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MacLure’s Cabs celebrates their 100 year anniversary at CBC Studios in Vancouver!

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

 Maclure’s Cabs celebrated their 100th anniversary at CBC Vancouver studios in grand style!!

Beautifully catered event and prepared from chefs right in front of you, fantastic music, door prizes, and tons of fun!

An extremely memorable experience!

Maclure’s Cabs has been an important part of Vancouver’s history and continues to do so with their new line of “green” cabs.

About 1000 people packed the halls of the CBC radio building in Vancouver enjoying Sushi, traditional Indian food, Swedish Meatballs, and delicious Indian sweets for dessert.  

The famous Dal Richards and his Orchestra played jazz music in the background and drew many well deserved applauses from a crowd dressed to the
nines in Tuxedos, Suits, Beautiful Saris (for the women of course) and elegant evening gowns.

There were speeches from various people including the President of Maclure’s Cabs, Geoff Meggs from the city of Vancouver.
We were delighted to view one of the original Cadillac Cabs from 100 years ago (fully restored of course) “driven” by a cabbie in traditional uniform, peaked cap, long trenchcoat, and shiny shoes. Even the people greeting us at the door were dressed in traditional outfits from the period.

We will never forget the night as it was amazing and memorable. We have told ALL our friends and families about MacLure’s Cabs!

Thank you Maclure’s for 100 years of great service, may there be at least another 100 years

Below is a welcoming letter from Sucha Poonia, President of MacLure’s Cabs

Welcome to MacLure’s Cabs 100 year celebration!

Dear Friends,

It is with great pride that I welcome you to this milestone in MacLure’s history. We are pleased and privileged to have so many riders, suppliers, industry partners, friends and relatives here to join us in our celebration of 100 years serving in Vancouver.

In the beginning, taxi fares often consisted of trips to Stanley Park and trips across town.  Our fleet started with Cadillac’s and later included a Packard Limousine.  Since then we have grown to a fleet of 65, and we service all the way to Whistler.

MacLure’s Cabs strives to provide clean, safe, enjoyable rides, getting you to your destination in a timely fashion.  Our drivers have all taken the Taxi Host program, to help us ensure that our riders receive the best possible service.

We have worked hard to become environmentally responsible, as seen by our fleet that mostly consists of Hybrid Toyata Prius’s. As soon as there are Hybrid minivans available, we will continue to “green” our fleet.

We are glad you were able to attend our 100th Anniversary, and we look forward to serving Vancouver for another 100 years.

Sincerely,

Sucha Poonia
President
MacLure’s Cabs Inc.

Below are videos of MacLure’s Cab 100th anniversary celebration at CBC Vancouver Studios

Many thanks to Jonathon Narvey for the invitation to help celebrate MacLure’s Cab 100th anniversary in Vancouver :)

AHA MEDIA filmed Gina Waldman – Prominent Human Rights Activist, Chair of JIMENA speaking upon “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

On Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 – AHA MEDIA filmed Gina Waldman – Prominent Human Rights Activist, Chair of JIMENA speaking upon “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” in Vancouver, Canada

Regina Waldman, Chair of JIMENA http://www.jimena.org (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa), was recently on a Pacific region speaking tour, sponsored by the Canada-Israel Committee. http://www.cicweb.ca

While in Vancouver, Ms. Waldman shared her personal story about mistreated and under-represented Jewish refugees.

Gina Waldman’s bio from The David Project http://www.thedavidproject.org

Gina Waldman born in Libya to a family that had lived in the country for centuries. She was persecuted and nearly murdered while escaping during a brutal expulsion from her homeland in 1967. All her assets were confiscated. She was allowed to keep only twenty dollars, only because she was a Jew.

In the years following, Ms. Waldman has been a tireless advocate for refugees and human rights. Her accomplishments and credentials included the following:

In March 2008, she testified at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

Using her personal story, Ms. Waldman sheds light on the unknown history of the Forgotten Refugees.

She recently testified before Congress on the plight of the nearly one-million Jews who were made refugees from the Arab countries. She speaks of how she grew up in a hate-filled country, including her own school. A teacher, whose class she observed, asked the children in an arithmetic lesson, “If you have ten Jews and kill five, how many do you have left?” “That,” said Gina, “was my first taste of hate.”

In 1992, Ms. Waldman was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by the Human Rights Commission.

In July 2007, she testified for the Human Rights Caucus of the United States Congress as an expert witness.

Part of the Directorship of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jewry, which helped win freedom for thousands, including dissident Anatoly Sharansky.

Worked closely with Russian Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Human Rights champion Andrei Sakharov.

Advocated against human rights abuses in Chile during the Pinochet Regime.

Worked to re-settle Bosnian Muslim refugees in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-founded and Chairs JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) to educate the public about the plight of the Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. http://www.jimena.org

JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa is a 501 (c) (3) organization that works on many fronts to educate and advocate for the forgotten Jewish refugees of the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to 1948, approximately 850,000 Jews lived in Muslim countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. Today, 99 percent of these ancient Jewish communities no longer exist.

JIMENA seeks recognition for the nearly one million Jews indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa who were displaced from their country of origin.

JIMENA is dedicated to the preservation of Mizrahi and Sephardi culture and history.

JIMENA endeavors to address the existing gap in the historical narrative of the Middle East and North Africa by sharing the Mizrahi and Sephardi story of oppression, plight and displacement.
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Below is a photo of Daniel Schloss  Pacific Region Manager, Advocacy of the Canada-Israel Committee   http://www.cicweb.ca shows us the film “Forgotten Refugees” by The David Project & IsraTV

In this video is the beginning part from “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” the movie in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

In this video is the Peace and Justice storyline from “Forgotten Jewish Refugees” the movie in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

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In the next 6 videos, Jonathon Narvey and Gina Waldman speak about Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

Jonathon Narvey: Principal Writer and Consultant http://www.writeimage.ca http://www.jnarvey.com

Gina Waldman: Prominent human rights activist, Chair of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) http://www.jimena.org

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In this video, Randi Winter, Jonathon Narvey, Gina Waldman, Daniel Schloss speaking on traditional clothing of Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

Gina Waldman: Prominent human rights activist, Chair of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) http://www.jimena.org

Randi Winter: Director and Travel Specialist in Inspired Pursuits http://www.passionatetravel.org

Daniel Schloss: Canada-Israel Committee – Position: Pacific Region Manager, Advocacy http://www.cicweb.ca

Jonathon Narvey Principal Writer and Consultant http://www.writeimage.ca http://www.jnarvey.com

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In the next 2 videos, Randi Winter and Gina Waldman speaking on Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

In this video, Daniel Schloss, Gina Waldman with Randi Winter speaking on Forgotten Jewish Refugees in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday Jan 24, 2010

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All 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

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