Is STV right for BC? A debate on STV and electoral reform in our province – TONIGHT!


Wednesday, April 1st at 7pm
Creative Individual Studio — #110 60 East 5th Ave
Cash bar and DJ after debate
FREE — sponsored by COPE
With Bill Tieleman from the "No" committee and Antony Hodgson from the "Yes" Committee


Reminder – AGM

All members in good standing are invited to COPE’s 2009 Annual General Meeting.

WHEN: Sunday, April 5th at 2:30pm
WHERE: Ukranian Orthodox Hall
154 East 10th Ave, Vancouver

On the agenda:
Members will elect a new executive and approve annual reports. There will be a keynote presentation by David Eby, from the BC Civil Liberties Association, on the Olympics and Civil Liberties.

Any member in good standing is eligible to run for the executive.

Members wishing to renew their memberships may do so by calling or emailing the office and making a contribution by cheque or online at 

If you are available to volunteer at registration or as a ballot-counter, please email Rachel at

Note: Members who will not be able to attend the meeting but wish to stand for nomination, should email COPE’s internal chairperson, Donalda Greenwall-Baker C/O COPE at Video messages will be made available.

Information: 604-255-0400



School Board budgets, budgets, budgets!

The Vancouver School Board is facing a $7.12 million dollar shortfall for the coming year. This is due to under-funding (not meeting rising costs) — a pattern that goes back about 14 years. Getting back to just 2001 funding levels would take well over $40 million dollars. Boards across the province are facing similar budgets.

However, the Ministry of Education will not accept deficit budgets. As a result, the Vancouver Board is looking at proposals from management that will cut $7.12 from the district’s operating budget. While Vision and COPE trustees will do their best to minimize the impact in our classes,  COPE trustee Jane Bouey says, “we are facing the danger of dramatic cuts in services to children.”

The Vancouver Board is also developing a “needs budget”: a budget that demonstrates the level of funding the VSB needs to more closely meet the diverse learning needs of students. Bouey states, “ we will continue to advocate – alongside parents, teachers, students, and staff – and I hope you can join us.”

The first public forum on the budget – is April 14th at Mount Pleasant Elementary School – 2300 Guelph St Vancouver. If you wish to speak at the meeting – call 604-713-5080 by the 12th of April. You can send written briefs and comments to:

COPE trustees believe that, together, we can still convince the government and stop the cuts. It is an election year – and education funding is vital to the future of our province. Economists point to education funding as one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy. Engaging students in safe, welcoming, inclusive learning environments is vital in countering the alienation that can turn some youth to violence, crime and a life on the streets. Public Education is essential to building our civil society.

Contact your local MLA, the Premier, and the Ministers of Finance and Education:

Premier Gordon Campbell –

Minister Colin Hansen –

Minister Shirley Bond –

To find your MLA –

Access and Inclusion Awards

The City of Vancouver is now accepting nominations for the inaugural “Access and Inclusion Awards” which will recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to eliminating physical, environmental or social barriers that may impede the full participation of persons with any type of disability in community life.
There are two categories of awards: Individual and Organization.

For nomination details and forms, visit the website:, or contact the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program at 604.873.7786.

April 1, 2009: Reminders: AGM and STV, school board update and inclusion award

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