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Vancouver peace cruise

Bruce Torrie — March 1984

VANCOUVER – The City Council of Vancouver in April 1983 declared Vancouver to be a nuclear weapon-free zone.

In the fall of 1983, Council passed a fire by-law and a building code by-law which prohibit the manufacture, storage and transportation of nuclear weapons in the City of Vancouver: — The city derives the legislative competence to pass these measures under its authority to regulate the transportation of dangerous substances and to regulate fire and building safety.

There is some question whether American warships will be making their annual visit to Vancouver for the city’s Sea Festival this summer. The jurisdictional question is whether or not the City of Vancouver can legislate or regulate in a federal area of jurisdiction — Inter-Provincial Transportation and Harbours.

In support of these City initiatives, the newly-formed Vancouver Peace Centre Society is sponsoring a $100-a-plate, 4-hour dinner cruise. aboard Harbour Ferries vessel The Britannia on Sunday April 29, from 7 – 11:00 pm.

It is hoped that the cruise will raise over $25,000 to assist in the financing of a Community Peace Centre in Vancouver. The Society is presently looking for a location of about 5,000-10,000 square feet, to serve as a Resource Centre, Media Centre, Library and AudioVisual Centre.

If all goes well: the Centre will open in the spring of 1985. The Society also has ambitious plans for a “Peace Pavilion” at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Groups or individuals interested in assisting with the goals of the Society should direct enquiries to 1211 Bidwell St., Vancouver B.C. V6G 2K7, or phone xxx-xxxx.

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