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April 7, 2010 Environment

Secret Meeting Planned, then Cancelled, between ENGOs and Tar Sands Companies

Invitees included Tzeporah Berman, World Wildlife Fund, ForestEthics

March 27, 2010 Sports

World Cup Knock-Out

South Africa to score big public debt in 2010

March 21, 2010 Business

Guatemalan Coffee a Complex Blend

Threats, exile a bitter part of coffee farmers' work

March 4, 2010 Gender

This is Where the Revolution Starts

19th annual Memorial March honours 3,000 missing and murdered women

February 26, 2010 Canadian News

Police to Receive 'Olympic Legacies'

Vancouver, Richmond Police Departments to move into Games-related digs

February 21, 2010 Accounts

Smile, Vancouver!

Nearly 1,000 new surveillance cameras are here to stay

February 20, 2010 Canadian News

Defence Industry has its Sights on the Olympics

A look at some of the companies cashing in on 2010 security spending

February 18, 2010 Canadian News

Military, Mounties Trained for the Games

Demonstrations a greater security threat than terrorism: CSIS

Update From Olympic Tent Village

Organizers and residents of the Olympic Tent Village in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside give a press conference on the day after the tent city is set up.

February 16, 2010 Feb 16 by Vancouver Media-Coop

Rally and March to Begin the Olympic Tent Village

Residents of a neighbourhood in Vancouver that is often referred as the countrys poorest postal code set up a tent encampment in a vacant Downtown Eastside lot to advocate for housing and to shelter the neighbourhoods homeless population.

February 16, 2010 Feb 16 by B-Channel

2010 Rings Hollow

This documentary feature examines the history of housing in Vancouver and the impact of the 2010 Olympic Games on the city's homelessness and poverty. The film features interviews with legal experts, activists, and people affected by the housing crisis, with particular focus on hotel closures, evictions and the criminalization of dissent.

February 15, 2010 Feb 15 by Dave Ron

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Vancouver 2010 Olympics protesters march past the Vancouver Art Gallery to BC Place where the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony is taking place and meet a wall of Vancouver police.

February 15, 2010 Feb 15 by Vancouver Media-Coop

The NLG vs BC Civil Liberties

During today's tent city action in Vancouver the VMC caught up with Larry Hildes, an attorney for the National Lawyers Guild. We asked him why he had broken ties with BC Civil Liberties

February 15, 2010 Feb 15 by Vancouver Media-Coop
February 14, 2010 Accounts

In Our Own Words

Women living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside weigh in on the Olympics

February 11, 2010 Business

2010 Carte Blanche

Olympic spending tallies won’t come in till the party’s over

Why oppose the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

The Olympic Resistance Network has called for a convergence to protest the Vancouver Winter Olympics. This video explains some the reasons why these activists have organized the first ever anti-Olymopic summit.

February 9, 2010 Feb 9 by Vancouver Media-Coop
February 9, 2010 Original Peoples

Host First Nations Bite the Olympic Hand

Will the government meet its funding obligations before the Games?

January 27, 2010 Environment

"Greenest Games Ever"

What environmental legacy will the Olympics leave for British Columbians?

January 24, 2010 Features

2010 Rings Hollow

Video on the housing legacy of the Vancouver Olympics

January 6, 2010 Business

Greenwashing at the Games

Heavy polluters look lighter as Olympic sponsors

December 30, 2009 Media Analysis

Embedded at the Olympics

Media's sponsorship of 2010 compromises coverage, begs alternatives

Apples, not applause, for AFN chief

Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine's news conference in Vancouver on Feb. 18 was disrupted by an anti-Olympics native protester who dumped red apples on the podium. The red on the outside, white on the inside B.C.-grown fruit symbolizes aboriginals who adopt white peoples' values and culture.

December 9, 2009 Dec 9 by Bob Mackin 24 hrs

Homes not podiums, say Poverty Olympics organizers

The first Poverty Olympics were a light-hearted affair with an important message at Carnegie Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside ghetto on Feb. 3. Activists used the satirical event to warn organizers of Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics that time is running out to fulfill the five-year-old housing and environmental promises.

December 9, 2009 Dec 9 by Bob Mackin 24 hrs
November 25, 2009 Features

Zeroing in on British Columbia

An interview with economist Marc Lee

November 20, 2009 Weblog:

Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal: New camouflage to better fight the enemy within?

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Public Works and Government Services Canada has awarded a $25,000 contract to a BC firm in return for a controversial service -- the design of urban camouflage specifically suited to Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.

The contract requirements are as follows:

The Department of National Defence, Defence Research and
Development Canada - Suffield, (DRDC-S), AB, has a requirement to develop a Canadian Urban Environment Pattern (CUEPAT) based on the unique requirements of Canada's three major metropolitan areas, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The current CBR individual protective equipment (IPE) used by the Canadian military is provided in a woodland or desert camouflage. A camouflage suited to the Canadian urban environment is required when the milatary (sic) operates in urban terrain.

Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp, pride of Maple Ridge, BC, was the only firm invited to bid on the contract. The company has designed camouflage patterns for countries including Israel, Iraq and Malaysia.

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July 21, 2009 Weblog:

Feds launch six sizzling weeks of copyright talks, forget to redesign website

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I just posted an article about yesterday's launch of the federal government's copyright consultations at the Vancouver Media Cooperative.

Something that didn't quite fit into the story, but that keeps nagging at me, is the website that the feds launched yesterday. The site supposedly has the intention of promoting this process.

I say supposedly for a number of reasons:

•the site itself is horrid to look at, harking back to the dying days of Web 1.0.

•the site does not appear to be linked to or from any other Government of Canada pages, including the Consulting with Canadians page.

•the site was launched yesterday, so existing traffic is nil. Though it does have a date stamp on the bottom which reads Date Modified: 2007-11-14

•the site lacks essential details, and yesterday's press release was posted as a blog entry.

The ministers responsible (Tony Clement/Industry, James Moore/Heritage) seem to think that opening a Twitter account is enough to propel the consultations into the wider consciouness.

When I asked them about this at yesterday's press conference in Vancouver, Clement responded that he hoped the consultation process would "go viral." Guess he hasn't seen the website.

For what it's worth, the second round table is currently under way in Calgary.

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June 22, 2009 Weblog:

Vancouver Media Co-op, part 3

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Picture 1: We attend a meeting of Vancouver's Anti-Poverty Committee, and give a brief presentation about the Media Co-op. People express a desire to contribute financially to the project but it is fairly clear that what we'd like more than anything from a group like the APC (who struggles with funding, like many other activist groups), is based on what they are directly working on: ideas for coverage of the 2010 Olympics, information on poverty in Vancouver, articles for the site.

Picture 2: Next, the VMC posse rolled into an Olympics Resistance Network (ORN) meeting in the DTES. After giving a run-down of Media Co-op goings-on, people broke out their laptops for a tech session of sorts; those who needed computer help got it.

Picture 3: Dave Dickson. An ex-police officer with the Vancouver Police Force. He was the Police's one and only "Downtown Eastside Liaison" for many years, and also acted as their "Native Liaison." He was one of a special team which investigated the Pickton case. Of many of the city's sex-workers, he says he has known them since they were in pre-school. According to him, although this is questionable, he has built up a trust with many in the neighborhood over the years, and now spends his time doing outreach with women on the streets. On the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Dickson maintains that the police have never treated anybody differently based on their race; they have been abusive, sure, but not based on race. As kind and fatherly as he is, I find something integral left to be desired.

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June 14, 2009 Weblog:

Vancouver Media Co-op Tour, Days 3-7

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The Vancouver Media Co-op held a meeting several days ago for folks who are interested in helping with organizing, promoting events, and covering stories. About 7 or so amazingly solid folks showed up to our meeting on the back balcony of Spartacus Books. People threw around some great story ideas, agreed to taking on specific tasks (ie postering and flyering), planned a group trip to Sutikalh, talked about the structure and purpose of the co-op, as well as its goals, and shared contact information. It was an impressive tone-setter to say the least.

The bulk of Media Co-op work so far has consisted of talking to or emailing people, getting contact info for other people, talking to them, setting up meetings, and then talking some more. Several meetings with a diverse cross-section of folks linked to media production, cooperatives, and unions have been arranged and are slowly filling up the VMC calendar.

Picture 1: A demonstrator at a women's housing march put on by local group Power of Women (POW). The march was a dignified expression of anger at the government for authorizing mass evictions in poorer areas of the city (most notably the downtown eastside), as well as destroying potential social housing sites in favour of making way for the Olympic Games in 2010. Aboriginal people comprise about 3 per cent of BC's population yet make up over 32 per cent of the homeless population. Aboriginal women are particularly vulnerable to losing their homes.

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April 29, 2009 Canadian News

Jailed For Jaywalking?

Measures aim to clear out Vancouver's Downtown Eastside before the Olympics

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