Reasons To Love Vancouver #20: The Save Small Businesses Petition

We’ll sign up for anything the Burnaby brewing powerhouse Dageraad asks us to, and evidently we’re not alone. In late March, the owners were part a disparate group of businesses (regional newspapers, commuter airlines) that launched the Save Small Business petition to counter the then-prevailing notion of debt forward assistance from government (i.e., don’t pay now, but you’ll have to pay later). In short order they had over 30,000 businesses sign on, with another 8,000+ individuals. And their voices seem to have, in some part, been heard. The 75-percent employee subsidy addresses some of their concerns on debt obligations, and commercial rent programs are likewise gaining traction in both Victoria and Ottawa. And they’re still making Burnabarian Ale as well.