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July 13, 2012
Eastside Stories: Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop - 'She made her decision, and it was the wrong one'

Posted by Steve Five days past her 18th birthday, she was hooting on a crack pipe near the corner of Hastings and Columbia. She tossed the glass pipe to the pavement as we approached and tried to blend in with the crowd. “Please don’t arrest me,” the pretty redhead pleaded as I grabbed her arm to […]

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July 4, 2012
THE BEAT Season 2 Premieres Sunday July 29 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT

Airing: Season 2 Premieres Sunday July 29 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT Never before have television cameras had unlimited access to the police that patrol Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, one of the most controversial neighborhoods in North America. The Beat is a ten-part docu-soap series that presents a gritty, behindthe-scenes look at the challenges faced by […]

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July 4, 2012
Odd Squad out to make a difference

Toby Hinton a 23-year veteran of VPD VANCOUVER COURIER Sgt. Toby Hinton, a beat cop on the Downtown Eastside and 23-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department, has seen firsthand the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol. He works in an overwhelmingly negative environment. But with unprecedented access to tragic life stories, Hinton was determined […]

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June 28, 2012
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 […]

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June 21, 2012
Odd Squad Productions celebrates 15th anniversary in style

By Kelly Marion Photos by Kelly J Marion --> @kellyjean247 Odd Squad Productions (OSP) held their 15th Annual Fundraiser Gala this month and sold out at over 1000 guests. The Vancouver Convention Centre was overflowing with black ties and evening gowns, with everyone looking chic as they perused the silent auction and sipped on a glass of wine. The large support was […]

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June 20, 2012
Ret. Cst. Doug Spencer interviewed by OMNI News: Punjabi Edition

This OMNI News broadcast include exclusive footage provided by The Odd Squad Productions Society of Deceased Gangster Gurmit Dhak. CLICK HERE to WATCH the OMNI News: Punjabi Edition

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June 14, 2012
VANCOUVER DAZE VOL. 73: 15TH ANNIVERSARY ODD SQUAD GALA

Volume 73 of Vancouver Is Awesome: POSTED BY RICK CHUNG 15th anniversary Odd Squad Gala at Vancouver Convention Centre West on June 7, 2012. Hashtag: #OddSquadGala. More photos available on Flickr. The Odd Squad celebrated fifteen years with their annual gala. For the unaware, TOS is a local organization started to keep troubled youth off the street and away from drugs, […]

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June 12, 2012
Hudec ‘humbled’ by tour of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Calgary’s Jan Hudec made his Olympic debut in Vancouver  in 2010, but this week he came here for a completely different experience. And it left  him feeling humbled and grateful for the opportunities he has as a full-time athlete. Hudec, 30, toured the Downtown Eastside Wednesday night through a program run by Odd Squad Production […]

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June 11, 2012
Drug presentation & DTES walk-about

Leave a comment 'Behind the Blue Line' » By: sandra@behindtheblueline.ca Two Friday’s ago, the Odd Squad gave their drug presentation to my daughter’s sports team to provide the girls a basic understanding about the hazards of drug use. The presentation was the same provided to high schools but was tailored to the small group, which was ideal as […]

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