Your Daily Commute May Be Killing You

Andrew Tai | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

The fact is that "stress by commute" is likely to stay with you for the rest of your life. It's very difficult to make the choice to move closer to work just to avoid these long-term effects of chronic stress. However, you can reduce the amount of stress you face on a day-to-day basis by trying some of these tricks.

North Van Mayor Proposes Way Out Of Transit Rreferendum Quagmire

Eric Doherty | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eric Doherty

One innovative plan that has been considered for about a decade, but has never been funded, is a system commonly used in Europe called "headway operations." This means buses depart at regular intervals keeping the headway (time between buses) even and avoiding bunching, instead of trying vainly to stay on a fixed schedule in widely varying conditions. This is how most rapid transit systems including SkyTrain operate.

$15,000 Reward In Bus Driver Attack

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - 1:51 p.m.: A 23-year-old man from Surrey has been arrested in the case, said Transit Police. Officials said he is well-known to them includin...

Transit Referendum Should Be Delayed To Avoid Cluster Fiasco

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

If the transit referendum was held at the same time as the municipal election, there is a real risk that people exercising their freedom of speech on one would be subject to severe penalties under the other. This is because the B.C. government has imposed draconian penalties (a year in jail, $10,000 fines) for those they define as "election advertising sponsors" in provincial election law.

She Says Transit Poll Date Not Set In Stone

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says the timing for a referendum concerning Metro Vancouver's transportation system is open for discussion.In Vancouv...

Transit Referendum Coming

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's transportation minister says he's preparing to introduce legislation that paves the way for a Vancouver-area transit-fun...

'Dumbest Public Policy Award' Is A Compliment

Eric Doherty | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eric Doherty

Given that a time-consuming legal review will be required before a border toll can be implemented, it almost certainly won't be on the November ballot. But given the climate crisis, it is essential that we provide ways for people to get around and avoid burning so much fossil fuel. Taxes on high-carbon fuels to provide better low-carbon transit is one of the better ways to accomplish this, and a border toll is an effective mechanism to reduce carbon tax avoidance.

Where Are All The Cars?

CBC | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

TransLink is facing criticism after spending $4.5 million to build a new parking lot at the South Surrey Park and Ride that commuters are avoiding bec...

Transit Harassment On The Rise

CBC | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Transit police say sexual harassment on buses and SkyTrains is on the rise, and they are trying to find ways to encourage more women to come forward a...

Free Transit For NYE!

CBC | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

There will be free transit from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight in Metro Vancouver as the city gears up to ring in the New Year, but don't expect to fin...

TransLink Border Tax Should Be Deported

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a year where TransLink apologists seemed to throw every possible tax grab -- sales tax hikes, vehicle levies, road pricing, carbon tax -- at the wall to see if anything would stick, one idea stood above the rest for its sheer ludicrousness. The envelope please..

WATCH: So You Think You Can Busk?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

TransLink is asking for the public's input in choosing its eighth and final 2014 busker. "So You Think You Can Busk?" is the transit company's open...

TransLink Driver Assault Information Worth Thousands

News1130 | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A decision to boost the reward intended to reduce the number of assaults on bus drivers is being applauded by the men and women behind the wheel....

The TransLink Referendum Won't be Pretty

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

TransLink -- everyone's favourite whipping boy in the Lower Mainland -- is about to be put to the electoral test and it promises not to be pretty. The fate of TransLink's future funding will be decided in the midst of the introduction of the Compass card, and Lower Mainland residents know full well how that initiative has been going as of late. It doesn't bode well for the vote.

LOOK: Hilarious TransLink Ads

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

With the controversial Compass Card (also see here and here) close to being introduced to B.C. commuters, TransLink has launched a new website that al...


The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Pandemonium erupted at a series of SkyTrain stations this morning after an issue between Main and Broadway stations forced a system hold. This was ...

How Much Does TransLink's CEO Make?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If TransLink is as broke as it claims to be, why are taxpayers so grossly overpaying its chief executive officer? Ian Jarvis received $394,730 in salary, incentives and taxable benefits in 2012, plus another $32,552 in taxpayer-funded petition contributions. On top of that, Jarvis took $11,418 in "other" benefits, including a "Wellness Allowance" that apparently only the CEO is eligible for. That's a total compensation package of $438,700. Jarvis made $140,000 more last year than the province's deputy transportation minister, Grant Main. He made $200,000 more than Premier Christy Clark. Clark wasn't alone; Jarvis out earned Prime Minister Stephen Harper by nearly $75,000.

Treat Your Phone Like What?

CBC | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Police forces in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are warning the public about an increase in mobile device theft throughout Metro Vancouver, and telling ow...

How To Cheat The Compass Card System

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

TransLink is rolling out the Compass Card to root out fare evasion, but beta testers have already found a way to cheat the system. The Compass Card...

TransLink Needs Reorganization, Says Delta Mayor

CBC | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Metro Vancouver's mayors are meeting with B.C.'s Transportation Minister Todd Stone today, and the issue of TransLink funding is expected to be at the...

TransLink: A Rat's Nest Of Redundancy

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Giving TransLink more tax dollars is like giving a pyromaniac a fresh box of matches. Both will eventually run out and keep coming back for more -- unless they change their ways. TransLink's executive vice-president Bob Paddon, he of the $307,857 annual pay, claims his operation is an "efficient and well-run organization." The facts prove otherwise. TransLink is a rat's nest of redundancy and waste.

TransLink: No Compass Card Delay

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

TransLink denies that it is delaying the roll out of its Compass Card system, despite a spokesperson saying that the system would not be operational u...

Pro-Palestine Ads Will Stay: TransLink

CP | Kim Nursall, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A controversial ad campaign on Vancouver's transit system showing the territory of Palestine shrinking into the state of Israel will run i...

Who's Running TransLink Anyway?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

At TransLink, the inmates are now running the asylum. With such little support from taxpayers, riders, mayors, the minister and the board chair, TransLink's push for a $23 billion tax-and-spend binge is coming from its senior executive team. They are making media appearances and desperately trying to push for higher taxes. It will be up to the taxpayers to take the keys away from the transportation authority's senior executives

Vancouver is Pricey and it's About to Get a Whole Lot Pricier

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

A billion here, a billion there, it adds up. That's the problem with shopping lists. The municipalities that make up Metro Vancouver are facing the same predicament as they try to choose between the bare necessities, luxuries and how you're going to pay for it all. While some of these projects may be sold to the public as "self-supported" that's just political-speak for "you're still picking up the tab." Whether it's through tolls or tipping fees, they're just euphemisms for picking your pocket.