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Every Day is Beautiful in Green Valley
With a wide variety of events and opportunities, Green Valley has something to offer everyone. Celebrate the fun of the Minnesota State Fair with us each summer. Enjoy a scenic stroll through our many parks or play a round of golf at one of our three courses. Have your picture taken with the World’s Largest Owl and marvel at all the beautiful outdoor murals throughout the town.
Our community offers a thriving economy, superb schools, traditional values, faith and fellowship, helpful services, and many entertainment options. Green Valley is truly the ideal place for new ventures and new growth because every day is abeautiful day.
Electrical Safety Authority Warns Consumers of Potential Electrical Inspection Scam in Southwestern Ontario
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has received reports that consumers in the Hamilton, St. Catharines and Cambridge areas have been contacted by representatives of a company notifying them that a mandatory electrical inspection is required at their household. A similar scam was reported in other areas of the province – including the Greater Toronto Area – in previous months.
These calls and visits are not from the Electrical Safety Authority. The Electrical Safety Authority does not call to set up inspections or ask for personal information if no recent electrical work has been done in your home.
If you receive a communication about electrical inspections and believe it to be a scam, do not provide any personal information and report it to Consumer Protection Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/report-scam-or-fraud.
Construction Lien Amendment Act Has Passed Unanimously (Bill 142)
Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, was passed with a unanimous vote at Queen's Park on December 5, 2017, and marks a pivotal moment wherein the rights and securities of Ontario's workers will now be held to a much higher standard.
Bill 142 was first introduced this past spring and was worked on tirelessly over the remainder of the year, always remaining a priority on the legislative agenda. Having attained royal assent before the house adjourns for the season now promises a new year where the 400,000+ workers of Ontario's construction sector will begin to see the effects of a prompt payment system that looks out for their livelihood's. The bill will also bring added adjudication measures that will significantly reduce payment delays, which have been identified as the biggest barrier to investment, improved productivity, and increased employment in the construction industry.
A Plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs (Bill 148)
Ontario’s economy, like others around the world, has changed. Work is different and, for many people, increasingly less secure. Many workers struggle to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work, and many more don’t have access to time off due to illness.
In order to create more opportunity and security for workers in this changing economy, we introduced Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.
It was passed on November 22, 2017.
This legislation makes a number of changes to both the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including raising the minimum wage.
Ontario’s Bill 70 Amends Powers of the Ontario College of Trades (Bill 70 Schedule 17)
On November 16, 2017, the Government of Ontario introduced an omnibus bill aimed at implementing certain budget measures and clarifying a number of laws and regulations. Bill 70 passed second reading on November 30, and third reading on December 8.
Buried in this omnibus bill was a section (Section 17) which makes significant changes to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprentice Act, 2009.
Though the speedy passage of this bill probably reflected the government’s desire to move on a number of budget and housekeeping matters (it contains many elements), it provided no opportunity for industry to consult or advise on the desirability of proposed changes to OCOT.
Upon first review, the changes appear to have been made at least in part in response to the recommendations made by the Tony Dean Review, which was completed in November, 2015. At that time, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities vowed to act on most, if not all, of the recommendations. Since then, accountability for OCOT has migrated to the Ontario Minister of Labour, but few other changes were made.
To read the amendments to OCTAA contained in Bill 70, click here.