An overflow crowd of close to 300  supporters packed the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park for COPE’s 2006 summer BBQ. The annual event traditionally marks the beginning of summer and the end of the spring political season in Vancouver as  City Council, School and Park Board go into their summer break until September.
 
Most were at the bbq to enjoy grilled wild salmon and the spectacular views of Vancouver Harbour. But civic issues  are never far away at COPE gatherings.   And this year’s guest speaker, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan,  touched on a number of crucial transportation issues  that will impact not only Vancouver and Burnaby, but the entire region.
 
"The COPE summer bbq is a great opportunity to rally support for our fight against the concrete and blacktop mentality of the present provincial government,” said Corrigan. “Twinning the Port Mann Bridge and adding more lanes of traffic is a complete reversal of the progressive planning that has made the Vancouver region one of the most livable cities in the world.  While many politicians are caving in or trading off, I still have hope that our citizens will defend the sustainability of our city and the future of our children.”  
 
Among the members and supporters at the COPE event  were Vancouver Councillor David Cadman, Park Commissioners Spencer Herbert and Loretta Woodcock, School Trustees Al Wong and Sharon Gregson, Vancouver Kensington MLA David Chudnovsky, Vancouver and District Labor Council President Bill Saunders, Vancouver Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix, Longshoreman union President Terry Engler, Health Employees Union President Fred Muzin, Western Canada Wilderness Committee Executive Director and former Green Party School Trustee Andrea Reimer, SPEC President Dan Rogers, human rights lawyer Cameron Ward,  and former Vancouver Board of Variance members Quincey Kirschner and Terry Martin,  two of the five-member Board involved in the recent controversial firings by the NPA.
 
Proceeds from the evening will go towards organizing COPE’s 2008 civic election campaign when COPE candidates will return democracy and balance to Vancouver City Council, Park Board and School Board.
 

Hundreds enjoy COPE Annual Summer BBQ

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