Monthly Archives: March 2012


Work on The Beat Continues at OLN

OLN is in production on the second season of its original docu-soap series The Beat. Ten 10, 30-minute episodes were commissioned by OLN and are produced by Montreal-based Galafilm Inc. for airing this summer. The Beat II follows the intersecting stories of six police officers who patrol Vancouver’s roughest neighbourhood, the Downtown Eastside. “After the success of the first season, we’re pleased to bring The Beat back with 10 new stirring episodes,” Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting, said in a release. “With new issues impacting the streets of Vancouver, The Beat II will convey timely and relevant storylines that will resonate with Canadian viewers.” Galafilm founder Arnie Gelbart (18 to Life; War of 1812) serves as executive producer.  Claire Freeland is Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting, and Carol Commisso is Production Executive for Rogers Original Programming. Galafilm is a board member of the CMPA (Canadian Media Producers Association) as well as of the APFTQ (Association des producteurs de film et de television du Québec). See the original MediaCaster article by clicking here


Odd Squad brings truth about gangs to local 100 Mile House youth

Odd Squad Productions Const. Doug Spencer didn’t pull any punches when he told Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) students about his own experiences with youth whose lives were lost or otherwise destroyed by gang-related activities. Carole Rooney By Carole Rooney – 100 Mile House Free Press Published: March 21, 2012 8:00 AM Updated: March 21, 2012 9:44 AM Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) gymnasium was packed, but you could almost hear a pin drop when hundreds of students watched real-life scenarios and learned how to buffer themselves from the gang violence and drug abuse. In their recent presentation, off-duty police officers Const. Doug Spencer and Const. Dawn Richards didn’t sugar-coat the shocking impacts of gang violence and drug addiction on youth and their families. The constables are members of Odd Squad Productionswhich is a non-profit group of law-enforcement officers based in Vancouver. The film and slideshow depicts real experiences of young people in British Columbia, and many are tragic, even grisly, tales. However, others tell the success stories of those who rose above similar obstacles, and how they overcame them to lead happy, prosperous lives. After the presentation, Spencer said the program not only educates youth on these extremely important issues, it […]


Odd Squad to visit Tetlit’Zheh/Fort McPherson

Odd Squad to visit Tetlit’Zheh/Fort McPherson Members of the Odd Squad Productions Society, a nonprofit organization founded by Vancouver Police Department officers, will be meeting with students in Fort McPherson this month to discuss the dangers of drug addictions and gangs. They are scheduled to arrive in the community at 11 a.m. on March 27 and present at 1:30 p.m. A sporting event is also scheduled for 3:30 p.m. which is set to include members of the production team and students. The Odd Squad is also scheduled to make presentations in Ulukhaktok on March 26, Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik on March 28, and Inuvik on March 29 and 30. – Nathalie Heiberg-Harrison Link to Northern News Services Online – Click here


Recent Testimonials from OSP’s Facebook Page

“I bought the VHS Tap of “Through a Blue Lens” When it first came out, I believe in 1999. My kids and I watched it about once a year. It really touched my heart. I never stopped thinking about all those people especially Nicola. I still wonder about her today. I found someone had taken a photo of her as recent as 2010 still in Vancouver. I feel so bad for all the people that fall victim to the drug dealers and these horrible drugs that take over our young peoples minds and body and make it next to impossible to stop and live a healthy normal life. It is so sad. Thanks so much to the Odd Squad for teaching me and my children so much about this scary world of drug use; and thanks to those drug users that care enough about other kids and shared their stories to try and make a difference.” J.B. – Michigan, U.S.A.   “Just want to say how great I think your videos are. I show Through a Blue Lens to my grade 8 class every year and it really makes them think. Several students have thanked me years later when they’ve been […]


Working Diligently At Keeping Kids Safe and Drug Free

Odd Squad Productions Society Celebrates 15 years with a Gala Fundraiser    For Immediate Release  (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) is proud to announce the celebration of its 15th anniversary this year. A prestigious Gala Fundraiser will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday, June 7th at 5:00 pm. Presented by CIBC Wood Gundy At Bental, and at the time of press supported by more than 25 corporate sponsors, the evening consists of a formal sit-down dinner, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and a few hidden surprises that have yet to be revealed. All proceeds fund Odd Squad’s efforts to keep youth gang-safe and drug-free. With disturbing statistics, such as “60% of illicit drug users are between 15 to 24 years old”, there is a critical need to be proactive and protect youth. The OSP educates young adults through film, presentations and workshops, and by providing peer mentoring support. In 2011, 1,000 guests supported OSP by attending the annual gala and contributing to OSP’s most successful fundraising effort ever. Fifty corporate sponsors jumped on board alongside sport celebrities Chris Le Bihan (2010 Olympic Bronze Medallist), and Sonja Gaudet (2010 Paralympic Gold Medallist).The evening ended with Holly Cole […]


Blog post @hummingbird604: OSP Celebrates 15 Years with a Gala Fundraiser

I first heard about Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) through both my friend Summer Dhillon and Jeremy Szafron. I recently found out that the Odd Squad Productions Society will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. A fabulous Gala Fundraiser will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre onThursday, June 7th at 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Presented by CIBC Wood Gundy At Bental, and at the time of press supported by more than 25 corporate sponsors, the evening consists of a formal sit-down dinner, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and a few hidden surprises that have yet to be revealed. All proceeds fund Odd Squad’s efforts to keep youth gang-safe and drug-free. I just looked at some of the statistics they provided me, such as “60% of illicit drug users are between 15 to 24 years old”. It is definitely important to be proactive and empower and protect youth. The OSP educates young adults through film, presentations and workshops, and by providing peer mentoring support. Odd Squad’s vision is to design programs that honour and motivate youth, encourage them to set positive goals, lay their own path and stay On Track by keeping drug-free for a long and healthy life. The […]