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Tourism Prince George secured $100,000 grant to help bring business events and conferences to city

Tourism Prince George secured $100,000 grant to help bring business events and conferences to city

Meetings and conferences are making a comeback, and Tourism Prince George is ready for it.

Tourism Prince George was a recipient of the BC Business Events and Conference Restart Fund to the tune of $100,000. With part of this funding Tourism Prince George can now assist in bringing multi-day regional, national and international conferences and events to Prince George.

“The meetings, conferences and events sector is a huge economic driver within the tourism industry that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Colin Carson, CEO of Tourism Prince George.

Now that safety measures have been gradually lifted, and confidence to have in-person meetings and events have rebounded, Tourism Prince George is excited to support the local hospitality and tourism industries.

“The restart grant allows us to be aggressive in attracting new business that will fill our hotel rooms and drive dollars into Prince George,” Carson said. “We are extremely thankful to the Province of British Columbia for this grant that allows Prince George to be competitive in the industry.”

The bulk of the funds will go towards assisting organizations with rental-fee incentives for meeting spaces such as hotel conference rooms, the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre and the Uda Dune Baiyoh (House of Ancestors). The remainder will be allocated to roll out a winter-meeting campaign to highlight Prince George as a conference destination. Tourism Prince George anticipates this support to have a dual impact: it will help drive accommodation stays (a funding requirement is a minimum of 100 booked rooms, which can be divided into multiple days), while providing financial backing for those wanting to host conferences and events.

For those interested in tapping into this resource, please contact Tourism Prince George.

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Hamden cannabis rules could bring back High Bazaar, other events

Hamden cannabis rules could bring back High Bazaar, other events

HAMDEN — A cannabis business incubator could be in Hamden’s future, as could temporary cannabis events like the High Bazaar.

Both would be allowed, with restrictions, under a proposed set of zoning regulations that also permit cannabis entrepreneurs to set up shop in certain parts of town.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal Tuesday, when it can decide whether to request changes or move forward and schedule a public hearing, said Town Planner Eugene Livshits.

Though the draft specifically addresses retail establishments, a corresponding zoning chart applicable to other license types such as cultivation and manufacturing also will go before the commission, said Director of Economic Development Erik Johnson.

Depending on the type of license, cannabis establishments would be allowed in certain transect zones or in manufacturing zones, the chart shows. Those wishing to open such establishments would need to submit a special permit or a site plan application, per the chart.

In addition to limiting precisely where cannabis retail establishments could be located — at least 500 feet away from a school and no closer than 250 feet from each other — the proposed regulations outline two rather unusual provisions.

The first would create an exception to the rule regulating the proximity of cannabis establishments and allows one “accelerator establishment,” with up to four cannabis businesses, to open in town.

Concerns about social equity inspired the provision, said Johnson, who guided a cannabis task force in drafting regulations. It is the same idea behind any business incubator, Johnson said: that allowing fledgling businesses to co-locate and share resources makes them “more likely to be successful.”

The goal is to support efforts to grow cannabis business opportunities in Disproportionately Impacted Areas, or DIAs, Johnson said.

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Panama City taking steps to bring more special events to the city

Panama City taking steps to bring more special events to the city

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Panama City is taking steps to bring in new special events to improve the quality of life around the city.

City commissioners, officials and elected officials held a public workshop Tuesday to discuss how special events held in the city are permitted and supported.

City Quality of Life Director Sean DePalma said this workshop is to ensure they’re expanding their capability to host events in the city.

He said the city is looking to bring in more regional events like 5K’s and to increase cultural events, using the Hispanic Heritage Month annual event as an example. He adds this compliments long-standing events like Mardi Gras, New Years Eve, Fourth of July, and Oktoberfest.

“It really improves the quality of life that there’s activities going on a daily basis, a weekly basis for different people in the community, different cultures, and our guests that come into the city as well,” DePalma said.

Tuesday, they went through their current Special Events Ordinance to see how to modernize it to be more inviting to promoters and community organizations.

DePalma said they’ll bring the revisions back to the city commissioners to review and ensure it works best for the city.

The second reading will take place in august.

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Major sport events to bring economic benefits

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The Bulldogs will verse the Cowboys at Salter Oval in August. Photo: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Sport will continue to boost the region’s economy in the next 12 months as Bundaberg Regional Council commits to bringing major events to the region.

This financial year will see the Bundaberg Cup and the NRL Bulldogs v Cowboys game held in Bundaberg with plenty of benefits expected to flow into the community.

Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Haberman said high-calibre events like these games not only attracted local spectators and players, but those travelling into the region to catch all the action.

“Council is committed to continuing our investment in high-level sporting competitions to develop local capacity, skill and participation while boosting the economy,” he said.

“From similar events held in the past, we know that there is huge interest from the local community and visitors to see these types of events continue in Bundaberg and we want to leverage off that sentiment and the benefits it brings.”

Cr Habermann said Council anticipated a huge economic stimulus when the Bulldogs v Cowboys game – the first NRL game for premiership points to be played in the region – is hosted at Salter Oval on Sunday 7 August.

“Council is expecting more than 8000 spectators at the game, which will rival the record attendance at Salter Oval of 8122 for the 2016 pre-season game between the Broncos and Cowboys,” he said.

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Cr Vince Habermann at Salter Oval.

“Hosting an event as large as a competition round NRL match means Bundaberg will be promoted and broadcast to the whole nation and the world.

“The value of that is priceless.”

Cr Habermann said the Bundaberg Cup, the richest touch football competition in the nation, would also bring with it plenty of benefits.

He said it was last held in the region during February and attracted 777 players to Bundaberg while injecting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

“Not only does the Bundaberg Cup entice hundreds of players to Bundaberg, but they also bring family and friends who book into local accommodation, visit local businesses, tourist attractions and more,” Cr Habermann said.

“In February this equated to more than 1300 players and their families travelling to the region and spending more than $430,000.

“This competition is also a fantastic motivator for our own sporting stars and gives local competitors the opportunity to test and develop their skills up against the best in Australia.

“Council is proud to continue its sponsorship support of the Bundaberg Cup and expect the next event to bring with it similar, if not greater, economic benefits.”

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While the 2022 Bundaberg Cup was a chance for local teams to vie for top prize, it also saw 71 per cent of attendees travel from outside of the region.

Other major sporting events being hosted in the Bundaberg Region thanks to the support of Council include Bowls Queensland Junior State Championships, Rowing Queensland Schools Championship Regatta, the Bulls Masters Cricket Tour and the Netball Queensland Primary Schools Cup.

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Pedal-powered events bring poets, music to Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria – Saanich News

Pedal-powered events bring poets, music to Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria - Saanich News

People power a series of concerts celebrating a waterway that travels mostly unseen through three municipalities of Greater Victoria. Creekside Concerts, featuring Tune Your Ride, are a spinoff of a San Francisco festival.

James Davis, then living in Ontario, was inspired by the cycling fest created by a friend and brought the idea to life in his community.

“I went to the festival in 2009 and I came back to Toronto thinking, this is something people in Toronto would really like,” he said. Davis spent the better part of a year tinkering in the garage to figure it out and had crowds powering music in the park not long after.

When he moved to Greater Victoria in 2016, Davis whose primary form of transportation is bike, cycled the area extensively.

“My bicycle is my main form of transportation, I’ve never owned a car,” Davis said.

He realized quickly that Tune Your Ride was a good fit. “To run into these urban creeks got me curious,” he said. Davis partnered with the Friends of Bowker Creek Society to start hosting the Creekside Concerts in 2019.

Three events fill parks along Bowker Creek, “a little bit evocative of the salmon that used to make their way up the creek,” Davis said. Part of the goal is education and awareness of the watershed while promoting and providing a platform for independent musicians and poets in the region. “It’s an interesting way to discover the region and areas they didn’t know existed,” Davis said.

The creekside events are primarily acoustic and spoken, so the gear is minimal and audiences are eager to participate, Davis said. Those pedalling quickly note how easy it is and the entertainers tend to include them in the performance.

“It’s cool to see the interplay between the performer and the person on the bike,” Davis said. “The performers are very literally feeding off the energy of the crowd.”

The free family-friendly events open with a Lekwungen welcome by TEALIYE (Brianna Bear) at Bowker Creek walkway in Oak Bay on July 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Browning Park in Saanich on July 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and in Clawthorpe Park in Victoria on Aug. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The opening concert will have American Sign Language interpretation and Davis hopes to continue the service for the other two concerts of the series.

Learn more about the concerts at



Concert-goers power the mic and music for summer song and poetry in parks along Bowker Creek this summer. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)

Concert-goers power the mic and music for summer song and poetry in parks along Bowker Creek this summer. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)

Tanisha Nuttall performs as a concert-goer powers the mic and music for summer song and poetry in parks along Bowker Creek this summer. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)

Tanisha Nuttall performs as a concert-goer powers the mic and music for summer song and poetry in parks along Bowker Creek this summer. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)

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Cambridge’s Safer Homes, Safer Community Gift Cards for Guns Events Bring in Record Number of Unwanted Firearms

2022 Gun Buyback Flyer

A record number of 245 unwanted guns were safely turned in at the seventh annual Cambridge “Safer Homes, Safer Community” Gift Cards for Guns event on Saturday, June 11 at Reservoir Church and Margaret Fuller House. The firearms that were turned in included pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, BB guns that looked like 9mm pistols, and a toy gun. Residents from Cambridge and as far away as New Hampshire also dropped off ammunition and various gun parts. This year’s turnout surpassed last year’s previous record of more than 150 guns collected. Public safety officials and community volunteers have now collected more than 560 guns at Cambridge events, handed out firearm safety locks, and shared extensive information about suicide prevention and gun safety.

The Cambridge Gift Cards for Guns – part of the city’s initiative aimed at reducing accidental injuries in the home and reducing the risk of suicide, domestic violence, and street crime — is a collaboration of the City of Cambridge, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, and more than 60 faith and community-based organizations and businesses. Since 2013, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has assisted 15 cities and towns throughout the county, and more than 1,890 unwanted weapons have been turned in.

For those Cambridge residents who were not able to participate last weekend and would still like to dispose of any unwanted gun(s) in their homes, please contact 617-349-6009. Appointments scheduled by Thursday, June 30, 2022 will remain eligible for grocery gift cards ranging from $50-$200 in value.

Participants cited a wide range of reasons for participating in this year’s event. One father indicated that after seeing the recent shootings around the country, he wanted to make sure his son would not have any access to a firearm within his home. A widow indicated that she located a gun inside a bag while cleaning out her late husband’s belongings and wanted to have it removed from her home. An elderly male said he had possession of a pistol for decades, but never used it, and wanted to have it safely destroyed.

Overall, more than 60 organizations helped make this weekend’s events possible through planning, participation, support, and donations. The following Cambridge interfaith organizations and community partners collaborated on this important initiative: A Place to Heal Ministries, Abundant Life Church, Calvary Praise and Worship Center, Cambridgeport Baptist Church, Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, Christian Mission Holiness Church, Congregation Eitz Chayim, Christ Church, First Baptist Church, First Church in Cambridge Congregational, First Parish Cambridge, Friends Meeting Cambridge, Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church, Harvard Memorial Church, Islamic Society of Boston (ISB Cambridge), Journey Church, Kingdom Empowerment Center, Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, Parish of Saint Paul, Pentecostal Tabernacle, Reservoir Church, Rush AME Zion Church, Salvation Army, Cambridge Citadel, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Shalom, Union Baptist Church, Western Avenue Baptist Church, Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge Women’s Center, Cambridge YWCA, Community Art Center, East End House, Many Helping Hands, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, The Loop Lab, Transition House, Tutoring Plus, YWCA Cambridge, CambridgeSide, Central Square BID, Harvard Square Business Association, Middle East Restaurant, Pemberton Market, Star Market/Shaw’s, Toscanini’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Council on Aging, Cambridge Domestic & Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Human Service Programs, Cambridge Peace Commission, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Public Works, Cambridge Veterans Services, The Office of Massachusetts State Representative Marjorie Decker, Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

For more information on Cambridge’s “Safer Homes, Safer Community” initiative, please visit If you or your organization is interested in becoming involved in a future event (e.g. donate gift cards, volunteer at the event, or help post flyers in advance of an event), or if you live in a community that may be interested in holding a similar event, please e-mail Many Helping Hands’ Lori Lander (, Cambridge Police Department’s Jeremy Warnick (, or Middlesex Sheriff Office’s Kevin Maccioli (

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Guildhall events will bring past to life

Guildhall events will bring past to life

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Picture - Gerald Dickens, the Signalman. CREDIT: Lewis J Brockway

TWO forthcoming events at Leicester’s historic Guildhall promise to bring the past to life.

On Sunday (29 May), at 2pm, a talk by renowned author Leanda De Lisle will take place, entitled Henrietta Maria: The Queen behind the Black Legend. On the anniversary of the 1645 Siege of Leicester – when royalists stormed the city during the Civil War – the talk will explain why King Charles I’s wife is one of British history’s most reviled queens.

Damned in her lifetime as ‘that Popish brat of France’, Henrietta Maria is remembered as frivolous and fanatical, the wife who ‘turned Charles I Catholic’ and paved the way for civil war.

Today, Leanda de Lisle will look behind the black legend to reveal a remarkable woman of great wit and intelligence. A friend to many Puritans, she was respected even by her enemies, survived wars and eventually flourished as Britain’s Phoenix Queen. 

Tickets cost £4.50 and booking is recommended on this link: Henrietta Maria – Leicester Museums

On Friday 10 June, at 7.30pm, there’s a unique opportunity to experience a Dickensian classic, as performed by Charles Dickens’ great-great grandson, Gerald Dickens.

Gerald Dickens – The Day That Charles Dickens Nearly Died, featuring ‘The Signalman’ is a brand new show detailing the events that inspired Dickens’ novella, ‘The Signalman’. It will tell the story of the great Staplehurst rail crash of 9 June, 1865, when Charles Dickens was a passenger on the tidal train from Folkestone to London as it crashed off a bridge, killing 10 people and injuring 40 more. The great author was fortunate to escape with his life and spent three hours assisting the rescue effort.

Gerald Dickens has written a book about the crash and will be appearing at The Guildhall sharing his research into the circumstances which led to the tragedy. Gerald will also perform the haunting Gothic ghost story The Signalman in the atmospheric surroundings of the Guildhall. Written just a year after the crash, it was certainly inspired by Charles Dickens’ experiences.

Booking is recommended and tickets cost £10/£8 concessions on this link: Gerald Dickens – Leicester Museums

To book for either event, you can also call the Guildhall Box Office on 0116 253 2569 or visit


 Picture – Gerald Dickens, the Signalman. CREDIT: Lewis J Brockway