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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:41

Chamber of Commerce Newsletter Jun 17, 2014

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Hotspot Display area available

Hotspot promotional space at the Visitor Centre has been used as a promotional tool by many of our restaurants and accommodation businesses over the past several years. Recently two display spots have come available with one being taken yesterday which leaves one spot left. We have eleven all together.  I have attached a picture so you get a basic idea of what they look like and they are located throughout the centre. They are about 37 inches long including the frame and 25 inches wide, so the actual developed poster is around 24 by 36. Tom Grasmeyer has produced all the material so it has a great presentation. It is a great opportunity for hoteliers and restaurants, stores and specialty tourism businesses (tires comes to mind). They are $300 a year to hang with the first year being discounted $100 so that we can save the business development costs (this would be paid to Tom for development). We have the frames here. If you’d like the opportunity to promote your business to the close to 12,ooo visitors who pass through the centre annually give us a call, 250-847-5072 and ask for Heather or Susan… This will be on a first come basis as there’s now only the one left. Thanks for all that you do in the promotion of the community through the selection of products you supply.



Mobile Visitor Centre – the Vibe – will be on the road soon

 

Our Vibe sponsors are back in to support of the Chamber’s  summer ambassador program and the Chamber is ready to roll come July 1.  Soon you’ll see the decalled vehicle (Hoskins Ford and insured by BV Insurance) scooting around town from activity to activity, tourist attraction to Main Street. Our mobile Visitor Counsellor will be on-board to meet and greet our tourists and provide them with maps, event outlines and tourist information.

We’d like you to consider being involved with the summer Vibe program as highlighted below. The program is available entirely through sponsorship funds and organized by the Chamber. Last year’s sponsors were Aquabatics/Eddyline; Aspen Motor Inn; Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Calendar North; Capri Motor Inn; Florence Motel/FitnessNorthwest; Glacier View RV Park and Cabins; Hawkair Aviation; Hudson Bay Mountain; Northern BC Tourism; Pharmasave; Rayz Board Shop/Stonesthrow Guesthouse; the Peak, Randy’s Image Design, Northwest Fuels and our major sponsors: Hoskins Ford; BV Insurance and Tourism Smithers.

The Vibe Program has operated now for eight years and we’d appreciate your sponsorship this summer for this valuable tourism program. Sponsorship of the Vibe program (Visitor Information for  a Better Economy) is $299-$499. The Van is out five days a week and goes to area attractions and events. Each sponsor has a decal on the Van and the Chamber runs 100 ads  on the Peak Radio Station over the summer where all sponsors are mentioned rotationally.

We provide both regional (i-share) and town-focussed event sheets updated weekly that name-mention the sponsors and New this year is the http://smithersevents.com/ website that is a one-stop shop for all events taking place in the Valley. It’s comprehensive and dynamic with a listing of events and poster displays to give it a vibrant feel. It was developed by Phil Brienesse with assistance from the Chamber, the Bugwood Bean and Tourism Smithers as it was determined at many town meetings that people wanted to know what was going on and didn’t want to have to search multiple sites to  find out event, festival and club information. We also have a large screen here in the Visitor Centre where the event information is displayed and we have event sheets that we give out to the tourists. It’s amazing but if a tourist is on a flexible schedule and knows about area activities, they will stay longer, and every day they stay means $156 to the local economy. We acknowledge our sponsors with name mention through email correspondence to chamber members four times over the summer and feature the information on the Chamber’s website, BC’s main tourism site, HelloBC and on our Facebook Page.

We will also have our marketing character Alpine Alice representing the Vibe at major events like Midsummer,  Farmers Market, Main Street Fair, the Telkwa Barbecue,  Fall Fair etc and if sponsors  have special events happening at your business you can book Alpine Alice to  come out…. Demo Days!! Tourist Bus Visitors arriving!!! Special Groups camping out, etc..

The Chamber has also arranged for Music on Main Street in the Lawn Chair Lounge  (the stage at Bovill Square) every Friday night throughout July and August. Musicians will play from five to seven each Friday night.

Please let me know if you’d like to take part as we have to have the decals developed… heather @smitherschamber.com   250-847-5072

 



Seabridge Gold and Nisga’a Nation Enter Into Benefits Agreement Regarding KSM Project

News Release, Toronto, June 17: …Seabridge Gold reported today that it has entered into a comprehensive Benefits Agreement with the Nisga’a Nation in respect of Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project, located in northwest British Columbia. The Benefits

Agreement establishes a long-term co-operative relationship between Seabridge and the Nisga’a Nation under which the Nisga’a Nation will support development of the Project, participate in economic benefits from the Project and provide ongoing advice.

The Agreement includes commitments by Seabridge regarding jobs and contracting opportunities at the KSM Project, education and training, financial payments and a framework for working together on ongoing development matters. This comprehensive agreement also addresses concerns expressed by the Nisga’a Nation around the potential environmental and social impacts of the KSM Project. Seabridge Chairman and CEO Rudi Fronk comments that: “This formal expression of support from the Nisga’a Nation is a major step forward for KSM. As the only Treaty nation involved in the KSM environmental assessment process, the Nisga’a’s views carry considerable weight. This Agreement validates Seabridge’s open, transparent and flexible approach to working with the Nisga’a Nation and First Nations generally on development of the KSM Project, and the KSM Project is better for it. We are proud that a strong, trusting and mutually respectful relationship with the Nisga’a Nation has grown out of our work with them over the last six years. Their support of the Project

reflects their detailed, independent assessment that the Project can be built and operated in an environmentally responsible way.” Mitchell Stevens, President of Nisga’a Nation, comments that: "We appreciate Seabridge's open and direct approach to working with the Nisga'a Nation. They began consulting with us very early on in the development of the KSM Project design. They listened to our concerns and took them seriously. They have been very responsive to our concerns around the environmental and social impacts of the

project on Nisga'a Treaty interests. As well, Seabridge has demonstrated a real willingness to assist the Nisga'a Nation in creating genuine economic opportunities and building the capacity of Nisga'a citizens.”

The Agreement will remain in effect throughout the life of the KSM Project and will apply to future partners in the Project. “We respect the emphasis by Nisga’a Nation leadership on protecting the environmental, social and cultural heritage of all Nisga’a citizens while ensuring that they also enjoy business and employment opportunities. This Agreement creates a genuine partnership between Seabridge and the Nisga’a Nation that will last for decades and we look forward to working with them to advance our mutual objectives.” said Mr. Fronk.

Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold resource projects. The Company’s principal assets are the KSM property located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. For a breakdown of Seabridge’s mineral reserves and resources by project and category please visit the Company’s website at http://www.seabridgegold.net/resources.php.



Metro Vancouver company develops marijuana breathalyzer technology

A BC man is hoping to give police a new tool to help in the fight again driving under the influence of drugs. Ladner's Kal Malhi, a retired RCMP officer, has developed a roadside breathalyzer that can test for marijuana. Marijuana use can currently only be tested through collecting blood, urine or saliva samples, and police have no way to positively determine on the road that a driver is under the influence of drugs. "It's hard to prove when somebody's high on drugs," he said. "The level of convictions on drugged driving is very low." Malhi was inspired to use a Swedish study that showed breath samples could be collected and sent to a lab for testing.

Vancouver-based Dr. Raj Attariwala is the chief technology officer on the project. He is a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician with a background in biomedical engineering. He has worked closely with the breath-testing technology developed by the Karolinska Institute and has several other medical device patents. Dr. Bruce Goldberger is also on board as a technical advisor. A professor of toxicology at the University of Florida, Goldberg has done extensive research on forensic toxicology and completed numerous studies on the subject, including analysis of alcohol in breath and the measurement of drugs in biological tissue.

The result is the portable Cannabix Breathalyzer. Malhi said it is designed to function like a blood glucose meter, where the breath sample is collected in one component and then is fed into a second part of the device, which tests the sample and gives an immediate result. Malhi said the device indicates if a person has consumed marijuana in the last two hours. The drug can still show up in blood, urine or saliva testing for several days after consumption so even with a positive test it is difficult for police to prove that a person was impaired by the drug at the time of driving. Malhi said he could also see it being used in workplaces that carry out drug testing for employees.

After just six months of research and development, Malhi already has patents pending on the device and has signed on with a medical device manufacturer to develop a prototype. He said he's hoping to have the Cannabix licensed in another six months and will look at marketing it in North America.

Malhi said many people, especially the younger generation, view driving after smoking marijuana as acceptable. "Our society is changing our views on marijuana, it's becoming legalized in many states... young people have no fear of driving after smoking."



Tourism Week 2014

 

The TourismI Industry Association of BC is celebrating Tourism Week June 16 to 20, 2014. Tourism organizations including TIABC and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) are engaging in a variety of events that showcase the economic impact and social benefits of our tourism sector. "Tourism plays an important role in contributing to the economy of local communities and cities throughout our province. A healthy and vibrant tourism economy leads to investment across all sectors in our province, which benefits all of us." ~ Ian Robertson, executive director, Tourism Industry Association of BC. More more information on TIABC membership, visit: www.tiabc.ca/tiabc-membership.

Read the BC Government media release about National Tourism Week:

www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2014/06/national-tourism-week-highlights-benefits-to-the-economy.html

Locally in Tourism…as summer begins to heat up, you are invited out to an evening to chat about tourism.

June 18th, 7 pm at the Hudson Bay Lodge.

  • The  new Tourism Smithers website will be launched!
  • updated artwork/brand identity for Tourism Smithers
  • update on Tourism Smithers activities and projects
  • update on new Events website… www.smithersevents.com

Please let Gladys Atrill of Tourism Smithers know if you are able to attend. Mobile 250-877-2290



Coastal GasLink Newsletter

 

Please use the following link below to access the June 2014 issue of the Coastal GasLink Connector – the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project newsletter. These will be issued four times per year to keep you up-to-date on procurement opportunities with the project...

http://www.coastalgaslink.com/coastal-gaslink-connector-june-2014/

During construction, TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project will provide contracting and employment opportunities to qualified local and aboriginal businesses and individuals along our proposed route. TransCanada has three roles in the building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline:

• plan, design and operate the pipeline,

• hire pipeline construction prime contractors to construct our pipeline,

• oversee the prime contractors and the construction process to ensure safety standards, pipeline specifications and regulatory conditions are met.

The majority of employment opportunities will be provided through the prime contractors or their sub-contractors. P:rime contractors are highly qualified firms with experience in large diameter pipeline construction.

 

Links for businesses to register with CGL (Coastal Gas Link) and PRGT (Prince Rupert Gas Trasmission) are below.

 

PRGT - http://www.princerupertgas.com/jobs-and-benefits/contracting-and-jobs/ (bottom of page)

CGL - http://www.coastalgaslink.com/category/jobs-and-benefits/vendor-registration-form/

 

 

 

 

Ian McLeod, Community Relations Lead, Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Ltd.

 

Toll Free: (855) 633-2011 e-mail: c This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.coastalgaslink.com



Premier unveils measures to improve accountability of Crown Corporations

Last week, Premier Christy Clark unveiled new accountability measures targeting public sector organizations  aimed at promoting cost-consciousness, accountability, appropriate compensation, service, respect and integrity. The measures apply to all public sector organizations and come as a result of the B.C. government's review of all Crown corporations that began in 2011.

 

At the same time, Clark issued new mandate letters to her cabinet ministers, providing insight on policy direction over the coming year.

 

The mandate letters require each minister (and his or her deputy minister) to meet with chairs and boards of public sector organizations and agencies, a move designed to increase accountability. In addition, individual ministries have been tasked with promoting specific initiatives in the government's agenda. For example: the Ministry of Health is tasked with finalizing the St. Paul's and Royal Columbian Hospital revitalization plans; the Ministry of Justice has been asked to change the liquor laws; the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is to present a 10-year Transportation Plan by the end of September, and the Ministry of Finance is tasked with implementing tax legislation for the province's LNG industry. Individual mandate letters can be found online here.



Northwest Transmission Line Update

Leslie Wood, the Senior Stakeholder Relations Specialist at BC Hydro has been providing project updates on the progress of the work being done on the Northwes Transmission Line over the past few years and the Chamber has updated you, via these email correspondences,  as we obtain them. Yesterday Lesley Wood sent this message “I am pleased to let you know that the NTL project has reached a major milestone. Construction of the project has been completed last week. The next  step is commissioning, where the line and new substation components are tested to ensure everything is working correctly. Stay tuned for a further update when this final stage of the project is completed.”

The Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) is a 344-kilometre, 287-kilovolt transmission line between Skeena Substation (near Terrace) and a new substation to be built near Bob Quinn Lake. The new line will: Provide a reliable supply of clean power to potential industrial developments in the area; Provide a secure interconnection point for clean generation projects; Facilitate connecting the community of Iskut to the grid, so it doesn’t rely on diesel generation. View the project schematic map [PDF, 962 KB].



About Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

The Government of Canada is  committed to reducing the harmful effects of spam and related threats to electronic commerce and are working towards a safer and more secure online marketplace. Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (CASL) helps protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace and will come into affect July 1, 2014.

What you should know about Canada’s new law and how to comply with it:

If you’d like to watch a short video information sesseion presentation that explains the anti-spam  legislation  and how to comply you can watch it here information session on Canada’s anti-spam legislation



National Aboriginal Day June 23

Join in the Celebrations of National Aboriginal Day in Smithers as there’s many activities arranged for your enjoyment. Events take place, Monday, June 23 at Bovill Square.                                                                

 

12:00     Welcoming/Opening:

  • Mabel Forsythe
  • Mayor Taylor Bachrach
  • Doug Donaldson

 

12:15     Gitxsan All Clan Dancers

1:45        All Nations Drummers – (from Muheim Elementary)

2:15        Warren Dubz performance/Jam Session (local musicians, poems etc.)

2:45        Best Contemporary Wear – Categories (child, Youth, Adult)

3:15        Fred George Memorial Moose Calling Contest

3:45        Soapberry Whipping Contest

4:10        Tug of War

4:30        Gitxsan All Clan Dancers Closing

-          Children’s Activities Station – coloring, face painting, bouncy tent, fish pond

-          Hotdogs & Hamburgers served throughout the event



Economic Development BC Update

June 2014 edition of the Economic Development in BC newsletter is now available. This month, is focused on Liquefied Natural Gas. In addition, the Small Business in B.C. section returns, highlighting some of the great successes and support available to B.C.'s small business community.



 

Everything gets better with a little love. 

The LoveSmithers.com and LoveTelkwa.com websites are now live.

When you shop at an independent local business, everyone wins. Small Town Love is about making it easier to shop small first. Take a look around. Small businesses have competitive pricing, products, and services. The idea that they are outdated or out-of-style is a has-been. Did you know that for every $100 that you spend locally, up to $75 stays in our community, as compared to just $13 when you shop at a big box or chain store, and keeping our dollars circulating locally is key to the economic health of our community.

Creating a professional, creative and engaging online presence is one of the best ways to connect with new customers. If you are the owner of an original, independent, non-franchise business in any of our participating communities we welcome your application to join our Small Town Love program. For a one-time investment of $100 you will receive your customized online profile that includes professional photography and a compelling, engaging profile of your business and it’s people. The $100 is a one-time only fee and the website is best served by everyone directing traffic to  http://lovesmithers.com/ http://lovetelkwa.com (You can still come on-board)

Small Town Love Creators would like to acknowledge the local Champions of this initiative, whose hard work has made the Love Smithers project possible. Thank you to Allan Stroet at the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association, Jane Stephenson, Economic Development Officer in Telkwa,  Alison Walker at the Town of Smithers and Heather Gallagher at the Smithers Chamber of Commerce for their enthusiastic collaboration and support of this initiative. The photographer for the Love Smithers website was Chris Duncan from Synergy Arts Photography & Videography whose exceptional work is featured throughout the website.

The Love Telkwa Launch Party will be this Thursday, June 19th from 6-8pm at Eddy Park. There  will be  a small display, a gift basket and free tasty treats. Photographer Michelle Gazely and EDO Jane Stevenson will be there to promote the Love Telkwa site and your businesses. Please attend if you are able to. It is also Music In The Park so bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay awhile.



Smithers has been fortunate to be an attractive location for film production in the last few years with Eight Below and the Grey and now the

Pilot for the Last Ship is scheduled to air on TNT, this Sunday, June 22. 9 pm 

Here’s a link to the details and trailer. http://www.tntdrama.com/series/the-last-ship/

 Their  mission is simple, find the cure, stop the virus, save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out 80 percent of the  planet’s population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity back from the brink of extinction. Directed by Michael Bay, Starring Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Rhona Mitra.



Thanks to the members of the Downtown Merchants Association for organizing the Main Street Fair that happened in Downtown Smithers this past Saturday. The massive crowd that walked the red-bricked sidewalks enjoyed food vendors, musical stage entertainment, sidewalk sales, store sales, and many activities. These are the events that create the Culture of our community and we appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to put eventd of this magnitude. I rnjoyed my part by taking my sister from Whitehorse, along with my aunt and cousins from Kamloops, and my mother, through many shops. The Kamloops cousins were absolutely amazed at the attractiveness of the stores, the selection, the prices and the fabulous customer service. I think I heard, many times,  “we don’t have anything like this!”. My sister, who has managed many stores in Whitehorse, was completely impressed, as well. Good job to our wonderful local merchants.

  

BC Chamber Resolutions to be presented to Government

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B.C.’s Chambers vote for energy reform, a new take on Property Transfer Tax, and oversight of product stewardship organizations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Vancouver, May 24, 2014 – Business leaders from across B.C. have passed policies calling for energy policy reform, a new take on Property Transfer Tax and better oversight of product stewardship (recycling) organizations such as Multi Material BC. 

These policies were passed at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting & Conference, the province’s foremost business gathering, held this year in Richmond May 23-24.

This unique grassroots policy-building forum brings together approximately 200 Chamber delegates from across B.C. to vote on new business/economic policies. Policies that are adopted become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda. This year, delegates are voting on nearly 50 proposed policies. Delegates voted on 26 policies yesterday (May 23); voting continues this afternoon.

Policies voted into force so far include:

  • Optimizing the Clean Energy Act for B.C.’s Economy and Environmental Policy Direction
  • Reconciling B.C.’s Natural Gas Economic Development Policy with its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Policy
  • The Importance to the Economy of Expanded Oil Pipeline Infrastructure
  • Property Transfer Tax Reform; Affordable Housing is Good for the Economy
  • Ensuring Affordable Product Stewardship Programs

Draft versions of these proposed policies are available on the BC Chamber website here; please note that these may not be identical to the versions passed, due to edits made on the floor.

Quotes from John Winter, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce:

On the BC Chamber policy process:

“Our policy development process canvasses the best and brightest ideas from business leaders right across B.C. Once again this year, this unique grassroots process has delivered some excellent policy recommendations to help enhance B.C. as a business jurisdiction.”

On energy resolutions:

“Energy policy is paramount in B.C. Our Chambers are calling for some changes to current policy to, among other things, reconcile B.C.’s ambitious economic policy on files such as LNG with our current greenhouse gas reduction policy.”

On the Property Transfer Tax resolution:

“Affordable housing is an important part of a strong economy but a continuing challenge in B.C., particularly in the Lower Mainland. B.C.’s Chambers are proposing some additional relief from Property Transfer Tax for B.C.’s new home buyers, while offsetting this lost revenue by raising the tax for non-residents of Canada. This approach is similar to what’s been done in other real estate investment jurisdictions such as Paris, New York and Hong Kong.”

On the product stewardship resolution:

“Our membership has seen first-hand the costs that product stewardship organizations such as Multi Material BC put onto B.C. businesses. Our policy calls for better oversight of this type of organization to ensure that any costs put onto businesses are fair, clear, and manageable.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:57

Smithers well represented on the 2014/15 BC Chamber of Commerce Board

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Rod Cox of Terrace and formerly a director of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce was installed as the new Chairman of the Board at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM Saturday, May 28 in Richmond. George Whitehead, immediate Past-President of the Smithers Chamber was also installed as a BC Chamber Director. Congratulations to both as they take on their new roles. As issues vary province-wide the Smithers Chamber is pleased that both men will be able to offer northern perspectives.

As the AGM and Conference hosts the Chamber’s policy development sessions here’s some highlights from the approx. 40  Resolutions that the BC Chamber will present to the Government on its member’s behalf.. The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province.  Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”

 

Smithers/Telkwa win bid to host MInerals North 2016

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Smithers and Telkwa will co-host the 2016 Minerals North Conference.

The announcement was made last week at this year's conference in Vanderhoof.  Smithers, which last hosted in 2008, will follow Mackenzie which is hosting the 2015 conference.  Expected attendence is approximately 500-700 delegates.  Mayor Taylor Bachrach was quoted saying "It's going to be good for the economy and the community and a whole lot of fun to host.  Minerals North is really a chance to showcase the role exploration and mining play in the Bulkley Valley and the region as a whole."

"Smithers will be able to make use of the new arena to host events simultaneously.  Events such as Minerals North were a large part of the business plan of the new piece of infrastructure.  Smithers is now able to host larger events and put on a bigger show come time for the conference in 2016."

Telkwa and Smithers are so closely knit that it made sense to co-host the event.

 

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