Latest Issue: Ottawa Valley Business – December 4, 2018

In or Out for Retail Marijuana Stores?

Private sales coming April 1, 2019

While marijuana is now legal to consume in Canada, the rules around it seem to be evolving as the days go by. One of the rules rests in the hands of municipalities – whether or not they want to permit recreational marijuana stores in the towns and cities. While January 22, 2019, is being held as a “deadline” to participate, municipalities can actually opt-in at any time. But once they decide to allow recreational marijuana stores, they can never opt out. Download our latest issue.

Global Demand For Recycled Material Decreasing

Local centre increasing prices to offset lost revenue streams

Rates are going up at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre due to less demand for processed recyclables globally. Download our latest issue.

Behaviour Rules Required For 2019

Municipalities must have codes of conduct and a third-party integrity commissioner to hear issues

2019 will be a year of change for municipalities – not just in terms of new faces around the council table, but some new requirements for municipalities under the Municipal Act, 2001.  Some requirements are within the theme of appropriate behaviour and conduct of elected officials. A 2016 position paper by the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) references the issues involving construction contractor corruption scandals in Quebec and breach of trust charges laid by the OPP against the mayor and two councillors in Clarence-Rockland as examples of why addressing ethics in municipal government is important. Download our latest issue.

Reimbursed For Road Construction

Montreal accepts CFIB challenge for business

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) knows that road construction is a major irritant for business. It causes a drop in sales, adds additional costs to your operations and becomes a source of stress. So they have decided to tackle the problem. The City of Montreal has become the first city to accept the CFIB challenge! Download our latest issue.

Who Has A Small Business Program?

Bill 68 makes it easier for municipalities to participate

Did you know that municipalities can create local small business programs under the Municipal Act? Recent changes to the Municipal Act through Bill 68 have even made it easier for these programs to be created, reducing an approve from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and allowing municipalities to proceed so long as they follow a specific regulation. Download our latest issue.

Employees Likely To Work Sick

If employees are required to provide a note from their doctor saying they were sick, they are most likley just going to go to work sick isntead. According to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) among employed Canadians, 70 per cent oppose having to provide sick notes. Opposition is consistent across the provinces, including 52 per cent of Ontarians generally who strongly oppose the sick note requirement. Download our latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Marketing Your Human Resources: How to move forward with ideas that work

Last year, I was part of a roundtable discussion about how a workplace could attract more employees. People threw out all sorts of ideas – make an Instagram page, copy a campaign that was used in the U.S., make a video – all ways to say “hey, we’re hiring.” Then people started to support those ideas and one talked about wanting to run an Instagram campaign while another had a friend who worked in the video business who could make the video (for cheap). In 15 minutes, the room felt they had solved a problem that causes employers so much challenge, and money; how to hire. Unfortunately, no one thought to focus on what the applicant was looking for – in this case, their customer. Download our latest issue.


Book Club | Edgar H. Schein

Humble Inquiry: The gentle art of asking instead of telling

We live, says Ed Schein, in a culture of “tell.” Rather than trying to genuinely relate to other people we tell them what we think they need to know or should do based on assumptions we’ve made about them. But telling makes people feel inferior; it shuts them down. This is particularly true of interactions between superiors and subordinates, and that’s where it’s particularly problematic. Download our latest issue.

  • Events Calendar: Business and related events in the region
  • Business News Around The Valley: Briefs on local news and information
  • 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