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Hello Cool World and #OccupyVancouver : Defined Issues, Real Solutions

By Kevin Young On October 17, 2011 | 1 Comments

It started with a simple call in Adbusters, a Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine, and once the workplace of Hello Cool World's own Katherine Dodds, senior graphic designer Terry Sunderland, and photographer Nancy Bleck. The copy was to-the-point: “Occupy Wall Street. September 17. Bring tent.” Since that call to action, thousands of cities around the world have been rallying together in support of the occupy movement.

This past Saturday, October 15, the movement reached Vancouver and Hello Cool World was there to cover the event. With Bella Sie and a camera in tow, we hit the crowd to learn about what was on the people’s minds. Numerous social, economic, and political ideas were being shared.  The talk of “change” was a constant and the vibe of the crowd while being incredibly peaceful and happy – it was clear motivation was in the air.

This movement has sparked a dialog though a gambit of people. Young to old voices are hitting the streets. The occupy movement has inspired various groups of people to band together and collectively bring awareness to the fundamental problems that plague society. At Occupy Vancouver I had a chance to speak with a lady named Galena. She was there with her fiancé Bruce, both holding signs stating that they are the 99 %. The 99% of the population that is not satisfied with the way our governments have been governing.  They were not alone - fellow occupiers discussed the issues of corporate greed and the destruction of our natural resources. Overall the issues that were being discussed were important and vital to our communities. When you want to help people it is never a negative thing to stand up for what you believe in.

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Kevin Young is Hello Cool Worlds media buyer - and loves his job! He enjoys working with the media community and everyone here at Hello Cool World.

Raw Opium Canadian television premiere on TV Ontario Wednesday Oct 5

By Katherine Dodds On October 04, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of InSite's victory - Raw Opium will have it's television premiere on TV Ontario October 5. 


One of Raw Opium's characters Derek on the streets of Vancouver.

From the Raw Opium Blog: "A major story-thread in the film focuses on Derek, an IV drug user on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the InSite clinic which has been so central to his life. So we expect a major topic of the chat will relate to last week's Supreme Court decision ordering the Conservative Government to allow Insite to stay open."

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Where: http://TVO.org/Rawopium

When: Oct. 5, 9 -10 PM EST

(Part 2: Oct. 12, 9 -10  PM EST)

Details on KensingtonTV's blog.

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TVO and Kensington TV  are hosting an online live chat during the broadcast with Special Guest Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (pictured on the right).

Richard is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Human Rights and Drug Policy. He has authored numerous reports, papers and articles on a range of legal and human rights issues related to HIV/AIDS, appeared before legislative committees, taught or lectured at several law schools, and presented extensively on HIV-related human rights issues across the country and internationally.

Richard Elliott and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network defended Insite at the Supreme Court of Canada in May 2011, in the case in which the Conservative Government tried to shut Insite clinic down.

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Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of Good Company Communications and HelloCoolWorld.com. Trained in renegade advertising & branding through her work with Adbusters in the '90s, Kat's early induction into the possibilities of the web-world was inspired by the term hypertext, which she immediately found comforting. She is dedicated to cause-related communication and to the development and use of tools that promote democratic processes.

A Happy Day For Harm Reduction!

By Katherine Dodds On September 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

INSITEWoke up and turned on CBC radio to the happy news that The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Insite Safe Injection site will stay open!

Insite is also featured in our friends at Kensington TV's fine film Raw Opium which had a special screening on PBS Newshour last night.

It's being a very busy health related month for us at Hello Cool World. Last week we hosted the Social Media and Health Promotion mashup as part of Social Media Week Vancouver. Check out Michelle's wrap up blog. We're still tweeting using #SMWhealth if you care to follow our conversation.

Today's the day that Raw Opium is launching a Twitter conversation around #DrugPolicy. 

Hello Cool World partnered with Kensington TV to  promote the DOXA premiere of Raw Opium just before Insite went to court, and Insite is a strong throughline in the documentary, which takes an international look at the drug trade and harm reducuction  but begins on the streets of Vancouver and creates a compassionate portrait of Insite and the people who access its services. This is one of the reasons we felt the film would be such a strong tool in the international fight for harm reduction and drug policy reform. See our blog about our POV ad.

Check out TVOs footage of the panel discussion of the private premiere screening in TO moderated by Hello Cool World's founder Katherine Dodds.

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