Notice of COPE
Policy Conference

You are invited to COPE’s 2008 Policy Conference to be held on September 14
at the St James Community Square,
Vancouver
.

At the Policy Conference all COPE members in good standing will be able to
consider and approve the policies and initiatives that will make up COPE’s 2008
Election Platform.

Drafts of the policy papers are available at http://www.cope.bc.ca/content/2008-draft-policy.
Comments, suggestions, and policy submissions can be made directly on the
webpage by logging on as a user or sent to policy@cope.bc.ca by Sept 3.

Members will also consider COPE Executive Board recommendations on plans for
the election.

What: COPE 2008 Policy Conference
When: 10:30 am, Sun, Sept 14, 2008
Where: St. James Community Square, 3214 W 10th Ave (at Trutch), Vancouver

COPE Policy Process Goes Online

Taking a tip from the Facebook
generation, COPE will be the first Vancouver civic party to use the internet and Facebook to
develop its polices and election platform.

Draft policies ranging from transportation and taxes, to democracy at city hall
and reinstating the city’s child and youth advocate, are now being posted on
the COPE website http://www.cope.bc.ca where
members and supporters can make comments, offer suggestions and submit further
policy proposals.

"For the first time, we will be utilizing the full capability of the
internet, Facebook groups and blogs to generate discussion and input on civic
policies," said COPE organizer Rachel Marcuse. "In far too many cases
in the past, policies and platforms were cobbled together in the proverbial
back room by insiders and policy wonks. Now, with contemporary and open-source
technology, that process is being democratized so that anyone who has access to
a computer can get involved. And if you don’t have your own computer, you
can go to a public library and use the public terminals.

"COPE members traditionally debate and approve the policies that make up
COPE’s election platform at all-day policy conferences. This year’s Policy
Conference is scheduled for September 14.

"The difference this year is that people will come to the Policy
Conference a lot more prepared and informed," said Marcuse. "Policy
development is important – policy affects people’s lives in a very practical,
day-to-day way – and the more informed our members are, the better the debate
and discussion."

People have until September 3
to review the draft and submit their comments and ideas. At that time a COPE
policy committee will review the feedback before preparing final recommendations
that will go to the full membership at the September 14 COPE Policy Conference.

To access the draft policies go to:http://www.cope.bc.ca/content/2008-draft-policy

Annual Garden Party, Sept 7, 2008

Come join us at COPE’s annual garden party at Steve and Donalda’s place in East
Van, on September 7, at 6 pm.

There will be a BBQ dinner and live entertainment …plus meet COPE members
seeking nomination to run for Council, School Board and Park Board!

Suggested admission – Couple $75, Single $40, Youth and Seniors $25 each,
children 12 and under FREE.

For tickets and directions, email Donalda at donaldagb@shaw.ca.

What: Annual Garden
Party
When: 6pm September 7, 2008
Where: Steve and Donalda’s place, email for directions.

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