Repair Café Makes Good Use of Technology

On Saturday, October 22, during International Repair Café Week and Canada’s Waste Reduction Week, we visited Albion Public Library in the Finch and Kipling neighbourhood. Our fixers were busy working with visitors to fix their broken household items. At this special event, our fixer team has expanded to include a few special members, both from Vancouver and from Toronto.

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Through the video conferencing platform provided by The Global Class at Oshawa’s Durham College, we were able to connect with two repair groups in Vancouver, Repair Matters and Vancouver Repair Café. The two groups were hosting a repair event on the same day and we connected with them from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The livestreamed hour started with George in Vancouver troubleshooting a coffee maker brought in by our volunteer Cat in Toronto. If was followed by Paul, a fixer in Vancouver who specializes in sewing machines. Paul was asked to troubleshoot a broken sewing machine brought in by a visitor in Toronto and he demonstrated how to maintain the machine. Lastly, Andy, our book repair fixer in Toronto, gave a short demonstration to Vancouver on how to fix a book with simple steps and minimal material.

Here is a highlight (2 minutes):

To watch the full hour of the cross-country fixing, CLICK HERE.

We have also included a little video about another new member of our fixer team,  Ultimaker, check out what this 3D printer can do!

The water jug below has a new tap made by Ultimaker.

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The blender below was fixed after a new clutch was made by Ultimaker.

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Toronto and Vancouver Repair Together Live on October 22!

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Did you know this week, October 17 to 23, is Canada’s Waste Reduction Week? It coincides with the International Repair Café Week. In this special week, Repair Café is thrilled to offer our monthly café with a special program at the Albion branch of Toronto Public Library on Saturday, October 22, from 12 to 4 p.m.!

At this café, we will be dedicating one hour to connect with two repair groups in Vancouver, Repair Matters and Repair Café Vancouver, who are joining force to offer a repair community event at Dunbar Community Centre on the same day. Through the video conferencing system provided by The Global Class out of Durham College (Oshawa, Ontario), Toronto and Vancouver will be talking to each other and fixing items together from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Toronto time (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vanvouver time). This interactive one hour includes two parts: first, demonstrations on trouble-shooting and repairing common broken household items; second, the fixers from both sides work collaboratively on items brought in by participating visitors. We will be livestreaming it via The Global Class site, so you can watch it online. It will be an exciting event. We hope you can join us on October 22!

The link for the livestream page is http://www.theglobalclass.org/global-class-live.html

For the location of the Repair Café at Albion this Saturday, please visit the Upcoming Events page.

Repair Café Toronto is a grassroots, volunteer group that organizes events where neighbours help neighbours learn how to repair.

Repair Matters is a Vancouver-based initiative that empowers people to take part in repair and creative problem solving.

The Global Class is a Durham College initiative that provides the platform for interactive, high-definition, livestreamed learning events between groups from different parts of the world.

Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians. The Library preserves and promotes universal access to a broad range of human knowledge, experience, information and ideas in a welcoming and supportive environment.