Provincial News ~ February 2012
AHLA lobbies for Bill 26 changes
EDMONTON—The Alberta government’s Bill 26 would create harsh penalties for drivers whose blood alcohol count (BAC) is between .05 and .08, a move which could have negative consequences for hospitality industry, according to the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association.
The penalties the government proposes are as follows:
o A three-day licence suspension and three-day vehicle seizure for the second time with BAC from .05 to .08.
o A 15-day licence suspension and seven-day vehicle seizure for the third offence, plus a remedial course.
o A 30-day licence suspension and seven-day vehicle seizure for fourth a subsequent offences, plus a mandatory board hearing and remedial course.
“The impact of this legislation on Alberta’s hospitality industry may be significant depending on the final drafting and how it is enforced,” notes ALHA president and CEO Dave Kaiser in an editorial in the association’s innsight newsletter. The ALHA has shared their concerns with the Honourable Ray Danyluk, Minister of Transportation, Kaiser adds.
“The AHLA believes 24 hour roadside suspensions are an effective way to warn drivers who may be near the legal threshold for impairment. Creating harsher consequences for drivers whose BAC is below .08 will create unintended consequences, including fear among law abiding guests who drink responsibly,” says Kaiser. “This will have a negative effect on businesses that serve alcohol in a responsible manner, and won’t address the real problem—stopping drivers who are criminally impaired.”
CRTC change aids TV competition
OTTAWA—A December 14, 2011 policy decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has significantly increased competition and choice amongst TV distributors for the operators and managers of commercial and institutional properties and their occupants.
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-774 (BRP 2011-774) expands the pre-existing CRTC rules requiring a cable or satellite company that owns “inside wire” in a residential property to allow subscribers or a competing cable or satellite service provider to use that wire to provide TV service to the customer. BRP 2011-774 extends this sharing obligation to the inside wire within commercial and institutional properties, such as hotels, retirement and long term care facilities.
The “inside wire” portion of the wiring generally begins where the wiring branches off for the exclusive use of the TV customer and extends right into their suite, up to and including the jacks and wall faceplates.
In multi-dwelling units (MDUs), the CRTC rules require the TV service provider using the inside wire to pay $0.52 per inside wire per month to the cable or satellite company that owns it. BRP 2011-774 mandates this same $0.52 monthly inside wire fee in commercial properties where the wiring configuration is similar to that of an MDU (e.g., a central spine, with Inside Wires branching off to individual units). However, where the wiring configuration in a commercial property is different from that of an MDU, the CRTC expects the TV provider that owns the wiring and the TV provider requesting to use it to negotiate a commercially reasonable monthly fee.
Sales manager emerit standards
OTTAWA—Developed and endorsed by industry, National Occupational Standards for Sales Manager are available now from emerit as a free download.
The standards define the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as a sales manager in Canada, and are useful for identifying industry best practices, auditing the competence of employees, and identifying individual learning objectives.
Online and paper-based training resources for sales manager are designed for self-directed study, and can be used to develop training programs, to supplement existing training programs, to address specific training needs, or to prepare employees for Professional Certification.
Professional Certification from emerit is designed to recognize a candidate’s competence in the occupation of sales manager.
Investing in training is proven to reduce turnover, improve confidence and morale, raise revenues, and bolster a property’s public image.
According to a 2011 Hotel Association of Canada survey, Canadian travellers agree that lodging properties with formally trained employees provide a higher quality of service (83 per cent) and better value for money (67 per cent). In fact, over one third of travellers said they would pay more per night to stay at a property with a formal training program.
For more information go to: http://emerit.ca/en/products/all_products/sales_manager.
Feds embrace HAC proposals
OTTAWA—The House of Commons Finance Committee released its pre-budget report titled “Staying Focused on Canadian Jobs and Growth” in mid-December. The report provides Canadians with a framework on how the federal government plans to achieve a sustained economic recovery in Canada, create quality, sustainable jobs, ensure relatively low rates of taxation and achieve a balanced budget.
HAC president Tony Pollard appeared before the committee on October 18th providing an overview of the state of the Canadian tourism & lodging industry requesting a review of three key areas:
o Aviation cost structure;
o Creating an effective visa system; and
o Increased funding for the Canadian Tourism Commission.
“I am very pleased to note the recommendations the HAC advanced for stable long term funding for the CTC and for an aviation review has been picked up by the Committee,” said Pollard.
“This past year, through the HAC Grassroots Program hoteliers have met with more than 180 Ministers and MPs. This is clear evidence that the HAC Grassroots Program has been a success and confirms the strength of the Canadian lodging industry.”
On June 27, 2011, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched the 2011 pre-budget consultations with an invitation for Canadians to participate in the consultations process. Extensive consultations followed culminating with the announcement in December. The federal budget for 2012 is expected to be tabled in February 2012.
Epicurean event benefits ITHQ
MONTREAL—Once again, chefs from Relais & Chateaux hotels will provide a deluxe epicurean experience to benefit the Instutut du Québec (ITHQ).
The fourth edition of this gastronomic evening will take place on April 12 in a reinvented ballroom of The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel.
This year’s event will be an epicurean rendez-vous featuring Annie Féolde, diva of Tuscan cuisine and co-owner of the mythical Michelin 3-star restaurant, Enoteca Pinchiorri de Florence, situated on the ground floor of a 17th Century palazzo.
Enoteca is also a synonym for the high quality wines selected to accompany an exceptional menu.
Founded in 1968 by the Quebec government, the ITHQ is the only hotel school in Quebec that provides regular programs at high school and college level, teaching academic and continuing education.