Reel Change: films that make a difference! Two nights left!

A series of four evenings of film
hosted by Building Better Neighbourhoods, 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.

Two nights left!

April 14: Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price: with VDLC
president Bill Saunders and Louise 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

For more information contact 604-255-0400, or


This feature length documentary uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families
and workers. The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives
of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. Producer/Director
Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films take you on an extraordinary journey that
will change the way you think, feel — and shop. Running
time: 98 Minutes

April 17, 2008: THE TAKE
The Take is a Canadian documentary film
released in 2004 by the wife and husband team of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. It
tells the story of workers in
Buenos Aires, Argentina who reclaim control of a closed
Forja auto plant where they once worked and turn it into a worker cooperative,
or as could be argued, a working model of anarcho-syndicalism. Winner of 26
awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Running time: 87 Mins.


Action needed on
homeless crisis

Vancouver has reached crisis levels,”
said COPE Cllr David Cadman. “
According to today’s release of the
homeless count, more than 1500 people are living on Vancouver streets. And with
people dying as a direct result of being homeless, City Hall has to act

The 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless
Count, conducted on March 10, found that the number of people without a home in
Vancouver increased by 19 percent since

Cadman wants Mayor Sam Sullivan to scrap the Eco-Density policy of massive
development in the Downtown East Side (DTES) that allows developers to scrap
affordable housing and build three units of high-price condos for every unit of
affordable housing. He also wants the City to (read more)

Proposed GranvilleBridge truck
route could pose health risk

A plan
Vancouver city engineers to upgrade the GranvilleBridge for heavy trucks and
highway buses could result in more hazardous air pollution and congestion along
the Granville Corridor, says COPE Cllr David Cadman.

“Turning the Granville Bridge into a truck route will channel thousands of
diesel belching trucks and highway buses through residential neighbourhoods
along Hemlock, Seymour, Howe and Fir streets, and expose residents to more
diesel exhaust,” said Cadman. “We know people living along the Knight
St. truck route are exposed to high levels of diesel particulate that has been
recognized as causing cancer.

“Now we are being presented with a plan to turn residential streets along
Granville into diesel truck routes without any analysis of the impact on air
quality, noise congestion or the disruption caused by routing big transport
trucks and highway buses onto the GranvilleBridge.”

In a report going to City Council next Tuesday, city engineers want (read more)

Sunset Community centre opens

Park Commissioners Spencer Herbert and Loretta Woodcock joined former COPE
Commissioner and Park Board chair Anita Romaniuk and neighbourhood volunteers
in celebrating the official opening of Sunset Community Centre.

Woodcock recalls the challenges in 2004/05 as costs were escalating, and how
the COPE majorities on Park Board and City Council managed to come up with funding
to construct the $12.3 million Sunset facility to LEED gold standards.

“The COPE park board implemented new sustainability initiatives in
building public facilities to the highest environmentally responsible

Woodcock and Romaniuk were recognized by the Sunset Community Centre
Association for their efforts in rebuilding Sunset, Vancouver‘s newest community

Province Wide STAND for Housing

WITH US for housing in your community on Saturday, May 3, from
1-2:00 pm.

Homelessness is a crisis in British Columbia (read more)

NPA-dominated School Board make a hash of school reorganization

only a few weeks for so-called “consultation” before deciding on
reorganizing part of a complex and diverse metropolitan school system seems
daft. Yet that is precisely what Vancouver NPA school trustees did before
launching Phase 1 of the UBC/Dunbar School Plan last January.

The result was leaving behind segments of Westside Vancouver confused and angry
at the initial foray into redrawing the school map.

NPA trustees should have been aware that their ‘Slash and Dash’ plan was in
deep trouble when articulate and passionate community representatives denounced
their plan as setting a troublesome precedent for other parts of the city.

It also signalled a precedent-setting change in the funding of new schools from
Victoria, where the province had previously funded in full the cost of schools
such as Elsie Roy and Collingwood Neighbourhood school; now, with the ready
cooperation of an NPA- dominated board, Queen Elizabeth Annex is to be shut and
go on the block to raise $25 million to fund the “new” University
Hill secondary.

What this says is that provincial responsibility be damned as long as we can
squeeze the cash out of Vancouver.

However, despite a torrent of criticism at packed school-based meetings the
current NPA board has (read more)

April 14 2008