Monthly Archives: May 2012


Recognizing youth leadership

Posted in Question – Serving Whistler & Pemberton – Original Link Click Here Dear Editor, On May 4, the Interact Club of Pemberton (the youth branch of Rotary) hosted the Odd Squad at Pemberton Secondary School for both Pemberton and Mount Currie schools. The presentations were a stark reminder of the deep and painful impact substance abuse can have on individuals, families and communities. Bringing the Odd Squad to Pemberton was an Interact initiative and they worked hard to make it happen. On behalf of the Winds of Change steering committee, I would like to acknowledge the Pemberton Interact Club for taking a leadership role in increasing the awareness of addictions among their peers. Your efforts remind us all that leadership to improve community health and wellbeing can come from many different places. Thank you! Sheldon Tetreault Chair, Winds of Change Steering Committee PEMBERTON


Actively empowering youth

On the cover this week … Odd Squad Productions Society celebrates 15 years. MICHELLE DODEK On Thursday, June 7, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Odd Squad Productions Society will bring together nearly 1,000 attendees to celebrate 15 years of working to keep youth safe and drug free. Founded in 1997 by a group of seven officers working for the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), the organization has a mission of “empowering youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behavior through documentaries and education.” The seven officers who first came together all those years ago felt that they needed to do something to try to prevent and curtail the cycle of substance abuse and tragedy they saw every day in their work on DTES streets. With VPD statistics indicating that 60 percent of illicit drug users were between 15 to 24 years of age, these seven officers decided to focus their efforts on proactively protecting youth. They called their group the Odd Squad. The Odd Squad’s first step was to take footage of what they saw on the streets of the DTES, footage they turned into a documentary called Through a Blue Lens, […]


Odd Squad Productions Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

For Immediate Release                                                                            (Vancouver, BC) –Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) celebrates a memorable 15th milestone of empowering youth though film documentaries and educational programs. The prestigious 2012 Odd Squad Gala Fundraiser is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday, June 7th starting at 5:00 pm. Presented by CIBC Wood Gundy At Bentall, and supported by an astounding 50 corporate sponsors, the evening begins with a cocktail reception and Mayor Gregor Robertson in attendance. Other highlights include speeches by select youth, a unique Silent Auction, a formal sit-down dinner, a Live Auction with celebrated auctioneer Howard Blank and special guest Steven Seagal. Vancouver’s Odds, with Craig Northy as musical director, will serve as the house band. 100% of the proceeds will be put towards creating more documentaries and developing awareness campaigns for youth about the dangers of drug use and criminal behaviour. Undoubtedly, the OSP is passionate about their work. This grassroots initiative started with a few Vancouver Police Officers who […]


The Harsh Reality of Drug Use in Vancouver: A Presentation by Laura, Gr. 10

Laura, Gr. 10, just completed an interactive training session with Odd Squad Productions ON TRACK peer to peer program. Laura had the chance to train with VPD officers and hear real-life stories from drug addicts on the street. On May 2, 2012 she talked to students & staff about the realities of drug use in Vancouver: Click here to WATCH the video presentation


Members of Jewish Community Working Diligently At Keeping Kids Safe and Drug Free

Original Newsletter – Click Here Odd Squad Productions Society Celebrates 15 years with a Gala Fundraiser Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) is proud to announce the celebration of its 15th anniversary this year. Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) is an independent, non-profit organization that was founded by volunteer members of the Vancouver Police Department in 1997. Having developed a unique approach to community policing, crime prevention and public education, Odd Squad generates funding through donations and grants with the mission of “empowering youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behaviour through documentaries and education”. A prestigious Gala Fundraiser will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday, June 7th at 5:00 pm . Under the leadership of Gerry Zipursky, the C.O.O. of Odd Squad, a number of prominent members of our community have rallied around the cause. Serving on the Board of Directors is Shirley Barnett, Howard Blank, Bob Golden and Mark James, with Dani Elias as Director, Web Development and new Media. There are, as well, many Jewish corporate Sponsors for this Annual fundraiser. With disturbing statistics, such as “60% of illicit drug users are between 15 to 24 years old”, there is […]


…but instead…

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Steve The following is a contribution by fellow Beat Enforcement Team member Tyler Urquhart, inspired by some of the people he’s met along Hastings Street. He says it’s “kind of a poem.” A Grandfather, Bouncing grandchildren on his knees. Burgers, ribs, the family barbecue, Stories of ‘how things used to be’, chasing girls, a classic car, old friend, Wisdom, command, always an unspoken respect for the Patriarch. … but instead … An old, worn-out man long past his due date. An addict, a recluse, full of delusion, full of disease. Erupting in anger and compulsive put-downs. Spare change? Spare change? Missing pieces…missing places… farther from human. Alone. Cursed. A young Mother, A shy toddler, spying, hooked on her leg. Coffee with old girlfriends. Other little ones mingle. She checks the time on her Iphone, Loving husband still at work, Family time soon, with talk of another little one on the way. … but instead … Soaked to the bone, crouched on wet cement in a nasty alleyway. Poison in her bra. Rock? Rock? Up? Down? There are no children back here. Waiting for her turn to fix. ‘Where’s my money bitch?’ The dealers’ had enough … she’s short again. […]


Police warn killing in Mexico may reignite B.C. gang strife

Jeff Nagel – Surrey North Delta Leader Published: April 30, 2012 11:00 AM Police are warning more retaliatory gang violence could break out here after the murder of a B.C. organized crime figure in Mexico. Thomas Gisby was shot point-blank Saturday in a Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta by two gunmen who then fled. He had previously been the target of a Jan. 16 bombing in Whistler, where Gisby and another man camped in an RV escaped with minor injuries. RCMP quickly issued a warning that Gisby’s slaying could trigger revenge attacks or violence between his gangland allies and enemies in B.C. “We expect this would result in heightened tension between various organized crime groups in the Lower Mainland and, potentially, the province,” RCMP Sgt. Duncan Pound said. Gisby is said by police to have been a “high-ranking organized crime figure” who headed up his own B.C. gang – which they referred to as the Gisby Crime Group – but also had links to other B.C. groups involved in violent attacks in recent years. “The criminal activity in which he was engaged extended across Canada and internationally,” Pound said. There are reports the middle-aged Gisby may have had ties to Metro Vancouver’s Dhak and […]