Sullivan’s "EcoDensity" or real sustainable communities
On February 26, Mayor Sam Sullivan and
Vancouver City Council will hear what the public thinks about his patented
"EcoDensity" plan. COPE Cllr David Cadman has called Sullivan’s plan
"density for developers with very little Eco." And so far a coalition
of community groups agrees.
The coalition includes the Douglas Park
Residents Association, the Kensington Cedar Cottage CityPlan Vision
Implementation Committee, the Dunbar Residents Association, and 22 other
neighbourhood groups and community associations.
COPE wants a Vancouver for Everyone
This year, COPE celebrates 40 years of working to make
City for Everyone.
organizations, and has offered
voters a progressive alternative to the interests of big money and big business
that want to dominate City Hall.
For over four decades, COPE has survived other civic
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
TransLink ups their pay and shuts out public
Although the new provincial government
appointed TransLink Board of Directors have only had time to hold one meeting –
on February 05 – they were able to make two crucial decisions; give themselves
a 500 percent raise, and close their meetings to the public.
"An organization such as TransLink, that takes money from Vancouver taxpayers and from transit riders, should do
its business in public," said COPE Cllr David Cadman.
Cadman, a former member of the TransLink
board, moved a motion at City Council calling for the new TransLink board to
reverse their decision to hold board meetings behind closed doors and with no
public input. The motion passed unanimously, but is not expected to have much
impact on the TransLink appointees – they are only answerable to Liberal
Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.
Community toppled Queen Elizabeth Park tower scheme
COPE Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert
thanks the residents of Vancouver for saying no to a proposal to build a
privately-operated 150-foot concrete observation tower in a Vancouver landmark,
Queen Elizabeth Park.
"When I first heard about this private
tower proposal, I knew Vancouverites would not support it," said Herbert.
"Erecting a huge tower in a natural setting, and overshadowing the gardens
that Queen Elizabeth Park is known for, and then charging people $10 to get a
view of what they used to get for free, makes no sense to me. Thankfully
tonight the NPA commissioners have finally agreed with Vancouver residents that
this tower does not belong in one of Vancouver’s finest parks."
COPE School Trustees oppose sale of Queen Elizabeth School Annex
"The current approach to school
reorganization in the UBC/Dunbar area by Vancouver NPA School Board Trustees is
right off the wall," said COPE Trustee Al Blakey, responding to the
proposed closure and sale of west side Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Annex, and
the transfer of its 129 students among several schools.
Based on a yet to be negotiated agreement
between the Vancouver School Board and UBC for lease of a vacant National
Research Council building to accommodate overcrowded University Hill Secondary
School students, the Board’s reorganization plans for west side schools is
causing concern as parents become aware of the full implications of the plan.
"This is a troubling and precedent setting
change for the funding of new schools by the provincial government," said COPE
Trustee Allan Wong.
The West End Residents Association (WERA)
is hosting a public forum on the
Thursday February 21, in the Fletcher Challenge Room at SFU,
The City of Vancouver wants to widen the
Burrard Bridge for single occupancy vehicles. At this time conditions are
unsafe and uncomfortable for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Their
growing numbers need to be accommodated and encouraged now for Vancouver to
Eco-Densify and to mitigate impacts from Climate Change and Peak Oil.
This forum will have a panel that will
speak to the various perspectives of this project, including heritage, the
business community, cyclists and sustainable transportation. It will be
followed by a public question and answer period.
What: Public Forum on
When: 7 pm, Thurs, February 21
Where: Fletcher Challenge room, SFU
Details of the widening project at http://wera.bc.ca/index.php?itemid=408
Information: John Whistler at 604 689
0334 or Brent Granby at 604 716 2824
COPE Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock and
COPE Co-Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth are hosting an International Women’s Day
Brunch on Sat, March 08.
Women are invited to join Loretta and Ellen
in celebrating past achievements and discussing the challenges still facing
women locally, nationally and across the globe.
What: International Women’s Day brunch
When: 9:30 am, Sat, March 08, 2008
RSVP to Ellen Woodsworth at
604-255-0400 or email@example.com