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Manufacturing & Transport

Feb 26, 2016
A conversation with port CEO Robin Silvester
Jacob Parry

Port Metro Vancouver is running out of land—over 40 acres of available land in the Lower Mainland is converted into housing each year—and according to Robin Silvester, the authority’s president and CEO, the consequences for the regional economy will be dire. Real estate—or a lack thereof—is just one of many...

Feb 25, 2016
B.C. snags construction workers from Alberta oil patch
Felicity Stone

Constructive resultsB.C.’s construction industry is attracting both skilled workers from Alberta and more young people, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Survey conducted by the BC Construction Association, Progressive Contractors Association and Construction Labour Relations. The survey found that 45 per cent of employers had hired someone who previously worked in Alberta’s oil...

Feb 3, 2016
B.C. moves ahead with study on bridge to the Sunshine Coast
Felicity Stone

Bridge financing Last week the B.C. government decided that a bridge between Gabriola Island and Vancouver Island is not economically feasible. Today it announced that R.F. Binnie & Associates will study the feasibility of a highway link from the Sunshine Coast to the Lower Mainland. The contract is worth $250,000, and...

Jan 29, 2016
By the numbers: Vancouver's worsening transit woes
Melissa Edwards

Increase in Metro Vancouver’s transit ridership between 2004 and 2014 320,000 Estimated daily ridership of a proposed underground Broadway transit line by 2041 500,000 Number of times each year a person is left standing by full buses on the Broadway corridor The Lower Mainland's population has increased by 38,000 in the year since the mayors...

Dec 16, 2015
B.C. government releases cost and design details of George Massey Tunnel replacement
Felicity Stone

BridgeworkThe B.C. government wants your input on replacing the Massey Tunnel with a new 10-lane bridge. On Wednesday Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone launched the third phase of consultation and released design and cost details of the estimated $3.5-billion George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. Members of the public can...

Dec 10, 2015
Vancouver's green power plan hits a snag
Felicity Stone

Steam heatVancouver developer Ian Gillespie's power company Creative Energy, has received permission from the B.C. Utilities Commission to build a new power facility in Northeast False Creek—but not to extend into Chinatown or rely on funds from a city carbon tax, nor a mandatory connection to the Downtown Eastside. Gillespie...

Dec 4, 2015
Port Metro Vancouver is running out of land: study
Felicity Stone

Land lossThe Lower Mainland's supply of industrial land suitable for trade and goods movement may run out within 10 years, according to a new study commissioned by Port Metro Vancouver. Site Economics Ltd. found that there are only about 1,000 acres of vacant “trade-enabling industrial lands” suitable for logistics and...

Dec 2, 2015
Ripe Rides wins over B.C.'s Public Transportation Board
Melissa Edwards

Average number of taxis per 1,000 people 1.08 in Canadian Cities 0.72 in Metro Vancouver 0.43 in the Greater Victoria Area $53.12 That’s the estimated after-tax cost, assuming no delays, of a 10-km trip with Ripe Rides, Vancouver’s latest–and legal–taxi alternative. After a year of lobbying, bylaw amendments and vehicle shipment delays, the app-based ride company...

Nov 30, 2015
Port Metro companies hammer out a deal with truck-driving Unifor
Mary Beach

A hard bargain After several days of around-the-clock bargaining, yesterday Unifor signed collective agreements with six Port Metro companies, including Aheer, Forward, Prudential and Sunlover. But today striking drivers for Port Transport and Harbour Link continue to picket because those two companies declined to sign. “These collective agreements are a major step...

Nov 27, 2015
Evergreen Line contractor will face penalties for late completion
Felicity Stone

Tunnel visionTunnel boring for the 11-kilometre-long Evergreen SkyTrain line extension is finished. The line itself, however, will not be operational until early 2017, the B.C. government revealed today. It was originally scheduled to open in summer of 2016. The Evergreen line will eventually link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to...

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