More than 150 supporters and volunteers packed a new campaign office at 585 E Broadway to launch COPE’s 17th civic election campaign in its four decades as Vancouver’s progressive voice in city politics.

“This is going to be an exciting campaign,” said City Cllr David Cadman. “It will be the first time we’ve done new media such as YouTube videos, a texting program, and even a theme song. These new ideas, combined with COPE’s traditional grass roots support, will build the momentum that’ll carry our candidates into city hall, park and school boards.”

Cadman and former councillor and community activist Ellen Woodsworth are COPE’s candidates for city council, while incumbent Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock and former park board chair Anita Romaniuk are seeking park board spots.

Bill Bargeman, Al Blakey, Jane Bouey, Allan Wong and Alvin Singh – the youngest candidate nominated by any major party – are running for school board.

“This will be a pivotal election where the majority of Vancouver voters who want a return to a caring and progressive government will be able to vote for a united list of COPE, Vision and Green candidates on November 15,” said Cadman.

Information: David Fields, COPE Communications, 604-722-4775


COPE launches civic election campaign