On March 29th and 30th, we held our 2014 Policy Conference. Policy proposals were submitted by COPE members in advance of the meeting online, by mail, and in person.

At the meeting, these proposals were treated as motions. The rightmost column contains the percentage by which they were passed or voted down. Those which were passed were referred to our Policy and Constitution Committee, which will prepare the platform and present it to be voted on at our Annual General Meeting, to be held on July 6th.

On Sunday, March 30th, during the morning session, members submitted policy proposals from the floor. The results of those motions are at the bottom of this page.

March 29th Policy Proposal Ballot Results

Issues

Proposals

Aboriginal Issues

1 COPE WILL recognize, provide and act on addressing the needs and priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people within Native Community organizations and by the Idle No More movement. 100.0%
2 COPE WILL support the development of the creation of a Coast Salish Village in Vancouver to build bridges within and between Vancouver’s diverse populations. (Suggested locations – Carrall Street corridor – Crab Park or Science World). 39.4%
3 COPE WILL adopt the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by the City of Vancouver. 97.1%
4 COPE WILL create an inventory of colonial place names that have an inappropriate legacy in consultation with COPE WILL create an inventory of colonial place names which carry an appropriate legacy and prepare replacement names in consultation with Urban Aboriginal and indigenous organizations, Musqueam Squamish and Tslotl Waututh Nations 95.8%
5  COPE WILL participate in popular education and awareness on the issue of residential school redress in collaboration with indigenous organizations 98.6%
6 COPE WILL build capacity of local aboriginal people to accept leadership roles in the organization to help promote inclusivity. 95.8%
7 COPE WILL take an equity lens to the underrepresentation of aboriginal peoples in municipal politics and develop strategies to encourage participation in the short, medium and long term by addressing the underlying barriers to access (education, economics, colonial models of government, education, etc). 98.6%
8 COPE WILL promote First Nations/Aboriginal development of their own indigenous cultural values, languages, with the view of changing our organizational structure and policies. 88.1%
9 COPE believes that there should be representation, voice, and vote from each of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on Vancouver City Council. COPE supports thorough dialogue with indigenous people, communities, and nations to mutually determine the best way to carry this out. 80.3%

Education

10 A COPE School Board WILL Implement a “Students’ Environmental Bill of Rights”:
• Support youth participation and initiatives in the development of green programs.
• Develop a targeted Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program.
• Develop a targeted Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program.
• Support the establishment of school gardens where possible.
• Establish a VSB Bike Advisory Committee.
• Establish a VSB Bike Advisory Committee.
• Lobby for funding to build/upgrade schools that are green and meet silver/gold LEEDS standards (eg. heating and solar).
• Work closely with Toxic Free Canada to remove toxic paints and cleaning products from schools and to ensure a fragrance and allergy free environment.
• Encourage and facilitate the use of alternative methods of transportation by staff, parents and students.
97.1%
11 COPE WILL strengthen school facilities by developing a district approach to protect and improve neighbourhood schools, including daycare/after school care space, gyms and activity rooms that meet the needs of the school community, and will lobby for school playground funding to remove and replace unsafe playground equipment. (i.e. secure and boost the Annual Facility Grant). 98.5%
12 COPE WILL insist on sufficient funding to allow smaller class sizes at both the elementary and secondary level. A COPE School Board will insist that the provincial government restore sufficient local bargaining to allow school board to negotiate directly with the teachers’ unions to establish appropriate, flexible, and meaningful class size and composition limits for Vancouver students. 100.0%
13 COPE WILL advocate changing the current provincial funding model in order to prioritize funding for public education and eliminate funding for private education. 100.0%
14 COPE reaffirms its commitment to the demonstrated value, socially and culturally, of a comprehensive, properly-funded public education system based in neighborhood schools where professional teachers provide intellectually challenging instruction in an equitable way, with a view to social justice. 94.3%
15 A COPE School Board WILL adhere to an open, honest and transparent process of consultation. This will be achieved by actively listening to and gaining an understanding, of what is important to our stakeholders. 100.0%
16 A COPE School Board WILL actively advocate for a voluntary, fully funded, universally accessible and flexible Junior Kindergarten program for four year old children. To this end, a COPE school board will consult with its’ stakeholders, in order to determine what such a program should look like and a COPE school board will offer to pilot such a program. 98.4%
17  COPE WILL visit the issue of junk food in schools and look into ways of implementing and coordinating other food policy programs with Vancouver Schools. 90.6%
18 COPE WILL reach out to the communities it represents by rotating board meetings in the communities/ neighbourhoods that it serves. 97.2%
19 COPE WILL NOT be complicit or cooperate in further cuts to the public education system in Vancouver. 100.0%
20 A COPE School Board WILL fight to keep Main Street Education in its current location on Terminal Avenue where it is close to a Skytrain station and transit hub. COPE will relocate the Adult Education campus off site if it has moved onto the Gladstone property prior to the 2014 election. COPE will not attempt to partner it with any other high schools and is open to looking for a more cost efficient venue. 98.6%
21 COPE WILL negotiate with employees respectfully and in good faith without having the objective of reducing their standard of living and will cooperate with employee groups to find ways and means to improving the system to the benefit of our students. 88.5%
22 COPE WILL continue to focus on the need to advocate for public education by promoting, advancing the engagement with parents( PACs), employee groups, and the “village”. 96.8%
23  COPE WILL visit the issue of individual school fundraising as it pertains to equity across the system. (This might entail the requirement that a % of school raised funds be directed to a central fund to be earmarked for needy schools.) 96.2%
24 COPE sees the classroom and services to the classroom as its first priority. COPE WILL aim to support new teachers via a mentoring program. 93.1%
25 COPE WILL continue to prioritize services to students will special needs. 96.6%
26 COPE WILL pressure the provincial government to address the need for earthquake amelioration of schools, especially those with construction that is known to be a hazard. 100.0%

Electoral Reform

27 COPE WILL propose an electoral system of wards and proportional representation be implemented in Vancouver. 79.3%
28 COPE WILL continue to call for financial reform in election spending and limits on donation, spending and corporate contributions and third party spending. 98.5%
29 COPE WILL
1) provide functional grassroots democracy that include peoples’ community assemblies that not only have consultative and participatory aspects, but also have local decision making abilities:
a) Moving toward a community policing model that emphasizes peace keeping and harm reduction
2) Necessary reforms to civic elections in which COPE will work toward:
a) ban corporate and union funding;
b) establish core public funding for elections for qualifying parties (note: there is a need to determine what these are without being either too restrictive or too casual) to be supplemented by individual contributions up to some maximum;
c) provide a mechanism for full and timely accountability for private donations;
d) establish effective recall mechanisms for elected city officials;
e) provide for binding public referenda on major capital projects, including major construction projects and unique events such as the Olympics.
3) Provide for effective self-governance for consultations with 1st; Nations).
69.5%
30 COPE WILL either:
1) decide pre-election whether we are in favour of Wards or a Proportional Representation system, and campaign on that, or
2) propose replacing the SMP at-large system with one or the other and let the voters decide in a referendum.
68.5%

Environment

31 COPE WILL commit to achieving a just, truly self-sustaining economy that acknowledges the primacy of the environment for human well-being by adopting the Kyoto protocols and all subsequent international agreements that are designed to balance ecological and economic necessities.  A key aspect of this resolution would include a clear recognition of the limits to growth and the need for action to provide concrete means to achieve this outcome. 91.9%
32 Based on a Seven Generations philosophy, COPE WILL expand the City of Vancouver’s Ethical Purchasing Policy to include a ban aon GMO products, open met salmon farming and any products and  services that do not reflect sustainable resource use 80.0%
33 COPE WILL re-examine bi-weekly garbage pick-up. The City will revisit this practice and come up with a solution 78.0%
34 COPE WILL establish designated smoking areas with shelters so that smokers can stay covered from rain 65.5%

Equity

35 COPE WILL facilitate a respectful and fair negotiating process, based on the principle of equity and historic inequalities in Vancouver to ensure inclusivity, engagement & access. 95.2%
36 COPE WILL broaden pay equity policies to include contracted-out services provided by NGOs, QUANGOs and for-profit firms, and implement a ‘city fair wage’ policy for all entities hired by the city. 98.4%
37 COPE WILL, in full consultation with all people who have unique needs and/or who enjoy unique cultural characteristics, use the lenses of compassion, empathy, honor and respect to develop, promote and maintain appropriate facilities, services and programmes reflecting those needs and sensibilities where they have been overlooked or inadequately addressed and accommodated. 93.7%

Food Security

38 COPE WILL take a leadership role in developing a transition plan for the City of Vancouver. The Transition Plan will include working toward the following goals:
1) commit public space for food production to include:
a. parks;
b. laneways;
c. parts of streets where the residents desire this modification;
d. community gardens;
e. in order to obtain approval for development projects, developers must include a plan for gardens and food production on site;
f. provide tax incentives for individual food producing gardens.
2) A COPE council will strongly lobby the Federal government for tax rebates and grants to support the development of community power resources. Also the city will lobby BC Hydro to permit green energy generated by communities/individuals to be sold back to the grid.
82.4%
39 COPE supports the concepts embodied in the Vancouver Food Charter and the rights of every person to food security and will work with residents and other stakeholders to increase food security in the city and the province. Through use of civic resources, consultation and collaboration with provincial and federal governments and consultation and collaboration with residents and other stakeholders, COPE will develop a systematic and ongoing programme with realistic and ambitious goals and targets to increase local food production and food security for all residents, particularly children and other people less able to provide for themselves 98.6%
40 COPE WILL work at the municipal level to establish Community Food Exchange Markets to complement and supplement existing Farmers Markets. The intention is to provide a space for individual and collective small (ie. household or community garden) scale food producers to gather together to exchange fresh, harvested produce on a buy, sell, trade, or barter system. The Community Food Exchange Markets also provide a space for other types of community engagement and exchange, such as education and knowledge exchanges, seed sharing, and connecting able gardeners/growers of food to privately owned land available for gardening use. Community Food Exchange Markets will be subject to food safety by-laws as crafted by COPE to address food safety concerns while enabling community food exchange. The Community Food Exchange Markets can serve as a starting point and model for a broader People’s Market for the barter and exchange of other goods and services. 95.4%

Gender, Justice, Childcare, Health

41 COPE WILL consult with sex workers and support groups and develop + implement a strategy to protect the human rights of survival sex workers, prevent violence, and minimize conflict with law enforcement, and work to ensure sex workers are not forced onto the street. 100.0%
42 COPE WILL champion the parental rights of trans-men and trans-women. 98.5%
43 COPE WILL ensure that all residents of Vancouver have access to childcare by creating a childcare advocate and a city child care strategy like Toronto’s. 95.5%
44 COPE WILL:
• State our positions in terms of impact on women and girls.
• Put an equity lens on all our policies and proceedings.
• Develop a city child care strategy (see Toronto).
• Reach out to immigrant women.
• Speak and act for renters’ rights.
• Take action against violence vs women and girls.
• Encourage women to join COPE.
88.4%
45 COPE WILL provide more practical solutions to help immigrant women live in Vancouver through:
1) Fund raising
2) Community/school 3. Education
Culture: Exhibition, Culture study, Culture exchange
Language: Constant conversations, Professional training
Private help: Tutors, Assistance, Mental help
84.8%
46 COPE WILL:
• State our positions in terms of impact on women and girls.
• Put an equity lens on all our policies and proceedings.
• Develop a city child care strategy (see Toronto).
• Reach out to immigrant women.
• Speak and act for renters’ rights.
• Take action against violence vs women and girls.
• Encourage women to join COPE.
100.0%
47 COPE WILL ensure access to pre-existing basic services for all Vancouver residents, regardless of status.
COPE WILL ensure no residents fear accessing services by establishing a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy for service providers:
1) City workers will not inquire into immigration status,
2) If city workers do discover a resident’s status, they are prohibited from sharing the information with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Canada Border Services Agency,
3) Staff at city funded and administered agencies will receive training on working with non-status people; registration forms must not require immigration status.
COPE WILL support organizations that provide services which respond to the unique needs of people with precarious status in Vancouver (including community groups, neighbourhood houses, language services, transitional housing, women’s shelters,
COPE WILL more actively challenge the depiction of migrants and those with precarious status as potential threats to the city.
COPE WILL support the regularization all non-status people; the end of residents, who are often picked up while attempting to access essential services, from being deported; and the end of detaining migrants in holding cells – as Lucia Jimenez tragically was
COPE WILL NOT use municipal funds, resources and workers to enforce federal immigration laws,
COPE WILL make schools sanctuary zones so that the children of non-status residents are not refused education.
93.9%
48 COPE WILL establish an independent Ombuds Office similar to the one in the City of Toronto. 89.8%
49 COPE WILL provide yearly city grants to social movements, social justice groups, tenants unions and advocacy groups. 95.5%
50 COPE WILL enable municipal officials to speak out against health privatization and demand adequate funding of our public health care system in every community. Municipal officials can use their zoning powers and public outreach processes to foster the development of not-for-profit health care instead of private for-profit facilities. Vancouver will stand in solidarity with counterparts across the province and request that the Union of BC Municipalities call on the provincial government to take specific measures to stop the growth of private for-profit medical facilities. 97.0%
51 COPE WILL lobby the federal government and join social movements calling for expanded harm reduction and a public system of regulated drug use;
In the absence of genuine federal and provincial strategy to end cycles of addiction, poverty and marginalization, COPE WILL step in to support underfunded and threatened harm reduction, addiction and/or substance abuse, treatment, and drug user services;3) COPE WILL take a lead in the Canada-wide fight against Harper’s war on drugs and aggressive agenda of mandatory minimum sentencing.
COPE WILL direct the VPD to de-prioritize the enforcement of harmful federal drug laws and will support the continued existence of Insite.
98.5%
52 COPE WILL support heroin assisted treatment programs and explore, as well as support, other forms of substitute maintenance programs. 97.0%
53 COPE WILL increase availability of publicly-funded substance abuse treatment and that COPE seek to not only expand treatment, but to create a continuum of services to address the needs of Vancouver’s diverse communities, to provide service enhancements, and to prioritize service needs. When a person seeks addictions treatment, they must be able to receive suitable treatment on the same day. 96.9%
54 COPE WILL lobby the Province of British Columbia to:
1) Establish a moratorium on any further expansion of private, for-profit surgical and MRI/CT clinics;
2) Require an end to public funding of for-profit clinics, including the contracting-out of day surgeries and the provision of Health Authority contracts to for-profit clinics;
3) Require full accountability and transparency on the part of for-profit clinics by ensuring that they submit to all oversight and regulatory mechanisms currently applied to public facilities operating under the BC Hospital Act; and
4) Expand public capacity by requiring the development of publicly funded and administered outpatient facilities;
5) Require UBCM to continue to research and monitor the threat to universal public health care posed by the operations of private, for-profit surgical and MRI/CT facilities in its member communities.
93.7%
55 COPE will:
• Ensure that police resources be reallocated to ensure full and proper investigation of complaints of male violence against women
• Establish an ombudsman-style body to oversee complaints against police that would answer to Legislature (as the City of Victoria has implemented), with a proper budget in order to ensure it is effective
• 911 records, police decisions whether to recommend charges, and Crown decisions to prosecute or not should be recorded and made publicly available
• Implement a civilian-run police complaints system that is empowered to order police to co-operate and to enforce its decisions against police
• That police explicitly rely upon and incorporate learning from local grassroots organizations recognized as front-line experts in violence against women
85.7%

Housing

56 COPE WILL address Vancouver’s lack of affordable housing the only way it can be addressed: by increasing supply. COPE will therefore approve at least twice as much floor area of new housing construction in its first term of office as Vision Vancouver has approved in two terms. COPE will increase rental housing construction enough to ensure that the residential rental vacancy rate is at least 2% by 2018, and the median real rent paid by tenant households is lower in 2018 than in 2014. 75.4%
57 COPE WILL:
• Support tenant and tenant union organizing for housing justice,
• Advocate social housing funding from senior governments to keep and protect agreements,
• Create a city ombudsperson for housing rights and issues,
• Support tenant rights including funding tenants’ rights outreach workers, supporting a city-wide independent renters-union, and creating a city-ombudsperson for housing and tenancy rights.
97.1%
58 COPE WILL support a moratorium on any further CONDO development in Vancouver in low income communities and the DTES, and communities under-going current local area planning process (4 specific communities), because one impact of development is that property values rise and people are displaced. 92.1%
59 COPE WILL commission three reports:
(1) An investigation into the relationship of Vision Vancouver’s campaign funders + legislation such as STIR and Rental IOU.
(2) A report exposing corruption in BC Housing management.
(3) Full accounting of the costs of not providing homes for homeless.
82.3%
60 COPE WILL promote more housing for people of mental health & developmental disabilities & HIV aids & substance users, with appropriate supports & by addressing barriers faced by all these groups. 100.0%
61 COPE WILL implement improved housing options for First Nations people. 95.3%
62 COPE WILL advocate increases in pension rates, disability rates, welfare rates, and minimum wage, and these will be indexed to the cost of living.
COPE WILL create a new definition of affordability based upon neighbourhoods and demographics.
95.3%
63 COPE WILL Introduce a plan to build low cost/low rent housing on vacant lots owned by the City. Construction to be done by out-of work trade professionals in related trades. A Vancouver Housing Board will be established to oversee. 80.0%
64 COPE WILL develop, through full use of civic powers and resources, consultation and collaboration with provincial and federal governments and consultation and collaboration with residents and other stakeholders, a systematic and ongoing programme with realistic and ambitious goals and targets to ensure the quantity and quality of housing in Vancouver is sufficient for all people to live in appropriate and affordable housing. COPE will: 1) Use the City’s housing agreement powers to apply rent control to all new rezoning developments; 100.0%
65 COPE WILL:
1) Use the City’s housing agreement powers to apply rent control to all new rezoning developments;
2) Draft amendments for the Vancouver Charter to give the city the power to control rent increases on all rental housing in the city under the authority of a new Municipal Rent Control Bylaw;
3) Establish an elected Rent Control Board, with tenant representation and independence from the real estate industry, to administer rent increase adjustments based on increases in operating and maintenance expenses; and
4) Establish an elected Rent Control Board, with tenant representation and independence from the real estate industry, to administer rent increase adjustments based on increases in operating and maintenance expenses; and
5) Advocate that the provincial government implement a province-wide rent freeze and tie rent-increases to the unit, not to the tenancy.
90.8%
66 COPE WILL implement an immediate moratorium on condo development in the DTES. 88.7%
67 COPE WILL:
1) create a process to ensure that landlords carry-out needed renovations that require vacancy without ending the tenancy;
2) On any renovation permits requiring that the unit be vacant, the City will require that the landlord provide:
a) Evidence that vacancy is required,
b) Evidence that the renovations are necessary and not cosmetic,
c) Agreement in writing that the existing tenant be given right-of-first refusal upon completion of renovations,
d) Agreement with the tenant for alternative accommodation for the existing tenant for the duration of the renovations,
e) Payment for all tenant moving and extra temporary accommodation expenses; and
3) The City advocate that the Provincial government amend the RTA to explicitly state that after any renovations, tenants must be granted the right-of-first refusal at previous rent.
94.1%
68 COPE WILL establish a Landowner and Landlord Registry that will:
1) Ensure that landowners and landlords register all housing units in the city, and report all rental units, rents, and rent increases to the registry;
2) Keep an updated, publicly available database of rents in each rental unit and monitor rent-increases;
3) Centralize data on health, safety, maintenance, and tenancy disputes reports;
4) Be funded, at least in part, by landlord registration and licensing fees;
5) Create incentives for more property-owners to register and rent-out suites and rooms legally; and
6) Monitor and apply penalties for vacant or underutilized properties.
95.2%
69 COPE WILL designate enough land for 5,000 units of social housing in the DTES over the next ten years. 96.9%
70 COPE WILL create a Vancouver Housing Authority that will take an aggressive lead on setting targets on home creation and coming up with achievable plans to make that happen, following these 13 principles:
1) Build affordable housing: The Housing Authority will have developer powers to construct housing, including low-end and regular market housing to generate revenues, and achieve significant market share to undercut monopoly developer profits;
2) Build social housing: Use Housing Authority revenues to build city-owned social housing to end homelessness and protect the city’s low-income housing stock;
3) Prioritize: Prioritize social housing units for Indigenous People, migrants, women, trans people, seniors, youth, people with mental health and physical disabilities including HIV/AIDs, and vulnerable low-income people who are disproportionately at risk of homelessness and hidden homelessness;
4) Clear and Consistent Definitions: Affordable housing should be defined as 30% of household income and social housing is by definition for low-income households;
5) Support alternative housing models: Create a range of non-market housing, including non-profits, co-operative, and community land trust models;
6) Universality: Public housing provision should be accessible to a large cross-section of the population to increase public buy-in and reduce stigmatization;
7) Quality: Ensure high quality design – including environmental design – and maintenance at levels comparable to, or better than, the private market;
8) Monitoring: The Housing Authority should administer a landowner and landlord registry to keep inventory on all types of housing in the city and take measures to protect the city’s affordable housing stock;
9) Democratic governance: Independent from real estate interests, facilitate resident participation and oversight;
10) Lobbying: Organize locally and nationally to aggressively lobby all levels of government to fund social and affordable housing;
11) Land: Control of city land-banks, including acquiring new land, should be centralized under the Housing Authority;
12) Indigenous sovereignty: Because of its active role in removing land from the capitalist market, the Housing Authority should be at the forefront of building relations of solidarity and urban land sovereignty with Indigenous people, communities and Nations;
13) Funding Mechanisms: Identify a series of secure funding mechanisms, many of which rely on clear re-direction of development contributions and land-lease revenues, into producing city-owned public housing assets, in addition to increased commercial taxes and progressive property taxes.
95.4%
71 COPE WILL create a Vancouver Housing Authority that will:
1) Construct 1,000 of low-end and regular market units to generate $100M in revenues per year, with the goal of expanding its market share over time;
2) Diversify revenue sources to generate an additional $60M (but up to $100M) annually by exploring tools including, but not limited to, the following:
Developer contributions (CACs and DCLs) could provide $25M to $50M in allocations to non-profit and social housing annually,
The City’s Property Endowment Fund (PEF) annual returns could be used to purchase properties for Housing Authority projects,
Internal subsidies from market units in Housing Authority-owned flats could over time generate $25M annually,
A luxury housing tax on the assessed value of homes over $1.5M in the City of Vancouver could generate over $35M annually;;
3) Direct revenues toward construction of city-owned social housing, with the target of 800 units (at a cost of approx. $160 million) annually for 10 years;
4) Prioritize replacing 4,000 private SROs in the Downtown Eastside with self-contained social housing at a rate of 400 per year for 10 years without displacing low-income tenants;
5) Prioritize social housing units for Indigenous Peoples, migrants, women, trans people, seniors, youth, people with mental health and physical disabilities including HIV/AIDs, and vulnerable low-income people who are disproportionately at risk of homelessness and hidden homelessness;
6) Use its increased lobbying power and revenue to leverage additional matching funds (target $60M to $100M annually) from higher levels of government;
7) Invest surplus in revenue-generating properties (Property Endowment Fund) and Housing Authority-owned market rental; and
8) Seek ongoing capital investment through partnership with the BC Municipal Pension Plan, including using the City’s Pension Plan capital reserves.
86.2%
72 COPE will amend the SRA bylaw to define SRO hotel “conversion” to mean raising rents above welfare and pension level shelter rates. Be it further resolved that COPE should prohibit or increase the fee of SRO conversions based on the recommendations of CCAP. 98.3%
73 COPE will amend the definition of social housing for the purpose of the Downtown Official Development Plan to mean the following: “non-market housing owned and run by a government or non-profit body and accessible to those living on the lowest incomes including basic social assistance shelter rate or 30% of basic old age pension.” 98.3%
74 COPE will take action to protest and refuse the provincial and federal budget cuts to social housing and fight for better regulations and protections for all tenants. This strong stand by the City of Vancouver will include diverse forms of non-cooperation with austerity governments, including leveraging municipal powers such as ability city-wide permitting and zoning. 95.6%
75 COPE will make the enforcement of provincial and federal squatting laws the lowest policing priority and that all municipal discriminatory squatting bylaws, including the existing Political Structures By-law, be abandoned. Be it also resolved that COPE will establish health and safety supports to squatters in abandoned government-owned buildings and properties. 96.9%
76 COPE will enforce and strengthen municipal housing maintenance standards. This includes enforcing existing minimum fines for neglect and disinvestment. It also includes proactive investigations of maintenance, up to and including seizing rental properties that fall behind on bylaw fine payments. 98.5%
77 COPE will enforce and strengthen municipal housing maintenance standards. This includes enforcing existing minimum fines for neglect and disinvestment. It also includes proactive investigations of maintenance, up to and including seizing rental properties that fall behind on bylaw fine payments. 91.2%

Living in Community  Report and Action Plan

78 COPE WILL declare Vancouver a Sanctuary City for workers involved in the sex trade and work with other levels of government to adopt similar legal parameters 90.0%
79 COPE WILL enhance safe, secure housing options and direct support services for sex workers. 98.4%
80 COPE WILL declare warrants or arrests unenforceable for those who are seeking police support against violence and abuse. 84.7%
81 COPE WILL make Vancouver a Sanctuary City by ensuring all people, regardless of citizenship status, have access to city services including schools and community centres, and by refusing to collaborate with the federal government’s criminalization of migrants through the VPD. 95.5%
82 COPE WILL:
1) Advocate development of guaranteed minimal annual income.
2) COPE will support service workers, with a focus on immigrant + temporary workers.
3) Reinstate COPE’s ethical purchasing program.
4)Increase co-op housing for more blended communities and enjoyment of life.
90.5%
83 COPE WILL
1) Adopt the position that sex trade workers have the rights to organize into unions, and
2) COPE will promote organizing of sex trades.
93.3%
84 COPE WILL
1) Adopt the ‘Living in Community’ June 2007 Action Plan as COPE’s position on ‘balancing sex work in Vancouver and immediately advocate for core funding for LIC.
69.0%
85 COPE WILL adopt a harm reduction approach in regard to persons engaged in the sex trade and advocate with the federal and provincial governments to adopt similar legal frameworks, including decriminalization of sex work. 95.2%
86 COPE WILL eliminate civic bylaws that police public space and function to criminalize the lives and bodies of survival street-level sex workers and other low-income and vulnerable people. 94.7%
87 COPE WILL advocate:
1) for the provincial government to immediately increase the income assistance rate to increase at least 50% of the current rate, indexed to inflation, in line with recommendations from the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.
2) to increase the “Persons with Disabilities” rate to a minimum of $1500/mo. to better reflect the actual cost of living and in line with recommendations from the Disability Without Poverty Network.
98.4%

Labour / Living Wage

0.0%
88 COPE WILL add the living wage as an evaluative criterion for green and cultural sector jobs as part of the city’s economic development policy. 98.5%
89 COPE WILL limit the number of temporary employment agency business licenses issued. 71.7%
90 COPE WILL support increase of minimum wage and work with other organizations in Vancouver to demand the Province increase it to at least $12. 89.6%
91 COPE WILL promote and implement policy to foster equitable economic development to maintain and expand the number of living wage jobs. 96.9%
92 COPE WILL ensure a living wage for all city employees including contractors and community association employees and establish living wage jobs as economic development policy city-wide. 97.1%
93 Any building trades working for the City of Vancouver or working on City contracts must have their TQ; Inspectors must check the tickets of workers and record ticket numbers. 84.5%
94 Licensed Contractors: All contractors working on City contracts must be Licensed Contractors 86.4%
95 Living Wage All contractors working on city contracts must pay fair wage / living wage. Some City Union jobs currently pay less than Living Wage, and that this must be addressed as well. 98.5%
96 Employment Every Licensed business must post Employment Standards in the workplace. 100.0%
97 Vancouver should become a Sanctuary City. This would help to keep Temporary Foreign Workers safe. 95.1%
98 COPE WILL NOT contract out of Vancouver City Services. 93.0%
99 COPE WILL NOT enter into Public Private Partnerships 94.6%
100 COPE WILL support organizing non-organized workers into Unions 95.4%
101 A COPE City Council WILL return Vancouver Library staff hours to 2008 levels. 91.2%
102 A COPE City Council WILL not cut hours for library staff. 87.7%
103 A COPE City Council WILL give a voice to staff at the Library Board, in the form of a board position. 98.1%
104 A COPE City Council WILL look into increasing library hours. This includes expanding the hours of the Special Collections department to 2008 levels. 87.5%
105 A COPE City Council WILL bring democracy to the library board. 88.2%
106 A COPE City Council WILL undergo an inquiry based on input from VPL patrons and staff over the new Informations Services model, and implement changes based on this inquiry to ensure that new implementations of the ISV are functioning to increase library service and improve working conditions for staff. Based on the findings of this inquiry, a COPE City Council would look into whether or not expand the ISV to other branches. 81.8%
107 A COPE City Council WILL NOT support volunteers performing bargaining unit work in Vancouver Libraries. 92.3%
108 COPE will
1) Propose an amendment to the Vancouver Charter to confer powers upon the City allowing it to set a municipal minimum wage for the City of Vancouver at $15/hr indexed to inflation, with the aim of closing the gap between a minimum and a living wage (that is currently closer to $19/hr).
2) Advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr province-wide which would place a minimum wage worker just above the poverty line – in solidarity with other municipalities and in line with recommendations from Raise the Rates.
95.2%
109 COPE WILL work on a proposal, with the intent to pursue legislation at the provincial level and where possible at the municipal level, in an effort to implement a viable model of Guaranteed Livable Income which:
– must be available to all citizens, permanent residents and refugees
– must be set high enough to foster social participation and ensure that everyone has adequate access to food, clothing and housing.
– is structured to recognize family composition and ‘special needs’ such as medical expenses
– envelops existing income assistance programs, but not other social programs or services, since some enabling social infrastructure is necessary for overall well-being
– utilizes a progressive tax system maintained for all additional income over and above a certain threshold, premised on a universal demogrant (UD) model: a regular payment made to every citizen, non-taxable, with all other income taxable and at a rate higher than current income tax rates
85.7%

Parks and Services

110 COPE WILL call for more public washrooms that work, a necessity for families, seniors and tourists exploring our city. A COPE Park Board will prioritize building more public washrooms in public spaces, and make these facilities available to all. 100.0%
111 COPE WILL adopt the statement prepared by the COPE Parks and Labour Committees re: Community Centre Associations and Joint Operating Agreements. 92.1%
112 COPE WILL initiate a long-term strategy to redevelop outdoor swimming pools. COPE will prioritize the replacement of Mount Pleasant Pool and allocate Capital Plan funds toward the project as per the outcome of public consultation. COPE will commit to further public consultation around the development of other outdoor pools in the city. 94.8%
113 COPE WILL recognize the W2 Community Centre at Woodward’s as a community service delivery point and ensure its sustainability by providing operating assistance and waiving an amenity fee. 87.9%
114 COPE WILL consult with both sides in the existing dispute between Park Board and Park Associations with a view to resolving the concerns of the Associations. Associations shall be included in future Parks Board Planning. 83.7%
115 COPE WILL require any new housing developments to include adequate new park space as a requisite for building. COPE should also ensure that an inventory be taken of existing and planned new park space. The current City Council and Park Board replaced the old measure of Park Space which was 1.1 hectares per 1000 population with a “Park space within a 5 minute walk” as the criteria. In reality, both should apply. The Park space within a 5 minute walk could be grossly inadequate for a dense population. COPE will ensure that the public should have meaningful input into the nature of any new parks which does NOT mean lip service and a “here it is, isn’t it wonderful” top-down imposition of park space that does not serve either the current or future residents well. 93.5%
116 COPE WILL work with underserved neighbourhoods to build or rebuild outdoor pools in their community. In 2010, the Park Board recognized that a replacement pool in Mt Pleasant was the first choice of a park amenity in Mt Pleasant Park, & is only waiting for funding. There is a public consultation on the renovation of Sunset Park beginning in the spring of 2014. A new pool (outdoor or indoor not specified) was identified as a desirable amenity by residents of Marpole in their recent planning consultation. There are opportunities for partnering with senior governments to provide funding. COPE will consult with neighbourhoods with underused or closed wading pools to determine whether they would like a new wading pool or a spray park. All new wading pools and spray parks will recirculate the water. All new outdoor pools will be built to take advantage of energy savings and non-carbon energy such as solar, geothermal, and heat exchange. 93.8%
117 COPE WILL provide as many public services as possible in its parks and community and recreation centres using public employees. Where this is not feasible, the services should be supplied locally and not by conglomerates. COPE will work with the residents of the Hastings community to increase access to Hastings Park, and in the long run will seek to have meaningful neighbourhood presence on the governing body of Hastings Park. COPE will curtail the expansion of Aquarium exhibits into Stanley Park. It should be noted that the Aquarium’s lease, while extended to 2027, does have to be revisited in 2015. 95.8%
118 COPE WILL work with its partner community associations and the public they both serve to expand and enhance arts and culture programs. There should be a concerted effort to inform arts & culture groups throughout the city of opportunities, and all arts projects should undergo a meaningful process of public consultation where people are listened to and have input into the types and nature of projects. There should be a special initiative to identify and reach out to groups within the city who feel that their cultural and artistic desires are being ignored. Local artists and cultural groups should be encouraged to participate in the design of new parks (a good consultant should be able to foster this so Parks Commissioners & Staff should look at their track record). 100.0%
119 COPE WILL work with its employees, including members of CUPE 1004 who maintain our parks, to identify and implement means of reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. There should also be a concerted effort to engage the public on what forms of the 3R’s are wanted and will work in their neighbourhood. COPE Parks Commissioners will aim to have parks and recreational facilities within walking and cycling distance and will work with a COPE Council to advocate for better access to parks & community centres by public transit. 98.0%
120 COPE WILL work with its Park Board employees to identify parks with invasive species problems and come up with a plan to clean them up. COPE will also involve the public by encouraging stewardship of their parks, including education on minimizing invasive species in their own yards, especially for certain plants which have been identified as “spreaders”. Although volunteers are always welcome, they should not supplant the jobs of Park Board employees, who are ultimately the ones who maintain our parks and can identify where the problems are. 95.5%
121 COPE WILL work with the public to develop a more comprehensive public consultation plan. While on-line consultation is valuable and can conserve paper, it cannot supplant public interaction. COPE will take advantage of its partners in the community associations and other stakeholders who use their parks and recreation systems to identify, inform, and engage people in Vancouver in public consultation, with special efforts to reach out to people who have barriers such as low income, a first language other than English, and cultural inhibitions. COPE Parks Commissioners will work with staff to foster a culture of respect, whether at public meetings or on public webpages. 95.7%
122 COPE WILL advocate for a question on the ballot in 2014 which will ask the voters if they support phasing out the whale and dolphin exhibits. Failing this, COPE commissioners elected in November 2014 will move a motion to conduct a referendum in 2015 in conjunction with the lease review. If the cost of conducting a referendum in 2015 is an issue, it could be held at the same time as the Transportation referendum. If the Aquarium is correct and the voters prefer that the exhibits continue, the current conditions will remain until 2027. If those who consider keeping whales and dolphins in captivity to be cruel and exploitive are correct and people vote to phase out the cetacean exhibits, the Aquarium will be advised to phase these out by the end of its lease in 2027. 80.0%
123 A COPE Park Board WILL ensure that future negotiations on a new Joint Operating Agreement will be conducted with respect for the long-standing partnership between the Park Board and the Community Associations. COPE rejects the attempt to pit Park Board employees versus volunteers. The Community Associations are composed of volunteers who have no interest in displacing Park Board employees, and many have expressed their appreciation of the commitment and expertise that paid employees put into running the community centres. COPE appreciates the popularity of the One Card which makes it easier for the public to access programs in community centres across the city, and incorporates features of the former Leisure Access Card which make it possible for low income people to access community centre programs. However, COPE realizes that not all communities are the same, and a one-size-fits-all JOA does not meet the needs of communities of varying income levels and cultural make-up. The community associations do not all have the same ability to mobilize volunteers or raise funds and the Joint Operating Agreement should provide additional support for community centre operations where needed, without taking away from the funding of community centres which perhaps need less support, but would be hurt if a short-changing of funding becomes chronic. 84.2%
124 A COPE Park Board WILL work with its unionized employees to achieve budget efficiencies without laying off workers. COPE Park Commissioners will work with their COPE Council colleagues to establish a living wage policy for restaurant concessions, infrastructure contracts, and encourage in-house employment where feasible. COPE will work with its unionized employees and community volunteers to define the roles of each, and ensure the security of its employees, while fostering the contribution of volunteers to the Parks & Recreation system, and identifying and facilitating opportunities for Vancouver’s residents to get involved with their community associations and parks. 98.0%
125 COPE will work with communities through public consultation processes to identify appropriate land and resources to initiate urban food forests. Food forest construction (involving design proposals, site prep, planting, and maintenance) will be a community process open to all interested participants, fostering community engagement and local environmental and food stewardship. All food produced in urban food forests will be entirely public and to be harvested/consumed by city residents on a basis of mutual trust. Information about the plant varieties in the food forest will be publicly available to build awareness and encourage safe and responsible harvesting/consumption of unfamiliar plants. SPACES: City-owned land, public parks, community gardens, community centers, city landscape, private property where applicable. EDUCATION: Soil building, fruit tree care, seed saving, beekeeping, composting. TO GROW: Bioregional native plants, fruit trees and vegetables from other parts of the world (representing cultural diversity of Vancouver’s communities), medicinal herbs, nut groves that provide food and shade. 97.9%
126 COPE WILL establish neighbourhood park committees with members of community giving input in the design as well access services under the jurisdiction of Parks and Recreation. 90.2%
127 COPE WILL look to the 519 Community Centre in Toronto as a great example of how services can be delivered to different communities using the 519 model as an example possibility of serving the diverse communities in Vancouver and work in partnership with the different cultural communities in Vancouver to look at providing services in collaboration with other community agencies in different spaces including City owned spaces. 89.1%
128 COPE WILL build a community centre at Hogan’s Alley as a memorial to the lost community and this centre will be not only a place of cultural activity but also a place for support programs and services for new immigrant communities. 83.0%
129 COPE will support an annual Artist Summit. 91.8%
130 COPE will:
1) support a platform of addressing the needs of artists in Vancouver and especially the DTES by creating a Cultural Land Reserve Policy to protect the dwindling, ever struggling facilities that currently exist, with a particular focus on areas being gentrified.
2) In 1973 the Province of BC, with cooperation from local governments, set up Agricultural Land Reserves to protect a dwindling supply of arable land. Following the success of that model, COPE will push for the City of Vancouver to designate certain buildings as Cultural Land Reserves that cannot be rezoned to accommodate condos.
83.3%

Policing

131 COPE WILL implement a mandatory safety orientation for all Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officers, especially new members in the “beat team” 69.0%
132 COPE WILL support the Sensible BC plan for a referendum on the question of decriminalizing of simple possession of cannabis and
COPE WILL advocate and insist that Vancouver City Police not spend any time, money or resources on cases of simple possession of cannabis.
88.4%
133 COPE WILL NOT refer collection of parking fines to a private agency and will negotiate payment plans for parking tickets violations based on ability to pay. 93.7%
134 COPE WILL support a platform of returning to pre-Vision levels of police financing, and possibly lower depending on the results of a municipal “Budget Priorities” participatory community consultation process. Be it further resolved that COPE support community infrastructures and organizations that help individuals address systemic violence in their communities without sole recourse to police and State authorities. 95.2%
135 The VPD will engage in regular and frequent mandatory training sessions on current and historic colonial violence in Vancouver, particularly addressing systemic misogyny and racism. COPE WILL support inclusion in VPD training sessions of marginalized groups, including but not limited to Sikh, Muslim, Black, Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, Inuit, transgender people, Queer People of Colour and other racialized communities. 92.1%
136 Police officers will receive training in de-escalation, and non-violent conflict resolution. This training must include 1) anti-oppression and anti-sanism education, 2) that the VPD make body cameras part of the police uniform, 3) that a system of independent civilian monitoring of police be created. 90.2%
137 The VPD complaints process will be monitored by a completely independent body, with no reporting obligations to the VPD. COPE WILL also explore ways to support third-party independent, community-led police oversight organizations like CopWatch 96.8%
138 COPE will ensure:
1) That police resources be reallocated to ensure full and proper investigation of complaints of male violence against women,
2) An ombudsman-style body is established to oversee complaints against police that would answer to Legislature (as the City of Victoria has implemented), with a proper budget in order to ensure it is effective,
3) 911 records, police decisions whether to recommend charges, and Crown decisions to prosecute or not are recorded and made publicly available,
4) Implementation of a civilian-run police complaints system that is empowered to order police to co-operate and to enforce its decisions against police,
5) That police explicitly rely upon and incorporate learning from local grassroots organizations recognized as front-line experts in violence against women, including transgender women.
94.8%

Taxes

139 COPE WILL reduce the property taxes paid by typical resident homeowners in real terms from 2014 to 2018. The foregone revenue will be made up by higher taxes on unused land held by speculators and retention of capital gains caused by denser zoning.  COPE will not increase fees nor other taxes, nor reduce services. 24.1%
140 COPE WILL eliminate the City of Vancouver’s property tax on improvement value, and recoup the foregone revenue by an equivalent increase in the rate of tax levied on land value. To this end, COPE will ask the provincial government to amend the city’s charter to permit more flexible property taxation, and in the meantime will provide a full property tax rebate on assessed improvement value. 32.1%
141 COPE WILL reduce Vancouver tax burden on citizens and home-owners, and small business. Business property tax increase of at least 2% annually on Business with income exceeding an amount to be decided by COPE elected council based on business income. 36.4%
142 COPE WILL implement a “luxury housing tax” of only $1,000 per year for each million in assessed value in excess of $1.5M through amendment of the Vancouver Charter, and in the interim through a property tax increase supplemented with full rebates via grants for value of homes below $1.5M. All revenues will be directed toward the provision of city-owned social housing. 83.3%

Transit

143 COPE WILL reverse Vision Vancouver’s transportation policy priority that places the convenience of the small minority of cyclists above the interests of the much larger number of public transit users, and will prioritize the interests of transit users second only to pedestrians. 48.4%
144 COPE WILL advocate a TransLink Wellness-Hub. As an incentive to encourage people to use public transit, the TransLink Wellness-Hub would be an organization owned by TransLink which would reward public transit users who maintain and improve their health (through Wellness-Programs and other means). Rewards would be determined by surveys based on what transit users want. Improvements in peoples’ health would in turn reduce healthcare costs, and those cost savings could then be used to help fund public transit, enhance social & environmental programs and reduce government debt. 52.1%
145 COPE WILL advocate making Handy-DART a direct subsidiary of TransLink, and to end contracting out to for-profit corporations.
COPE WILL advocate for an increase in HandyDART service to meet the increased demand due to an aging population, in order to reduce trip denials which have increased eightfold in four years from about 5,000 in 2009 to 42,000 in 2013.
100.0%
146 COPE WILL pursue the principle of increasing transit ridership, for both social and climate justice reasons, by:
• Working toward an (at least) 30% reduction in transit fees and cost of bus passes provision, in the next decade (towards the elimination of transit fares by 2030).
• Advocating that Coast Mountain Transit/Translink executive salaries be capped in order that administrative costs will be addressed.
• Working with the provincial government and Metro Vancouver to ensure that fuel taxes will be waived for Translink and monies raised form the carbon tax will be dedicated to public transit.
• Removing fare boxes for efficiency, time-savings, re-purpose transit police from fare enforcement to passenger support.
• Advocating that the Translink Board be democratically elected.
• Committing to a sustainable transit policy that will provide universal access to public transportation.
93.4%
147 COPE WILL encourage a variety of alternatives to car use through:
– Transit, Human-powered transport, and Car sharing, with a principal goal of increasing ridership for both climate change and social justice reasons, by:
1) Reduce fares to increase ridership and realize economies of scale.
COPE will advocate Sustainable Transit by working collaboratively with like-minded community groups such as cyclists, car co-ops, bus riders union.
94.7%
148 COPE WILL support the eventual complete removal of fares for transit in Vancouver, with any losses of fare revenue to be covered by car levies & carbon tax revenue and the progressive reduction of fares to coordinate with corresponding increases in capacity. 90.5%
149 COPE WILL
1) Work to ensure at least a 50% reduction in transit fares over at most the next 10 years, working toward elimination by 2025.
2) Implement a universal transit pass for all Vancouver residents.
3) Work toward the provision of a subsidized bus pass for low-income workers + families, the unemployed + members of the community with economic barriers.
92.2%
150 COPE WILL advocate a Rapid Bus Solution on W Broadway (Commercial to UBC) with: Prepaid fares, dedicated bus lanes, Traffic signal control by buses 85.2%
151 COPE WILL advocate for improved accessibility to rapid transit and buses for e.g.
– Dedicated seats on rapid transit so spaces for wheelchairs, scooters + baby buggies not blocked by packed commuters.
– Improved access up + down at transit stations.
– Improved siting of bus stops to be close to main attractions + improved pedestrian crossings
– Shuttle service to supplement larger form of transit.
88.7%
152 COPE WILL develop a plan in consultation with TransLink and Department of Transportation to make Vancouver transit improvements. GetonBoardbc.ca “Creating a world-class transit system throughout Metro Vancouver with new rapid transit lines and many more buses will not be cheap. It will only happen if we make it an issue no politician can ignore.” 61.2%
153 COPE WILL institute a fair and financially responsible maintenance, dedication and allocation of transportation infrastructure and budget allotments to accommodate all residents. 82.4%
154 COPE WILL ensure that consideration of any plans to make major changes in use of roadways and other transportation resources will be carried out only after full disclosure and meaningful public consultation, involving full disclosure of all interests, active engagement of the public and inclusion of all stakeholders in a full consideration of the options and interests to be served. 79.6%
155 COPE WILL resist any destruction of the Georgia/Venables Viaduct Structure which provides one of the major transit corridors to and from downtown Vancouver, particularly given the lack of realistic alternatives to accommodate the present flow of residents using the corridor. 76.1%
156 COPE WILL study the decision-making process, the financial cost and efficacy of allocating the use of Point Grey Road solely to cyclists, pedestrians and local traffic and report with recommendations to the residents of Vancouver. 83.3%
157 COPE WILL use the revenue from parking fees and parking violation towards a free transit system in the downtown core. 92.5%
158 COPE WILL continue free shuttle service throughout the year and further, the free shuttle bus service will be extended to run a long English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Spanish Banks all the way to UBC to be funded by the parking fees from the park areas. 87.0%
159 COPE WILL expand and improve Handy Dart service as soon as possible. 98.3%
160 COPE WILL support, through an application, a sticker for the compass card. 82.5%
161 COPE WILL support transit decisions that benefit the greatest possible number of residents by choosing affordable light rail and/or buses, instead of high per-capita cost subway technologies; supports a transit strategy that extends essential transit infrastructure beyond Broadway alone, while moving quickly to implement significant service improvements along the Broadway Corridor; and advocates for regional transportation decisions using proven precedents and smart planning, with careful consideration of the success of other cities in line with Vancouver’s goal of the best price and a strong transit system to support existing demand and future growth. 83.3%
162 COPE WILL guide the implementation of a specific identifier – in the form of a card or sticker – for those with disabilities to display on public transit. The application process for the disability card must be easy, accessible and inclusionary. An official policy on disabled and senior passengers’ use of the Compass pass to disembark via the front door of the transit vehicle must be issued to all bus operators. 91.7%

Zoning

163 COPE WILL combine regulatory measures that increase land values (such as reduced parking requirements) with measures that reduce land value (such as inclusionary zoning). 66.7%
164 COPE WILL address land speculation brought on by discretionary zoning (spot rezoning) practices. 95.7%
165 COPE WILL put a moratorium on rezoning industrial land in the city. 68.6%
166 COPE WILL NOT rezone privately owned land, and will pass a bylaw prohibiting such rezoning. Where sound urban planning principles indicate land should be rezoned, the city will buy suitable land at the market price, rezone it for the more appropriate use, then sell or lease the land back into the market, retaining any resulting capital gain for public purposes and benefit rather than giving it away to politically connected speculators and developers. As an integral part of this reform, COPE will eliminate development cost charges and community amenity contributions, whose costs are currently being passed on to the city’s residents, and only make housing even less affordable. 44.7%
167 COPE WILL halt Vision Vancouver’s program of high-density re-zoning in single-family residential neighbourhoods far from rapid transit stations, and will focus rezoning for higher-density housing construction on existing commercial areas, especially the 1% of the city’s land area that is within easy walking distance of rapid transit stations. 58.2%
168 COPE WILL increase Development Cost Levies and Community Amenity Contributions. 88.9%
169 COPE WILL only densify zoning when a plan is in place to address the many problems it creates. Present planning does not address the following Vancouver roads are a bottleneck to BC planning and must be dealt with. Increased demand on schools, hospitals parks and other public services must be planned for. 75.5%
170 COPE WILL create a process directed by democratically elected representatives of low-income DTES residents to approve or deny new business (restaurant, liquor, store) applications in the DTES. 72.5%

Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver Principles

171 1. Make City Hall Open and Accountable – Restore and improve transparency at all levels of governance through a decentralized staff structure,  meaningful public involvement in council and committee meetings, independent Freedom of Information processes, open access to land use planning detailed data, financial and budget information; and reintroduction of line by line budgets. Restore unencumbered access to senior city staff by news media. 86.4%
172 2. Advance Campaign Finance Reform – Reform campaign financing and related influence at Vancouver City Hall.  Regulators of land use policy should not be funded by the industry that they regulate. Restrict campaign donations with spending limits and to individual persons and avoid contributions that could be potential and/or perceived conflicts of interest. 86.2%
173 3. Value Vancouver as Community—not Commodity- Ensure that Vancouver remains a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable city of neighbourhoods that values and encourages the broad diversity and character of Vancouver’s local communities, culture and people. Planning, development and policy must place Vancouver and its residents above profit while ensuring that Vancouver develops in harmony with its natural setting, retains outstanding liveability, and is affordable to residents with the full range of occupations and incomes necessary for a vital, diverse and  inclusive city. 84.2%
174 4. Respect Existing Local Area Plans and Community Visions – Ensure that the shape and scale of development remains largely consistent with established planning and in harmony with neighbourhood context. Rein in the current preoccupation with spot rezoning that is distorting neighbourhood character, inflating land values and undermining affordability. 74.5%
175 5. Support  Neighbourhood-based Planning – Ensure that planning and development are rooted in neighbourhood-based processes with enhanced public trust and established community support.  Ensure that recent and future community planning for all Vancouver’s neighbourhoods is consistent with CityPlan terms of reference and restore outreach funding and meaningful influence to Vision Implementation Committees across the city. 77.8%
176 6. Empower  Community Initiative – Respect and support local initiative, community service and self- reliance.  From Community Centre Associations to CityPlan Implementation Committees, citizens should be encouraged and empowered to take stock in their local neighbourhoods, realize their aspirations and promote the distinct character of local communities as part of a broader shared Vancouver. 82.4%
177 7. Promote a Diverse and Sustainable Economy – Foster and promote a vibrant and sustainable economy by supporting established industries through appropriate policies and encouraging new enterprise with a focus on high-tech and green economies. Protect remaining industrial lands and collaborate with industry leaders, experts and senior levels of government to develop a strategy for growing a thriving and sustainable manufacturing sector with a diversity of employment opportunities. 73.9%
178 8. Advance Social Justice and End Homelessness – Strive to end homelessness and poverty and ensure that municipal policy and services are effective in protecting and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in our society (homeless, low-income seniors, youth, mentally ill, addicted, etc). Advocate and partner with the housing industry, public agencies and senior levels of government to foster appropriate legislation, programs and funding to address poverty, mental illness, addiction and the chronic shortage of social and assisted housing.  Use authority for land use (and other appropriate tools) to help protect existing commercial and not-for-profit services identified by low-income residents as crucial for meeting their needs. 86.2%
179 9. Make Real Progress on Housing Affordability – Recognize and address the full range of factors that are contributing to the current shortage of affordable market housing in Vancouver and that densification is not a panacea. The analysis and solution to Vancouver’s housing crisis cannot be left to the property development industry and market forces.  Research promising approaches and successful policies in other cities, consult with experts and the Vancouver public, and implement an integrated housing strategy that goes well beyond supply and demand. 86.0%
180 10. Protect and Expand Rental Housing – Ensure that planning and development do not have adverse impacts on the availability of low income and rental housing. Protect and incentivise the upgrading and improvement of existing rental stock. Where redevelopment is appropriate, improve upon current rate of change regulations and implement a city-wide inclusionary policy for new development, requiring a significant and fixed percentage of units be purpose-built rentals (below- market/rent-controlled if rezoning is involved) for the life of the building, or cash in lieu to be invested in below-market rental housing. 77.8%
181 11. Support the Arts, Film, Culture and Tourism – Support and advocate for the arts, film and culture.  Continue to invest in Vancouver’s civic theatres and provide sponsorship to cultural events across the city. Ensure that planning and development recognizes and protects community assets beyond public institutions. The City should work with local neighbourhoods to identify non-profit and privately operated movie theatres, live performance venues, art galleries and other de facto cultural, educational and recreational amenities that are highly valued by the community. A wide range of potential measures should be explored, including property tax relief and, where appropriate, zoning relaxations to ensure that these community-valued enterprises remain viable. 72.7%
182 12. Protect Heritage Buildings and Viewscapes – Respect and protect heritage buildings and viewscapes as central to Vancouver’s identity and the diversity of neighbourhood character and place. Recognize the fuller environmental cost of new construction and incentivise the retention and upgrading of existing buildings, which due to embodied energy and materials are inherently “green.” Support neighbourhood-based planning that seeks to employ rezoning and new housing forms as incentives to retain existing heritage and character homes rather than to demolish them. 67.9%
183 13. Improve Public Transit – Ensure that Vancouver is well served by an efficient, affordable, and environmentally sustainable public transit system that attracts growing ridership. Planning and delivery of mass rapid transit should be regional in scope and encourage complete regional centres to reduce long-range commuting. The priority for Vancouver should be an extension of the Millennium Line to Central Broadway (not UBC), together with and a major expansion of the existing electric trolley network,  including conversion of the 99 B-Line and other high-frequency bus services from diesel to electric.  Longer-term upgrading to streetcars should be considered where road capacity and demand are sufficient to justify investment. 68.6%
184 14. Reject “Hong Kong” Transit-Oriented Development Model-  “Frequent Transit Development Areas” should not be regionally designated to avoid appropriate public consultation or to enable forms of development that are out of scale or otherwise in conflict with local neighbourhood context and/or established planning.  TransLink’s mandate to generate revenue through strategic real estate investments (the so-called “Hong Kong model”) constitutes a systemic conflict of interest and would contribute to speculative inflation of land values. Proceeds of rezoning currently support civic amenities and social housing. Diverting this revenue stream from the City of Vancouver to TransLink would therefore impact the City’s capital budget and create pressure for property tax increases. Transit-related rezoning should not be considered in advance of infrastructure delivery. The City should oppose further near-term transit fare increases and advocate for sustained federal and provincial funding of transit through progressive carbon-related fees and taxes. 53.1%
185 15. Support Active Transportation – Continue to encourage walking and cycling as viable and healthy modes of local transportation with improved infrastructure that must also be in balance with the need to maintain an efficient and well-distributed road and transit network. More sustainable electric and hybrid vehicles, car share programs, and carpooling should also be supported through policy and infrastructure. 78.6%
186 16. Improve Environmental Sustainability – Improve practical performance on environmental sustainability. Expand the current recycling program to include plastic bags and further incentivise or mandate deconstruction to maximize reuse, recycling and recovery of the building materials. Protect and enhance the parks, green space and mountain views that make Vancouver a special place. 79.2%

Additional Motions from March 30th

A. Be it resolved that buses be added to 4th Ave, 12th Ave, 16th Ave King Edward, 33rd Ave, 41st Ave, 49th Ave and Marine Drive to UBC to take pressure off the Broadway buses. PASSED

B. Proposal: Free transit fares for low-income residents. Justification: Transit unfunded by fares will be dumped by conservatives. They do win from time to time. Put a dollar on your trip and you own it.

C. COPE will study and report on a city-wide ban on the use of plastic bags. PASSED

D. Proposal: COPE will institute a property tax surcharge on every privately owned vacant condominium surcharge. REFERRED TO THE NEXT GENERAL MEETING.

E Proposal: That COPE support Vancouver becoming a Blue Community and promote adoption of this resolution. Therefore be it resolved that the City of Vancouver supports public and non-profit ownership and operation of water and wastewater treatment services in our community; and Be it further resolved that Council lobby the provincial and federal governments to fulfill their responsibility to support municipal infrastructure by investing in a national water infrastructure fund that would address the growing need to renew existing water and wastewater infrastructure and build new systems; and Be it further resolved that Council forward this resolution to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for circulation to all of its members. PASSED

F. Proposal: In addition to working to improve transit services, COPE will work to supplement existing Translink services at the municipal level with the aim of improving access to food through Community Food Shuttles. Community Food Shuttles services will be designed to provide transit services to connect individuals to sources of affordable and healthy food throughout the city. The Community Food Shuttles will pick up individuals PASSED

G. PROPOSAL COPE will support social services to allow sex trade workers to leave their trade including but not limited to: a) Housing b) Childcare c) Addiction services d) Training to a livable wage

H. Proposal: First Nations languages should be taught in at least one high school. WITHDRAWN

I. Proposal: 1. That COPE support sufficient money being allocated for Parks and Recreation by Council, and upon forming a majority, implement a mechanism to ensure that this funding be sustained. PASSED 2. That COPE support more free facility space and programs for youth. PASSED 3. That COPE add the ability to the Park Board website and a City-wide community-centre program brochure, to access the information on programs offered at each community centre by category, so that the people wishing to access these programs can easily find the categories they are interested in at all community centres in the city, and choose according to location, fees, and suitability of program to them personally, rather than having to search through individual community centre brochures and/or web pages. PASSED 4. That COPE address the deficiency of water fountains (for both humans and dogs) in Vancouver parks. PASSED 5. That COPE work cooperatively with other partners in the community such as the Library Board, School Board, and non-profits, to foster improved services, integration, and empowerment of the diverse residents of Vancouver. PASSED

J. Proposal: NSV policy amendments: REFERRED TO THE POLICY AND CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE.

K. Proposal: Be it resolved that the City of Vancouver increase the property tax rate (currently the second lowest in the Lower Mainland). This motion accompanies (a) a plan of financial assistance (a subsidy to make up the full difference between the current rate and the new rate) for those homeowners pushed above the citywide average for housing payments as a percent of income and (b) is inseparable from COPE’s platform of municipal rent control in order to prevent a shift (tax incidence) of the tax burden from property owners to renters who possess a full half of the median income of homeowners and who pay on average more per monthly housing costs per square foot in the City of Vancouver. REFERRED TO THE POLICY AND CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE.

L. Proposal: That condominiums, single family and multiple dwelling homes owned for incoming-producing or investment purposes, or property bought or developed to earn income through renting, leasing or price appreciation purposes have the property assessed at a business tax rate rather than a homeowner tax rate, in recognition of the fact that the property is being used for investment / income-producing purposes rather than as an owner-occupied residence, and in acknowledgement of the fact that the property owner is conducting a business. REFERRED TO THE POLICY AND CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE.

M. Proposal: 1. That affordable rental housing built through the Vancouver housing level would prioritize people with disabilities, the elderly, homeless, low-wage working people and families with children; 2. That at least 60% of programme funding for housing serve people working at minimum wage, seniors on fixed incomes, and people coming out of homelessness (up to $17,700 for a one-person household, or 30% of median income); 3. That no more than 10% of programme funding for housing serve households with incomes up to $51,200 for a two-person household; 4. That building operating support would be provided to Levy-funded housing for 20 years. Community Amenity Contributions: That affordable housing would be constructed on City-owned land (part of Vancouver’s $3 billion Property Endowment Fund), and that in addition to income derived from the affordable housing levy, that the City would seek to ensure that 50% of Community Amenity Contributions from developers would be applied to the construction of affordable housing, so as to ensure a ready supply of new, affordable housing for persons with a mix of incomes, in order that Vancouver would not become a city solely for the wealthy. Co-op model: That affordable housing construction would adopt a Co-op housing model, thereby ensuring the self-determination of residents and the livability of their homes (i.e. legally, residents ‘own’ their own homes under the Co-op model). That the Housing Office would work with the Co-operative Housing Federation and British Columbia’s Agency for Co-operatives so as to ensure the ongoing viability of the constructed, Co-op model affordable housing. With the implementation of an affordable housing levy, and given that affordable housing would be constructed on City-owned land (leased over a 99-year period), and given the assurance that 50% of community amenity contributions from developers would be applied to the construction of affordable housing across the City, a COPE Council could ensure that more than double the affordable housing units created in Seattle annually would be created in Vancouver. REFERRED TO POLICY AND CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE.

N. Proposal: Multi-family Property Tax Exemption Benefits The property tax exemption would remain in place for a maximum of 12 years, provided the property remains in compliance with the rules of the programme. The tax exemption is transferable to a new property owner as long as the new owner continues to meet the compliance requirements. Affordability Requirements For rental projects; the tax exemption is available for all units. A minimum of 20% of the units must be rented to households with incomes: 1. At or below 65% of median for studio units 2. At or below 75% of median for 1-bedroom units 3. At or below 85% of median for 2-bedroom and larger units Submitted by Ray Tomlin Referred to the PCC O PROPOSAL On Fukushima: Be it resolved that: 1. The Committee of Progressive Electors calls for the immediate setup in the City of Vancouver via the City and Parks Board of a radiation monitoring system on our beaches, land, and in our watershed. 2. This monitoring system shall measure the types and levels of radiation in our community and report same to the public on an ongoing basis. 3. The City and Parks Board shall gather and disseminate honest information to the public respecting the nature and hazards of the particular types of radiation present, and the many safe measures possible to pursue for maintaining health in the face of the presence of radiation. 4. The city and/or Parks Board shall stockpile iodine tablets to be available for the immediate distribution to the public in the event of a radiation emergency as was done in Europe for all people after Chernobyl and as is currently being done in the USA for a large number of people, but not all. 5. That COPE initiate a public forum of informed scientists to provide to the public the expertise and knowledge explaining the extent of this nuclear disaster and advise us of what we can do to protect our health in the face of this nuclear disaster. PASSED

O. Proposal: 1:1 replacement at all 96 truly affordable units at Heather Place at their current rents a) Allowing for only an annual increase as proposed by the residential tenancy branch upon re-entry to the development. b) All current tenants to be provided equivalent or better accommodation within their community until their development is completed. PASSED

Motion: That the policy resolutions passed by the membership on Saturday, March 29, 2014 be referred to the Policy and Constitution Committee and that the PCC report back to the membership at the next general meeting with recommendations for the Platform of the organization for the 2014 election campaign. PASSED