BIA News & Updates
Countdown to Italian Festival on Preston Street!

Next weekend the big event is on! Let's hope for good weather!

Here is what you need to know:

New this year will be the Ferrari Show n' Shine extending through Sunday night.
As well, be sure to check out Manifesto Mostra Vespa, a new photographic exhibit featuring Vespas, at the Italian Car Museum in the ScotiaBank Parking lot.
For information on the entertainment schedule for the Settimana Italiana Stage, please visit: 

Road Closures: Please see the map attached for road closure information.

Todd will be coming around over the weekend with access passes for your vehicles during
the road closure. Please try to limit the number of times you need to drive in the closed area,  this creates a safety hazard, and real challenges for our limited security team.
If you need another access pass, please call the BIA office and leave your business name and how many passes you would like.


Cars parked on Preston will be ticketed and towed.
We hope we can count on you, our members to cooperate with the security team during the road closures. They have a tough job to do out there, and are working hard to ensure our festival runs safely and without incident.

Liquor license extensions should be arriving in your email shortly. If you have not received it by Monday, June 11, please contact the AGCO directly.
Barricades will be delivered either Thursday evening (June 14) or Friday morning. The order has been placed and acknowledged so expect them. Your barricade cheques have now been deposited into the BIA bank account.
Noise Exemption:
Please note the hours for our Noise Exemption: 5:00 pm to Midnight Friday and Saturday, 5:00pm to 11:00 pm on Sunday. All music and loud activity must end by these times, or ByLaw may ticket businesses for violations of the noise bylaw.

St. Anthony's Church Feast start Saturday, June 9 and runs through Sunday the 10th.

The Procession on Sunday starts at St. Anthony's Church and goes along Booth to Willow, to Preston Street, to Pamilla, to Rochester, to Norman, back onto Preston Street to Gladstone then returning to the Church. There will be rolling road closures between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm for the Procession.
Mother's Day Contest Winner!

A huge thank you to the businesses that donated prizes to our contest.
We had great social media numbers for this promotion.
The Winner is Adelise Lalande, who wrote a great story about what a super mom hers is.
Our thanks to the following businesses for supporting this campaign:
  • Anka's Esthetics
  • Esthetique Facial Angle
  • Docere Clinic
  • Kuidaore Izakaya
  • Kutting Crew
  • Nails and Spa on Preston
  • NuChic Hair
  • Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana
  • Preston Dental Centre
  • The Upkeep Shoppe
  • Vasto Boutique
  • Vincent
  • Yoga Town
  • Zoey's Nails
With your support we were able to offer a prize package worth over $1200!

Presdelicious July 20 to August 2nd
We are gearing up for the second annual Presdelicious, our Prix Fixe Restofest!

Thank you to the following restaurants for participating:
  • DiVino Wine Studio
  • EVOO Greek Kitchen 
  • Il Primo
  • La Roma
  • marc | kitchen
  • Mason Dixon Kitchen +Bar
  • Mati
  • Stoneface Dolly's
  • Trattoria Caff√® Italia
  • two six {ate}

"Meet Me on Preston" Events Calendar gives you free listings of events and promotions at your business

Did you know that as a BIA Member you can put your events on the monthly calendar?

This is your tool to promote your business and attract customers. All you need do is come up with a great promotion, and we'll get it up in the calendar. 

Start thinking about promotions you might want to do in the month of June. Deadline for the print version of the July calendar is June 14th.

We can add events to the web calendar throughout the month so be sure to make us aware of any special event or promotion you are having. We will also use that information to expand your advertising reach through the BIA social media channels.

If you have an event that you would like listed on the website, please email
Other News
Suspect in Little Italy Sexual Assault
Ms. Mellor,

We are pleased to let you know that Alex Lagasse,  41 years, has been arrested for the assault on Preston Street and will be attending show cause today.

If any of your businesses happen to know this male's whereabouts on the evening hours of Friday June 1st through to the early morning hours of June 2nd, or if they have additional information they feel the police should know they can contact me directly.

Sgt. Carolyn Botting

Workplace Safety for Young Workers

  Spring has finally arrived and along with it the MOL inspectors may be arriving to your workplaces to raise awareness and increase compliance for the safety of the Young Workers in your organization. WSPS has put together some information on what MOL inspectors will be looking for, what has historically happened at these inspections and what you, the employer, can do to protect your vulnerable workers.

What inspectors will be looking for
Inspectors will target workplaces that employ workers aged 14-24, have workers who have been on the job for less than six months, or been assigned to a new job within the same period. These workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month than more experienced workers 1 . Your specific practices related to these new and young workers will be under the microscope, as well as your overall health and safety program. This includes:
  • Information, instruction and supervision. Are new and young workers getting the required information and supervision to protect their health and safety?
  • Safety measures. Do you have measures and procedures in place to prevent injuries and occupational illness? Violence and harassment?
  • Internal responsibility system. Do you have a functioning joint health and safety committee or a health and safety representative?
3 ways to protect vulnerable workers
Employers can do 3 things to help send new and young workers home from work as healthy as when they started.
  1. Before hiring, assess the job and its hazards . Which scenarios will present risks? Which tasks should be assigned to experienced workers? Are there language barriers you need to address?
  2. Put the emphasis on orientation . In your training, address workers' three basic rights: to know about hazards, to participate in your organization's health and safety efforts, and to refuse dangerous work. Accommodate different learning styles for example, in the classroom, in a simulated environment, and on the job. Hand out checklists. Set up a buddy system between experienced and new workers.
  3. Invest in your supervisors . Make sure they know the laws, regulations and hazards, and have the training and experience to help workers adhere to safe work procedures. Supervisors must be patient, repeat instructions, coach, retrain, and offer praise - especially to overcome workers reluctance to ask safety questions.
How WSPS can help
Webinar - The Canada Pension Plan Enhancement and You
More than a million Canadians are heading into retirement in the coming years and many may not be able to make ends meet. Nearly two-thirds of Canadians don't have a workplace pension and many others have not saved enough through other investments.
All Canadians have the right to a secure retirement income and that's why the Government of Canada is enhancing the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) starting January 2019.
Encourage your employees to get informed on what the enhancement means to them and to their pocketbooks. 

Our free webinar, The Canada Pension Plan Enhancement and You, will discuss:
  • Why the CPP is being enhanced
  • How it will affect paycheques and retirement income
  • What to do at tax time
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

English: Quebec and Ontario at 1:00 pm, 
French: Quebec and Ontario at 10:00 am, 

Payroll - T4127 Payroll Deductions Formulas

The Payroll Deductions Formulas guide (T4127) effective July 1, 2018, is now available on the website.

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Lori Mellor
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Preston Street Business Improvement Association
118 A Preston Street, K1R 7P2

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