COPE names Sean Antrim as executive director
The Coalition of Progressive Electors has hired a new executive director, as the Vancouver political party rebuilds from its shellacking in the November 2011 civic election.
Sean Antrim replaces Alvin Singh, who left the post after less than two years on the job.
Antrim has been an activist with the Residents Association of Mount Pleasant and the Vancouver Renters' Union, and an editor of The Mainlander political site.
"After a very competitive hiring process, Sean impressed us with his positive energy and his ability to bring people together, along with the strong organizational skills needed to build COPE for the next election," COPE internal chair Sarena Talbot said in an email sent to party members today (June 18).
In a Mainlander article posted after the November election, Antrim criticized Vision Vancouver's "land-use policy predicated on eviction and demolition of affordable housing".
"Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver have said on several occasions that they are unable to stop evictions," Antrim wrote. "But the truth is that they do not want to stop them, because their housing policy is literally dependent upon evictions. To build affordable housing without subsidizing it, you need to evict low-income tenants — that is the only way."