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Town hall meeting will shed light on ‘concerning’ provincial legislation

Locals concerned about controversial new legislation coming from the province can get their questions answered at an upcoming meeting.  

The Concerned Citizens of Campbell River are holding a town hall for housing and development, health care workers, and the province’s role in responding to disasters.  

Ingrid Pincott is one of the organizers and says the bills generally give the province more direct control over municipalities, especially if there’s another pandemic.  

“The British Columbia government would have a ruling over what happens in the town, in terms of if there was another virus,” she says. “They really broadened this bill [Bill 31] for more government overreach, so that’s what concerning about it.”

Pincott says the meeting isn’t meant to take any political position.

“We need to unpack the information and ensure everyone has some knowledge and understanding,” she says. “We believe it is essential for citizens to be aware of such important laws and to bring attention to them in a clear and comprehensive way. The goal is to provide a neutral and respectful platform to give the public an opportunity to hear all perspectives and form their own opinions.”

The meeting is Tuesday night from 7 to 10 at the Maritime Heritage Centre and will follow a question and answer format. Organizers have invited local and regional politicians, health care workers and others.

When: March 26, 2024, 7-10 pm

Where: Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway

Legislation for discussion

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