A Groundswell of Support

Just returned from a week away on business and came home to over 115 e-mails in my in-box all expressing opposition to the cuts to the park board budget and the impending closure of the Bloedel Conservatory and Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park.  There is a huge groundswell of support to keep these two icons open.  I thought I would share (anonymously of course) three e-mails I received; two on the Farmyard and one on the Conservatory.  Two of the three provide ways on which you can voice your support.

On the Farmyard…

First off I just wanted to thank you for being a strong voice against this cut. You seem to be the voice of reason on this park board. I am the sister in law of an employee there and spoke at the first meeting for the employees. I would just like to let you know the workers as well as volunteers have started doing a petition at Bright Nights as of last night and will do it through the week until Thursday night. There has also been a Facebook group created that has gained over 400 members in a matter of a day.

Any advice you might have would be welcomed. I would also like to invite you down to the farmyard one evening this week if you would like to see the petition in action and show your support.

Dear Mr Robertson,

Thank-you for your reply; you are the only parks commissioner who has replied to me so far.  I am thrilled to hear that you voted against this motion.  I wonder if you would be willing to provide me with a list of how each commissioner voted so I can use this to decide how to cast my ballot at the next election.

On the Conservatory…

Dear Councilors and Commissioners,

I am writing to draw your attention to a petition I started on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, the eve of the Parks Board’s decision to close the Bloedel Conservatory. The petition was created in support of keeping the Bloedel Conservatory open as I believe, and I now know I have the support of over 2000 Vancouverites, that this facility is far too important to the fabric of this city to be lost.

This petition began as an email which I sent to the twenty-odd people that I know around town. As I have only just recently moved to Vancouver, I can say that I am equal parts surprised and impressed by the response this petition has garnered. I am proud to be joining a community that values culture, education and nature, and who will speak up for what they risk to lose.

As I write this at 8:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, there are 2102 signatures on our petition. Consider that number when you visit the site. Over the past week, this petition, which started as an email to twenty friends, has attracted an average of 300 signatures per day. These numbers prove more than just the power of the internet: they prove that a lot of people care about the future of this city and the Bloedel Conservatory.

Please follow this link to read our live petition:

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?4bloedel&1

Keep the cards and letters coming in folks!

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