Monthly Archives: September 2007

Vancouver Province column: Our fast-growing region needs better rail service, not more crowded buses

The Province
Monday, September 24, 2007

Last week, during the afternoon rush hour, I tried to catch a 98 B-Line bus to take me over the Granville Street Bridge and into downtown Vancouver. My
luck in catching a ride across False Creek and on to Waterfront Station? Not very good. After waiting 10 minutes, a couple of the buses did appear. But both were full, leading to what’s known as the “pass up” — that frustrating moment when a bus driver gives would-be passengers the “no vacancy” shrug and keeps on driving.

I eventually did board one of the B-Lines, but only after cramming myself into the overcrowded vehicle and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a justifiably grumpy bunch of fellow passengers.

It seems bus riders are grumpy across the Lower Mainland these days. And I don’t blame them. In too many instances, the buses run overcrowded and late, especially during September, when commuters are returning to classes or the office. Continue reading

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Vancouver Province column: Coping with GVRD housing crunch is getting to be a major headache

The Province
Monday, September 10, 2007

The word is out: Property in Vancouver is overpriced. Way overpriced.
And not just by Canadian standards, it seems. We actually outdo New York, London and Tokyo, to name a few pricey metropolises.
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Vancouver Province column: Drivers, check your tempers as our children head off to school

The Province
Monday, September 3, 2007
Last month, in a Victoria shopping mall parking lot, a driver with a four-year-old daughter in tow had to use a tennis racquet to fend off an attacking motorist wielding a cue ball.

In July, a Vancouver driver was charged with mischief and assault for repeatedly punching the driver of a pick-up truck in the head after a heated exchange of words.

And a Burnaby man was arrested in May in connection with a road-rage beating in which the victim suffered a heart attack.

Vancouver is the best city in the world to live, according to a survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit published last week.

But folks who spend any time driving in this region might beg to differ. That’s because — compounded by our ever-congested highways and bridges — road rage is alive and well.
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