Transportation,
sustainability, housing and safe neighbourhoods are the key themes that COPE
members and supporters will tackle at this year’s COPE Ideas Conference.

A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007 will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Sat,
Dec 01, 2007, at the Ukrainian Auditorium, 154 East 10 Ave, Vancouver.

“We
have dynamic community activists leading the discussion on each issue,” said
COPE External Co-Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth. “The ideas raised at the Ideas
Conference will be crucial in developing policies that will make up COPE’s 2008
election platform.”

The all-day event will open
with Vancouver Councillor, and International Council of Local Environmental
Initiatives president, David Cadman speaking about Greening our
Cities.

Going
Somewhere? The future of transportation in Vancouver
will feature panelists Jim
Houlihan,
CAW Vice-Pres. representing transit drivers, Building Better
Neighbourhoods founder and former City Councillor Anne Roberts, author
and college lecturer Matt Hern, and a representative of the Bus
Riders Union
.

The afternoon will feature
City Councillor George Chow, Langara
College sociology instructor Indira
Prahst,
feminist activist Gina Whitfield and
Chris Livingstone, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, on Staying Safe in the Big City.

A Right to a Roof:
Vancouver’s housing crisis,
will see panelists David Eby of the Pivot Legal Society, Wendy
Pederson
of the City Wide Housing Coalition, Vancouver East MP Libby
Davies,
Wilderness Committee Executive Director and former School Trustee Andrea
Reimer
and CUPE 391 President Alexandra Youngberg, take on housing
and homelessness.

"Vancouver for Everyone will be a space where young
people can put their stamp on key issues," says COPE Executive member
Nathan Lusignan. With the Olympics coming, it’s evident Vancouver is at a pivotal time. If we don’t
speak up now for sustainability and affordability, most young people are going
to find themselves marginalized."

A Vancouver
for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007
is free and open to the
public.

Full Agenda

A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007

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