Signing the Online Petition

The recent public hearings about Richmond’s Garden City lands were a window on public opinion about the issue. The majority of those who spoke were against removing the land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The majority of those who signed written submissions were also opposed. That confirmed the strong support for saving the lands in online newspaper polls.

Those results are surprising, since the consortium that wants to use that green open area for high-density development has gone to such lengths to sway opinion. However, while there are certainly many strong “Save the Garden City Lands” supporters, the breadth of public support is another matter that is less clear. To gauge it, I have set up an online petition.

As an aside, I should mention that the online petition has good protection of privacy. Every signer’s email address is required, since it’s used for validation, but it’s kept in a secure database and never shown online.

The online petition is available, with a Chinese translation, at http://www.gardencitylands.ca. I will leave it open for a few weeks. Regardless of how many people sign, I will then share the results with the Agricultural Land Commission. One way or the other, the number of people who support the petition request to save the Garden City Lands is bound to influence the commission’s decision about whether to keep the lands in the ALR.

I expect that citizens will  mostly express their support online, but there will also be signatures on a paper copy of the petition that some people prefer to use.

Your input, via http://www.gardencitylands.ca will be much appreciated.

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4 Comments »

  1. 1
    crf Says:

    the last link needs to be fixed (it wrongly has a comma at the end).

  2. 2
    kewljim Says:

    Thanks, crf!
    It’s fixed now.

  3. 3
    Robert Livingston Says:

    Everyone unite and plant a Dogwood tree on the lands. It’s a poison pill! You can’t cut them because it’s a Provincial Emblem. You could’nt build with all the trees!

  4. 4
    hauberk Says:

    Hauberk says : I absolutely agree with this !


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