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Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA meets Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coaliton (CDPC) in Vancouver

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy (CDPC) share a smile together in Vancouver!

Donald is drug policy change agent that believes a new paradigm is necessary that puts human rights, saving lives and public health first

CDPC is a broad based network of organizations, associations and individuals working together to develop drug policy and legislation based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health in Canada.

W2TV: Solidarity Notes Choir – Women’s Housing March and GentriFUCation Tour

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment


Sat. Sep 17 @ 1:30 pm
Starts at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

On Saturday Sep 17 at 1:30 pm, join the Downtown Eastside Women Centre Power of Women Group* in the 5th Annual March for Women’s Housing and March Against Poverty.

We invite groups to bring their banners and anything else for our festive march and ‘GentriFucation Tour’. All genders are welcome and celebrated. Please bring your drums and regalia. This march is child-friendly and there will be a rest-vehicle for elders. Spread the word!

This year, we celebrate the recent victory that has forced the provincial government to commit funding to a 24-hour low barrier shelter for women as a result of our collective efforts. We also continue to march for:
– Social Housing, Childcare, and Healthcare for all!
– No more Evictions and No more Gentrification in the Downtown Eastside!
– Stop Criminalizing the Poor!

Email: or Phone: 778 885 0040

Video by Sid Tan of W2TV

Health, Harm Reduction and the Law: The InSite Case and the Future of Canadian Drug Policy in Vancouver

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Join us for Health, Harm Reduction and the Law

written by darcie| Thu, 05/05/2011 – 10:41

Next week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Federal Government’s final appeal of the decision to allow the Insite Supervised injection facility to continue to provide lifesaving medical services and support to people who use injection drugs. We are inviting everyone who is interested in learning more about the struggle to open Canada’s first supervised injection site, the ongoing legal battle to keep it open, and the potential impact of a final ruling in this case to join us May 17th for Health, Harm Reduction and the Law: The InSite Case and the Future of Canadian Drug Policy.

Pivot board member and author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy, Donald MacPherson will moderate an evening of discussion with legal professionals, medical experts, community activists and safe injection site users. The evening will focus on demystifying the case, celebrating the successes and challenges of the movement for evidence-based drug policy, and turning our attention to the future of drug policy in this country.

We’ll see footage straight from the courtroom in Ottawa. We will hear from the Portland Hotel Society, which operates Insite, and their lawyer, Monique Pongracic-Speier. Dr. Thomas Kerr of the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peters Aids Foundation will talk about the potential health implications of the decision in this case. Plaintiff Dean Wilson will reflect on his journey through the court process as a person who has used Insite. Downtown Eastside activist Bud Osborn will share reflections on the grassroots movement for a supervised injection facility. Dave Murray will talk about the unique perspective and legal arguments that the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users has brought to this case.

We’re looking forward to a lively evening of discussion, debate and reflection on the implications of this case for people who use drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond.

AHA MEDIA Livestreamed Human Rights and Media Matters forum at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver

December 10, 2010 1 comment
By Staff, December 9, 2010

A public forum called “Human Rights and Media Matters” is being held tonight (December 9) at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver.

Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith is moderating the discussion, which is being cohosted by the Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council, and the W2 Community Media Arts Society.

The panel features B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby, Downtown Eastside activist Tami Starlight, antiracist activist Harsha Walia, and UBC history professor Henry Yu.

Here’s the live stream from April Smith of AHA Media.

Below is Sid Tan, organizer of “Human Rights and Media Matters” forum at W2 with Irwin Oostindie watching

Below is Tami Starlight, Henry Yu, Charlie Smith and David Eby

Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s Mac with Nokia N97 mini and Nokia N8 smart cameraphones

Below is Nokia N97 mini livestreaming

Below is filming with Nokia N8 and livestreaming Nokia N97 mini

Below is David Eby and Harsha Walia

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA filming with a Nokia N8

Below is Tami Starlight with Henry Yu

Below is Charlie Smith, Editor of Georgia Straight

Below is Sudha Krishna asking a question

Below is Miraj Khaled asking a question

Below is MLA Mable Elmore for Vancouver-Kensington

Below is Sean Gunn

Below is Lani Russwurm, Stephan and Miraj

See all “Human Rights and Media Matters ” livestream at

AHA MEDIA to livestream at Human Rights and Media Matters: A Public Forum on Media Responsibility at W2 on Dec 9, 2010 7pm-10pm

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Livestreaming of the event will be provided by AHA MEDIA

You can view it at for our livestream videos

On the eve of International Human Rights Day, a public forum on “Media Matters and Human Rights” will be co-hosted by ACCESS Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council and W2 Community Media Arts Society.

Time:  Thursday, December 9 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: 151 West Cordova, Vancouver

Moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, the members of panel are:

David Eby – lawyer and currently executive director of B. C. Civil Liberties Association

Tami Starlight – anti-oppression activist and a founder of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council

Harsha Walia – anti-racist, migrant justice, human rights activist and women’s advocate

Henry Yu – historian, educator, writer and UBC associate professor of history

By donation. No host bar and light refreshments available.

We look forward to seeing you this International Human Rights Day.

Please RSVP via Facebook event
Phone W2 at 604-689-9896
or email

AHA MEDIA welcomes David Murray, Community Advocate for Social Justice back home in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently David Murray went on the 75 Anniversary of the On to Ottawa Trek where he spoke about the Red Tents Campaign to Parliament Hill in Ottawa

David Murray is now home in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside where he is sharing his many exciting experiences and memories.  Among his favorite memories was meeting the folks of ADDICQ ( Association for Defending Rights and Inclusion of people who use drugs in Quebec )  and when he toured through the House of Commons in Ottawa!

On to Ottawa Trek
Statements By Members

June 15th, 2010 / 2 p.m.
See context


Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, on the 75th anniversary of the historic “On to Ottawa Trek”, I am proud to welcome eight modern day homelessness trekkers from my riding of Vancouver East, who are here in Ottawa.

Am Johal, Diana Hart, Al Mitchell, Georges Maltais, Shawn Millar, David Murray, John Richardson and Garvin Snider left Vancouver on June 6 to re-enact the 1935 workers’ protest against poor wages and abysmal working conditions in government camps during the Great Depression.

This wonderful group is also marking the end of the 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay, which I was honoured to participate in.

These groups and over 50 major Canadian organizations are calling on the government to support a national housing strategy and to vote yes to Bill C-304.

April Smith of W2’s Fearless City Mobile Program and AHA MEDIA is very proud to be a speaker with Lianne Payne and Eileen Gillette on Media for Women’s Voices at the Table during International Women’s Day Rally & Conference

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Women’s Voice’s at the Table

International Women’s Day Program

Saturday, March 6 (Vancouver, Canada)

This event is part of a broadly-based Canadian and global civil society campaign to inspire and mobilize citizens to be heard and to claim a seat “at the table” with the leaders at the upcoming G8/20 meeting taking place in Canada. We know that often women’s voices and needs are ignored and this is our opportunity to put our issues on the tables

The 2010 International Women’s Day will start with a celebratory rally at the North Plaza of the Art Gallery at noon followed by a conference at 1:30 pm at the Vancouver Public Library. There will be several display tables featuring women’s organizations addressing various issues.Each table with a speaker and YOU, the participants will come up with a series of very concrete policy recommendations and demands to be presented to government representatives regarding women’s rights issues.

Participants concerned about human rights issues and gender equality are encouraged to attend and contribute to the conference.

Table Discussion Topics:

Table #1. Economy
Table #2. Poverty and Income
Table #3. Housing
Table #4. Climate Change and Food Security
Table #5. Violence Against Women
Table #6. Femicide
Table #7. Women in Solidarity
Table #8. Indigenous Women
Table #9. Labour rights
Table #10. Education
Table #11. Health Care
Table #12. Media
Table #13. Access to Justice
Table #14. Women’s Leadership and Decision Making
Table #15. Women, Peace and Militarism



The speakers will address the issue of women’s voice in the media, focusing on how far women have come in terms of their access to the media and the challenges they are facing.

Lianne Paynne is dedicated to working with projects and organizations with a social and cultural mandate. April Smith is a social media maker and community advocate working as Project Coordinator for W2’s Fearless City Mobile program. Eileen Gillette researches accessibility, the digital divide, and information policy.

Schedule of Activities:

12:00pm -1:00pm Celebratory Rally (Art Gallery, North Plaza)

1:30pm – 2:00pm Display Tables at Vancouver Public Library

Welcoming – music

2:00pm-3:00pm Table Discussions, round 1
3:00pm-4:00pm Table Discussions, round 2
4:00pm-4:15pm Break-refreshments served
4:15pm-5:00pm Presentation of Resolutions

Music and Closing remarks

This event is organized by the following groups:
-Oxfam Canada
-Amnesty International
-BC Teachers’ Federation(BCTF)
-North Shore Women’s Centre
-We Can End all Violence against Women Campaign
-BC Federation of Labour
-BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU)
-Justice Education Society of BC
-Make Poverty History
-BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)