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HXBIA Tool build Solar Panel Mounting System in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard of HXBIA Tool work on New Year’s Eve – Dec 31 2013 to build a Solar Panel Mounting System

Green Energy

Last week, we purchased an awesome photovoltaic solar system for our office at 62 East Hastings. 2 175 Watt solar panels, fed into a MPPT charge controller, with a 150 Amp-hour battery going to a 3000 Watt inverter. Yay! Necessity is definitely the mother of invention. After waiting over a year for our power to be hooked up at the lot at 62 East Hastings, we are taking matters into our own hands and installing a completely zero waste solar energy solution for the Downtown Eastside. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon. We just need to get some wiring, and construct an intelligent mounting system that allows panels to change angle in the summer and winter.
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186th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Dec 29, 2013

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

This was last market of the year. A momentous event considering that we have survived many attacks from many directions. This is was the fourth year of the Street Market at Pigeon Park and will not be the last. As we enter our fifth year, it is important to reflect on what we have achieved..

This was the 186th Market day at Pigeon Park on Sunday.

There is no other festival in the Downtown Eastside that can boast almost 200 event-days. This little street market is not only the heart of the Downtown Eastside, but possibly the largest historical event of in the Downtown Eastside for all time.

Lots of shops open

As I walked around the park in the morning, watching the vendors arrive and seeing the preparations of the RPICs, I couldn’t help noticing all the businesses that are now open around Pigeon Park. Nelson and Seagull was absolutely packed, standing room only. The Frock Thrift Shoppe was open and doing brisk business, and Rainier Provisions was open as well. If any of these businesses have issues with the Street Market on Sundays, their customers sure don’t.

I’ll take this time to remind people that when the Street Market started in 2010 NOT A SINGLE business surrounding Pigeon Park was open on Sundays. Now, almost all the businesses are open.

Green Energy

Last week, we purchased an awesome photovoltaic solar system for our office at 62 East Hastings. 2 175 Watt solar panels, fed into a MPPT charge controller, with a 150 Amp-hour battery going to a 3000 Watt inverter. Yay! Necessity is definitely the mother of invention. After waiting over a year for our power to be hooked up at the lot at 62 East Hastings, we are taking matters into our own hands and installing a completely zero waste solar energy solution for the Downtown Eastside. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon. We just need to get some wiring, and construct an intelligent mounting system that allows panels to change angle in the summer and winter.

Live Lobsters

Sometimes a particular item at the Street Market must make the news.

Today, we had someone selling two live lobsters. At the time, I was having a conversation with a reporter, and Jacek runs up to the tents and says “I just saw something that takes the cake – some guy is selling live lobsters”. An interesting problem for the volunteers because, if the lobsters were dead, this would be clearly banned from the market because they would need to be refrigerated. The fact that they were live posed an interesting problem. One of the volunteers said jokingly “what if they are pets?”. Jacek says “the guys selling them kind of looks like he might be a fisherman”. The RPIC at the time makes a quick decision that we would have to tell him to leave and sell his lobster elsewhere.

Luckily, before we could go and confront the man, the lobsters were already sold.

 

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Roland Clarke and Jacek Lorek of HXBIA Tool sees Solar Panel system

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke and Jacek Lorek of HXBIA Tool see a new Solar Panel system.

TWO NEW 175 Watt Solar Panels
ONE NEW 30Amp MPPT charge controller
ONE 12V – 250 Ah 8D Deep Cycle Commercial Battery
ONE NEW 3000 Watt Inverter – 12V DC to 110V AC

The  new HXBIA Tool Solar Power System will charge our battery powered tools with  100% GREEN Energy, run office equipment, lighting,  and be able to charge cellphone and laptop batteries.

The new Solar Panel system will make the HXBIA Tool Library, the greenest tool share library in all of Canada!

HXBIA Tool is excited to help Vancouver move towards a zero-waste future and become the world’s greenest city by 2020.

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DTES Street Market and HXBIA Tool meeting

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Wes Regan, Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham meet to speak about HXBIA Tool and DTES Street Market in Vancouver

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Anything but XMAS Community Dinner in Vancouver

December 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Delicious Anything but XMAS Community Dinner prepared by Tina Tomashiro, Hendrik Beune, Jeff Ashborn and friends in Vancouver DTES

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Roland Clarke and Jacek Lorek, DNC Executives discuss DTES LAPP with Vancouver Courier newspaper

December 25, 2013 Leave a comment

On Christmas Eve 2013, Roland Clarke and Jacek Lorek, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council – DNC Executives discuss DTES LAPP with Rebecca Blissett of Vancouver Courier newspaper

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Frog Cupcakes for Anything but XMAS Community Dinner 2013 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

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