Chamber Chatter: Gibraltar opening excites

Many members and staff attended the celebration at Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine last week along with over 600 mine supporters

Many members and staff attended the celebration at Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine last week along with over 600 mine supporters;  it was quite the event and a huge opportunity to network with everyone who not only appreciates having Gibraltar at our back door but those who support the New Prosperity Project. We heard from our members that they wanted to attend but many were unable to leave their businesses for the day.

The new truck shop is really something to see and although it is huge, once they drove the $3 million ore truck inside it made the place look smaller. It was first-class to see MLA Donna Barnett ready to jump onto the ore hauler and bring it over to the shop, not an easy task.

The Chamber welcomes the news that B.C., Ontario and Canada have agreed to establish a co-operative capital markets regulatory system, which all Canadian provinces and territories are invited to participate in. “Canada is the world’s only major industrialized country without a single securities regulator, which makes our processes more cumbersome for potential investors,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “The BC Chamber is very pleased to see this positive step, which paves the way towards a national regulator and a simpler regulatory system for companies doing business in Canada

TD Merchant Services (TDMS) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) have been partners in providing preferred rates for payment processing to Chamber members for more than 12 years.

Through this joint program many new merchants have come to be both Chamber members and TDMS customers.  However, due to the increasing fragmentation of this program at the regional level, the CCC and TDMS have mutually decided not to pursue a renewal of this agreement which is set to expire on Dec. 1, 2013.  Each member’s individual Merchant Services Agreement with TDMS is not impacted and all the terms and conditions set out in each member’s MSA continue to be in effect.

The Williams Lake Chamber has been advised that TDMS will not be making any immediate changes to the rates and fees that existing members are paying under this program; they went on to say that TDMS is committed to provide at least 90 days’ notice of any future changes to the terms and conditions of the agreement with us.  For more information on this, please contact our office.


We invite members to attend our General Meeting luncheon Thursday, Sept. 26 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.  Chamber meetings offer businesses the opportunity to meet other businesses.  The networking is valuable and one of our most popular activities.  Please RSVP by Tuesday to 250-392-5025.



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