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Phasing out one of Campbell River’s three pillars


This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

When Campbell River was reeling from the onset of COVID last Spring, a volunteer task force was formed to study the economic impacts. They received responses from about 300 businesses, 30 of which were interviewed over a two and a half month period. The Campbell River Business Recovery Task Force concluded that the city’s economy primarily rests on three pillars: tourism, forestry and fish farms.

This is where the first dollars enter, that support numerous other businesses.

Now the Task Force warns about the economic consequences of phasing out fish farms.  

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Campbell River’s plan to increase property taxes and cut services

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

In response to reduced revenues arising from the pandemic, the city of Campbell River plans to increase property taxes and either defer or cancel $1.5 million dollars worth of services

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COVID is impacting Campbell River on three levels

This news bulletin was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

Campbell River is the central hub for rural communities like Cortes and Quadra Island. It is the seat of our local government. Though many island residents have shopped locally since the advent of COVID, others take advantage of the lower prices in Campbell River’s stores. Visits to more distant destinations usually start with ferry trips and a drive through Campbell River. So the well being of this northern metropolis is important to all of us. The city’s General Manager of community development, Ron Bowles, described how COVID is impacting Campbell River on three levels.

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How Is The City Of Campbell River Coping With The Pandemic’s Financial Pressures?

The COVID pandemic has brought a lot of financial stress on British Columbia’s municipalities. Surrey is losing about $4 million every month. To reduce its losses, Vancouver laid off 1,800 unionized staff.  More locally, how is the City Of Campbell River coping with the financial pressures?

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