Monthly Archives: March 2008

Province column: Government must do more to speed travel between Vancouver and Seattle

The Province
Monday, March 31, 2008

Road trips to Seattle, Portland and other Pacific Northwest destinations have long been popular with British Columbians hankering for some
fun and recreation south of the 49th parallel. But given the dreadfully long lineups at border crossings in the Lower Mainland, perhaps they’d be better off flying to Toronto or Montreal instead for that out-of-town weekend adventure.

After all, getting there by air might at least be faster than joining the queue of Washington-bound cars at the Peace Arch crossing on a typical Saturday morning.
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Province column: Designer dogs take place of kids as schools shut for lack of pupils

The Province
Monday, March 17, 2008

These are gloomy days for dodgeball, hopscotch and other staples of the traditional school recess in British Columbia.
Over the past decade, playgrounds and sports fields across the province have gone quiet as a result of school closings; the sounds of children at play during their breaks from math and grammar giving way to a vacuum of silence.

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