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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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197th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 16, 2014

March 19, 2014 Leave a comment

197th DTES Street Market and 11th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:The 197th Street Market at Pigeon Park on Sunday

Our 200th market day celebration will take place in only three more Sunday’s!!!

Light rain throughout the day, but not enough to chase away the vendors and the buyers.

Once again, we had access to power at Pigeon Park, and we had 10-12 people come and test their items throughout the day.

We also had two porta potties again at the park, and about 114 people used our bathrooms between 10am and 4pm.

We are beginning the conversation of how to improve operations if given just a little more money. If we had just two more people in the morning, a more extensive fence system could be set up that would control the area in terms of ingress and egress.

There are only 5 entrances and exits to the park at present. Our goal would be to put up enough fencing so that these areas are only 5-10 feet wide at the most. Then, guards could be posted at the five points and given clickers to count the people coming in and out. If someone was coming in with a large backpack or a shopping cart, they could be stopped and other volunteers could help them find a spot. This could serve as the beginning of a vendor check in system, and could improve the order of the market quite a bit.

In order to do this, we would need 2 more positions in the morning, paid $10 each, and then two shifts of 5 sentry positions paid a little more than the normal guards, at $15 each. This would total $170 of additional funds to pull this off. Over a year, this would amount to an additional $8,000 or so.

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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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The Green Party of Vancouver Lift-Off Party on Wed March 5, 2014

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Lift-off Party!

The Green Party of Vancouver is on the rise! 

20 AHA MEDIA at  Green Party of Vancouver Lift-Off Party on Wed March 5, 2014

The messages from the polls are clear: the Green Party of Vancouver‘s commitments to real democracy, real sustainability and a real citizen-led vision for the future of Vancouver have found resonance with the people of Vancouver. As with the Green Party of Canada’s Elizabeth May in Ottawa, Vancouverites have seen how sole Green Councilor Adriane Carr has championed the issues that matter most to them, and now they want more Greens on Council to have an even greater impact.

Read more here

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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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195th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 2, 2014

March 3, 2014 Leave a comment

195th DTES Street Market and 9th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

This was the 195th market at Pigeon Park on Sunday, and it was a snowy and rainy one.

The morning was cold with snow flurries until the late morning. Around noon, the temperature warmed into the typical rainy Vancouver winter day.

We had over 20 tents to put up – thanks to our funder the Central City Foundation – and saved what would have normally been a disastrous day.

Lots of information was given out at the main tent. We had three new potential DNC board members sign the nomination forms.

We also had a guest group – ALIVE – Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement – giving our information and signing up new members. Our hope is that ALIVE will set up its own tent in the spring and maintain a permanent presence at the market.

There were just a few minor incidents of note.

In the morning, the VPD came and confiscated a huge bottle of vodka from the drinkers. This put a damper on their party and made them much easier to manage throughout the day.

Also in the morning, I got a call  from Frank Luba of The Province who did a short interview on our expansion plans to 62 East Hastings and wrote this story.

A sign of more good things to come?

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