April 12th, 2017
Candidates Tea in April
Hosted by The Gardens at Qualicum Beach and the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the PQB News, we are pleased to invite you to meet your Provincial Election candidates. Please join us at The Gardens to meet:

Glenn Sollitt, BC Green Party on Tuesday, April 25th from 10 - 11 am

Michelle Stilwell, BC Liberal Party on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:30-2:30 pm

Sue Powell, BC New Democratic Party on Thursday, April 27th from 10 - 11 am
Remember to bring your questions and comments! 
The Gardens is located at 650 Berwick Road North, Qualicum Beach.

Please RSVP by Monday April 24 in order to prepare the tea for the appropriate numbers of attendees.  Forward your questions to chamber@qualicum.bc.ca and RSVPs to the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce  at 250-752-0960.


Visitor Centre Hours this Easter long weekend

Please note the the Visitor Centre will be open Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th 
from 9 am - 4 pm; closed Easter Sunday and Monday, re-opening on Tuesday, April 18th.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!
April Member Meeting

Please join us April 19th at the Qualicum Beach Inn for the Chamber's April Member Meeting. 
Doors at 5:30, dinner will include:

Caesar Salad or Daily Soup *** Hunter Chicken or Forest Mushroom Risotto or Honey Salmon *** Sticky Toffee Pudding or Double Chocolate Brownie. 

Speaker is Jeannie Shaver from the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market talking about their 20th Anniversary. Please contact the Chamber at 250-752-0960 to get your tickets. 
$37 per person.

2017 Application Information for 
Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce 
Community Grants

Please see the Application Guidelines posted on our website  at 2017 Application Guidelines .
Applications must be in the office  by 4 pm on Monday April 24, 2017.

For further information please call 250-752-0960 or email  chamber@qualicum.bc.ca .
OTTAWA - Gord Johns (Courtenay - Alberni), NDP Critic for Small Businesses, urged the federal government to immediately cap credit card merchant fees to a reasonable rate. Canadians pay amongst the highest credit card merchant fees in the world - with only the United States paying more.
"The Liberal government thinks it's acceptable that small businesses in Canada pay three times as much as the rest of the world in credit card merchant fees," said Johns. "These fees raise the price of goods for consumers and prevent small businesses from growing and creating jobs."
Small business has a tremendous impact on Canada's economy. Across the country, 78 per cent of all new jobs are created by small business, and almost one-third of the GDP comes from small and medium enterprises.
In 2013, the Competition Tribunal of Canada ruled that the fees charged by credit card companies were excessive and the tribunal called on the government to regulate the industry.  Subsequently, Visa and Mastercard entered into voluntary agreements to reduce their rates for a period of five years. These voluntary agreements have received praise from Finance Minister Morneau.
"Perhaps the Minister of Finance was referring to the banks when he said credit card merchant fees are working because Canadians are still paying amongst the highest rates in the world two years after the reduced fees were introduced," added Johns. "It's clear the Minister and his Liberal government have no intention of bringing fairness and transparency to the payments industry in Canada."
The Retail Council of Canada, Canadian Convenience Stores Association, as well as the Association des marchands dépanneurs et épiciers du Québec (AMDEQ) have all pointed to a reduction in credit card merchant fees as their number one request of the federal government.
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Media Contact:
Christine Ackermann
Group Insurance through the Chamber of Commerce

Have you considered group insurance for your business through your Chamber of Commerce? Please find the link to part one of three videos designed to help you understand the possibilities. Watch for parts 2 and 3 in the coming weeks.

Chamber Plan Insurance - Video #1
Paint Nite Fundraiser

The Girls at 
Borealis Hair & Body Bar  are sponsoring a Paint Nite to raise funds "All they Want for Christmas SD69" on May 5th!

Wine & Cheese 
Door Prizes & Games
Cash bar! 

ALL money raised will be donated to "All they Want for Christmas!"
Door's open at 6:30 pm, painting starts at 7:00 pm!

Qualicum Beach Family History Society

The Qualicum Beach Family History Society will hold its regular Meeting on Wednesday April 19, 7pm at the Qualicum Legion.  Guest Speaker will be 
Brenda L. Smith speaking on tracking Robert Souter - a case study in finding a Scottish Canadian Settler.  Guests Welcome.

For more information margie3307@shaw.ca
88.5 The Beach Interview Schedule  Apr 12 - 21
Interviews air at 8:40 am unless noted otherwise.

Wed 12 - Evelyn Clark, QB Chamber
Thu 13 - Georgii March, Oceanside Volunteer Association
         9:40 - events with Bill Dean
Fri 14 - Good Friday holiday
Mon 17 - Ceri Peacey: Hamilton Marsh Tour
Tue 18 - SOS
Wed 19 - Kim Burden, Parksville Chamber
Thu 20 - tba
Fri 21 - Jim Powell, QB Triathlon June 25
          9:40 - events with Bill Dean

To book on The Beach morning show with Dave Graham call 250-248-4211 or e-mail Dave.Graham@jpbg.ca  .