Youth Rally Against the Cuts — TODAY!
A final reminder about this important youth-driven rally. COPE’s Alvin Singh will be speaking.
4:00-7:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
COPE’s Annual Summer Solstice BBQ!
You are cordially invited to the Annual COPE
Solstice BBQ to be held this year on June 21st, 2010. As with past events, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Vancouver Rowing Club (450 Stanley Park Drive).
There will be entertainment, a silent auction and a cash bar to accompany a superb BBQ
The evening will be emceed by Charles Demers and our keynote is Councillor Jaimie McEvoy, whose efforts led to the passing of Canada’s first Living Wage policy in New Westminster.
Tickets are $60 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Aaron
Eddie, COPE’s Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you on June 21st!
We are saddened by the loss of
long-time COPE pioneer,
activist and leader John Church. We will publish a celebration and
appreciation of John’s life in a future newsletter. The following was
published in the Vancouver Sun today:
John Born Victoria, January 23, 1924, predeceased by his beloved younger
Eric; survived by his devoted wife, Shirley, of 60+ years, three
children, Paul, (Patti), Rowena and Robyn, and ten equally marvelous
grandchildren, Matthew, Douglas, Amanda, Rebecca, Adam, Julian, Jesse,
Eric and Allison. In addition to his family, John received many honors
long life. Private family service. Any contributions to the Heart and
Foundation as well as John’s political concerns COPE and/or NDP would be
COPE in the Vancouver Sun
*The following was published in the Vancouver Sun today, but not in its entirety. The full text is below and will be on the Sun website.
During the 2008 municipal election campaign COPE members and supporters were pleased to co-operate with Vision Vancouver in defeating the NPA. Now, eighteen months later, what is our assessment of the Vision majority at city council?
Unlike some who have recently appeared in the pages of the Sun, we are neither uncritical in our praise, nor are we sarcastic and demeaning in our criticism. For COPE, council needs to be judged on how well it has served middle class, working people and poor and marginalized Vancouver residents. The record is mixed.
COPE councilors strongly supported the Mayor when he made action on the homelessness crisis his first priority. The increase in temporary emergency shelter beds has made a real difference in the lives of hundreds of our neighbours who have nowhere to live.
We support and work with Mayor Robertson and his majority for much of their attention to the environment. The increase in cycling infrastructure is a welcome initiative that follows from work the COPE council started in 2002. The focus on green economic development is a good one. The curbside composting program will make a real difference when it comes to waste management, and support for community gardens is an advance both for food security and for community development.
We also commend the Mayor for his advocacy at the federal level for increased resources for public transit. At a time when the demand for affordable and convenient transit is increasing and Translink can’t begin to keep up with costs, we need the Mayor to continue to speak for us at the provincial and national levels.
After the election, COPE said we would support Vision when we could, and criticize them and propose alternatives when we saw things differently. We promised our criticisms, when we made them, would be respectful and businesslike. And that’s just what we’ve done. Nobody is served when legitimate policy differences turn into personal attacks.
Below are just a few examples of issues which could have been better handled by the Vision majority.
Only COPE Councilors opposed Vision’s tax shift from businesses to residences. Vision’s continuation of NPA policy means homeowners and renters are bearing an increasing proportion of the cost of city services – even in light of Vancouver being one of the most tax-friendly cities for business in the world. COPE also proposed amendments to the budget that would have saved services and jobs.
While this week’s agreement regarding housing is certainly welcome, there’s no new money from the province — the 14 affordable housing sites were promised long ago. COPE and housing advocates demanded both a timeline on the 14 housing sites and that 224 units of affordable family housing, shut down by the province at Little Mountain, be re-opened until the redevelopment plan there was ready to go.
Vision made an error last summer when they brought in changes that would have constrained civil liberties during the Olympics. So we were pleased they eventually bowed to pressure from the community and from COPE and amended many of their proposed by-law provisions.
Too much of the public’s money was spent on free tickets to the Olympics. At a time when city services were being reduced and city staff cut, council could have been much more careful with scarce resources. COPE councilors didn’t accept free tickets.
Only COPE councilors opposed Vision’s plan for re-development of Hastings Park, which will reduce green space promised to the neighbourhood. Residents who have spent hundreds of hours of volunteer time on “visioning” committees and processes that held out the promise of real community involvement in planning across the city, increasingly report their frustration that their advice is being ignored. The pattern is being repeated in neighbourhoods across the city, like in the West End, where rezonings are taking place without sufficient community engagement.
COPE has proposed a series of alternatives and innovative policies including wireless internet access in civic buildings, campaign finance reform, scooter parking, a curbside “freebie” program, car-free streets downtown (in lieu of the Summer Spaces program which COPE opposed putting on hold for a year), advocacy for the arts and increased public engagement to name just a few. Some of this work has been supported by Vision and some hasn’t. As the second largest voice on council, we will continue to push Vision to tackle truly progressive policy.
Vancouver residents will be looking to city council in the second half of its mandate to meet their real needs. Housing that ordinary families, seniors and young people can afford, inexpensive, convenient public transit, and real community engagement – these are the measures by which the council will be assessed. They are the benchmarks by which we at COPE, as we always have, will use to guide our actions.
– David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth are COPE city councilors
Little Mountain Public Meeting — Wednesday, June 2
As you may
know, the Little Mountain Social Housing Complex has been
obliterated (except for one row of townhouses where 4 households
The developer, Holborn, and the City of Vancouver have
started public consultations
regarding the future development and re-zoning of the site. A number of
meetings with different “stakeholders” have been held to date.
Wednesday, June 2, the Riley Park / South Cambie Community Visions
Housing Sub-Committee will be hosting a neighborhood meeting at General
Brock School, 33rd and Main at 6:30 PM to get community input about the
future of Little Mountain.
We encourage neighbours and supporters
of Little Mountain and all those who care about social housing and
affordable housing in Vancouver to attend.
– co-sponsored by COPE
DUKOT (Desaparecidos), a film about the worsening human-rights situation
in the Philippines, screens in Vancouver on June 3 and 4 at UBC Robson
Square and on June 6 at the Vancouver Public Library,Alma Vandusen &
Peter McKay room on 350 West Georgia, Vancouver. DUKOT is based on true
Vancouver will be the last stop of the Canada-wide
DUKOT film tour. It will have been shown in Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal
and Ottawa. In Vancouver, the film screenings will be at:
ROBSON SQUARE (Theatre C300)
800 Robson St., Vancouver, B.C.
June 3, 2010 (6:30pm) and
Friday, June 4, 2010 (6:30pm)
ALMA VANDUSEN & PETER MCKAY ROOMS
Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 (6:30 p.m.)
$15. A public forum will follow each screening with our “DUKOT” guests:
Dennis Evangelista (producer), Boni Ilagan (scriptwriter), Allen Dizon
(the lead actor) and Melissa Roxas, who survived her abduction and
torture in the Philippines.
For tickets and sponsorship details,
contact Angelina Maranan-Claver (778.990.4781) or Erie Maestro
(604.732.4131), email email@example.com, for more information.
DUKOT (Desaparecidos) Film Tour Activities in Vancouver 2010
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~ Press Conference with Dukot film resource
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Wednesday, June 2, 10:00
a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
W2 Culture and Media House
W2 Storyeum, 151
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1E1
Co-sponsors: The Coalition of
Progressive Electors (COPE) and W2 Community Media Arts Society
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Art Beyond Barriers- Art Petition for the Morong 43
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Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
6106 Fraser St., at E45th St., Vancouver, B.C.
Beyond Barriers is a Live Art Petition made through different forms of
art: visual, music, voice, written word, spoken word, movement, and
theater. We invite concerned artists, communities, and human rights
supporters to create art in the spirit of collaboration and in support
for human rights. This is also an activity in support of the
international campaign to free the detained 43 health workers in the
Philippines who continue to be held in detention. People do not need to
be artists to participate and all ages are welcome.
Mable Elmore, Vancouver-Kensington MLA, NDP, Bert Monterona, a
Vancouver-based visual artist, educator, and cultural worker, and
Melissa Roxas, a US-based poet, artist, and human rights activist.
Canada tour of the DUKOT film aims to bring public awareness of the
political killings in the Philippines. Since 2001, over 200 cases of
enforced disappearances and more than 1,000 cases of extrajudicial
killings have been documented in the Philippines. Last November 2009,
the Philippines made headlines worldwide with the massacre of 57 people,
including 30 journalists, prior to the Maguindanao provincial election.
We wish to ensure atrocities like these no longer continue. All funds
raised from the screenings will go to support the Philippine human
rights alliance, Karapatan and the organization of the families and
relatives of the disappeared, Desaparecidos in the Philippines as well
as our educational and advocacy programs in British Columbia.
Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights is a local solidarity
organization committed to the promotion and defense of human rights in
the Philippines. Together with Migrante B.C., BAYAN Canada, and the
Victoria- Philippines Solidarity Group, we are bringing to Vancouver,
for its premiere showing, the award-winning film DUKOT during the first
week of June 2010.