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Oakville's Oliberté the world's first Fair Trade Certified shoe company

Tal Dehtiar was in Sarnia earlier this month to describe how his company, Oliberté, became the world's first shoe company to be Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA.
 
It all started when Dehtiar, then in his twenties, met a shoe salesman at a market in Liberia. A passion for business and a penchant for curiosity, Dehtiar asked him how business was. "Not good, the man replied," as the Observer describes. Local shoe salesmen were losing out to free charity handouts and couldn't survive, not even on low prices. 
 
Dehtiar later launched Oliberté Footwear, which manufactures its shows in "leather shoes with rubber soles in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing its workers with more than double the country's typical minimum wage and helping lift native Ethiopians out of poverty," according to the article. 
 
"We build our shoes in one of the most difficult parts of the world," Dehtiar is quotes as saying to about 75 people at the keynote presentation as part of Sarnia-Lambton Business Week. 

The company's factory opened last year and currently employs 70 workers. It's now a multi-million-dollar company in "a part of the world that was largely foreign to him." However, "Owning the factory means the company determines how its workers are treated."
 
"We'll never be the biggest shoe company in the world, but we'll always be the most ethical and the best," Dehtiar says in the article. "Hopefully other companies will follow.
 
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Original Source: The Observer

4 GTA municipalities rank top 10 for resident satisfaction

A nationwide poll by Forum Research suggests that residents of Mississauga, Oakville, Markham and Richmond Hill like what they get for their tax dollars.
 
The four GTA municipalities all made the top 10 in a ranking of resident satisfaction with municipal services across Canada. Respondents ranked their satisfaction on everything from fire and garbage services to libraries and public transportation. Although Quebec City came out on top, the GTA managed to dominate the list in other ways.
 
"Council and I are very pleased at seeking this kind of progress on our goal of becoming better every year," Oakville Mayor Rob Burton told InsideHalton.com. Oakville ranked fifth overall. "It's terrific really to have this validation of how hard we have been working on this and that we are actually getting some results."
 
"The town tied for second in the area of police services with 53 per cent of Oakville residents surveyed saying they were very satisfied with their police service," writes InsideHalton.com. "Oakville tied for second again in the area of ambulance and emergency medical services satisfaction with 61 per cent and tied for second place in the area of public health services satisfaction with 37 per cent."
 
"Oakville received the highest satisfaction rating of all cities surveyed for road maintenance and repair with 31 per cent, a score that left Burton particularly satisfied."
 
The top 10 in order are:
Quebec City, Que.
Burnaby, B.C.
Mississauga, Ont.
Sherbrooke, Que.
Oakville, Ont.
Burlington, Ont.
Laval, Que.
Markham, Ont.
Longueuil, Que.
Richmond Hill, Ont.
 
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Original source: InsideHalton.com

Ontario's product mix makes auto industry competitive

According to the Montreal Gazette Southern Ontario's auto manufacturing industry, while it continues to face challenges, has bright future ahead. Ontario's relatively strong and competitive position in the industry can be attributed to its mix of products.

"The good news is Canada's auto industry -- primarily centred in southern Ontario -- is in "remarkably good shape relative to the product mix it has going into 2010 and beyond," said Pochiluk [president of AutomotiveCompass -- an automotive research and consulting firm]"

"Home to assembly plants for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., Toyota, Honda and General Motors, Ontario produces vehicles across key segments -- minivans in Windsor; mid-sized sedans in Brampton, Oshawa and Cambridge; crossover utility vehicles in Oakville, Ingersoll and Woodstock; compact cars in Alliston."

"Operating on three shifts, the Windsor assembly plant -- which builds Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans -- "is going to be fine" despite strong, new entries from Honda and Toyota next year, said Pochiluk."

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original source Montreal Gazette

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