Park
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
year.

Most of the wood is now cut up for firewood or ends up as wood chips or
sawdust.

"A lot of these trees in Vancouver are
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
woodworkers in
Vancouver?’"

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
Vancouver artisan who approached Herbert about the idea of re-using the
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.

Super
cool COPE swag!

COPE’s merch is up
on the website — check it out at
http://www.cope.bc.ca/content/cope-merch

We have some
super-cool bags, undies, and t-shirts for very reasonable prices. Support COPE
and show your political commitment!

For more info,
contact Rachel at rachel@cope.bc.ca, or 604-255-0400.

Loretta’s
Deck Salon

Join us for a "deck
salon" at the home of
COPE Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock!

Where: Loretta’s beautiful deck in Dunbar
When:
3-5 pm, on Sun, May 18, 2008
What: A casual
get-together with electeds, prospective candidates and other folks from the
community

Light appetizers
will be served.

For tickets ($10-20) and details,
please contact Rachel at rachel@cope.bc.ca, 604-255-0400

Jeannie’s
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.

When: 6 pm, Wed, May 21, 2008
What to bring: BYOB and desert if you can.

RSVP for
details and location: Jeannie Kamins
604-760-7342 or jeanniekamins@telus.net

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!!

 

What:
60th Birthday Bash for Ellen Woodsworth
When:
6:30 pm, Sun, May 25, 2008
Where: Trout Lake Centre, 3350 Victoria Dr, Vancouver


Notice of COPE 2008 Annual General Meeting

The Annual
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
the meeting.

Well known artist/producer, Judith Marcuse, will be the keynote speaker on the International Centre of Art for Social
Change
being
established at SFU, and its impact on
Vancouver.

What: COPE Annual General Meeting
When:
2 pm, Sun, Jun 01, 2008
Where: Ukrainian Auditorium, 154 E 10 Ave,
Vancouver (Just west of Main St.)

Proposed
by-law amendment:

Current
by-law:

PART
2 (a) (i) – MEMBERSHIP

i) at
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";

Proposed
amendment to by-law
:

PART
2 (a) (i) – MEMBERSHIP

i) at
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";

You can
check your membership status by calling the COPE office at 604-255-0400, or by
email at cope@cope.bc.ca. 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.

For
more information contact the COPE office at 604-255-0400, or cope@cope.bc.ca

May 15, 2008: PB approves COPE motion; COPE merch; Upcoming COPE events

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