Government Markup Changes, CAMRA UK, and BC Provincial Meetings

A quick update on some recent events:


First, some great news for brewers, retailers and consumers:

The government has announced that, as of June 3, small and regional breweries will see the markup rate on their products reduced by 25%. This will allow breweries to produce products for less – which benefits all of us. While it goes without saying that we take issue with a number of changes made as a result of the April 1, 2016 liquor law changes, this is definitely a positive change and a move in the right direction.

Read more about this here.


Next, I’d like to mention quickly that our peers over in CAMRA UK , in their 45th year, have decided to seek public consultation as to whether to shift the focus of their mandate in order to modernize. A few weeks ago, I reached out in the interest of coming together and discussing how to learn from each other’s experiences. The UK organization has 45 years of experience running major campaigns, engaging the government and making sure members are given the support they need. In the case of CAMRA BC, we have had a much more inclusive mission statement supporting and advocating for craft beer at large (as opposed to purely traditional cask ale). Both sides bring value to the table, and both sides can only benefit from the experience of the other. More to come on this soon, but learn more about their consultation here.


CAMRA BC Monthly Meetings:
Traditionally, the BC Executive would meet once or twice a year to discuss direction, cross-organizational issues, and other high-level items. In order to reduce the strain on our BC budget, as well as develop a more rapid and frequent exchange between Executive members, we have transitioned to a monthly meeting conducted via group video call online. This means projects get executed faster, decisions don’t wait multiple months to be made, and branches get the support they need much sooner. We are also endeavouring to be hyper-conscious about how member money is being spent to support our annual in-person Summit meetings – this means making smarter, strategic decisions about travel and everything else that goes into pulling our team together. Smarter spending means more money supporting your local branches, as well as a larger resource pool from which to execute advocacy initiatives.


We’ve already cultivated results from this monthly format: in our first meeting, we’ve identified and agreed on the advocacy initiatives we feel are important to pursue at a provincial level. Details on these projects will be rolled out very soon, but having everyone on the same page and supporting these from all corners of the province was enormously advantageous in getting these kicked off.
There will much more to announce very soon as far as launching major campaigns, the progress made in South Fraser, engaging the government and other beer/liquor related interests.

Jeremy Noonan

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CAMRA BC – South Fraser: Relaunch, Minutes, and new Executive Team.

April ended with a massive bang, as we officially reactivated our CAMRA BC – South Fraser branch! This has been a massive undertaking that, now finally having being seen to fruition, is something we are incredibly proud of.

The 2016 CAMRA BC – South Fraser Executive is comprised of:

President: Terry Hickey
Vice President: Kyle Sanker
Treasurer: Matthew Griffeth
Secretary: Melanie Northcott

CAMRA BC and our respective branches have committed to providing guidance, resources and people power as needed to ensure the successful relaunch of this branch, and we are confident this team is the right team for the job. Congratulations!

The minutes from the AGM can be found here.

Stay tuned for many more updates regarding the actions being undertaken by this year’s team!

Jeremy Noonan

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CAMRA South Fraser AGM Information

Tomorrow is an important day for CAMRA BC, in particular, for our South Fraser membership.

Recovering and positioning ourselves to effectively resume branch operations within the South Fraser branch has been a tremendous amount of work, but our BC Vice President Janna Gabrek has done an exemplary job of seeing it to fruition! With that in mind, the AGM is tomorrow, and we hope that a great number of you are planning to be in attendance!

Nominations for South Fraser Executive positions were closed earlier this week; here are the list of individuals who have been nominated:

President: Kyle Sanker and Terry Hickey
Treasurer: Matthew Griffeth*
Secretary: Melanie Northcott*

*Non-contested candidates will be elected by acclamation.

We all know that this year is crucial for the success of this branch. The other branches and BC proper are committed to assisting the South Fraser team in their relaunch, and any support that they need to hit the ground running. Many Executive members will be in attendance to answer questions, so do not hesitate to introduce yourself and have a conversation!

The AGM will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 2pm-4pm at Central City Brewing in Surrey, next to the Surrey Central Skytrain Station. Please note that while members of all branches are welcome to attend, only those who are registered as a member of the South Fraser branch will be entitled to vote. Any member will be allowed to transfer their membership in person tomorrow at the AGM, but do note that in order to guarantee the transfer is registered in time ahead of the vote, members are encouraged to show up ahead of time.

We are thrilled to advance this forward. See you there!

Jeremy Noonan

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