On Sunday June 28 our General Meeting  will include an Expert Panel on Response to the English Bay Oil Spill:

When:           Registration for the GM starts at 1:00pm       Meeting will begin at 2:00pm and end at 5pm

Where:         St James Community Square, 3214  West 10th Ave. Vancouver

Please note that due to Greek Day on Broadway, this is a perfect day to leave the car at home.

Program:    (updated June 25 to include third panelist)

Panel Discussion:

Three expert panelists will speak on the challenges for Vancouver posed by the Kinder Morgan pipeline as well as greatly increased oil tanker traffic in English Bay. Our most recent example was the oil spill in English Bay and the delayed and inadequate response.


Lisa Barrett cropped and resizedLisa Barrett: Lisa is deeply involved in organizations for civil liberties and human rights and fighting catastrophic climate change with Rising Tide-Coast Salish Territories. She is a practicing civil mediator who is well known for her tireless effort as a social, economic and ecological justice activist. She has covered local government with Shaw community television and worked with the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC). A two-time former mayor of Bowen Island,  Lisa was a COPE council candidate in the last municipal election in Vancouver and is the Green Candidate for Vancouver Centre in the upcoming federal election.



Lynne Quarmby picLynne Quarmby: Lynne is a Canadian scientist and advocate for action on climate change She is a professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.
In May 2012, she joined the group Voters Taking Action on Climate Change in an anti-coal protest in which they blockaded a coal train carrying coal from Wyoming to Deltaport for export overseas.Thirteen protesters, including Quarmby, were arrested for trespassing under the Railway Safety Act] She was a featured speaker at the People’s Climate March in Vancouver, BC.
In November 2014, while Quarmby was involved in the protests of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline, she was arrested for civil contempt.The charges were dismissed after it was discovered that she and other protestors had not actually crossed the line prohibited by the court because of a mix-up about GPS coordinates used in the relevant court order.
She is the Green candidate in the new riding of Burnaby North—Seymour and the Green Party’s Science Policy Critic.


Carleen Thomas pic
Carleen Thomas: Carleen was an elected council member for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation for 16 years. She is now the Project Manager for the Sacred Trust Initiative, in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  She has served as a teacher in North Vancouver and Burnaby school districts and is the mother of adult children Dave, Deirdre and Doug.  Carleen and her husband Dave Snr. are looking forward to welcoming their fifth grandchild later this year. She has now been selected as NDP candidate for North Vancouver in the upcoming federal election.


Election for COPE Executive:

COPE has three openings on the executive, two Members at Large and  Membership Secretary are all to be elected on June 28.

This is a fantastic opportunity to serve Vancouver through COPE.  Contact cope@cope.bc.ca for more information.

COPE Oil Spill Panel & General Meeting – June 28