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203rd DTES Street Market and 17th Street Market of 2014

April 29, 2014 Leave a comment

203rd DTES Street Market and 17th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was the 203rd consecutive market held at Pigeon Park on Sunday.

Only 5 more Sundays to celebrate 4 years at Pigeon Park.

It was a good day. The weather was not perfect, a smattering of rain, and a few good periods of sun light.

I can’t help but reflect on the fact that the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count was just released, and the number of homeless in the area is now at record levels.

Over 1,100 people now sleeping in shelters, and over 500 counted sleeping on the streets.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/homeless-plight-an-impossible-fight-for-vancouver-politics/article18234554/

The DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park is one of the ways that a low income person can supplement their income assistance and earn the extra $200 a month that can be used to pay for an SRO room that is gentrifying.
My SRO room is now renting at $565 per month.
This means that I have to make an additional $175 per month just to maintain my housing.

Most of the SRO’s in the Downtown Eastside now rent at well above the Provincial Shelter allowance of $375. This means that people with multiple barriers to employment must find this extra money by any means necessary or become part of the tragic homelessness statistics.

The more barriers that are put up in the face of more and more affordable housing, the higher the homeless count will be. This is obvious to anyone.

This seems like a very bad time for the City of Vancouver to remove this opportunity from the low income population and move the DTES Street Market into the very small lot at 62 East Hastings St.

We have over 400 vendors that regularly rely on the market, and at least 1,000 low income residents in total that occasionally use the market. Without a viable market location, many of these people would be made homeless. This time, the homelessness would be directly caused by a City of Vancouver policy to move the market rapidly to 62 East Hastings without doing any studies on the dramatic impact this would have on our vendors.

Despite the repeated calls to move our Street Market to 62 East Hastings, the market continues at Pigeon Park – where we have been for almost 4 years, and where we want to stay until a permanent location is found.

The drinker that caused us lots of trouble last week was out of jail and back at the market today – volunteers noticed him at 9:30am. We kept an eye on him, and there were no further incidents with this person for the rest of the day.

We had a group visit us and give away clothing – DOZE.
Not sure what the acronym stands for, but they told us that their tag line was “connecting people with community”.
There were about 8 volunteers that seemed really happy about giving away clothing.
The trouble is that we have many vendors at our market that attempt to make money by selling clothing. It seems that basic economics is not really in the mindset of the standard charity, and we had to explain to them that they were killing the economy that we were trying to nurture.
I think that they understood and said that they would try something different in the future.

A community safety officer walked through the park at about 4:28pm. Not sure where she was going or why she was there, but it was good to see.

One of the solutions that we are looking at for Pigeon Park is for community safety officers to patrol the area instead of police. This would be quite a bit cheaper, and also would be more welcomed by the vendors.

 

0 DTES Street Market Sun Apr 27 2014

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Solar Power Panel testing with DTES Street Market in Vancouver

April 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke and Jacek Lorek of the DTES Street Market test the photovoltaic ability of their new Solar Power Panel system at Area 62.

202nd DTES Street Market and 16th Street Market of 2014

April 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

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DTES Street Vendors challenge Vancouver bylaws on Unfiltered Interview with Jill Krop

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

 

47 AHA MEDIA at Roland Clarke, Doug King, Wes Regan on DTES Street Market and Vending Tickets with Jil

 

66 AHA MEDIA at Roland Clarke, Doug King, Wes Regan on DTES Street Market and Vending Tickets with Jil

55 AHA MEDIA at Roland Clarke, Doug King, Wes Regan on DTES Street Market and Vending Tickets with Jil

 

 

 

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek of DTES Street Market with Wes Regan of HXBIA interview with Bill Good of CKNW AM 980

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke,  Jacek Lorek of DTES Street Market with Wes Regan of  HXBIA interview with Bill Good of CKNW AM 980 early morning Tues April 15, 2014

 

19 AHA MEDIA at Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek of DTES Street Market, Wes Regan of HXBIA on Bill Good Show

16 AHA MEDIA at Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek of DTES Street Market, Wes Regan of HXBIA on Bill Good Show

St. James’ Anglican Church High Mass with Blessing of the Palms procession in Vancouver DTES

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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!

31 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

23 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

25 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

26 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

28 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

30 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

 

32 AHA MEDIA at St. James Anglican Church High Mass with the Blessing of Palms, procession in Vancouve

200th DTES Street Market and 14th Street Market of 2014

April 7, 2014 Leave a comment

 

200th DTES Street Market and 14th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

This Sunday was a momentous milestone in the history of the Downtown Eastside.

The DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park celebrated it’s 200th event. We believe that this is the longest running event in DTES history (in terms of event days).

For this milestone, it was a glorious day. Sunny, but not too hot. A beautiful spring day.

Early setup was good, most of the vendors waited until about 9 or so to start displaying their goods. We had early police presence, and two officers help us by confiscating someone selling bullets. This is definitely not something we want at our market.

Security Radios – 469.9625 MHz

Today was the first day we used our donated motorola PBR40 radios on our new official frequency of 469.9625 MHz that we obtained from Industry Canada. It helped a lot, and the RPIC’s got a lot of training on how to communicated effectively on radio. Tips like – speak slowly, identify yourself, identify who you are calling, etc…  very cool. There were a few instances where we could definitely see that it improved our communication and our ability to rapidly respond. Jacek has to go back to his SRO room in the morning several times to make coffee and hot chocolate for the day. While he was at home, and I was in Pigeon Park, we could still communicate. 4 Watts of awesome fun!

 

 

Bread and Wheelbarrows

Before 9am in the morning, one of the vendors – Saed, from Afganistan, gave us a gift of bread. Many volunteers enjoyed the bread, and some was given away to passer’s by.

 

We also bought a cheap wheel barrow from a vendor for our new garden project. Carolyn Lair has helped us with this project, and we decided to buy it for $10 despite the grant money not being available yet. Her approval was key in making this decision.

Kurt Cobain

“I’d rather be hated for who I am, then loved for who I am not” – Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain died April 5th, 1994, 20 years minus one day from the date of this market. In honour of the Washingtonian, we played Nirvana all day on our PA system.

 

Electric scooter charging station

Early in the day a man came up to our tent. He had heard that we had access to power now at Pigeon Park and asked if he could charge his electric scooter. We said yes. We felt that this was 100% in keeping with the Greenest City initiative, and helped the guy out a lot.

Lord’s Rain

During the day, many of our volunteers take a break and wander up to the Lord’s Rain church for refreshments and prayer. One of our volunteers said that the new pastor expressed her heartfelt and sincerest thanks for clearing the area in front of their church. There are moments like this that make me believe that there is hope, and that we actually can all get along.

Celebration of life for Reverend Barry

On April 12th, 11am at Coastal Church (1160 West Georgia St.) there will be a celebration of life for Barry Babcook. He certainly touched our lives at the DTES Street Market and many of us plan to go to the event.

Injury Report

We had one gentleman that collapsed and needed an ambulance. He seemed intoxicated, and fell and cracked his head on the sidewalk. Slight bleeding around the ear lead us to call immediately and attend to the man. The ambulance ended up calling the drunk tank since his injuries did not warrant hospital but they did not feel comfortable releasing him.

Financial Report

1) Table/Tent Rental = $126.00

2) Coffee/Pop Sales = $130.00

3) 50/50 Raffle = $38.50

4) Donation Sales = $8.00

Total revenue = $302.50

Total spending for the week = $124.97

Profit for the week = $177.53

 

Total petty cash now = $555.21

 

Vendor Report

We had 197 vendors at noon this Sunday. Quite an excellent turn out for our 200th event day at Pigeon Park. With rotation, this probably means well over 400 individual vendors use the park for some period of time throughout the day.

 

Bathroom Usage Report

From 10am-1pm we had 96 people use the two portable bathrooms.

From 1pm – 4pm we had 104 people use the two portable bathrooms

Total usage was 200 on our 200th event day. Magic is on our side.

 

200 uses for two porta-potties in a 6 hour period translates to 1.8 minutes on average for each bathroom use, or 3.6 minutes between each use for each individual portable bathroom.

 

It is very likely that these bathrooms are being used at capacity during our event.

 

 

0 DTES Street Market 200th on Sun Apr 6 2014