politique: An interactive evening of live music, comedy, theatre, dance and
surprise (March 7)

Only one day left! On March 7th we will have an event
unlike any other event in the history of Vancouver
politics. The Work Less Party, Civic Greens and COPE are organizing a cabaret
for you.

Performers include:
Crucial Taunt, Toot a Lute, and Maria in the Shower

Where: Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th
When: 8:00 pm

Cost: Sliding scale $15-$25 (no one will be turned
away due to lack of funds)

Dress code: "Cabaret" (interpret at will!)

Tickets are available by contacting the COPE office at
604-255-0400 or at the door.

NPA Park
Board chair Korina Houghton faces COPE non-confidence motion

COPE Park Commissioners Loretta
Woodcock and Spencer Herbert will move a non-confidence motion
at the March 10 meeting of the Vancouver Park Board that calls
for NPA Commissioner Korina Houghton to be removed as Board chairperson.

Woodcock is submitting the motion because Houghton didn’t consult Park
Commissioners before committing the Park Board to Mayor Sam Sullivan’s
controversial EcoDensity project at the February 26 City Council hearings.

"There is a responsibility attached to the chair position that Houghton
doesn’t seem… (More)

Homeowners say NO to $23 million tax shift

City Hall poll shows that only 16 percent of residents think shifting $23.8
million of business taxes onto ordinary homeowners is a good idea.

The survey results are included in a report by the Property Tax Commission that
Vancouver City Councillors will consider on March 11 as they decide whether to shift
even more of the tax burden from business onto ordinary residential homeowners
and renters. Surprisingly, the poll shows that an underwhelming majority of
only 57 percent of business operators think shifting taxes is fair.

"Sam Sullivan has already raised taxes 15 percent since he has been in
charge," said COPE Cllr David Cadman. "This year will see another
3.77 percent hike, and if… (More)

NPA Cllr Elizabeth Ball wants public to pay for trip
to Junos

NPA Cllr Elizabeth Ball thinks taxpayers should pay $205 a night for hotels and
$450 for tickets so she can enjoy the April 2 Juno Awards in Calgary.

A report going to the March 11 meeting of Vancouver City Council is recommending
spending more than $2500 to send Ball to the Junos.

Ball, who keeps a low profile on Council, was in the limelight last July when,
as the City’s representative on the GVRD Labour Relations Committee, she failed
to inform Council of the state of labour negotiations that resulted in the
bitter civic strike.

Ball’s previous claim to fame was in 2002 when a Supreme Court justice… (More)

David Cadman calls Vision divisive

(by Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight, March 06, 2008)

Coalition of Progressive Electors has been appealing to Vision Vancouver since
last year to consider a common candidate for mayor, as well as shared slates
and a joint campaign to defeat the Non-Partisan Association.

COPE’s lone councillor, David Cadman—widely regarded as a potential mayoral
candidate—offered a while ago to give way to a contender who can bring the two
parties together for November’s civic election.

For all COPE’s past entreaties—as chronicled in a recent party
newsletter—Vision Vancouver hasn’t even given COPE the… (More)

Civil City’s Geoff Plant waives big stick

Sam Sullivan’s handpicked Civil City Commissioner, Geoff Plant, is apparently a
fan of Teddy Roosevelt; at least the part about waving a big stick.

While he isn’t offering any carrots, Plant is wielding a big stick of hefty
fines and by-law infractions that he says will make Vancouver streets safer from jaywalkers,
miscreant dog walkers, illegal buskers and others whom Sullivan and the NPA are
targeting in their zeal to create a "civil city." Bigger fines are
among recommendations Plant is submitting to Vancouver City Council on March
11. Fines could rise from the current $2000, to over $10,000 for some

Plant also wants ICBC to do his dirty work by withholding driver’s licences
until by-law deviants cough up their fines. The only problem is that … (More)


Provincial Liberals squeezing school playgrounds, says
COPE Trustee

controversy over the use of a playground improvement grant by Queen Mary
School‘s parent advisory committee
highlights the lack of Ministry of Education funding for school playgrounds.

The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, which made the $10,000 grant
on behalf of Victoria, blocked a decision by
the west-side Queen Mary group to give the money to a more needy East End school.

"It’s pathetic that the provincial government can spend billions of
dollars on a two-week Olympic event, yet it cannot seem to make sure every
playground is safe and adequate in all schools," said Vancouver COPE
School Trustee Sharon Gregson.

David Cubberley, NDP education critic, agrees. "Victoria needs to either create a universal
program for funding school playgrounds, or target schools that have the least
capacity to fundraise in order to be eligible for these grants."

Dim Sum luncheon “meet and greet”- helping locals and
immigrant communi

could be better than a delicious meal with friends? How about an opportunity of
making new friends?

That is what COPE activist Meena Wong has been doing for the past three years
on the
first Saturday of every month.
Meena has been organizing COPE’s Dim Sum "Meet and Greet"
where the talk ranges from politics to sports and is always flavoured by tasty
dim sum treats.

"This is a good opportunity for new comers to meet locals who are
active in different levels of local government and community
organizations," said Meena. "I
hope these luncheons facilitate exchanges, dialogues, mutual learning, and networking
between individuals, as well as between organizations; particularly to enhance
understanding and support of the immigrant communities."

Past participants includes MPs, local MLAs, City Councillors, Park
Commissioners and School Trustees, as well as community representatives,
teachers and new immigrants.

The Saturday Dim Sum’s are held at the Rich Ocean Restaurant, 777 West
Broadway (by Willow), Vancouver. Cost is a reasonable $15 per
person, all inclusive (financial assistance for those of fixed income).

Contact Meena Wong at or call 604-603-7447 to book for
the next COPE Dim Sum.

Say NO to Violence against Women

UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman invites you to Say NO to Violence
against Women.

Your signature brings $1 to help end violence against women: The UN Trust Fund
to End Violence against Women will receive $100,000 from the United Nations
Foundation for 100,000 signatures

65361 people have already signed up!!

Meet the challenge!

Last chance
for tickets to the IWD bunch!

Join Park Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock at her
home for a brunch in celebration of International Women’s Day! Afterwards we
will join the International Women’s Day March.

What: Brunch for International Women’s Day
When: March 8, 9:30-11:30AM
Where: The home of Parks Board Commissioner, Loretta

Why: To celebrate women of all ages doing work in
politics and community. All funds go to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
and the Coalition of Progressive Electors.

All ages and genders welcome!

Tickets are $10-20 (sliding scale).

Please contact Rachel at
or 604-255-0400 for tickets and more details.

Lager for Lefties: A COPE Beer Tasting Salon

Saturday March 8th, 7-9:30pm

Participants will have an opportunity to taste 10 different beers along with
appetizers. Local, international, light and dark beers will grace your palate
amid discussion led by knowledgeable beer and wine maker Doug Lusignan.
Vancouver25 writers Lucas Van Meer Mass and Daniel Oleksiuk will also be giving
a short talk on centralized vs. decentralized drinking bylaws.

If you like beer, you should come. If you like progressive politics, you should
come. If you like both, then this is a can’t miss event!

Tickets: $15-25 sliding scale at door.

Location: Please contact Nathan Lusignan at 604-813-0100 or

Stipulations: Please bring an appetizer of your choice!


Rally Against Private Power

Not Public, Not Green, Not

British Columbians must stand
up for our public utility and our wilderness areas. These private power projects threaten both
the integrity of BC Hydro as well as wildlife and fish habitat. Take a
stand on Tuesday, March 11 at the BC Power Summit and let the private power
companies and the provincial government know that BC wants clean, public, and
responsible energy – for generations.

What: Rally
Against the BC Government’s Development of Private Power
When: Tuesday March 11 – Meet: 12:30 PM, Rally:
1:00 PM

Meet – SFU Harbour Centre, corner of Hastings and Richards (12:30 PM)
Rally – SFU Wosk Centre, on Seymour Street between Hastings and Pender (1:00

In 2002 the BC Government announced a new Energy Plan that forbade BC Hydro
from… (more)

On the
5th anniversary of the Iraq
War, join the World Against War Days of Action…


March 15, 12 Noon
Where: Vancouver Art
(Georgia side, at Hornby)
Music by Vancouver‘s legendary D.O.A.

What: Picket
When: March 19, 11am to 1pm
Where: U.S.
(1075 W. Pender, at Thurlow)

Website with
more information on March actions against war:

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March 6 2008

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