Next Thursday, May 17 from 5-7 pm is the May Business Mixer hosted by Oak Bay Marine Group at the Marina Restaurant. Join us for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and an opportunity to connect with the Greater Victoria business community.  
Johnny Cash archive at UVic captures rock's roots
Rock 'n' roll will never die, thanks in part to a fascinating new collection that will be available through the University of Victoria's Archives as of June 20. Titled Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash and Managing a Music Legend, the collection features digitized material provided by the superstar's Canadian manager.

Holiff worked with Cash from 1960 to 1973, a fascinating era for rock and country music. Many telephone conversations between his manager and the often unpredictable artist were recorded and now form part of the archives. After working with Cash, Holiff moved to Victoria and attended UVic before moving to Nanaimo. After his death, his son discovered a storage unit filled with items related to Cash.

"The material speaks to Saul Holiff's significant contributions, not only to Johnny Cash's career, but also to the development of rock 'n' roll and country music," UVic's archivist Lara Wilson told the Times Colonist.

UVic: member since 1976
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RBCM Egypt exhibit opens May 18 
A highly anticipated new exhibit is opening next week at the Royal B.C. Museum Egypt, the Time of the Pharoahs runs May 18 to Dec. 31. The exhibit features more than 300 original artifacts from as far back as 4,500 years ago.

Learn what life was life for ancient Egyptians as civilization emerged along the Nile River and advanced to the time of the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

The RBCM website says that exhibit includes priceless artifacts such as the coffin of Nakht, a bust of Hatshepsut and gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

 Royal B.C. Museum: member since 1994

Join the Greater Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, WestShore, Sooke Region and Esquimalt Chambers to hear Premier John Horgan speak on his government's vision for the Province of British Columbia as well as regional priorities.
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Tue, May 15 | 11:15 am-1 pm 
Crystal Gardens , 720 Douglas St.  

Make sure to treat Mom right this weekend!
Make sure you make Mom feel special this Mother's Day! Need a gift? Tickets to our upcoming YYJ Eats food festival are sure to delight. You also can't go wrong with tried and true Mom-pleasers like a spa visit, chocolates or flowers!
Here are just a few of the many Mother's Day events around town:
More Mother's Day events here.

CRD needs better process for pay raises 
At today's Capital Regional District meeting, directors approved  giving the organization's senior managers a 2.67 per cent pay raise.  That figure represents the median increase given to staff at 11 other regional districts in B.C. 

The Chamber has concerns about the process being used to give local government employees significant raises. At this year's BC Chamber of Commerce AGM on May 24-26, one of the policy resolutions being supported by us is titled: Providing Salary and Wage Consistency for Fire and Police Collective Agreements in B.C.'s Labour Market. The resolution recommends that "local labour market conditions be considered." 

This should apply to the CRD as well, rather than the current system that creates a self-fulfilling cycle of taxpayer-funded raises regardless of what is happening with other private and public sector employers.

We'll be watching the CRD's review of the process used to grant raises. The upcoming meeting of chambers across BC in late May will look at this and other issues where we can raise our voices together to build good business.
Capital Regional District: member since 1993 

Payroll tax more onerous than MSP
When businesses in B.C. called for the Province to stop charging regressive Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums, it's fair to say no one wanted the tax replaced by another that is more onerous. Yet that's exactly what the Employer Health Tax (EHT) will be for businesses and other organizations across the province.

Last week, the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)
released a report concluding that the EHT will increase property taxes for most British Columbians. The UBCM questioned why health care, a provincial service, is being funded by property taxes, and noted that the private sector will face a double hit as businesses pay the tax on their payroll and on their property.

Provincial Finance Minister Carole James is well aware of growing concerns but has yet to confirm that businesses will be part of the consultation period she promised would be held before the EHT is implemented.
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From war-torn Syria to school on Canada's West Coast

Pearson College student has shared his remarkable story of escaping the ravages of war and leaving Syria as a refuge. The student, Tammam, has settled into campus life at Pearson, but he still fears for his family back home. You can read more about his remarkable experience here.
Pearson College: member since 2017

Full Bursaries Available for a limited time, for qualifying companies.

Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased global demand. Click here to watch a video on how TAP can help your business.

By enrolling in TAP Canada you can:
  • Navigate complexities of the global trade ecosystem
  • Leverage Canada's deep trade and investment resources
  • Access tailored, face-to-face coaching and advice
  • Learn about international best practices
This is a 4 day course held over a 6 week period. Victoria course dates are June 19,
June 20, June 26 and July 24. Click here for more details.

Hydro reviewing personal power generation
BC Hydro's net metering program was never meant to be a way for customers to earn revenue, which is why the utility has moved to restrict new applications that would generate more power than they need. BC Hydro's Project Manager for Distributed Generation told the CBC that there are 1,400 customers generating their own energy with 250 of them generating more than they personally require. BC Hydro pays them a total of $280,000, though $220,000 of that amount goes to only six customers.
Don't miss your chance to hear directly from BC Hydro's CEO Chris O'Riley at The Chamber's Business Leaders Luncheon: 
Wed, June 13 | 11:30  am-1 pm   Union Club of British Columbia | 805 Gordon St.  


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Celebrate Success

A spectacular night of prestige, entertainment and celebration, the Greater Victoria Business Awards recognizes members in 14 different award categories. Click here to see the finalists.

If you didn't get tickets to this sold out event, you can follow along on The Chamber's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Event sponsors:
Thu, May 10 | 6-10 pm
The Fairmont Empress
 721 Government St.

Affordable housing proposed for Tally-Ho 
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has unveiled a plan to redevelop the old Tally-Ho Hotel site on the corner of Douglas Street and Burnside Road. The first phase of the project would create 52 supportive housing units and up to 90 additional units for subsidized rental housing. The plan also calls for 56,000 square feet of commercial space. Right now the hotel building is being used to house 52 people, who were moved in April from a transitional home that had been set up in the former Youth Correctional Centre in View Royal. Those people will stay in the current building until new accommodation is built. The old hotel would be torn down in the second phase of the project. Cool Aid's Deanna Bhandar told the Times Colonist that the project represents a new opportunity. "We'll be able to move people up through a continuum of housing. They can potentially move from supportive housing to more independent housing arrangements."
The project is anticipated to begin within three years as Cool Aid seeks the necessary permits and rezoning.

   Victoria Cool Aid Society: member since 2006 

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