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Letters, Releases & Town Halls

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of its members through letters, media releases and town halls with all levels of government

Jan. 20, 2022 letter - Business engagement required

Jan. 18, 2022 release - Chamber urges transparency on restricti.._

Jan. 10, 2022 release - Chamber advocacy works for retailers

Dec. 21, 2021 release - Chamber responds to new Covid restrictions

Nov. 30, 2021 release - Chamber responds to new capacity limits

Nov. 24, 2021 letter - Chamber responds to Interior capacity limits

Nov. 24, 2021 release - Chamber responds to paid sick leave

Nov. 10, 2021 letter - Congratulations to MP Arnold on Shadow Cabinet Position

Nov. 2, 2021 release - International flights resume

Oct. 27, 2021 release - Chamber responds to IH capacity limits

Oct. 14, 2021 release - Chamber meets with government on sick leave

Sept. 23, 2021 release - Businesses deserve respect

Sept. 21, 2021 release - 2021 federal election

Sept. 21, 2021 letter - Congratulations to MP Mel Arnold

Aug. 26, 2021 release - Chamber responds to proof of vaccine

Aug. 19, 2021 letter - Chamber provides input on permanent, paid sick leave

Aug. 16, 2021 release - Federal candidates forum

June 29, 2021 release - Step 3 of BC Restart Plan

June 25, 2021 letter - Chamber urges provincial support for special events

June 23, 2021 release - Interior Provincial Exhibition

June 22, 2021 letter - Chamber calls for support for Interior Provincial Exhibition

June 14, 2021 release - Reopening B.C.'s economy

May 25, 2021 release - Provincial restart plan

May 21, 2021 letter - Chamber supports Interior Provincial Exhibition

May 20, 2021 release - State of the Region

May 6, 2021 release - Labour Shortage Requires Action

May 5, 2021 letter - Labour Shortage Requires Action

April 28, 2021 release - Chelsea Estate statement

April 20, 2021 release - Provincial Budget Response

April 19, 2021 release - Federal Budget Response

April 16, 2021 release - Overdose Prevention Site One Year Later

April 7, 2021 letter - Provincial Restrictions Cinemas and Performing Arts Venues

April 7, 2021 letter - Provincial Casino Reopenings

April 7, 2021 letter - City of Vernon Retail Cannabis Business License Fees

March 31, 2021 letter - Congratulations to Okanagan Indian Band Chief and Council

March 30, 2021 letter - Regional Benchmarks Needed for Covid Restrictions

March 29, 2021 release - Provincial health orders

March 22, 2021 release - Farmers Markets non-food vendors

Feb. 19, 2021 release - Provincial Officials hear from Chamber

Feb. 4, 2021 release - Farmers Markets

Feb. 3, 2021 letter - Support for Local Farmers Markets

Jan. 26, 2021 release - Support Local in 2021

Dec. 22, 2020 release - Chamber calls for tax equity for distillers

Dec. 21, 2020 letter - Tax Equity for Canadian Craft Distillers

Dec. 11, 2020 release - Chamber stands up for distillers

Dec. 11, 2020 letter - Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau about distilleries

Dec. 11, 2020 letter - Letter to Premier Horgan about distilleries

Nov. 20, 2020 release - Chamber responds to expanded pandemic measures

Nov. 19, 2020 release - Chamber survey highlights need for action

Nov. 8, 2020 letter - Congratulations to Harwinder Sandhu

Oct. 26, 2020 release - Chamber responds to provincial election

Oct. 9, 2020 release - Chamber provides election resources

Oct. 1, 2020 release - Chamber speaks out against racism

Sept. 18, 2020 release - Chamber supports expanded child care

Sept. 4, 2020 release - Chamber reinforces need for provincial park expansion

Sept. 3, 2020 letter - Ellison Park Expansion

Aug. 25, 2020 release - Chamber joins Canada United campaign

Aug. 18, 2020 release - City praised for embracing cultural centre downtown

Aug. 13, 2020 release - Chamber endorses next steps in cultural centre process

Aug. 10, 2020 release - Public urged to support Canadian distilleries

July 27, 2020 release - Chamber calls for open process for supportive housing

July 13, 2020 release - Chamber demands federal action on aquatic invasive species

July 13, 2020 letter - Aquatic Invasive Species

July 9, 2020 release - Chamber urges government to make park expansion a priority

July 8, 2020 letter - Ellison Park Expansion Urged

June 25, 2020 letter - Temporary Layoff Extension

June 23, 2020 release - Chamber calls for land to be acquired for park

June 23, 2020 letter - Parkland Acquisition Sought

June 22, 2020 release - Chamber wants extension on temporary layoff time limit 

June 22, 2020 letter - Temporary Layoff Time Limit

June 18, 2020 letter - Greater Vernon Cultural Centre

June 10, 2022 release - Chamber urges government support for protective equipment

June 9, 2020 letter - Personal Protective Equipment

June 2, 2020 release - Chamber presents to Legislative Finance Committee

May 29, 2020 letter - Invasive Mussels

May 27, 2020 release - Chamber supports City on overdose prevention site

May 26, 2020 letter - Overdose Prevention Site Location

May 13, 2020 release - Chamber unveils Relaunch Vernon tool kit

May 11, 2020 release - Chamber disappointed with downtown OPS

May 11, 2020 letter - Overdose Prevention Site Location

April 16, 2020 letter - RDNO Covid-19

April 15, 2020 letter - District of Coldstream Covid-19

April 15, 2020 letter - City of Vernon Covid-19

March 30, 2020 letter - Provincial Government Property Taxes (Covid)

March 16, 2020 release - Residents urged to support local

Feb. 18, 2020 release - Chamber responds to provincial budget

Feb. 7, 2020 letter - Federal Excise Tax

Nov. 29, 2019 letter - Mel Arnold Shadow Minister Congratulations

Nov. 6, 2019 release -  Chamber supports Kelowna International Airport

Oct. 24, 2019 letter - Distilled Spirits Industry

Oct. 22, 2019 letter - Mel Arnold Congratulations

Oct. 22, 2019 release - Chamber responds to federal election

Sept. 24, 2019 release - Chamber resolution on distillery tax supported nationally

Sept. 17, 2019 release - Cooperative approach needed to resolve forest crisis

Sept. 16, 2019 letter - Forest Sector Action Needed

Aug. 29, 2019 letter - Vernon Security Patrols

Aug. 16, 2019 letter - Invasive Milfoil Weed Control

Aug. 16, 2019 letter - Rocky Mountain Mussels

July 24, 2019 release - Chamber advocates for members on provincial issues

May 27, 2019 release - Chamber resolution on distillery taxes endorsed provincially

May 23, 2019 release - Chambers meet with federal tourism minister

May 17, 2019 release - Chamber doesn't want overdose prevention site downtown

May 7, 2019 release - Chamber wants milfoil control

April 29, 2019 letter - Milfoil Weed Control

April 29, 2019 release - Chamber supports rural internet strategy

April 17, 2019 letter - Employment Standards Act

April 9, 2019 release - Chamber responds to IH pausing overdose prevention process

April 4, 2019 letter - Invasive Species Study

March 29, 2019 letter - Overdose Prevention Sites

March 26, 2019 release - Chamber responds to overdose prevention site

March 19, 2019 release - Chamber responds to federal budget

March 11, 2019 release - Chamber meets with federal agriculture minister

Feb. 20, 2019 release - Chamber welcomes Folks on Spokes

Feb. 19, 2019 release - Chamber responds to provincial budget

Jan. 14, 2019 letter - Cultural Centre Support

Nov. 23, 2018 release - Chamber calls for action on downtown safety

Nov. 17, 2018 release - Small business focus of minister's visit

Oct. 17, 2018 release - Vote yes for culture

Oct 14, 2021 - Employer Paid Sick Days Round Table

Harwinder Sandhu - MLA for Vernon-Monashee

Harry Bains - Minister of Labour

Sept 8, 2021 - Federal All Candidates Forum

Mel Arnold - Conservative Party

Kyle Delfing - People's Party

Shelley Desautels - Liberal Party

Andrea Gunner - Green Party

Ron Johnston - New Democratic Party

June 17, 2021 - State of the Region Chamber Town Hall

Victor Cumming, City of Vernon mayor

Jim Garlick, District of Coldstream mayor

Ryan Oliverius, Okanagan Indian Band councillor

Rochelle Saddleman, Okanagan Indian Band councillor

Amanda Shatzko, Regional District of North Okanagan vice-chair

April 7, 2021 - Chamber Town Hall with BC Official Opposition

Greg Kyllo - MLA for Shuswap and Critic for Labour

March 31, 2021 - Chamber Town Hall with YLW

Sam Sammadar - Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport

March 3, 2021 - Chamber Town Hall With Federal Opposition.

Mel Arnold - Member of Parliament for North Okanagan-Shuswap
Pat Kelly - Shadow Cabinet Minister for Small Business and Western Economic Diversification

February 19, 2021 - Chamber Town Hall with BC Government.

Ravi Kahlon - Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation
Lana Popham - Minister of Agriculture
Harwinder Sandhu - MLA for Vernon-Monashee

Chamber Provincial Election All Candidates Forum.

Kyle Delfing - BC Conservatives
Eric Foster - BC Liberals
Harwinder Sandhu - BC NDP
Keli Westgate - BC Greens

Greater Vernon State of the Region.

Kevin Acton, Regional District of North Okanagan chair
Victor Cumming, City of Vernon mayor
Jim Garlick, District of Coldstream mayor
Byron Louis, Okanagan Indian Band chief
Kevin Poole, Vernon economic development manager