What's New This Week - April 28, 2022

Written by 

Robin Cooke


April 28, 2022

What's New This Week - April 28, 2022

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy.



The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

How to support

Traditionally on April 28th the Canadian flag has flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers have observed Day of Mourning in a variety of ways over the years. Some have lit candles, laid wreaths, worn commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and paused for a moment of silence.

Whether employees are currently working remotely or onsite, we encourage organizations, communities, and individuals to hold or support an event, or to simply observe a moment of silence at 11:00 am on April 28. Consider sharing or playing our moment of silence video in your workplace to honour those who have died, or suffered injury or illness due to a work-related tragedy.

Employers and individuals can also show their support and commitment to a safe workplace by promoting the social media cards and messages provided on this page. By sharing these messages, you are reminding more people to put health and safety at the forefront of their work and helping to prevent further work-related injuries and loss of life.

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Filling the Talent Gap in Ontario’s Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sector

Food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing is a major driver of Ontario’s economy. With 65 percent of product from Ontario farms flowing through one of the 4,000 businesses that make up this sector, it is critical to our food supply chain. As of 2020, F&B manufacturing directly employed more Ontarians and contributed more to the province’s GDP than any other type of manufacturing. However, the sector faces a labour shortage that is expected to persist. The challenge spans hiring and retention. In Ontario, an estimated 25,000 positions will go unfilled by 2025. This report, commissioned by Food & Beverage Ontario in partnership with the City of Brampton, explores: (i) issues hindering employers’ ability to attract and retain talent in the sector and (ii) what can be done to fill the existing and projected talent gap. It examines the F&B manufacturing industry in Brampton as a case study to generate provincially relevant insights.

Read the Report Here

FISH TV Coming To Sarnia Lambton - Put it in your diary Fisher People!

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton is happy to welcome the Fish TV crew, including Ron James, Leo Stakos and Jeff Chisholm from May 2nd to the 6th, 2022.

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About Safety and Health Week

Safety and Health Week is an ideal time for employers, employees, partners, and the public to focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

Starting on Monday, May 2, you're invited to join our virtual activities to celebrate Safety and Health Week.

Sign up for free, live, online sessions starting with a national kickoff and a keynote address by Tareq Hadhad on resiliency through adversity.

The week will continue with thought provoking sessions on health and safety in Indigenous communities, a guided meditation, and improving your workplace health and safety culture. Let's come together to learn how we can create safe, thriving workplaces and communities.

Live French audio interpretation available for select events.

Visit the National Safety and Health Week Website

All-Candidates Luncheon and Q&A
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and the Seaway Kiwanis Club would like to extend an invitation to the All-Candidates Luncheon and Q & A Session Tuesday, May 10, 2022, between 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club

We will solicit questions from members and non-members of the Chamber through the survey below and provide the candidates with the questions prior to the event.  Deadlines for registration and question submission is May 1, 2022.

Registration for the event can be done on the Chamber of Commerce website: https://members.slchamber.ca/events. Chamber members $20.00 and non-chamber members $25.00.

For further information, please contact: Robin Cooke, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce E-mail: info@slchamber.ca

Ask The Candidates Your Questions Here!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we will be highlighting virtual events that you and your staff may want to take part in.

Ohel and Project Hope invite you to learn about the importance of taking care of your mental health.  

Now more then ever, mental health matters. Covid has spurred so many to focus on improving their physical health. Your mental health is extremely important too. Topics discussed include:

  • How mental health manifests itself in our bodies and everyday life
  • The importance of being aware of your mental state
  • Providing coping mechanisms to respond to stress
  • Empowering you to feel comfortable addressing mental health concerns

Multiple Dates and Events Available

*To reach out directly to the presenters, please contact Nicole at Nicole_Ranger@ohelfamily.org or Amarjit at Amarjit_Kaur@ohelfamily.org

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The Ontario Government Continues to Invest in the Province’s Auto Parts Supply Chain

Support for innovative projects will increase global competitiveness and further position Ontario as a North American EV hub

The Ontario government continues to invest in the province’s auto parts supply chain with another round of investments through the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP). The province’s more than $5.5 million additional O-AMP investment will help boost competitiveness and position Ontario as a North American hub for developing and building the cars of the future.

O-AMP is a centrepiece of Phase 2 of Ontario’s 10-year vision in the strategic plan Driving Prosperity ― The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector. Phase 2 of the plan demonstrates the government’s commitment to transform the province’s automotive supply chain to build the cars of the future, including the production of hybrid and battery electric vehicles, EV battery and component production, and increasing exports of Ontario-made auto parts and innovations. Phase 2 puts Ontario on a path to becoming one of the most vertically integrated automotive jurisdictions in the emerging North American EV market.

April 26, 2022

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Ontario Training Nearly 1,500 People for Plumbing and Piping Careers

Workers can earn bigger paycheques building historic projects across Ontario

SARNIA — The Ontario government is working for workers by investing over $11.6 million in two projects that will help 1,500 apprentices and journeypersons upgrade their skills in plumbing, steamfitting, welding, sprinkler fitting, and refrigeration trades to earn bigger paycheques. The investment will also help construction employers find the workers they need to build the province’s highways, hospitals, and schools on time and on budget.

April 22, 2022

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Mother's Day Social

The Sarnia Anti-Aging Clinic is excited to be hosting a charity fund raiser for the Women's Interval Home, a local Women's Shelter here in Sarnia-Lambton, to raise awareness for family and domestic violence and to aid in financial support to this very important organization. 100% of ticket proceeds will be going to the Women's Interval Home. We will also have a donation bin on site for essential items for the women in need.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 6th from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Gateway Room at St. Clair Corporate Centre Suite 501 - 265 Front St., North Sarnia

Tickets: Tickets are $5.00 each and will be required at the door. Tickets will be placed into the draw when they arrive. Tickets will be for sale at Sarnia Anti-Aging Clinic prior to the event and at the door.

Sarnia Anti-Aging Clinic will have a donation bin for items such as unopened cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, gently used clothing, and diapers. All patrons that bring a donation will be entered into another draw.

🌸 Live Demos + Seminars
🌸 Your favourite local shops
🌸 Over $5,000 in prizes to be won
🌸 Sweet treats + Bubbly Bar
🌸 Specialty Day only Promotions
🌸 Goodie bags (to the first 50 attendees)

If you’re unable to attend, any ticket purchase will enter you into our draws for over $5,000 in prizes + you’ll be donating to an amazing cause 💜

For ticket information:
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☎️ 519-491-6091

FREE WEBINAR | THURSDAY, MAY 5, FROM 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Partners in Project Green (PPG) on Thursday, May 5, from 12:00 pm to 1:15pm, for our virtual event, Building Business Resilience to Climate Change.  

On May 5, join the OCC, PPG and a panel of experts to learn about the local impacts of climate change, and practical mitigation and adaptation strategies that businesses can use to improve their resilience.

The panel of business leaders from different sectors will share advice and examples of sustainability efforts they have undertaken across facilities and supply chains.

Register Today

This Week's Member Spotlight is on...The Village of Oil Springs!

Chamber Members come in all forms, Non-Profits, Businesses and more.  The Village of Oil Springs is a great Chamber Member, and we are celebrating them this week! The village, an enclave within Enniskillen Township, is the site of North Americas first commercial oil well.  It is also the home of the Oil Museum of Canada.  
Oil Springs was founded in the year 1865. It was originally called "Black Creek."  Can you imagine a place known for a mile and a half of white oak plank road, horse drawn buses, 9 hotels, a string of saloons and 12 general stores?  Why not take the Historic Trail map below and visit Oil Springs to see the birthplace of the North American Oil industry?      

View the Historic Trail Map

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