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.