An overflow crowd of COPE supporters and friends enjoyed wild salmon, great entertainment and stunning views of Vancouver’s skyline from the deck of the Vancouver Rowing Club at COPE’s annual summer salmon barbecue.

Keynote speaker Vancouver Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix spoke about the urgency of returning a progressive government to City Hall in this November’s civic election.

"We have no right to be divided at this time and we owe it to the working people of Vancouver to take on the real problems of homelessness and poverty that are being ignored by Peter Ladner and the NPA," said Dix. "To do that we all have to rise above selfish politics, old differences and petty bickering and work together to elect candidates who are committed to bringing real change to this city."

Dix’s message was not lost on the audience that included COPE Cllr David Cadman, Vision Vancouver Cllrs Tim Stevenson and Heather Deal, COPE Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock, Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA David Chudnovsky. Also on hand to hear Dix were community activists David Eby and Brent Granby, as well as VDLC president Bill Saunders, BCGEU president Daryl Walker, and HEU head Fred Muzin.

CUPE 391 activist Todd Wong’s accordion antics, and Christine Best’s country-blues vocals highlighted the evening’s entertainment.

The COPE Executive wishes to thank all the hard working volunteers, staff and supporters who made this year’s summer barbecue such a success.

COPE annual salmon BBQ a big hit.

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