Reminder – Annual General Meeting and Call for Volunteers

All members in good standing are invited to COPE’s 2009 Annual General Meeting.

WHEN: Sunday, April 5th at 2:30pm
WHERE: Ukranian Orthodox Hall
154 East 10th Ave, Vancouver

On the agenda:
Members will elect a new executive and approve annual reports. There will be a keynote presentation by David Eby, from the BC Civil Liberties Association, on the Olympics and Civil Liberties.

Any member in good standing is eligible to run for the executive.

Members wishing to renew their memberships may do so by calling or emailing the office and making a contribution by cheque or online HERE.

If you are available to volunteer at registration or as a ballot-counter, please email Rachel at

Note: Members who will not be able to attend the meeting but wish to stand for nomination, should email COPE’s internal chairperson, Donalda Greenwall-Baker C/O COPE at Video messages will be made available.

Information: 604-255-0400


Is STV right for BC? A debate on STV and electoral reform in our province – THIS WEDNESDAY!

Wednesday, April 1st at 7pm
Creative Individual Studio — #110 60 East 5th Ave
Cash bar and DJ after debate
FREE — sponsored by COPE
With Bill Tielelman from the "No" committee and Antony Hodgson from the "Yes" Committee


Goings on at City Council

Councillors Woodsworth and Cadman have been busy over the past few
weeks at city council, asking the hard questions and taking action on the
issues that matter to ordinary Vancouverites.

Today, Councillor Woodsworth voted against staff proposals on closed
circuit cameras (Councillor Cadman was away on civic business). These
cameras are being installed to monitor activity during the Olympics and
may have privacy implications. A concern for her, and for many civil rights
activists is that there is no fixed date for removal of the cameras and
that they may be used to prevent protest.

The COPE councilors are also concerned that the City is using taxpayer
money to purchase tickets. Noted Councillor
Woodsworth, “I don’t think we should be spending this money when most
working families won’t be able to afford a single ticket to the
games.”  She has called for a full accounting of who is given tickets,
why and the expense to the taxpayer.

Councillor Cadman has been working hard on the Greenest City Taskforce.
The Team is on a quest: to help shape a city that will lead the world
in the new green economy—a hub for green jobs and green economic
development. They’re looking at innovative solutions that tie economic
growth to new technology, green solutions, environmental stewardship
and vision.

Please consider sending the team your thoughts at



Saturday April 4 Noon: Grand March for Housing

Citywide Housing Coalition’s Grand March For Housing takes place on Saturday April 4. Dozens of community, faith and union groups have endorsed this march which calls for an end to homelessness by building social housing, raising welfare & minimum wage rates and increasing protection for tenants.

Start at Noon: at Peace Flame Park, Main Street SkyTrain Station or Carnegie Centre. March to Vancouver Art Gallery. Rally at 1:30, with music and speakers.

For more information, or to order printed posters:

Download posters & flyers at:

A COPE contingent will be meeting in the park across from the Main St Skytrain Station at 11:45 – look for the large COPE banner.


COV advisory appointments still available!

Check out to see the range of advisory body positions still available – find your passion at City Hall!

March 26, 2009: AGM and volunteers, STV debate, At Council March for Housing and COV advisory

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