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Binners Unconference on Oct 20, 2014 in Vancouver

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

A conference on binning is one way UBC’s Learning Exchange, now in its 15th year, is connecting with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Ken Lyotier says dumpster diving is a lot like treasure hunting except the loot involved is bottles and cans that can be returned for a refund. “They’re the gold and silver of street recycling,” he says.

And while bottles and cans may be disposable, he knows people aren’t.

As the co-leader of the Binners’ Project, a working group for waste pickers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Lyotier is on a mission to improve working conditions for binning, an often-invisible job performed by many of the city’s homeless.

For the past several months, the group has met inside the carport at the UBC Learning Exchange, a community engagement initiative in the DTES, to talk shop.

“Binners spend most of their waking hours picking through garbage,” says Lyotier, a former binner and longtime partner of the Learning Exchange. “They help keep the city clean and should have a voice in waste management policy.”

A nickel for your thoughts

With this in mind, Lyotier’s group is inviting UBC students and the wider community to the UBC Learning Exchange for a binner’s conference – or unconference, as they prefer to call it – on October 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The unconference – a more participatory approach to group meetings – will address the issues binners face, like locked dumpsters, and explore the idea of building a national network of street recyclers across Canada.




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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Roland Clarke and DJ Joe of DNC and DTES Street Market with Andrew of SBC Restaurant

December 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke and DJ Joe of DNC – Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council and  DTES Street Market speak with Andrew of SBC Restaurant in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

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DTES Christmas and Holiday Meals 2013 – 2014 in Vancouver

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Christmas and Holiday Meals for 2013 – 2014 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

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Summerfest In Grimston Park on July 13, 2013

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Summerfest In Grimston Park July 13, 2013

Join us in the park for free live music, children’s activities, and, at dusk, watch a movie under the stars. During the day, we will be hosting a free pottery painting area. In the evening, come by our tent for free popcorn!

A huge thank you to MaryAnn Mortensen! 🙂


Happy Birthday to Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy!!!

July 10, 2013 5 comments

We’re wishing our very dear friend and mentor Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy a most happiest of birthdays!!!!!!!!!

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The Birthday Celebration will have lots of Cocktails and Fancy Drinks! Here is Lorraine sipping on a gorgeous cool one.

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Lots of revelry and mingling with friends and loved ones!


Smiles and laughter for a very special birthday celebration!

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A very special birthday cake for Lorraine!!!!!!

Thank you for everything wonderful you do Lorraine!

We appreciate all your hard work especially when you have time to mentor us in all our social media  and TV productions!


Here’s to your wonderful birthday celebration!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!!! 🙂


Get On The Doc Bus

April 23, 2013 Leave a comment



Join the adventure this summer as documentary filmmaker and OPEN CINEMA founder & director Mandy Leith makes a pilgrimage across Canada to explore our country’s documentary legacy – past, present and future.


Canada has played a leading role in the birth and development of the documentary art form. Today, it’s at a treacherous crossroads. It’s time to meet with documentary lovers and supporters to explore the new territory together, to take the pulse of the industry and put the players on the map.


Traveling from Mile 0 BC to Mile 0 Newfoundland, Mandy will engage community, explore our vast country’s documentary legacy and share OPEN CINEMA’s innovative hybrid event model.  The goal? To seed a Cross Canada Community Cinema Network that will connect existing documentary screening programs and community partners from coast to coast to coast.

While many great documentary screening initiatives already exist, there is no shared learning network, no best practices, no online hub to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. We want to help fix that.

The Website Hub: a map-based database

We’re developing a website that will serve as a database of community screening partners. We’re using a WordPress theme that uses Google Maps API to create a map-based directory. You’ll be able to register your organization, choosing from a dozen categories that specify your affiliation with community screenings. Whether you’re an arts org, screening venue, film producer, distributor, non-profit org, food provider, we want to hear from you! Your organization will then appear as a pin on the map, with links, photos and posts associated to it. This will serve to form the beginnings of a grassroots network.

We Want Your Ideas!

We want your input on everything from the name, to how it can serve the documentary community! For now we’re calling it a Cross Canada Community Screening Network. Tell us your thoughts!

If we all work together, we can make this happen and support our struggling documentary industry.


We want to build community, so that’s why we need you! You can contribute in a variety of ways.

  • We want to CONNECT with film lovers, filmmakers and community screening organizers like YOU as we travel across the country. We’ll discuss what’s working, what issues you’re facing and talk about possible solutions using live and virtual technologies. Please contact us to arrange a meeting when the Doc Bus is in your area June – September 2013. We’ll do our best to meet you, based on scheduling and geography.
  • We want to create a map-based DATABASE of community screening organizers and stakeholders across the country. This will be a first step towards developing a broad grassroots network as we move forward. To that end we’re developing a website using Google Maps API which will become an online database. The website will launch in early May, when you’ll be able to submit your information to Meanwhile, visit our temporary website
  • We need FUNDING to help us make this mapping project happen! We’ll make a pilgrimage across the birthplace of the documentary, so we need money for gas, food, basic living expenses, campsites, a roadie/cinematographer honorarium, website development, social media support, insurance. You can contribute $10, $100 or $1000 or more. Details of our budget breakdown below.


Here’s a detailed breakdown of our budget for the project.

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The biggest expense is food and living expenses for Mandy and the digital roadies/cinematographers who will join her at different points along the way.

$12,000 covers $100/day for food and basic expenses for two of us for 4 months on the road. And I figure we’ll spend about $3000 on gas. A project like this needs to be filmed as much as possible, so we want to pay someone (or a few someone’s) an honorarium to get on the bus as a  digital roadie.


If we don’t make the full amount during this campaign, Mandy is going anyway, but it might mean she’ll travel alone, or shorten the journey as needed. Your contribution, however small, will help make sure Mandy can go all the way to St John’s Newfoundland, where there are some dedicated documentary fans and committed groups we’d like to meet.


In return for your contribution, we have a bus load of great perks to offer you, including online and offline promotion, custom photos of your favourite spot in Canada and beautiful Get on the Doc Bus 2014 calendars. For bigger donors, we’ll give your logo nationwide exposure by adding it to the bus!

So now that we’ve covered the basics, here’s a bit of background about the rationale for the project…


Documentary is one of the few genres of investigative journalism we have left. They keep us informed, tell our stories and serve as calls to action. Let’s find ways to keep the documentary industry alive and well. Developing a grassroots network of community documentary screening programs is one step in the right direction.


Documentaries are hot, people are hungry for in-depth stories about real people dealing with real issues, locally and globally. Judging by the growing popularity of documentaries at festivals, in cinemas and at award ceremonies, the average filmgoer believes the genre is on the rise.

But behind the screen, the changing economic and digital landscape is throwing the documentary industry into crisis. Broadcast documentary strands are dwindling, production companies are closing their doors or retooling and the traditional models of production and distribution are breaking down. This leaves the industry with a lot of unanswered questions about how best to fund, produce and distribute documentaries, utilizing their potential to inform, entertain, and engage in an always-on digital universe.


We hope you will join our cinematic pilgrimage as we explore and document the grassroots organizations that are doing their best to weather the storm. Mandy’s goal is to share her passion and experience running ‘one of Victoria’s most successful cultural enterprises.’ (Micheal D. Reid, Times Colonist).


We can’t do this without you, so if you love documentary, please contribute to this exciting movement building opportunity.

If you can contribute financially, every $10 helps. Thank you!


A like or a share is also a great way to support documentary. Please, tell your friends, family, co-workers and film lovers. Documentary needs you!