Dear Friends,

This year, COPE celebrates 40 years of working to make
Vancouver a
City for Everyone.

For over four decades, COPE has survived other civic
organizations, and has offered Vancouver
voters a progressive alternative to the interests of big money and big business
that want to dominate City Hall.

With six strong elected members working hard on City
Council, Park and School Board, three staff and a committed Executive, COPE
will continue to be the progressive voice of Vancouver.

At last November’s Ideas Conference, community
activists focused on vital issues of transportation, housing, homelessness and
safety. Their ideas and suggestions are being transcribed into some of
the policies and a platform that will take us into this November’s election.

This month we have held another of our Talking
Politics
series, spotlighting transportation and featuring COPE Cllr David
Cadman, former Cllr Dr Fred Bass and VCC student organizer Tiffany Kalanj. And
more than a dozen COPE elected and volunteers handed out 4000 lucky money
packages at the Chinese New Year Parade. Cllr David Cadman, Park Commissioners
Loretta Woodcock and Spencer Herbert and many COPE supporters came out to
celebrate the Year of the Rat.

In the works are a fun Valentine’s Day event, an
International Women’s Day brunch, COPE’s 40 anniversary celebration, and the
AGM later this spring.

In January we called for a common campaign with
opposition political organizations and groups based on a joint mayor, common
platform and common slate. Since then, there has been a flurry of media
speculation about various high-profile potential mayoral candidates. Others
considering running include COPE Cllr David Cadman who would provide strong,
progressive leadership for Vancouver.

Let me assure you that COPE remains committed to the
position that any joint candidate for mayor who has COPE’s endorsement must be
a truly progressive alternative to Sam Sullivan and the NPA. We believe that a
common campaign is in the best interest of the city. However, if that is not
possible, COPE will run candidates for Mayor, City Council, and School and Park
Board. The Executive have formed a candidate selection committee and all
recommendations on candidates will, of course, go to COPE’s members for
ratification and approval.

I am pleased to announce that Rachel Marcuse is
joining COPE’s Communications Coordinator Ivan Bulic and Administrator Ibata
Hexamer as our new Organizer responsible for community events, public outreach
and recruiting volunteers. Rachel has experience in youth-engagement,
facilitation, volunteer coordination, project management and event planning.
She worked for the provincial and federal NDP, as well as the Vancouver Fringe
Festival where she managed operations, and recruited and trained over 450
volunteers for the largest theatre festival in BC.

If you have any ideas for events or want to volunteer,
don’t hesitate to contact Rachel at <rachel@cope.bc.ca>
or 604-255-0400.

We are also looking for members who would be willing
to host COPE fundraisers at their homes as part of our COPE Salon series.

To find out more about what COPE is doing, go to www.cope.bc.ca,
or call 604-255-0400.

Sincerely,

Ellen Woodsworth
COPE External Co-Chairperson

COPE wants a Vancouver for Everyone

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