Kim Blake

Alberni-Pacific Rim riding achieves Sensible BC petition total

Port Alberni is the first community on Vancouver Island to reach its goal in the Sensible BC campaign for a referendum to decriminalize pot.

Port Alberni’s Sensible BC campaign has reached its goal of collecting 3,500 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana in British Columbia.

“I’m proud,” Alberni-Pacific Rim organizer Kim Blake said. “Port Alberni finished first on the Island. I got a call (Nov. 20) from Sensible BC saying congratulations, we reached our numbers.”

Canvassers across B.C. have until Dec. 9 to submit the petition bearing the signatures of 10 per cent of eligible voters in every B.C. riding.

They had approximately 150,000 signatures counted as of Nov. 19, or about half the number needed and far short of their target of 450,000 to provide a buffer against disqualified signatures.

In the Alberni-Pacific Rim riding, Blake and her campaigners needed to collect a minimum of 3,183 verified signatures. “Right now we’re above 3,500,” she said.

Blake wanted the extra signatures as a buffer. Even though this riding has achieved its goal, Blake is still accepting signatures up until Dec. 3.

“I’m still getting phone calls and e-mails from people wanting to sign,” she said.

On Monday (Dec. 2) Port Alberni’s volunteers will head to Parksville to help that community with its petition.

On Tuesday Alberni-Pacific Rim will hold a sign-up wind-up in the parking lot across from Starbucks. “That’s the final time anyone can sign up,” Blake said.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

— With files from Jeff Nagel, Black Press

Just Posted

Rollin Art Centre open now

Make sure to renew your Community Arts Council membership

BCHL: Bulldogs take the ice after trade deadline

Alberni team picked up one loss, one win with new roster

Alberni’s Warren Lee earns second black belt

Lee is one of four Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belts in Canada

Maa-nulth Nations sign historic agreement with B.C.

Deal puts nations on level playing field with province in post-treaty talks

City of Port Alberni rehires Ken Watson

Former city manager back for short term

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

B.C. hockey player nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Myles Powell is a forward at Rochester Institute of Technology

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Most Read