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Legal Info Nova Scotia: Workplace Sexual Harassment

The Legal Information Society of NS believes that by bringing the right people together, Nova Scotians who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace can receive support to make the informed decisions on which course of action is in their best interest. Nova Scotia is one of the few provinces to not include sexual harassment in occupational health and safety legislation but the need for employees to feel secure and respected while on the job is paramount. LISNS wants to optimize on the opportunity of making these resources available and known to all workplaces in our province. If you would like to learn more about these resources, please contact Makayla Jodrey, the Public Relations Coordinator at the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia at, 902-452-9568.

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NOVA SCOTIA BUSINESS AND LABOUR ECONOMIC COALITION Tactical Recovery Plan
| Topics: COVID-19

This plan aims to build on that forward momentum. It isn't the plan to end all plans. It doesn't replace good work already happening. It is a collection of initiatives harvested from people and businesses across the NSBLEC table, across public and private sectors, and across the province. It's meant to stimulate, amplify, support, and inspire action that helps us build back better.

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COVID-19 Travel Tool Kit
| Topics: COVID-19

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Letter to Minister Freeland
| Topics: COVID-19

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Letter to Premier Rankin
| Topics: COVID-19

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PRESS RELEASE: GREATER MONCTON, HALIFAX CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE CALL FOR RESOLUTION OF COVID-19 BORDER ISSUE
| Topics: COVID-19

Chambers of Commerce in Greater Moncton and Halifax are calling on the premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to work together to resolve differences in public health guidelines which are preventing restoration of a full Atlantic Bubble.

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Reopening Safely with COVID-19 in Nova Scotia
| Topics: COVID-19

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2021-2022 HRM Budget Response
| Topics: Budget Issues

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2021 Task Force Member Spotlight
| Topics: Strategic Plan

The Chamber is pleased to be spotlighting our Task Force members in our policy bulletins over the next few months. We’re hoping this gives you a better insight to the groups that are working diligently to bring you webinar ideas, recommendations to government and asking the relevant an up-to-date questions to important stakeholders.

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Halifax Chamber 2021 Federal Budget Response
| Topics: Budget Issues

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NSCC- Place 4 Students
| Topics: Post-Secondary Education

From NSCC:
Place 4 Students is an online platform where property owners can list their vacancies for free. When students find suitable housing, they excel academically and thrive professionally. In return, they contribute to the growth of their communities. Local property owners and businesses alike benefit when students find not only a great place to study, but a community that supports them to stay long after their education is completed.

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February 2021 Advocacy Bulletin

Check out the Chamber's latest Advocacy update!

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Affordable Housing: A Chamber's Perspective
| Topics: Affordable Housing

Over the past eleven months, the Halifax Chamber has been working diligently to ensure our members are up-to-date and aware of the programs, services, and announcements that could impact their business. We have also spent countless hours chatting with members, producing relevant webinar material, and advocating the government for increased supports and common-sense policies. While there is still much work to be done as we begin recovery, we thought this might be a great time to introduce a new series: Thoughtful Thursdays.

Our advocacy work is often quite specific, focusing on issues like taxes, transit, and red tape. But now we are providing another platform for more open discussions on trending issues, current events, and business ideas. Check back on Thursdays for a new piece once a month and leave us a comment or send us a message. We would love to get a conversation going in hopes of inspiring a more thoughtful Thursday.

Today's piece is on Affordable Housing. Want to chime in on the conversation. Head over to LinkedIn

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2021-2022 Municipal Pre-Budget Submission

While the 2020-2021 budget outlined many issues and projects that aligned with our Strategic Plan there are still areas of concern for the 2021-2022 budget. This submission highlights the top priorities of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s membership of over 1,700 businesses that employ over 65,000 people, focusing on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19. Our recommendations are based on many conversations with our members over the past year and work on balancing the needs of the Halifax business community with that of the province.

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Proposed Biodiversity Act- Information for our Members

Biodiversity Act. We want to ensure our members are aware of the Biodiversity Act and the potential impact on our members. If you have questions, please reach out to our Senior Policy Analyst, Kathleen at kathleen@halifaxchamber.com.

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Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Information for Businesses

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2020 COVID-19 Updates from the Halifax Chamber
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

From the onset of the Pandemic, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce has been committed to keeping our members and the business community updated with the latest and most important information. We have compiled this information into one document. We will continue to provide the business community with updates for funding, COVID-19 restrictions, and relevant information in 2021.

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2021-2021 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
| Topics: Budget Issues

The Provincial Pre-Budget submission outlines our member's concerns and policy goals for the new budget.  While the 2020-2021 budget outlined many issues and projects that aligned with our Strategic Plan there are still areas of concern for the 2021-2022 budget. This submission highlights the top priorities of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s membership, focusing on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19. Our recommendations are based on many conversations with our members over the past year and work on balancing the needs of the Halifax business community with that of the province.

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2020 Provincial Issue Note

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2020 Municipal Issue Note
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

Each year, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce submits an Issue Note to the Municipal government. This document outlines some of the issues that are affecting our members and the business community. COVID-19 has had a strong impact on our membership and the broader community; therefore, our 2020 Issue Note will focus significantly on what the municipal government can do to provide support to entrepreneurs, business owners, and employees during this unprecedented time and poses questions of our Mayor and Councillors. While our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan pillars will still be prevalent in our discussions, we want the emphasis to be on the things we can do now, that will encourage growth, sustainability, and stimulation of the economy.

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