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Self Employment Not A Choice: Report
Labour law change authors favour unionized workplaces
Small business owners better enjoy the long weekend because on May 22, the Ontario government will release a report detailing changes to the labour laws. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is already anticipating it will be bad news for small business.
LINK:  Changing Workplaces Review: Introduction
LINK:  Changing Workplaces Review: Full Report
LINK:  Ontario Chamber of Commerce Response to Proposed Labour and Employment Reform

A Look At The Disaster Recovery Assistance Program
What you need to know if you're eligible to apply

On May 5, 2017, the province of Ontario notified municipalities in the County of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program. The following municipalities in Renfrew County are eligible: Admaston Bromley, Bonnechere Valley, Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan, Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards, Horton, Laurentian Valley, Madawaska Valley, McNab Braeside, North Algona Wilberforce, Renfrew and Whitewater Region.
LINK:  Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians
LINK:  PDF Download of Application

Septic Issue Will Not Move Forward
Rural municipalities earn "win" for residents

As readers are likely aware, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs consulted last fall on a number of proposed amendments to the Building Code, including a requirement for homeowners with septic systems to pump them out every five years and to maintain records of the pump outs. This recommendation was strongly opposed by rural municipalities who felt that property owners were good stewards of managing their septic tank pump outs, and that the municipality would incur considerable cost to police this requirement.

Renfrew County Construction Updates
Routes to avoid this summer

The County of Renfrew provides weekly road construction reports to keep local residents and travelers up-to-date on the road improvements being done in the area.

Book Club: Thank You For Being Late
By: Thomas L. Friedman

We all sense it-something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once - and it is dizzying. In Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts.


The Inside Scoop On Social Media

There's no such thing as social media marketing

The Globe and Mail hosted a Small Business Summit recently in Toronto. There were more than 300 small business owners, employees and entrepreneurs and 21 speakers. One of those speakers was Dani Gagnon, a social media strategist and her comments were one of the “six key takeaways” from the summit. This is what she said: “There’s no such thing as “social media marketing.” Social media was created as a social tool, not a marketing tool. If you’re actually going to reach an audience, you have to write for your target market, not as a way to further your business.”


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