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COPE Free Bus Hits Vancouver Streets

Starting this Saturday, Nov. 8, Vancouver transit riders will be able to ride COPE’s Free Bus along Broadway Corridor and through the Downtown peninsula.

The Free Bus is scheduled to run from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 8, Wed, Nov. 12, Thurs, Nov. 13 and Fri, Nov. 14. Free Bus is hop on, hop off with some regular stops.

"One of our transit policy priorities is to work with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to get a Free Bus running on an inner city loop linking Broadway and Downtown," said COPE council candidate Ellen Woodsworth. "Starting this Saturday, and running next week, people in Vancouver will have a chance of seeing how a free bus service would work."

The big, red, double decker Free Bus will stop at clearly marked bus stops on a clockwise route running west on Broadway from Clark to Burrard St., then North on Burrard to Pender, East to Main, South to Great Northern Way and VCC, East to Clark, and then back South to Broadway. People can board the free service at any stop along the route.

The Free Bus is scheduled to run from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 8, Wed, Nov. 12, Thurs, Nov. 13 and Fri, Nov. 14.

In the afternoon, the Free Bus will visit neighborhoods across Vancouver while local musicians play on the top deck. This Saturday will feature The Modellos playing at 1:30 pm while the Free Bus stops at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.

"Our transit system is broken. We are short on buses, short on frequent service and short on sustainable funding," said COPE Cllr David Cadman. "I have heard from voters  how important transit service is to them. COPE is committed to fixing the transit system and to putting more buses on the road now."

In addition to the Free Bus service, COPE’s transit priorities include:

-Call for an immediate increase of bus service in Vancouver.
-Advocate for ongoing sustainable investment in transit infrastructure with a comprehensive financing formula.
-Work with TransLink to implement a student U-pass system for all Metro Vancouver post secondary students similar to that currently in place for students at UBC and SFU.
-Demand that TransLink to create a fare review process that includes an advisory panel of users groups, community organizations, transit operators and other stakeholders in determining fare rates.

COPE’s  Cadman and  Woodsworth want halt to Little Mountain housing demolition

COPE Councillor David Cadman and council candidate Ellen Woodsworth rushed to Little Mountain housing complex  today after alarmed residents said that BC Housing, the provincial authority that controls the site,  has started to board up windows and doors of the 200-unit site, despite the fact that people are still living in many of the buildings.

"This is an appalling situation where perfectly good housing is being boarded up and rendered uninhabitable while 2000 people are sleeping on Vancouver streets every night," said Woodsworth. "The provincial government and BC Housing must halt all demolition and destruction of this perfectly usable housing until we can determine with the tenants, the city and the province the best use for those units."

Cllr Cadman will be inquiring with city authorities  to determine whether any demolition permits have been issued. Little Mountain housing residents say  they have received no eviction notices,  and that no demolition permits have been posted. Nevertheless, residents say that BC Housing staff have boarded up units, disconnected power and are demolishing interiors in preparation for full demolition.

At a meeting last Thursday, BC Housing told residents of their intention to demolish the housing complex, but did not notify residents that demolition would  start today.

"I will do everything in my power as a city councillor to protect the residents of Little Mountain and preserve these units of affordable housing," said Cllr Cadman.

Residents and their families who still live in 19  apartments, are worried that  the boarded up units will  attract vandals, squatters and arsonists and pose a threat to children and seniors.

"You don’t bulldoze affordable housing in the midst of a homelessness crisis," said Woodsworth

Bruce the Musical – only six days left to see the smash musical of the political season!

Bruce – The Musical is an original two-act musical drama about the life of the late legendary Vancouver Downtown Eastside activist Bruce Eriksen – who transformed the neighbourhood’s image from Skid Road to residential community. It’s a tale of triumph and tragedy, full of human drama, action, humour and song. Written by past Sun Newspaper Reporter Bob Sarti, lyrics by Sarti and music by Bill Sample (recipient of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame… and Earle Peach, directed by Jay Hamburger of Theatre In the Raw

Show times run from Wednesday, Nov 5 to Sunday, Nov 16  starting from 7:30PM.

Call the Box Office at 604-708-5448

Hearing Women’s Voices

Come and celebrate with the COPE/Vision team of women this Wednesday
November 12th.  Join us for free appetizers and stimulating
conversation at the "Hearing Women’s Voices" event at Anducci’s
Restaurant, 608 Dunsmuir from 5:30 pm =96 7:30 pm.  Men are welcome too!

COPE Candidates, Sunnyside Up

COPE candidates stole the show this past weekend at two unusual events where voters enjoyed a new, refreshing brand of all-candidates forums.

Put on by the Vancouver Public Space Network and SFU’s Harbour Centre, 200 plus voters turned out to watch a bevy of COPE , NPA, Vision and independent candidates answer creative and revealing questions in an effort to be the Last Candidate Standing. When asked which cartoon character she’d pick to run the city, COPE council candidate Ellen Woodsworth chose  “Superwoman!”—prompting cheers and applause from the audience, and earning her a very respectable second place prize for the evening.

The following evening, at LeftRightMind’s Creative City Cabaret, School Board candidate Jane Bouey and Council Candidate Ellen Woodsworth—each donning a robust gray beard—opened the show with a dead pan skit poking fun at COPE’s 40 year history of old, white, beared men. Following punchy banter where the two faned to struggle explaining COPE’s revamped youthful approach to campaigning with YouTube videos, twitter, and Facebook they introduced the now famous “Vote Beard” video. Before it rolled, Alvin stepped in as a “word from the sponsor”- an ad spot for “COPE”—the new prescription for ED (Electile Dysfunction)— the house erupted in laughter at some of his very somber drug warnings like: “Do not take COPE if you own a hummer.”

David Cadman followed up with fresh, sustainable takes on classics like the climate-change-themed "The Times They are a Changin’" before moving on to his original song “You Can’t Eat the Oysters in Vancouver Harbour,” which got the crowds clapping along as he sang  the sad story of the clams who live in our  raw-sewage ridden harbour.

With the November 15 vote only days away—and the knowledge that the strongest cities maintain thriving creative communities—these performances from COPE candidates couldn’t have come at a better time. 

The Progressive Slate; Free Bus; Little Mountain; Hearing Women's Voices; Bruce the Musical; Candidates Sunnyside Up

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