The Public Notice ad below, framed in red, was published in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Publishing a Public Notice marks the beginning of the 5-month Initiative Petition period with 2 months of canvasser recruiting followed by 3 months of signature gathering.
British Columbia's unique Recall and Initiative Act gives considerable authority to a successful Initiative Petition. As a result, for each Initiative Petition approved by Elections BC its proposed legislation must be properly written.
Properly written legislation has technical standards for wording and clarity.
Once the proposed legislation is judged to meet the technical standards the next step is creating a title. The title of the petition is created with reference to the wording in the proposed legislation.
The title that arises from the proposed legislation may not be as fully self-explanatory as the proponent imagined.
That is the case with the title of my petition, as I discuss below, in the sections following the photo of the ad and the display of the petition title.