Submitted by: Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario.
Oct. 23, 2014
- It’s no secret Ontario’s manufacturing sector has been impacted by the turmoil of the global economy.

Rising input costs, not the least of which is the rising cost of electricity, and the volatility of the Canadian dollar, have made competition vastly more intense. Despite the myth that manufacturing is a sector in decline, it is still one of the largest contributors to Canada’s economy.

 For Ontario to create jobs and economic growth, we need to sustain and expand our manufacturing base, which is critical to communities in every region of the province.

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October 23, 2014 - With the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games just around the corner, Durham has lots to talk about! So on Thursday, Oct. 23rd John Sturrup and Bob Malcolmson joined sport stakeholders from Durham Region municipalities, local sports clubs and associations, provincial and national sport organizations, facility operators, hoteliers, educational institutions, and local media at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville to collaborate and advance Sports Tourism in Durham. The keynote speaker on “The Power of More: How Small Steps Can Help You Achieve Big Goals” was Marnie McBean, three-time Olympic Champion. Pictured (L to R) is Chamber President John Sturrup owner of JS2 Marketing & Communications, Marnie McBean and Bob Malcolmson, CEO, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Residents invited to be torchbearers at

Oct. 6, 2014 - The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice, is coming to Oshawa next spring.

Three-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the flame and share its welcoming Pan Am spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015 to officially open the Games.

Residents of Oshawa are invited to enter to be one of three-thousand torchbearers today at, and to enter with the City of Oshawa to be selected as the Community Torchbearer at

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October 9, 2014 - In January 2015, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will release the fourth edition of its Emerging Stronger economic agenda for Ontario. Take the OCC's latest survey to add your voice to Canada's most credible survey of business opinion.

The results of this survey will inform the agenda and are critical to understanding how the business climate in Ontario can be improved.


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Sept 27, 2014 - The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) is calling on local candidates in the municipal election to take action to improve Oshawa and Durham Region’s business climate and foster economic growth.

With over forty candidates vying for election in Oshawa and with the extensive coverage of All Candidates debates and profiles by the local media the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to better inform its members, is focusing on who will be the next Mayor in Oshawa and Clarington and Durham’s next Regional Chair.

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