What has led to our current housing affordability crisis? What can we do now? What is happening in Vancouver at the grassroots level?
To learn more about these issues, come to our General Meeting on Sunday, February 28

WHERE: Marpole Community Centre at 990 West 59th Avenue (see map)

WHEN: Meeting is from 2:00pm to 4:30pm Registration starts at 1:00pm

WHAT: The meeting will include a keynote presentation by David Ley on ‘Housing booms in gateway cities: implications for affordability’,and a Vancouver Round-Up in which presenters will move from table to table for small group presentations. These will be followed by a business meeting at which we will address previously announced resolutions and fill some vacancies on the executive. Before the General Meeting, there will also be a meeting of the Equity Caucuses from 12:45pm to 1:45pm (see below for more info about this Equity Plenary).

Keynote Presenter: David Ley

DavidLey David Ley,has been Professor of Geography at UBC for 30 years focusing on urban geography, especially such issues as gentrification, immigration and housing and neighbourhood dynamics. His last book, Millionaire Migrants, examined the wealthy migrants who have landed in Vancouver from East Asia since the 1980s. His current book project,Housing Bubbles in Gateway Cities, is looking at housing markets, affordability and public policy in five gateway cities, one of which is Vancouver.

There will be an open mike for questions after his presentation.

Professor Ley’s presentation will be followed by our Vancouver Round Up on what is happening at the neighbourhood level as we all respond to rampant development in our communities. Presenters will move from table to table for small group presentations, discussions and Q and A. Every table will have hear all presenters.

Round Table Presenters:

1.President Mike Burdick and director Albert Leung of the Marpole Community Centre – on the struggle to save their neighbourhood.
2. Marilyn Hogan – a dedicated neighbourhood activist in Norquay will talk about the implications of rezoning.
3. Arielle Yip and Chanel Ly – Inspired by the Chinatown Action Group, Arielle and Chanel now advocate and organize with a social justice lens where they live in the Joyce Street Neighbourhood.
4. Imtiaz Popat – will share with us the threats that mean an Uncertain Future for the Punjabi Market.
5. Larry Benge – Co Chair of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods and active resident of Kitsilano, Larry will share the threats and opportunities for this venerable neighbourhood.

Resolutions and Elections


That the COPE by-Laws be amended to change Part5-1f (the description of the Fundraiser position)
from “f) the fundraiser, who shall organize, produce and supervise fundraising plans and events, chair the fundraising committee and be a member of the finance committee.”
to “f) the fundraiser, who shall monitor COPE’s fundraising capacity and opportunities, recommend fundraising plans and events and supervise the implementation of those that are approved, chair the fundraising committee, and be a member of the finance committee.”

That the COPE by-Laws be amended to change Part3-2 (re notice of meetings and motions) as follows:
immediately after “These meeting notices shall be given in writing” insert the words “to all members in good standing”,and in the second paragraph (about notice of motions) insert the word “similarly” immediately before the word “submitted”.

There will also be ELECTIONS as follows:

for the position of Fundraiser, with term ending at the 2016 AGM
for the position of Recording Secretary, with term ending at the 2016 AGM
and for two Member-at-Large positions one ending at the 2016 AGM and one in 2017

N.B. Please note that our next General Meeting, which will be our Equity Conference, will be held on Sunday April 17 in the neighbourhood house at 5288 Joyce St. (2 blocks from the Joyce Collingwood Skytrain Station – see map)

*Equity Plenary

On the day of every COPE General Meeting there will be an Equity Plenary organized by the Equity/ Diversity Oversight Committee.

WHO: Members of Equity-seeking Groups and Allies are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHAT: The Equity Plenary is an opportunity for Members of Equity-seeking Groups and Allies to get together to network and discuss Equity Issues within COPE and in the Community, meet the EDOC and Equity Representatives on the Executive and raise issues and concerns. Some members may choose to self identify and sign up to participate in the Indigenous, Racialized,Disability, LGBPQ2S and/or Transgender Caucuses. There are 5 Equity Representatives to the COPE Executive, selected by the relevant Caucus and ratified by the General Meeting. Where there is an existing vacancy members of the relevant equity-seeking group attending this meeting may caucus to select a Representative to be ratified at the general meeting

WHEN: Unless otherwise specified, the Equity Plenary will be 1 hour in duration, and will take place prior to the start of the General Meeting, at the meeting location, with a 15 minute break prior to the meeting.

Join Us on Sunday to Discuss the Housing Affordability Crisis