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Phones for Fearless! Donate your old phones to change lives

By uncleweed on December 19, 2008 - 5:02pm

NOTE: Cross-posted from Fearless City.


Donate phones to Fearless to help Vancouver downtown eastside artists and residents

Donate your old mobile phones to help DTES artists share stories, and tap into life, jobs & family.

How can you help?

  1. Your used mobile phones - preferably with video, camera, wi-fi
  2. Cash donations (* tax deductible) or new phone donations
  3. Conversation - tell your friend on your blog, twitter, etc. - post a badge

Action Plan:
First, Gather phones!

Collect all the un-used mobile phones at your office and home - dig into your boxes of stuff, ask you friends! Digital cameras gratefully accepted too.

Next, Arrange Pick-up:

  • Let us know via Twitter: Fearless City, email: info (at) fearlessmedia (dot) ca, Phone/SMS: 604.644.4349, Voice mail: 604.682.3269 xt 8320
  • We'll come by on purple Yahoo bikes on Tues. Dec. 23rd & 30th to collect your devices
  • We'll take your photo, bring treats, and thank you publicly with a link

Or, Drop-off (after Tuesday, 23rd) at:

Starbucks is taking over Toronto too

By samanthaorwell on June 7, 2008 - 6:44pm

READ FULL POST WITH LINKS AND PICS HERE:
http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/06/starbucks-is-taking-ov...

Saturday, 7 June 2008
Starbucks is taking over Toronto too

The Toronto Star published something very interesting today.

It is a story about Starbucks. I think Vancouverites take our coffee shops for granted. Satrbucks doesn't often make the headlines. In Vancouver we sort of assume it will happen. Death, taxes, Starbucks. All in the same. But Toronto has a critical eye on some of the Starbucks that have gone in their downtown in the last few decades.

If you’ve ever been to Toronto you know that they have as many Tim Horton’s as we do Starbucks. I can understand the appeal. It’s cheap, open 24 hours and is a one stop shop for a snack, meal and/or coffee.

But Toronto isn’t exactly a café-culture town. It’s really a pub town, people streaming up and down the streets of Bloor, College, Queen and Richmond in their respective neighbourhood watering holes. But perhaps Toronto is trying to get some of the café culture acclaim that Vancouver and Montreal so enviously master.

Collaboration for Change: On Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness

By samanthaorwell on April 29, 2008 - 8:06pm

READ FULL HERE: http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/04/collaboration-for-chan...

Remember Project Civil City- the best homeless hating document created? It's been a long time since it has poked it's ugly little head out. Sam Sullivan is bringing it back. with a vengeance. and if you ask me, it's just to take your eye off of the failure that is EcoDensity (*ahem* Brent Toderian saying that a completely new draft is needed and ALL the actions require change).

Front page news points out the obvious: Homelessness costs us money

By samanthaorwell on March 22, 2008 - 3:29pm

READ IN FULL HERE:
http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/03/front-page-news-points...
http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/03/front-page-news-points...
http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/03/front-page-news-points...

The front page of The Vancouver Sun posted a story entitled, “The cost of homelessness”. (Note that the online equivalent reads, “The high cost of homelessness”- which was published earlier on Friday, March 21, 2008- the word "high" a bit much for the front page?).
The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, March 22, 2008.
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=11fdf74c-9130-41b3...

"Every homeless person costs system $55,000, an amount that could buy supported
housing for each of them…annual total of $644.3 million in health,
corrections and social services spending for all the homeless in B.C."

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