Notice of 2010 Annual General Meeting
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, September 19 at 2:30pm at the Japanese Hall (487 Alexander St.), Vancouver, B.C.
Members will receive reports, vote on financials and elect a new Executive Committee.
The COPE Policy and Constitution Committee have proposed a series of constitution and by-law changes available HERE or by contacting the office for a hardcopy. The original version of the Constitution and By-Laws are available HERE.
*Please note that due to the Society Act, amendments cannot be made from the floor for constitutional or by-law changes.
Members in good standing are encouraged to attend. The AGM will follow a sneak peak and consultation on COPE’s new policy at 9:30am. This session is open to the public and more details will be available soon at www.cope.bc.ca.
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Nurturing Children’s Health Through Nature — a Public Forum moderated by Loretta Woodcock
The City of Vancouver created an Action Plan for becoming the world’s Greenest city by 2020, recognizing that green spaces play crucial roles in supporting people’s health — particularly for children — by creating critical connections with nature.
Commissioner Loretta Woodcock, the Park Board liaison to the Stanley Park Ecology Society, is co-sponsoring a public discussion on the important role nature plays in the health of children. The public forum entitled ‘ Nurturing the Health of Children through Nature’ will take place at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on August 29 at 2 PM.
Featured panelists will include:
Becs Hoskins, Executive Director of the Child Nature Alliance, whose goal is to define a Canadian movement to reconnect children and families to nature. The Alliance works closely with its sister organization in the USA, famed educator and writer Richard Louv’s ‘Children & Nature Network’, in building bridges with the health sector.
Dr Randall White, MD, and Psychiatrist at St Paul’s Hospital, will relate the human bond with nature and its benefits to mental and physical health. Dr Aimee Taylor, registered horticultural therapist and soil science, PhD., currently works as the horticultural therapist at the George Pearson Centre for disabled adults and at a long term facility for seniors with dementia. She is the founder of the Little Green Lunch program for children aged 3-5 and is involved in the creation of a culinary herb and teaching garden at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre.
Alana Bliss, a student in Ecopsychology at Quest University, has participated in research groups to Borneo to reconnect younger generations with the tropical rainforest.
Kristine Webber, Executive Director of the Young Naturalists Club and a WildBC facilitator, will be talking about the disconnection from the natural world urban children are experiencing and concerns about a generation of children ill prepared to address the myriad of environmental challenges currently facing the planet.
Roger Keyes, Public Programs Manager, Stanley Park Ecology Society will speak on wildlife recreational programs for youth in Stanley Park.
The public are encouraged to attend and learn about nature programs available for kids in and around Vancouver
COPE announces new Executive Director and 2010 AGM
COPE announces new Executive Director and 2010 AGM
COPE is pleased to announce the appointment of Alvin Singh as COPE’s new Executive Director as of Oct 1. Singh brings a wealth of experience in policy development, communications, and education advocacy, working with the NDP and other levels of government. Singh is currently COPE’s external chair person and ran for school board in 2008. He has been involved in municipal and provincial issues since he was a high school student, successfully lobbying for seismic upgrades in BC schools.
Singh replaces outgoing Executive Director, Rachel Marcuse, who has been with the organization for three years, co-managed COPE’s 2008 election campaign and was integral to COPE’s coalition agreement with Vision Vancouver. According to COPE Internal Chairperson David Chudnovsky, “Rachel has modernized COPE’s internal and external structures, reached out to young people who now have important leadership roles, worked with COPE’s elected representatives to bring interesting new initiatives and collaboratively connected with community organizations.”
Marcuse plans to return to school for a master’s degree this winter, “I have enjoyed working with people all over the city and am proud that COPE is attracting new members and is the only major party in the city without a deficit. While I’m sad to go, I’m excited that Alvin will be moving into a new leadership role with the organization and I’m confident that he will take COPE in a strong direction in the pre-election year to come.”
Singh adds, “Rachel has done a tremendous job making COPE the home for collaborative ideas that help make our city more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive. I’m thrilled and honoured to carry on this work in my new role. Looking ahead, COPE will continue to work together with neighbourhoods and stakeholders all across Vancouver. My priority is to help COPE develop the best policy solutions to pressing civic challenges like housing and homelessness, transportation, and sustainability.”
Marcuse will continue as COPE’s Executive Director until October 1, after a month of transition with Singh.
COPE will also be holding its 2010 Annual General Meeting on September 19 at the Japanese Language Hall at 2:30 PM, following a sneak peak and consultation on new policy at 9:30 AM.
According to Chudnovsky, “COPE is getting election-ready. We are attracting new members and our candidate search committee is already at work consulting with potential 2011 candidates.”
September 2 Hyatt Protest and Day of Action
In the days leading up to Labour Day, thousands of hotel workers in cities across North America are honouring the spirit and history of this important day by standing up to huge multinational employers like Hyatt who want to take unfair advantage of the economy to hurt workers.
While many hotel workers live in poverty, the Pritzker family, which runs Hyatt, cashed out over $900 million in their sale of Hyatt shares in November 2009. Hyatt shares climbed in value over 65% within 6 months of the sale. Around the same time, Hyatt fired its entire housekeeping staff in 3 Boston hotels and replaced them with minimum wage contract workers.
In Vancouver, 1600 workers at the Hyatt, Westin Bayshore, Four Seasons and Renaissance Hotel are fighting back against their multinational employers and demanding good jobs. The union contract covering these 4 hotels expired in June.
On Thursday, September 2, Local 40 is kicking off a Day of Action with a "Good Morning, Hyatt!" protest at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on Burrard Street at 6:30AM (yes, in the morning!)
Later the same day, we’ll converge on the Westin Bayshore at 5:00PM for a "Good Afternoon, Westin!" protest and rally in front of the Bayshore.
Support Vancouver’s hotel workers–and Hyatt hotel workers across North America on September 2. Stand up for justice this Labour Day.
Together, we’re making history. Join us!
Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 6:30AM
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, 5:00PM
For more info on the Hyatt campaign, visit www.UniteHereLocal40.org
For more info on Sept 2, contact Local 40 at:
City of Vancouver’s 2010 Cultural Harmony Awards
The City of Vancouver is calling for nominations to its annual 2010 Cultural Harmony Awards.
The Cultural Harmony Awards were instituted in 1996 by the City to recognize individuals and organizations that display a significant and sustained commitment to the promotion of cultural harmony in the city of Vancouver.
Cultural Harmony Awards are a unique opportunity to recognize organizations and individuals who are making significant contributions in building united communities. By way of this e-mail, we are informing you of the upcoming nomination process for the 2010 Cultural Harmony Awards. Please forward this information to interested individuals and agencies that are able to identify individuals and groups who contribute to greater understanding, respect and cooperation among Vancouver’s diverse communities. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, October 8, 2010.
There are two categories of awards: individual and organization. Eligible organizations include non-profit organizations, groups or service clubs, educational institutes, hospitals, government departments, unions, professional and trade associations, media organizations, public or private corporations.
Check the City’s website for more information: http://vancouver.ca/multiculturalis/culturalharmony/