You can choose to stretch your legs and go on a site visit. Please check the Program for full details. When you register for the conference in Eventbrite, you will be given the option to select a 2-hour site visit. There is an additional fee of $50.00. Please be sure to select the corresponding site visit under “Additional items” (directly below where you indicate if you wish to go on a site visit) to ensure that the additional fee is added to your total.

Places are limited! Please be sure to select your site visit and register in order to secure your spot.

Site Visit 1: The City through the Eyes of a Dumpster Diver with the Binners’ Project

The Binners’ Project is an innovative social and economic initiative dedicated to working with and for binners, or waste pickers from downtown dumpsters. It is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform.

An experienced binner-guide will lead participants on a walking tour along their downtown Vancouver “trapline” and demonstrate waste-picking practices. The walk will include exploration of back lanes, where most binning occurs, and visits to businesses for scheduled weekly pick-ups. The group will make a stop at a bottle depot run by and for binners where they will cash-in deposit containers collected.

This binning tour will lay the groundwork for discussions about social issues surrounding binning, the survival economy, local social innovation projects, and City of Vancouver initiatives supporting this type of economy.

Site Visit 2: Supporting Women at Risk

Atira Women’s Resource Society is a community-based organization that supports women, and their children, who are experiencing the impact of violence committed against them and/or their children. We will visit Atira projects in the Downtown Eastside. From the conference hotel we will walk to 525 Abbott Street on the outskirts of the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and visit Sorella (Italian for sister), a 108-unit apartment building where women and children who are at risk live together and with the support of staff strive to create a safe, supportive and inclusive community, free of judgement and where opportunities abound. From Sorella we will walk through the heart of the Downtown Eastside past numerous supportive housing programs, social-purpose businesses and Insight, to Oneesan (Japanese for elder sister), Atira’s container housing project. There we will learn more about what it took to build Canada’s first multi-unit upcycle shipping container housing project. If time permits we will stop at The Empress Rooms, a small single room occupancy hotel that Atira took over from a group of violent drug dealers in 2013 and where women, many of whom were victimized in the hotel, now live together in safety.