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Hearth & Home October 2016

The first HPBA Canada Government Affairs Academy (GAA) meeting in Ottawa.
Photo Courtesy: ©2016 Couvrette/Ottawa.

October News

Items of interest to members of the hearth, barbecue, and patio industries.

Government Affairs Academy Canadian Style

Since the HPBA Government Affairs Academy (GAA) was introduced in 2006, HPBA Canada (HPBAC) has sent 13 participants to be trained. All of these Canadian participants found it to be an exhilarating and empowering experience, except – about half of the curriculum was on the U.S. system of government.

Realizing this was a way of creating an informed and engaged group of advocates across Canada, HPBAC was determined to host a Canadian version. In May 2016 it hosted the first HPBA Canada GAA in Ottawa with 19 participants representing all categories of members and all regions of the country.

After hours of prep and two days of in-class learning and group work, the attendees were ready to put what they learned into practice in truly Canadian fashion – at a cocktail reception for invited Members of Parliament and their staff. Participants were armed with Industry Profiles, a document developed for the GAA to outline the economic impact of the industry in Canada, to present to the MPs.

First to arrive was former Treasury Board president and Industry Minister, the Honourable Tony Clement, who announced “Fireplaces and Barbecues? You’re the fun people!” Nine MPs attended, including the Speaker of the House in his traditional costume, members from the Government and the Opposition.

It was an exciting evening that ran past the posted 6:30 pm closing time to well after 9:30 and resulted in many important political connections and an invitation to testify before a Parliamentary committee on Industry, Technology and Science.

HPBAC would like to thank its sponsors and contributors for their support: Valor Gas Fireplaces, Blaze King, ICC/RSF, EnerGuide for Gas Fireplaces Program, HPBA, HPBAC members.

Canadian Residential Heating
% of Households by Fuel Type, 2012*
  Electricity Natural Gas Heating Oil Other** Wood
Canada 23.5% 47.5% 8.2% 1.9% 18.8%
Atlantic 26.5% 0.7% 40.4% 1.6% 30.8%
Quebec 49.3% 5.9% 10.1% 0.5% 34.2%
Ontario 10.4% 66.7% 5.4% 3.5% 13.9%
Manitoba 39.9% 47.4% 0.5% 0.9% 11.3%
Saskatchewan 9.3% 80.2% 1.8% 3.1% 5.5%
Alberta 5.9% 87.5% 0.0% 1.4% 5.2%
British Columbia 30.1% 53.7% 0.7% 0.9% 14.6%
Territories 7.0% 10.9% 54.2% 11.9% 15.9%
* Source, Natural Resources Canada. 2012 latest year published.
** “Other” includes coal and propane.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

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Intrigue Table Top Fire Feature.


For an intimate chat setting, cast Wedge tables come in Garden Terrace or Spectrum designs with Tropitone finishes. Chairs are naturally angled toward each other along the sides of the tables. Call (949) 951-2010 or visit

Wedge table.

Franklin Round Woven Dining Collection.


The elegant Franklin Round Woven Dining Collection has modern armless seating crafted of hand-woven, all-weather wicker. The natural-finished look of the weave is enhanced by a brushed finish on the chair legs. The table pedestal base has a weathered wood look. Call (757) 468-4782 or visit

Magic Mats.

Bradley Smoker

Magic Mats go on smoker racks; the fine mesh allows smoke to penetrate food as it cooks. Mats are reusable and dishwasher friendly. Call (866) 508-7514 or visit

Gensun Casual Living

Balcony-height swivel stools maximize seating and tuck under the table or bar when not in use; stools come in a choice of 18 finish colors. Call (866) 964-4468 or visit

Balcony-height swivel stools.

Marquee from the Reflections collection.


From the Reflections collection, kaleidoscope shapes create a modern, graphic pattern in Marquee. Dip-dyed shades of turquoise shimmer off a textural bark weave background. Call (866) Outdura or visit

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