CAM Mover's Edge, December 20, 2013

CAM Happy Holidays 2013 Image

Happy Holiday from the Canadian Association of Movers

The directors and staff of the Canadian Association of Movers wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to its members, their staff and their families across Canada and around the world. We thank you for all your kind wishes and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Ted Lelacheur’s Progress

With all the inquiries we’ve had about Ted, we thought we would send out some happy news. Ted has had his stem-cell transplant and indications are that it was successful. Carol and Ted are hoping that he will be home for Christmas.

Administrative Monetary Penalties

The Government of Ontario has been looking for ways to deal with companies and individuals who do not comply with its regulations and legislation. Current government procedures for penalizing rogue companies take a long time. The government has asked for opinions on this expedited penalty system. CAM has replied to the government indicating that it is in favour of the process.

Social Media

CAM is making a focused effort to communicate with members through LinkedIn. We have two forums – one for domestic movers and one for international movers. If you’re not already connected with us via LinkedIn, send us a note and we will get you plugged in.

Consumers on the Internet

We are seeing increasing evidence of the power that consumers have through the use of the internet. Recently, a dissatisfied consumer established a website at www.trilliummovingreviews.com. Check out this website if you’re in doubt as to what a consumer can do.

Move For Hunger

Doing good is good for business! CAM is actively promoting membership in Move for Hunger. It benefits your community, helps the hungry and gives you a sales advantage with prospective customers. Check it out at www.moveforhunger.org.

Bill 146 — Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act

The Ontario government is in the process of enacting new legislation that will provide protection for temporary workers in Ontario. The obligation to pay these individuals now falls on the employment agency and the company that uses their services. There are new record-keeping obligations and the cap on claims is no longer set at $10,000. Acts that are affected by the new legislation will include:

  • Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others), 2009
  • Employment Standards Act, 2000
  • Labour Relations Act, 1995
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997

The Act has not yet passed the Ontario legislature. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

CAM is also recommending membership in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. These folks do great things for Canadian small businesses. The price is right and the savings membership offers go straight to your bottom line.

Logistics Opportunity for a Canadian Mover(s)

We advised you of this opportunity last month and we received ten expressions of interest. The contractor is in the process of contacting the respondents. This process should be complete by the end of the week.

CAM’s Succession Process

As previously mentioned, CAM’s succession committee is looking for an individual to replace John Levi who will retire as CAM’s president at the end of 2014. The committee is defining the role, its duties and responsibilities. These requirements may define the individual the committee is looking for or may be defined by the individual. If you are interested, please let us know.

CAM Holiday Hours

The Canadian Association of Movers’ office will be closed from December 24 to New Year’s Day. During that time we will have limited access to voicemail and email. Urgent requests will be responded to within 24 hours.

IF YOU HAVE NEWS THAT CANADA’S MOVING INDUSTRY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, please let us know and we will include it in upcoming issues of this newsletter.