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 or 604-813-7627.

We look
forward to seeing you on June 21st!



COPE calls on COV to endorse national housing plan bill


Council passed COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth’s motion last week calling on the federal government to endorse a national housing program.  Bill C-304, a private members bill initiated by Vancouver East MP Libby Davies, is currently before the House of Commons.

"The City of Vancouver has been working hard to meet our commitment to house the homeless and to provide affordable housing. However, without the Federal and Provincial governments fulfilling their responsibilities, Vancouver will become a city just for the wealthy," said COPE Councillor Woodsworth.

"There are somewhere between 10,500 and 15,000 homeless people in BC.  There are close to 1.7 million Canadians households in core housing need, representing over 4 million people.  This is an effective public policy intervention and the City of Vancouver needs to take leadership by pushing the federal political parties to act. While this council has taken many positive steps to address the housing crisis, we need other levels of government to play their part" said COPE Councillor David Cadman.

The motion also called on Vancouver City Council to write a letter to all BC Members of Parliament to support the bill. Currently, the federal NDP and Liberal Party have endorsed the bill. It also requested that be a motion brought forward as an emergency resolution to the Federation of Canadian Muncipalities. Unfortunately, this second portion of the motion wasn’t supported by the Vision majority.

"We have a crisis of affordability not only in Vancouver, but in urban centres across the country.  Homelessness has no borders – only a national vision and approach can truly address the root causes of this national tragedy," said Am Johal, Chair of the Impact on Communities Coalition.


– co-sponsored by COPE

The DUKOT(Desaparecidos) Film Tour Organizing Committee in Vancouver invites you to a series of activities that will highlight the state of human rights in the Philippines. Although the recently concluded May 2010 National Elections saw a change in personalities, there is much to be desired in the dispensation of justice, and in the recognition of human rights and dignity of all.

A five-city tour of Canada by the creators of the award-winning Philippine political thriller, Dukot (Desaparecidos), makes its last city stop in Vancouver, B.C. after intense media coverage and  film screenings in Winnipeg, Toronto,  Montreal, and Ottawa.

Dukot  is based on the stories of real life desparecidos (the disappeared) as well as the first-hand experience of scriptwriter Boni Ilagan, a former political detainee who was twice forcibly abducted. The film provides a powerful filmgoing experience while revealing the reality of the forced disappearances and ongoing human rights violations in the Philippines. 

Vancouver Schedule of the DUKOT (Desaparecidos) Film Tour

Press Conference with the artists

Wednesday, June 2, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

W2 Culture and Media House

W2 Storyeum, 151 Cordova St.

Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1E1

Co-sponsors: The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) and W2 Community Media Arts Society

Reception at Mable Elmore’s Constituency Office

Wednesday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

6106 Fraser St. at E 45th St., Vancouver, B.C.

Meet and greet the DUKOT resource people, with a special screening of a documentary entitled, “The Disappearance of James Balao” by Roel Nollet, a Belgian photojournalist/videographer.

Co-sponsor: Mable Elmore, Vancouver-Kensington MLA, NDP

Film Screenings:

Thursday, June 3, 2010 (6:30pm)

Friday, June 4, 2010 (6:30pm)


C-300 Theatre

800 Robson St., Vancouver, B.C.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 (6:30 p.m.)

Vancouver Public Library


350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.

*Tickets at $15 each. Public discussion follows each screening with our DUKOT guests: Dennis Evangelista (producer), Boni Ilagan (scriptwriter), Allen Dizon (the lead actor) and Melissa Roxas, a US-based artist and poet who survived her abduction and torture in the Philippines.

Art Beyond Barriers- Art Petition for the Morong 43

Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Mable Elmore’s Constituency Office

6106 Fraser St., at E45th St., Vancouver, B.C.

Art 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.

Co-sponsors: 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.


Vancouver Board of Education first to sign onto BC Poverty Reduction Strategy


Last week at the Vancouver Board of Education (VBE) meeting, COPE trustee Jane Bouey moved a motion as Chair of the Education and Student Services Committee formally confirming that the board sign onto the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The strategy is part of a campaign asking the provincial government to commit to a poverty reduction plan with measurable targets and timelines. The motion also calls to circulate the letter provincially asking other districts to sign on. Bouey arranged for the campaign to present to the committee last week, where they were very supportive.

According to Bouey, “it is absolutely shameful that BC has the highest child poverty rates in Canada for 6 years in a row. There is nothing inevitable about poverty and homelessness in a society as wealthy as ours."

According to the letter addressed to the provincial government, “in this current climate of global economic downturn and uncertainty, a bold poverty reduction plan also makes good economic sense. Low-income families spend all the money they have, and do so in our local communities. “

Bouey also notes, "Poverty is one of the leading factors putting children at risk of poor school performance or leaving school early. This letter asks the provincial government to follow the lead of other provinces which have adopted provincial poverty reduction plans. Our children deserve the same commitment."

COPE has been a signatory to the initial letter calling for a BC plan since 2009. More information about the campaign can be found at

May 26, 2010: BBQ, national housing plan, Dukot and poverty reduction strategy

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