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Future of Manufacturing with Atlantic Canada

October 4, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia –
Industry Canada

Industry Minister James Moore today toured the Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard, the facility that will produce the Royal Canadian Navy’s newest combat fleet as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

During his visit to the facility, the Minister hosted a round-table discussion with local industry leaders to discuss the future of Atlantic Canada’s manufacturing industry. This round table is part of the Minister’s cross-country tour to discuss the strength of Canada’s manufacturing sector and to engage business leaders on opportunities for growth. The tour coincides with National Manufacturing Month, an effort by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters to educate Canadians about the sector’s economic and social impact.

During the consultation, the Minister heard from business leaders about issues that affect companies’ competitiveness—domestically and abroad—and how government and business can each take steps to position the industry for continued success and growth. He highlighted the actions the government has taken to support the manufacturing industry and to establish the right economic conditions for success. These included lowering taxes, cutting the corporate tax rate from over 22 percent in 2007 to 15 percent today, and removing the federal capital tax.

The Minister also emphasized the sector’s importance to the Canadian economy, citing the impressive fact that manufacturing employs close to 1.7 million people in a high-tech, high-skill sector. It is one of Canada’s largest business industries.
Quick facts

Canada’s manufacturing sales have bounced back and are up more than 25 percent since the recession.
The industry has become a high-tech, high-skill economic engine in Canada, accounting for almost 11 percent of GDP. The government has made significant investments to support an innovative and competitive manufacturing industry in Canada.

For example, under the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), our government is providing close to $1 billion to create economic and technological benefits throughout the economy, to help attract and retain highly qualified workers, and to lay the groundwork for partnerships. Ultra Electronics Marine Systems Inc. was the first Atlantic Canadian company to receive a SADI repayable contribution.

A key part of supporting manufacturers is ensuring that they have global markets for the goods they produce. Through its Global Commerce Strategy, the government concluded seven different free trade pacts with 37 countries. It has also concluded or implemented foreign investment promotion and protection agreements with 22 countries and continues to deepen trade ties with the largest, most dynamic markets in the world.

Canada’s two most recent trade agreements, the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Canada–Korea Free Trade Agreement, promise to add at least $14 billion annually in new economic activity, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs.

Since 2006, Canada has gone from having free trade agreements with only five countries to now having free trade agreements in force, or being finalized, with 43 countries around the world.

Both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expect Canada to be among the strongest growing economies in the G7 over this year and next.

In 2013, Canada leapt from sixth to second place in Bloomberg’s ranking of the most attractive destinations for business.

According to KPMG, total business tax costs in Canada are the lowest in the G7.

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Summer Renovation

    Summer Renovation

Everyone knows a roll-off bin is the best way to handle renovation debris. Many people don’t know other best practices.

Renovations, such as kitchen or bathroom, you may need or want done in your home. Don’t neglect structural deficiencies that are very critical to the value of your home, or your basic physical health and safety.

This safety issue has become very common in many North American cities, within 15 to 20 years. Many homes are at risk of becoming uninhabitable, if homeowners continue to emphasize lifestyle luxuries over basic structural improvements.

Technical drawing is an important step in all renovations, composing plans that visually communicate how your new kitchen functions or is to be constructed keep you on track.

Technical drawings are is essential for communicating ideas in all industries and engineering. To make the drawings easier to understand, people use familiar symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles, and page layout. Together, these conventions make a visual language, and will help everyone involved understand your desires to ensure that the drawing is clear-cut and relatively easy to understand.

This need for precise communication in the preparation of a functional document distinguishes technical drawing from the expressive drawing of the visual arts. Artistic drawings are subjectively interpreted; their meanings are multiply determined. Technical drawings are understood to have one intended meaning.

A draftsperson or draughtsman is the person that will make your plans a drawing. A professional drafter will make technical drawings for your new kitchen.

Before you use the plans in these drawings you need to plan what you will do with your old kitchen.
The most convenient way to remove the rubbish is by using a roll-off dumpster.

The bin can be placed in a position to allow for easy loading. Below a window or close to the door, an easy exit for the trash will save time and money. Just throw your old kitchen into the roll off container and everything is gone.

Summer Renovation

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Protected from Spam and Online Threats

Harper Government Delivers on Commitment to Protect Canadian Consumers from Spam and Online Threats

New Anti-Spam Legislation in Effect July 1

June 30, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada

On July 1, 2014, Canada’s anti-spam legislation will come into force.  The new rules will protect Canadian consumers from the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam and online threats, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, and will help drive out spammers.

Canada’s anti-spam legislation is the result of extensive consultations with Canadian businesses and consumers. Many steps have been taken to limit the impact on Canadian businesses, while ensuring strong protections for consumers online.  Organizations will have three years to obtain express consent from their existing clients to continue to send them emails. Registered charities, which operate on the generosity of Canadians, will be able to continue to request donations.

The Harper Government is delivering on a commitment to put Canadian consumers first.  The coming into force of Canada’s anti-spam legislation is a key principle under Digital Canada 150, the government’s plan for Canadians to take full advantage of opportunities in the digital age.

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Quick facts

  • Bill C-28 received support from all parties in the House of Commons and Senate and was passed by Parliament in December 2010.
  • The new law will help to protect consumers against:
    • receiving emails and text messages without consent;
    • having computer programs installed without consent;
    • misleading representations online; and
    • having their electronic addresses and personal information collected without consent.
  • As of July 1, 2014, consumers will have control over who can send them a commercial electronic message or business email.  Even with the consumer’s consent, companies will have to identify themselves in their emails and provide a way to unsubscribe from receiving further messages.  Spammers that do not comply risk major financial penalties.
  • On January 15, 2015, it will be illegal to install programs such as malware on an individual’s computer without his/her consent.
  • Starting July 1, 2017, individuals and organizations can file lawsuits against someone who they allege has violated the law.
  • Spam and related violations can be reported to the enforcement agencies through the Spam Reporting Centre. The CRTC has the primary enforcement responsibility under the new anti-spam law and will be able to investigate, take action against and set administrative monetary penalties for those who are not in compliance.
  • Canadian businesses still have three years to renew consent with existing clients.
  • If a business already has express consent, it can continue to communicate with clients through email and not be in violation of the law.
  • Under the new rules, express consent never expires unless the client withdraws it.
  • It is estimated that spam costs the Canadian economy more than $3 billion per year.
  • Many of Canada’s global partners, such as Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., have already passed strong laws to combat spam and related online threats. Included in Canada’s approach is a mandatory three-year review of the anti-spam law to ensure it reflects technological change and an evolving digital economy.

Do you feel Protected from Spam and Online Threats?




Debt Collector Rules

Debt, n. – An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slaved river.  Ambrose Bierce

Debt Collector Rules

Collection agents in the United States are limited by the
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Personal debts include

credit card debt, auto loans, mortgage payments, medical bills and other family
and household expenses not used for a business.

Canadian debt

collection regulations differ by province; however, there are some practices
that are generally off limits to all debt collectors.


If you are dealing with a debt, this information will help
you when dealing with debt collection agents.


Agents MUST:


Contact you in writing, or attempt to do so, before taking
any further action to collect a debt, including legal actions to secure payment
of the debt;


Identify themselves when contacting you about a collection


Provide information on the original creditor and amount owed.
The original creditor is the company or institution to which the debt was owed
before it was transferred to the collection agency.


agents are NOT permitted to:


Harass you or your family with threats of harm or violence,
use of obscene language or by making calls at unreasonable times of day;


Deceive you by providing inaccurate or misleading


Send you false legal documents or threaten to take legal
action they are not authorized or willing to take;


Charge interest or other fees that are not authorized by law;


Demand payment on an account that you have disputed without
providing proof that the debt is legitimate;

Contact your employer, relatives, friends and neighbors for

anything other than your direct contact information. In some instances debt
collectors may be permitted to contact employers to verify employment, job
title and mailing address.

Debt Collector Rules

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Modern Copyright Laws – Canada

Modern Copyright Laws 

Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage

Industry Minister James Moore and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the coming into force of the Notice and Notice regime. This is the final step in implementing the Copyright Modernization Act, the Government’s balanced approach to modernizing Canada’s copyright laws to better protect the rights of creators and innovators in the digital age.

The Notice and Notice regime is a made-in-Canada solution and will formalize a voluntary system that some copyright owners and Internet service providers (ISPs) have already been participating in for many years. It will legally require Internet intermediaries, such as ISPs and website hosts, to take action upon receiving a notice of alleged infringement from a copyright owner.

The ministers announced that the regime will be brought into force without additional regulation in recognition of the flexibility ensured by the Act. ISPs are encouraged to continue to work together to develop market solutions to address online piracy.

Quick facts

The Notice and Notice regime is a made-in-Canada approach. It formalizes a voluntary practice aimed at discouraging online copyright infringement, provides copyright owners with a tool to enforce their rights, and respects the interests and freedoms of users. It will take effect January 2015.

Additionally, Canada has ratified the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty, both of which establish international standards for protecting copyright. They will come into force in Canada on August 13, 2014.

The Copyright Modernization Act falls under the “Canadian content” pillar of Digital Canada 150, the Government’s plan for Canadians to take full advantage of the opportunities of the digital age.

Prior to the passage of the Copyright Modernization Act in 2012, Canadian copyright law was last updated in 1997. With this much-needed modernization, Canadians now have a copyright system that encourages new ideas and protects the rights of Canadians whose research and development and artistic creativity strengthen our economy.

The Copyright Modernization Act requires a review of the Copyright Act by Parliament every five years.


Modern Copyright Laws 

“Modern copyright laws are a critical element in supporting a strong and growing digital economy in Canada. With the coming into force of the Notice and Notice regime, alongside the ratification of the international Internet treaties, Canadians now have balanced, modern, made-in-Canada copyright laws that will help support innovation and drive investment in the economy.”

– Industry Minister James Moore

“The Copyright Modernization Act has struck a balance between the needs of creators and users. It will ensure that Canadian creators can have confidence knowing that their work will be protected at home and abroad.”

– Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover

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Jake Enwright
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Industry

Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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Dish Soap Uses

Many Dish Soap Uses 


Wild Life
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

According to, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.

After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!

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Other Dish Soap Uses

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!
Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL !

Dish Soap Uses

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Rent Roll-off Dumpsters

A roll-off bin is a usually open top rectangle shaped dumpster sometimes with wheels to allow for easy placement of the dumpster.  These containers are designed to be delivered and removed by roll-off trucks.  Roll-offs dumpsters are commonly used to contain and remove loads of construction and demolition waste, concrete or and soil.  Some roll-off containers are not open top and are used with commercial or industrial trash compactors.

Construction debris may originate from a building site where something is being built, renovated, or demolished.  Roll-off dumpsters are also used for various jobs that need a great deal of material to be taken away. The material in the roll-off bin may be taken to a landfill, recycled or disposed/recovered of in some other way.

Typical container sizes are 10 yard, 15 yard 20 yard, 30 yard, and 40 yard.  While the roll-off bins may be rented by volume, there may be weight limitations. Weight limits may be necessary to ensure compliance with road and safety regulations.

Most roll-off providers will have a weight limit for each container size.  Containers loaded with more weight than allowed typically result in an overage charge. The maximum weight is specified at the beginning of the job.  In cases where the material to be disposed of is especially dense, such as concrete, a container with lower sidewalls is used, to help reduce the risk of exceeding the weight limit.

After the container is picked up, it is taken to a disposal facility where it is weighed before (gross) and after (tare) dumping. The difference is the net weight, and is used to calculate charges to the customer. In order to save time, some facilities pre-record weights of trucks and containers. This allows the tare weight to be looked up and eliminates the need for a second weighing.

Roll-off dumpsters are delivered and placed by a roll-off truck.  As the roll-off truck raises its hydraulically operated bed, the roll-off container slides off of the truck bed.   A cable is used to slowly lower the container.   After the waste container is loaded, the roll-off truck pulls the filled container onto the roll-off truck by using a cable and winch system.   When being transported, the roll-off must be covered.

One problem often encountered with roll-off containers is the potential of scratching or damaging the surface they are placed on.  Most roll-off containers now have metal rollers for wheels, which can at times scratch or be abrasive to a concrete or asphalt surface.  It is recommended to place a protective board such as plywood under the container to avoid and situation where the placement surface can be damaged.  Most roll-off companies do not offer plywood, but will place the container on the wood if supplied.  The roll-off must be placed on a hard surface other than dirt.  Gravel, asphalt, and concrete are all acceptable. If the container is placed on dirt the bin may sink after a rainfall and the truck could get stuck.

There are many items that are not accepted by roll-off bin rental companies. These items include but are not limited to chemicals, including paint and petroleum products, tires, and electronics.

The prohibition of items is often to comply with laws and regulations concerning disposal of hazardous materials.  Roll-off drivers may refuse to pick-up loads containing prohibited materials.  If the load is picked up, the roll-off rental company may charge the customer additional for cleaning the load and proper handling of the contaminating material.

Most cities do not require permits to have a dumpster delivered.