Chamber Chatter: New Prosperity would boost economy

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce on its upcoming meeting and news of the New Prosperity EIS submission.

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business — businesses working together toward economic and social well-being to make our community a better place to live and work.

Our goal is to promote the well being of business in Williams Lake and district, and to foster a work-, shop- and play-at-home atmosphere to all residents.

Welcome to our newest members: All West Freight Ltd., Chilancoh Ranch Natural Meats, and Onward Log Homes Ltd.

On Nov. 2, 2010, the federal government announced it could not justify providing the authorizations that would enable the Taseko Prosperity project to be carried out as proposed. The federal government stated it was not opposed to the mining of the Prosperity ore body and that Taseko was not precluded from submitting a project proposal that includes addressing the factors considered by the panel. Subsequently, Taseko was invited to redesign the project in a manner that would respect the environmental concerns raised by the federal environmental assessment.

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see Taseko submit the new proposal on Sept. 20, 2012, which results in the preservation of Fish Lake and the lower portions of Upper Fish Creek and preservation of reaches of Fish Creek. This redesign will help future generations use these waters for outdoor activities.

The economic and social benefits for B.C. and Canada will be significant, and especially for the Cariboo-Chilcotin region considering the current and future impact of the pine beetle infestation in this area of the province. We now await further decisions from the federal government for dates on public hearings. The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce has registered to participate in these hearings.

We are pleased to announce our newest benefit program, the Member to Member discount program.

The benefit is for all members of the chamber to use even if they do not offer a benefit. If you are interested in offering a benefit contact the chamber office. The list of members and their benefits is on our website and is updated frequently.

We invite you to our general meeting luncheon Thursday, Sep. 27, at 11:45 a.m. at Signal Point. This is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and meet other businesses.

Members are encouraged to enter one of our draws and your business could be profiled in the next Chamber Chatter compliments of the Williams Lake Tribune and The Wolf and The Rush.

Our guest speakers this month are Amy Thacker, CEO for the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Association, and Sorin Pasca, a business energy advisor with LiveSmart BC, a small business program. Pasca has been involved in various projects with the University of Northern British Columbia, researching, developing and marketing a new composite made of beetle-killed wood and cement.

• The Visitor Centre remains open seven days a week.

• Our newsletter will be distributed Oct. 17 and will be online in its entirety at williamslakechamber.com.

• Register your booth for the annual Made in the Cariboo Fair on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Tourism Discovery Centre. For more info or to reserve a space call 250-392-5025.

• Help us to celebrate Small Business month — look for our events list.

— Submitted by the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce.