February 25, 2018

Bus company involved in Oregon crash kept ‘satisfactory’ safety rating in B.C.

The Coquitlam bus company involved in a deadly crash in Oregon 10 days ago has a "satisfactory" safety rating in B.C. This, after the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Mi Joo Travel from operating in that country. U.S. officials say Mi Joo had allowed the driver involved in the crash to stay on the road despite having been at the wheel well … [Read more...]

NDP has suggestions on pedestrian safety

The NDP'S public safety critic has a suggestion for Attorney-General Shirley Bond. Kathy Corrigan says if Bond is really concerned about pedestrian safety in the wake of a number of accidents in Metro Vancouver, she should dip into the government's advertising fund. "15 million dollars could be better spent then on self-promoting ads and I think … [Read more...]

Mayor backs overnight safety measure for Lions Gate Bridge

In the wake of a double fatal collision on the Lions Gate Bridge, the mayor of West Vancouver is backing calls to close the centre lane overnight. Mayor Michael Smith says it seems to be a sensible and logical move, "We don't want a situation where not only were two people killed, but also one of our drivers and some of our passengers … [Read more...]

Translink going all-out to ensure passenger safety

Translink's CEO says staff are making every possible effort to make sure transit riders are safe. This, after a bomb was discovered on the Skytrain tracks last week. Ian Jarvis says Translink will determine whether they need to change procedures, once the dust settles on the investigation. "Certainly, it's in the hands of transit police and police … [Read more...]

Chinese nationals found safety in Richmond

Two Chinese nationals reported missing last week in Richmond have been found. Police say Tienan She, 55, and Liping Wu, 47, were located safely yesterday. The two were part of a tour group visiting from China. They had been reported missing after disappearing Sept. 29 from a Richmond hotel. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

Vancouver, Surrey focus on women’s safety

For the first time, Vancouver police are hosting a women's safety fair. Sgt. Colleen Yee from the Sex Crimes Unit says the B Street Smart fair will feature information booths and a personal safety demonstration by VPD tactical training specialists. "We're hoping the community is going to take advantage of this. Come out and learn some valuable … [Read more...]

NDP Public Safety critic says latest RCMP controversy could impact trust among women

The NDP's Public Safety critic is questioning how women can trust the RCMP or individual officers after one posed for pictures on a sexual torture website.  Kathy Corrigan says the latest black eye for the mounties could prevent victims of abuse from going to police.   "When you have people particularily women trusting the RCMP in a lot … [Read more...]

Transport Canada denies boating safety offices will be shuttered

 Transport Canada says contrary to what the union is claiming boating safety offices in BC won't be closing.  In an emailed statement Transport Canada admits 14 positions across the country are being eliminated.  But they say all they are doing is cutting public education and outreach activities in the office of boating … [Read more...]

Boating safety offices next in the line for federal government cuts

The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees says the federal government is closing boating safety offices in BC.  Pacific Region director Dave Clark  says the offices supply safety courses, licences, and safe operation advice.  "Boating safety is actually going off to Ottawa I guess this is one more of their bringing boating … [Read more...]

If water safety matters to you, go to the meeting

An emergency town hall meeting in Kits Thursday night will look to rally people against the Coast Guard cuts and closing of the Base.  West Coast Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly says people are angry, especially when it comes to replacing highly trained Coast Guard with volunteers, "And I think that is just unacceptable and Coast … [Read more...]