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199th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 30, 2014

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment

199th DTES Street Market and 13th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was a mostly rainy day. It seems we haven’t seen the last of it this season.

Strangely, uniformed police were down to a minimum today. Almost no incidents that I remember. Some people did say that they thought they saw undercover officers, but who knows…

We did have one of the drinkers collapse due to a seizure. I called 911 at 10:35 and they arrived in about 10 minutes. He was taken away and seemed fine.

When he collapsed, he hit his head on a metal cover on the ground and had a big bleeding head wound. We needed to get a towel and clean it up, then we went and got some bleach to clean the ground.

We also had a visitor to the market, one of our founders – Ping Chan. He used to be on the board of the DNC and then was not allowed to be on the ballot during the November 2011 AGM. He participated in the market quite a bit during the early days, and seems to be coming back to give us support.

He donated $70 toward the baking of a cake once per month. Perhaps we will get the DNC women’s committee, or the Aboriginal sub-committee to organize the baking of the cake and make it into a project.

We put up our full contingent of tents, and collected almost a record amount of tent and table money. The maximum number of tents that fit into one tent cart is 21. This means that we need to get a second tent cart soon.

 

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198th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 23, 2014

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

198th DTES Street Market and 12th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

This was great weather all day, and the number of vendors reflected this… over 200 counted at noon.

We had a number of incidents during the day. One man was passed out and possibly overdosed, ambulance was called and he was fine in the end.

A great sign of the summer, the 50/50 raffle was a near record.

We had two special guests at the market – Maggie Geiser and Carolyn Lair.

Also, for the first time, we brought out the gas pressure washer at the end of the day and cleaned the park before the garbage truck came. The park was completely free of vendors at 7pm.

 

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DNC – Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council , Co-Chairs of DTES LAPP present to Vancouver City Council

March 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Richard Cunningham, Roland Clarke and Jacek Lorek of DNC – Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council , Co-Chairs of DTES LAPP present to Vancouver City Council

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196th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 9, 2014

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

196th DTES Street Market and 10th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was a good day. Not much sun, but no rain. This is the break, we were all saying, the break in the bleak rainy season of our home here in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

A few incidents of note need mentioning.

A random person was pepper sprayed, and the ambulance came to treat him.
A small fight broke out among the drinkers area, and the police came to break that up.

People flocked from miles around to see the people’s market, the DTES Street Market, on a nice Sunday afternoon.

We are slowly adjusting our operations, and now have access to the power at Pigeon Park. Almost 20 people came up to our table to test various devices – laptops, mixers, lights, and chargers. The power is very appreciated.

We had a little trouble clearing the park at the end of the day, and a few belligerent stragglers were there at 6pm when the garbage truck came.

The addition of power will mean that we can pull out the pressure washers at 5:30 and make sure the park is squeaky clean at the end of the day.

The 196th Street Market at Pigeon Park on Sunday.

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193rd DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Feb 16, 2014

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment

193rd DTES Street Market and 7th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

Rain, Wind, and Power

This was the 193nd market at Pigeon Park on Sunday. The weather started off great. A little cold, but no rain, and the rain began slowly around noon. Later in the day, the rain started to really come down and chased away most of the vendors and shoppers.

We had a great gift this weekend with the addition of power.

Thank you again, City of Vancouver!

Our revenue was not stellar for the day, only $215, which represents only 65% of our best single day total. Adjusting, however, for the fact that we had torrential rain in the later half of the day shows how well we can survive inclement whether now that we have many 10×10 canopy tents for our vendors.
Sandi Swanigan from the City of Vancouver Events department came down and opened up the power box for us. There was much rejoicing. Even though we did not advertise it at all, we had many vendors ask to test their chargers, laptops, and monitors throughout the day.

We had two porta potties again this weekend, and they were much used. The report from Jacek (who tries to lock them on Friday morning when they are dropped off) is that there was a line immediately for both bathrooms the moment they were dropped off. This shows anecdotally how high the demand is for bathrooms in the Downtown Eastside.

We had a few encounters with the VPD today. A vendor was taken away in the morning, but no one recognized him, so there was little interest on the part of the volunteers. Also, in the afternoon, a vendor – Ali – had some items confiscated. There is some debate about whether he lives in the DTES, and we probably need to research this.

A good story for the day involve a new RPIC – Chris H – and a female vendor that was shivering in the rain. Chris noticed that she was standing in the rain and walked over to another vendor who had a number of coats for sale. Horatio immediately offered her one of his coats for free. This is the kind of thing that we can all do for each other in the DTES.

0 AHA MEDIA at DTES Street Market on Sun Feb 16 2014 in Vancouver

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