April 8, 2014 - One of the first signs of spring is at the port, where the Oshawa Port Authority kicked off this year’s shipping season by officially welcoming the first international vessel, M/V Heloise at a special Top Hat ceremony.

“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Captain Rushong Lu, Master of M/V Heloise, said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority. “This is the start of what is already shaping up to be another busy shipping season. In fact, several ships are lining up to come into port.”

Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority, presented Captain Rushong Lu, with the traditional top hat during a special ceremony attended by local elected and industry officials. M/V Heloise arrived from Istanbul, Turkey to offload more than 19-thousand metric tonnes of steel. Her next port of call will be Thunder Bay.The tradition began back in 1829, and each year, the prestigious Top Hat is presented as a symbol of good luck to the captain of the first international ship to enter the Port of Oshawa through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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April 3, 2014 - The future of Ontario’s economy was front and centre at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting in early April. Former Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan was the keynote speaker at the luncheon hosted by Johnson Inc. and held at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. Mr. Duncan spoke about his concerns but believes the future isn’t as gloomy as some are predicting.

Pictured right: Neil J. Macdonald, vice president of corporate affairs, general counsel and secretary of General Motors Canada, was in attendance at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting in April. Macdonald awarded Dwight Duncan a trophy made from a Cadillac XTS steering wheel – built in Oshawa, of course in recognition of his work during the GM debt crisis in 2009. The trophy bears the words of former premier Dalton McGuinty: “Dwight’s steady hand has set our province on a sure path.” Macdonald added, “Without your leadership, we may very well not have had a company.”

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March 26, 1014 - The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) along with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) made a submission to the Government of Ontario’s 2014 pre-budget consultations.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce submission focused on a number of challenges Ontario faces including its debt, which is approaching $300 billion and its high remaining deficit noting economic growth is likely to be sluggish for the foreseeable future.In its submission, the OCC noted that addressing the fiscal situation should be the government’s top priority. As it stands, the province spends more on interest charges than it does on colleges and universities. Those interest charges will only increase as Ontario’s debt grows and as interest rates rise in the coming years.

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March 27, 2014 - A new report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario) reveals that Ontario’s employers do not support a made-in-Ontario pension plan. The report, An Employer Perspective on Fixing Ontario’s Pension Problem, identifies Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) as employers’ preferred solution to helping Ontarians better prepare for their retirement.

As part of the consultation process, the OCC and CGA Ontario hosted seven employer roundtable discussions across the province. The authors, in partnership with Leger Marketing, also surveyed close to 1,000 companies.The result – employers worry that the current pension system in Ontario is unsustainable. In fact, more than seventy percent of employers surveyed stated that pension reform should be a top government priority.

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March 26, 2014 - On Thursday April 3, Dwight Duncan, former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister for Ontario, will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon and will give insight into the economic issues facing Ontario. The event, hosted by Johnson Inc. will be held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 1011 Bloor Street East in Oshawa.

Mr. Duncan, speaking recently at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce launch of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Stronger 2014 Report, stated that Ontario is fast approaching the fiscal cliff.

"In light of the report released in mid March by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank, finding Ontario is much deeper in debt than California, the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility, Mr. Duncan’s comments will be very timely,” stated Bob Malcolmson, CEO & General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

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