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Volume 11, Issue 21, June 08, 2011

Stewardship News

EEQ Update: 2009 Schedule of Contributions Now Effective; Reports Due August 31st  
The 2009 Schedule of Contributions was published in the Gazette officielle du Quebec last week and became effective as of June 1, 2011. All stewards may now log on to the ECO-D online reporting system from EEQ's website to start filling out their 2009 Company Report. The deadline for submitting your Company Report is August 30, 2011, and September 29, 2011, for paying your contribution.   Read More >>

Stewardship Ontario News 

Register now for Stewardship Ontario's 2011 Sustainable Packaging Summit on June 21, 2011. The half-day steward summit will feature guest speakers who will share their experience, insight and information about global trends in sustainable packaging and what it means to consumer and recycling systems in Ontario.   Read More >>

Industry News

Battle for Target Name in Canada Continues 

Target Corp. and Fairweather Ltd. failed to reach a mediation settlement in Federal Court last week over who has the legal right to use the Target name in Canada. Justice Roger Hughes met with both parties together and separately last Thursday but reported that no settlement could be reached and no arrangements have been made for further meetings.   Read More >>

Member News

King Marketing Ltd. Announces Organizational Changes 
On June 1st, King Marketing Ltd. announced that Roger Plante has been named Vice President of Sales for the agency. Mr. Plante has been a partner of King Marketing for 15 years and has been with the company for 21 years. He was previously the territory manager for the Prairies. Reporting to Mr. Plante will be Joel Broughton who recently transferred from the western regional manager position for King Marketing's service group Mentor Merchandising. Joel works out of King's head office in Richmond, B.C.  Also reporting to Roger will be Steve Guterres, King's long serving Ontario manager.   Read More >>

Association News 

CHHMA Welcomes New Member Companies

The CHHMA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following new CHHMA member companies:

Fusion Glass Works Inc. - Canadian owned manufacturer of doorlites (windows) stained and leaded glass cabinet doors, mirrored doors etc. They are located in Brampton, Ontario.

Multinautic International - Canadian manufacturer of dock and marine hardware kits and floats. They are located in St. Sauveur, Quebec.

Southwire Canada - Manufacturer of wire and cable products here in Canada. A division of a USA parent company. They are located in Stouffville, Ontario.

SnowBear Limited - Manufacturer of utility trailers and snow plough blades for pickups and small tractors. They are located in Guelph, Ontario.

CHHMA Scholarship Program Deadline July 15th

The CHHMA is once again pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for children of employees of our member companies to apply for a scholarship to help offset the cost of post-secondary education. The Association recognizes the importance of education and therefore encourages children of our member companies to attend University or College.  Five to seven scholarships are awarded each year. Successful candidates receive $1,000 CDN per year for the first two years of study leading to a diploma or degree from an accredited community college or university.  The CHHMA must receive applications from potential candidates no later than July 15th.  Read More >>

Still Time to Register for the CHHMA Night at the Races 

The 15th Annual CHHMA Night at the Races is taking place next Wednesday, June 15 at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. This year's event is being held in the Favourites Dining Room, which offers a spectacular view of the track from any table. Sample from the mouth-watering buffet while you cheer on your favourite horse or catch all the replay action on the TV located at each table. The traditional CHHMA betting challenge also offers a chance for you to win some prizes too.

So invite some customers or bring a group of your colleagues out for an evening of fun, camaraderie and team building (spouses are welcome too).

Click here for further details or to register. 

RONA Breakfast Seminar  

Last Tuesday, CHHMA members in Quebec were treated to a breakfast seminar by Jean-Luc Meunier and Vincent Legault of RONA inc. Mr. Meunier is Senior Vice President, Affiliate Dealer-Owner Network Development and he explained the succession program that RONA has in place for its independent dealers. Mr. Legault, a second generation owner of a RONA hardware store in Riviere-des-Prairies, Quebec, discussed his experience in the industry and the opportunity to now own his own store and the help he received from the RONA succession program. 

Economic News

Housing Starts Up Modestly in May

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its latest data earlier today that showed that the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was up 2.7% to 183,600 units in May from 178,700 units in April.  Read More >>

April Building Permits Drop 21%  

Statistics Canada reported on Monday that the value of building permits fell 21.1% to $5.3 billion in April, after increasing 16.8% in March and 9.8% in February. Compared to April 2010, permit values were down 19.7%. The value of permits decreased in seven provinces, with Ontario posting the largest decline. Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador registered gains.  Read More >>

U.S. Job Growth Slows in May 

U.S. companies hired fewer workers than expected in May and the jobless rate rose to 9.1% as high gasoline prices, bad weather and disruptions to motor vehicle production because of a shortage of parts from Japan after March's earthquake bogged down the economy.  The Labor Department said last Friday that non farm payrolls increased 54,000 in May, the weakest reading since September.   Read More >>

 CHHMA Events For 2011

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

Soiree Karting/Go Karting Night
Thursday, September 1
Circuit ICAR, Mirabel, Quebec

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

Industry Cocktail
Tuesday, November 29
Location TBA, Montreal, Quebec

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


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"Eye On Our Industry" is published by the CHHMA as an information resource for our members. Member input regarding content and format is welcomed. Please contact Michael Jorgenson by email:, or call at (416) 282-0022, ext. 34. CHHMA is located at 1335 Morningside Ave., Suite 101, Scarborough, ON, M1B 5M4

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