Kind hearted strangers give away chocolates and clothing on Valentine’s Day to low income residents in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Join Mable Elmore with guests including environmentalist Sven Biggs.
Learn more about Mable’s commitment to oppose the proposed pipeline expansion and the need to grow Canada’s renewable energy sector.
Mable Elmore believes Vancouver East needs a strong voice to speak out unequivocally against the Kinder Morgan pipeline plan, and that there is overwhelming evidence to show the risks far outweigh any benefit for our community. Mable understands the need for urgent action on climate change and investment in Canada’s growing renewable energy sector.
As some of you might be aware, Mable Elmore – MLA for Vancouver-Kensington NDP—is now seeking the NDP nomination to become the next federal MP for Vancouver East. Mable is deeply committed to social justice and proactive governance. Mable also has a sincere commitment to getting young and new people involved in the political process.
Roland Clarke with Mable Elmore
A mild Winter’s day has a man practicing his Tennis strokes using a tennis ball attached to a rope in tetherball style.
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 12:00 Noon
In 1988 The Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner began and in 1992 the Oppenheimer Park Christmas fund was created. Over our twenty six year history we’ve served over 3,000 meals each and every year, and created a very special Christmas tradition in the Downtown Eastside, complete with a visit from Santa and small gifts including new socks, gloves and packages of toiletries. We estimate that in 2010 we crossed the 50,000 mark in total dinners served! This has been accomplished with the support of hundreds of volunteers, the film industry community and local businesses.
217th DTES Street Market and 32nd Street Market of 2014
Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
Another great sunny day.
The temperatures soared over 32 degrees.
This time, we were fully prepared with lots of freezies, icecream, and cold pop in our freezer and cooler.
It was a record day for selling… over $425 – which makes an all time Street Market record!!!
This Sunday was our Pride Market.
The pride parade was happening all over the West End, and some pride celebrations were visible at our market throughout the day.
It was also the third day with our new security guards.
The great beginnings progress is coming along amazingly.
We now have 3 large murals being painted, and offer 45 distinct jobs during Sunday (our old figure was between 28 and 30).
This week we added the positions of “Greeters”.
The greeters will stand at the entrances of the market to maintain our perimeter. They will have the opportunity to stop someone that wants to vend and is not a member of the market, and will also be able to call for help if there is trouble.
The greeter on the north end of the market was given a radio, since they will be quite separated from the main tent.
8 radios are now deployed at the market during Sunday
2 – with both RPICs
2 – with both coordinators
2 – with the new security guards
1 – with the Eidge liaison
1 – with the north end greeter
Our hope is to pick up a few more, but with only one channel, we are limited to about 10 radios without having too much cross talk.
Only a few incidents to mention – a couple was arguing and needed to be escorted out of the market, and our RPIC#2 became sick early in the day and needed to go home.
Here is a list of the 45 distinct jobs during the day
2 x coordinators (12 hours each)
4 x early morning cleanup (3 hours each)
2 x RPIC 1 and 2 in the morning (5 hours and 4 hours)
8 x tent crew (1 hour each)
3 x guards in the morning (3 hours each)
2 x marshals in the morning (4 hours each)
2 x greeters in the morning (2.5 hours each)
1 – eidge liaison
1 – media
2 x RPIC 1 and 2 in the afternoon (5 hours and 4 hours)
8 x tent crew (1 hour each)
3 x guards in the afternoon (3 hours each)
2 x marshals in the afternoon (4 hours each)
2 x greeters in the afternoon (2.5 hours each)
3 x cleanup in the afternoon (3 hours each)
For a total of 133 volunteer hours every Sunday.
This does not include the 16 hours of time from the BST trained security guards.
So, the grand total number of human-hours it takes to put on the market has jumped to 149!
This is such an amazing example of achievement for the Downtown Eastside and we are so proud of the volunteers each and every week.
1) 50/50 Raffle: $33.25
2) Tents/Tables: $112.85
3) Coffee/Pop Sales: $281.20
Total Revenue for the day: $427.30 (Huge all time record!!!)
Total spending for the week: $245.92
Petty Cash now = $840.26
We counted 188 Vendors at noon. This was a great number. Hardly any incidents and good mood at the market the whole day.
Number of tents deployed = 24
Number of tables deployed = 13 x 5 foot tables, 12 x 10 foot tables, 42 x 4 foot tables
67 total tables deployed during our event.