Reel
Change: films that make a difference!

A series of four evenings of film hosted by
Building Better Neighborhoods, COPE, Jim Hamm Productions and SFU Public Interest
Research Group.

Each film will be introduced by community activists who will facilitate
discussion after the screenings.

April 08: Turning Down the
Heat
and The Air We Breathe:
with Gordon Price of the SFU City Program, Vancouver City Councillor David
Cadman and filmmaker Jim Hamm

April 09: The Corporation:
with author Murray Dobbin and filmmaker Joel Bakan

April 14: Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price: with VDLC
president Bill Saunders and Louisie Seto, from Building Better Neighbourhoods

April 17: The Take:
with John Restakis, of the BC Co-Op Association and Rachel Marcuse, from The
Working World

All screenings at 7:30 pm at ScotiaDance Centre 677 Davie St (at
Granville), Vancouver

Tickets: sliding scale $5 – $10

Read more about the films


Great party at COPE 40th Anniversary Bash!

More than 350 people danced and partied till the wee hours to Wyckham
Porteous’ rockin’ folk and Aaron Nazul’s hot salsa at COPE’s 40th Anniversary
Bash.

As COPE members and supporters enjoyed wild salmon and local East Vancouver
brew at the Maritime Labour Centre, Labour Council President Bill Saunders and
MLA and former COPE Cllr Jenny Kwan opened the evening with a recognition of
the hard work of four decades of COPE Vancouver
city councillors, park commissioners, school trustees and community activists.


An ethical purchasing policy, gender equity, declaring Vancouver a nuclear
weapons free zone, developing the Cool
Vancouver
climate change plan, appointing a child and youth advocate,
protecting Vancouver neighbourhoods from big-box multinationals, banning
pesticides, harm reduction, standing up for students and teachers, and keeping
public parks, public, were noted among COPE’s many accomplishments.

Read more and find out who won the Name Game!

Marching Against Racism

On March 21, COPE activists marched with hundreds of Vancouverites to
mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism.

For centuries, communities have led countless courageous struggles against
racism and the many ways in which it manifests itself in our daily lives.
Although many would like to believe that racism no longer exists, the ugly
truth is that racism is a reality, both locally and globally.

COPE celebrates International Women’s Day

COPE Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock hosted a breakfast in her home
to celebrate
International Women’s Day. Notable women activists who attended
included Ellen Woodsworth, Ellen
Gould, Susan Stout, Meena Wong, Marena Winstanley, Rachel Marcuse, and Marjorie Buchanan.

Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert and community activist Mel Lehan were also on
hand to support the IWD event.

There was a discussion on the historical roots of IWD, and how COPE has
been active on women’s issues such as running the first aboriginal woman (Angie
Todd Dennis), for mayor, setting up a Women’s Task Force, and developing the
city’s Gender Equality Strategy, increasing child care and electing the first
out-lesbian city councillor in Canada
– Ellen Woodsworth.

Participants donated $300 to be shared between the Downtown Eastside
Women’s Shelter and COPE.

Keep Mt Pleasant Centre for Community Arts

COPE Parks Commissioner Spencer Herbert wants to
save a much used outdoor pool and create needed space for local artists.

By letting arts groups move into the Old Mt Pleasant Community centre at 16th
and Ontario,
artists will get rehearsal and office space, and allow… (read more)

Talkin’ Politics – COPE talks about Transit, Bikes and
U-Pass

It was
a full house at the Our Town Cafe on February 11, for another in COPE’s Talkin’
Politics
series.

Speakers David Cadman (COPE City Councilor), Fred Bass (former COPE City
Councilor and bicycle activist), and Tiffany Kalanj (Student Union of Vancouver
Community College and student u-pass advocate), were a complementary trio.
Cadman brought… (read more)

School Happenings

While the provincial government likes to say that the funding for
2008-09 is higher than previous years despite dropping enrolment, they neglect
to add that the increased funding is for much deserved increases for staff; and in fact there is no-net increase at all in per
student funding.

"Districts like Vancouver
are once again left… (read more)

April 1, 2008

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