To COPE Members and Supporters

With the 2008 Election only a year away, your new COPE Executive is off to a great start!

 

Nathan Lusignan is organizing our Ideas Conference, Rachel Marcuse created a new COPE website, and Lucas Schuller is handling the finances. Carlo Bodrogi is organizing phone banks and planning events.

All of these keen Executive members are 25 or under.

 

Other Executive members include Sid Tan, who championed redress for Head Tax victims, rabble.ca editor Derrick O’Keefe, independent journalist Angelica Gutierrez, labour negotiator David Ages, former city councillor Tim Louis, activist Charlie Demers, and COPE Internal Co-Chairperson Donalda Greenwell-Baker.

Meanwhile Councillor David Cadman, Park Commissioners Spencer Herbert and Loretta Woodcock, and School Trustees Al Blakey, Sharon Gregson and Al Wong continue to do outstanding work.

However, our most important work is in the community: supporting Car Free Day, marching with Pride, rallying to stop fare hikes that hurt students and the unemployed, and meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing. During the civic strike, COPE organized rallies and joined workers on picket lines at libraries and community centres.

I can also report that COPE is working to bring together a broad coalition of people and organizations who want to defeat Sam Sullivan and the NPA in 2008. To achieve that, we are meeting with Vision Vancouver and discussing initiatives such as a unified campaign, a single mayoral candidate and joint electoral strategies.

On December 01, we will begin developing our policies and platform at A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007. I invite you to share your ideas on how we address housing and homelessness, transportation, the arts, and building safe and strong communities.

For more on the Ideas Conference see below, or go to http://www.cope.bc.ca.

 

I encourage those interested in running for Council, Park and School Board to work with us in developing these policies.

 

Together we can win back the city!

Ellen Woodsworth
COPE External Co-Chairperson
A Vancouver for Everyone:

COPE Ideas Conference 2007

Transportation, sustainability, housing and safe neighbourhoods are the key themes that COPE members and supporters will tackle at this year’s COPE Ideas Conference.

A Vancouver for Everyone: COPE Ideas Conference 2007 will be held from 10 am to 5 pm onSat, Dec 01, 2007, at the Ukrainian Auditorium, 154 East 10 Ave, Vancouver, with registration starting at 9:30 am.

“We have dynamic community activists leading the discussion on each issue,” said COPE External Co-Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth. “The ideas raised at the Ideas Conference will be crucial in developing policies that will make up COPE’s 2008 election platform.”

The all-day event will open with Vancouver Councillor, and International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives president, David Cadman speaking about Greening our Cities.

Going Somewhere? The future of transportation in Vancouver will feature panelists Jim Houlihan, CAW Vice-Pres. representing transit drivers, former City Councillor Anne Roberts, urban activist Matt Hern, and a representative of the Bus Riders Union.

The afternoon will feature City Councillor George Chow, sociology professor Indira Prahst, feminist activist Gina Whitfield and Chris Livingstone, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society,on Staying Safe in the Big City.

 

A Right to a Roof: Vancouver’s housing crisis, will see panelists David Eby of the Pivot Legal Society, Wendy Pederson of the City Wide Housing Coalition, Vancouver East MP Libby Davies, former School Trustee Andrea Reimer and CUPE 391 President Alexandra Youngberg, take on housing and homelessness.

Vancouver for Everyone will be a space where young people can put their stamp on key issues,” says COPE Executive member Nathan Lusignan.”With the Olympics coming, its evident Vancouver is at a pivotal time. If we don’t speak up now for sustainability and affordability most young people are going to find themselves marginalized.”

Registration opens at 9:30 am. Sessions begin at 10 am.

For more information, go to: Ideas Conference, or call 604-255-0400 or email cope@cope.bc.ca.

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

Park Board benefit celebrates three decades of “greening Vancouver.”

More than 150 COPE members and supporters packed the Flamingo Restaurant on a balmy November 08 evening to celebrate three decades of Park Board achievements.

 

Rousing applause greeted past Park Commissioners Eva Riccius and Lyndsay Poaps and candidates Dan Rogers, Mel Lehan, Phil Rankin, Peter Marcus and Ellen Woodsworth as they shared the stage with current Commissioners Spencer Herbert and Loretta Woodcock.

Former Commissioners Anita Romaniuk, Heather Deal, Tim Louis and Dermot Foley were unable to attend but did send messages that were read out.

A highlight of the evening were the inspiring words of keynote speaker Carmen Mills who described her experiences organizing Car Free Day on Commercial Drive and the community-based Gateway campaign.

 

COPE Newsletter Nov 15, 2007