Month: September 2017

Employers somewhat upbeat about hiring

Canadian employers expect a “cautiously optimistic” hiring climate for job seekers in the fourth quarter of the year, says the latest Manpower employment survey. “Nationally, heading into the fourth quarter of 2017, we’re seeing a general trend of modest growth,” said Manpower Canada vice president, Darlene Minatel in a news release. “Most of the hiring activity is expected to focus on Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia; however there are still some bright spots in the rest of Canada, led by an anticipated moderate uplift in the oil and gas sector.” The survey canvassed more than 1,900 employers across the...

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Proposed marijuana plan irks clinics

The Ontario’s government’s plan to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana use has raised concerns in the province’s medical marijuana community about how the program will work. The recently-announced plan will see commercial marijuana sold through 40 Liquor Control Board of Ontario outlets beginning July 1, 2018, and also through a website, but it’s otherwise vague in details. That worries clinics legally set up to work with doctors or nurses who help prescribe medicinal cannabis for people in need of it. “The announcement didn’t have any mention of servicing or standards or anything for medicinal users, so obviously there’s...

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GTA Entertainment: Invictus Games open to much fanfare

The third annual Invictus Games opened this past weekend to much fanfare and prestige with Prime Minister Trudeau kicking things off with an official reception Friday night welcoming Team Ukraine. It is the eastern European country’s first foray into the games that are hosting over 500 participants from 17 countries. Games patron and founder, Prince Harry, joined Trudeau at the official opening ceremony held at the Air Canada Centre where the PM addressed the crowd of athletes, celebrities, dignitaries, celebrities and fans. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were Melania Trump – First Lady of the United States,...

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City of Barrie program helps artists of all genres learn business skills

Artrepreneur, a program for independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs looking to develop vital business skills, is back for a third season. The City of Barrie, in partnership with Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the York Region Arts Council, the Small Business Centre and Entrepreneur Artists Resource Network, is running the 14-week program from Nov. 14 to Feb. 27 at Georgian College. The deadline to apply is Sep. 27 and the course, which costs $115, is limited to 30 students. The program is comprised of weekly classes, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo. It primarily...

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Barrie resident selected Invictus Games opening ceremonies flag-bearer

Amongst cheering crowds within world-class stadiums, a multitude of international athletes has descended upon Ontario for another exciting series of significant competitions. Within the highly-focused participants of the Invictus Games are fiercely competitive athletes from Barrie. One of them was just announced to be the privileged Team Canada flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony on September 23 at the Air Canada Centre. Established by Prince Harry, the inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in 2014. All Invictus Games competitors are active duty and veteran service members from participating allied nations who have become wounded, ill or injured during or...

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