Hey, Sensible BC: we don’t take kindly to your types around here!
The campaign to decriminalize marijuana already heard that message from Translink when canvassers tried to collect signatures in fare paid zones, and now they’re hearing it from BC Ferries after volunteers tried to take names at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal on Saturday.
Sensible BC spokesman Dana Larsen informed BC Ferries on Friday that he and a group of canvassers would be at the terminal the following day.
The ferry corporation responded that they don’t permit that kind of activity on their properties.
Larsen showed up with four canvassers anyway and started collecting signatures at around 2 p.m.
A BC Ferries staffer soon came out and asked them to leave. The campaigners responded that they had a Charter right to be there.
The Delta Police were eventually called and an officer showed up about half an hour later. The officer went inside to speak with BC Ferries staff.
Another officer showed up later, spoke with the Sensible BC campaigners and then he, too, went indoors.
The police re-emerged at about 4:30 p.m. and informed the canvassers that they wouldn’t arrest anyone, Larsen said.
He then asked the police whether they could campaign at BC Ferries property in future, but the officers merely said they would let them canvas at that location for the moment. The canvassers left at around 5 p.m.
Larsen told The Huffington Post B.C. that Sensible BC campaigners are allowed to canvas on BC Ferries property because, while it is a private corporation under the Companies Act, its sole shareholder is the Province of B.C.
– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.
Contact BC Ferries and politely let them know why they should allow Sensible BC canvassers at their terminals – call 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779), or head office in Victoria at 250-381-1401.