Judith Marcuse speaks about arts and social
change at COPE annual general meeting

Can Vancouver become an international centre where artists come to work on social change? Judith Marcuse thinks it can.

Marcuse is working with SFU to create a new International Centre of Art for Social Change. She will talk about what it could mean for Vancouver at the COPE Annual General Meeting at 2 pm, on Sun, June 01 at the Ukrainian Auditorium at 154 E 10 Ave, Vancouver.

Marcuse is one of Canada’s most creative and innovative choreographers. Founder and artistic producer of DanceArts Vancouver, Marcuse was introduced to dance and choreography as well as activism at an early age in Montreal where her parents took her along to protest marches.

In 2007, Marcuse’s dance company produced The EARTH Festival during the UN’s World Urban Forum, hosting the performances and exhibitions of 300 socially-engaged artists.

Marcuse also teaches and presents in university and other settings in Canada and abroad, including India, Pakistan, Japan and Holland. She has received many honours, including Canada’s two major choreographic awards, and an honourary doctorate from Simon Fraser University.

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.

Why not avoid the line-ups at the AGM and make an online contribution today? It’s secure and convenient. Membership fees are $20 or whatever you can afford.

Please visit https://cope.bc.ca/donate and renew your membership today.

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.

COPE members to elect new Executive at June 01
AGM

The Coalition of Progressive Electors will elect a new Executive Board at the June 01 Annual General Meeting. The 11-person Executive directs the operations of COPE and, in this election year, also forms the Election Planning, and Campaign Committees.

Any member of COPE who wants to be elected to the Executive may be nominated from the floor of the meeting by two COPE members.

Eleven COPE members have already declared their intent to seek spots on the Executive. Please go to https://cope.bc.ca/content/ForCOPE_2008-2009 for more information.

 

Ellen Woodsworth’s 60th Birthday Bash supports
COPE

More than 100 friends and supporters enjoyed food, music and fun on May 25 as they celebrated COPE External Co-Chairperson and long-time community and social activist Ellen Woodsworth’s 60th Birthday.

Special thanks to Yael Blum of the No Shit Shirleys, to Ruben Tillman and Wendy Solloway for their songs and music, to author Karen X Tulchinsky, to organizer Rachel Marcuse, to DJ and sound person Ibata Hexamer, and to Ellen’s partner, Joe Thomas, who worked so hard to make the evening a success.

All proceeds of the event went to COPE.

COPE park commissioners want full consultation
before any QE trees cut

“I have asked Park Board staff to ensure that everyone has a chance to speak and be heard on plans to cut trees at Queen Elizabeth Park, even if it might take a little longer to reach a decision,” said Vancouver COPE Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert. “The Board has already received a lot of feedback and public comment on the trees at QE Park when we were dealing with the observation tower proposal.”

Herbert has asked Park staff to amend the consultation process, if needed, so that all concerned stakeholders and residents can bring their concerns to the Board.

The Park Board announced on May 23 that they want to remove up to 70 mature trees from Queen Elizabeth Park to create view corridors. Two new trees will be planted for every one that is removed. Some local residents say that a notice distributed to adjacent neighbourhoods, and a May 26 open house, did not give them enough time to respond to the removal plan.

“It is not enough time,” said Riley Park resident Ned Jacobs. “It is insufficient to have an open house, and one that was poorly advertised over the weekend.”

COPE Commissioner Loretta Woodcock said “the quick turnaround causes some concern around having stakeholders being able to coordinate some responses to this.”

May 29, 2008 Judith Marcuse; AGM Notice; New Executive to be elected