Board approves COPE motion to reuse fallen trees
The Vancouver Park Board passed a motion by
COPE Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert to let the public use wood from the 1100
diseased, old and hazardous trees that are removed by park board crews every
Most of the wood is now cut up for firewood or ends up as wood chips or
"A lot of these trees in
valuable hardwoods, such as oak, plum, birch, cherry, maple and hawthorn,"
said Herbert. "Local woodworkers asked me ‘Why are you cutting up unique
hardwoods, which are very expensive, when you could be getting them to
Herbert’s proposal is supported by the Greater
Vancouver Wood turners Guild and the Pacific Woodworkers Guild, as well by
independent artisans and woodworkers.
"People are moving away from pressed wood and
there’s increased recognition and appreciation of the beauty of natural wood products,’
said Tony Ditmars, a
timber from fallen trees. "The reality is there’s a lot of interest in
this hardwood. But the way it’s being disposed of (now) is unhealthy and the
situation is open to abuse."
Now that the Board has passed Herbert’s motion, staff
will set up a website where local craftspeople can access timber from fallen
trees. Staff will also explore the use of portable mills that can turn the wood
into lumber rather than simply chainsawing the trees into fire logs.
"Rather than seeing this beautiful wood go up in
smoke in fireplaces and that contributes to climate change, I believe we’ll see
an increase in wonderful one-of-a-kind art pieces," Herbert said.
During the debate at the May 12 meeting of the Park Board,
only NPA Commissioner Marty Zlotnik voted against Herbert’s motion.
cool COPE swag!
COPE’s merch is up
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We have some
super-cool bags, undies, and t-shirts for very reasonable prices. Support COPE
and show your political commitment!
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Join us for a "deck
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Where: Loretta’s beautiful deck in
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What: A casual
get-together with electeds, prospective candidates and other folks from the
will be served.
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Dinner Salon Party
Longtime COPE member Jeannie Kamins "loves a party"!
She is hosting a Salon and Dinner Party with good food, fun, great music and all
proceeds going to support COPE.
What to bring: BYOB and desert if you can.
details and location: Jeannie Kamins
604-760-7342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets: By donation
Happy 60th Birthday Party for Ellen
Eat, dance and
party the night away at long-time community activist and former COPE Cllr Ellen
Woodsworth’s 60th Birthday Bash.
Featuring Yael from the No Shit Shirleys, Reuben Tillman and Wendy Soloway, and
Karen X Tulchinsky… in a 60s Theme extravaganza!!
60th Birthday Bash for Ellen Woodsworth
Where: Trout Lake Centre, 3350 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Notice of COPE 2008 Annual General Meeting
General Meeting of the Coalition of Progressive Electors will be held at 2 pm on
Sun, June 01, 2008 at the Ukrainian Auditorium at 154 E 10 Ave, Vancouver.
COPE members in good standing shall choose a new Executive board, consider
amending COPE’s membership by-law, and deal with other matters as approved by
Well known artist/producer, Judith Marcuse, will be the keynote speaker on the International Centre of Art for Social
established at SFU, and its impact on
What: COPE Annual General Meeting
Where: Ukrainian Auditorium, 154 E 10 Ave,
2 (a) (i) – MEMBERSHIP
the time of determination, an individual member who ordinarily resides in the
City of Vancouver or the University Endowment Lands (the "UEL"), or a
corporate member who ordinarily maintains a place of business in the City of
Vancouver or the UEL, shall be a "Voting Member";
amendment to by-law:
2 (a) (i) – MEMBERSHIP
the time of determination, an individual member who ordinarily resides or works in the City of Vancouver or the
University Endowment Lands (the "UEL"), or a corporate member who
ordinarily maintains a place of business in the City of Vancouver or the UEL,
shall be a "Voting Member";
check your membership status by calling the COPE office at 604-255-0400, or by
email at email@example.com. If you are a PAC member and donate on a monthly
basis, your membership is automatically renewed. Memberships can also be
updated at the meeting.
more information contact the COPE office at 604-255-0400, or firstname.lastname@example.org