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Creating websites and social media connections for Drug War Survivors, BCAPOM and WAHRS

May 30, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is pleased to help create websites and social media connections – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Youtube for the following Harm Reduction organizations based in Vancouver:

BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors – Drug War Survivors,

The BC Columbia Association for People on Methadone BCAPOM

Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society WAHRS

AHA MEDIA is helping to give Drug Wars Survivors, BCAPOM, and WAHRS more ways to stay connected and educate through social media

AHA MEDIA thanks VANDU and Keith Smith of BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors

David Wong shows AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee his frogs and walking stick insects

May 26, 2010 4 comments

On a rainy day,  David Wong educates AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee about his frogs and walking stick insects

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Below is a Dumpy Tree Frog and a Red Eyed Tree Frog

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In this video, David Wong shows AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee a Dumpy Tree Frog and Red Eyed Tree Frog

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of a Walking Stick Insect

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Below is a close up of an eye of a Walking Stick Insect

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In this video, David Wong shows AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee a Walking Stick Insect

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

http://savethefrogs.com

AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile is proud to be at VIDWEEK 2010 – Vancouver Interactive Digital Week W2 Launch Party on Tuesday May 25 7 – 10 pm at W2 Storyeum

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Time: May 25, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: W2 Storyeum
Street: 151 W Cordova
City/Town: Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-9896
Event Type: receptionparty
Organized By: W2
Latest Activity: 1 hour ago

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Event Description

Celebrate the launch of VIDWeek 2010 at Vancouver’s celebrated Storyeum site. This is the kickoff to an exciting week of networking, learning, and parties for the digital media and wireless industries, with Canada, USA, Asia Pacific and Europe represented.

Tired of ‘Rock Band’ parties? Try the real thing at The Wailing Wall of Sound, the largest guitar amp in the world, at 40 foot long. Feeling digital street-wise and artistic? Try Tangible Interaction‘s interactive grafitti wall, and be entertained with our DJs and VJs. Enjoy hors d’ouevres from the W2 Cafe, and local ales from Storm Brewing.

Entry free with Conference Registration, $10 for everyone else. Parking upstairs at EasyPark(enter off Cordova or Water), bike parking inside.

The Party is the evening program that follows the day-long Digital Media Day (WIP Jam format), 9-4pm at W2 Storyeum.

If you are a W2 member and wish to attend this evening Launch Party RSVP via 604.689.9896.

AHA MEDIA films at World Hepatitis Day Rally by VANDU and BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors in Abbotsford on May 18, 2010

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

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In this video, Aiyanis Ormond of VANDU, Barry Shantz of BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors and Ann Livingston of VANDU speak on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Dave Murray of VANDU introduces Dr John Farley, an infectious disease specialist who has offices in Abbotsford and Vancouver who said Abbotsford has one of the highest rates of hepatitis C in the province, and there are too many restrictions placed on who is eligible for treatment through Pharmacare.at World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford May 18 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Aiyanis Ormond and Ann Livingston of VANDU protest Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, VANDU members carry a Coffin to represent Hepatitis C deaths during a march for World Hepatitis Day involving BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors around Abbotsford City Hall and Police Station at a Harm Reduction Rally in Abbotsford, BC on May 18 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Speeches include Aiyanis Ormond of VANDU, Barry Shantz of BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors and Deb of Hep C Council of BC speak on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Richard Cunningham of VANDU speak on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, a speech from a member of BC and Yukon Association of Drug World Survivors speaks on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, speeches from VANDU and BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors including Keith Smith speak on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In the next photos and video, members of VANDU and BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors marched into Abbotsford City Hall Bylaw office and dumped bags, buckets, boxes and plastic containers filled with used needles found in Abbotsford with Abbotsford City Hall Bylaw staff and Police officers standing by

Abbotsford does not have needle exchange program

Dave Murray of VANDU and Barry Shantz of BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors and other members including Richard Cunningham of VANDU speak on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Aiyanis Ormond of VANDU, Barry Shantz and Keith Smith of BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors give final thougths on Abbotsford City Council’s “Harm Production” Bylaw and the need for needle exchanges, safe injection sites and Harm Reduction to prevent Hepatitis C on the day before World Hepatitis Day Rally in Abbotsford, BC May 18, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA films at “VANDU Tickets Day” in Vancouver on Monday May 17, 2010

May 19, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA films at VANDUVancouver Area Network of Drug Users where AHA MEDIA is helping to document “VANDU Tickets Day”

” 800 Tickets withdrawn by City of Vancouver…Is yours one of them? Come to VANDU to see if you have outstanding tickets”

City of Vancouver Representatives are at VANDU to provide community members with info about tickets, court dates and community services possibilities.

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Below is Aiyanas Ormond and Marion Allaart of VANDU helping the members

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Below are photos of City of Vancouver representatives working with VANDU members on tickets

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AHA MEDIA, Fearless City Mobile and W2 at Fair in the Square 2010 in Victory Square, Vancouver

May 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Board of Directors, Management and Employees of Central City Foundation and Vancouver Community College are pleased to present Fair in the Square 2010.

The purpose is to celebrate our neighborhood, share food, listen to local musical artists, support a community trade show, eat cupcakes and dance.

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Below is a photo of Irwin Oostindie and Lianne Payne of W2

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Below is Irwin Oostindie with Holly Boyd of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile

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Below is a photo of Lianne Payne in the band Sambata

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Below is some of our great AHA MEDIA, Fearless City Mobile and W2 Crew with friend Kat

Peter, Clyde, Irwin, Alvin, April, Darryl, Kat and Lianne

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Below is Darryl, Paul, Clyde and Alvin of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Crew trying to make a W2 with their fingers

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Below is Irwin Oostindie sharing a laugh with Central City Foundation member

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Below is Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile holding the Summer program guide for W2

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Below is Irwin Oostindie speaking with Andrew “Muskie” McKay – formerly of BOB

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Below is a photo of Miriam, Shawn with Alvin, April and Eric doing great community engagement and outreach of W2 during Fair in the Square 2010

AHA MEDIA is so proud of Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne on their article in The Georgia Straight newspaper “Activist documentary filmmakers get interactive”

May 15, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is so proud of Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne on their article in The Georgia Straight newspaper “Activist documentary filmmakers get interactive”

Many thanks to Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne of Animal Mother Films for the upcoming film “With Glowing Hearts” for all their hard work and REAL care and concern for all the people they interviewed and cultivating a life long working relationship especially for us at AHA MEDIA.

Below is a photo of Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy from their Georgia Straight article written by Shana Myara

Jon and Andrew were the only filmmakers we’ve seen who were dedicated in telling the REAL stories of our lives and other community members in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.  We  are immensely grateful for their time, patience and care in working with us at AHA MEDIA over the year for their documentary film.

We at AHA MEDIA are very proud to count Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne as mentors, advisors and most importantly friends of AHA MEDIA.

So many people are always interested in what, where and why we do our citizen journalism and social media documentation with cameraphones of events, functions and daily life activities in our community the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.   One thing we were most impressed and touched by Jon and Andrew was that they geniunely wanted to KNOW us and be there with us through the good and bad times.

In the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, so much goes on in our community and it’s rapidly changing everyday. We deal with many issues including gentrification, poverty, lack of social housing  and during the film process of With Glowing Hearts,  we all learned more about ourselves and how we could change things together!!

Thanks to Jon and Andrew for being there for us and helping us tell our story to an international audience. Thank you for encouraging us and supporting our endeavors to tell the stories of the most marginalized people in our City of Vancouver.

Please see Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne of With Glowing Hearts article in this week’s Georgia Straight newspaper http://www.straight.com/node/323597

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