Monthly Archives: February 2015

The 125 Dollar Challenge

Jordan Bateman, local spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and leader of the No side in the upcoming Metro Vancouver referendum, is fond of saying that there’s a disadvantage in this campaign to implement a 0.5% sales tax increase to

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Anti-authority/Anti-tax positions misplaced in Public Transportation vote

News of the No side taking the lead in a poll on the upcoming Metro Vancouver public transportation referendum has some questioning the wisdom of putting the proposed 0.5% sales tax increase up to a vote. Those leading the opposition

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Blocking Bunny and the Single Occupant Car

Translink, the Metro Vancouver regional public transportation authority, recently promoted a series of pet peeves suggested and voted upon by its rapid transit Skytrain customers.  Some of the top irritants involved manners and hygiene that created discomfort to those near

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Posted in Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Transit, Transportation

Public Transportation and Urban Density

This graphic appeared on Twitter a few days ago that marvelously illustrates the living space we lose being overly accommodating our cities to the car.  The Original Green blog compared Florence, Italy’s historic tourist area to a freeway interchange in Atlanta

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Posted in Climate, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Public transit ballot more than about taxes

A couple of weeks ago one morning, paramedics and firefighters had trouble getting to a medical emergency at a local community centre.  The problem?  Ambulances and fire trucks had no place to park because the fire lane designated for such

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Posted in BC, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Public Transit, Transportation