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Binners Unconference on Oct 20, 2014 in Vancouver

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

A conference on binning is one way UBC’s Learning Exchange, now in its 15th year, is connecting with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Ken Lyotier says dumpster diving is a lot like treasure hunting except the loot involved is bottles and cans that can be returned for a refund. “They’re the gold and silver of street recycling,” he says.

And while bottles and cans may be disposable, he knows people aren’t.

As the co-leader of the Binners’ Project, a working group for waste pickers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Lyotier is on a mission to improve working conditions for binning, an often-invisible job performed by many of the city’s homeless.

For the past several months, the group has met inside the carport at the UBC Learning Exchange, a community engagement initiative in the DTES, to talk shop.

“Binners spend most of their waking hours picking through garbage,” says Lyotier, a former binner and longtime partner of the Learning Exchange. “They help keep the city clean and should have a voice in waste management policy.”

A nickel for your thoughts

With this in mind, Lyotier’s group is inviting UBC students and the wider community to the UBC Learning Exchange for a binner’s conference – or unconference, as they prefer to call it – on October 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The unconference – a more participatory approach to group meetings – will address the issues binners face, like locked dumpsters, and explore the idea of building a national network of street recyclers across Canada.

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Port Metro Vancouver’s East Vancouver Community forum with Libby Davies

June 28, 2014 Leave a comment

port metro vancouver meeting

 

Truck dropping off 40ft Storage Container at Area 62 – DTES Street Market in Vancouver

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Truck dropping off 40ft Storage Container at Area 62 – DTES Street Market – 62 East Hastings in Vancouver

0 shipping container for DTES Street Market

 

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham have their photos taken by Ben Nelms of The Globe and Mail newspaper

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham of DTES Street Market have their photos taken by Ben Nelms, of The Globe and Mail Newspaper in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) 0 Cover of DTES Street Market with Ben Nelms of Globe and Mail newspaper

 

209th DTES Street Market in Vancouver

June 9, 2014 Leave a comment

209th DTES Street Market and 23rd Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was a beautiful day.
Only a slight hint of rain kept the weather nice and cool throughout the afternoon.

It was a near perfect day in a street market that was very near capacity.

Despite this, there were no major incidents.

We had a vendor that was kicked out (due to not being from the neighbourhood, and previously selling questionable goods) come back. Due to some help from the VPD, we removed her again from the market.

We also had another positive interaction with the VPD when a vendor was directed to the market from where they were originally selling – on the unit block of East Hastings St.
The vendor came down, and then we tried to find him a new spot within the market, since he originally set up on the east side of Carrall St.
He was a little upset about being moved again, and said he would just go home. We tried to help him, and got good help from the VPD during the interaction.

 

00 Cover for DTES Street Market  June 8 2014

Chuck Hughes cooking at Eat Vancouver 2014

June 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Peter of AHA MEDIA says:

Coming off Vikram Vij’s Indian review, I had a chance to sit down and take in Chuck Hughes’ (of Chuck’s Day and Week Off on Food Network) show at the Eat Vancouver Festival. To say that they are very different would be an understatement. Where Vikram had colorful and handmade curries, Chuck brought refined french cooking. Where Vikram brought a down to earth style of presentation, Chuck was rough, abrupt, and sarcastic. However, these added to his charm as he kept people fascinated by his descriptions of french cuisine. His scallops were a huge hit but what had people talking was his upside down cherry tort. Would I recommend Vikram over Chuck? Not at all. Both are amazing chefs but with completely different styles and backgrounds.

Vikram Vij demos Chicken Curry at Eat Vancouver 2014

June 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Peter of AHA MEDIA says

Who is the best chef in Vancouver? I would like to propose that Vikram Vij of Vij’s, Rangoli, and his latest venture, a food truck called Railway Express, be included in that discussion. This past weekend at Eat Vancouver Festival, he firmly cemented his place among elite chefs as he wowed festival goers with his vast knowledge of Indian cooking and his ability to make everyone laugh. I got a chance to try one of his Indian curries (which he made right there) and it was delicious. He demonstrated some Indian dancing and kept everyone glued to their seats with his descriptions of the various spices from India. Trust me, he is an amazing person.

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