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UPDATED: Nelson clarifies banner policy

Nelson city council has clarified its policy around hanging banners on Baker Street.

They will now only allow it for non-profit organizations and only if it’s promoting an event.

Councillor Anna Purcell says you can no longer use a banner just to make a statement.

As a result, a controversial banner that read “Respect human life from conception to natural death” would not be allowed.

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An online petition calling on the city to take it down gathered 1,400 signatures.

But Purcell says anti-abortion groups could still advertise events.

Councillor Michael Dailly voted against the changes.

He’d rather that council make the call case-by-case.

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