Archive for July, 2012

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA speaks with Judy Grave, Advocate for the Homeless at City of Vancouver (COV) on what’s important in DTES Community

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA sat down with Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless at City of Vancouver at a bus stop on Hastings St.

He answered questions on the topic

“Your DTES Community – Tell Us What Is Important to you!


Since When?




A. What’s important to you in the DTES? (Places, spaces, things)

  • Can you show these places on the map?
  • If your important thing does not have a location, you can put it into the “heart”

1 Where do you spend time?

2 Where do you go for food?

3 Where do you get together with friends or meet people?

4 Which drop-ins, community centers or services do you go to?

5 Do you go anywhere to learn? Do you go to any schools, classes or programs? Where?

6 Do you work or volunteer? Where do you go to do this?

B. What is missing or needed in the DTES?

  • Is there anything you need that is not in the DTES? What is missing?
  • Can you show this on a map?

C. What are your fears and hopes for change and development in the DTES?

  • Have you seen the DTES changing and if so, where and how?

7 What are some of the negative ways change and development can affect the DTES?

8 What are your hopes for change (development) in the DTES?

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless at the City of Vancouver (COV)

Below are two videos with Hendrik Beune speaking with Judy Graves speaking on “What is important in the DTES?”

(Due to the busy traffic noises in the background of the video, please listen with headphones for better sound clarity and volume)


Earl Crowe waves hello to both Hendrik and Judy while doing their survey

Judy and Earl smile together at the corner of Carrall and Hastings

Judy listens to Thai’s thought about the DTES

Judy listening to Christoph Runne’s thoughts on what’s important in the Vancouver DTES

“What Important to the DTES Community” survey

CCNC (Chinese Canadian National Council) “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project dinner at Foo’s Ho Ho in Vancouver Chinatown

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Sid Tan says :
Here’s new content from the CCNC “Our Stories” Project:
 Some of the writings may work around a BC Day theme.
There’s a new essay on Yip Sang – written by Elwin Xie. There’s alot of existing content on Yip Sang but this is concise and written with the help of Yip Sang’s descendants.
There’s a new video by Deborah Angrave and Sid Tan: Paper Sons and Daughters, which is about the Chinese who immigrated to Canada as children when Canada limited Chinese immigration: Canada brought in some new regulations 50 years ago to make it easier under the 1960 Chinese Statement Adjustment Program for the paper sons/daughters to regularize their status.
We will showcase about 40 new youth essays including 2 excellent essays by Naiya Lee Tsang and Sahali Lee Tsang, and poetry by Isaac Louie (see:
Below are videos from CCNC (Chinese Canadian National Council) “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project dinner at Foo’s Ho Ho in Vancouver Chinatown


Family Stories Told by Head Tax Youth
Monday July 30, 2012

Forty youth from head tax families across Canada were recognized today for their contributions to the CCNC “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project. These talented young people submitted essays, poems and videos about their family’s experience with the Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act.

Vancouver. Forty youth from head tax families across Canada were recognized today for their contributions to the CCNC “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project. These talented young people submitted essays, poems and videos about their family’s experience with the Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act (see list below).

“The family stories reveal the real-lived heart-aches that resulted from family separation and the misery and racism caused by the Head Tax,” Victor Wong, CCNC Executive Director said today. “The youth are now more aware of the experiences of their ancestors and older family members, and the essays will help to educate the general public, including the Chinese Canadian community.” CCNC has set up a temporary website to showcase the youth essays:

The youth essays will be a special feature at a new online portal, one which will also include stories from the Head Tax families living on the Prairies and in the North, the Maritime experience, the story of Yip Sang, reflections from redress activists, a new video on the paper sons and daughters, genealogy research and other resources. Earlier this year, CCNC and local partners produced photo-exhibits in Vancouver and Montreal, organized the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and established a Facebook site to showcase the contents of the website:

The CCNC “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project project is made possible through funding from the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), part of the Citizenship and Multiculturalism Branch. The CHRP program funds community-based commemorative and educational projects that provide recognition of the experiences of ethno-cultural communities affected by historical wartime measures and/or immigration restrictions applied in Canada, and that promote these communities’ contributions to building Canada.


For more information, please contact:

Victor Wong at or Sid Tan

List of Youth Participants:


Christine Chan, Julia Chan, Nicole Chan, Aidan Crowe, Angela Jung, Jordan Lam, Brandon Lam, Naiya Lee Tsang, Sahali Lee Tsang, Jodie Leong, Isaac Louie, Jordana Lowe, Arielle Quan, Katelyn Seto, Melissa Tong, Zuva Turner-Tan, Caroline Wong, Colten Wong, Devon Wong, Shannon Wong, Jordan Yee, Kayla Yee, Lynnea Yee, Mitchell Yee, Alicia Yip, Daniel Yip, Emily Yip, Leslie Yip, Sophia Yip, Vivian Yip


Aimee Gee, Benjamin Gee


Debbie Yam, Eric Yam, Simon Yam, Jonathan Lee, Samantha Jade Gee Hamilton


Kurtis Leung-Ho


Jessica (Chan) Douglas

Dognapper Foiled by Good Samaritans in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Christine of AHA MEDIA writes:

A young bearded man about 5’7, 140 pounds wearing a black hoodie, brown pants attempted to steal a brown and black brindle pitbull outside of The Woodwards Atrium between W2 and Nesters.

The dog barked and growled at the dognapper as he tried to untie the leash wrapped around the bicycle rack.

The pitbull is a very familiar sight in the neighborhood as he is usually a friendly happy dog socializing with others.

The young man, angry at the attention the dog’s barks were drawing started kicking the dog!

The dog howled and lunged at his would be dognapper to protect himself from being taken away from his owner.

Hearing the dog’s anxious barking, two concerned shoppers stopped and shouted at the dognapper to let the dog go!

This attempted dognapping was narrowly avoided with the intervention of two good Samaritans, one being a woman who discovering what was happening, produced pepper spray and threatened to call police.

At first the would be dog thief  cursed and taunted the the good Samaritan as he challenged her to call the police. He quickly  he realized that she was serious about using the pepper spray and dialing 911, he escaped through the Woodwards Atrium.

The woman in yellow remarked ” I work with Pit Bulls, I don’t want to see this dog be abused by a thief”

The dog’s rightful owner came out shortly after and was informed how close he came to losing his dog.

With dog food and treats in his shopping bag,  the  owner was very relieved and thanked the Good Samaritans for   protecting his dog.

A happy ending to an attempted dog napping in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

This story is a good warning to all dog owners:

Do not leave your dogs tied up un-attended. This is a an unsafe practice and puts your dog at danger of being stolen.

Rasoee – The Indian Kitchen in Vancouver

July 22, 2012 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA recently sampled delicious curries from Rasoee – Indian food, fast, fresh & modern. 

Peter of AHA MEDIA says:

If you like spicy Indian food that is reasonably priced and you’re in a hurry, Rasoee is the  place to go!

We found their food delicious and comes with fresh chopped veggies on top.

We ordered butter chicken and lamb curry (both hot)and our food was ready to go in under 5 minutes (wow).

The prices were reasonable and the staff friendly. The  curries were amazing and the naan was delicious and comes in white or whole wheat flavours.

We definitely recommend this place and would go back often.

Just a warning though, if you dont like really spicy food, dont order it hot! 🙂

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA recently visited friends on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia 🙂

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The Sunshine Coast is a region of the southern mainland coast of British Columbia, on the eastern shore of the Strait of Georgia, and just northwest of Greater Vancouver. It is generally considered to encompass the coastal areas of the regional district of Sunshine Coast, as well as the regional district of Powell River up to and including the village of Lund.

While populous and frequently visited by tourists, it can be reached only by using a ferry or float/airplane; because of the steep, rugged terrain, no access roads have been built from the rest of the province. The area around nearby Powell River, also on the mainland and inaccessible by road, is also considered part of the Sunshine Coast, while some people use the name to refer only to the area between Langdale (south) and Egmont (north).

Major population centres on the peninsula include Gibsons (near the BC Ferries terminal at Langdale, for vessels coming from Vancouver), Roberts CreekSecheltHalfmoon Bay and Secret Cove (in between Sechelt and Pender Harbour) andPender Harbour. At the north end of the peninsula, the ferry to Powell River docks at Earl’s Cove which is also near Skookumchuck Narrows, where the skookumchuck, the world’s biggest tidal marine rapids, pass the tidal flow from Sechelt Inlet. A popular destination in the area is Desolation Sound which is beyond the end of Highway 101. The highway ends near the settlement at Lund.

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