202nd DTES Street Market and 16th Street Market of 2014
Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
Ah, yes… the 4:20 market.
Easter Sunday at Pigeon Park.
The weather was cloudy and we got a little rain, but not too much to spoil a great market.
Total vendors at noon was 150 – down mostly due to the weather, but also probably due to the crowd of people assembled at the Art Gallery today enjoying a special Easter egg hunt.
As for our lot at 62 East Hastings St….
We gained access to the lot on October 1, 2013 – which means that it has now been 200 days since the City of Vancouver gave us that lot and we do not have the 4 things that they promised us that they would give us in order for us to run a market there. Those four things are: Power, Water, Bathrooms, Garbage.
It does not seem like an impossible task…
Despite the overcast weather, the market went extremely well.
We only had one incident – one of the illicit drinkers started fighting our volunteers and we had to call the cops. After the police arrived, the drinker started threatening and fighting with them. I have a feeling he won’t be getting out of jail very soon.
We also had a very cute little girl handing out Easter messages.
Roland Clarke of DTES Street Market, Doug King of PIVOT and Wes Regan of HXBIA were interviewed about DTES street vendors challenging Vancouver bylaws on an evening talk show called Unfiltered with Jill Krop on Global BC 1.
Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek of DTES Street Market with Wes Regan of HXBIA interview with Bill Good of CKNW AM 980
St. James’ Anglican Church High Mass with Blessing of the Palms procession around Oppenheimer Park on Palm Sunday in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Happy Palm Sunday!
Vancouver - In a press conference held on the steps of City Hall at 10am this morning, the Green Party of Vancouver announced the four nominees that have been endorsed by the party’s Candidate Screening Committee to run for City Council under the Green Party banner in the November 15th, 2014 civic elections.
Seeking to serve Vancouverites for a second term on Council is Adriane Carr, the first elected Green Party of Vancouver City Councilor and one of the civic party’s original founders 30 years ago. But this year, buoyed by strong public support and positive poll results, Carr will not be running solo. This morning Carr and the Green Party of Vancouver introduced a team of three community leaders who, along with Carr, have sought the party’s endorsement for City Council this year.
They are: Cleta Brown, a retired lawyer and tireless social justice advocate; Pete Fry, Chair of the Strathcona Residents Association, and Tracey Moir, Founder & Chair of Oakridge-Langara Area Residents (OLAR).
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