Written by: Krista Law
Last month, the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) hosted Leadership Winnipeg. Our sessions for the day focused on agriculture in Manitoba and the role it plays in our economy. Like some of the afternoon presenters, I grew up in the city but have always felt a strong link to agriculture.
My mom comes from a small farming community in Southwest Manitoba and I spent many weekends, summers and holidays on my grandparents' farm growing up. I saw my uncle struggle through the 80's when interest rates were high and precipitation was low. I know that he almost lost the farm in those years, and because of that, had to change the type of farm he runs from grain to cattle. I’ve seen the success of that new model grow to a thriving cow calf operation and supply business that my grandfather would never have dreamed of. I also saw my cousins, encouraged to come to the city for post-secondary school. Farming is hard, not a career for everyone.
In recent years I’ve seen two of my cousins move back to the farm in their mid 20's, school behind them. Neither took agriculture in school, but both felt the pull back to the farm and have begun endeavors of their own in the sector.
I’ve felt as though witnessing this and knowing more about farming than the average city dweller has been a privilege. I know that not everyone knows where their food comes from, and many people don’t care. The day at CIGI really opened my eyes to the size of this industry in Manitoba beyond the modest operations of my family. Perhaps the most encouraging part of the day for me was learning about Agriculture in the Classroom, the non-profit agency bringing accurate, balanced and current information to schools full of children who may not have the opportunities I’ve had to learn about this world and its importance in our daily lives.
It was also so encouraging to meet other young farmers entering or sticking with the industry despite the challenges it may present. Learning about the leadership in this sector that may sometimes be viewed as old-fashioned really made me think, about my family, my community, and what contributions I would like to ultimately make in this industry.
Leadership Winnipeg is a series of day-long sessions, held once a month, are hosted in the community and focuses on a theme. The sessions include tours and guest speakers, plus an opportunity to interact with those speakers. The program is primarily learning by experiencing as opposed to textbook-based learning.
by Rob Read, Bison Fire Protection
Kidde Canada has recalled 1.5 Million Smoke Alarms that were manufactured from June 2004 to March 2011. The models involved in the recall are the KN-COSM-IBCA Hardwired Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm with battery backup, KN-COSM-ICA Hardwired Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm (without battery backup). Keep in mind with the 10 year replacement recommendation some of these units will have already been replaced, however taking the minute to verify the dates and models on the back of the unit could truly be a life saver.
The issue is that when the alarm reaches the end of its useful life, it issues an end of life chirp every thirty seconds. If the battery is replaced when the unit is at its end of life (or, if you have a model without a battery backup, if power is removed and then restored to the alarm), and the test button is pressed within 10 seconds thereafter, the unit will no longer issue an end of life chirp providing a false sense of security when the unit is in fact no longer functioning as designed.
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1) Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.
2) Read The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
3) Visit (and support) Thunderbird House on December 21, 2016.
Our moderator Michael Champagne invited you to visit a vital Indigenous institution in our city and the perfect opportunity is just around the corner.
Join The Winnipeg Chamber and get your ticket today to the 'Reborn Under the Solstice Moon' Pinaysiwiigamic Fundraiser for Thunderbird House, December 21 featuring dinner prepared by Feast, great entertainment, and an art auction.
4) Learn more about the Federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment that Michael Champagne spoke about.
5) Bring Circles for Reconciliation into your workplace for a grassroots led discussion on reconciliation.
6) Learn more (and consider joining) the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce.
7) Take advantage of the resources the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba provides (including its free speakers bank).
8) Visit the North End's Meet Me at The Bell Tower. There's a gathering every Friday at 6 p.m. at 610 Selkirk Ave.
9) Explore the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council website.
Its mission is to champion business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Indigenous and minority suppliers.
10) Read this list of 22 impacts that inter-generational survivors face on a day-to-day basis.
11) Read this month's IRPP Insight entitled Indigenous Peoples, Canada and the Possibility of Reconciliation, a publication consisting of concise policy analyses or critiques on timely topics by experts in the field.
12) Interested in learning more? Reach out to us in an email and we will include you in future discussions.
On November 21 the Province of Manitoba delivered a Throne speech that acknowledged how the economy underpins every action, promise and goal we have as a community. The continued deterioration of Manitoba’s financial position would only serve to undermine the government’s ability to deliver for citizens. This speech delivers the right messages with the right tone on our priorities.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is particularly pleased to see a key recommendation move forward. We’ve long advocated for pooled retirement pension plans as an effective tool to help Manitobans prepare for retirement – without putting a burden on the backs of businesses. The provincial government not only heard this suggestion, but is moving quickly to bring it into reality.
Equally encouraging is the establishment of the Red Tape Reduction Task Force. Without impacting revenues, the Province can make meaningful change here that improves our economic climate.
The Winnipeg Chamber has been in discussions with the Province over the provincial nominee program, bringing forward a number of member-driven recommendations from our Bold Platform. We’re pleased to see this was another area emphasized by the Throne speech since enhancing this program is critical to meeting our skilled employee needs today and tomorrow.
Over the past weeks, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has participated in the Province’s carbon pricing consultations. We believe whatever model Manitoba adopts to direct a potential carbon tax’s revenues will be critical to our success in the future economy and look forward to continuing the conversation outlined in the Throne speech.
There’s only so much room in any speech – or in a year of government life – to identify and address key issues. Nevertheless, The Winnipeg Chamber believes some areas deserved inclusion or stronger emphasis.
Difficulty accessing capital is the number one obstacle identified by our members in survey after survey. While the Province has established a caucus committee to examine access to capital issues in Manitoba, stronger action and urgency is certainly due. In the same vein, the last time our province had a meaningful examination of the tax ecosystem was 1999. A lot’s changed in nearly 18 years and a Manitoba Tax Reform Commission couldn’t be more appropriate given discussions around PST and a probable carbon tax. Lastly, while we support a number of measures the Province has outlined to repair our services there’s an underlying culture within our provincial civil service that needs to be addressed – one that’s process heavy instead of outcome centric. We know culture change is a long term activity. We know it’s hard. But now is the right time for a public service modernization exercise. A civil service that celebrates a customer-centric culture won’t just improve citizens’ interactions with government: it will be key to overcoming our financial challenges.
Overall the Throne speech delivers a powerful message to business: the financial challenge before us is impressive… and we can overcome it.
The Winnipeg Chamber is pleased to have shared your thoughts and ideas with our provincial government in how we move forward. Beyond specific measures, this Throne speech reflects the relationships the Pallister government is building with Manitobans – with openness, transparency and active listening on their part. Along with the emphasis on the economy, we take tremendous hope in that.
As budgets go, there’s more to like than not in the City’s 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets. There’s also more questions than answers.
On the positive side, the budget achieves strong progress in expenditure control. Overall spending rose by 2.3%, in line with population growth and inflation, constituting one of the smallest increases in a decade. Emergency services (police, fire and paramedic services) account for almost half of the city’s annual $1 billion operating budget. Budget 2017 proposes increases of 1.3% and 4.7% for police and fire/paramedic budgets respectively, whereas previous years have seen annual increases ranging from 5-10%.
In addition, fees, levies and other charges were left unchanged, other than inflationary adjustments. Approximately $11 million in efficiency gains are anticipated in Budget 2017, demonstrating a strong and continued focus on value and results within internal operations. At The Chamber and at our member businesses, we know efficiency isn’t a stop-start process: it’s a state of mind and a constant exercise, and thus encouraging to see the City embark upon this path.
While the Chamber remains steadfast in its calls for the elimination of the Municipal Business Tax, the proposed rate reduction from 5.3% to 5.25% was another positive move. The rate decrease represents the third consecutive year of downward pressure on the tax.
The benefit of the reduction is partial offset by the missed opportunity to raise the business tax exemption threshold, left unchanged at 2016 levels ($32,220 in Annual Rental Value). While 2017 is a non-assessment year, the Chamber continues to advocate for set annual increases to the exemption threshold so as to ensure businesses that fall off the business tax roll, remain off the roll.
Of utmost concern in Budget 2017 is the reduction in local and regional street renewal investments and the changes in the Cash to Capital Program.
According to the City, 2% of the 2.33% property tax increase (estimated at $10 million) is to be dedicated to the 2017 Street Renewal Capital Program (regional and local streets). In 2016, total program spending was $105.2 million; in 2017, program spending remains flat at $105.2 million, necessitating the question as to where the estimated $10 million in dedicated revenue has gone? If it has indeed gone to the program, then the City has effectively transferred $10 million from last year’s program to general revenues or other program spending. Given the stated, dedicated intention of the 2.33% property tax increase, the flat investment is of significant concern.
Lastly, the 2017 Cash to Capital program, effectively serving to transfer funds from the city’s operating budget to its capital budget, is set to decrease $23.2 million from the 2017 forecast of $78.8 million. Critics of the City’s recently approved growth impact fees suggest the Cash to Capital program is one area where potential revenue from the fee could find its way into the general operating fund. As such, The Chamber will continue to monitor these changes to ensure any and all impact fee revenue remains dedicated and used as mandated.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce will be appearing before City Council on December 13 to speak in support of Budget 2017, with the concerns and recommendations noted above.
If you’d like more information on Budget 2017 and/or the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, please contact Director of Advocacy, James Magnus-Johnston at 204.944.8484 or email@example.com.
By Raegan Hedley, Exchange Digital PR
The future of business is being driven by millennials, and you can either get in on the joy ride, or get left curbside.
Born between 1977 and 2000, they are more open-minded, educated, responsive, and connected to brands than any generation before them. They seek adventure, novelty, and experiences — all so they can document it and show the world.
Let’s be clear: being on social media isn’t enough for millennials. In fact, poorly run accounts will hurt your business more than helping you.
Here are three ways to tap into the millennial psychology on social media, and appeal to what they want to see brands doing.
1. Stand for Something
Find a cause that aligns with your brand, and find a fitting way for your brand to support that cause. It can be an activation where you ask people to do something, you add charity value to something you already offer, you ask people to engage on social, or you can make your brick-and-mortar a donation drop point.
Almost 50 per cent of millennials would be more willing to make a purchase from a company if that purchase supports a cause. It doesn’t matter what you support — just be genuine — because they can smell it a mile away if you’re not. Millennials don’t see the value in the typical sponsorship model. To them, it’s not about handing over a cheque, getting a name on the banner, and showing up for the photo op.
Also, if you have a tie to the charity or cause you are supporting, don’t be afraid to share you story! Honesty goes a long way.
2. Be Funny (If it’s Fitting)
If you can swing it, using humour can help your company talk to this generation. 80 per cent of millennials want a brand to entertain them.
There’s a way to be professional, tasteful and funny without making people mad. One piece of advice: if you have to pause for a second and think about if it will offend people, it probably will. Stay *far* away from politics, religion, sex and complaints as topics.
When it comes to some serious, don’t try to pull any funny business. Create a caring and empathetic response from the heart, or don’t post about it at all.
3, Ask and Receive
Reviews, comments and engagement are the new millennial currencies. 70 per cent of millennials feel responsible to share feedback with companies after a good or bad experience. Take them seriously.
If you have the right attitude, online feedback can give you important insight into areas of your business that could use some improvement. The ability to reply to reviews provides you with a unique opportunity to take a negative experience and turn it into a positive one.
Ask your followers to leave reviews, ask questions, encourage them to comment, run polls, and drive meaningful engagement of all kinds. Being responsive (within 24 hours) to both positive and negative engagement can help set you apart, and show you are customer/client focused.
All statistics cited are from MillennailMarketing.com (Who are millennials?).
Written by: Tolu Ilelaboye
Close your eyes and think about this question: what does a leader look like? Is this person male or female? What is their background? How old are they? If there is one thing that you could take away from the Leadership Winnipeg discussions on October 21st it is this: Leadership does not look like any one person. It is not restricted by race, class, age, or sex. It is not governed by career or life choices. And it rarely, if ever, is a solo role.
Between Cindy Tugwell, Michael Redhead Champagne, Mariette Mulaire, and David Johnston, the idea of what a leader is currently doing and has the potential to do is limitless. What these four community leaders prove is that regardless of the communities you identify with and what you are doing to strengthen these comm, you can be a leader. These local community leaders each have their own stories of how they got to where they are but all were there speaking to the group about the same topic. That is, their histories do not impact how they are perceived in the community – as leaders and role models in Winnipeg.
Photo courtesy of Michael Champagne (@northendmc)
What was particularity interesting was that regardless of the field they were currently working in, there were some common themes that they each identified in their understanding of leadership:
1.No one person is a leader. It takes a team of people.
2.Reciprocity is key to community development.
3.Keep an open mind and be willing to try things that may challenge you in new ways.
4.Don’t worry about the potential to fail and continue to push the envelope of opportunities.
If you were walking down the street, today, you might recognize Cindy, Michael, Mariette, or David because they have been in the news, on TV, or speaking at an event that you went to. However, what is to say that you aren’t currently sitting beside another community leader who just happens to be amazing at what they are doing. What’s to say that you aren’t a community leader in your own right? Nothing, because a leader by any other name – Doug, Zainab, Alana, Tolu – is still a leader.