Archive for June, 2012

Opening at Avenue Florists & Gifts in North Vancouver

June 30, 2012 1 comment

Avenue Florists and Gifts at 1917 Londsdale opened today with new owners, Ruth and Brian.

Presently a traditional florist shop, it will soon metamorphasize into ” Floral and Hardy Edible Plants and Gifts”, providing wild, natural florals for all occasions (weddings, births, sympathy, vasectomies, Jewish, Chinese, Iranian and anyone else’s new year), edible plants, organic seeds, herbs, organic teas, essential oils and anything else YOU suggest.

We will offer an intimate array of unique craft items (illustration, photography, pottery, planters, woodcraft) produced by local artisans and craftsperson … come in … enjoy… suggest… experience … and grow … with US.

Avenue Florists and Gifts

1917 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver, BC V7M 2K3  Tel : (604) 985-7197

STATUS: A Community Dialogue on HIV/AIDS Services, Supports and Prevention Strategies for Women in the DTES

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Presented by PHS Community Services Society and PHS Drug Users Resources Centre

Presented for Support Workers, Service Providers and Peer Workers

Anne Marie Slater’s Cultural Democracy 101 presentation at SFU Vancouver

June 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Anne Marie Slater’s presentation on Curating Histories with Photography: The Recording & Editing of Everyday Life

What type of access does photography provide to our stories? This workshop explores the use of photography as a cultural democracy methodology.

Anne Marie Slater born in Scotland is a media artist, educator, and producer responsible for cross disciplinary, creative development, and facilitation of many local community public realm initiatives with roots in photography, writing, film, urban design, public engagement, and documentary practices.

She received the graduate juried Helen Pitt Award for her photo installation work from Emily Carr University: B.F.A. Photography, and an M.A. in Education from S.F.U. for her thesis on an Artist’s Role in Community Arts Practice.

Christian of AHA MEDIA writes:

Anne Marie Slater gave an excellent presentation on democracy, accessibility and ethics in photo journalism and in particular citizen journalism, in front of an enrapt audience.

Ms. Slater demonstrate how history and community involvement plays apart in her own work, particularly the Princess Avenue Children’s Interpretive Walk.  Next, she shown some photos of AHA MEDIA with April Smith speaking on positive photos.  In highlighting some of  AHA MEDIA’s work in the DTES community, Ms. Slater managed to clearly convey the importance of being ethical especially when dealing with marginalized people.

After the amazing presentation was completed, Ms. Slater invited everyone in attendance to look at photos and discuss about ethics in photo journalism.

Through out the entire presentation Ms. Slater did a excellent job engaging the crowd on her important topic: Curating Histories with Photography: The Recording & Editing of Everyday Life, giving all attendees a memorable Father Day’s Sunday afternoon to remember.

Grand Opening of Skwachàys Residence and Healing Lodge in Vancouver

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Affordable homes with Aboriginal supports open in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Skwachàys Healing Lodge has officially opened to provide affordable housing for thosewho are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, as well as healing lodge apartments for Aboriginal individuals travelling to Vancouver for medical treatment.

“Our government is proud to invest in this important community infrastructure project that will have a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal people and their families,” said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. “We will continue to support initiatives like this to strengthen communities, help protect those most vulnerable and promote the health, safety and well-being of Aboriginal people and all Canadians.”

“The Province is working in partnership with other levels of government and communities to help end homelessness and to create housing that helps people move off the streets permanently,” said Rich Coleman, British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing. “This new building is now a safe home for 24 individuals and will provide interim housing for people seeking medical treatment.”

The recently completed housing development provides 24 affordable housing apartments for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The building also provides 18 healing lodge apartments for Aboriginal individuals and their immediate family who need to travel to Vancouver from rural and remote communities for medical services. The building also includes a commercial kitchen, an art gallery and a basement workshop as well as culturally-appropriate services, such as a sweat lodge and smudge room, which provide space for spiritual cleansing and healing.

The building, located at 31 W. Pender St. in Vancouver, is on the site of the former Pender Hotel, one of 24 single-room occupancy hotels the Province purchased in Vancouver to preserve existing housing stock. The hotel was demolished with care to preserve the heritage façade of the original building.

Funding for Skwachàys Healing Lodge comes from a variety of sources. Federal funding includes $2.7 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund as well as $451,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Province of British Columbia provided a $4.32-million grant, as well as land equity valued at approximately $2.8 million.

The City of Vancouver provided $490,000 and has waived development cost charges valued at approximately $156,000. Vancouver Native Housing Society is fundraising and contributing in kind funds of $261,000 and will be financing the remaining capital budget.

“Collaborative projects like the Skwachàys Healing Lodge demonstrate the remarkable progress that can be achieved to tackle homelessness when the community and all levels of government come together in creative partnerships,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver. “Vancouver’s population is only three per cent Aboriginal, but the 2012 Vancouver homeless count recently confirmed that over 30 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless population is of Aboriginal heritage. This important project helps to address the urgent need for new affordable housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in a manner that supports Aboriginal peoples and embraces their rich cultural traditions.”

“The Skwachàys name was given to the building by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation. It reflects the traditional name for this area, which Chief Campbell referred to as a place of transformation.” said David Eddy, CEO of the Vancouver Native Housing Society. “We placed a traditional longhouse – the first longhouse built in downtown Vancouver since before contact – on top of the building for use as a healing lodge. The longhouse and 40.5-foot story pole make a unique statement of the value and importance of the first peoples that have inhabited this area for millennia. It will not only provide appropriate housing and services to those without a home, but it will also provide affordable, culturally appropriate housing for Aboriginal people travelling to Vancouver for health care during a time when they may be vulnerable and in need of support.”

Vancouver Native Housing Society manages and operates Skwachàys Healing Lodge and the adjacent site located at 27 W. Pender St., which provides 98 affordable apartments. For 20 years, the society has been dedicated to providing housing for the urban Aboriginal community. They also provide programs that enrich the lives of their tenants and others in the community.

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.

“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.