Latest Issue: June 18, 2019

No.1 Choice of Snowmobilers

Renfrew County cashing in on $100M industry on snow

It might have been a long winter, but the Ottawa Valley took full advantage of it, being named the top destination for snowmobilers in all of Ontario. Nearly 12 per cent of all snowmobile trips in the province happened in District 6, a region encompassing most of Renfrew County.  The impact to the District 6 region was nearly $100 million! Download the latest issue.

Pembroke Ending Vacancy Rebate

Savings anticipated as rebate comes to an end

The City of Pembroke is moving forward with reforming its vacancy rebate program. The Ontario government mandated the vacancy rebate program for commercial and industrial properties that met certain criteria. Those properties were eligible for 30 and 35 per cent rebates if owners applied and were approved. Recent provincial changes allowed municipalities to have more flexibility in altering or eliminating the program. Download the latest issue.

Construction Notice: Highway 148

H&H Construction is advising motorists that construction has begun on MTO Contract No. 2018-4021; the removal of the CPR overhead bridge located on Highway 148, approximated 230m west of Hazley Bay Drive and the installation of a trail culvert in its place. Download the latest issue.

Telecom Wholesaler: Mixed Reviews

Councillor in support, staff not so much

The City of Pembroke Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee (PEDTAC) has recommended hiring Ron Carmanico of Manic Enterprises to represent the city at the International Telecom Week conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The recommendation was brought forward by Councillor Andrew Plummer. Download the latest issue.

Bill 107 Clears The Way For ORVs

Legislation recognizes contribution to tourism across Ontario

Bill 107, Getting Ontario Moving Act (Transportation Statute Law Amendment), 2019 is now in force and it provides some changes for the use of ATVs and side-by-sides on roads in Ontario. Bill 107 amends the rules to automatically allow off-road vehicles on municipal roads in all areas of the province. This amendment reverses the onus as these vehicles are currently prohibited unless a municipal government passes a by-law to allow them. Download the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Rant: The Motorized Use Discussion: Are we going to lose this opportunity?

As the publisher of this newsletter, I look for issues that impact business and report on them. One of the issues I have been covering for many years has been the struggle of motorized ATV and snowmobile clubs to be respected as tourism drivers in our region. It’s time to stop talking about whether that respect is warranted. Download the latest issue.


Book Club | Henry Cloud

The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up In Order To Move Forward

Henry Cloud, the bestselling author of Integrity and The One-Life Solution, offers this mindset-altering method for proactively correcting the bad and the broken in our businesses and our lives. Cloud challenges readers to achieve the personal and professional growth they both desire and deserve—and gives crucial insight on how to make those tough decisions that are standing in the way of a more successful business and, ultimately, a better life. Download the latest issue.

  • Events Calendar: Business and related events in the region
  • Business News Around The Valley: Briefs on local news and information
  • Provincial and National Business News: Briefs on news around the province and Canada that local businesses should know
  • On The Move: Local promotions, new hires and retirements
  • It’s A Fact: Interesting facts connected to business
  • News 10: A quick 10-question quiz on recent news headlines
  • Tenders: Current tender postings and results