Submitted by Carol Jerde
COPE Council will formulate a clear and transparent climate change mitigation plan. Its goals will be measurable. its success criteria stated in plain language, and its progress will be regularly measured and reported.
COPE advocates for adequate health related services in the West End, if St Paul’s Hospital is relocated from its present location. It protests the move unless adequate replacement services are made available to it area’s residents, including but not limited to a public 24 hour – 7 days a week, medical clinic complete with lab and other diagnostic tools, enhanced ambulance services, seniors, mental health, and addiction services, and aids related treatment. Improved service integration, assurance that all services be provided within the public health system, and a smooth transition between hospital based and community based services must delivered.
Submitted by Lisa Barrett
1. COPE commits to developing policies and programs that align with indigenous/First Nations rights, especially those protected under the United Nations Declaration on the the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), including environmental policies and programs to ensure that the practices of environmental apartheid are not perpetuated in the City of Vancouver that is situated on unceded, occupied xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.
2. COPE recognizes and prioritizes the exigencies of a global climate emergency. All policies and programs will maximize efficiencies while minimizing or eliminating contributions to GHG emission and other causes of climate change.
3. COPE commits to developing policies and programs through the intersectional lens of the needs of marginalized people including indigenous/ people of colour, women, children, LGBTQ2SI and those who are always most adversely by the gross imbalance of economic power. Environmental apartheid will be acknowledged and addressed throughout the City and through the City’s involvement in policy-making at the regional, provincial and federal level.
4. COPE commits to establishing environmental policies and programs collaboratively through a participatory process that involves, on an equal basis, those most affected by those policies and programs but do not stand to gain financially.
5. COPE commits to reviewing all policies and programs to ensure consistency with its environmental and social policies.