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CRA Announces The Launch Of Information Webinars For Small Businesses

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the launch of Small Business Information Webinars as part of ongoing efforts to assist Canadians in understanding their tax responsibilities and how the CRA is available to help them. The Small Business Information Webinars are a new interactive way for businesses to learn about their income tax and value-added tax responsibilities, and will also provide small enterprises a means to communicate with the CRA.

The CRA is offering webinars focused on the HST for Ontario. For more information on these webinars, please visit

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Durham Region Launches Community Immigration Portal

The Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with the interim Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council, celebrated the launch of the Durham Community Immigration Portal——an integrated web-based resource to attract, welcome and support new immigrants and businesses to the region. This project was made possible with a funding contribution of $535,600 from the Ontario and federal governments. This funding is part of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement to support municipalities in attracting newcomers and helping them settle in their communities.

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New CHBA President Sounds The Alarm On Housing Affordability

Canadian homebuilders remain cautiously optimistic about the year ahead as they put 2009 behind them and shovels in the ground for new developments across the country in 2010.  That’s the national view at home in Durham Region from Victor Fiume, General Manager of Durham Custom Homes, who assumed the presidency of the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) at a ceremony in Victoria early in March 2010. Assuming leadership of the Canadian Home Builders Association, while prestigious, is just the latest honour bestowed on the affable Mr. Fiume and Durham Custom Homes. Earlier this year, he was given an EnergQuality Hall of Fame Award for his advocacy of sustainable building practices and he’s a past-president of the Durham Region Home Builders Association and the Ontario Home Builders Association.

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New EI Special Benefits For Self-Employed People

As of January 31, 2010, self-employed individuals can register for Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits. The four types of special benefits are:  maternity benefits parental benefits; sickness benefits and compassionate care benefits. Register online using My Service Canada Account anywhere you can access the Internet, including at a Service Canada Centre near you. Visit for more information. You can also call the EI Telephone Information Service at 1-800-206-7218.

Oshawa: A Hub For Post-Secondary Education

The City of Oshawa is fast becoming a hub for post-secondary education with Trent University and UOIT announcing plans to expand their presence in Oshawa by the start of the fall 2010 semester. In addition, Durham College plans to create new teaching spaces at its Oshawa campus to accommodate increased enrolment numbers and will soon be home to a new Student Services building.

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Episode 12: The One Where We Learn How to Throw A Party (afterlife version)

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Your Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce recently upgraded its database! Learn how to use it in this how-to video.