Volunteers needed!!!  If you are thinking about volunteering to help with the Women’s World Curling Championships to be held in North Bay March 17-25, 2018, please register NOW!  The organizing committee needs to order jackets, shirts, etc. for the volunteers and they need to know sizes and numbers,so if you are thinking of volunteering, please take the time to go online and register.  You can access the registration through this link: https://volunteer.curling.ca/2018fwwcc

This past week has been an extremely busy week in North Bay with the FONOM conference being held in our City.  Congratulations to Councillor Mac Bain and his colleagues from FONOM who put this event together.   Obviously with a Provincial election on the horizon and that the leaders of Provincial parties came to North Bay, it provides an opportunity for our elected officials to discuss the way forward and the issues that will shape that upcoming election.

We encourage all of our members to get informed and more so, get involved in shaping the future of our Province.  Political stripes aside, if you are not informed and or involved, then it is difficult to change or influence what our next government will look like.

We were pleased at the Chamber to hear the recommendation being put forward by the ARC committee of the Near North District School Board.  The recommendation of the committee for both Widdifield and West Ferris to be refurbished and the elimination of Chippewa, appears to be a logical and common sense solution.  Members of our business community get it.  Reduced numbers, reductions in funding, capital costs etc., create the need for these tough decisions and the Trustee’s are always placed in difficult situations in making these tough calls.

However, with that being said, we certainly hope that the recommendations put forward by the ARC committee, are adopted by the trustees.  Far to often these days, economic factors and not necessarily public support often sway decisions that erode communities.  The Chamber of Commerce will be presenting at the meeting scheduled for June 12, 2017 and we encourage all our members to make sure their voices are heard.  It would be a shame if the voice of the ARC Committee was ignored and the recommendations not adopted.

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