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Lest We Forget
November 11 is Remembrance Day  and at the eleventh hour, we are asked to take two minutes of silence, to remember the fallen and to honour those who serve. 
On Sept, 30 a new Afghanistan Memorial was unveiled near Quadra and Courtney streets which honours 163 Canadians who died in Afghanistan during the 2001-2014 mission.
The Chamber will be closed on Mon, Nov 13 in lieu of Remembrance Day.
Members Around Town Giving Back
A number of Chamber members are participating in the 15th Annual VIATEC Food Bank Challenge to raise $100,000 in food and cash donations in support of the Mustard Seed. Since its inception, $2,071,563.94 (food and cash) has been donated from participating Greater Victoria companies. Sign your company up or donate individually, the contest runs until Dec 1st.    
 VIATEC: member since 1991  
Sail & Life Training Society (SALTS), winner of the 2016 Outstanding Customer Service Award at The Chamber's Greater Victoria Business Awards, has released a new video highlighting their programs for the upcoming season helping youth reach their potential. It highlights stunning remote places along BC's coast.  
  Sail & Life Training Society (SALTS): member since 1997 
In the month of November, Vancouver Island Brewery is donating $1.00 from each Piper's Pale Ale six pack, and $25 from every Piper's Pale Ale keg to Wounded Warriors Canada. Piper's Pale Ale is named after Canadian WWI piper James C. Richard who was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for inspiring his comrades with his courageous piping.
 Vancouver Island Brewery: member since 1993 
Think Local First, sponsored by Peninsula Co-op,
is hosting Think Local Week from Nov. 13-19 to encourage people to spend their money with local businesses during the holiday season which helps neighborhood businesses remain viable.
Think Local First: member since 2014
Peninsula Co-op: member since 2013

Bringing Marijuana Out of the Dark
Marijuana is moving out of the basements and guerrilla grow ops into a place of its own. Ottawa has set July 1, 2018 as the deadline for regulations to be in place across Canada. And many provinces and territories are still working to craft legislation to manage the change. BC has just finished a public consultation on legal marijuana and is scheduled to report out the results of that consultation in December.

"The BC government's goals are protecting young people, making health and safety a priority, keeping criminals out of cannabis and keeping our roads safe," said BC Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in a statement.

New rules for legalized marijuana need to consider the impact on workplaces and clarify the rights of both employers and employees. WorkSafeBC regulations prohibit workers with any physical or mental impairments from doing work that could pose harm to themselves or anyone else. The challenge for employers is management of what constitutes impairment and the liabilities to their business around an impaired employee causing harm or damage. Although untested in BC, a recent ruling by Alberta's Court of Appeal allowed Suncor to test workers at its sites in the oilsands.

Meanwhile, Victoria Police Chief Del Manak believes the legalization of cannabis will increase police costs. There will be a need for increased police training, the creation of education and enforcement strategies around impaired driving, the monitoring of home grow operations and dealing with minors who illegally use and possess the drug. The state of Colorado where marijuana was legalized in 2014 has indicated that legalization has been slowly displacing organized crime's role in the distribution of pot.

Just announced!
Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Join us as Minister Ralston outlines the provincial government's plans for small business and initiatives to expand trades, innovation and technology sectors in this province
Tues, Nov 21 | 11:30 am-1 pm         
Union Club of BC
805 Gordon St. 

Torch Winners!
Van Isle Windows and Comfort Keepers have won 2017 Torch Awards from the  Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island at the annual awards gala celebration Nov 3.  Van Isle Windows won the Windows & Doors category while Comfort Keepers won the Health & Wellness category.

"This year local businesses were nominated for a Torch Award by both their customers and other local businesses," said Rosalind Scott, President & CEO of BBB serving Vancouver Island. "The companies and their employees should be proud of their accomplishments."

Congrats to you both!

Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island: member since 1963

Van Isle Windows: member since 1991

Comfort Keepers: member since 2016
Time Change Fast Facts
Daylight Saving Time is now used in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over 1 billion people every year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another. Here are some fast facts about DST.
  • July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period.
  • Germany and Austria, were the first countries to adopt DST. Clocks were turned ahead by 1 hour on April 30, 1916 - 2 years into World War I. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort.
  • In 1966 the US observed 6 months of DST and six months of Standard Time. It required states to either adopt DST entirely or opt out, avoiding the patchwork of cities and counties that had been so problematic. Canada followed suit soon after.
  • In 1986, the US started observing 7 months of DST. Then the US Energy Policy Act of 2005 made DST 8 months. Given Canada's close economic ties to the US, we followed suit.
  • The BC Chamber of Commerce has an active policy advocating for year round DST. Their reasoning is it would reduce workplace accidents, prevent increased sleep deprivation, reduce heart attacks, prevent an increase in traffic accidents and boost tourism.
Do you support year round DST? Connect with our Facebook page to vote.
Watch for the results next week.

Greater Victoria's Unemployment - Lowest in Canada    
Strong job growth in most of Greater Victoria's major workforces saw the region post the lowest unemployment rate among Canada's largest cities in October, according to Statistics Canada.

The federal agency's monthly labour force survey showed Greater Victoria's unemployment rate at 3.8% in October, down from the low of 4.5% weset last month. Last year's unemployment rate in October was 5.0%. Economists vary in their opinions but experts have indicated that a rate between 3 - 5% represents full employment.
Nominate Now for The Chamber's 2018 Greater Victoria Business Awards
Each week The Chamber will be profiling a different award category, encouraging members to nominate a deserving Chamber member for our 2018 Business Awards.

The Innovation Award honours a business:
  • That exemplifies successful innovation;
  • Demonstrates vision in the development of new technologies, products and/or services;
  • Demonstrates the ability to take risks; and
  • Exhibits a commitment to the community.
Know a business that deserves this award? Nominate them today!

Need some inspiration? Check out the videos of the 2017 Innovation finalists below.

Winner: Flytographer
Finalist: Coastal Community Credit Union & Insurance  
Thanks to University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business for sponsoring this award last year.
Process Your Payroll From Anywhere
Trying to get away for a much needed holiday season vacation? Take advantage of the Payworks Chamber of Commerce Program to process your payroll online painlessly from anywhere. As a Chamber member, you can save over 20% a year on your payroll processing.  
Payworks provides integrated online payroll solutions backed by great customer service so you have the tools and support you need to avoid costly errors and make sure your staff get paid on time, from anywhere.
This is just one of the many benefits offered to Chamber members. Check out our full list of savings opportunities here
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