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1 KEY CONTROL SYSTEMS SAFES ACCESS CONTROL LOCK HARDWARE Prompt, Professional, Mobile & Instore Service Residential Commercial Industrial Rob Burns - Owner ELGIN MALL DECEMBER 2010 Up, up and away. A terrific airshow is returning to this area. Details on page 13. Season s Greetings On behalf of the Chamber s Board of Directors, committee members, volunteers and staff, we re taking this opportunity to extend sincere wishes to everyone in the businesses and communities we serve. Business Beat Table of Contents The Magic Cupboard Only In Fairy Tales?..page 10 Calling For Nominations...page 11 Christmas Insurance Solutions...page 12 Humour in The Workplace...page 14 Who s New To The Chamber...page 15 New Column on U.S. Partners...page 16 Business After 5 Tuesday January 18, 2011 Wayside Dining Lounge & Catering Sunset Road Talbotville Doors Open for all Business After 5 events at 5:00 p.m. Free admission for all personnel from any business or organization that is a Chamber Member. Exceptional door prizes, complimentary hor d oeuvres and your favourite beverages. Prize Draws and Sponsors Remarks start at 6:15 p.m. Charting Our 2011 Course When the new year begins on January 1, so will a new schedule of programs, products, events and services offered by the Chamber. It s a new year in the Chamber world, too, as January 1 marks the date at which our volunteer Board of Directors and our committees start new terms. If you have ever considered becoming involved in Chamber projects and programs, now is an excellent time to consider joining the Chamber team. Volunteers are welcome on our Member Services Committee the Add one more gold to the count from the Vancouver Olympics. The Country Brand Index, a research project completed each year by a New Yorkbased global consulting firm named FutureBrand, surveyed 3,400 business and leisure travellers on five continents. According to the Canadian Tourism Commission, Canada s rank in the annual study has been steadily climbing since 2005 when this January Edition Advertising Deadline is December 13 Greg Minnema, Advertising Sales Jeff Yurek from Yurek Pharmacy becomes Chair of the Chamber Board, January 1. Worth Knowing group that deals with production and delivery of our country held 12th place. In 2006 we broke into the top 10 and, thanks to the boost from the Vancouver Olympics, Canada has been designated the country with the #1 brand. Last year, Canada was ranked #2, with the U.S. at the top of the list. A brand, in marketing and communications terms, is generally accepted as being the image and perception of a product, service or entity in the mind of consumers. events. Or, how about joining our Public Sector Liaison committee? Our PSL team is the Chamber s link to government, health, education and all related things that impact our Members. Their focus ranges from the local scene to provincial and national issues. Participating on a Chamber committee or project is flexible, too. The time you give can be limited to a single task or several. Eligibility is open to anyone from any business or organization that is a Chamber Member. From a business perspective, Elgin This Month is a tremendous success! We have had great response from advertisers is right around the corner. To take advantage of this excellent advertising opportunity, give me a call at (ext. 22) or me at 15 St.Catharine Street, St. Thomas we also invite consideration of sponsorship and support to build and expand our activities. Several projects and activities are on our wish list. For example, our popular Buy Local initiative has several potentials but cash support is required to proceed and deliver them. And please be assured that all sponsorship activities connected to the Chamber must be true winwin-win scenarios with value in three directions: for the sponsor, the Chamber and our Members. December, 2010 E L G I N T H I S M O N T H 9

2 Old Mother Hubbard Went to the Cupboard To get her poor doggie a bone. When she got there The cupboard was bare. So the poor doggie had none. As with most nursery rhymes, this one has roots (although the evidence is anecdotal) in British history. It is said that Mother Hubbard is actually Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the most powerful cleric in England in the 16th century. The doggie is King Henry VIII. The bone is the favour requested by the King from the Catholic Church. The cupboard is the Church itself. The bone requested by the King, of course, was a divorce from Katherine of Aragon. What ensued was an irreparable separation of Church and State. This separation of powers leads us eventually (but not directly) to the modern separation of powers in our Parliamentary democracy known as Canada. As all students of civics know, these are the Executive, Legislative and Judicial. It is the very fact of separation that prevents one branch from exerting power over another. It is imperative that Judicial, and quasi-judicial LEGAL BUSINESS Legal News and Issues for Business The Magic Cupboard Where Are The Poor Doggie s Bones? by Monty Fordham decisions be independent from influence from government. Finally, as most students of macro-economics know (but not some Tea Partiers) (Editor s Note: see article on page 16), governments are not constrained by the same fiscal and budgetary rules that individuals are. It is often pointed out that if individuals ran deficits and accumulated debt in the manner of governments, we would all be bankrupt. Governments have the magical ability to control the supply of money within the parameters of monetary policy, and thus are capable of operating within seemingly indefinite and infinite deficits. At least this has been the widely held view for decades. The rules seem to be changing. It s not what you earn... It s what you keep. So, who are Norm Jesin and Kevin Berkett and why are they important? Both served as independent arbitrators in recent public service contract negotiations. In the spring budget, and subsequent legislation, in an effort to address the $21.3 billion dollar deficit (since revised to $18.7 billion on November 16), the Ontario government introduced a two year public sector wage freeze, which applied to non-unionized workers. However, unionized workers were implored to follow suit and accept a two year wage freeze on collective agreements ending during that period. And, perhaps to set an example, MPP s salaries were frozen as well. So, who are Norm Jesin and Kevin Berkett and why are they important? Both served as independent arbitrators in recent public service contract negotiations. In September, Mr. Jesin awarded 17,000 workers in long term care facilities a 2% wage increase over the year. In his decision, he referred to the fact that no legislation had been passed and, therefore, the principles of reasonableness and fairness should apply. He, rightly, concluded that the government s budgetary problems were not his concern, at least in his capacity as arbitrator. Later, in November, Mr Berkett, in a similar award, gave a 2% increase to 16,000 hospital workers in 38 hospitals. And, there is no reason to believe that other arbitrators, with the same legislative and spiritual independence from the government will not do the same. So what, you might say? Well, this year Ontario s accumulated debt reached 37% of GDP. (It is projected to reach 40% by next year.) This is generally regarded to be unacceptable and will adversely affect Ontario s credit rating abroad. Economists now would say the cupboard is effectively bare, or, more accurately, Mrs. Hubbard must convince the doggies to share fewer, smaller bones. And some may get none. In this regard, think Greece and the U.K. So how does the government fund the increases while staying the course of its austerity program? Two ways: Raise taxes (not likely), or reduce services, (with the attendant layoffs) or both. Alternatively, facing a cupboard which, suddenly, has a finite number of bones, we might just choose to wait two years for more bones. Lawyer Monty Fordham prepares this monthly column for the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce and our Members. Questions, comments and suggestions for future columns are welcomed by Monty at his Law Office, 4 Elgin Street, St. Thomas. Telephone , FAX or Kee, Perry & Lassam offers a full range of public accounting services including auditing, accounting and taxation services. Our chartered accountants and staff have the experience, training and skills to deal with your business needs. At Kee, Perry & Lassam we ensure our clients recieve the service and expertise they need to succeed. Please make a call to our office your first step on the road to success. 15 Barrie Boulevard St. Thomas, ON Canada N5P 4B fax Season s Greetings PLUMBING MECHANICAL SHEET METAL HEATING, VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING Sales, Installations and Service of Industrial Piping Systems Licensed Gas Installations Custom Installations and Repairs 55 Progress Dr. St. Thomas INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL Owned & Operated by Phil Ambrose LTD. Fax: Call: E L G I N T H I S M O N T H December, 2010

3 We have Winners CHAMBER NEWS Events and News of Interest to our Members The Chamber s monthly Business After 5 events always produce some happy door prize winners. Shown here, November co-sponsor Ginette Minor of Genuine Stitches Home Decor & Embroidery congratulates winner Rachel Boland of true:creation. Rachel claimed a gift basket with seasonal contents. Rachel s business is a new local business that joined the Chamber in September; a graphic design house based in Belmont. 12 prizes were awarded at our November 10 event. The big winner of the night was Scott Harman, a representative of M.A.D.D. Canada s St. Thomas Elgin Chapter. Scott earned a $1,500 Jennings Furniture shopping spree as his reward for attending. The Chamber thanks our sponsors and everyone attending for making November another memorable and fun event for Members to network and keep community contacts together. Award Presentations are held each spring. The date and location of the Free Enterprise Program is finalized in harmony with the schedule of the keynote speaker. Nomination submissions are welcome year round. Here are the details to consider when building a nomination submission: Success, innovation, leadership, community betterment and concern for social issues are all attributes of our award winners in every category. Choose from the 3 award categories and tell us why your nominee should be selected. Our Awards & Recognition Committee, under the leadership of the Immediate Past Chair of the Chamber s Board of Directors, will review all submissions. Chamber staff may conduct additional research. Self-nominations are welcome. Individuals and businesses nominated must be active in serving the communities of the City of St. Thomas, Municipality of Central Elgin, and/or the Township of Southwold. The following points & questions may be helpful in evaluating your nomination: Describe the nominee s relationships with staff, clients, suppliers, etc. Growth, changes or improvements that have enhanced performance? Are there any innovation, trailblazing or risk-taking initiatives and strategies that have been developed or undertaken? Describe any situation where the nominee has created new jobs or successfully fought to sustain jobs in our market. Describe successes and achievements in community service, work with civic or charitable/non-profit agencies, or volunteer activities Has the nominee utilized conservation and stewardship techniques, advanced technologies, or developed programs to save, protect or enhance or environment? Name something that makes this nominee stand out above all others. Describe the time, energy, resources dedicated to professional growth and continuous learning. Details on measurement, practices and internal processes for customer service. Coaching, mentoring, assistance to other businesses, individuals or organizations? How has new technology helped? Marketing successes and strategy? Growth beyond local service to regional, national and/or international levels? The First 100 Days Luncheon The Chamber s Public Sector Liaison Committee has arranged for a new, and hopefully annual, event that will bring the Mayors of St. Thomas, Central Elgin and Southwold together to brief our Members on local issues and answer questions. On Wednesday February 23, 2011 we will host our three local Mayors in an event we re calling The First 100 Days Luncheon, so named to coincide with the popular process of reviewing actions and plans of government within their first 100 days of taking office. Our luncheon will be held at St. Anne s Centre. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and 10- minute presentations by each of the 3 Mayors start at noon, followed by questions from the floor. It will include a bistro lunch with sandwiches, wraps, fruits, vegetables and desserts placed at each table to allow quick and efficient service and complete the event by 1:15 p.m. $20 per person. Tickets for Members by advance sale only through the Chamber office. Calling for Nominations Initial planning has begun for the Chamber s yearly Free Enterprise Awards program and nominations are now being welcomed. The Free Enterprise Awards are the cornerstone of the Chamber s work to celebrate success. Each year since the 1970 s, we have welcomed nominations of businesses, organizations and individuals who deserved to be recognized for their excellence in business and community service. There are three award categories. Chair s Awards This presentation reflects service and contributions, including volunteer activities, that have assisted the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce. Presented at the discretion of the Chair of the Chamber s Board of Directors when events or circumstances reflect service or contributions of an extraordinary nature. Free Enterprise Award of Merit Recognition of those businesses and/or individuals whose recent or specific accomplishments are significant. There is no limit to the number of times that an individual or business might receive a Merit Award. Entrepreneurial success is the primary focus of the Merit Awards with consideration of other desirables reflecting on community, civic and/or social betterment. No more than 3 winners may be named in any year. Free Enterprise Master Awards Our major award. This honour recognizes businesses and individuals making significant, all-encompassing contributions within St. Thomas, Central Elgin and/or Southwold. The recipients are proven leaders, as evidenced by repeated success in endeavours that relate to entrepreneurship along with community spirit and social well-being. No more than 3 winners may be named in any year. If you have questions or require additional information, contact Bob Hammersley at the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce office at Extension 24. December, 2010 E L G I N T H I S M O N T H 11

4 With Christmas approaching and the start of the winter social season upon us we have lots to do and so little time remaining as holiday stress sets in. Before you become a victim of holiday misfortune here are a few personal insurance tips to consider: Prevent an auto insurance claim by: 1. When shopping, place valuables in the trunk and keep seats, drink holders and open trays clear of anything that has value. In the absence of a trunk, hatchbacks and mini vans, place items in a covered container or cover over with a blanket. When your valuables are not visible it makes your vehicle less of a target. Should your possessions be stolen from your car, the stolen goods are insured under your house insurance and subject to the house insurance deductible. Losses of personal property from a vehicle are not covered under the car insurance because these items do not form a part of the vehicle. Be certain to report it to the police. The claims adjuster will require evidence of the theft. Damage done to the car during the break-in is covered under the Comprehensive portion of your policy PRO TEXT Business Management News and Issues Insurance Tips for a Merry Season Don t become a victim of holiday misfortune by Dan Reith and subject to that deductible. Comprehensive claims typically do not impact your insurance premiums. 2. Lock your car. Whether at home, work, the mall, downtown or even in your garage, make sure your car is locked at all times. This will reduce the risk of it being stolen and the loss of any personal property stored in your car. If the car is stolen, the loss is covered under the comprehensive coverage of the auto policy subject to your deductible. Remember, an insurer has the right to withhold settlement for up to 30 days pending recovery. So, if you are travelling, you may need to make alternative arrangements. 3. Drive with due care and control no Season s Greetings Our families wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season, filled with the warmth of friends and loved ones, and with the promise of a prosperous new year Bill Graham John Scott Rob Foster Jim Frederick Mike MacKinnon Paul Linck Fred Taylor Paul Cruz Paul Schneider Scott Trevors Bob Bristow Darlene Newell Valerie Campbell Mike Rawlings Alexandra DeVincenzo Alan Enns Michael Stover Bill Luyks Betty Gropp Megan Siemens George Reid Norma Crocker Kara Watson Mike Helder Julie Roszell Teake Veenstra Pat Wray Judy Hartley Phyllis Huffman Janet Medema Emma Salin St.Thomas Aylmer matter the weather or how rushed you are! Like it or not the fault determination rules which all insurers use to determine fault in an auto accident are universal. Black ice, too much snow, not enough salt on the road or the driver in front of you who suddenly slammed on their brakes are not excuses for you to avoid being charged for an at fault loss. It is your responsibility to maintain due care and control at all times, regardless of the weather conditions or the actions of other drivers. If conditions deteriorate it is your responsibility to ensure you adjust your driving to respond accordingly. This includes maintaining a safe distance, at least 2 car lengths, from the car in front of you. You will not get to where you are going any faster by speeding on icy roads, tail gating or being the last car to sneak through the intersection as the light turns from yellow to red. As the holiday stress builds slow down take a deep breath and obey the rules of the road. 4. Be prepared to stop! Just because you are obeying the rules of the road does not mean everyone else around is. 5. Take a moment, and ensure your vehicle is prepared for winter driving before the snow hits. Ensure it is mechanically ready for winter, and you have equipped your vehicle with a winter safety kit and the snow tires that you have installed are in sound condition. 6. Stop texting, stop talking on the phone, and set that cup of coffee down and put your snack away! Driving requires attention and there more than ample studies that prove driver distraction is the root cause of many fatal accidents. 7. While it should go without saying, but too many still forget, holiday season or not, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! If you drink take a cab; stay over-night or find a ride home with a sober driver. For your home; 1. If you are celebrating the season with a real tree, as enjoyable as they are, ensure they are kept well watered and not placed in front of a heat source. Shut off lights and electric ornaments when not at home or out a room for a prolonged period. Drying trees can lead to a total fire loss of your home less than five minutes! 2. While candles do lend a seasonal scent to air and help to remove cooking odours, they are a leading cause of house fires. Do not leave them unattended. Do not place them near flammable fabrics. Place in containers intended for their use. Always extinguish them when leaving a room for a prolonged period or leaving the house. 3. Do not leave items on the stove or in the oven unattended. It is not uncommon to find yourself short of an ingredient and make quick trip to the grocery but whenever you leave the house ensure all appliances are turned off. Especially if you are deep frying on the stove top. Keep a residential fire extinguisher near the stove, along with baking soda. Either can be used to quickly should a small fire start. 4. Lock your home. When not at home ensure all doors and windows are locked. Do not display wrapped or unwrapped gifts near open windows. It is OK to draw the blinds and window coverings. When goods are visible the home can be a greater target. Lock doors when you are alone or not on the main floor of the house for a prolonged period. Use your alarm if your home is equipped. 5. If traveling: have your driveway and paths shoveled to appear someone is home. There is no better tell-tale sign of an empty home than footprints through piles of snow. Place your lights on timers, rotating throughout the house to mimic your usual pattern of light usage throughout the day and evening. This includes festive outdoor light displays. Timers may seem expensive but are far cheaper than the cost of a home robbery. Cancel newspaper subscriptions to avoid a buildup of papers at the front door, another clear sign no one is home. Have a neighbour, friend or family member collect mail on a daily basis. Have the inside of your home - all floors not just the main - checked on a daily basis. This is a requirement of all house insurance policies during the heating season. This will ensure there has been no water leaks, broken pipes etc. Maintain the heat at a minimum and drain water from all lines/pipes. Whoever is checking on your home leave them with your contact information but also the contact numbers for your insurance provider. Should a claim need be reported it is best reported sooner rather than later. This will allow for any damage to be taken care of immediately mitigating the possibility of further loss. 6. Take steps to secure windows and doors so they cannot be pried open from the outside. 7. Protect yourself! When shopping, ladies, make certain your handbag is zipped closed and cell phones secured in your handbag or on your hip. Gentlemen, if you must carry a wallet, put it in your front pants pocket not your back pocket. It is much easier for someone to steal it from the back then reaching into your front. Keep your cell phone securely affixed to your hip or in a zipped interior pocket of your coat or jacket. Remember, identify theft is a common crime. Shred all documents that contain any personal information & don t take anything for granted by placing it in with your general garbage. Keep track of all credit card and debit card receipts. Shred them later. To maintain control of your personal information restrict all gift purchases to only one credit card and reconcile your charges against your receipts. Merry Christmas This column appears regularly in Business Beat and has been submitted by Dan Reith, BA(Hons) CAIB, Principal Broker, Reith & Associates Insurance and Financial Services Limited. Dan is also a volunteer serving on the Chamber s Board of Directors. Questions and comments on this column are welcomed by the writer at or via 12 E L G I N T H I S M O N T H December, 2010

5 BUSINESS BEAT MEMBER NEWS Events & News of Interest to our Members Time To Fly! Great Lakes International Airshow June 24-26, 2011 St. Thomas Airport St. Thomas will soon have another huge event to be proud of as preparations are underway for the 2011 Great Lakes International Airshow. Formerly known as the very successful Wings & Wheels, a name change has been made to reflect the growing status of this airshow from a local event to a regional destination. From humble beginnings in 2006, this aviation extravaganza has made its mark on the North American airshow circuit, drawing larger crowds from further away with each successive year. Perhaps the best testimonial of success to-date has been a review in World Air Show News: Overall, the Wings and Wheels St. Thomas Airshow was a huge triumph! With great displays and large crowds, this town has effectively made its mark as one of Canada s leading air shows. It will be an exciting, action-packed family oriented event that draws thousands of show patrons from both Canada, the US, and abroad. The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce has pledged full support to keep our Members informed and aware of how local businesses can connect and benefit from this major event. The organizers are offering a vibrant and high exposure opportunity to produce results in community exposure and marketing as well as employee and customer appreciation. A key component of the Airshow will remain cash benefits to important community projects. This year, the primary recipient will be St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation. For more information on how you, too, can be a part of the Great Lakes International Airshow, visit the airshow website at Hugh Shields is the show s Executive Director and welcomes directly at Heather Broadhead will serve as Director Corporate Sponsorships and can be reached by telephone at or Book Mark! The City of St. Thomas has claimed what s literally a huge honour in the new 2011 Guinness Book of World Records. December 22, 2009 when our community welcomed the Olympic Torch local festivities included creation of what was destined to become the world s largest cup of hot chocolate. At a whopping litres (84.07 gallons), the big cup was affectionately named the Cocomotive. Guinness agrees our community has earned a global honour and has published the feat as a world record in the new 2011 book. A memory photo of the famed Snowbirds as they thrilled thousands at their last St. Thomas performance in June from all of our staff The Next Best Place to Home Propane, Petroleum & Lubricants for Home Farm & Industry 45 Metcalfe Street, St. Thomas Fax: December, 2010 E L G I N T H I S M O N T H 13

6 Throughout life, we all meet people who have provided us with wisdom and basic suggestions on how best to approach life. Here is a 3-part statement/suggestion that I heard recently: 1. Life requires courage 2. Be confident in what you believe 3. Once you are armed with courage and confidence, live with love and laughter. In reflecting upon the time and courage of those we remembered just a few weeks ago on November 11, I think of what courage the veterans had; what beliefs they possessed; and what laughter must have been generated through the unique friendships developed on the battlefield even under the most horrific conditions. While our workday lives cannot be compared to anything that occurred in the line of battle, it makes me think about how humour in the workplace is so vital to ensuring that everyone is productive and happy to come to work. One of the best comedians ever, Victor Borge, once said, The shortest distance between two people is a laugh. He had POSITIVE EXPOSURE Doing Public Relations Right Dynamic Communications - Humour in the Workplace It can be good for people and the bottom line by Allan Weatherall some superb one-liners in his workplace, the stage. I'd like to thank my parents for making this night possible... and my children for making it necessary. Classic material! As many of us already know, work is no laughing matter. Or is it? While it has been frowned upon in the past, humour at work is now being recognized for the benefits it brings to individual workers and their organizations. Happy workers are productive workers. Humour and laughter can lighten the mood of your workplace and make it truly a fun place. This in turn, makes you, your colleagues and even your managers more enthusiastic about their jobs and much more productive. Laughter and humour can also improve communication at work. A well-placed joke can help you get your point across at a meeting or soften criticisms. Humour can also help when dealing with difficult customers or admitting your own mistakes. When used respectfully, humour shows people your human side and makes it easier for others to approach you for ideas and advice. When people laugh together, a natural bond is created. Workers who enjoy each other s company become positive team players. They have more trust and confidence in one another, and take a more creative and cooperative approach to problem solving. Just like everything in life, there are some basic rules: Think of the Message: Ask yourself what the point or underlying message of the joke is. Are you using humour to say something that you would not say to someone without the joke attached? Know Your Audience: Do you know them well enough to say anything that could be deemed offensive? If so, don t say anything. Leave Serious Topics Alone: Do not joke about topics that could be deemed controversial or even painful! Just do not do it. Be Careful of Politics: Avoid making political jokes that would offend someone of a different ideology. When In Doubt, Leave It Out: If you are not sure how a joke will be received, it is best to just leave it out. According to Swinburne University of Technology researcher Maren Rawlings, having a good laugh at work can do wonders for a person s job satisfaction. In a recent study, he found that individuals in the workplace who use, and are surrounded by, positive humour had higher levels of job satisfaction than those who didn t. Victor Borge once said, Humour is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humour than in anything else. Because, you see, humour is truth. I hope you can have a few good laughs today! So get out there and create some. This article has been prepared for the Chamber and our Members by Allan Weatherall, B.A., CFRE, APR - Director of Development at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation. He received accreditation (APR) from the Canadian Public Relations Society in 1993 and a CFRE (certified fundraising executive) in He welcomes your comments via to: or telephone extension E L G I N T H I S M O N T H December, 2010

7 NEW MEMBERS Welcome To The Chamber Network The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the following businesses and individuals as our newest Members. The staff and management of the organizations shown below were accepted as registered Members from October 16 to November 15, BG Communications 6185 Fairview Road St. Thomas, ON N5P 3S8 Website: Phone: Contact: Mr. Brian Grebow, Graphic Designer Buyer s Guide Categories: Graphic Design, Print Services, and Advertising & Promotions Products & Services: BG Communications is a full service graphic design studio providing a refreshing collaborate approach to creating the best solution for all your graphic design needs. E.C. Design 174 St. George Street St. Thomas, ON N5P 2M5 Phone: Contact: Ms. Erna Coffin, Graphic Designer Buyer s Guide Category: Graphic Design Products & Services: E.C. Design is a graphic design company with over 12 years of design experience and 5 years of print production experience, serving small, medium, and large companies as we as not-for-profit clients. Design services include branding and logo design, postcards, brochures, flyers, CD design, posters, ads, large banner and trade show displays, newsletters, invitations and promotional products. Heritage Health Care Centre Wellington Road St. Thomas, ON N5P 3T1 Website: Fax: Phone: Contact: Ms. Rebecca Johnston- Gilchrist, Owner Buyer s Guide Category: Massage Therapy Products & Services: Heritage Health Care Centre specializes in Swedish massage, hot stone and prenatal massage. Reflexology, detox foot baths, paraffin wax and osteopathic manual therapy. Quizno s Sub Talbot Street St. Thomas, ON N5P 4N2 Website: Fax: Phone: Contact: Mr. Dave Dunseath, President Buyer s Guide Category: Restaurants Products & Services: Quizno s offers a wide variety of soups, sandwiches and salads. Catering and delivery now available. Stone Property Management Inc. 26 Winding Way Crescent London, ON N6G 3G5 Website: Fax: Phone: Contact: Ms. Michelle Schaap, Corporate Sales Manager Buyer s Guide Category: Landscaping Services, Snow Removal Products & Services: Stone Property Maintenance Inc. strives for superior customer service by providing the best in all aspects of the property care industry. Some services include seeding, pruning, eaves trough cleaning, snow removal, power washing and painting. Business After 5 Free Admission for all personnel from any business or organization that is a Chamber Member Published by Carroll Publishing Inc. and delivered to businesses in St. Thomas and Elgin County For complete information on the St.Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce, reach us at: 555 Talbot Street, St.Thomas, ON N5P 1C5 Telephone: Fax: Website: President & CEO Bob Hammersley Member Services Coordinator Mike Vecchio Accounting Coordinator Susan Munday Project Marketing Sue McKittrick Safe Communities Coalition Wesley Bailey Member Services Samantha MacKinnon Chair: Linda Sawyer BMO Bank of Montreal Past Chair: Dan Reith Reith & Associates Insurance & Financial Vice Chair: Jeff Yurek Yurek Pharmacy and Home Health Care Treasurer: Paul Smith P.J. Smith & Associates Director: Pete Charlton Charlton Quality Meats Director: James Elsdon Rogers TV Director: Jeff Kohler Presstran Industries Director: Mark Lassam Kee Perry Lassam Chartered Accountants Director: Deb Mountenay Local Training Board Director: Patti Mugford Mugford s Limited Director: Darren Reith Reith & Associates Insurance & Financial Director: Allan Weatherall St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation Director: Jason White Steelway Systems Director: Laura Woermke St.Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre MERRY CHRISTMAS WE HAVE IT ALL. RENTALS & SALES QUALITY EQUIPMENT WELL MAINTAINED RENTING The Smart Way To Get Things Done December, 2010 E L G I N T H I S M O N T H 15

8 This month, and through the months ahead, we have the opportunity to bring a new series written by Paul Frazer, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce s Special Advisor on Canada - U.S. Relations. It will provide briefs on issues and events that have implications for Chamber members interested in crossborder business. The mid-term elections in the United States can be seen as a large by-election. As in Canada, these elections are opportunities for voters to express their displeasure with the policies and actions of the current government rather than an occasion to show strong support. As a rule, the percentage of voter turnout in the mid-term elections is significantly less than those who vote in presidential elections every four years. The November vote met that pattern. A new and important variable this time is the tea party phenomenon which served to focus the opposition message on the need to create jobs and to cut government spending. How much the tea partiers will determine the nature and implementation of the Republican agenda is unknown. But we are reminded of at least one comment by tea party followers that the Republican party is on probation as well. The State of Play The 112th Congress begins on January 3, The House committees will be chaired by Republicans. They, led by the Speaker, will determine the House agenda for hearings and legislation. We expect any legislative movement to be incremental; the days of the grand policy or plan are over for now. In the Senate, the Democrats remain in the majority and can block movement on legislation. Every legislative effort will be examined through the prism of job creation and/or reduced government spending. In some cases these two elements will be at odds. The results may well be occasional gridlock. Republicans who won governor s races and several state legislatures that turned Republican will be affected by the tea party rhetoric and political energy. This should serve as a warning to Canadians HIRA LTD. GENERAL CONTRACTORS DISPATCHES FROM WASHINGTON Chamber News from the U.S. Mid-term American Elections Any Movement Against Chinese Trade can Affect Canada J. Stuart Harper P.Eng. President 63 Gaylord Road, St.Thomas Ontario P.O. Box N5P 511, 3R9 St. Thomas, Phone: Ontario N5P 3V6 Fax: Phone: Fax: that they need to maintain very close relations at the state level. Often the more damaging trade developments emerge locally and move to the state level and on to Washington, DC. Foreign Policy The loss of jobs because of outsourcing and unfair competition with China and India was often mentioned during the campaign. The tea party group has not yet developed any foreign policy stance. However, given the ongoing tough economic climate, it can be expected that we will see possible actions against China, in particular, as a means of protecting American jobs. Unfortunately, whenever this kind of activity rears its head we can expect problems for Canadian business. It is critical that the Canadian government and businesses give very serious thought to how soon and in what manner they will brief incoming members of Parliament and the Senate on the economic benefits that every state and each political district enjoys because of the enormous trade and economic relationship with Canada. Trade In trade generally, the administration has already indicated its interest in moving forward on FTAs with South Korea, Panama and Columbia. The president will likely enlist the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in helping to move the Korean agreement at the first opportunity. We presume the president will say something significant on this during his Seoul trip. His stated policy is to try to double U.S. exports in five years. For Canada, it will be critical to monitor closely any moves in the Congress that would imperil any exports to the U.S. Other highly regulated sectors such as PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Voice/Voice Mail Data Communications CCTV Video Surveillance Security Sound/PA Systems Rob Blaxall: President Business Phone Systems Our customers are not not just satisfied...they re they re impressed! Now offering voip business systems P.O. Box 20155, St. Thomas (519) Residential Commercial Industrial finance will see some efforts to impede and/or roll back elements of the financial regulations passed in this Congress. We expect a similar situation for health care. However, any attempt through legislation to repeal the president s health care plan would fail in the Senate and, if not there, would be vetoed by the president. Energy and the Environment On energy we can expect legislative efforts to include something on nuclear, natural gas, coal and renewable standards. 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