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Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA and Van Jensen on how they’d like to be Media Reps on Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In the following photos and video, Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA and Van Jensen at LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside talk about how some Traditional Media represents only sensationalist aspects of the area and how they’d like to be Media Reps on Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA reports on Sam the Candy Man’s Free Donations Giveaway every Thursday night in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA reports on Sam the Candy Man’s Free Donations Giveaway every Thursday night  at 8pm near Main and Hastings corner in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Below is Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA standing with Sam the Candy Man who hands out candy and clothing for folks in the area

In this video, Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA speaks about Sam the Candy Man who comes down every Thursday night and sets up in near in front of the Balmoral Hotel and Hotel Washington at Main and Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilm

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Below is a photo of Sam the Candy Man searching for shoes to give out

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In this video, Volunteers help Sam the Candy Man in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) at a table set up in near in front of the Balmoral Hotel and Hotel Washington at Main and Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Clothing Giveaway at Sam the Candy Man table set up in near in front of the Balmoral Hotel and Hotel Washington at Main and Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

In photo below,  Dave Jeanes helps out at the clothing table with Sam the Candy Man

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In photo below, a man poses for the camera while at the Clothing Table of Sam the Candy Man

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In photo below, “Chain Man” stands with Young Volunteers for Sam the Candy Man

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In photo below, is Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA standing near the lineup for giveaways for Sam the Candy Man

AHA MEDIA is very proud to present “With Glowing Hearts” – a documentary on social media and W2 Community Media Arts Centre in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Animal Mother Films invites you to join us for a drink and exclusive preview from the film at the official launch party for the website for our documentary project With Glowing Hearts. We continue to capture the pressures facing Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as the city prepares to host the Winter Olympics next February, and how a remarkable group of individuals is using cutting edge social media technologies to empower their community.

WGH-is a story about a revolution, one of social change and a paradigm shift in media representation. Vancouver sets the stage, against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Games, for our documentary about a marginalized community embracing social media tools to empower, inspire and breakdown the digital divide.

This is a project that Andrew Lavigne is directing and is being produced by animalmotherfilms.com. Shot on various capture devices including the Red, the HVX 200, the 5D MkII and the Nokia N77 cellphone. We began shooting Feb/2009 and will continue through March/2010.

Director Andrew Lavigne and Producer Jon Ornoy are now 9 months into production, charting the inspiring story of the creation of the W2 Media Arts Center as part of the Woodward’s redevelopment and the vital steps towards breaking down the digital divide that will take place within its walls.

With the launch of wghthemovie.ca, our Facebook presence and the Games only a few months away, we’re excited to throw the doors wide open and let you have a look inside.

J-Hock of AHA MEDIA talks about Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

J-Hock of AHA MEDIA talks about Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Read about Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act – where the Homeless get picked up by Police to go into shelters!

http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th1st/1st_read/gov18-1.htm

According to

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Opponents of the province’s new ‘Assistance to Shelter Act’ are holding a rally today in the Downtown Eastside, intensifying the fight over what to do about Vancouver’s homeless during the Olympic Games.

Opponents call it the “Olympic Kidnapping Act’, saying the act is unconstitutional.  The province maintains it is simply trying to help people who cant, or wont, help themselves.  Some claim the homeless are being chased out of the city altogether before February 2010.  A drop-in centre in Kelowna is reporting a 20 per cent increase in traffic, with many of the new clients saying they are from Vancouver.

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/more.jsp?content=20091125_142744_7224

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In this video, J-Hock of AHA MEDIA speaks on Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

April Smith interviewed by Guest Host Ian Hanomansing on BC Child Poverty Rates at CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition on Wednesday November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Wednesday November 25, 2009

Why does BC lead the nation in child poverty rates?  CBC Radio The Early Edition spoke to April Smith, a young woman who grew up in poverty in the downtown eastside.  Download this interview. (runs 8:59) http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/podcast/

http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/bcearlyedition_20091125_23565.mp3

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Below is a photo of  April Smith with Host Ian Hanomansing in Studio 10 at CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition.

Ian Hanomansing was a very exellent host to April! :)

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Below is a photo of April Smith with Shiral Tobin – CBC Radio One Early Edition Director.

Shiral Tobin was very warm in welcoming and reassuring to April for her first time interview on air! :)

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Below are two of CBC Vancouver’s tweets to April Smith on Twitter

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Below is a photo of Raymond Cochrane – Security at CBC Radio who was welcoming to April upon first arrival! :)


Many thanks to everyone CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition for allowing April Smith to speak on BC Child Poverty Rates!

http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/

Below are 19 photos of CBC Radio interview on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622752420463/

April Smith will be interviewed on CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition by Guest Host Ian Hanomansing at 7:12 AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 2 comments

April Smith will be interviewed  on the topics of BC’s Child Poverty Rate being the highest in Canada for the sixth year in a row as well and the stigma that still remains for people living in the DTES  who are trying to get out of poverty  and what supports are needed to help children in need on CBC Radio The Early Edition by Guest Host Ian Hanomansing at 7:12 AM  on Wednesday November 25, 2009

Listen Live

Listen to CBC Radio mp3 690 AM/ 88.1 FM Vancouver online

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Hanoman…

Taken from his Wikipedia article:

“Ian Hanomansing (or Hanoomansingh) (born 1961) is a television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He is the co-anchor of CBC News: Vancouver, CBUT’s supper hour newscast. From 2000 to 2007, he was the anchor of the national segment of the defunct newscast Canada Now. He has been a reporter with the CBC since 1986, and was one of the network’s main reporters for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is married, and has two sons.

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According to article by CBC

B.C.’s child poverty rate still Canada’s highest

Customers in need of extra food line up at the Surrey Food Bank.

Customers in need of extra food line up at the Surrey Food Bank. (CBC)

British Columbia’s child poverty rate has remained the highest in Canada for six years in a row and it’s time the provincial government took action, according to a child and youth advocacy group.

In its annual Child Poverty Report Card released Tuesday, the advocacy group First Call said B.C. had 156,000 poor children in 2007 — even though that was a good year for the provincial economy.

“When will the provincial government take action?” asked First Call chairwoman Julie Norton, who released the report on the 20th anniversary of an unanimous House of Commons vote to end child poverty in Canada by 2000.

‘We are seeing dramatic declines in child poverty in British Columbia,’—B.C. Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak

The proportion of children living in poverty in B.C. was 18.8 per cent, while the national child poverty rate was 15 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data cited in the report.

Please read rest of CBC’s article http://tinyurl.com/ycmalxq

AHA MEDIA is very honored to attend an exclusive meet and greet with Vancouver Canucks Legend Trevor Linden with the launch of LG Concierge Advantage

November 23, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very excited to attend an exclusive meet and greet with Vancouver Canucks Legend Trevor Linden with the launch of LG Concierge Advantage!

Trevor Linden

Trevor Linden’s career as an NHL hockey player and humanitarian has been remarkable. Trevor frequently visits B.C.’s Children’s Hospital and is a supporter and spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Cancer Society Lottery of Hope, and Canuck Place, a hospice for terminally ill children. Linden has started a program for underprivileged children called Trevor’s Captain’s Crew, which brings children by limousine to a free hockey game complete with a luxury suite at GM Place. In 1997, he was awarded the King Clancy Trophy for his leadership role and off-ice humanitarian contributions, and the Gillette World Champion Award as the Canadian athlete who best exemplifies excellence in sports and compassion and humanitarianism off the ice.

http://www.protocol.gov.bc.ca/protocol/prgs/obc/2003/2003_TLinden.htm

Below is the invitation to LG Concierge Advantage:

LG Electronics would like to invite you to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet with Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden, to coincide with the launch of the LG Concierge Advantage, a new digital signage program specially design for the Canadian retailers. Thought shooting some home-grown talent like Trevor could provide the site with some interesting content for your readers.

Just as a bit of background on the event itself…

The LG Concierge Advantage combines not only LG’s cutting-edge display technology but customized solutions for leasing, servicing and financing—a true team effort. We’d love to give you a sneak peek at some of this technology and then get an autograph and have your picture taken with Trevor, who is on-hand to help celebrate the team approach that LG Concierge Advantage embodies. The BC Hospitality Expo trade show opens at noon on the day of this event so our meet-and-greet with Trevor will be the perfect lead-in to your 2009 Expo experience.

Date: Monday, November 23, 2009

Time: 11:15am-Noon

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, 300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

More details about the LG Concierge Advantage program can be found at http://lgcommercial.ca/

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