Council Update

Two COPE motions are coming to council this week.

Councillor Cadman will be bringing a motion asking the City Manager to report back on the feasibility of neighbourhood giveaway program so that residents of Vancouver can give away household items to neighbours.

Similar programs occur in Ottawa, Winnipeg and several other cities across North America. This project would have an emphasis on the often neglected “re-use” portion of the three “R’s” – important in a time when the City is looking for new ways to deal with waste.

According to Councillor Cadman, “by offering residents the opportunity to put unwanted goods out for those who could put them to use, we can hopefully divert them from the landfill. Instead, they can be re-used and recycled them as is currently being done in cites across North America and around the world.”

COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth has also submitted a resolution to council supporting the We Can End All Violence Against Women campaign, which the Women’s Advisory Committee of the City of Vancouver has endorsed.

The ‘We Can End All Violence against Women’, or ‘We Can’, is a multi-year, international campaign, which seeks to challenge and change deeply entrenched societal attitudes and practices that support violence against women through a Coalition of over 50 organizations and 500 individuals.

‘We Can’ is a partner in the international ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’ campaign that will be taking place from November 25- December 10, 2009 to raise awareness and dialogue around violence against women, trans people and human rights defenders.

Recent figures from Statistics Canada indicate that women are 8 times more likely than men to experience violence in relationships.

According to Councillor Woodsworth, "in times of recession we know from recent studies that there is a one third increase in violence against women. It is the responsibility of all levels of government to speak out and act firmly to oppose all violence".

For more on upcoming motions – including the return of the Olympic bylaws – see www.cope.bc.ca.

Free Speech Zone Dance – Friday, November 27

Pissed about the billion bucks being spent on Olympic security? And, that your tax dollars could be used to stifle free speech? Come dance for a measly $10!

Arctic
The SSRI’s
Pawnshop Diamond
DJ Citizen

Cambrian Hall — 215 E 17th Ave (at Main)

Doors at 8pm. Live music will start at 8:30 sharp.

About the bands….


Arctic

Haunting and moody with a hypnotic groove, ARCTIC conjures up chilly northern landscapes and intensely rich, layered space rock with their unique blend of electronic & acoustic sounds. Find out more at http://www.projectarctic.com.

The SSRI’s

We, The SSRIs strive to create progressive, creative, boundary pushing music. We are a four piece band from Vancouver, BC who make music predominantly with guitars, keyboards, drums and voices. We have played many shows with many bands, including The Doers, The Most Serene Republic, dd/mm/yyyy, The Rebel Spell, Bella, The Pack AD and many more. We were featured in three nights of CITR’s Shindig Festival, and have been played regularly on radio stations such as CITR, CO-OP and CJSF. We released a self titled CD EP in late 2006, a free downloadable album in early 2008 and, most recently, a CD EP in 2009 called "Teems EP." In summer of 2009 we toured Canada to Montreal and back. The Georgia Straight featured us in "Best Of Vancouver 2009".

Pawnshop Diamond

Pawnshop Diamond have recently returned from touring in Ontario and Quebec. Their latest release Leaning to the Sun has been called "both vintage and timeless", "honest and touching" and "Classy adult rock… it gets under your skin before you have a chance to notice." Listen to Katie Ormiston and her band for a few songs and you’ll understand why.

Second traveling neighbourhood office

WHAT: COPE Traveling Neighbourhood Office
COPE representatives will be there to hear about neighbourhood priorities and ask residents “what does local democracy look like to you?”.

WHEN: Sunday, November 15
WHERE: Near Duthie’s books on West 4th Ave (2239 W 4th Ave)

This is the second of the 14 ward neighbourhoods (as recommended in the 2003 electoral reform commission) COPE will be visiting to ask residents what form of voting or other civic engagement would best represent their communities.

In the event of heavy rain, the neighbourhood office will be postponed.

Deadline November 29: Tell Mayor Robertson Your Budget Priorities

Please take three minutes to complete Think City’s Citizen Budget survey here
http://www.thinkcity.ca/citizen_budget_2010_survey.

Vancouver is facing a $28.1 million budget shortfall and city manager Penny Ballem has said there will be cuts across the board. That means, libraries, community centres and parks can expect substantial service cuts and/or fee hikes, unless alternatives are found.

But city council has choices. Make sure your budget priorities are put ahead of well-financed special interest groups that are pushing Mayor Robertson and council to cut public services, boost property taxes for residents and raise user fees.

Think City will gather and share your city priorities with Vancouver’s elected officials at
the upcoming December public budget hearing.

TAKE ACTION: Click http://www.thinkcity.ca/citizen_budget_2010_survey to fill out the survey.

Vacancies on Civic Agencies

The City of Vancouver is now advertising for applicants to fill vacancies on various civic agencies including:

* Family Court/Youth Justice Committee
* Public Art Committee
* Vancouver Athletic Commission
* Vancouver City Planning Commission
* Vancouver Civic Theatres Board
* Womens Advisory Committee

Please use the on-line application form available at: http://vancouver.ca/ccadvisoryboard_wa/. If you wish to attach other documentation, such as resumes, please email those documents directly to tina.hildebrandt@vancouver.ca. If you are unable to use the on-line application form, please contact me and I will send you a hard copy

Applications are due on November 20, 2009, at 5:00 pm in the City Clerks Office. If you cannot submit your application by this date, please be in touch at tina.hildebrandt@vancouver.ca.

Afghanistan’s Malalai Joya in Vancouver — TOMORROW

Saturday, November 14

7p.m., St. Andrew’s – Wesley Church
(1022 Nelson St, at the corner of Burrard)

with performance by Solidarity Notes Labour Choir

Suggested Donation: $5-10
All proceeds will go towards Joya’s humanitarian projects in Afghanistan.

Please join us for the Canadian launch of Malalai Joya’s book, A Woman Among
Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Speak Out. People’s Coop Bookstore will have books available for sale and signing at this event.

"A chilling, vital memoir that reveals hidden truths about Afghanistan and directly addresses
the misguided policies of the United States." – Kirkus Reviews

Co-written with StopWar activist and writer Derrick O’Keefe, A Woman Among
Warlords is an important and timely book. Malalai Joya’s personal story is
inspiring, and her political message is an uncompromising appeal for an
end to NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan and the impunity of the warlords
in the Karzai regime. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear Malalai Joya in person.

Organized by StopWar.ca.

Sponsors: Simon & Schuster Canada, the Canadian Peace Alliance, Voice of
Women – Canada, rabble.ca, Iranian Centre for Peace, Freedom and Social
Justice.

November 13, 2009: Council Update, Free Speech Dance, Malai Joya tomorrow and more

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