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Volume 11, Issue 11, March 17, 2011

Association News

2011 Spring Conference & AGM: "Boom, Bust & Bounce Back"
Included in the conference package is the 2011 Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame Inductions which will take place during the luncheon portion of the conference. This year, Ms. Annette Verschuren, President of The Home Depot Canada for the past 15 years, until her recent retirement, and Mr. Joseph Kuchar, founder of Recochem Inc., a 60 year old Canadian success story out of Montreal, will be inducted into the hall.  Mr. Kuchar passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2011 in Mont Tremblant, Quebec at the age of ninety-four.  Read More >>  

Maple Leaf Night Sponsorship 

Maple Leaf Night is taking place this year on the evening of Tuesday, May 10th at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This popular social event is open to CHHMA members and Canadian customers in town for the National Hardware Show (May 10-12).  Member companies who would like to be a sponsor of Maple Leaf Night can find the sponsorship request form at:

Canada Night 2011 Recap 

The 62nd Canada Night reception took place on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the InterContinental Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom in Chicago.  The event was held for Canadian vendors and retailers in town for the International Home+Housewares Show. The venue and food were very well received and the overall atmosphere was upbeat.  Read More >>

Industry News

TIM-BR MARTS Ltd. Acquires Distribution Business From IRLY Distributors Ltd. 

On March 10th, TIM-BR MARTS Ltd. announced that they entered into an agreement to acquire the distribution business plus the lumber, building material and hardware inventory assets of IRLY Distributors Ltd.  Read More >>  

Government & Legislative News

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act New Requirements  

As previously advised, Bill C-36, the new Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) became law last December. Effective June 20, 2011, the CCPSA will introduce new requirements for industry that will help protect Canadians from unsafe consumer products.  Read More >>

Economic News

Average February for Canadian Home Sales 

On Tuesday, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released data that indicated national resale housing activity in February ran close to the five-year average for the month, continuing a theme that has characterized the past four months. Actual sales nationally via MLS came in 5.9% below levels reported in February of last year. This marks the smallest year-over-year decline in nine months, and the fourth consecutive month in which sales activity was on par with the five-year average for that month.  Read More >>

Canada Boosts Productivity, Still Lags U.S.

Labour productivity (economic output per hour worked) in Canadian businesses rose last year at the fastest pace since 2005 but still lagged behind the comparable U.S. rate as the stronger currency pushed up costs, Statistics Canada said on Tuesday.  Read More >>

Canada's Job Growth Slows 

The Canadian economy created 15,100 jobs in February, less than expected and not enough to budge the unemployment rate of 7.8%, Statistics Canada reported last Friday.  Read More >>
U.S. Housing Starts Plunge in February  

The Commerce Department reported yesterday that home construction plunged to a seasonally adjusted 479,000 homes in February, down 22.5% from January. It was the lowest level since April 2009 and the second lowest on record.   Read More >>
U.S. Retail Sales See Largest Rise in Four Months

Last Friday, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales rose 1.0% in February to $387.1 billion (U.S.), the largest gain since October and the eighth straight monthly advance. Compared to February 2010, retail sales were up 8.9%.  Read More >>

 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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