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Upcoming Events

Date: September 26, 2018 8:00 am

State of the North 2018 - Bold Approaches: Taxing for Growth

Northern Policy Institute presents a two day seminar. For full details or to register click here. 

Date: September 26, 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: September 27, 2018 4:30 pm

Business After Hours

Join us for Business After Hours – members and their employees welcome!
Hosted by Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, 100 College Drive, North Bay. Don’t forget your business cards to hand out at this networking social.

Date: September 27, 2018 7:00 pm

Ignite North Bay 4

September 27, 2018 begins at 7 pm. For more information, see: https://www.ignitenorthbay.com/our-next-event

Date: September 27, 2018 7:00 pm

North Bay Battalion Regular Season Game

2018-2019 Season First Exhibition Game

To Purchase Tickets go on battalionhockey.com

News

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide the opportunity for the constituents in Papineau-Cameron with information on the candidates that provided submissions, you can click HERE to read the Papineau-Cameron bios/platforms.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is also pleased to provide other area Municipalities and candidates who have provided their information:

Callander – click HERE

Bonfield – click HERE

Calvin – click HERE

Make sure you are on the voters list at www.voterlookup.ca or call your municipality.

NBay election 2018 booklet for website Tonight’s Meet and Greet will have copies of the booklet.  If you prefer to view it online, please click HERE.

2018 Candidates for the City of North Bay Municipal Election.

By the time this column goes to print, the Labour Day weekend will be a thing of the past and a new school year will have started.  For some it will be much too soon, but for others, the start of a new adventure.  Welcome back to all of our Canadore College, Nipissing University and Canadian Career College students.  For the returning students, welcome back and to all of the new residents to our City, we hope you enjoy your new home.

Over the past week, the Colleges and University have all been, bee hives of activities, after a summer of slower student attendance.  Driving in the area during this past few days, many out of town and a surprising number of out of Province visitors have been spotted trying to navigate around the City.  Restaurants have been full, hotel rooms booked and grocery stores have been busier than usual, with the influx of the collective student bodies.

Frosh week activities will have been well under way and if you were out and about on the weekend, you would have seen a number of events which the students participated during the Frosh Week celebrations.  The students could be seen at almost every gas station, grocery store and downtown, including the waterfront, raising money for charity, which has become an annual rite of passage that brings a lot of life back into the City.  Congratulations on yet another successful Frosh week and as well, raising funds that support important charity work in our community.

On a sadder note, the Chamber column was completed last week, prior to the passing of long-time Manager of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, Glen DeVuono.  Glen spent thirty-three years of his employment career, managing the Chamber of Commerce and shaping it into what, it has evolved in to, today.  Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Glen well, he was highly regarded by his peers, friends and acquaintances, from every walk of life.  He worked tirelessly to improve his community and was involved in almost any project or cause before, during and after his tenure at the Chamber.

Glen mentored many of our current politicians during their tenures as members, of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and always provided sage advice. To the entire DeVuono family and good friend Patti Carr, our sincerest condolences.  He will certainly be missed. There will be a celebration of Glen’s life taking place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at the North Bay Granite Club.

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

DEVUONO, Glen Dale

Dean, David and Perry DeVuono announce, with sorrow, the passing of their father, Glen Dale DeVuono at the age of 81 on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  Born in North Bay June 2, 1937.  He was predeceased by his parents Ruth and Paddy DeVuono and is survived by his sister Angie Ballantyne of Sault Ste. Marie.  Glen will be missed by his grandchildren, Alex, Avery, James, Brandon, Jarryd, Ryan, Brianne, Ben and Shantel.

Glen was Manager of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce for 33 years and was proud of having been part of a small group of Chamber Members who began development of our lakefront in 1975, by carving a beach and playground from what was a junkyard and jungle.  Glen was a 50-year club curler, a member of a fiercely competitive bridge group and spent countless hours enjoying the log cabin which he built in Chisholm in 1979.

In his earlier years, Glen was Manager of the Sault Star Wawa Bureau, Past President of the Wawa Lions Club and Honourary Member of Branch 429 Royal Canadian Legion.

He leaves behind best friends Victor Fedeli, Patti Carr, Sue Ortepi and Amy Nimens.  Thank you for a thousand acts of kindness.

The family, Dean (Cindy), David (Moreen), Perry (Sue) and “daughter” Patti would like to thank the nurses of the renal dialysis clinic and the nurses of C1 who have given great care to our father.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Bay Humane Society, Nipissing Serenity Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place.  At Glen’s request, there is no funeral or visitation.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the North Bay Granite Club from 1 pm to 4 pm.  We hope old friends, past curling colleagues, and Chamber friends that can attend, will stop by.

Arrangements entrusted to Martyn Funeral Home.

As mentioned in last weeks article, we have been able to secure dates and times for both the Mayoral Election debate and as well for Council hopefuls, a meet and greet evening.  The Council meet and greet, which includes the Mayoral candidates, will be held on September 11, 2018 at the Grande Event Centre, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Members of the public will be able to meet with candidates who register for the event and discuss their platforms and positions on items that concern the citizens of North Bay.  YourTV will also be taping a three-minute infomercial on each candidate and will replay those leading up to Election Day.

The Mayoral Debate will take place on October 4th, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and many thanks to YourTV for co-hosting this event.  This will be a live, televised event and it will also be replayed in the weeks preceding Election day, October 22, 2018.  In our outlying districts, we are working with various municipalities on events that they may wish to hold, and we will get those dates out as they are firmed up.  We continue to survey our members in our district, as to the issues that concern them most as businesses.  A summary of those concerns will form the basis, for the questions to be asked to all candidates.

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

 

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.