COPE  Candidates release school policy platform

COPE  School Board candidates Bill Bargeman, Al Blakey, Jane Bouey,
Alvin Singh and Allan Wong,  released COPE’s School platform today.
They will emphasize advocacy, smaller class sizes and openness and
transparency at School Board.

“The hallmarks of the NPA School Board were deals made behind closed
doors and pet projects that pit school against school, parent against
parent, community against community, and student against student,” said

COPE’s advocacy is to bring parents, teachers, students, and community
together. This approach has been effective. The previous COPE School
Board stopped more than $3 million in cuts to inner city schools and
helped make public education a crucial issue – winning additional
funding for schools across the province. The COPE Board, together with
the community, put  seismic safety for our schools on the provincial
agenda. The current NPA board has since stalled on earthquake

“COPE will work with the community and stand up to get the full and
stable funding necessary so that we can eliminate school fees, and so
that all students, including those with special needs and those for
whom English is a Second Language, can receive the education that is
their right, “ said Bargeman.

NPA School Board chair Clarence Hansen  who supports student fees,
often amounting to hundreds of dollars per student, says parents should
get used to paying extra fees.

A priority in COPE’s School Board policies is youth engagement.

“Another three years of the NPA running our schools will mean that this
important work will not receive the focus it deserves,” said Singh. “It
is clear the NPA do not understand the importance of developing and
improving youth engagement. Youth must play a direct role in shaping
their own education.”

COPE’s  policy priorities include:

– Earthquake-proofing Vancouver’s schools

– Work for smaller class sizes

– Eliminate extra fees and advocate for provincial funding to fill funding shortfalls

For full details of the 2008 COPE School Platform go to:


COPEtemporary Arts- Now with Silent Auction

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008


Chapel Arts

304 Dunlevy Avenue (2 blocks east of Main)

Drinks and Canapés


Please join us for an evening of live music, art and revelry as we

celebrate our past and look to our future.  This intimate evening will

feature all of our COPE candidates as well as special guests from

Vision Vancouver and local MLA’s. Canapés are provided by the Potluck

Café with proceeds going to the Portland Hotel.  Hope In Shadows

photographs will be on silent auction with partial proceeds going to

PIVOT.  For ticket information and prices please contact Kate at

604-315-2365 or

COPE’s Cure for Electile Dysfunction

In a time of back-to-back-to-back election campaigns, COPE has a cure
for ‘electile’ dysfunction. Two videos, the first release in a series,
offer an irreverent look at Vancouver politics that will amuse and
engage election fatigued voters to get it on and Vote COPE on November

“I urge everyone to see this video,” said David Cadman’s Beard. “Tell your friends to see it and Vote Beard on November 15.”

The first video, Vote Beard, pokes fun at COPE’s reputation as a party
of  “grey beards”, casting the celebrated beard of COPE Cllr David
Cadman in the lead role. Through its powerful use of imagery and  deft
conveyance of the “facts”, the video leaves no doubt that Cadman and
his beard are integral to a green and progressive Vancouver. Vote Beard
continues to grow on audiences even after several viewings and may very
well start  a new fashion craze. On November 15, Vancouver could shed
Peter Ladner and his NPA like so many crumbs from David Cadman’s beard.

The second video, Don’t Vote for Dinosaurs, takes a hard look at the
proposal by Jurassic NPA Park Board Commissioners to put animatronic
dinosaurs into Vancouver parks. The masterful use of tension matched by
fearsome special effects leaves the viewer quaking in disbelief at the
primitive politics of the NPA. This video alone could very well propel
the NPA to the Land of the Lost.

Get your cure for electile dysfunction at: (Vote Beard) (Don’t Vote for Dinosaurs)

The videos were produced for COPE by Nathan Lusignan and Evan Crowe.

Director/Producer Evan Crowe is an alumni of the prestigious Canadian
Film Centre. His most recent short film “The Morning Party” played
recently at the Vancouver International Film Festival and can next be
seen at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival.

Nathan Lusignan wrote and co-produced COPE’s English language campaign
videos. He is a community developer for the Vancouver School Board and
a member of the COPE executive. Nathan has almost a decade of
experience in traditional and guerilla media work including his role in
building the campaign for school seismic safety.

Your COPE Candidates Events This Week

Please come out and support your candidates!

1. Saturday, November  1

David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth debate the issues.


Britannia Secondary School Auditorium, 1001 Cotton Drive.

2. Sunday, November 2

Park Board All-Candidates Meeting-Loretta Woodcock and Anita Romaniuk

2:00-4:00 pm

Roundhouse Community Centre

3. Monday, November 3

Vancouver Council of Women All Candidates Meeting

12:15pm – Mon Nov 3 1:15pm

Unitarian Centre, 49th and Oak

4. Tuesday, November 4

Parks Board All-Candidates Meeting

7pm to 9pm

Kerrisdale Community Centre

5851 West Boulevard at West 42nd Ave

Campaign Volunteer Bowling Night

Tired of phoning?  Sick of door knocking?  Cold after putting up signs?  Come on down and get your bowl on…

WHAT: Bowling

WHEN: 7 pm, Mon, Nov 03, 2008

WHERE: Grandview Lanes, 2195 Commercial Dr

Information: Kate – 604-569-0800, or

School Board Candidates Release Policies; COPEtemporary Arts; Cure for Electile Dysfunction; Candidate Events; Bowling Night