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West Coast Oil Pipelines Summit – Livestream today

April 19, 2013 Leave a comment
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  • This is a special invitation for you to watch the LIVESTREAM of today’s soldout Summit events (1-10pmPST) online http://www.livestream.com/w2media

    Today, with support from the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, Tsleil-Waututh Nation are hosting a conference designed to stimulate discussion, explore clean energy alternatives, and raise public awareness about the expansion of the Canadian tar sands and oil industry transportation infrastructure.

    PLEASE SHARE, TWEET, and REPOST! We encourage you to watch online today’s events and let your community know your opposition to the Kinder Morgan tarsands pipeline expansion. The program includes a Treaty Signing (1-2pm PST), and Summit (3:45pm-10pm PST) from the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Watch from your computer or mobile device: http://www.livestream.com/w2media

    As a community at the terminus of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and with all of the controversy surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, Tsleil-Waututh felt it was time to organize a large scale “meeting of the minds” to allow for intelligent, respectful and informed debate on the economic and renewable energy alternatives to oil sands expansion in BC.

    The Summit includes compelling speakers and discussion, and a special evening of Indigenous blues music and cultural sharing.

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    Please consider watching online today and learning about these important issues. Today’s events willalso be broadcast in a couple of weeks on W2TV (courtesy of ACCESS and Shaw Cable 4) throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

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    Let’s build on the momentum and bring people together from various walks of life and sectors to voice our united voice!

    Say Yes to Beautiful BC – Say No to Kinder Morgan & Oil Sands Expansion

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    More Summit background: http://www.klahowya.ca/resources/919-oil-pipeline-summit-next-week.html

    LIKE the Tsleil Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tsleil-Waututh-Sacred-Trust-Initiative-Official-site/421409861240346?fref=ts

    LIKE Protect the Sacred on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ProtectTheSacred?fref=ts

W2TV: February 16, 2013 – Celebrating the Lunar New Year

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

W2TV: February 16, 2013 – Celebrating the Lunar New Year

109 AHA MEDIA at W2TV Chinese New Year show in Vancouver

Online now (links included) and premiere television broadcast at 2pm on Saturday February 16, repeated Sunday at 10pm and Tuesday at 2am (early Monday eve) on Shaw cable 4 community channel in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley.

The show opens (Part 1) with W2TV co-hosts April Smith and Hendrick Beune welcoming the Lunar New Year of the Snake and introducing show line-up. They are also with AHA Media, which field produced the short reports this segment about Downtown EastSide Literacy, the remarkable practice of Packour and the aboriginal celebration of Hobiyee.

http://www.creativetechnology.org/video/w2tv-february-16-2013-part-1-4

In Part 2, guest interviewer Sid Tan chats with Faye Leung, business woman and community trailblazer, about Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations. The ageless timeless Faye is best known as Vancouver’s hat and Chinatown’s grand lady. Part 3 features Hendrik chatting with Scott Clark, executive director of ALIVE (Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement), and indigenous cultural activist Lou-Ann Neel about the Idle No More movement and it’s leadership of youths through claiming traditions, art and cultural practices. AHA Media field reports this segment include Legend of the White Snake/Luminara, excerpt from CBC radio program On the Coast with Stephen Quinn with panel on Chinatown gentrification.

http://www.creativetechnology.org/video/w2tv-february-16-2013-part-2-4

Part 3 features Hendrik chatting with Scott Clark, executive director of ALIVE (Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement), and indigenous cultural activist Lou-Ann Neel about the Idle No More movement and it’s leadership of youths through claiming traditions, art and cultural practices. AHA Media field reports this segment include Legend of the White Snake/Luminara, excerpt from CBC radio program On the Coast with Stephen Quinn with panel on Chinatown gentrification.

http://www.creativetechnology.org/video/w2tv-february-16-2013-part-3-4

Part 4 features guest interviewer Sid Tan chatting with Larry Wong, a public historian, about the Pender Guy legacy project and Vancouver Foundation. Interesting tax details explained with humour. Segment opens with AHA Media report with Wendy Pederson on social housing and closes with Ta’Kaiya Blaney performing at the Save the Salish Sea Festival at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver, September 2, 2012.

http://www.creativetechnology.org/video/w2tv-february-16-2013-part-4-4

NOTE: Video quality result of copying without time-based corrector and haste to upload. Should not distract viewing.

April Smith and Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA are very proud to be Hosts of W2TV – Chinese New Year 2013 episode

February 12, 2013 1 comment

April Smith and Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA are very proud to be Hosts of W2TV – Chinese New Year 2013 episode.

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Highlights were Sid Tan interviewing Honoured guests Larry Wong on Living a Legacy and Faye Leung speaking about old traditions to celebrate during the Chinese New Year!

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Many thanks to Deborah Angrave for Directing and Don Walchuk for support!

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Hendrik Beune and April Smith of AHA MEDIA were honoured to be Hosts of W2TV Show on Jan 20, 2013

January 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Lianne Payne says:
Under the expert direction of Deborah Angrave and Sid Tan and supported by Don Walchuk, hosts April Smith and Hendrik Beune prep with Irwin Oostindie for the W2TV taping
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Photo by Lianne Payne
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Photo by Lianne Payne
The show is about popular cultural spaces that are under threat in Vancouver.
It airs on Shaw cable 4 for viewing around the Lower Mainland, this Sunday 27 January, with repeat broadcasts until Saturday 2 February

Premiere of W2TV with interview of AHA MEDIA and Premiere of “Paper Sons and Daughters” Documentary

June 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Vancouver BC – Auspicious circumstance heralds the premiere of W2TV, produced by W2 Community Media Arts (W2) and ACCESS-TV*.

Opening the W2 TV show are hosts Irwin Oostindie and Sid Tan, with interviews with Karen McAthy, chef at W2 MediaCafé, and April Smith and Hendrik Beune of AHA Media, specialists in social media production.

In rotation for two weeks beginning 10pm on Sunday June 10, W2TV broadcasts on Shaw cable 4 in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley and repeats Monday midnight (00am Tuesday), Thursday late night (2am Friday) and 2pm on Saturday.

W2’s mandate is to break the digital divide through access to technology and training while promoting full inclusion, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue and advancing issues of redress. W2TV is initiated to engage local media arts practitioners in community television, new media production and storytelling.

The inaugural W2 TV show features the television broadcast premiere of “Paper Sons and Daughters” to mark the 62nd anniversary of the June 9, 1960 announcement which granted amnesty for paper sons and daughters if they confessed to the government.

http://vimeo.com/43588650

“Paper Sons and Daughters” is produced and directed by Deborah Angrave with Sid Tan as executive producer. The twenty minute bare bones documentary is compelling storytelling of Chinese immigration and personal family histories.

*Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, an associate member of W2 since 2008, is a chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) which has 27 chapters across Canada. As ACCESS-TV, it produces regularly scheduled community television broadcasts of local, national and international human rights, social justice and environmental concerns for public interest.

W2TV: Solidarity Notes Choir – Women’s Housing March and GentriFUCation Tour

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

5th ANNUAL WOMEN’S HOUSING MARCH
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Sat. Sep 17 @ 1:30 pm
Starts at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

On Saturday Sep 17 at 1:30 pm, join the Downtown Eastside Women Centre Power of Women Group* in the 5th Annual March for Women’s Housing and March Against Poverty.

We invite groups to bring their banners and anything else for our festive march and ‘GentriFucation Tour’. All genders are welcome and celebrated. Please bring your drums and regalia. This march is child-friendly and there will be a rest-vehicle for elders. Spread the word!

This year, we celebrate the recent victory that has forced the provincial government to commit funding to a 24-hour low barrier shelter for women as a result of our collective efforts. We also continue to march for:
– Social Housing, Childcare, and Healthcare for all!
– No more Evictions and No more Gentrification in the Downtown Eastside!
– Stop Criminalizing the Poor!

Email: project@dewc.ca or Phone: 778 885 0040

Video by Sid Tan of W2TV

W2TV: Raise the Rates MLA Welfare Challenge

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Coast Salish Territory – 600 block Powell Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver BC. Near the local office of the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development.

On May 26, 2011, a group named Raise the Rates launches the MLA Welfare Challenge. A Challenge to BC MLA’s to see if any will live on the province’s rate of $610 for a single person.

Raise the Rates states an MLA accepting the challenge would be engaging in real action reseach and gain some understanding of what life on welfare is like.

It has been 25 years since Vancouver MLA and later Speaker of the House Emery Barnes spent 7 weeks living on the welfare rate of the time. Among those issuing the challenge to MLA’s is Constance Barnes, daughter of the late Mr. Barnes and a CoV Parks Board Commissioner. She explained with pride her father’s act to support a raise in welfare rates.

Based on his experience, Emery Barnes stated that the welfare rate for a single person without disabilities should be $700. That is 25 years ago and equivalent to $1,290 today, more than double what is the present welfare rate.

Bob Hopwood of Raise the Rates states they will provide MLA’s support and advice and work with them to ensure the month is a valuable and insightful experience.

As the legislature is in session until June 2, Raise the Rates states after that would be a good time to start with July 1 being the latest. MLA’s have until June 16 to respond. Raise the Rates commits to provide $610 to one MLA from each party and link them to people on welfare to hear their stories and experiences.

As MLA’s determine the welfare rates, they should be able to survive on them as 90,000 BC families and individuals do. Along with the MLA Welfare Challenge, Raise the Rates also has demands as Jean Swanson explains.

By taking the challenge, MLA’s would find current welfare rates for most does not provide enough for nutritous food or adequate shelter let alone hygiene or transportation.

The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Vancouver is $1,012 a month. Even in the lowest rent area of Vancouver the average rent is $805 a month. Raise the Rates is a coalition of over 20 organisation in BC concerned about poverty and nomelessness in the province.

For W2TV, Sid Tan reporting from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver BC.

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