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     Volume 11, Issue 12, March 24, 2011   

                              Association News

2011 Spring Conference & AGM: "Boom, Bust & Bounce Back"
This year's CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM is less than two weeks away. The value-packed one day conference for CHHMA members offers a great line-up of speakers and topics that address current issues and will provide you with helpful information to succeed in the new economy.  Also join us for the Industry Hall of Fame inductions of Annette Verschuren, former president of The Home Depot Canada and Joseph Kuchar, founder of Recochem Inc. which will take place during the luncheon portion of the conference.   Read More>> 

                              Member News

International Association Honours Scott Macdonald of Envirogard Products, Limited
The Water Quality Association (WQA) presented Scott Macdonald of Envirogard Products, Limited, the Award of Merit for commitment to quality water treatment at its annual convention and trade show in San Antonio last month.  Read More >> 

                              Industry News

Canadian Tire Launches New Marketing Campaign  
Last Saturday, Canadian Tire launched a new multi million dollar marketing campaign with the slogan "Bring it on".   Recent research found that Canadian Tire's three year old marketing campaign (with its tag line "For days like today") has had a good run but is increasingly mistaken by ads from rivals and vice-versa, said Rob Shields, the new senior vice-president of marketing at Canadian Tire. "It just started to get lost in the shuffle," Mr. Shields said. "The insights we have [now] into the Canadian consciousness are much different, we think, from any of our competitors - present or future."  Read More >> 

                             Stewardship News
Annual Blue Box & MMSM Reports Due by March 31, 2011   
This is another reminder that 2010 reports for the Ontario Blue Box and the Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) programs are due by March 31, 2011.  Online portals for reporting are available at and First payments are due by April 30, 2011.  If you require any assistance with your reporting or have any questions regarding these programs, feel free to contact our CHHMA stewardship consultants: Al Marks at (416-282-0022 ext.24) or Duncan Deans at (416-282-0022 ext.22).

2009 Schedule Of Contributions Approved by RECYC-QUÉBEC's Board of Directors 
The 2009 Schedule of Contributions continues its progress towards publication in the Gazette officielle du Québec.  RECYC-QUÉBEC submitted a favourable analysis to its Board of Directors, who approved the document on March 10, 2011. The 2009 Schedule of Contributions was sent on to the Government of Quebec, which will also have it the Gazette officielle du Québec and becomes effective. The 2009 filing period is therefore not expected to begin until early summer 2011.  Read More >>

                              Economic News

Retail Sales Fall in January  
Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday that retail sales dropped by 0.3% in January from December to a seasonally adjusted $37.1 billion. The decline was led by automobiles and fuel and a drop in purchases in Quebec as that province raised its sales tax 1%.  Read More >>

Composite Leading Indicator Rises in February  
On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said that Canada's composite leading indicator rose 0.8% in February from January, in part due to a new found strength in the manufacturing sector.   Read More >>

Inflation Dips to 2.2% in February 
Statistics Canada reported last Friday that Canada's overall consumer price index rose 2.2% in February, down from 2.3% in January. Meanwhile, the core inflation index, which excludes volatile items like gasoline, slowed in February to a record low of 0.9%.    Read More >>

U.S. New Home Sales Plunge to Record Low in February
The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that U.S. new home sales fell 16.9% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 250,000 homes, an all-time low. It was the third straight monthly decline and far below the 700,000 a year pace in a healthy economy.  Read More >> 

U.S. Home Resales Fall 9.6% in February 
The National Association of Realtors said on Monday that sales of previously owned homes fell in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million. That's down 9.6% from 5.4 million in January, reversing three straight months of gains. The weak rate of sales pushed home prices down 5.2% to $156,100, the lowest level since April 2002.    Read More >>  


Upcoming CHHMA Events For 2011

Spring Conference & Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, April 5
International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Maple Leaf Night
Tuesday, May 10
The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Quebec Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 17
Le Fontainebleau Golf Club, Blainville, Quebec

Ontario Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 25
Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ontario

Night at the Races
Wednesday, June 15
Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ontario

Industry Memorial Golf Classic
Tuesday, September 27
Blue Springs Golf Club, Acton, Ontario

To register for all events visit our website at or call Pam Winter at (416) 282-0022 Ext. 21


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