Supporters of the Bloedel Conservatory and Stanley Park Petting zoo amass their troops
One of the most high profile cuts resulting from Vancouver's 2010 budget is the closure of the Bloedel conservatory. Now a group of concerned citizens have set up a new website aimed at sending a strong message to the Vision councillors that they want to keep Bloedel open, and in public hands.
Here is an excerpt from their site which helps to provide Bloedel supporters with their marching orders in time for tomorrow evening's council meeting.
The City Council of Vancouver will vote on the future of the Bloedel Conservatory at City Hall on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30 PM.
We encourage everyone to protest in person on the steps of Vancouver City Hall at Cambie Street and 12th Avenue West, at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 3rd.
Please make and bring signs that say "Save Our Conservatory".
We want a big presence, to show our city councillors that we are serious about saving the Bloedel. Please bring $5 bills with sticky notes on them that say "Save Our Conservatory". These bills will be placed before the Council just before the meeting starts as a visual show of support for media cameras. The more bills, the better the visual.
If you can't protest in person, please call or e-mail the city councillors and the mayor. Their contact information is available at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/mayorcouncil/, just click on the pictures for their direct contact information.
Please also sign the electronic petition with your name and e-mail address at http://www.petitiononline.com/4bloedel/petition.html
If you wish to address City Council at the meeting to encourage them to preserve the Conservatory, you can call Terracita Burke at (604)871-6399, or e-mail her at email@example.com and ask to be put on the speaker's list.
Additionally, you can send your opinion about the proposed Bloedel Conservatory closure by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your opinion will be tabulated and presented at the City Council meeting on December 3.
Thank you again for all you are doing to save this very important Vancouver landmark.
City Hall insiders are predicting as many as 30-40 presenters will sign up to speak to council tomorrow evening. CityCaucus.com plans to send a team of correspondents to watch the proceedings live tomorrow night. Follow our live Twitter feeds starting around 8:30 tomorrow evening.