women’s ski jumping to Olympics, says Cadman

skijumpCOPE Cllr David Cadman says
women ski jumpers should be allowed to participate in the 2010 winter Olympics.

"It is ironic that as
we approach International Women’s Day, we are even having this debate,"
said Cadman. "One of the Olympic principles is equality, yet VANOC appears
to be caving to the International Olympic Committee’s antediluvian attitude
towards women ski jumpers.

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cram City Hall to oppose Sam Sullivan’s EcoDensity plan

After the first night of
public hearings on Mayor Sam Sullivan’s EcoDensity plan on February 26, fewer
than a dozen speakers managed to make their way to the microphones.

People cheered when COPE
Cllr David Cadman questioned local architect Peter Busby’s dismissal of lane
houses as "unviable density."

While the vast majority of
the more than 150 delegations on the speakers list opposed EcoDensity, some
notable figures including Friends of Larry Campbell founder and now developer
lobbyist Jim Green, and former Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt, showed up to back
Sullivan’s proposal.

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choose Spencer Herbert as unsung hero

Spencer Herbert Unsung HeroThe readers of Vancouver‘s The Westender have chosen COPE Park
Commissioner Spencer Herbert as Vancouver‘s
unsung hero.

Described as "young,
blonde and eco-friendly," in the weekly’s February 28 issue, Spencer is
credited with "advocating for the City to purchase the False Creek gas
barge and demanding that City Hall give the Parks Department its share of money
saved during last summer’s civic strike."

Spencer’s comments on
hearing of his award, "That’s hilarious. I am truly humbled and honoured,
but there are so many people out there who deserve it more than I do."


calls for Park Board chairperson to step down

COPE Park Commissioners Loretta Woodcock and Spencer Herbert
say Vancouver Park Board chairperson
Korina Houghton overstepped her bounds
when she committed the Park Board to backing Mayor Sam Sullivan’s EcoDensity
plan, and should now step down as chairperson of the Park Board.

"Commissioner Houghton
should have brought this to the Board for discussion and approval before
committing to specific actions in Mayor Sullivan’s EcoDensity proposals,"
said Woodcock. "As the Park Board has not developed a position on
EcoDensity, it is irresponsible for Houghton to commit the Board to a plan that
we have not considered, and that has yet to be passed by City Council."

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Woodcock leads revolt at Parks Board

(From The Province –
Tuesday, February 26, 2008)
– The Vancouver Parks Board voted down
its own proposed budget last night — refusing to make $350,000 in cuts the
city asked for and demanding Mayor Sam Sullivan instead cut back on one of his
own "pet projects."

Commissioner Loretta Woodcock, who led the rebellion, cited Sullivan’s
EcoDensity and Civil
initiatives, and a
recent vote by his NPA caucus to spend $750,000 in public money for private
security guards to patrol downtown business districts, as projects he could

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parents concerned about plans to replace heritage schools

Vancouver School Board plan to replace heritage status General Gordon
with a new,
smaller building is raising concerns among parents.

General Gordon, one of 16 older schools slated for seismic upgrading, will cost
more than $16.2 million to upgrade. Replacing the structure, an option School
Board staff are pushing for, would cost $12.5 million.

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COPE is hiring a Fundraiser

In preparation for the 2008 municipal election, COPE is hiring a
fundraiser. For the posting and more information, please go to


is on YouTube!

out our new COPE YouTube channel, which Community TV activist and COPE
executive member, Sid Tan, has created. We have a video of our Valentine’s Day
event as well as material from our Ideas
Conference: A Vancouver
for Everyone.

You Tube is at:

Want to get involved in COPE video work? Contact Rachel at


Cabaret politique: An interactive evening of live music, comedy,
theatre, dance and surprise (March 7)

Get your tickets fast! This event is a sure sellout. On March 7th
we will have an event unlike any other event in the history of Vancouver politics. The Work Less Party,
Civic Greens and COPE are organizing a cabaret for you.

Performers include:
Crucial Taunt
Toot a Lute
Maria in the Shower

Where: Cambrian Hall, 215
East 17th.

Cost: Sliding scale $15-$25

Dress code: "Cabaret" (interpret at will!)

Tickets are available by contacting the COPE office at
604-255-0400 or at the door.


Dim Sum luncheon "meet and
greet"- meeting locals and immigrant communities (March 1)

What could be better than a delicious meal with friends? How about the
opportunity to make some new friends? This is a good opportunity for new comers
to meet locals who are active in different levels of local government and
community organizations. I hope this luncheon will facilitate exchanges,
dialogues, mutual learning, networking between individuals as well as between
organizations, particularly to enhance understanding and support of the
immigrant communities.

Past participants includes Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative
Assembly, City Councillors, School Board Trustees, Park Board Commissioners,
community representatives, community workers, teachers, new immigrants, and
even a lord from England (Unlike Conrad Black, he is among us and you would
have never guessed who that person is), etc.

There will be a variety of delicious choices to choose from, including an array
of vegetarian and seafood dishes. Invite your friends, relatives, and
neighbours along with you.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 1, 2008, 11 am

Where: Rich Ocean Restaurant, 777 West Broadway
(by Willow),
(parking underground, bring receipt stub for refund)

Cost: $15 per person, all inclusive. Financial assistance for people with
financial difficulties.

RSVP: Meena Wong at or call 604-603-7447 (limited seating,
please book early)

For Chinese version:

Feb 29 2008

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