COPE opposed initial Millennium completion deal, and wants affordable housing completed

COPE Councillors Ellen Woodsworth and David Cadman want to make sure that the 250 units of affordable housing at the Millennium Olympic Village development are completed.

The 2002-2005 COPE Council approved development at SE False Creek  as one-third low income, one-third affordable, and one-third market housing. The NPA’s Sam Sullivan and Peter Ladner later dropped most of the  affordable units for high-end market-housing. Now, the City is responsible for the completion of those expensive condos at the Olympic Village.

Woodsworth, who has routinely brought up the issue of Olympic cost overruns, is concerned about the 250 units of affordable housing that are included as part of the project.

“What we are absolutely clear on is that those units must remain no matter what’” said Woodsworth. “Maintaining and creating affordable housing must be a priority for this council.”

Now permitted to disclose how he voted in the in camera meetings, Cadman opposed the April, 2007 deal that stuck Vancouver taxpayers with underwriting completion of the private $875 million Millennium development. However, Cadman did vote for the October, 2008 decision to advance up to $100 million to make sure that work on the 250 affordable housing units would continue.

“We couldn’t have people downing tools and falling way behind in delivery of the Olympic Village,” said Cadman. “Our hands were already tied. Now we need to figure out how best to move forward, while reducing risk to the city’s taxpayers.”

Chinese New Year


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COV Committee Applications

The application forms for the Vancouver Economic Development Commission and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation board are now open and available online at

General information about advisory bodies is available at


COPE Appreciation Night

Please join us for a night of thank you’s, congratulations and celebrations to recognize your hard work for COPE during the election and beyond. Delicious tapas provided. Cash bar.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Little Nest
1716 Charles Street
Please make sure to RSVP as space is limited:
Info: 604-315-2365

Thank you!

The COPE team would like to thank Ibata Hexamer, who has left COPE staff and is now working for Rumble Theatre. Since 2005, Ibata has been doing the administrative and technical support.

Thanks for all of your work and commitment, Ibata!

January 16: COPE on Millennium, Chinese New Year, Thanks, Party and Committee Submissions

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