive place to invest, start businesses and create the jobs upon which our economic and social well-being depend. Read More

Province Launches Trade Challenge over Unfair Liquor Policies

The government of Alberta is launching a trade challenge against Ontario over unfair liquor policies that prevent Alberta manufacturers from accessing the Ontario market. Alberta lists 3,700 products from other parts of Canada, including 745 from Ontario. By contrast, Ontario imports only about 20 Alberta products despite their market being three times as large. Meanwhile, Alberta products are readily sold in Japan, the United States and across the European Union. Alberta also maintains the most open liquor market in the country, with more than 20,000 liquor products available for purchase across the province. Read More

New Member: Rusty's Roadhouse

Come out to Rusty's Roadhouse for a round - or 2, on their new golf simulator! Home of the best pizza ever! Enjoy daily drink and lunch specials.


Fair Practices Office Established to Assist with Workers' Compensation

As a result of the workers’ compensation system review, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans established an independent Fair Practices Office to:

  • Help workers and employers navigate the system.
  • Assist and advocate for workers and certain employers through the review and appeals process.
  • Be a place for people to raise concerns.
  • Monitor trends in the workers’ compensation system to ensure that it is working efficiently and effectively

Albertans who wish to reach the Fair Practices Office, can call toll-free 1-866-427-0115 or visit fpoalberta.ca starting Monday, Dec. 3.

 


Government of Canada Launches Immigration Matters Campaign

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is working on an initiative called Immigration Matters that combines storytelling and facts to dispel common myths about immigrants and refugees, and promotes positive engagement between Canadians and newcomers.
 
They are also asking organizations to include their #ImmigrationMatters hashtag and use your social media channels to share positive stories that you have encountered of immigrants who are helping to make their communities better.
 
To view the preliminary webpages and stories they have developed, click here.


Province Announces Short-Term Reduction in Oil Production

Premier Rachel Notley announced the temporary measure in response to the high oil price differential that is costing the national economy more than $80 million per day. Under the action announced, production of raw crude oil and bitumen will be reduced by 325,000 barrels per day to address the storage glut, representing an 8.7 per cent reduction. After excess storage is drawn down, the reduction will drop to an estimated average of 95,000 barrels a day until Dec. 31, 2019 when the rules supporting this action end.  Read More

Provincial Government Negotiating for More Rail Capacity

Premier Rachel Notley announced that Alberta has started negotiations for an investment in new rail capacity to help reduce the high oil price gap. The differential is robbing the national economy of more than $80 million a day, due to a lack of pipeline capacity. Alberta’s goal is to create enough new rail capacity to move 120,000 barrels a day out of the province to markets where our oil can earn the best value possible for three years, starting late 2019. The goal is to narrow the oil price gap by up to $4 per barrel and provide smaller producers with a more affordable option to move their oil to market. Read More

New Member: Pita Pit - Dunmore Road Location

PITA PIT CATERS TO YOU! If you like food that’s as good for you as it is delicious, you already know that Pita Pit caters to you. What you may not know is that we actually cater… events, meetings, parties, you name it, we’ll cater it. You can arrange to pick up, or we’ll even deliver it right to you!


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