The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) and its member local distribution companies have launched the Ontario Electricity Customer Panel. The initiative is a first-ever online opinion panel exclusively drawn from electricity customers in the province who have agreed to participate. The goal is to establish an online community so electricity customers can express their opinions on such public policies as pricing, conservation and local power generation that can inform relevant decision makers. To join the panel, or to find out more information, visit

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour, through Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, wants to help businesses protect their workers from noise.

This comes after a new noise regulation that was passed in July 2016 that requires employers to follow a “hierarchy of controls” to protect workers. Engineering controls and work practices come before personal protective equipment (such as earplugs and ear muffs), the reasoning being that controlling noise everywhere eliminates the reliance on workers to wear protection.

How big of a deal is this?

One in five adults aged 19 to 79 already have mild hearing loss or more in at least one ear, according to experts. Chances are, with time and continued exposure their hearing will worsen.

It’s one reason the Ministry of Labour has launched the initiative, which will run through March 31, 2018. During this time, inspectors will be looking at how—and how well—employers are protecting workers from noise.

4 steps you can take to prepare:

1. Determine if your workers are exposed to high levels of noise. Be sure to pinpoint the sources of noise and who’s going to be affected where.

2. Conduct a risk assessment. Performing a rudimentary assessment can be done by walking around and listening. You can also rent a sound meter if you’re looking for preliminary numbers. Apps for a smartphone can also be used as a screening tool, although they should be used cautiously and not relied upon for complete accuracy. If an app provides a number that hovers around 85 decibels (the current occupational limit over eight hours), call in an occupational hygienist to do a proper survey.

3. Determine the best way to protect employees. This step includes starting with engineering controls. Can you reduce noise at the source or along the path of transmission? Next, look at work practices such as doing any repairs that might make machines less noisy. Finally, consider Personal Protective Equipment if other controls are not possible.

4. Ensure your controls are working. Implement a surveillance program that includes audiometric testing to make sure people are using hearing protection correctly and not suffering hearing loss.

More information on the issue of hearing protection is available at

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An organization dedicated to improving internet broadband service throughout the area is encouraging businesses and farmers, especially those with membership in the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, to participate in a survey designed to help them determine where to invest funding.

The survey can be found online at Those without internet access can complete the survey through a nearby Lambton County Library branch.

SWIFT—Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.—is a project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus in 2011.

At a July 5, 2017 meeting, Lambton County Council entered into a partnership agreement with SWIFT that allows the County to benefit from significant funding from municipal partners and senior levels of government. A combined funding of $180 million for Southwestern Ontario was made to SWIFT from the federal and provincial governments. A portion of that funding will go to projects in Lambton County.

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Sarnia City Council decided on June 19, 2017 to extend consultations over the summer on two important issues: a proposal to impose the transit levy on properties that don’t have access to conventional bus services, and a proposed bylaw that would regulate trees located on private properties.

Residents wanting to comment on the transit levy now have until August 4 to complete the survey: Comments can also be shared by emailing or calling 519-332-0330. A staff report and final recommendations will be presented to Council on September 11.

Residents wanting to comment on the tree bylaw now have until October 1 to complete the survey: . Comments can be emailed to Council will review the draft bylaw at their meeting on October 23.

If you would like to share your questions or concerns with the Chamber, contact us at or 519-336-2400.

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This fall, the Ontario government will vote on Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs), which proposes a $15 minimum wage and a number of other measures impacting vacation time, scheduling, temp agency employees and unionization.

If you have any questions or comments about this legislation, please contact the Chamber at

You also have the opportunity to voice your opinion directly to the government. You can do so by registering to participate in a public hearing or by writing to the committee that is reviewing Bill 148.

Public Hearings:

Friday, July 14 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, International Room, 201 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario –Agenda

Monday, July 17 at Delta London Armouries, 325 Dundas St., Gunnery Ballroom, London, ON – Agenda

The deadline to register to speak has passed, but the public is welcome to attend and observe.

Written submissions:

Letters can be sent to Clerk of the Committee at, or Room 1405, Whitney Block, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M7A 1A2 no later than 5:30 P.M on Friday, July 21.

More details can be found here.

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Sixteen Chamber members took home awards last Friday evening after a sold-out celebration at the Imperial Theatre. The 28th annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs), sponsored by Libro Credit Union, is one of the highlights of the Chamber calendar.

The OBAAs recognize local businesses and individuals for their vital role in creating a vibrant, diverse and prosperous community.  It is the culmination of a selection process that began last December when nominations were officially opened. The general public was invited to nominate their favourite businesses and those who accepted their nominations submitted a nomination package, which was judged by an independent group. The nomination and selection process is one that is well-respected and done so in a way that there is genuine surprise and delight when the winners are announced.

Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s president and CEO, said the quality of this year’s nominees has never been better. “We have some of the most progressive businesses of any region in the province or even the nation,” she said. “Being able to celebrate their successes in this way is really something that we can all get behind and enjoy on a night like this.”

“All nominees are to be congratulated for having been selected in this process,” said de Silva. “As is often said, it is truly an honour to have been nominated. To go on to win is the icing on the cake.”

And the winners are:

Employee Relations
LEHDER Environmental Services

Exporter of the Year

Young Entrepreneur
Mike Rondinelli, Lambton Family Dental

Business Leadership
Rob Taylor, Sarnia Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative

Marketing and Promotions

Health, Safety and Environment
Pollutech Enviroquatics Ltd.

Social Profit
Sarnia-Lambton Rebound

Member of the Year
Peter Sparks, All Seasons Trophies & Signs

Small Business of the Year
Centrepoint I.D.A. Pharmacy

Large Business of the Year
Bluewater Power

Alton Farms Estate Winery

The Studio

Customer Service—Large
Lambton KIA

Customer Service—Small
Lilith Boutique
Customer Service—Individual
Bea Vasey, Altered Elegance

Terrapure Environment

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