The Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank Chief De Caire for his insightful presentation and Barbara Gough, for sponsorship of this event. The event was held at the Grand Olympia on March 23rd and was well atended by Chamber members and guests.
De Caire’s presentation focused on promoting the crime reduction programs and strategies of Hamilton police. Most notible was the significant reduction of crime in the Mountain and lower and downtown areas of Hamilton. Downtown area robberies are down considerably from past years.
De Caire said higher visibility and strategic deployment have helped police reduce violent crime in Hamilton. The reduction represents the single biggest decrease in Canada among major urban centres, according to Statistics Canada.
By shifting from problem oriented policing to strategic deployment, De Caire said Hamilton police have diffused disputes which would otherwise result in reoccurring calls for service.
“We are producing public safety better than any other police service in our nation,” said De Caire.
Along with violent crime, De Caire said police have stepped up drug enforcement. Along with ... Read More »
February 24, 2015
Stuart Bergman, Assistant Chief Economist and Director, Export Development Canada gave a presentation on Global Economic forecast – EDC’s latest 18 – 24 month outlook on the global business environment, and its impact on Canada.
Mr. Bergman explained to Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce members and guests that the U.S. economy has really come back strong and that helps Canada as they are our largest trading partner.
The Canadian economy is good with still some concerns of consumers borrowing too much but that allows them to purchase more products such as cars.
The Canadian dollar is expected to remain in the 80-82¢ range for 2015 – good news for exporters but bad for snow birds.
The world economy is generally improving with exceptions in war torn areas.
The stock market is expected to stay stable with modest gains.
I attended the 118th Anniversary celebration of the Woman’s Institute and brought greetings from the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce. It was a celebration with the donation of $10,000 by HRAI Golden Horseshoe Chapter to upgrade the heating in the carriage house and museum.
The total value of the donation will exceed over $45,000 with donated contractor time, etc.