Odds and Ends


Howard Blank – auctioneer extraordinaire for 20th anniversary gala

Howard is a solid partner for our team and has been in our corner from the get go. We are lucky to have him donate his time, energy and work for us. He will be conducting the live auction at our 20th anniversary gala fundraiser on December 1, 2017. Howard Blank has been a member of the gaming and entertainment industry for over 30 years. Howard is principal of Point Blank Entertainment, Senior Advisor at All-In Advisory Group and serves as Board member, spokesperson and advisor to Victory Square Technologies. Howard is proud to donate his time and efforts at over 75 charitable gala events each year. Howard currently serves as past President of Variety, B.C., and acts as Vice President for BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Board member for BC Foundation for the Arts, advisor to the MOB Museum in Nevada, and North West 9-11 Memorial Co-Chair. Howard is proud recipient of “The Lifetime Gaming Award” and “Philanthropy Award” from the Canadian Gaming Association; he has been honoured with Variety British Columbia’s “Angel” and “Barker of The Year” awards and “The Paul Harris Fellowship” honour from Rotary International. Howard has also been bestowed with the prestigious 2015 British Columbia […]


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 […]


CBC News : ‘Odd Squad’ cops say prevention, not more harm reduction, needed for fentanyl crisis

“I don’t support elements of harm reduction that are legalizers in sheep’s clothing there,” says a retired police officer who served for many years on the Downtown Eastside. He’s part of the Odd Squad, a group that works on drug abuse prevention.

Read the original story on CBC: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fentanyl-overdose-vancouver-odd-squad-1.3962727


Press Release

For Immediate Release A PRESENTATION EVENING WITH ODD SQUAD PRODUCTIONS SOCIETY AND JOHN VOLKEN ACADEMY Drug Education, Current Trends, & Protecting Kids   VANCOUVER, BC –  Friday, July 8, 2016 – Odd Squad Productions Society will host an evening presentation open to community leaders as well as the general public to discuss current drug trends and public health issues affecting Vancouver. The presentation will aim to inform and educate community members on how to encourage positive decision making in today’s youth. WHEN:   Monday July 11th, 2016 5:30 PM: Pre-presentation exclusively for government officials, members of the health community, law enforcement, corporate sponsors and media. 6:30 PM: General public presentation followed by questions. WHERE:   The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered charitable organization comprised of serving police officers, retired police officers, and volunteers.  For almost 20 years, Odd Squad Productions Society has been recognized as a leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth. Odd Squad ascribes to the notion that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and that drug prevention programs are a more cost-effective and healthier investment for youth than treatment. This presentation provides an […]


Blush Article about the “Odd Christmas Party”

Original article: blushvancouver.com/the-odd-christmas-party-an-evening-with-jim-byrnes/ Whether you have heard of them yet or not, Odd Squad members have been making a difference in our city’s most troubled area since 1997. A group of concerned Down Town East Side (DTES) beat cops decided to “take something out of that sordid mess that we were tasked with policing and make it positive” was how founding member and new Executive Director, Tobin Hinton, described the beginning. Operating as a charitable entity, the group does not receive any funding or financial support from the Vancouver Police Department and the contributors are made up of police officers, retired officers, and volunteers. This year’s annual Christmas fundraiser was held at Central City on Beatty Street and it was packed. Whether you have heard of them yet or not, Odd Squad members have been making a difference in our city’s most troubled area since 1997. A group of concerned Down Town East Side (DTES) beat cops decided to “take something out of that sordid mess that we were tasked with policing and make it positive” was how founding member and new Executive Director, Tobin Hinton, described the beginning. Operating as a charitable entity, the group does not receive any […]


The Odd Christmas Party Wrap

❆ The Odd Christmas Party Wrap ❆ Thanks for being there! ? Squad and XMAS party volunteers Donate Now View Event Photos We sincerely thank those who were able to join us on December 1 for the Odd XMAS Party. 200 guests enjoyed a magical night with friends, old and new, who assisted in raising $25,000 towards this year’s efforts with presentations. Odd Squad members intend to reach 20,000 kids by the end of June 2016 with their drug and gang presentations. It’s not too late to donate and your contribution goes a long way. Odd Squad members have been delivering valuable educational presentations to youth for 18 years. In order to keep the information current and timely for the kids, presentations and equipment needs to be upgraded and overhauled on a continual basis. It’s not too late to assist us with these costs.  For your donation, Odd Squad will provide the list of schools, interest groups and youth programs they present to by June 2016. You will also receive a charitable receipt for donations. 


North Stars to partner with RCMP against drug abuse

Battlefords North Stars hockey team is starting a joint initiative with RCMP in Project First Goal to educate children against drug abuse. The project will see members of the North Stars travelling to Vancouver to see first hand the consequences of drug abuse, touring the downtown east side with the Odd Squad. The players will document their tour and bring back what they see and hear to local schools. The Regina Pats and the Saskatoon Blades are involved in this project. Read more at: www.newsoptimist.ca/…


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


A bold new step for Odd Squad…

Odd Squad Productions is a charitable organization comprised of serving police officers, retired police officers, and volunteers, and is recognized as a leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth. Odd Squad receives no funding or financial support from the Vancouver Police Department. Donations made to Odd Squad Productions help the organization in delivering valuable and needed reality-based education on the consequences of engaging in risky behaviour to thousands of students in the Lower Mainland, throughout B.C, and across Canada.


Eastside Stories Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop – “Whistling” Bernie Smith

Old-time beat cop meets new Posted on November 13, 2011 by Steve He walked the Hastings Street beat long before anyone had ever dreamed of AIDS, HIV or taxpayer-funded buildings where you could plunge heroin into your veins. The Charter of Rights was still ten years in the future, and it would be two decades before so-called hockey fans would riot in the streets of Vancouver — for the first time — following the Canucks’ Game 7 loss in 1994. There was no Twitter or Facebook to whip people into a frenzy. They had to use old-fashioned ways to organize rallies and marches — by knocking on doors and dialing rotary phones. There were no iPhones to record his every move, and no police complaints commissioner breathing down his neck every time he said something that might hurt someone’s feelings. For Bernie “Whistling” Smith, Hastings Street in the 1970s was a hard place. But he had easy answers. His methods were unconventional, abrasive and a little controversial. But they worked. Bernie “Whistling” Smith “What are we going to do to keep the young people away from drugs? I think one of the things is to make it difficult on the streets […]


RestART the restorative justice art project

Watch online now at oddsquad.com/videos RestART is a restorative justice art program that provides youth who have previously engaged in illegal graffiti with opportunities to express themselves in a positive way under mentorship from established local artists and community members. The RestART Program has experienced success with deterring youth participants from reentering the illegal graffiti subculture.  


Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop – News Flash: Vancouver has a drug problem

Posted by Steve One of the lead news stories in Vancouver today was a study which found that illicit drugs are rampant on the streets of Vancouver. The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS reported that drugs such as heroin, cocaine, meth and marijuana can be bought on Vancouver’s streets in as little as 10 minutes. Go figure. And in other news, a plane landed safely today at YVR. I’m not sure what’s more frustrating — that this problem continues to fester after years of enforcement, education and even harm reduction, or that some people are just waking up to the fact that it’s about as easy to buy crack in Downtown Vancouver as it is to find a Starbucks. By the way, there’s a Starbucks on just about every corner. What appears of particular concern to the study’s authors is that street drugs are just as accessible to young people as they are to adults, if not more. “Among the 330 youth aged 14-26 involved in the study, nearly 63% reported accessing crystal methamphetamine in as little as 10 minutes, compared to 39% of adult users. Young drug users also reported significantly easier access to marijuana, with 88% saying they could obtain the […]