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Ken of AHA MEDIA reports on electrocution of a tenant at Arco Hotel in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

July 3, 2009 2 comments

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In this video, Ken Glofcheskie of AHA MEDIA reports on how a tenant got electrocuted while climbing the fire escape at the rear of the Arco Hotel.

There was an unfortunate incident at the Arco Hotel on Pender St. recently that saw a tenant electrocuted while climbing the fire escape at the rear of the building. According to reliable sources the tenant lives on the fourth floor of the Arco and was attempting to scale the fire escape when he grabbed a live wire and was electrocuted.

The tenant received serious injuries and is currently in hospital in a coma. The hand that came into contact with the wire had two fingers completely burned off and the rest of his hand was blackened to the bone according to witnesses at the scene. In all probability this person will lose his hand. As well, the tenant received life threatening injuries to the groin area as the current arced through his body to the waist high metal railing on the fire escape.

Witnesses also say that he was in contact with the wire for almost twenty seconds as his hand froze shut on the wire once he came into contact with the electrical current which also caused his stomach to blow wide open as his whole body erupted into flames!!

While BC Hydro appears to insulated the wire of cause of problems with a protective barrier, there is still a live wire that runs close to the fire escape that remains unprotected.

Electrocution at Arco Hotel on fire escape in Vancouver DTES

The Arco, which is managed by ATIRA Property Management, have in the past received recommendations from both the previous and current managers to provide security camera coverage for the fire escape area as there has been an ongoing problem with misuse of the fire escape by tenants either sneaking in guests after hours or avoiding use of the front door for whatever reasons.

 Although it can not be said with certainty that a camera would have prevented this tragedy, with a desk staff monitoring the cameras there would have been at least the opportunity to have seen this person scaling the fire escape and immediate preventive measures could have been taken.

Hopefully this will motivate ATIRA to provide such coverage in an attempt to prevent such further senseless and serious injury. The Arco is a BC Housing building recently purchased in the well publicized buying spree in the run up to the recent provincial election.

AHA MEDIA meets Colorado Church volunteers giving away Free hot dogs in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on June 9, 2009

June 12, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was strolling by Oppenheimer Park when they noticed a food lineup  gathering near the Clubhouse

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In the photo below, AHA MEDIA spoke with Julie Ann DeBoer and found out that they were all the way from Colorado! They were visiting our area for a few days and were here to provide food and drink for Park residents today 🙂

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In this video, kind Church volunteers give out grilled hot dogs, potato salad and beverages to hungry and happy area residents at Oppenheimer Park  in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES). Julie Ann Deboer identifies that they are from Colorado when asked by a hungry person in the food lineup.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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In this video, kind Church volunteers from Colorado give out grilled hot dogs, potato salad and beverages to hungry and happy area residents at Oppenheimer Park in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES). A very polite young man identifies that some of his fellow volunteers are from Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in North Western Colorado.  Ken Glofcheskie of AHA MEDIA speaks about how it’s a good thing that people are trying to help the less fortunate.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

To see 31 photos, please see our Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157619646159576/

AHA MEDIA meets Family Services of Greater Vancouver Outreach workers Chris Berrio and Dave Mitchell on East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

June 10, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was pleased to meet Family Services of Greater Vancouver Outreach workers Chris Berrio and Dave  Mitchell 🙂

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There are a great many people in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside who appreciate the efforts of outreach workers! 🙂

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AHA MEDIA thanks Chris and Dave for spending the time to chat with us.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver   http://www.fsgv.ca

AHA MEDIA has a tasty Chicken Drumstick Lunch at Carnegie Centre for only $1.75 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA on a break from taking photos for Pivot’s Hope in Shadows 3-Day Photography Contest http://tinyurl.com/om6d8j had a late Chicken Drumstick lunch at Carnegie Centre Cafeteria.

Carnegie Centre is a community centre operated by the City of Vancouver at the corner of Main and Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Today’s lunch included 2 Seasoned Chicken Drumsticks, Brown Rice and Lentils and Green Salad 🙂

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The meals at the cafeteria are much more nutritious and healthy than other options in the area. Very affordable for Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents as Carnegie provides meals that are well-balanced for any diet

Carnegie Centre Cafeteria is open from 9 am – 8pm

Breakfast and Lunch is $1.75

Dinner is $3.00

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Throwing a football on East Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Sunday Sports included  men playing catch in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

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In this video, Ken Glofcheskie of AHA MEDIA and friends throw a football around on Hastings Street in between Columbia and Carrall.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith

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