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Date: August 15, 2018 10:00 am

North Bay Farmers Market

Every Wednesday until Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm in front of Discovery North Bay on the cobblestones.

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Date: August 18, 2018 8:30 am

North Bay Farmers Market

Every Saturday in Lot #10 behind the transit terminal, corner of Wyld and Oak Streets.

From 8:30 am to 1:00 pm until Thanksgiving Weekend.  Final day Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Date: August 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Two Day, Two Course, Twosome Challenge | Men’s & Mixed Divisions

Benefiting Dara’s Fund @ The Muskoka Community Foundation – Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell’s Legacy Fund in Support of Muskoka’s Female Athletes
August 19 & 20, 2018 Click  here for more information.

Benefiting Dara’s Fund @ The Muskoka Community Foundation – Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell’s Legacy Fund in Support of Muskoka’s Female Athletes
August 19 & 20, 2018 Click  here for more information.

 

Date: August 23, 2018 4:30 pm

Business After Hours

Join us for Business After Hours – members and their employees welcome!
Hosted by GD2GO  from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, 375 Foran Street North Bay. Don’t forget your business cards to hand out at this networking social.

News

As we move through the “dog days of summer” and what an absolutely beautiful summer it has been, we are starting to prepare for our municipal and school board elections in October.  The candidates across the district have been nominated, acclaimed in some cases, but the balances of those running are preparing for the countdown to Election Day.  Signs are beginning to appear, blogs are active and we are now seeing the first of commercial/ads in most of the local media outlets.

At the Chamber, we have just recently forwarded to our members, a comprehensive survey asking our business community, to identify issues that are of concern to their businesses, as it pertains to their local municipal councils. From the replies that we receive, we will look for common issues and questions of concerns, from our members.  With the information provided by the survey, we will use it to compile a list of questions, which will be provided to the candidate’s through-out our district.  The responses from the candidates will then be made available through our website @nbdcc.ca and it is our sincere hope that all voters, will access those responses when available.

The Chamber, together with YourTV will host a live, televised Mayoral Debate in the lead up to the Election.   YourTV will re-run the debate a number of times over the following weeks, to provide the communities information on the candidates and their opinions.  The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will also host an “All Candidates Evening” where the public will have a chance to meet with as many of the candidates as they wish to.  Date, time and location, will be announced shortly.

Many of the questions that will be asked of both the Mayoral and Council candidates in the various forums will no doubt focus on business concerns and or questions that relate to their specific sectors.  In a conversation last week with one of our Chamber Member’s and founder of “Ignite North Bay”, Mike Campigotto, he provided a unique perspective on his view of the election issues and probably one of the most important questions, that rarely ever gets asked.  The question that he posed can be asked to any and all candidates, in any and all elections.  He would like to know “How each individual, if elected, will work together as part of a team, to improve our City?”  This is a very basic question and one that rarely ever gets asked, but should be.

It is going to take a team effort to move our City forward and although individual opinions will always exist, a cohesive unit with a shared vision will be required.   In North Bay, eleven individuals paddling together will reach their goals/objectives much quicker than eleven individuals, apart.  Thanks for the question and perspective Mike and to all candidates that have put their names forward, you may want to start thinking about how you might respond.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

By the time that this article is in print, the August long weekend and Summer in the Park will be over, and another memory will be added.  No doubt that there will be discussions both good and bad, about the change in venue for the long weekend festival and how successful or unsuccessful it was.  Looking in the rear-view mirror is always easier than taking chances and if we were only to look backwards, nothing would change.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the volunteers and sponsors who have stepped up and tried something different to revive the annual celebration that is known as Summer in the Park.  The countless hours that these people have put in over the past year, organizing this year’s event should not be over looked.  Although the festival may not be suited for everyone’s taste or appetite, the organizers heard that it had to change, and they did exactly that.  Congratulations for having the fortitude and gumption to try something new.

Since the inception of the festival many years ago, the festival has evolved and changed.  Economics, demographics, Mother Nature and competition have all been major factors which have resulted, in the changes that we have seen.  They will continue to be the major factors in planning and looking at the future of the festival.  Many may argue that it is time to abandon the festival, that it has lost its relevance and that it is too risky to put on.   The not to distant memory of when the festival was cancelled and the long weekend in August was just another weekend, will hopefully put some perspective into the analysis or post mortem of this year’s event.

As we move into municipal election mode, no doubt we will hear from incumbents and challengers, about why or why not, this weekend event, should or should not continue.  It is our sincere hope at the Chamber, that decisions are not made solely on financial success or failure.  The sense of community that the festival has maintained since inception, would be a loss for North Bay and the surrounding area.  The investment that the City has put into this event pays dividends to our community not only in dollars and cents but in the community and sense of belonging as well.  Changes will occur but let’s not throw the proverbial “baby out with the bath water”.

To co-chairs Geoff Richardson and Thomas Brown, Councillor Shogren and City staff, and the entire group of volunteers and sponsors, thank you for making North Bay a better place.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce

 

The race is on!  With nominations for the upcoming municipal elections closing last Friday, there appear to be a number of individuals that have put their names forward to serve.  Whether it is for the Mayor’s chair, municipal councils or school boards in the various municipalities within our district, many individuals have decided that they have what it takes to run.  Congratulations to each and everyone of the incumbents that have decided to stay on and for the new comers into the world of politics, congratulations as well and good luck.

Over the next three months, in the lead up to the election, we as taxpayers will see and hear why each candidate deserves our support.  As of the close of nominations, some municipalities and Boards have seen acclamations but for the balance, we will be seeing candidates in full election mode until October.  For the next three months, taxpayers will be sorting through a constant barrage of information on each candidate and will hopefully make educated and informed choices on the people that will represent them for the next four years.

It will be very important that as with every election, that the voters get out and exercise their right to vote.  Traditionally, the turnout by the voting public has been under 50% of the registered voters.  For whatever reasons people have, some choose not to vote and those that don’t should not complain about their elected officials.  The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce encourages every one of its members, their employees and families to make sure that they are registered to vote and that they get out to vote on Election Day.

As stated in an earlier column, the Chamber will be surveying its members, the business community, on their concerns and priorities for the next term of elected officials.  We will use that information to compile a list of questions for each candidate and provide that information to our members and the public to help them in making informed choices.  Those choices may only end up being one or two candidates and voters can exercise that right to only vote for one or two of the candidates.  It is not mandatory to vote for the number of positions available.

In North Bay, it will be interesting to watch what individuals and or groups of individuals bring forward as their main issues.  In many of the initial press releases declaring their candidacies, the words accountability and transparency have appeared many times and also appears to mean many different things to many different people.  Make sure you ask the incumbents, if for the past four years that they have been open and transparent and for the new candidates, what they actually think those statements or words mean.  My experience tells me, that the answers from the two groups might be polar opposites.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will be asking the candidates how they are going to change the conversation in their communities and the bigger question “How might we?” rather than all the reason why not.  More to come on this subject.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce.

Four days and counting down, to the close of nominations for the Municipal elections taking place on October 22.  Some new faces, some old faces and some yet to declare but no matter what, the race is on and it is important for all of us to be involved in this process and the upcoming election.  The people that we elect, will set the tone for each Municipality and School Board in our District, for the next four years.

After the close of nominations this Friday, we will have three months to sift through the platforms of each candidate and choose who we see fit to represent us and our concerns that are important to each of us.  It is tremendously important that if there are issues that individuals wish to see addressed, that they communicate with the candidates that have or will put their names forward, to get their perspective on what you feel is important.  If we do not ask, we will not get an answer, nor will these candidates know about your issues or concerns.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a survey of its members, soon after the nomination period is completed.  We will be asking our members about their concerns or issues and will be presenting these items to each candidate for their input on how they will address them.  Once completed your Chamber will post the answers provided by the candidates so that our members and the general public will learn more about the candidates and the issues that the business community will bring forward.

As well, The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will be involved in various events around the district, in the months leading up to the election.  The more information that we can provide to our members and the public, the better.  There are many issues that are of concern for the business community and we are hopeful that the candidates will hear our questions/concerns and respond with meaningful responses.  Campaign promises, along with the candidate’s vision of what issues their municipalities are facing, will shape the visions of the Boards and Municipal Councils throughout the next four years.

To all of those who have put their names forward for the ballot on October 22 and for those that will before the close of nominations, good luck and thank you for taking the interest in your community.  It is not an easy decision to make when running for office, but it can and will, shape the future of all our communities.  The Chamber looks forward to working with the candidates and eventually the successful individuals in the future.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

Summer is here.  With Canada Day celebrations over, the relaxing and winding down for a great summer is finally with us.  Whether travelling across our Country or staying close to home to enjoy our district, we can finally put the cold weather and frosty temperatures to rest and enjoy our great outdoors.  Lots to do and see in our region and the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce wishes all, a safe and enjoyable summer.

With the Provincial election over, and the new government set for the next four years, we will soon turn our attention to municipal elections.  To date, as reported in various media outlets, a few incumbents and some new faces have already jumped into the race.  The next three weeks heading into the close of nominations on July 27th, we will see the candidates for all Councils and Mayor’s of our district municipalities along with various School Board Trustee candidates, declare their intent.

As we get closer to the close of the nomination period, it will be interesting to see who steps forward and allows their names to stand for election in October.  Rumours abound in the coffee shops and at the office water coolers, as to what that final list of candidates will look like.  Although most municipalities list a brief description of what the role of Council and the Mayor entails, it is only a fraction of what can be expected by those that are successful in their bids, to be elected.

We at the Chamber will be following closely and very shortly, we will be surveying our business community on what they feel are the important issues that are of concern for our members.  Those concerns will be translated into platform questions that we hope all candidates will provide their views on.  We expect to see a wide range of concerns from our membership on what they feel the next four years will require to grow our local economy and create employment opportunities in our region.  For all the armchair politicians that may be sitting in the wings contemplating putting their names forward, good luck and remember the deadline is approaching quickly.

On Thursday July 5, 2018 the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual golf tournament at Osprey Links.  The tournament will be in support of the North Bay and Area Community Foundation and we are getting close to a sell out for the tournament.  There are a few spots remaining and if you are looking for a great way to kick off the summer, give the Chamber office a call and register a team.  Welcome to the Summer of 2018.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Friday morning was a beautiful morning with brilliant blue skies and fabulous sunshine.  Most days while driving to work, a quick detour down Memorial Drive (the long way to work) reminds me daily as to what a great City we live in.  The Marina, Heritage Train and Carousels, The Boat, The Chief and looking out over the Marina at a calm and glass like Lake Nipissing, renews my spirit in why we live here.

Our community is fortunate to have so many people that give so much to so many others and in so many ways.  Our waterfront is supported by hundreds of volunteers through the Heritage Gardeners, who give much of their time and energy to make it such a beautiful place.  They show their pride in this City, through their commitment and passion, making our world a little better, with each minute that they give back to a community, that they love and care for.

When we take stock of our assets in this City, our volunteers are a huge part of the threads that make up the fabric of North Bay.  But also, we have one of the most caring and generous communities that should be the envy of all other communities.  Every worthy cause, fundraising event, and needs in our community is supported by our entire community. Last week, the announcement by Max and Lorraine Shapiro of a donation to the North Bay Regional Hospital Foundation, Cancer Care, Close to Home Campaign of One Million Dollars is another example of the generosity of our citizens.  Giving back and paying forward to future generations is what it is all about.

Also last week, The North Bay Battalion, One Kids Place/La place des enfants Children’s Treatment Centre and Deacon Wealth Management, teamed up for their annual golf tournament.  Another sold out event that raised over $50,000.00 for One Kids Place, which will assist families with children who have specialized needs and require specialized equipment.  This facility does so much for our children in this district and everyone who sponsored, donated and participated understands the needs.  Thanks to the North Bay Battalion, Deacon Wealth Management and all of volunteers that make this event a huge success every year.

Speaking of the North Bay Battalion, they were represented well by several former players and present players at the golf tournament.  It was announced as well at the OKP/Battalion Tournament, that in the five years that they have made North Bay their home, that approximately $1,000,000.00 has been raised through various events including the golf tournament, KidSport and various other charities.  They are an integral part of this giving community and our hats are off to Scott Abbott and his entire team for what they do, for this area and City.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Last week the City turned out, despite the inclement weather, to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2018.  Over 3500 students and thousands of residents took in the celebration at our waterfront on Wednesday morning with our Canadian Armed Forces, First Responders, and volunteers.  Although Mother Nature wasn’t too co-operative, forcing the cancellation of the Sky Hawks Jump Team, it was a tremendous celebration for the City of North Bay.

The relationship and history, that our City has with our military is far beyond just the economic benefits that we see from having a military base in our community.  The countless volunteer hours that our military members and families provide back to our community is hard to measure, but it is appreciated by so many different groups.  From Relay to Life (2018-Relay for Life Celebration this Friday evening), the Santa Claus Fund annually, Armed Forces Day, coaching and being involved in so many other great causes, makes this community a better place, each day.

The celebration annually, does not happen without an entire community coming together each year to say “Thank You” to each and every one of our members of the Military Family.  Colonel Mark Roberts, his entire Command staff along with Honorary Colonels George Burton, Hariett Madigan and Jake Lacourse do a tremendous job of integrating the military with our residents.  It is no small task to pull this all together each year and a big thank you for all involved, especially, Canadore College, The City of North Bay, and the hundreds of volunteers that work for months, prior to the event.

Events like this underscore the important role that our Military play in making our Country the place it is today.  The sacrifice and dedication that our military personnel, both past and present, give and have given, to Canada, is why we need to say thank you.  This commitment to keeping us safe, allows each of us to sleep soundly at night and enjoy the peaceful existence, that most of us do.  Whenever they are called upon to help, they are there.  From all our members at the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, “Thank You”!!!

Please make sure you mark your calendars for Thursday nights “Ignite North Bay” at the Capitol Centre starting at 7:00 p.m.  Come down, enjoy a complimentary New Ontario Brewery beverage, help PADDLE, and most of all, be inspired to change our future.  Check it out at www.ignitenorthbay.com/about and tickets can be obtained at the door or https://tangr.com/ .  You won’t regret it!! See you there.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Last week, after many months of campaigning, Ontarians’ have elected a majority PC government to lead us, over the next four years.  Looking back over the past few months of the election campaign, no doubt it will be remembered as one of the more memorable albeit strange, campaigns in a long time.  Congratulations to Vic Fedeli and his entire election team, on a huge victory here in Nipissing.  After two terms in opposition, we can look forward to having our elected MPP as a member of the Legislature, that is forming the new government.

Congratulations to all the candidates that put their names forward to run in this Provincial campaign.  Campaigns are tough on candidates, their teams and most of all, their families.  The work that is put in running for office by all, never stops during the writ period and each candidate is probably taking a bit of time to rest and wind down after last Thursday.  The exception to that is Vic Fedeli, who headed back to Toronto on the day after the election to get started on what will be a very busy time, as the new government is formed.

With a majority government elected, it appears that Ontarians were not satisfied nor wanted either a minority or coalition government to lead this Province, during the next four years.  The voters placed their trust in the PC party and expectations of Premier Elect Doug Ford and his new government are going to be high.  These next few weeks will be interesting to watch as the party forms government and the appointment of the new Cabinet takes place.  With a seventy-six-seat majority there appears to be a lot of talent that will be scrutinized by the Leader for those cabinet positions.

As a riding in Northern Ontario, it is going to be important that we have Vic Fedeli at the Cabinet table.  Vic’s hard work over the past two terms in opposition as both the Finance Critic and Interim Leader of the Opposition should position him well, for one of those seats.  Vic’s work on many of the issues including Ontario Hydro, the Ring of Fire project and most importantly, the Provinces finances should land him one of the senior Cabinet positions and we will wait and see as those announcements are rolled out.  Vic has shown over his entire political career that he is not afraid of taking on tough issues and his work ethic is without question.  Premier-Elect Ford will need his expertise and political savvy as they set up shop.  Congratulations Vic and we all look forward to the next four years.

Don’t forget about Ignite North Bay at the Capitol Centre on June 21st @ 7:00 p.m.  Come out and see what inspires our City and join in a movement to change the way we think and feel about the place we live.  The “How Might We” crowd and talk is growing, and the Chamber encourages all to come out and be part of it.  Also, the Chamber annual golf tournament at Osprey Links is also just around the corner on July 5 and we expect it to be a sell out once again.  Book now by calling us at the Chamber office while there are still some spots and sponsorship opportunities available.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.