Latest Issue: March 19, 2019

From Last Choice To Top Priority

The plan to alleviate traffic on Petawawa Boulevard

A March 15 press release by the County of Renfrew suggested that the plan to widen Petawawa Boulevard is picking up steam as county and Town of Petawawa officials are meeting with provincial and federal ministers to secure the necessary funding. For some business owners, it’s just another “false start” as they have been hearing that plans to fix the traffic problems on the main route to Garrison Petawawa were coming for years now. Indeed, they’re not wrong – this discussion has been going on since 2008. But what’s interesting is that when the discussion began in 2008, there were two other options that were worth considering and the recommendation was that the expansion of Petawawa Boulevard not be pursued. Download the latest issue.

College Faces $380K Carbon Tax

Ontario government hopes to create better plan

The federal government’s carbon tax is estimated to cost Algonquin College more than $380,052 in new taxes by 2022. It will impact Ontario colleges and universities by increasing their upfront annual heating costs by approximately $9.8 million in 2019, and rising to $24.7 million in 2022. Download the latest issue.

Explained: Federal Carbon Tax

What it is, how it works and what it means to you

The carbon tax is being put forward to encourage businesses to use less fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are naturally occurring fuels that contain high percentages of carbon. Some examples are petroleum, coal, propane and natural gas. The world’s energy consists of petroleum (34%), coal (28%) and natural gas (23%). There are also non-fossil sources that include nuclear (8.5%), hydroelectric (6.5%) and other items such as solar, wood, wind and more. The suggestion is that using less fossil fuels is better for our planet and Canada agreed to a certain level of emissions reduction as part of the Paris Climate Change Accord. Download the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Your Marketing Shopping List: How to get good things accomplished

Recently I had to do some shopping to pick up supplies for an event. I had a very specific list of the kind of thing I was looking for, and made it through seven stores in two hours with some great finds. I was keeping in touch with my event co-organizer throughout my visits and she finally said, “How are you getting everywhere so fast?”   It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you are focused on what you seek to find. It can work the same with planning your marketing initiatives. Download the latest issue.


Book Club | Julie Zhou

The Making of a Manager: What to do when everyone looks to you

Congratulations, you’re a manager! After you accept the shiny new title and step into this next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don’t really know what you’re doing. That’s how Julie Zhuo felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics -from hiring to firing, meeting to messaging, planning to pitching – and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? How could she be a good steward of her reports’ careers? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations? 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