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The deadline is January 4th 2010 at 4:30pm.
Look for Blue Bridge Canvassers around Downtown and in your neighbourhood, or drop by the Campaign Office:
Unit A, 777 Blanshard (corner of Fairfield)
Phone 250 590 4809
Petition Forms and Ballot Boxes available at the these locations
Victoria News. By Roszan Holmen. (the interviews and news is from the previous week, and published on December 21st)
Photograph by Roszan Holmen.
“Dressed for the weather with a wooly toque and rain jacket, Neils Lind stops by the campaign headquarters to drop off petition forms. Lind is one of the volunteers campaigning to force the city to hold a referendum before borrowing $42 million to replace the Johnson Street Bridge.
Has there been any progress in securing a scrutineer? he enquires on his way back outside.
We’re working on it, replies Mat Wright, one of the directors of the grassroots movement.
From their leased space at the corner of Blanshard Street and Fairfield Road, Wright is helping to coordinate people to canvass the streets, drop off forms at houses, and set up ballot boxes at various businesses. Cookies, fruit bars and chocolates are on offer for the 90 volunteers coming and going. The goal is to convince at least 6,343 people to sign a counter-petition before the Jan. 4 deadline.”
“It probably wasn’t what Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin wanted to find under the tree. Critics of the city’s plan to borrow $42 million toward a $63-million replacement of the Johnson Street Bridge dropped off five gift-wrapped boxes containing about 5,000 “counter petition” forms at city hall on Tuesday. They need 6,343 to force a referendum on the borrowing.
“It is a present — a democratic present to city hall, just to remind them that the people of Victoria are thinking of them at this time of year,” said Ross Crockford, a director of johnsonstreetbridge.org, the group spearheading the petition drive. The 5,000 petitions don’t include those dropped off independently at city hall, rumoured to be a few hundred, although the city won’t verify that number”
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Photographs by Dennis Robinson