January 21, 2018

Mayors frustrated over Province putting off transit decisions until May

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says she's frustrated that any decisions on transit expansion in the Lower Mainland is going to have to wait until after May’s Provincial Election. Transportation Minister Mary Polak has said just that, as have other mayors already. But watts appears okay to wait, reiterating that the first thing to be done after May … [Read more...]

New West parents frustrated at budget meeting

Parents in New Westminster were asked at a public consultation meeting about how they think School District 40 can overcome a $ 2.8 million deficit. Kal Randhawa says with only minimal information provided, the so-called budget workshop was an exercise in futility. She says, "I don't see how feedback from us, with the amount of complexity of the … [Read more...]

Search crews frustrated at no sign still of Joy Zhang

It was suspended last night, but the search is back on for a fourth day for Joy Zhang. The 21-year-old woman with special needs was last seen Thursday at Sasamat Lake in Port Moody. Search and rescue crews are out again targeting specific places in the forest, though they feel they've already exhausted the area within three to four kilometres. So … [Read more...]

Finance minister frustrated by spiralling municipal wages and benefits

BC's Finance minister says municipal wages and benefits are too high.  Kevin Falcon says over the last five years municipal level wages have grown over 20%.   "That is just entirely not sustainable it also creates another challenge that we run into the problem where our senior executive talent in government is often being poached by the … [Read more...]

Environment minister frustrated at Ottawa’s response to deal with derelict vessels

B.C's environment minister says federal authorities are dropping the ball and not helping to deal with derelict vessels on the Fraser River. Terry Lake says seven vessels including BC Ferries’ the former Queen of Sidney have been secured, but now there’s a new concern one of the boats is leaking oil.  "We have alerted the Canadian … [Read more...]

Riot aftermath leaves citizens frustrated and seeking closure

One year after the Stanley Cup riot, only two people involved have made their way through the justice system. Ryan Dickinson and Emmanuel Alviar - both 20-years old - are currently serving jail terms, after pleading guilty. But the majority of riot suspects have not even been charged. In fact, out of the 225 files Vancouver Police have referred to … [Read more...]

Stanley Cup riot: Mayor frustrated with slow pace of justice

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says he's frustrated by the slow pace of justice one year after the Stanley Cup riot. "I think we are all frustrated by the length of time and the slow pace of justice. That said, making sure that it's done right is paramout and I think seeing the sentence that was meted out by the judge the other day, a month in … [Read more...]

Parents frustrated with teachers’ plans this week ahead of legislated deal

As teachers plan a so-called day of action Monday in the wake of government announcing legislating a new contract, some parents are starting to show frustration. "Teachers don't take into account what the parents have to go through." Maple Ridge father Alan Richards started a Facebook page protesting the teachers' job action of not writing report … [Read more...]

Mother of one of Vancouver’s missing women frustrated with police

Angeline Pete, a 28-year old First Nations woman has been missing since May and her mother says she's frustrated by the work of police. Molly Dixon says Pete, who has her own seven-year-old child, was set to be married this week. Now, already an initial public appeal, Dixon says police need to do more. "Oh my god, have more... have more … [Read more...]