Category: Advocacy

BIA BC Regional Conference

The past week was a busy one for BIAs across BC, Alberta and beyond as we hosted the Regional Annual Conference in Victoria BC. As you well know by now, BIAs across the province have been very vocal on our concerns over criminality, health, and safety reforms. Our Policy Committee have been actively lobbying government […]

BC Decriminalization and the Portugal Model

Please note this is an opinion piece and is not a comprehensive review of the systems in question. As of January 31st, the Province of BC have decriminalized drugs for personal use, in quantities below 2.5 grams. This decriminalization is limited to some key drugs: Opiods, Cocaine (powder and crack), Methamphetamine and MDMA. This change […]

2023 – A tough year for small business

Inflation, Minimum Wage, and the Employers Health Tax – challenges for business Its shaping up to be a rough year for business survival in BC. A few years ago, when the BC NDP passed legislation on the level of minimum wage in BC, it was welcomed as a positive move toward a living wage and […]

Election Time Once More..

You can tell when election season is upon us, social media posts start showing up, polls suddenly appear in your e-mail boxes, and then there is the partisan language that many declared, or yet to declare, candidates start using on a daily basis… “so….. what do you think about…….?”  “Can you believe……?”  Here at the […]

Advocacy Actions

On July 7th, we wrote to the Government of Canada, as well as provincial and municipal leaders regarding changes we feel are required to improve safety, security and healthy community outcomes.  You can read the letter here: 07072021_Changes_sought You can read the background documents here: Background_package