December 10, 2007:

A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007

COPE members and supporters braved a blizzard and the coldest December 01 in memory to attend  A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007. While it stayed frigid outside, discussion  inside the Ukrainain Auditorium soon grew heated as participants debated issues including transportation, housing and safe neighbourhoods.

Vancouver City Cllr David Cadman opened the day with a  presentation on Greening our Cities. A free downtown bus loop, public  rental bikes à la Paris, energy-producing buildings and  bike friendly streets were among the proposals that  Cadman introduced.

A panel including  CAW vice-president Jim Houlihan,  Aiyannas Ormond of the Bus Riders Union, SFU professor Matt Hern and transportation analyst Deming Smith presented a range of ideas and polices for sustainable transportation.

COPE director Rachel Marcuse chaired a panel on safe neighbourhoods that included Langara sociologist  Indira Prahst, City Cllr George Chow, Chris Livingstone of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, and feminist activist Gina Whitfield.

A Right to a Roof , the day’s last session,  featured panelists  David Eby of Pivot Legal Society, Wendy Pedersen of the City Wide Housing Coalition, Van East MP Libby Davies,  and Alexandra Youngberg, President  of CUPE 391, discussing affordable housing and homelessness. The panelists raised many questions and prompted a thoughtful input from Vancouver- Kingsway MLA David Chudnovsky.

Many of the presentations made at Conference can be seen on FearlessTV on Shaw Cable 4, broadcast at 8 pm on Wednesday nights through December and January.

A full report of the proceeding is being prepared and will be posted on the COPE website.

Thanks to the volunteers, to ethical bean for their generous supply of organic coffee, and to all who made COPE’s Ideas Conference 2007 a success.


A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007

WHEN: Saturday, December 01, 2007
WHERE: Ukrainian Auditorium, 154 East 10 Avenue, Vancouver (near Main St).

9:30 am – Registration

10:00 – Welcome and Moment of Silence for World Aids Day

10:15 – 10:45 – Greening our Cities: with David Cadman
David Cadman is a Vancouver City Councillor and President of the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives.

11:00 – 12:00 – Going Somewhere? The future of transportation in Vancouver
Chaired by Lucas Schuller with panelists:
Jim Houlihan, Vice President, CAW (representing transit operators)
Aiyannas Ormond, Bus Riders Union 
Matt Hern, author, SFU Professor, urban activist

Deming Smith, transporttion consultant 

12:00 – Break

12:15 – COPE Business meetings (for members)

1:00 – 2:30 – Staying Safe in the Big City
Chaired by Rachel Marcuse with panelists:
George Chow, Vancouver City Councillor
Indira Prahst, sociology instructor, Langara College
Chris Livingstone, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society
Gina Whitfield, feminist activist

2:30 – 4:00 – A Right to a Roof: Vancouver’s housing crisis
Chaired by Nathan Lusignan with panelists:
David Eby, Pivot Legal Society
Wendy Pederson, City Wide Housing Coalition
Libby Davies, MP Vancouver-East
Andrea Reimer, Ed.-Dir. Wilderness Committee, former School Trustee
Alexandra Youngberg, President CUPE 391

4:15 – 4:30 – Closing Remarks

A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007 is free and open to the public.

For more information call 604-255-0400 or email


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