Archive for January, 2012

Christmas in January at VCC – Vancouver Community College on Sat Jan 21, 2012

January 21, 2012 1 comment

Christmas in January

A gift to our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside from Vancouver Community College and its partners

Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings

Saturday Jan 21, 11 AM – 130PM

VCC’s downtown campus

Dr. Peter Ferentzy, PhD CRACKHEAD talk on Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Dr. Peter Ferentzy, PhD CRACKHEAD, an addiction expert who has lived the life of a crack addict reveals the ugly truth: the dominant approach to drugs and alcohol addictions has hurt and even killed more people than it has helped.

On Sunday January 22, 6:30 PM PST, Dr. Peter Ferentzy will be doing a talk at

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings St)

In Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room 1900)

Courtesy of Insite,

Vancouver’s famous safe injection clinic.

Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment

With a special introduction by Dr. Gabor Mate.

Peter Ferentzy holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University. His dissertation is a historical sociology of the origins and recent development of the modern concept of addiction with an emphasis on how it has interacted with ideas about mental illness and compulsions in general.

Dr. Ferentzy has studied and written extensively on Gamblers Anonymous, as well as other issues related to pathological gambling. His two most recently completed studies involve: 1.  The history of ideas related to addiction with an emphasis on problem gambling wherein special attention is paid to the role of metaphoric conceptualization in the construction of scientific discourse; 2.  A street level, ethnographic study of gambling patterns among crack users in downtown Toronto. 

Peter Ferentzy is a recovering drunk and a recovering crackhead. He knows this topic from the gutter right up to the halls of academe. After losing two friends to overdose, and seeing clearly that in each case the governing approach to addiction was the cause, Peter wrote Dealing with Addiction — Why the 20th Century was Wrong. Peter wants to change things, and is arrogant enough to believe that he can.

Please see more at Peter’s website and book


Presa Canario puppy drinks milk in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

A Presa Canario puppy drinks milk while a jealous cat meows in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Aren’t I cute?

I’m sitting pretty!

I’m thirsty for milk!

Om Nom Nom!




I’m a Good Puppy!

I drank all the milk while the Jealous cat wonders where is his milk?

My tummy is full!

Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity on Feb 4, 2012

January 17, 2012 1 comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to film at Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity!

Saturday February 4, 2012

ING DIRECT Cafe, 466 Howe Street

10 am – 4 pm (6 hour session with 1 hour lunch)

Social Flow Workshop logo

Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity

Special discount code YYJWC will save you 20% on the workshops @raincoaster and I are doing:

Who: Noted social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor

What: Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity

When: 10-4, February 04/2012

Where: ING Web Cafe, 466 Howe Street, Vancouver BC

How: Register here for the Social Flow workshop

It’s a social media struggle!

Wrestling with the idea that you can’t possibly become better at promoting yourself or your business through social media without it harming your productivity?

Well, wrestle no more.

Taking part in Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity is your ticket to championship gold in record time!

Social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor will guide you through the ins and outs of managing the social media profiles that keep you both active in your work and telling the public about your work all in one go.

Topics covered include:

  • How to Make Gmail Your Best Friend
  • What Task Manager is Right For You
  • Why Your Email Inbox is Not the Right Task Manager for anyone
  • Improving your Social Flow in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the new kid on the block, Google+
  • Why Planning your Social Media output is Integral to Your Social Flow
  • How to Avoid Falling Prey to the Perpetual Automation Machine
  • What Calendars are actually For
  • How to Increase Your Social Flow Using Hashtags, Twitter Lists…and more

This hands-on boot camp will not only get you on top of your social media profiles, but it will get you on top of what you need to do make sure they add attention to your business rather than subtract your attention from your business.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy is the writer, speaker, and “productivityist” behind and the productivity parody site Eventualism. Vardy’s candid satire has made him a desirable speaker on an often dry topic, delivering talks on the topic such as “Hacking Lifehacks” at TEDx Juan De Fuca. Currently a Managing Editor at Stepcase Lifehack, Vardy has contributed to many popular productivity websites and publications, including David Allen’s GTD Times and Productive Magazine. He lives with his wife, daughter and son in Victoria, BC, Canada.

AHA MEDIA is very proud to have Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy as their mentor and good friend!!

Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss
Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss

Here is where you can see raincoaster and raincoaster media other than, you know, the coffee shop, the pub, and the beer garden at the track. You’re welcome, stalkers!

Potted Bio:

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy is founder of raincoaster media, specializing in transformative social media training, as well as President Emeritus of Social Media Club of Vancouver, and has been a professional blogger and social media trainer since 2002. She specializes in teaching beginners and those with barriers to internet use, and in social media for social change. She was in charge of Web and Social Media training for the Fearless City project, and her students there included citizen journalist April Smith and poet Henry Doyle.

Her flagship blog,, has been studied as part of the New Media curriculum in three universities, and the comments thread on her Mummified Fairy post has been called “one of the most beautiful things on the internet.” She once got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and won. She conducts workshops in the transformative use of social media on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and blogs regularly to many different sites, including: 49 degrees latitude, 360 degrees attitude! The internet’s hometown paper The Celebrity Industrial Complex Transformative Social Media Training Vancouver’s Practicing Literati (practice makes perfect, right?) Mai Lak Uv Dignitty: Let Me Show U It Gently Making Fun of the Famous Eat! Drink! Be Merry! Simple. Fast. Secure.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Tim Hortons’ brand new extra large cup beginning Jan 23, 2012

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 16, 2012 – Tim Hortons announced it will be brewing its biggest cup yet, with this month’s introduction of a brand new extra large cup. Beginning January 23rd, the new cup will offer coffee lovers across Canada a premium quality, extra large coffee at a value price.

To accommodate the brand new cup, the names of the other hot cup sizes have shifted: the original small is now extra small, the medium is now small and so forth. The change in names of the hot cup sizes will apply to all hot beverages – guests will still receive the same amount of coffee for the same price, only the name of the size has changed.

“We tested the names of the new hot cup sizes with our guests and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our guests also told us that they love our small eight-ounce cup, so we will continue to offer that size,” said Dave McKay, Director of Brand Marketing for Beverages, Tim Hortons. “By shifting the sizes, we’re able to provide coffee lovers with a full range of five size options: from extra small, all the way up to the new extra large.”

About Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, espresso-based specialty coffees including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso-flavoured shots, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of October 2nd, 2011, Tim Hortons had 3,871 system wide restaurants, including 3,225 in Canada, 645 in the United States and one in the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about the Company is available at