Downtown Vancouver BIA Calls for Civil Protests



    VANCOUVER, March 14 /CNW/ - The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement
Association (DVBIA) is calling for Vancouverites to stand up and be counted
among the current silent majority that wants Vancouver to be a City that
welcomes peaceful protests, that encourages the civil expression of opinions
and that is safe for all citizens to get together to celebrate.
    The DVBIA's call comes in reaction to recent criminal and disruptive
behaviour at Olympic-related ceremonies.
    "We want Vancouver, in particular downtown Vancouver, to be a beacon for
citizens of all stripes to congregate peacefully," says Bill Rempel, President
of the DVBIA.
    "This is a right for all Vancouverites and an illustration of our
tolerance and acceptance of all ideas and people." Rempel says if local
citizens don't feel safe enjoying a celebration of the coming 2010 Winter
Games, for example, what hope do we have staging a Games that welcomes the
world.
    The DVBIA believes there are lawful ways to get your message heard that
are respectful of both people and property.
    "Vancouverites should not let the criminal behaviour of a few dampen
their enthusiasm to celebrate in public," Rempel says. "In fact, we hope it
encourages more people to do it more often."

    The DVBIA advocates on behalf of all 8,000 businesses that own or lease
property within its 90-block area and champions for a vibrant, healthy and
diverse downtown. As the largest business improvement association in the
province, the DVBIA is the "Voice of Downtown Business." The 90-block DVBIA
area includes 2,490 properties, 884 owners, and a combined assessed property
value of $5.6 billion.





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