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The 2009 edition of our popular annual Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide is HOT off the press and distribution of the 6000 copies is underway. The Membership Directory/Buyer’s Guide is being mailed to our members and member representatives. The Buyer’s Guide section has been shipped to all businesses on the Canada Post business drop in Oshawa and Clarington.

This directory has two special features attached to it. First, the directory sets a new environmental standard for the Chamber. It is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This certification ensures that the directory’s production is in harmony with environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forest.

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With the serious toll the recession continues to take on our economy and particularly given the reports that many American states and municipalities are denying Canadian companies a chance to bid on infrastructure projects, it’s not surprising to increasingly hear of calls for our provinces, territories and municipalities to discriminate against foreign suppliers. In particular, the Canadian Auto Workers Union is mounting a concerted campaign to have local councils adopt “Buy Canadian” policies that would limit the ability of foreign suppliers to compete for contracts.

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Sgt. Colin Shaw
Durham Regional Police, Centralized Oshawa Problem-Based Response Unit (COPR)

As you may, or may not, be aware through a recent media release, the COPR unit is assisting in a Divisional Initiative to take back the streets of downtown Oshawa. At the time of the media release, a team of six officers drawn from our regular complement of our general patrol officers, and assisted by members of the COPR unit, began a proactive foot patrol blitz of our downtown, using highly visible foot patrol.

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Auditions heated up in Oshawa for the DRAGONS’ DEN, the hit series returning this fall on CBC Television. The production team came to Oshawa looking for the next big thing for Season Four. The open auditions took place on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 in the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce boardroom and between 20 and 25 entrepreneurs showed up to try and convince the producers that their concept was ready for the limelight, and why they should qualify to be on Dragons’ Den.

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The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce applauds long-awaited federal funding to clean up the Oshawa Harbour and west wharf, and is calling on the government to complete the transformation of our waterfront by making the harbour a Canadian Port Authority (CPA). 
 
Oshawa MP Dr. Colin Carrie and Whitby-Oshawa MP Jim Flaherty announced $9.2 million in funding over two years for environmental assessments and remediation of harbour marina lands and the west wharf. 

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