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SANSU -Surrey Area Network of Substance Users meeting on Feb 2, 2015

February 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Second meeting of SANSU – Surrey Area Network of Substance Users welcomed new members and discussed the concerns of recent activities in the neighbourhood.



1 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 2 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 3 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 4 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 5 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 6 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 7 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015 8 AHA MEDIA at SANSU - Surrey Area Network of Substance Users Meeting on Feb 2, 2015

AHA MEDIA’s video for Vancouver Minute video contest by Vancouver Courier

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Help Me Understand the Heart of our Downtown Eastside (DTES) community in Vancouver

Beauty is only skin deep “they say”… in the civilized world

In the “uncivilized world” look a little deeper,

Than what meets the eye…

There is more unity in this community,

Than you may think!

Henny – B


Help me understand…

Women are the most vulnerable,

It is important that we remember…

Never thought I would feel this way,

I committed crimes when I needed.

Tired of being hungry and poor…

84 dollars please!

Now I run!

Hunger Strike,

Day 14?

Heart of the City: Share, Hope, Respect, Home!

Everyday is a gift

Live in the DTES,

Understand the DTES!

– – VPD dances with community – –

We Won!!! InSite Won: Insight Won!

AHA MEDIA helps us understand

W2, Victory Square,



New Media,

Social Media…


Got Gear, Good to Go!

Puppy is here…

Carnegie Centre is here

AHA MEDIA right here!

Community is…

Always here,

In the Heart of the City! ❤

Paint Party for Housing at Old Cop Shop – 312 Main Street in Vancouver

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Cover Photo

  • 312 Main Street Vancouver, B.C
  • Fully inclusive and tons of fun!
    *children welcome!

    Organized and taking place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territory – Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueum, and S?wxwú7mesh(Squamish) nations.



    LOCATION: 312 Main St. Vancouver.
    When: Sunday, April 14, 2013
    Time: 12 noon

    In conjunction with the DTES Hunger Strike.

    DTES Hunger Strike is about gentrification and the lack of concern by authorities: the City of Vancouver, developers, The Vancouver Police, and the general public. (as well as lying/disinforming mainstream media)

    The artist formerly known as “Homeless Dave” began a hunger strike on March 22/2013.

    The demands:
    1. 100% social community directed social housing at the 138 Sequel location, with a healing and wellness center. (the old pantages theatre site)

    2. 100% social housing at the old cop shop on Main St. with a community directed space focused on indigenous women in regards to the horrific damage done to indigenous people by Vancouver police for a very long time at that site.

    3. The City of Vancouver declare the downtown eastside a social justice zone and along with the community develop policies to make that happen.

    How to get involved: email
    Twitter: dteshungrstrike

Downtown Eastside Hunger Striker, (Formerly) Homeless Dave to “weigh-in” and deliver demands to City Hall

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune and the AHA MEDIA team will be seeing Downtown Eastside Hunger Striker (Formerly) Homeless Dave “weigh-in” and deliver demands to during his March to City Hall

There is a lot going on in the DTES these days and people are willing to work together on a platform of common ground that does not leave out the poor man. How can this be done? Well, campaigns like this are just as important as all the political rallying going on to prepare us for the provincial elections. On a political level we must hand the wishes of the community over to the Mayor and Council and expect them to be respectful of the wishes of the community and follow the plan of development without displacement. So far so good… march on, perhaps stop and think for awhile?

dave poster.cdr

“Gentrification is intensifying; the housing crisis is deepening, and the health of the people and the land are under serious threat. Desperate times call for desperate measures.” -Homeless Dave

Day 14: Downtown Eastside Hunger Striker to “weigh-in” and deliver demands to City Hall

On Thursday, April 4th, Homeless Dave will be pushed in his wheelchair in a procession from Main and Hastings to City Hall. This will be Day 14 of Dave’s hunger strike for social housing and to stop gentrification in the Downtown Eastside.
At City Hall, Dave’s supporters, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, will deliver a letter to the Mayor’s office that requests a meeting and a response to hunger strike demands. At this time, Dave will make a presentation and be available for questions. Also, learn about Dave’s weight and health as he enters his third week without food.


Wendy Pedersen 604-839-0379

Lorelei Williams 778-709-6498

Tami Starlight 604-790-9943

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March to block condos from the 100-block and defend Downtown Eastside low-income communities against gentrification and displacement

December 11, 2012 Leave a comment

March to block condos from the 100-block and defend Downtown Eastside low-income communities against gentrification and displacement

Tuesday December 11
Rally & march meeting 2pm
In front of the Pantages demolition site at the blue wall
(About 138 E Hastings)

The developer who wants to build condos on the 100-block of E Hastings has recently announced a plan to start his sales. This project is part of a siege of the DTES by new condo projects that are driving up land prices and rents in hotels. Meanwhile, cops are clearing the streets and boutique shops are pushing out low-income serving stores and services.

The sales drive (whether imagined or a real threat) is backed by BC Housing dollars. A recent Province news article revealed that BC Housing bailed the Sequel 138 condos from the brink of foreclosure in the early summer with a low-interest $3.75M loan and promises $20M more to help with construction. Are Sequel 138 to be BC Housing’s first condos? (See more info below)

On Tuesday December 11 we will rally and march to demand social housing not expensive condos! People not profit! Stop gentrification! Community not displacement!

Organized by DTES Not for Developers Coalition


December 6, 2012


Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory- Residents and organizations in the Downtown Eastside are outraged and alarmed at the recent news that BC Housing gave Sequel 138 condo developer Marc Williams a $3.75 million loan (at 1.29 percent interest) for pre-construction costs and may provide around $20 million to fund construction for condos at the Pantages site. According to news reports that interest rate is well below the going bank rate of 4 to 8 percent.

“About 850 people in the Downtown Eastside are homeless and another 3500 are surviving in totally inadequate hotel rooms,” said Beatrice Starr of the DTES Power of Women Group. “BC Housing’s mandate is to develop, manage and administer subsidized housing, yet it decides to subsidize a condo developer for a project that will provide only 9 units of welfare rate social housing, but 79 condos,” added Starr. “We have an urgent and critical need for at least 10,000 units of social housing annually in this province, yet BC Housing is instead offering corporate welfare and promoting the gentrification of the Downtown Eastside.”

“The BC Housing loan-subsidy saved Pantages developer Marc Williams from foreclosure and helped him meet the city order to clean up the demolition site that we demanded for over a year,” said Rick Alexander of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). “I live in the Brandiz hotel next to the Patanges site. Minister Coleman’s bailout of these condos could displace me and over 500 more low-income people like me who live in privately owned SRO hotels on this block. We could get renovicted because of gentrification. We want Coleman and BC Housing to do their job; end homelessness, don’t make it worse.”

Over the past year, an active campaign against condos on the Pantages sites has, thus far, delayed the Sequel 138 development. Over 40 organizations, housing providers, artists, and social workers have joined 2200 DTES residents in signing a Community Resolution opposing condos at the old Pantages Theatre site, stating, “We would not want to be complicit in a project that will further displace, impoverish, and police residents of the Downtown Eastside and make people feel more unwelcome in their own neighbourhood.”

Downtown Eastside residents are demanding a moratorium on all condo development in the Downtown Eastside until no one is homeless on the streets, in substandard SROs, or on shelter mats. They are also calling on Marc Williams to sell the Pantages parcel to the City at the 2010 assessed value and for the City to buy the site and work with BC Housing to develop it as 100% resident controlled social housing with low-income community space on the ground floor.

Mona Woodward, Executive Director of Aboriginal Front Door Society, is concerned about the impact of condos on the vital services in the 100-block for the low-income Aboriginal community; “The 100-block is near important services like AFD which represents off-reserve Aboriginal people. For us, the fight against gentrification is also against colonialism.”

Recent news suggests that Marc Williams will again be trying to ramp up his marketing strategy. The Downtown Eastside Not For Developers Coalition has called for a demonstration against the condo project and for 100% social housing, Tuesday December 11th at 2 pm at the Pantages site, 138 E. Hastings.

DTES Not for Developers Coalition
Contact:  Ivan Drury  604 781 7346