Crack 24 Hours reporter Dharm Makwana looks at controversial doc ‘Streets of Plenty’
24 Hours Vancouver newspaper has many readers, but not many know that it is the number one free newspaper in Metro Vancouver in terms of readership. They’ve got plenty to be proud of these days with growing numbers of readers, and great content including video features at their website. As my friends who regularly commute on buses and Skytrain tell me, everyone has a copy of this paper in their hand these days. On Thursday the paper reported that the NADbank 2009 study confirmed the paper as the top free daily, with 238,100 daily readers, and 546,200 readers weekly – that’s practically one in four people in Metro Vancouver!
I credit great reporting from the paper for its success. The work of reporter Bob Mackin around the Olympics is among the most compelling and thorough we’ve seen. Bob’s broken more stories around the Games than I can count. Then there are reporters Matt Kieltyka & Dharm Makwana, also providing great coverage such as Dharm’s feature report on Streets of Plenty documentary director Corey Ogilvie. The filmmaker is featured also in Dharm’s excellent video report shown above.
CityCaucus.com discussed the Streets of Plenty documentary back on March 5th, and we’ve prepared a YouTube playlist that allows you to watch all seven parts of the documentary, which is posted on YouTube, uninterrupted. In the days since, Ogilvie’s doc has generated a fair share of discussion, including from the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente. The scene shot within Vancouver’s safe injection site has generated much of the debate, although Portland Hotel Society E.D. Mark Townsend argues the scene misrepresents the facility.
There is no doubt that Streets of Plenty makes for a disturbing and compelling 65 minute viewing. Perhaps most concerning for the citizens of Vancouver is the current Vision Vancouver government’s veritable abandonment of the Four Pillars program. Mayor Robertson is featured in Streets of Plenty talking about the importance of creating housing, but continues to dodge any real discussion on the matter of drug addiction. The reaction of film subject Misha Kleider to his talk with Robertson is worth watching alone.
You can pick up your copy of 24 Hours newspaper just about anywhere in Metro Vancouver, at your favourite coffee shop, bus stop or Skytrain or Canada Line station near you. You can catch my 24 Hours column every second Thursday.
– post by Mike