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Merchant Reward Card - Catch 22

In special section on Travel & Credit Card Rewards in the Thursday, September 24th issue of the Globe & Mail it was reported that redemptions of points for credit cards that deliver reward points is up. It was also reported that smart loyalty programs are responding to that demand. What was absent from the special section was the impact loyalty reward cards are having on merchants accepting the cards.

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GOCC Wins Support For National Nuclear Energy Strategy

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) achieved a significant win towards a nuclear energy strategy. Over 250 delegates from chambers of commerce and boards of trade, from coast to coast to coast representing 175,000 businesses of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, debated and referred the GOCC resolution to the Canadian Chamber Board of Directors to ensure that Canada has a Nuclear Energy Strategy included as part of the “Canadian Sustainable Energy Strategy” announced at the Victoria Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on October 5, 2009.

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Minister Raitt’s Commitment To Expedite Ontario’s Nuclear Decision Welcomed By OCI

Time is of the essence as Canada’s leadership in the world’s nuclear industry is at stake. The Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI) welcomes comments made by Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt committing to work with the Ontario government to make a timely decision on Canada’s nuclear future.  In a speech at the Economic Club of Canada, Raitt declared “…it’s time we work together, for Canadians and Ontarians, to build a stronger future for our nuclear industry but time is of the essence.”

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H1N1 Flu Reinforces Need for Pandemic Plans

Pandemic Planning Tool Kit CoverThe Ontario Chamber of Commerce is reminding businesses throughout Ontario to be vigilant in protecting their operations and employees from possible effects of a global flu pandemic, by issuing an updated Pandemic Planning Tool Kit.

Businesses should start planning how to maintain critical operations, manage supply disruptions and handle employees who need to stay home and take care of themselves or sick family members during a widespread emergency like a flu pandemic. A national survey demonstrates that half of all companies surveyed have no pandemic plan.

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Chamber Encourages Business To Comment On Proposed Accessibility Rules

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to develop province-wide, enforceable accessibility standards. The proposed accessible built environment standard is the fifth standard to be released for public review. The provincial government’s proposed rules governing how businesses and organizations in Ontario prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities, in their physical surroundings, are now available for comment. The government’s Accessibility Standards Committee for the Built Environment (of which the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is a member) has drafted the rules which are available online for public review until October 16, at the website listed at the end of this article.

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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.