Colwood council

Colwood joins the Order of the Bear

Municipality receives honour for recent business-friendly decisions

Don’t call it a bear market, but the City of Colwood has a new mascot in its presence following its acceptance of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) first “Order of the Bear” honour.

The award, which includes certificates and a teddy bear, is given to governments that are “taking action to support small business,” according to a column written by CFIB’s Laura Jones. Recipients can be honoured for actions such as putting things in plain language and getting rid of unnecessary requirements or “red tape.”

Earlier this year, Colwood eliminated annual business license fees, opting instead for a one-time perpetual fee.

The City has also made efforts to eliminate confusing jargon when it comes to setting up a business license.

“We’ve been trying to enhance those (business) relationships and doing some on-the-ground work with the Chamber of Commerce and looking at ways that we can bring things closer to home,” said Mayor Carol Hamilton.

A former small business owner herself, she recognizes what “red tape” can mean for someone who is trying to begin their own company.

As for the teddy bear, it currently resides in Hamilton’s office, but should find a home up front once some renovation work is completed at City Hall.

“There’s been a nonstop stream of people coming in for a hug,” she said, laughing.

joel.tansey@goldstreamgazette.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Octopus art crawls into Colwood neighbourhood

Artist of knitted sleeves identifies herself on Instagram

Arrest made after hydraulic rescue pump stolen from temporary Saanich fire hall

VicPD K-9 unit called in to help locate suspect, stolen equipment

Architect plans to revitalize Victoria ‘gateways,’ including Wellburns building

Wood-construction apartments planned for Scott, Wellburn’s buildings

Public tips lead to arrest in alleged random assault on Victoria bus

June 19 incident was recorded by onboard camera

Younger Canadians, men less likely to wear masks, according to Stats Canada

Immigrants, especially immigrant women, more likely to follow precautions

Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

B.C. announced the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel last month

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Conservatives say police should be called into investigate WE charity scandal

Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest

Amber Alert continues for missing Quebec girls, 6 and 11, and their father

Police issued the alert for Norah Carpentier, 11, and Romy Carpentier, 6, from Levis, Que.

Limit police access to lethal weapons in Indigenous communities: Justice Summit

Grassroots-organized National Indigenous Justice Summit was a free-to-attend two-day videoconference

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Most Read