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YouthWorks BBQ at Strathcona Park in Vancouver

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

YouthWorks folks invited DTES community members to join them for a sumptious BBQ feast at Strathcona Park in Vancouver recently on a sunny Thursday!  Community members were surprised and very thankful to be part of a wonderful experience!

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to receive a gift of tomato plants from James Johnstone, House Historian from Strathcona, Vancouver

April 29, 2011 1 comment

James Johnstone, noted House Historian from Strathcona, Vancouver recently gifted AHA MEDIA with some tomato and cucumber plants to start a garden!

Please vote for Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens – Creating a Green Zone from the Aviva Community Fund

December 2, 2010 1 comment

Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens

We Need Your Support

Description:
We want to win a $90000 grant to turn Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside into a Garden City!

We need you to vote for us. 10 Times (once a day for 10 days). Between Dec 2 and 15. And we’ll give you prizes.

Sign up for daily voting reminders athttp://www.strathconagreenzone.com/microgardens. You must be signed up to win prizes. If you’ve already signed up – You are awesome.

Thank you!

The Strathcona BIA has applied for a $90,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund to help us build 20-30 microgardens in Strathcona, part of Vancouver’s inner city. The grant winners are determined through an online voting contest. We’ve already made it through the first round, so now we need you to vote for our idea 10 times (once per day) between December 2 and December 15 as we compete in the semi-final round against 29 other projects across Canada.

Please vote below:

http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf5454

OVERVIEW:

The Strathcona Neighbourhood The Strathcona neighbourhood is Vancouver’s oldest residential community and also has one of Canada’s lowest socioeconomic levels. 2006 statistics state the average household income is $27,139 compared to $63,889 for Vancouver overall.

Strathcona residents also have lower education levels than the average for all of Vancouver. 32% of residents have an education level less than Grade 9 as compared to 9% in Vancouver and only 40% of people 20 years of age or older have some form of post secondary education compared to 69% in Vancouver overall.

While the neighbourhood has beautiful heritage buildings and a rich artistic community, it is also characterized by homelessness, open drug use and dealing, prostitution, and graffiti.

Our Idea We propose to create 20 to 30 community micro-gardens throughout Strathcona. The gardens would be installed on private properties adjacent to public spaces in highly visible, underutilized areas.

How it would work Depending on the nature and size of each location, the gardeners and the property owners would decide whether the plot should be a community garden, single-owner garden, or a living wall. Vegetation would consist of native perennials and edible plants.

The gardens would be installed by qualified landscapers of Mission Possible Enterprises, a local non-profit which provides employment opportunities for individuals with job readiness barriers and assists in breaking the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Local youth would also be employed as partners with the landscapers to learn valuable food production and community development skills.

Benefits of this project

  • Edible plants would provide new opportunities for local food production. Using native plants would reduce the resources required for their maintenance thus minimizing the ecological footprint of each garden.
  • The BIA has received many comments from residents and businesses regarding the need for more green spaces – they want the Strathcona Green Zone to literally become greener. By creating micro gardens, more green space would be accessible throughout the neighbourhood.
  • This project would also reduce spaces available for criminal activity through the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). A public place that lacks significant ownership interest is often perceived by some as places where criminal activity is supported. By converting underutilized spaces into gardens, the BIA would help reduce areas that encourage crime.
  • The most profound benefit of this project would be the generation of green jobs for individuals with job readiness barriers and inner city youth. The youth will gain tangible job experience and skills.
  • There will also be opportunities for intergenerational interactions with Mission Possible’s employees and youth in a safe environment. Many of the landscapers will be able to teach the youth some of their consequences of their decisions in their lives in the hopes that the youth would not follow the same path.

An Inclusive Approach The Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens would provide an inclusive approach to addressing many of the problems affecting this community. We are counting on your support!

For more information on the Strathcona Green Zone, visit us at http://www.strathconagreenzone.com Twitter: SBIA_GreenZone

About the Strathcona Business Improvement Association The Strathcona BIA (SBIA) is a member driven non-profit business organization in Strathcona, a sub-community of east Vancouver. It represents over 850 commercial property owners, business tenants, and 7,000+ employees. The area is a broad mix of industrial, commercial, retail, and residential zoning – many who have been in the area for over 40 years.

The SBIA conducts a variety of programs to facilitate the revitalization of Strathcona including street beautification through banners, flower baskets and murals; street micro cleaning; and graffiti removal. One of its core initiatives is the Strathcona Green Zone, an initiative to promote green practices among its membership and eventually make the area a sustainable district. Programs include waste audits and a resource exchange whereby businesses find other businesses to repurpose unneeded materials to divert them from the landfill.

Besides business development, the SBIA is involved with community events, sponsoring the Powell Street Festival, the largest Japanese Canadian festival in Canada; the Eastside Culture Crawl, a three day event drawing over 10,000 people to artists’ studios in east Vancouver; and children’s programming at the Strathcona Community Centre.

 

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help announce Two East End History Walking Tours led by James Johnstone in Strathcona, Vancouver on Saturday March 6, 2010

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help announce Two East End History Walking Tours led by James Johnstone in  Strathcona, Vancouver  from 10:00am – 4:30pm on Saturday March 6, 2010

Come out and enjoy a two hour walk through Vancouver’s Historic East End. It promises to be a sunny day and the daffodils, cherry blossoms, and daphne odorata will be in full bloom. This Saturday, March 6th, I will be offering two departures of my East End Neighbourhood History Walking Tour, one at 10am and the other at 2pm.

My route, first offered on August 15th to an oversold crowd of 44 people, is the culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although architecture is a minor theme in the tour, my focus is more on the social history—the ebb and flow of different waves of immigrants who established themselves here before moving on to other parts of the city. Most people know about Little Italy, Hogan’s Alley, the East End’s early Jewish Community, and Japantown, but did you know that there were whole blocks of Newfoundlanders and a sizable Syrian colony here as well in the early 1900s?

The tour touches on the impact and influences of portside industries (BC Sugar, shipyards, etc.) prohibition, (the proliferation of bootlegging), the Oriental Exclusion Act (bachelor rooming houses, etc.), the Japanese Canadian internment, as well as the City Planning Department’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”. It also gives participants the chance to see the locations of the previous homes of well-known East End residents, like pioneer female aviator Tosca Trasolini, premier Dave Barrett, champion boxers Jimmy McLarnin and Felice Di Palma (Di Palma boxed under the name Phil Palmer), Rabbi Nathan Meyer Pastinsky, award-winning authors Paul Yee and Wayson Choy, Ross and Nora Hendrix (Jimi’s grandparents), community activists Mary Lee Chan and Shirley Chan, and BC Supreme Court Judge, community leader Angelo Branca, and k.d. lang.

The Next Tours are scheduled to depart at

10am and
2pm

Saturday, March 6th from in front of the Heatley Block at East Hastings & Heatley Avenue (696 East Hastings).

People interested in coming along are encouraged to reserve a space by e-mailing me at househistorian@yahoo.ca.

Cost is $15.00 per person


April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very honored to be interviewed by Stephen Quinn – Host of “On the Coast” on CBC Radio, live at the Patricia Hotel on Friday January 15 2010

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment


On The Coast

On The Coast

On The Coast is a great way to catch up on the day’s news, and get connected to what’s happening in your neighbourhood. Join host Stephen Quinn between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.every weekday, and you’ll be right up to date on all the latest sports, weather, traffic, and entertainment from around the Lower Mainland. Stephen Quinn’s Bio

Broadcast Times

CBC Radio One:
Weekday Afternoons 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. 88.1 FM and 690 AM in Vancouver.
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http://www.cbc.ca/bc/community/blog/2010/01/on-the-coast-live-at-the-patricia-hotel-january-15.html


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“On the Coast” with host Stephen Quinn will be broadcasting live from Pat’s Pub inside the Patricia Hotel on January 15 from 3 – 6pm. Join us as we explore the cultural profile of the Downtown Eastside, the neighborhood of Strathcona, and even historic Chinatown. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stephen will be talking to “house historian” James Johnstone who will give periodic profiles of specific buildings in Strathcona – when they were built, who lived there, stories of the residents, and where they are now. Photographer Bev Davies will be on hand sharing her memories of how the neighbourhoods used to rock. In the 1970s and 80s, she captured images of old rock and roll venues, as well as the homes of rockers in the area.

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April will be on air around 4:40 pm, speaking about AHA MEDIA’s hyper local community event coverage, connections with Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) and Strathcona with neighborhood members and upcoming projects during the Olympics

Below is a photo of April by Photographer Simon Hayter

Below is a photo of April with Members of LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

AHA MEDIA attended a very successful Photography Opening : Children Live Dream Here – Urban Landscapes, Children Photography – Inner City Children’s Voice at Chapel Arts 304 Dunlevy in Vancouver Downtown Eastside Thursday Oct 29, 2009

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Part of the Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver Downtown Eastside http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/october-29/

Celebrating the Voice of the Strathcona Children, Princess Avenue Interpretive Walk

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Below is a photo of Lead Artist Anne Marie Slater with students

Anne Marie Slater and students

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Below is a video of the Visual Arts –   CHILDREN LIVE DREAM HERE

The presence of children in our community is the focus of this show of photo works by students from grades 4 to 7. Photographer and lead artist Anne Marie Slater collaborated with the students on an interpretive walk of Princess Avenue and their photographs reveal the sky, the street, and the industrial side of Hastings Street re-linking the historic north/south connection to the waterfront.

The perspectives of inner city children are captured in photo stories and audio recordings, on view in the main gallery and in projections on the outside of Chapel Arts. Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes is a community arts initiative with the participation of local organizations, community members and the support of the Festival and the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings program.

Sponsored by Strathcona Elementary School, Strathcona Community Centre Association and Chapel Arts, with funding from Port Metro Vancouver and Telus-Vancouver Community Board.

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 message me at http://www.facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of Irwin Oostindie of W2 http://www.creativetechnology.org with his Daughter reading a photo book made by school children

Irwin and daughter

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Below is a photo of Terry Hunter of Heart of the City Festival http://www.HeartOfTheCityFestival.com

Terry Hunter reading a book of photos at Chapel Arts

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Below is a photo of a young artist drawing with chalk while Savannah Walling of Heart of the City Festival looks on. http://www.HeartOfTheCityFestival.com

Savanah Walling watching young artist create

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Below is a photo of Savannah Walling, Anne Marie Slater, Irwin Oostindie and daughter looking at the Powerful Projection of Photos taken by students of Strathcona Elementary from the Garage across Dunlevy Street to the side of Chapel Arts!

Savanah, Anne Marie, Irwin and daughter

Outdoor Projection onto Chapel Arts from garage

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Thanks to the following who made the Princess Avenue Interpretive Walk very possible! 🙂

With Thanks

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Below is Anne Marie Slater with Nathan Wiens of Chapel Arts http://www.ChapelArts.com at the end of a successful evening !

Anne Marie Slater and Nathan Wiens at Chapel Arts

AHA MEDIA is proud to present Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes on Thursday Oct 29th, 2009

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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Visual Arts
CHILDREN LIVE DREAM HERE

 
Thursday October 29, 5:30pm-10pm
5:30pm-7pm Art opening
Families welcome


7pm-10pm Join your neighbours to celebrate the Festival
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy

The presence of children in our community is the focus of this show of photo works by students from grades 4 to 7. Photographer and lead artist Anne Marie Slater collaborated with the students on an interpretive walk of Princess Avenue and their photographs reveal the sky, the street, and the industrial side of Hastings Street re-linking the historic north/south connection to the waterfront.

The perspectives of inner city children are captured in photo stories and audio recordings, on view in the main gallery and in projections on the outside of Chapel Arts.

Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes is a community arts initiative with the participation of local organizations, community members and the support of the Festival and the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings program.

Sponsored by Strathcona Elementary School, Strathcona Community Centre Association and Chapel Arts, with funding from Port Metro Vancouver and Telus-Vancouver Community Board. Free

With thanks to Anne Marie Slater and the Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver Downtown Eastside for text and image

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/october-29/