VO Community Celebrates Relaunch Same Day Canwest Declares Bankruptcy
The Vancouver new media party drew business leaders, bloggers, reporters, social networkers and politicians to celebrate our relaunch and print edition coincidentally on the same day Canwest declared bankruptcy. Councillors Ellen Woodsworth and George Chow circulated among the crowd of 180 celebrating the relaunch of the Vancouver Observer last night at Ceili's Irish Pub. So was The Tyee's David Beers, Make it Business's Victor Chew Wong, Social Signal's Rob Cottingham and Alexandra Samuels, the NPA's Michael Geller, Hazel & Co's Susan Heyes, KBAM!'s Kevin Bruce, spud! founder David Van Seters, CivicScene's Jonathan Ross, Vancouver International Writers' and Readers' Festival's Anne McDonell, Social Acupuncturist Daniel Packard, VanCity's John Chow, Stratcom's Bob Penner, Miss604, Hummingbird 604, author Rex Weyler, The Huffington Post's Sanjay Kanah, the BCCLA's David Eby, Vancouver Farmers Markets' Amy Robertson, W2's kris krug, photographer, Yukiko Onley, photographer, Talia Design's Nurit Perla, MediaThatMatter's Bill Weaver, Renewal2's Joel Solomon and many other interesting people.
In his speech, David Beers noted the irony. On the day Canwest declared bankruptcy, The Vancouver Observer celebrated its relaunch. It isn't publications like the VO that have caused Canwest's problems, Beers noted. Rather they are stepping forward to pick up the pieces out of the ashes, he said.
Video of event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXhu1FLcnyA