Odds and Ends


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 gives Sutherland kids a glimpse of life as a street addict

North Vancouver students take a walk on the wild side BY NICHOLAS J. PESCOD, NORTH SHORE NEWS FEBRUARY 29, 2012 8:41 AM Students from North Vancouver’s Sutherland secondary take a tour of the Downtown Eastside with former Hell’s Angel Joe Calendino (far right) on Feb 18. Photograph by: NEWS photo , Nicholas J. Pescod VANCOUVER police officers from the Odd Squad have given 10 North Shore high school students a firsthand look at the harsh reality of drug and alcohol addiction. David Steverding, a Vancouver police officer and North Vancouver resident, was one of several Odd Squad members who took students from Sutherland secondary on an interactive tour of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on Feb. 18. According to Steverding, it’s a privilege to live on the North Shore but drug abuse has no boundaries. “The fact remains there are still addiction issues no matter where you go, whether its the Downtown Eastside or the North Shore,” he said. “I don’t think there is enough educational influence . . . this is just an opportunity to provide one side of the addiction issue to students.” The Odd Squad was created in 1997 and was made up of seven officers from the Vancouver Police Department. […]


STA students learn about the grim reality of drug addiction

North Vancouver RCMP Const. Christy Mohr escorted senior students from Saint Thomas Aquinas high school on a tour of the Downtown Eastside last month.   By Maria Spitale-Leisk – North Shore Outlook Published: December 07, 2011 1:00 PM Updated: December 07, 2011 4:54 PM When parents and educators preach to teens about the perils of drug abuse it often fosters curiosity. Armed with this information, seven Vancouver Police Department​ officers developed a program 14 years ago that exposes teens to the raw side of drug addiction by immersing them on the streets of the Downtown Eastside for an afternoon. The intent is that students will then report their experience to classmates and peers. VPD Const. David Steverding is a member of the volunteer-run Odd Squad Productions Society that runs the program. His niece attends Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in North Vancouver. This fall, Steverding approached the school’s administration to gauge their interest in participating in a pilot project for North Shore schools. They bit. STA law teacher Greg McCaffery helped handpick a dozen Grade 11 and 12 students for the program. On a Saturday morning in early November the students ditched a hallmark of their Catholic school education. There […]


We’re Moving

After 10 years at our 516 Abbott Street location……WE’RE MOVING!!!! Don’t worry; we’re not going very far. On August 1, 2011 we will be closing our doors at our current location and moving just 1 block away to our new, larger location at 190 Keefer Place! The new location will be 3 times the size of our current location! You can check on our website for details or give us a call if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to the move and to having more room to continue our role as a leader in reality-based education for youth on the dangers of substance abuse and criminal behaviour. New Address: 190 Keefer Place, Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J6


True grit

– Let Me Up!, a gritty look at the world of gang violence and addiction, May 26-28 at 7 p.m. at Sutherland secondary. Free. Tickets: letmeup@nvsd44.bc.ca.Info: yobroyouthinitiative.wordpress.com. When Joe Calendino talks, youth listen. A former full-patch member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club — Nomads chapter — he’s also overcome addiction. Working with staff at his old high school, Vancouver’s Templeton secondary, the 44-year-old Surrey resident turned his life around and now shares his personal story of downward spiral, recovery and redemption in an effort to inspire and empower youth to cope positively with peer pressure. Calendino is the founder of the Yo Bro Youth Initiative, a prevention-based program focused on helping youth say “no” and make safe and healthy choices for the benefit of themselves, their families and communities. Through speaking engagements, martial arts programs, a classroom curriculum, and ongoing work with youth groups, he’s interacted with thousands of both at-risk and general population students throughout the Lower Mainland. Let Me Up!, a play inspired by his life, is being presented at North Vancouver’s Sutherland secondary this week. Students from North and West Vancouver will attend two matinees. Students, parents, teachers and other community members are invited to attend […]


Rotary conference aimed at caring, inspiring

Rotarians from across the province converged on the River Rock Casino Resort for the annual Rotary District 5040 Conference 2011. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate the year with fellow Rotarians and to recognize the successes of the individual clubs,” said Penny Offer, District 5040 governor. “More than 230 members came to network, listen to some great guest speakers and to acknowledge some Rotary milestones.” The weekend-long conference is a long-standing tradition for Rotarians and besides being a great opportunity to gather together with friends from across B.C., it also serves to motivate club members to continue their good work, said Offer. The conference’s theme this year was “I care, I inspire, I act, I Rotary,” and key to this was to highlight the many good deeds carried out on behalf of Rotary International, including its “extremely successful polio eradication project.” “Our local Rotary clubs have raised more than $140,000 for the polio campaign,” she added. “It’s an ongoing annual campaign.” Danny Catt, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania (1991-92), shared his stories and photographs from his travels around the globe. “He is a world traveller and renowned photographer, whose pictures have been published […]


Vancouver Police officers honoured

Three Vancouver Police officers will receive the Governor General’s Order of Merit of the Police Forces awards. The Governor General’s office Monday announced that 44 officers from municipal, regional and RCMP forces will receive the awards created in 2000 to recognize merit and exceptional service by police officers whose contributions to policing extended beyond protection of their communities. Vancouver Deputy Police Chief Warren Lemcke will be made an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Sgt. Tobin Hinton and Superintendent Andrew Hobbs will be made Members of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. The announcement comes at the beginning of National Police Week. gbellett@vancouversun.com © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Vancouver+police+officers+honoured/4792262/story.html#ixzz1NOieYRo1