Urban

15/05/20
Author: 
Andrea Pinochet-Escudero and Derrick O’Keefe
In 2016, Syrian refugee families stayed at the 2400 Motel, which is on city-owned land along Kingsway.

[A link to the open letter is included near the bottom of the article. There is an option for individuals and organizations to sign on as endorsers.]

May 14th, 2020 

“When push comes to shove, we’re able to support people. So, why don’t we do that all the time?”

This rhetorical question is from B.C.'s human rights commissioner, Kasari Govender, in an article in which she describes homelessness as a “massive public health problem”. 

08/05/20
Author: 
Chris Campbell
waiting for bus

MAY 6, 2020

Drastic service cuts to public transit at TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company are having “severe, negative effects” directly on Burnaby front-line workers.

08/05/20
Author: 
Richard Zussman
 TransLink crews spray a bus with disinfectant. The transit authority says buses are now getting a weekly spray, along with regular cleaning. . TransLink

May 8, 2020

With the B.C. economy expected to gradually start to re-open on May 19, TransLink has suspended planned service reductions and the 1,500 layoff notices expected as part of the cutting of routes.

25/04/20
Author: 
Alon Levy, Eric Goldwyn
A sign advising passengers to wear face masks is displayed on a New Jersey Transit bus in Atlantic City. Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

[Canada faces similar challenges.]

Apr. 24, 2020

22/04/20
Author: 
Ian Holliday
Homeless activists and their supporters occupied the recently closed North Surrey Recreation Centre for several hours Wednesday night to call attention to the danger the COVID-19 pandemic poses to people living on the streets or in insufficient housing. (CTV)

April 1, 2020

VANCOUVER -- Homeless activists and their supporters occupied the recently closed North Surrey Recreation Centre for several hours Wednesday night to call attention to the danger the COVID-19 pandemic poses to people living on the streets or in insufficient housing.

Dubbing the occupation the "Hothouse Squat," the group issued a press release saying it planned to occupy the vacant building as a safe place to live during the pandemic.

23/03/20
Author: 
Jon Azpiri

March 23, 2020

Vancouver city council has voted unanimously in favour of a motion aimed at enforcing social-distancing measures during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Council met virtually on Monday morning to vote on an amendment to the city’s emergency powers bylaw that would allow bylaw officers to issue penalties to anyone either gathering in large groups or not doing what they can to keep two metres apart.

11/03/20
Author: 
Contributed by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, November 15, 2019 (sent for review January 22, 2019; reviewed by J. David Tabara and Jessika E. Trancik)

PNAS February 4, 2020 117 (5) 2354-2365; first published January 21, 2020

07/03/20
Author: 
Steve Munro
TTC Fares - SAMUEL ENGELKING

Mar.4, 2020

"The fine for evasion is high by comparison to the slap on the wrist motorists receive for a variety of ills ranging from parking tickets to running red lights. On this one, the TTC appears to be at war with its riders.''

05/03/20
Author: 
aniel Boffey
 It is still often quicker to travel into city centres by car despite growing congestion. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Mar. 3, 2020

Despite €16.3bn in EU funding, cities have failed to get people on to bikes or buses, report says

Commuters in Europe are still choosing their cars over public transport despite enduring ever longer journey times into city centres owing to traffic congestion, the EU’s spending watchdog has found.

05/02/20
Author: 
Planka
Montpellier Transit

 February 4, 2020 

Five Concrete Steps Toward a Climate-Smart and Fair Transport Sector in Stockholm

The climate threat is the most fatal problem humanity has ever faced.

In 2009, the current Kyoto protocol will be replaced with a new international climate agreement, a process in which the EU must be one of the main drivers. As holder of the EU presidency, Sweden will play a key role when world leaders gather to sign the new agreement. Does the Swedish government deserve such a pivotal role? – We don’t think so.

 

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