Day of Purple to end homophobic bullying


Wear purple to stand in solidarity and show support to those struggling every day through homophobia.

This event takes place everywhere. All you have to do is throw on a purple shirt, tie up a purple tie, wear some purple shoes.. Just put some on yourself, somewhere.

Candle light Vigil at Emery Barnes Park
(Davie and Richards st)
Thursday October 20, 2011
gather at 6pm-ceremony at 6:30 pm

The vigil is to remember the youth who took their own lives due to homophobic bullying and to show people that IT GETS BETTER.

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My purple letter to Premier Clark and Minister Abbott


Dear Premier Clark and Minister Abbott:

I am writing you in support of the Purple Letter Campaign to urge you to ensure there is
a province-wide policy in every school in BC, to make schools safe and inclusive for all
students and to end discrimination against students based on their sexual orientation or
gender identity.

The issue of ending bulling, discrimination, depression and youth suicide is extremely
important because it has such devastating effects on families, communities, friends
and individuals. We all need to work proactively to develop and implement policy that
support and build inclusiveness. The safety of all students and youth must be paramount
in our institutions and particularly in our schools.

Eliminating homophobia and transphobia has to be all our goals everywhere in the
province. Please adopt a province-wide policy to ensure that all children are save and
have chance to mature and be happy.

Yours sincerely
Brent Granby
Purple Letter Campaign

Vancouver Park Board public consultation on toilet in Nelson Park and Garden on top of West End Community Centre

Information Session – Nelson Park Public Toilet

Thursday, October 27
4:30 – 7:30 pm
Lord Roberts Annex
1150 Nelson St.

The Park Board will be installing an accessible automated public toilet unit in Nelson Park in the coming months. You are invited to an information session to view the design and location and to ask questions of Park Board staff.

Tiina Mack,
tiina.mack@vancouver.ca
Manager of Park Development
Phone: 604-257-8471

Rooftop Garden, West End Community Centre

Wednesday, October 26
3:30 – 6:30 pm
Lobby, West End Community Centre,
870 Denman Street

The Park Board is considering the installation of a communal garden on the rooftop at the West End Community Centre. Come share your vision of what the garden could be

Tiina Mack,
tiina.mack@vancouver.ca
Manager of Park Development
Phone: 604-257-8471

Vancouver Votes today. November 19, 2011. Lets make voting the majority.


Vote on November 19, 2011. Lets make voting the majority.

With the emergence of new tools like smart phones there will be new ways for voters to become better informed about the process, issues and candidates in the municipal election. The city of Vancouver has introduced a new phone application (app) for smarts phones that has a very impressive amount of information at the tip of ones fingers from poll locations, info on the Capital Plan, bio of candidates and even a little quiz on civic issues in Vancouver. Download the app and become better informed about the election and Vote on November 19, 2011. Lets make voting the majority.


Vancouver Votes

VanVOTES app

COPE Candidates Woodsworth and Granby Support Creation of Farmers’ Market to Operate on Year Round Basis


Media Release
Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Vancouver – COPE City Councilor Ellen Woodsworth and Park Board Candidate Brent Granby are supporting the creation of a permanent farmers’ market infrastructure that would operate throughout the entire year. While farmers’ markets are becoming an ever-popular occurrence in Vancouver neighbourhoods, they are still mostly limited to the fair weather spring and summer months.

“We need to think of the bigger picture and how much an amenity such as this would benefit our city,” said Brent Granby, COPE Candidate for Park Board. “In just over 10 years Vancouver’s Farmers’ Markets went from a one location, weekly community gathering running from May to October to a five-location economic powerhouse, pumping $10 million into the local economy last year, including $4.1 million in direct sales.”

COPE is supporting the creation of the New City Market, a project that, thanks to a $100,000.00 Vancity grant, has made it to the business planning stage. The New City Market, the brainchild of Vancouver non-profit, Local Food First, would serve three main functions: as a permanent market and storage space for local producers, as an education and community outreach resource as well as a value added food processing location. COPE looks forward to seeing the business plan and financial assessment, and plans on making it’s completion a priority for city council.

“COPE sees the construction of a permanent food hub as integral to ensuring local food security and creating a thriving local food economy,” said COPE City Council Candidate Ellen Woodsworth. “Year round access to local organic food is crucial to supporting and nurturing sustainable, healthy communities.”

“If we are going to meet our ambitious greenest city goals, we need to have a place where local residents, farmers, community groups, and businesses can come together to buy and sell local food on a year round basis,” added Woodsworth. “The support of local food systems should be a priority for our city.”

David Tracey, agricultural designer and author of the book Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution, commented, “We have to scale up our urban agriculture plans to ensure everybody has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food. A permanent food hub will bring local food into the local economy in a viable way.”

“Concerns over food security are becoming an issue at both the local and global level,” said Granby “With its plan to become the greenest city by 2020, Vancouver needs to take initiative in creating urban agricultural hubs and building local food security networks.”
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Media Contact: Mae Price – 778-986-5863; media@gmail.com

COPE Candidates Woodsworth and Granby Announce Plans for Local Food Security Development, at Last Main St. Farmer’s Market


For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

COPE Candidates Woodsworth and Granby Announce Plans for Local Food Security Development, at Last Main St. Farmer’s Market

Vancouver – As the Thanksgiving long weekend approaches, so does the closure of the Main St Farmer’s market. At the last market this Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, COPE Councilor Ellen Woodsworth and COPE Park Board candidate Brent Granby will be announcing an important element of their food security and environmental sustainability platform. They will be joined by David Tracey, environmental designer and author of the book Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution.

Join candidates at the Main St. Farmer’s Market (Thornton Park), 1100 block Main St on Wednesday October 5th at 2:00pm to hear COPE’s plans for creating sustainable neighbourhoods and improving initiatives for local food security.

Who: COPE City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth, COPE Park Board Candidate Brent Granby and author and environmental designer David Tracey

When: Wednesday October 5th 2011, 2:00pm.

Where: Main St. Station Farmer’s Market at Thornton Park, 1100 Block, Station Street, Vancouver BC – Beside the silver statue on the East side of the Park, across from the Main St. bus terminal

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Media Contact: Mae Price – 778.986.5863; media@cope.bc.ca

Stronger Four Pillars Drug Plan First Step to Healthy, Safe Neighbourhoods


Media Release: Thursday September 29, 2011

Vancouver Can Count on COPE to Deliver A Comprehensive Plan to Improve Public Health and Community Safety
Stronger Four Pillars Drug Plan First Step to Healthy, Safe Neighbourhoods

Vancouver- COPE Candidates are reinforcing Vancouver’s Four Pillar’s Drug Strategy as part of a comprehensive plan to improve Vancouver’s public health and community safety. COPE Council Candidate Ellen Woodsworth, School Candidate Gwen Giesbrecht, and Park Candidate Brent Granby outlined their plan today. COPE’s plan wants greater attention paid to all four pillars: enforcement, treatment, prevention, and harm reduction.

“Health and safety are synonymous when it comes to public policy in Vancouver,” said Ellen Woodsworth. “Vancouver’s supervised injection site is one example – a vital primary health care facility that saves lives by preventing drug overdose deaths, limiting the spread of disease, while also helping people access addiction treatment, and reducing public disorder by moving open drug use safely off the sidewalk.”

“Vancouver needs more facilities like Insite, not less,” said Woodsworth. “If Stephen Harper chooses to stand in the way of making Vancouver safer, then the community can count on COPE to stand with them to protect our neighbourhoods.”

Voters can count on COPE to ensure police resources are focused and directed where they matter most, by addressing violent crimes, while other social service components work on tightening the safety net around Vancouver’s struggling families and disadvantaged youth. “Police do not want to be mental health social workers and nurses, their job is to protect our community from violence and exploitation,” continued Woodsworth.

“More attention on prevention is crucial to a health city so Vancouver’s children are not lead down a path to addiction,” added Gwen Giesbrecht. “Vancouver Schools play a vital role in making sure kids do not fall through the cracks.”

COPE’s public health and safety program acknowledges that without accessible and affordable activities, young people are more likely to choose more dangerous options. COPE also urges the Park Board to work with the City to ensure places to play are safe with regular sweeps for needles and the instillation of safer disposal boxes in washrooms and park facilities.

“Basket ball is drug prevention, hockey is drug prevention, child care is drug prevention,” said Brent Granby. “Voters can count on COPE on Park Board to make sure programs that are fun for children and youth continue and are expanded.”

“We all must work together for a healthier, safer city,” added Woodsworth. “Everything is interconnected, and the harm of one neighbourhood, harms the entire city.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mohr 778-926-4657; sara.mohr@gmail.com
COPE backgrounder on public health and community saftey

COPE to Unveil Commitments to Improve Vancouver Public Health and Community Safety


Media Advisory: Interview Availability

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 27 2011

COPE to Unveil Commitments to Improve Vancouver Public Health and Community Safety


WHAT:

Vancouver’s Coalition of the Progressive Electors (COPE) will be unveiling the first key platform plank of this civic election campaign, focusing on public health and community safety.

Candidates will host a media conference to highlight healthy and safe community spaces and centres in the Downtown Eastside (Strathcona) area. The community of Strathcona is just one example of an area in Vancouver that needs more social services to support struggling families and at-risk youths.

WHO:
COPE City Council Candidate Ellen Woodsworth
COPE Park Board Candidate Brent Granby
COPE School Board Candidate Gwen Giesbrecht

WHEN: 10 AM, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WHERE: MacLean Park, Corner of Georgia and Heatley

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mohr 778-926-4657; sara.mohr@gmail.com

Count on COPE Park Board Candidates Brent Granby and Donalda Greenwell-Baker to Build More Public Washrooms


Media Advisory: Interview Opportunity

Photos of washrooms at Pigeon Park

September 25, 2011
VANCOUVER

WHAT: COPE Candidates for Park Board, Brent Granby and Donalda Greenwell-Baker will make the building of public washrooms in Vancouver a priority. “For seniors, low income residents, folks of varying physical abilities and tourists, COPEʼs plans will create and maintain parks for everyone,” said Granby. “It stinks,” said Granby “Literally. Vancouverʼs alleyways and home ownersʼ backyards should not be the only option for people needing to use a washroom.”

This week the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation moved forward with a Capital Plan to improve the cityʼs parks and community centre amenities. Once elected, Granby and fellow COPE Park Board Candidate Donalda Greenwell-Baker will ensure that the Vancouver Parks Board work with neighbourhoods to create parks and community centres for everyone. “More accessible washrooms are an important step to keep our parks and neighbourhoods clean, and make our city more inclusive,” said Greenwell-Baker.

Pigeon Park is one of Vancouverʼs neighbourhoods that need a washroom the most, yet their facilities seem to be on constant out of service notice. Granby and Greenwell-Baker will be at Pigeon Park this Sunday demonstrating the important of this public amenity.

WHEN: Sunday, September 25, 2011 -10 am

WHERE: Pigeon Park at the corner of Hastings and Caroll Street

MEDIA CONTACT: Mae Price 778-986-5863; maeprice@hotmail.com

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Healthy City, Active City: Moving Vancouver Forward

City of Vancouver Transportation 2040/Walk 21 Public Event

October 5th, 2011
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street
Asia Pacific Hall
7 pm to 9 pm
FREE

Join experts from around the world to learn more about the link between health and transportation, and discuss how Vancouver can be one of the leading cities to integrate health into transportation planning.

Why You Should Attend:

Hear about highlights from the Walk 21 Conference- the International Conference on Walking and Livable Communities being held in Metro Vancouver October 3-5. 2011.

Learn about how transportation and public health decisions affect individuals and communities.

Find out what Vancouver can learn from other cities around the world who are making the link between health and transportation.

Discuss how Vancouver can integrate health into transportation planning, and raise awareness about the importance of active transportation.

Speakers:
James Sallis, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
Harriet Tregoning, Director, Office of Planning Washington DC
Peter McCue, Manager, Premier’s Council for Active Living, New South Wales, Australia
Larry Frank, Professor and Bombardier Chair, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia