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Acknowledgements and Accomplishments

Q1 2015

March 6 – 8 – The Golden Horseshoe Regional Council spent Friday through Sunday manning a CANASA booth at the Hamilton Home Show, and speaking with home owners.  Many of the people the 8 volunteers spoke to, thanked them for the public service effort that they were putting forward, and for introducing them to CANASA and explaining what the organization does to help the public. A big thank you to Kevin Allison, Gene Blahut, Paul Grossinger, Joe Rossano, David Lopinski, Roger Barnes, Mike Polo, Anna de Jager-Duplicki and Scott Hammond for spending their weekend teaching the general public about the benefits of hiring a CANASA member!

Changes to Manitoba legislation Bill 62 will impact business contracts for any ‘distance communications services’ or monitoring stations including the length of the contract, and the right of the consumer to cancel its contract at any time. CANASA staff and several council members (Ellery Demedash (Chair), Debbie Leblanc, Jeff Munday and Kim Caron) are working with Manitoba’s Consumer Protection Office to ensure that the new regulations take into account the particularities of electronic security industry.

Quebec volunteers recently met with the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ), the regulatory body responsible for Act 20, which provides a legal framework for the construction industry (which includes security technicians). Robert Branchaud, Normand Fiset, Jean Rho, Denis Bouchard, Michel Houde and CANASA staff have worked with CCQ over many years, but recently spent several hours presenting our position on trade recognition designation, resulting in a positive step forward for the security industry! More updates to come…

CANASA staff, Don Budden and John Milsom recently met with members of the Nova Scotia Justice Public Safety and Security Division of the Nova Scotia Provincial government, to discuss the licensing of the electronic security industry within that province. Although this was the first of many meetings, and we know that will not be something that occurs overnight, the Atlantic Regional Council will continue to apply pressure to ensure that this is addressed.  

On behalf of CANASA members and staff, thank you to ALL of these volunteers and organizations for their assistance in spreading the word about our great association!