gang education


Back on Track Conference and 20th Anniversary Gala – December 1, 2017

Thank you for attending Odd Squad Productions first annual “Back on Track” Conference and/or the 20th Anniversary Gala, held Friday, December 1, 2017. We were very happy to see you there! Your presence and support enables us to continue educating and mentoring the youth, as well as our our community. We raised over $220,000 for Odd Squad’s important drug education work. Thank you! If you didn’t get a chance to attend our events, you can still DONATE to support our work. The conference held during the day was followed by a VIP Cocktail reception, which Premier John Horgan attended. The evening continued with the gala fundraiser and keynote speaker Scott Oake from Hockey Night in Canada with his wife Anne. Click here or scroll down to see the photo gallery. The Back on Track Conference The conference featured experts in the fields of school safety, substance abuse, social media addiction, drug addiction and youth issues. Click here to see a full list of speakers with short bios. John DALY – Moderator – Opening Remarks Det/Cst. Sandy AVELAR and Det/Cst. Anisha PARHAR – Gangs and Girls: Her Time Adam PALMER – Opening Remarks Dr. Marvin KRANK – Social and Cognitive Factors in […]


Odd Squad gala headlined by Hockey Night in Canada host Scott Oake

‘Back on Track’ event celebrates society’s 20th anniversary – still with the same VPD beat cops who started the society with a hard-hitting video on the reality of addiction Hockey Night in Canada host Scott Oake and his wife Anne will bring a personal perspective to the keynote speech at the Odd Squad Production Society’s 20th anniversary gala December 1, capping a day-long drug and gang prevention conference. Scott and Anne lost their 25-year-old son Bruce to a heroin overdose in 2011, and since then have been committed to making the tragic loss of their child into positive opportunities for others struggling with addiction. Global TV anchor Chris Gailus will be the gala’s master of ceremonies, auctioneer extraordinaire Howard Blank will conduct our live auction, while three-time Juno award-winning blues artist Jim Byrnes, special guest Paul Pigat, and All the Kings Men will perform. Funds will be raised for Odd Squad’s important drug education work. “We’ve come a long way from a group of seven VPD beat cops working the Downtown Eastside putting out our first film about the stark realities of drug addiction 20 years ago. We had no idea how to even use a video camera, but still […]


Gangs & Guns Training Symposium

The 8th Annual Gangs & Guns Training Symposium by Safer Schools Together will be held on February 18th and 19th 2015 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. Full list of presenters and presentation descriptions are available here on the ticketing page: saferschoolstogether.com/event/gangs-guns-training-symposium-2016 .


End Gang Life: Myths & Realities

Doug Charlton spoke at a press conference today as Executive Director of Odd Squad and Producer of the End Gang Life: Myths and Realities video modules. Within a couple of hours of the official launch, the project is already having a huge impact and receiving national recognition. _____ We launched the videos this morning at a press conference and the story and the videos have already “gone national”. You’ll see it featured on local news over the next day or so, as well as some of the national news programs like CTV Newsnet. If the reaction over the last couple hours is any indication of the impact that these videos will have, I am positive that we will make a difference in the lives of many. In just a few short hours I’ve received calls and emails from the RCMP National Youth Services Section, the National Crime Prevention Centre, the national School Action of Emergencies (SAFE), and even the Ottawa Police Service. — Sergeant Lindsey Houghton, Media Relations Office, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC Watch Videos


End Gang Life! Educational Production

Odd Squad Productions, through the direct management of the Executive Director are currently working on a ground breaking educational production in conjunction with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and Brightlight Pictures. When released these modules will be available across the Province and will continue to highlight the message to “End Gang Life”. The project team is working hard to have this delivered for the Fall of 2014. Watch the trailers…End Gang Life!


Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop – ‘No easy answers’

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Steve A young hipster in skinny jeans and a plaid shirt stopped me on West Hastings Street the other day. “So, when are you gonna start arresting some of the drug dealers out here?” he asked. It was a bit of a sarcastic comment, so I dished a little of the same back his way. “Sure,” I said. “You point ‘em out to me and I’ll go arrest them.” We were standing outside the Burns Block, a century-old building and former low-income hotel that was recently converted into 30 “micro-lofts.” It’s part of the so-called gentrification of the Downtown Eastside. This hipster had apparently just moved into the area, likely wanting to live in Vancouver’s edgiest neighbourhood, but perhaps not quite realizing his front door was just steps away from ground zero in the city’s open-air drug market. ‘They’re everywhere,” he said. “I walk down the street and all I get is people trying to sell me drugs.” Despite the cheekiness of our initial exchange, I could tell he was genuine. I empathized with his frustration. He felt like the police were not doing enough to deal with the drug problem in the area. Looking around at […]