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Initiative Petition Approval in Principle.
This notice is published pursuant to the Recall and Initiative Act.
Approval in principle has been granted on an application for an initiative petition. The petition will be issued on January 9, 2017 and signature sheets must be submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by April 10, 2017.
The title for the initiative is “An initiative to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act”. The following is a summary of the initiative:
The draft Bill proposes to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act (the Act) to give ambulance paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers. The draft Bill would retitle the Act to the Ambulance, Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act, change the definition of “employer” under the Act to include the employer of members of a paramedics’ union, and define “paramedics’ union” as a bargaining unit in which the majority of employees are engaged in ambulance paramedic duties. The draft Bill would also remove the right of ambulance paramedics to strike and the right of their employer to lockout during an impasse in collective bargaining, and would require resolution of the impasse through binding arbitration. Consequently, the draft Bill would remove the paramedics’ union as a bargaining unit under the Health Authorities Act.
Individuals and organizations who intend to incur initiative expenses as opponents must apply for registration with the Chief Electoral Officer by December 12, 2016. Individuals or organizations who sponsor initiative advertising, other than the proponent and registered opponents, must register with the Chief Electoral Officer before they conduct or publish initiative advertising.
The initiative application and draft Bill are available for public inspection at the Elections BC office and on the Elections BC website at www.elections.bc.ca.
Further information regarding this notice, or registration as an opponent or advertising sponsor, may be obtained from Elections BC. Location: 100-1112 Fort Street, Victoria; mailing address: PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9J6. Telephone 250 387-5305; toll free 1 800 661-8683; TTY 1 888 456-5448; fax 250 387-3578.
— Keith Archer, Ph.D., Chief Electoral Officer, British Columbia [no10]