Happy anniversary, Business Voice!

Happy anniversary, Business Voice!

< Back to Articles | Topics: From the President | Contributors: Patrick Sullivan | Published: April 20, 2022

Spring has sprung, winter is melting away and, somehow, we are already on our way to summer. After the last two years, it sure feels good to be looking ahead, rather than trying to focus on the issues of the day.

This very special issue is celebrating a number of things, including the 100th year anniversary of Business Voice. Business Voice has known many names, many editors, and many Chamber staff since it began a century ago. As you can see on the cover of this issue, the publication was originally called the Commercial News. Our favourite part of flipping through the archives has been discovering how much has changed, and how much hasn’t. The Chamber is still tirelessly advocating for competitive taxes and increased immigration to support population growth. One headline that stands out from the first edition of Commercial News is, “When Halifax reaches a million people…” 100 years later, and we've passed the benchmark for our province!

Left: A "buy local" advertising campaign from Oland's Brewery in the October 1962 edition of The Commercial News (later named Business Voice). Right: An advertisement in the first issue of The Commercial News, 1921.

Speaking of immigration: May is Asian Heritage Month, and our friends at Lumi Studios have a whole lot planned to celebrate! Look for the Off the Eaten Path food festival and cultural events to learn more about Asian Heritage in Halifax. There’s no better way to get to know your neighbours than over a meal. Make your plans for May on page 31.

Also in May, starting on May 29, is National AccessAbility Week in Canada. It’s an important week that draws attention to how far we have to go to become a fully accessible province and country. It also highlights the important contributions persons with disabilities make to our communities each and every day. Learn how local organizations are advocating for accessibility on pages 25 and 35.

Happy Spring, readers! I look forward to seeing you all soon.

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