Remember previous discussions of a need for greater advocacy efforts? Here’s what’s on our radar between now and the end of May:
Pop-Up City Hall: Liquor policy and survey:
The City of Vancouver has announced today their presence at the Nat Bailey Farmer’s Market for what they have titled their “Pop-Up City Hall”, where a number of issues will be discussed: including liquor-related policy review in Vancouver. This takes place on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Additionally, there is a survey the City has opened to the public which you can find on the page linked above.
The survey itself contains undertones that suggest that liquor availability and consumption in general are problematic – a statement most of us are likely to disagree with. Bear in mind that a lot of the changes we believe are truly advantageous and that lend legitimate growth to our scene here aren’t represented in these questions – but you will be presented with a chance to add notes/input at the end of the survey to address these things. When submitting your views, be honest, be thoughtful, but remember that they are less likely be read with any degree of seriousness if it is poorly written or emotionally charged.
While policy isn’t going to be decided at a Farmer’s Market on Saturday, I cannot stress enough the importance of showing up, being heard and presenting your concerns and interests (in a respectful, well-constructed way, of course). A number of our Executive team will be on site to represent our members, and encourage you to join us in being heard.
Maple Ridge: Silver Valley Brewing is currently working City of Maple Ridge in an effort to get approval to manufacture beer at the location they’ve been eyeing for some time. The City of Maple Ridge has been supportive of breweries opening in their city, and a solid show up support from local consumers and nearby small businesses alike will go a long way towards moving this forward! Here’s how we can help: On Tuesday, May 17, there will be a public hearing at Maple Ridge City Hall with Council to discuss the matter. This is a great opportunity to speak to the advantages and importance of allowing them to open! I will be on hand to lobby on their behalf, and hope many of you – especially in the Tri Cities – can make it there to stand with these folks as well. The hearing will take place at 7pm, and once the specific room at City Hall is confirmed, we will inform you immediately.
Port Coquitlam: Though the date has yet to be announced (and please feel free to send me more information if you happen to have it), the City will be holding a public hearing on proposed changes to allow lounges in craft breweries. We fully intend on supporting the craft beer community by attending and advocating on behalf of the area, and showcasing the economic, cultural and extended small business growth that comes by allowing breweries to open and operate in our cities. More information can be found here
Coquitlam: The City will be scheduling a new public hearing – after seven months of deliberating on the matter, though a date is still to be determined. Expect CAMRA BC to attend in order to debunk common misconceptions and concerns that typically stand as obstacles to getting municipal approval for breweries to permit. Port Moody has been a tremendous example of how a community thrives by the inclusion of craft manufacturing of alcohol products, and we believe Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam can and should enjoy the same success and economic growth by adopting the same position.
We will update members further as new information is gathered and events proceed. In the meantime, please consider attending the above gatherings and contributing by making yourself seen and heard.