Metropolis of Surrey bylaw officers issued a violation ticket to a Surrey Police Vote canvasser Saturday (Sept. 11) for “promoting,” says a spokesperson for the group.
Invoice Tieleman mentioned a canvasser for the group, which is a citizen-based Initiative marketing campaign asking the Province of B.C. to carry a binding referendum on the proposed police transition, was at Dogwood Park in South Surrey when a bylaw officer issued them a ticket.
He mentioned the ticket was for “promoting.”
According to the bylaws, “No particular person shall ship, distribute, put up, paint or affix any commercial, promotional materials, poster, invoice or promoting inside a park with out the prior written permission of the Basic Supervisor.”
Tieleman mentioned “it’s type of absurd.”
“That is an Elections BC-authorized initiative petition drive. It’s not like we’re out promoting a automobile dealership or Coca-Cola or one thing. That is about democracy,” he famous.
“I’d have thought promoting could be one thing like a business product, versus an train in democracy.”
The town’s bylaw division mentioned in an emailed assertion: “Officers issued a nice as we speak to a canvasser in Dogwood Park for violating a Surrey bylaw and coverage that precludes unpermitted promoting, and particularly precludes any type of political promoting in Metropolis parks, recreation and cultural services.”
Darlene Bennett, organizer of the petition drive, mentioned that is “a transparent and blatant ongoing try to silence the folks of Surrey and impede a democratic course of.”
Surrey Police Vote has already filed an intimidation criticism with Elections BC towards Mayor Doug McCallum. It alleges “attainable intimidation and interference” with its volunteers.
Bennett has requested Elections BC to launch an investigation, alleging the mayor tried to intimidate and intervene with licensed volunteers exterior a South Surrey grocery retailer on Saturday, “threatening to have them evicted by Surrey bylaw enforcement officers.”
This follows Mayor Doug McCallum claiming he was “run over by a automobile” throughout an altercation with the Preserve the RCMP in Surrey on Sept. 4.
Marketing campaign members have been gathering signatures on the South Level Save-On-Meals on Sept. 4 when McCallum arrived, which was then adopted by a verbal altercation, mentioned KTRIS founder Ivan Scott.
“He was subsequent to the automobile, she moved the automobile off. He was standing there… What occurred, is that he alleges, and I feel it’s absolute garbage on his half, he alleges that she rode over his foot,” Scott mentioned.
Police have been later known as to the scene, nonetheless, an ambulance was not, Scott added.
As for bylaws being known as on Sept. 11, Tieleman mentioned the group wonders who known as them.
“That is precisely the query that we wish to know. We don’t know who’s directing metropolis employees on this,” he mentioned.
“It’s not prefer it’s a secret. We put out on Twitter, and we despatched to our supporters … anyone determined, anyone despatched the bylaw officers to the park to situation a ticket. And we’d wish to know what the chain of command is on that.”
Coun. Brenda Locke, who was at Dogwood Park with the canvassers when the ticket was issued, mentioned “clearly, it has been directed.”
“This was deliberate, there was little question about it.”
She pointed to Scott’s feedback final week that the mayor threatened to have bylaw officers remover the campaigners from Save-On-Meals.
“Someone is directing the senior administration employees to do that.”
– With information from Tom Zytaruk, Aaron Hinks