COPE and Vision Demand Province End Expensive Forced Carbon Payments

COPE and Vision Demand Province End Expensive Forced Carbon PaymentsFor Immediate Release: Monday, November 14th, 2011

School board candidates from the Coalition of Progressive Electors and Vision Vancouver are demanding the provincial government stop forcing the Vancouver Board of Education to pay expensive carbon offsets that cost $405,000 last year.

COPE and Vision say giving the Pacific Carbon Trust nearly half a million dollars a year to pay for controversial projects like heating improvements at the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa or work by big oil and gas corporations like Encana is irresponsible when the Vancouver Board of Education is cutting teachers, staff and programs due to provincial funding shortfalls.

“We just don’t have $405,000 a year to give away to make big businesses more energy efficient when students are being shortchanged on their education by budget cuts,” says COPE VBE Trustee Allan Wong. “The provincial government must end the forced payment of carbon offsets by the VBE and other school boards immediately – kids badly need that money.”

COPE Releases Full Election Platform Vancouver Can Count On

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 COPE released their full election platform this morning at SFU’s Harbour Centre. City Council candidate RJ Aquino, along with Park Board candidate, Donalda Greenwell-Baker, and School Board candidate, Jane Bouey, outlined the party’s