Happy new year! COPE is gearing up for our second year of this term and there are a couple of things that are needed for the office. In particular, we are looking for:
-    a shredder (bulk is ideal, but a small one would be useful as well)
-    one or two flat screen monitors There are many volunteer opportunities available currently as well, from committee work to administrative support. For more information, please email Rachel@cope.bc.ca.

An Evening With Rafe Mair – almost sold out and new guests SûkökVanök  

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sala Thai Restaurant (3364 Cambie St) Come join COPE City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth as she hosts an evening with Rafe Mair, a fundraiser dinner in support of COPE, at the Sala Thai restaurant in the heart of the Cambie Village. Rafe will be the keynote speaker for the evening, focusing on his views of civil liberties and free speech during the upcoming Vancouver Olympic Games. Rafe began his political career in 1975, and has served as a cabinet minister in the government of Premier Bill Bennett under a variety of portfolios including environment and health, consumer affairs and constitutional matters. Leaving Government in 1981, he anchored on of the most successful radio talk shows in Vancouver, and now is a regular contributor with the Tyee. Tickets include a wonderful Thai meal at one of the city's best restaurants, and it's a way for us to help support a part of our city only now recovering from the Canada Line construction.

Plus, we will be joined by SûkökVanök  
pronunciation: (sook-coke-van-oak) SûkökVanök is a piece originally devised by Streaming Current Temporary Collective and Grinke Creative for the Hive- the Newbees emerging artist showcase at the 2009 Vancouver Fringe.  Since the Fringe, the SûkökVanök  crew has helped break in  Progress Lab (1422) and has been gearing up for the major sporting event almost upon our fair city.

Tickets are only $50 for members, $60 for non-members. Email us at cope@cope.bc.ca for more information or to purchase tickets.


Neighbourhood Office WHAT: COPE Traveling Neighbourhood Office

COPE representatives will be there to hear about neighbourhood priorities and ask residents “what does local democracy look like to you?”. 

WHEN: Jan 21 from 3-5pm

WHERE: Laughing Bean Café at 2695 East Hastings St

This is a great location for parents picking up kids from any of the nearby schools and a chance to talk to COPE's school trustees Jane Bouey and Al Blakey. 

This neighbourhood is the third of the 14 ward neighbourhoods (as recommended in the 2003 electoral reform commission) COPE will be visiting to ask residents what form of voting or other civic engagement would best represent their communities.

Free Speech Series: Open Source Policy

COPE will be co-hosting a series of policy discussions over the next several months. Some of the ideas generated at these events will be brought to COPE’s policy conference, but all wlll be posted online and disseminated widely for anyone interested in municipal policy to use.
The first of this series is co-hosted with Matt Hearn and will address food sovereignty. Details are below. SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st, 1:00 pm
The Purple Thistle Centre
(975 Vernon Dr. – at Parker)
A great city has to be an ecological city.
What should urban agriculture look like here? What does ‘food security’ really mean?
Can a real city feed itself – should it even try? Does ‘greening’ the city undermine its social vitality?
David Tracey, Conrad Schmidt, Cease Wyss and Matt Hern
Co-Sponsored by COPE’s Free Speech Series: Open Source Policy

RSVP Required: matt@mightymatthern.com


Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) in cooperation with the Vancouver park Board invites you to a coyote forum that will address issues around urban coyotes in the City of Vancouver

Forum speakers include representatives from spes Co-existing with Coyotes program, Vancouver Park Board (including COPE's Loretta Woodcock), Ministry of environment, Vancouver Animal Control and BCSPCA

learn about:
- why a co-existence policy has been adopted by the city
- what is considered a problem coyote
- steps on reducing conflict with coyotes
- who is responsible for managing coyotes in the city  Dunbar Community Centre Gymnasium, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
 Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Hosted by: The Stanley Park Ecology Society’s Co-existing with Coyotes program.
For more information contact Co-existing with Coyotes at 604 681 9453 or coyotes@stanleyparkecology.ca or visit www.stanleyparkecology.ca

Pub Night
Our monthly pub night is happening again – this time, on Wednesday, February 3 from 8pm onward at Original Joe’s (2525 Cambie St). See you there!





January 12, 2009: Happy new year, Rafe Mair, Neighbourhood Office, Free Speech: Open Sourced Policy and more!

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