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AHA MEDIA meets Jose Sotelo, a vendor for Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 program at One Stop Shop Cards and Games

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment
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AHA MEDIA was pleased to meet Jose Sotelo, a quietly eloquent but very dynamically dressed Canucks Fan as he was playing a mock game between Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators on the Play Station 3 in One Stop Shop Cards and Games in Tinseltown Mall right near GM Place.


He enjoys working at the games, giving him a great sense of community while he helps sell 50/50 tickets to help fundraise  for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice program.



By participating in the Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 program, Canuck fans helped the Fund give over $730,000 to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice that received $1.7 million in the 2007-08 season. With the generosity of our loyal fans and dedicated team of volunteers, the Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 program has become the most successful in the NHL!

Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 Rules and Information:

·  Tickets are 3 for $5 or 7 for $10.

·  Must be 19 years or older to purchase a 50/50 ticket.

·  Ticket buyers are given one of the tickets and the other matching ticket remains with the seller to place in the draw bin.

·  Tickets are sold prior to game time. Most ticket sales are finished at the end of the first intermission although tickets are still available in the suites and at the 50/50 table at section 101 until the 2nd intermission.

·  Ticket sales are at all Vancouver Canucks hockey games at GM Place. 

·  Volunteers sell tickets at all entrances to GM Place, on the concourse, in the Brew House Grill and in the suites on the 200, 400 and 500 levels. Some volunteers also sell in the bowl during the 1st period


 AHA MEDIA enjoys meeting community people who try and make a difference in our neighborhood! Cheers for Jose! 🙂


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AHA MEDIA at the DTES Women Centre protest of the Vancouver Police Dept

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Reposted from Email Notice:



Sunday Jan 25th
from 1-2 pm
Starts outside DTES Women Centre
302 Columbia Street, corner Cordova

All (including men) welcome!

Significant street sweeps have been occurring in the DTES from increased
and aggressive ticketing for things like jaywalking to complete
gentrification of Pigeon Park. Leading upto the 2010 Olympics, such
measures are meant to ‘cleanse’ the neighbourhood and to intimidate DTES
residents. We are standing together to show that we will not be scared-
stand for the DTES!


Reposted from The Georgia Straight

Vancouver police plan Downtown Eastside crackdown ahead of Olympics
By Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, Jan 21, 2009

With the Olympics just a little over a year away, the Vancouver Police Department unveils today (January 21) its draft business plan for 2009, which would see additional cops, more street spot checks, and more bylaw-violation tickets issued in the Downtown Eastside.

The plan will be presented at a meeting of the Vancouver police board chaired by Mayor Gregor Robertson.

It states that “in 2009 the VPD will introduce a new strategy aimed at reducing street disorder by increasing the number of members in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) on the Beat Enforcement Teams (BET), and increasing the time these members spend curbing and deterring disorder on the street in this area”.

The plan goes on: “This strategy will be accomplished in part by a directive for increased discretion with regards to arresting and charging individuals for simple drug possession in this area.

“By placing the priority on seizing drugs rather than officially prosecuting the offenders for lower-level drug possession offences, VPD members will avoid the necessity of spending the majority of their shift filling out lengthy paperwork which effectively removes their presence on the street for several hours at a time.

“With more officers being dedicated to the area, and more of their shift spent enforcing the law on the street, the disorder and offending associated with this area will decrease, increasing the quality of life and safety for all residents and visitors in the area.”

One of the plan’s strategies involves the increased use of city bylaws “for disorder offences”.

There will also be an “increased involvement in service of summons for chronic disorder related bylaw offenders; and increased usage of the Safe Streets and Trespass Acts”.

The plan’s targets include a “minimum of 4 street checks per BET member per block”.

The VPD also wants to eradicate “street vending in the BET catchment area by the end of 2009”.

In a phone interview, VPD spokesperson Constable Tim Fanning said that potential criticisms of the plan from Downtown Eastside activists are “nothing new”.

“One of the goals of the department for years has been to work on street disorder because people down there want to feel safe,” Fanning told the Straight.

“There’s a lot of people that live in the Downtown Eastside that aren’t addicted to crack that aren’t on the streets all the time. Those are the people that appreciate a police presence,” he said.

“We get more support from the community than criticisms because…a lot of people that we talk to that live down there, residents as well as businesses, people do not feel safe when there’s a large amount of street disorder going on,” Fanning added.

AHA MEDIA follows the DTES WOMEN CENTRE march from the Centre at Columbia and Cordova up to Main and Hastings where the Police Station is located.




Marching in Sunshine along Columbia up to Hastings Street


Vancouver Police ride on bicycles alongside the March



Message for the VPD


Lining up along Hastings Street


Lining up on Main Street


At the Vancouver Police Station



Protesting at the Station


End of the March


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AHA MEDIA is honored to be mentioned in the Vancouver Sun article on page A4 ” Ski fans star on Whistler’s big screen” by Gillian Shaw! :)

January 26, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is humbly honored again to be mentioned by Vancouver Sun Reporter Gillian Shaw in her article  on page A4 “Ski fans star on Whistler’s big screen”

Thank you Gillian!  This is a wonderful honor for us! 🙂

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AHA MEDIA is mentioned by Gillian Shaw for Vancouver Sun Online !!!!

January 26, 2009 1 comment

AHA MEDIA is honored to be mentioned by Gillian Shaw for the Vancouver Sun online! Thank you so much Gillian! 🙂  We appreciate being showcased as we aim to be a premier citizen journalist site where we can help to inform and entertain our audience! 

Please click on the link below to get the full story: “Whistler weekend showcases B.C. social media” by Gillian Shaw

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April, Lorraine and Peter is livestreaming WordCamp Whistler :)

January 24, 2009 Leave a comment


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WordCamp Whistler is Live

January 24th, 2009 by raincoaster

 Well, almost live.

April, Peter and I are up at the beautiful (no, really it is) Fairmont Chateau Whistler, preparing to livestream the presentations.

WordCamp Whistler is a full day of workshops about WordPress, a leading blog platform. We’re here courtesy of the organizers, Duane and Rebecca, who’ve kindly waived the registration fee. And we got some excellent swag: WordCamp Whistler toques FTW!


 Wordcamp Whistler – Live!

January 24th, 2009 by laniwurm

WordPress is a free online publishing platform, blog tool, and content managing system used by millions of people around the world. Wordcamp Whistler is a conference that brings together WordPress users and developers to discuss the platform, network, and share stories. Fearless City Mobile will be live-streaming Wordcamp Whistler 2009, this Saturday, January 24th.

If you can’t make it to Whistler, you can watch the conference live by clicking on this link.

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