Movers' Edge, September, 2003

We hope you have had a successful summer of moving. It would seem that everyone we contacted this summer was extremely busy and very focused on getting the job done. We are extending several program completion dates to include members who were too busy to participate during the summer.

ONTARIO RST UPDATE

CAM has been advised that the Ontario retail sales tax issue continues to plod along. The primary aspects being reviewed are Ontario’s contention that retail sales tax is applicable on valuation premiums and some commercial moving services. Many of our members have received tax assessments for these items going back four years. In addition, interest has been applied to the assessment amounts.

The provincial sales tax office now has 68 files on the issues at hand. The review has been ongoing for more than a year now and the latest word is that an answer will be forthcoming toward the end of this summer. As the issue has implications for the industry as a whole and a number of government departments, those departments are attempting to coordinate their thinking.

AWARDS

CAM will present the Distinguished Service, Founders and Innovators Awards at its 3rd Annual Awards Dinner on November 24th at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. These awards honour the leaders in our profession. Previous years’ honorees include:

 
Distinguished Service Award
Founders Award
Innovators Award
2001
Tim Moore
Chuck Martin
 
2002
Allen Taylor
Sonny Williams
Ross Mackie

Help CAM to honour deserving individuals within our profession. Visit our website and make your nominations by September 5.

CONFERENCE

The 2003 Annual Conference will be held at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel on Monday and Tuesday, November 24 and 25, 2003. The conference will focus on providing quality service to the consumer. Watch your mail, email and fax for news on this exciting event. As always, the conference will feature speakers from industry, and regulatory and related agencies.

QUESTIONNAIRE

We are beginning our fall season and once again, it’s time to review CAM members’ wants and needs. Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey before September 19.

GOLF

CAM’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at Cardinal Golf Club north of Toronto. Join us for a fun time and a great opportunity to see old friends. You can register on our website. For those wanting to sponsor a hole or one of the skills contests (longest drive, closest to the pin, etc.), please contact the CAM office.

CERTIFIED CANADIAN MOVER PROGRAM

The Certified Canadian Mover Program is nearing completion. We have included input from many stakeholders in the industry. The second version of the program is now posted to the website in a pdf file. Please review it and let us know what you think.

SAFETY GROUPS PROGRAM

For Ontario movers, information on the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board’s Safety Groups Program was sent out to all members in July. With the major rush over, now is the time to focus on those things that will improve your operations and your bottom line. Other industries have found that this program has saved them money and improved safety programs with all the attendant benefits. We’ll contact you about this program shortly.