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Chamber Matters: Wishing you the happiest of holidays

Pattie Pavlov | Special to the Fitzhugh Writing this in December, already so soon! It is edition six, the end of 2021 is around the corner and still so much to say and do! The holiday season brings so many more opportunities to say thank you to our membership, partners and friends who support our work and invite us to the table to share our perspectives and suggestions. The most difficult part of this month ...

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Chamber Market offers platform for local businesses

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Looking to shop local this holiday season? A new online marketplace is giving shoppers easy access to Albertan merchants and makers. Spearheaded by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce in partnership with local chambers, Chamber Market makes shopping local easier and includes Alberta products not available on multinational e-commerce sites. “I think for some communities it’s g ...

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Shoppers take advantage of Moonlight Madness

Carolers sign for shoppers and local businesses during Moonlight Madness on Nov. 26. | A.Howat photo Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca On Nov. 26, local shops around Jasper participated in the annual Moonlight Madness. The streets were filled with shoppers roaming around downtown looking for deals and discounts. Moonlight Madness takes place every year around the downtow ...

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Shoppers about to howl from Moonlight Madness

Matthew Turnbull samples some port from Stacey-Jo Strombecky at Liquor Lodge during Moonlight Madness in 2019. | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca  Shoppers could very well lose their minds over the deals offered by local businesses on Friday evening and into the weekend during the annual Moonlight Madness. Moonlight Madness is an annual shopping event that traditionally takes place on the last ...

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Chamber Matters: Moonlight Madness just around the corner

At Totem Ski Shop, Kim Weir scored 20 per cent off a full package of skis, bindings and boots with the assistance of Matty Labrie, Emily Rae and Manu Loir-Mongazon during Moonlight Madness in 2019. | File photo Pattie Pavlov | Special to the Fitzhugh Moonlight Madness is just days away and the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce (JPCC) is ever so pleased and proud to support and co-ordinate this annual event! W ...

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Council approves utility rebate program for businesses

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper Municipal Council approved the establishment of a utility rate rebate program for businesses during its regular meeting on Nov. 2. Whether a business was closed or not, owners still are faced with bills for solid waste (garbage) and recycling fees. “The discussion at previous council was that this was a burden on businesses that h ...

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Tourism shows further signs of improvement

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper’s tourism sector is showing signs of recovery and resiliency in the face of the pandemic with strong visitation and occupancy numbers. Visitation was down 200,000 from 1.7 million in 2019 to 1.5 million this year, but that only covers the peak season May through September. “Total visitation, I think, was very strong,” said James Jackson, president and CEO of Tourism ...

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Chamber Matters: Everyone is a winner

Pattie Pavlov | Special to the Fitzhugh Chamber Matters focused on the Ambassador and Business Awards in the last edition as a precursor to officially celebrating small business in our community in October. Well, here we are! No one will deny it’s been at minimum a challenge and at most a devastating time for our world economy and Jasper, as a picture-perfect example of how a small-town shoulders big city p ...

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App now available to scan QR codes for proof of vaccination

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Businesses and organizations in Alberta can now use a government-supported app to scan QR codes in order to verify their patrons’ vaccination status. The AB Covid Records Verifier app is available for download on Apple and Android devices through the respective app stores. “Albertans and businesses asked for a safe and secure app to make it easier to check proof of vaccina ...

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Study shows economic benefits of outdoor recreation

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA) conducted surveys of fellow residents of Alberta on the impacts of the outdoor recreation economy.  Around 0.8 per cent of Alberta’s GDP is accounted for on recreational trips to Crown lands.  The employment rate resulting from this spending is 6.1 times higher than both the forest ...

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