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AHA MEDIA attends part of the Sites of Empowerment Tour by CCAP in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday Oct 31, 2009

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA attends part of the “Sites of Empowerment Tour” by CCAP in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday Oct 31, 2009

Walking Tour

SITES OF EMPOWERMENT
with CCAP

Saturday October 31, 11:30am1pm
Meet at steps of Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main

This tour with researcher Wendy Pedersen and volunteers of the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) will start at the front steps of the Carnegie Centre and visit some of the best loved places in the area according to the stories of low-income DTES residents.

Contemplate how these key sites give us clues as to how to build a vision for a safe, healthy and affordable low-income neighbourhood and how this future is threatened by gentrification.

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Below is an aerial photo of the tour of about 50 people which included Vancouver City Councillor George Chow while they stopped at the corner of Hastings and Carrall Street in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

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CCAP is building consensus within the low-income community for a vision of the Downtown Eastside that hopefully the city will adopt. Visioning reports and information on gentrification can be found on their blog:http://www.ccapvancouver.wordpress.com. All proceeds to CCAP. $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents

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Below is a close up of an aerial photo of the tour of about 50 people which included Vancouver City Councillor George Chow while they stopped at the corner of Hastings and Carrall Street in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

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Part of the Heart of the City Festival in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside
http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/october-31/

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In the next photos and video, Hendrik Beune, Director of AHA MEDIA and Wendy Pedersen of CCAP speak at Sites of Empowerment tour in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday, Oct 31, 2009

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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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Wendy Pedersen of CCAP and Ann Livingston of VANDU speak at Sites of Empowerment tour in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday, Oct 31, 2009

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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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Ann Livingston and Dave Diewert speak at Sites of Empowerment tour in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday, Oct 31, 2009

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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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Double Victory for Pivot in SRO Battle

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Reposted from Pivot Legal http://www.pivotlegal.org

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B.C. College of Pharmacists and Attorney General side with Pivot to create legal protections for methadone patients living in Downtown Eastside hotels

Vancouver, October 29, 2009 – The B.C. College of Pharmacists and the B.C. Attorney General have taken legal positions with Pivot Legal Society against infamous pharmacist and hotel owner George Wolsey, who earlier this year evicted two tenants who refused to buy methadone from him.

In 2008, pharmacist and SRO hotel owner George Wolsey was exposed for offering kickbacks and illegal inducements to attract methadone patients to his Gastown Pharmacy. The Gastown Pharmacy was shut down as a result of the controversy, but that did not stop Wolsey, who also owns the Palace and Wonder Rooms hotels, from requiring all his tenants to buy methadone from him at his hotel. This practice allowed Wolsey to make more than $6000 per year in dispensing fees for each methadone patient at his hotel.

In May 2009, Wolsey evicted two of his tenants on 24 hours notice because they opted to use another pharmacy to fill their prescriptions. When the tenants challenged those evictions at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), the RTB stated that the Residential Tenancy Act did not protect them because Wolsey was providing “therapeutic treatment or services” in the form of methadone. The RTB made this ruling despite evidence that no treatment, services or supports of any kind were made available to tenants.

In September, Pivot applied to the B.C. Supreme Court for judicial review of the RTB decisions. Last week the B.C. Attorney General, which represents the RTB, said in a filed response to Pivot’s application that it supports Pivot’s position and agrees that the Residential Tenancy Act should apply to the Wolsey hotels.

“These tenants, who were illegally evicted, spent many nights on the streets as a result of the RTB’s failure to protect them from Wolsey’s greed,” said Laura Track, lawyer for Pivot Legal Society. “With the Attorney General and Pivot presenting a common position to the court, we feel confident the cases will be sent back to the RTB for a full and proper hearing.”

In addition, the College of Pharmacists of B.C., in response to concerns raised by Pivot over Wolsey’s practices, announced that it has amended its bylaws to prevent pharmacists from limiting patients’ choice of pharmacy. The new bylaws make the types of contracts used by Mr. Wolsey illegal. The College also informed Pivot that it has sent letters to Mr. Wolsey advising him of the changes and noting numerous complaints against him for these practices.

“We are very happy that the College of Pharmacists and the Attorney General have responded in the way they did,” said Track. “This kind of exploitation is completely unacceptable, and we hope that Mr. Wolsey amends his practices before we are forced to bring further legal actions against him.”

AHA MEDIA attended a CCAP meeting at Carnegie Centre where Carole James – British Columbia NDP Leader and Jenny Kwan – NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant came tosee a presentation of ” Mapping the Community ” done by Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents

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AHA MEDIA attended a CCAP meeting at Carnegie Centre where Carole James – British Columbia NDP Leader and Jenny Kwan – NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant came to see a presentation of ” Mapping the Community ” done by Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents

CCAP ( Carnegie Community Action Project ) is at http://www.ccapvancouver.wordpress.com

Below is a photo of Jenny Kwan and Carole James

Jenny Kwan and Carol James

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In this video, A round of introductions occur at a meeting at Carnegie Centre where CCAP ( Carnegie Community Action Project) invited guests such as Am Johal together with Carole James – British Columbia NDP ( New Democratic Party) Leader and Jenny Kwan – NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant

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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Wendy Pedersen – CCAP (Carnegie Community Action Project) Researcher/Organizer gives a presentation on the “Mapping the Community” project done by residents of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) and CCAP to tell their stories of our neighborhood to Carole James – British Columbia NDP ( New Democratic Party) Leader and Jenny Kwan – NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant

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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of everyone watching the presentation

CCAP meeting with Carol James and Jenny Kwan

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In this video, Wendy Pedersen – CCAP (Carnegie Community Action Project) Researcher/Organizer gives a presentation on the “Mapping the Community” project done by residents of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) and CCAP to tell their stories of our neighborhood to Carole James – British Columbia NDP ( New Democratic Party) Leader and Jenny Kwan – NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant

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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Carole James – British Columbia NDP ( New Democratic Party) Leader and Jenny Kwan – NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant comment after seeing a presentation by Wendy Pedersen – CCAP (Carnegie Community Action Project) Researcher/Organizer

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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA attended the Development Permit Board and Advisory Panel meeting at Vancouver City Hall that considered PHS to change Bosman hotel into supportive housing

October 6, 2009 1 comment

The Development Permit Board and Advisory Panel met  Monday, October 5 at 3 pm, Committee Room #1, Third Floor, City Hall to consider the following Development Permit Applications: 1. 1060 Howe Street: To change the use of the existing Motor Hotel to Dwelling Use Rooming House and alter the building with minor renovations including the addition of dining area, office, amenity space and landscaping to the exterior and parkade roof. The proposed use is for a three-year interim period.

The following videos were  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 or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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President of WERA in support of PHS for Bosman Hotel at Vancouver City Hall

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Dr Peter Centre in support PHS for Bosman hotel at Vancouver City Hall

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Condo Owner with daughter in support of PHS for Bosman Hotel at Vancouver City Hall

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Jeffrey Ashborn of Coast Mental Health  in support of PHS for Bosman Hotel at Vancouver City Hall

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Sonny Dean in support of PHS for Bosman Hotel at Vancouver City Hall

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Nathan Allen in support of PHS for Bosman Hotel at Vancouver City Hall

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The following 5 videos are the Development Permit Board and Advisory Panel discussing and awarding PHS ( PHS Community Services Society) to  change the use of the existing Motor Hotel to Dwelling Use Rooming House and alter the building with minor renovations

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AHA MEDIA at Press Conference on Golden Crown SRO Hotel Illegal Tenant Evictions in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

September 6, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was at Press Conference on Golden Crown SRO Hotel Illegal Tenant Evictions in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES)

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Below is a photo and video of Kim Kerr, Executive Director of DERA speaking about the illegal tenant eviction notices issues by the Golden Crown SRO in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

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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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Below are photos and video of Kim Kerr introducing Ellen Woodsworth, City Councillor of Vancouver to speak

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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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Below is a photo and video of  William Walton and other affected tenants of  Golden Crown SRO Hotel speaking. Wendy Pedersen of CCAP is also present in the video.

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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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Below is a photo of the inside of William Walton’s Single Room at the Golden Crown SRO Hotel

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Below is a video of inside William Walton’s room

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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Below are  photos of Paulina Walton, Wife of William Walton speaking on the bug infested conditions and her feelings on being illegally evicted at Golden Crown SRO Hotel in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

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Below is a photo of Kim Kerr speaking with William Walton

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Below is a video of Kim Kerr and Ellen Woodsworth talking with William Walton and Paulina Walton, tenants of Golden Crown SRO Hotel who have been issued an illegal eviction notice

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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Below is a photo and video of Paulina Walton speaking on her situation at the  Golden Crown SRO Hotel

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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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Below is a photo of William and Paulina Walton, remaining hopeful that their situation at the Golden Crown SRO Hotel will be helped.

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Below is a photo and video of  Kim Kerr and Sabrina Driuna of DERA speaking with Pat, Front Desk Worker at Golden Crown SRO Hotel about Illegal Tenant Evictions in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES

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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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To see all 104 photos of Press Conference at Golden Crown’s Illegal Tenant Evictions on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622265577188/

AHA MEDIA is very honored to be featured in “With Glowing Hearts” the movie directed by Andrew Lavigne and produced by Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films

August 10, 2009 2 comments
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more about “With Glowing Hearts“, posted with vodpod

 

 

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A Social Media revolution has been brewing for the past five years on websites from FaceBook, to Wikipedia, to Flickr, and as it spreads throughout the Internet and into popular culture through an increasing number of portals, it is creating a new sense of community and empowerment amongst those who have embraced it.

History has shown that poor and marginalized communities stand to gain the most from leaps forward in the democratization of information, so the excitement in areas like Vancouver’s maligned Downtown Eastside about the possibilities of Web 2.0 and beyond is palpable.

With the Winter Olympics less than a year away, billions have been spent in preparations and many poverty advocates are concerned about how the city’s several thousand homeless and working poor will fit into the equation as Vancouver puts on its best face for the world.

Against this background the film examines Social Media in action as a group named Fearless City embarks on a campaign to empower and protect its neighbours with cellphones, video-streaming, and the World Wide Web.

With great thanks to both our mentors, Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy for a wonderful movie trailer! 🙂

Thanks to all our friends and our colleagues in the film ” With Glowing Hearts” 🙂

AHA MEDIA is very proud to introduce Alvin Clayton, our newest Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) Community Reporter !

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Alvin photo

AHA MEDIA is very proud to have Alvin Clayton – a First Nations Nisgaa elder as part of our Vancover Downtown Eastside ( DTES) Community Reporting team.

AHA MEDIA first met Alvin at the Upwords Magazine group http://www.upwordsmagazine.wordpress.com at LifeSkills Centre and after seeing his preparation, dedication and Aboriginal governance skills to his unique style of reporting on homeless and health issues,  we were happy to invite Alvin to join AHA MEDIA.  🙂

AHA MEDIA is dedicated to helping  all our communities become more informed!