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Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA speaks with Judy Grave, Advocate for the Homeless at City of Vancouver (COV) on what’s important in DTES Community

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA sat down with Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless at City of Vancouver at a bus stop on Hastings St.

He answered questions on the topic

“Your DTES Community – Tell Us What Is Important to you!

Address?

Since When?

Age?

Gender?

Disabilities?

A. What’s important to you in the DTES? (Places, spaces, things)

  • Can you show these places on the map?
  • If your important thing does not have a location, you can put it into the “heart”

1 Where do you spend time?

2 Where do you go for food?

3 Where do you get together with friends or meet people?

4 Which drop-ins, community centers or services do you go to?

5 Do you go anywhere to learn? Do you go to any schools, classes or programs? Where?

6 Do you work or volunteer? Where do you go to do this?

B. What is missing or needed in the DTES?

  • Is there anything you need that is not in the DTES? What is missing?
  • Can you show this on a map?

C. What are your fears and hopes for change and development in the DTES?

  • Have you seen the DTES changing and if so, where and how?

7 What are some of the negative ways change and development can affect the DTES?

8 What are your hopes for change (development) in the DTES?

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless at the City of Vancouver (COV)

Below are two videos with Hendrik Beune speaking with Judy Graves speaking on “What is important in the DTES?”

(Due to the busy traffic noises in the background of the video, please listen with headphones for better sound clarity and volume)

 

Earl Crowe waves hello to both Hendrik and Judy while doing their survey

Judy and Earl smile together at the corner of Carrall and Hastings

Judy listens to Thai’s thought about the DTES

Judy listening to Christoph Runne’s thoughts on what’s important in the Vancouver DTES

“What Important to the DTES Community” survey

Chinese Freemasons and the PHS Community Services Society co-hosted the unveiling ceremony of a plaque to commemorate the 100 anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s visit to Vancouver as well as his stay at the Pennsylvania Hotel on Friday Oct 7, 2011

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The Chinese Freemasons and the PHS Community Services Society co-hosted a ceremony to unveil a plaque to commemorate the 100 anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s visit to Vancouver and his stay at the Pennsylvania Hotel, originally named the Woods Hotel.

When: Oct 7th (Friday), 2011, 12:00 Noon

Where: Lobby of the Pennsylvania Hotel, 412 Carrall St., Vancouver, BC

Event: Unveiling of the plaque and a reception after.

Chinese Freemasons and the PHS Community Services Society co-host the unveiling ceremony of a plaque to commemorate the 100 anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s visit to Vancouver as well as his stay at the Pennsylvania Hotel in February 1911. This is also the 100 anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, which ended thousands of years of monarchy rule in China and established the first republic in Asia.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen led the Xinhai Revolution to victory in 1911, the same year he visited Vancouver and he is popularly considered the founding father of modern China.

Chuck Chang Executive (Vice Chairman Chinese Freemasons National Headquarters of Canada): “The Chinese Freemason mortgaged our buildings to help raised tens of thousands of dollars for the revolution. Many of our members also took part in direct action for the course, some sacrificing their lives for the revolution.”

Chuck Chang Executive (Vice Chairman Chinese Freemasons National Headquarters of Canada): “The Chinese Freemason covered the expenses of Dr. Sun’s visit in 1911. We also provided protection to make sure that Dr. Sun’s personal safety was not compromised. One hundred years later, we are still proud of our support to the revolution.”

Dr. Dan Small: “We are proud and honored that Pennsylvania Hotel, formerly known as the Woods Hotel and the Portland Hotel, is connected to such an significant event in human history; and that the Hotel hosted such an important person as Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of modern China and the first president of China.”

Dr. Dan Small: “The core belief of the PHS Community Services Society is to support progressive social changes and to promote tolerance of people with diversity of lifestyle and ideas, whether or not such ideas are popular at the current time or not.”

Dr. Dan Small: “We treasure this special and historical link between Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and the Pennsylvania Hotel. We also treasure this special and historical link between the Chinese community and the PHS Community Services Society.”

BACKGROUNDER: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen played a key and leading role in the 1911 Xinhai Revolution that toppled the Qing Dynasty in China, ending monarchy rule that has lasted for thousands of years in the China and established the first republic in Asia.

The revolution commenced with an army uprising in the city of Wuchang in central China on Oct 10th, 1911.

In the same year, in 1911, believed from February 6th to the 18th, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen spent about two weeks in Vancouver. Dr. Sun was a guest of the Chinese Freemason and stayed at Woods Hotel, now the Pennsylvania Hotel, dodging assassination attempts from his adversaries while conducting an uprising in Southern China.

The Chinese Freemason hosted Dr. Sun’s visit in 1911 and help raise tens of thousands of dollars for the revolution, mortgaging their buildings to raise the crucial funds.

According to the recollection of the Chinese Freemason, they paid a total of $97.30 to settle Dr. Sun’s hotel bill, as well as $195.40 for Dr. Sun’s telegraph expenses.

One of the core operations of the PHS Community Services Society is providing housing accommodation to clients with special needs. And the first such housing projects for the PHS was the Portland Hotel, formerly called the Woods Hotel where Dr. Sun Yat-Sen stayed 100 years ago.

Below are videos of  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen ‘s Plaque unveiling at Pennsylvania Hotel in Vancouver

 

AHA MEDIA recently had the great pleasure of witnessing the unveiling of a very special little piece of Vancouver’s amazing history.

In 1911, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen visited Vancouver to raise support for the revolution happening in China. He came to Vancouver and stayed in the Pennsylvania Hotel in our own DTES, welcomed warmly by the Chinese Freemasons society of Vancouver and protected by them as agents had followed him from China to Vancouver and were intent on stopping him.

100 years later, the Portland Hotel Society welcomed us all to the recently renovated Pennsylvania Hotel to witness the unveiling of a beautiful plaque commemorating the good Dr’s visit.

There were many representatives from the city of Vancouver including Councillor Kerry Jang, Councillor Ellen Woodsworth, Andrea Reimer and Sarah Blyth. MLA Jenny Kwan who gave a stirring speech in both English and Chinese to the crowd.

Members of the Chinese Freemasons, people from the Portland Hotel Society, as well as Chinese senior citizens from Chinatown were all present to see the grand unveiling of the plaque.

Afterwards, we adjourned to the Calabash Bistro to enjoy traditional Caribbean food and each other’s company on this momentous historic day!

“The Only Seafoods” sign back at Hastings and Carrall in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

May 3, 2011 2 comments

AHA MEDIA was very happy to see  the return of “The Only Seafoods” sign back in the neighborhood after having been gone for more than a year! Read our post about the iconic sign being removed last year here

Aerial view of DNC Street Market and Fair at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

September 19, 2010 2 comments

A windy Fall day had people buying and selling at the DNC Street Market at the corner of Hastings and Carrall St in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

Below is Ping Chan and David Murray

With thanks to Clent Mann for help with photos today! :)

“The Only Seafoods” being carried away from Hastings and Carrall in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

April 15, 2010 1 comment

In the following photos and video, Stephen Hill of the Fearless City Mobile Project and Advisor to AHA MEDIA films Vancouver’s Legendary “The Only Seafoods” sign being carried away on a flatbed truck from Hastings and Carrall in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by Stephen Hill of Fearless City Mobile Project and given to April Smith of AHA MEDIA to upload. Stephen Hill filmed this video on a New Media camera – Kodak Zi6.

Both AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project are 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 the very noticeable absence of the Legendary “The Only Seafoods” sign along Hastings street

AHA MEDIA is pleased to attend Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

December 16, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is pleased to attend Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
www.vancouverparks.ca

“The fences are coming down”

The Pigeon Park renewal project is substantially completed, The removal of the fencing represents the return of this important public space to the community.

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In this photo and video, Sarah Blyth of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation welcomes us to Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009

This 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 photo and video, A speech is given where Beverly Dobrinsky and Carnegie Village Choir are invited to sing at Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009

This 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 photo and video, Beverly Dobrinsky and Carnegie Village Choir sing at Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009


This 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 photo, Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Ellen Woodsworth – Vancouver City Councillor watch the performance by Carnegie Village Choir

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In this photo and video, Terry Hunter, Joseph Pepe Danza and DTES Samba Band play at Pigeon Park Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

This 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 photo, Dalannah Gail Bowen of  Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts  sings

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In this photo, Andrea Reimer  – Vancouver City Councillor chats with Constance Barnes – Vancouver Park Board

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Hungry Folks line up for Chili, Cheese Scones and Hot Chocolate at Pigeon Park

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In this photo, Garvin Snider gives his thoughts on the new Pigeon Park

Please see all 35 photos on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/7215762288446

Community March to Stop the ‘Olympic Kidnap the Homeless’ Act at Hastings and Carrall Streets in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) Sunday Dec 13, 2009

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In the following photo and videos, Community March to Stop the ‘Olympic Kidnap the Homeless’ Act at Hastings and Carrall Streets in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

“The ‘Assistance’ to Shelter Act Must Be Stopped!

A coalition of DTES community groups and allies including CCAP, Streams of
Justice, IOCC, VanAct and DTES Power of Women Group are hosting a march
against the Olympic Kidnapping Act, which allows police to detain and
use force on homeless people to compel them into shelters.

*Rally to Stop the ‘Olympic Kidnapping Act*

SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 @ 3:30 PM-5:00PM
POLICE STATION (312 MAIN STREET, AT CORDOVA)

These videos were 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

Below are two photos of Vancouver Police questioning folks on steps of Vancouver Art Gallery

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