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The Advocacy Committee: Appointed annually, and reporting to the Board of Directors, the EHCC Advocacy and Policy Committee will play a vital role in reviewing policy submissions from members of EHCC and making recommendations to delegates from this Chamber. In addition, it is the role of the Policy and Advocacy Committee to receive and search out issues that fall within the Advocacy Policy, and, in consideration of the Advocacy Policy, to make recommendations to the Board of Directors to deal with these issues. It shall be the responsibility of the Advocacy Committee to carry out such surveys or inquiries directly with the membership and the Board of Directors to determine the Committee’s activities.

Issue Filters: It is evident that due to available resources, the EHCC may not be in a position to respond to all requests for action. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the Advocacy Committee to use the following filters to recommend to the Board of Directors if the issue should be dealt with by the EHCC.

  • Does this issue fall within the mandate of the EHCC?
  • Does the issue affect the wider business community?
  • Does this issue affect a wider population?
  • Is this an issue on which EHCC can have an impact given its available resources?
  • Will action on this issue result in improving the region’s or provincial competitive advantage?
  • Will taking a position on this issue demonstrate leadership in the business community?
  • Will taking a position improve the business climate for our members?

Responding to Issues: When an issue is determined relevant, the Board of Directors may request the Committee to consult all available research to ensure that an informed policy position is developed and recommended to the Board. The Board of Directors may allocate sufficient human and financial resources to the Committee to carry out its role. The Board of Directors are not compelled to take on every issue that comes to the table. In situations where inadequate information or research is available or it is impossible to respond in a timely manner, if it is not in the best interests of EHCC to form policy on the matter.

Current projects:

  • In 2014/2015 the Advocacy committee completed an extensive survey on local businesses. For more information please visit the Business Survey Report page.
  • We have regular meetings with the Hants East MLA, Margaret Miller. Please check out our events calendar for the next meeting. If you have a topic you would like us to discuss on your behalf please send it to info@ehcc.ca at least 2 business days prior to the meeting date.
  • Active in the discussion and decision on the number of districts and councillors in the municipality. Attended MEH consultations in 2014 and in 2015 made presentations to reduce council size in the UARB hearings in July and November.
  • Held meetings with the Municipality of East Hants staff and warden to develop communication and review issue (economic development strategy, pole signs, etc.)
  • Initiated meetings with MEH Economic Development department, Perennia research organization and farm sector directors to work on entrepreneurship and innovation in the market
  • The advocacy is currently forming a “Mentorship Group” to assist local entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Met with Chief Copage and Sipeknekatik Band Council to establish contact and explore common issues.
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A heads up to all those in the Barney Brook area.Barneys Brook Forcemain Project Update

As work progresses on this project, there will be some temporary disruption to water services. The Contractor will advise residents/businesses 24 hours in advance of any disruption to service.

The Municipality recommends that residents/businesses should store enough water for use during the disruption and, as a precautionary measure, turn off their hot water tank. After service is restored, some customers may experience temporary water discolouration, should this occur, please run the water for a short period of time.

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Calendar

Wed 29

Popcorn Trail Hike

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 05

Brewing Business Morning Coffee Hour

June 5 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Jun 05

Information Session for Small Business

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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