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Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015
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Surrey Board of Trade and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Call for Suspension/Reduction of Tolls during Pattullo Bridge Maintenance Work in 2015
The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Surrey Board of Trade are calling on the provincial government to suspend or reduce tolls on the Port Mann Bridge during Pattullo Bridge safety and maintenance work in 2015.
“Even though we are in the middle of a Transit Referendum process, the Pattullo Bridge must still be maintained for the next ten years. Even if the Transit Referendum is successful, the Pattullo Bridge still needs ongoing maintenance. It is a major economic corridor connecting Surrey and New Westminster,” said Cori Lynn Germiquet, CEO, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.
“With the Pattullo Bridge maintenance work, traffic will need to be diverted at times. We know that the priority for the Province of BC is to ensure efficient and effective movement of goods and people. A short-term suspension or reduction in tolls on the Port Mann Bridge will ease the pain for businesses and residents,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
Both business organizations, mandated to attract and support business in their cities, have been in communication with TransLink. Other minor work has been done on the Pattullo Bridge in recent years where traffic management options, alternative routes, transit alternatives were considered. The work that is upcoming in 2015 will help to reduce the cost to business, as this major economic corridor is maintained. TransLink is proceeding with plans for structural seismic upgrades and deck rehabilitation. These works are necessary even if funding for a new Pattullo Bridge is secured in 2015. They are essential to ensuring the safety of drivers and marine traffic that travels below the bridge.
Surrey Board of Trade Joins the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition in the Call for a Poverty Reduction Plan for BC
The Surrey Board of Trade has joined the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, which includes over 400 organizations throughout the province, in calling for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines.
Building on its leadership in advocating for a national childcare plan, the Surrey Board of Trade recognizes the economic benefits of this preventative approach. “Poverty increases health-care costs, policing burdens, diminished educational outcomes,” says Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “When we have a skill shortage and a labour shortage issue not only provincially but nationally, we want to try to maximize the full labour productivity of all of our citizens.”
The Surrey Board of Trade, at its annual Christmas Seasonal Sizzle Business Reception on December 3rd, gave the Surrey Food Bank $1871.50 and 500 pounds of food. Over 400 business people attended this annual Christmas event, and donated either cash or food.
"Thank you to all the businesses that attended this annual Christmas event for the business community. The Surrey Food Bank's line up's are increasing each year unfortunately. Businesses have a role to give back to the community and help those in need", said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.