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The Red Sock Project from Nood and Salvation Army in Gastown, Vancouver

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The Red Sock Project and The Salvation Army warm feet these holidays

Vancouver, November 16, 2010 – During winter, homeless and disadvantaged people are at risk of developing serious feet issues due to exposure to wet weather and below zero temperatures. This holiday season, Nood is inviting Canadians to donate $2 toward a pair of red socks for The Salvation Army to distribute among its community.

Every day, The Salvation Army feeds, clothes and shelters 15,000 homeless and disadvantaged people across Canada. During the colder months, socks are particularly important as wet feet can lead to infection and hospitalization; and are therefore a highly sought after item of clothing.

Today Nood is launching The Red Sock Project to do something simple yet valuable to help. Everyone is invited to donate $2 towards a pair of red socks in-store or online at

“We’re incredibly excited to bring the gift of warmth to those in need this holiday season by donating red socks to The Salvation Army. Having warm dry feet is a simple request and one that we are delighted to rally our staff, customers and general public to provide”, said Nood General Manager, Damien Bryan.

The Salvation Army is looking forward to receiving the socks knowing how much the small gesture by the community and Nood will make a huge difference to the comfort and health of those they support.

“This is such a great initiative and one that we are delighted to be part of. Our resources are stretched even further in the colder months, so a special delivery of red socks from Nood warms us all these holidays”, said The Salvation Army’s Major Brian Venables, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development.

Today to kick off The Red Sock Project, Vancouver and Calgary commuters will see red socks around the both cities urging everyone to pass on the warmth to someone in need.

“Nood’s Founder has a long history of community giving in New Zealand and Australia, and after two years in Canada, Nood is delighted to be launching The Red Sock Project. We have a goal of donating 10,000 red socks and hope everyone will get involved to help us reach it” said Mr Bryan.

The initiative will run from Tuesday November 13 to Friday December 31. Anyone can donate $2 or more by visiting a Nood store or to

About Nood

Nood began in New Zealand in 2007, selling modern home furnishings at exceptionally affordable prices. Since then, it has grown to an international company with 14 retail studios in New Zealand and Canada, and recently online in the United States. For further information visit

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community

AHA MEDIA filmed at Downtown Eastside March for Women’s Housing on Sat Oct 2, 2010

October 2, 2010 Leave a comment



October 1 2010, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories- In response to the persistent violence of poverty and homelessness, women in the Power of Women Group of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre are organizing the “4th Annual March For Women’s Housing” to demand safe and long-term affordable housing.

According to Priscillia Mays, an organizer of the march “There is a perception that governments are now dealing with the homelessness crisis, but the recent solutions are all band-aid ones. All of us are someone’s sister, someone’s daughter, someone’s mother. We have the right to safe and affordable housing, not just shelter beds. Without safe and affordable housing, many women are forced into unsafe and violent situations, leading to the ongoing unacceptable tragedy of women being murdered.”
A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Social Planning and Research Council of BC earlier in September 2010 found that, according to BC Housing’s own service plans and data, there an overall net increase of only 280 new social housing units over the past five years. Over 1550 of the so-called “new” supportive housing units are actually renovations and replacements of existing housing stock rather than additional low-income housing.
According to Beatrice Starr, an Indigenous elder and organizer of the march “We call on the municipal, provincial, and federal governments to commit to ongoing funding for new social housing; to place a moratorium on low-income housing conversions to condos in the DTES; to stop criminalizing the poor through police harassment and aggressive ticketing; and to put our needs for basic survival before corporate developer profits.”
In the midst of this housing shortage and affordability crisis, community groups are redoubling efforts to secure the promised affordable units at the Olympic Village (Millenium Water). While the initial development plan promised that 66% of the units would be affordable, that number has now been reduced to less than 10% and a majority of the promised units remain empty. In the lead-up to February 2011, the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Tent Village established at 58 West Hastings, a separate campaign will work to attain a moratorium on the sale of the promised units and will openly establish a Tent City at the Athletes’ Village under a general call to “Reclaim Housing.”
Anne-Marie Monks, a 60-year old woman with disabilities, states, “Why is it so hard to treat us as human beings? The government has the ability and the capacity—but not the political will—to ensure the elimination of poverty. I challenge any politician to switch places with me. Sleep in the alley, stand in a food line, and live off $6 a day; then perhaps you will understand our pain. No more empty talk.”
Harsha Walia and young friend

Military Vehicles in Gastown, Vancouver – “The Highway of Heroes”

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The portion of Water Street where the Military Vehicles will be on display will be called “The Highway of Heroes”
and dedicated to all of the fallen and serving Canadian Troops in Afghanistan and all other wars. The military vehicles have been supplied by the Canadian Military Education Center (CMEC)

The CMEC is an interactive, living history museum that purposefully educates Canadian students, teachers and the public about Canadian military history. The CMEC features displays that allow people to touch, feel and experience Canada’s military history through hands-on interactive displays. The CMEC  houses one of Canada’s largest collections of restored military vehicles and equipment. CMEC’s ultimate goal is to have all Canadian citizens, especially our youth, deeply understand the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers and peacekeepers and to never forget.

AHA MEDIA films at Gastown Motorcycle Show and Shine on Sunday Aug 15, 2010

August 15, 2010 Leave a comment

9-11:00AM – Bike Registration – Water & Abbott
11-5:00PM – Motorcycle Show n’ Shine – Water Street
11-5:00PM – Manufacturer Displays – Water, Cambie & Carrall
11-5:00PM – Honda Demo Rides – Cambie & Cordova
11-5:00PM -Yamaha Riding Academy for kids 6-12 – Water & Carrall
1:00-1:45PM – Live music by Cousin Harley – Stage on Cambie & Water
3:00-3:45PM – Live music by Cousin Harley – Stage on Cambie & Water
5:00PM – Awards Ceremony – Stage on Cambie & Water

Joe and his 250 model cars collection in Gastown, Vancouver

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Joe  shares stories about his 250 model cars collection in Gastown, Vancouver