Imtiaz Popat seeks COPE nomination for park board

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      One of the Lower Mainland's better-known queer advocates, Imtiaz Popat, has declared that he hopes to get elected to the Vancouver park board this November.

      Popat, who ran as a Green council candidate in Surrey in 2011, is seeking a COPE nomination in Vancouver.

      Popat was a long-time host on Co-op Radio and has produced videos, founded a support group for LGBT Muslims, and been an environmental and antiwar activist.

      He wants to help create a new Vancouver community centre modelled on 519 Church Street in Toronto. It offers programming for the LGBT community and new Canadians.


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      Former coworker

      Jul 20, 2014 at 4:10pm

      Do not nominate Imtiaz Popat. He's a professional attention seeker and time-suck. Chaos and dysfunction follow wherever he goes.


      Jul 20, 2014 at 11:00pm

      Not to mention, that Imtiaz is a Surrey resident. Would be kinda nice to have someone who actually lives in Vancouver and doesn't have to take Skytrain into town to, y'know, sit on Vancouver Park Board.


      Jul 21, 2014 at 12:01pm

      I've known Imtiaz has been a committed and passionate activist for decades in Vancouver. He has built bridges to communities throughout the lower mainland, and that's a good thing.

      Imtiaz Popat

      Jul 21, 2014 at 12:10pm

      Yes Charles I am looking after my folk is Surrey right now but, I have live most of life Vancouver. Not sure about who the anonymous coworker is, but my endorsers and supporters will tell you of all my positive accomplishments with any organization I have worked including my work with COPE.

      Stuart Parker

      Jul 22, 2014 at 5:46pm

      Imtiaz represents exactly the direction COPE is heading. I can think of no better representative for the party.