Shift into Winter: A Cautionary Tale

November 16, 2012
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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” -Pablo Picasso I’m pretty sure Picasso didn’t have me in mind when he came up with that line, but the phrase took on a whole new meaning as I huddled in my car, watching the windblown snow fall sideways across the windshield like a final curtain. I was never that great in art history class, either, so the mere fact that the famous painter was...

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Happy Birthday Lions Gate Bridge!

November 14, 2012

Today we’re celebrating the opening of the Lions Gate Bridge, which provided drivers their first chance to travel over Burrard Inlet between the City of Vancouver and the North Shore back in 1938. The bridge was originally built and operated by the Guinness family (of Guinness Beer fame) and A. J. T. Taylor, a local businessman, under the name First Narrows Bridge Company Limited. They collected a 25 cent toll from drivers to help pay for the bridge. It...

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Future of Coastal Ferries: We Want to Hear from You

November 12, 2012
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What does the future of coastal ferries look like? No really, we’re asking you. We’ve begun public meetings in those communities directly impacted by coast ferry service, including Pender Island, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo, to get your input and ideas. There was a review earlier this year by the independent BC Ferry Commissioner highlighting some serious financial challenges like declining ridership and falling revenue. The commissioner specifically recommended the government, BC Ferries, ferry users and the public be...

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Bridging the Week – Ferries, Roundabouts
and Northern Movement

November 10, 2012
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Halloween is over and Christmas is coming up a lot faster than we’d like. As we get ready for the holiday season, please take a moment to REMEMBER. This weekend, for Remembrance Day, take a moment of silence to reflect on those who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy. There a lot community events happening across BC that you can take part in. Here’s a list for your reference: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/veterans-week/events In this week’s edition of “Bridging the Week”,...

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Be a Bright Light at Night Driving

November 8, 2012
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Winter’s shorter daylight hours give us more driving time in the dark, to drop off kids or pets, go to work, do chores, attend social or leisure activities, and just live our lives. Not everyone thinks about it, but driving at night is more challenging and hazardous, than by day. At night, there’s little colour and contrast to help us see our world, and our depth perception and peripheral vision are reduced. These hazards are statistically confirmed by the...

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Veterans’ Week

November 6, 2012

Below is a list of activities and events taking place across Canada during Veterans’ Week 2012. You are being forwarded to the Veterans Affairs Canada – Veterans’ Week – Events in Canada website. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Slow Down & Move Over for ALL Roadside Workers

November 6, 2012
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Starting Jan. 1, 2015, motorists are required to Slow Down and Move Over, for ALL vehicles stopped alongside the road, which have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. The Motor Vehicle Act regulation recently changed to provide maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors with greater protection from accident and injury. These workers are now included in “Slow Down, Move Over” legislation in the BC Motor Vehicle Act, which also protects the operators of emergency and enforcement vehicles and tow trucks. Where the speed...

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