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How you can help those affected by the fires in Northern Alberta

Red Cross

Photo Courtesy of Canadian Red Cross

The devastating fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta forced the province to call a state of emergency on Wednesday.

More than 88,000 residents had to leave their homes in and around the Fort McMurray area, sending evacuees to nearby communities for aid and shelter.

Because of this widespread disaster, TransLink in partnership with NEXTEXT is text screenproviding donation opportunities for anyone who texts “33333” for the next two weeks to donate $5 to the Red Cross relief efforts for Fort McMurray.

All you have to do to donate is text “REDCROSS” to “30333” from your phone.

About $11 million has been already donated to the Red Cross and both the Alberta provincial and federal governments have committed to match individual donations.

Please help us support our fellow Canadians in distress by donating today.

To donate online through the Canadian Red Cross click here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pink is powerful!


Pink Shirt Day 2016

Another Pink Shirt Day has arrived! What’s Pink Shirt Day? Well, let me tell you!

It’s a day to stand together (wearing pink, of course), speak up and speak out against bullying and harassment.

Wearing pink today says that you will not tolerate bullying behaviour in our schools, workplaces, communities or on transit and TransLink is committed to supporting this cause.

You can read about the original event that sparked the pink shirt movement here.

There are similar anti-bullying days all across the globe and the message is clear: kindness!

Take a look at some of the great pictures from the main event today at London Drugs Plaza, downtown Vancouver.

Looking for more ways to support Pink Shirt Day?
Head to
Be sure to use #pinkitforward to show your support on social media!
Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for every use of the hashtag to
support anti-bullying programs!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Shelter buses and last weeks’ fire in Langley

Photo by: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

Our bus and driver were on hand during a fire to help 25 people get temporary shelter. Photo by: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

You’ve heard of bus shelters but how about shelter buses?

A shelter bus is a bus from the CMBC fleet that is dispatched from Transit Communications (T-Comm) out of the Surrey Transit Centre to local emergencies where people are being displaced.

The bus provides much needed, safe and warm protection for residents in cases such as a fire, until it is deemed safe to return to their homes.

Not only that, but emergency personnel will often meet the victims right on the bus and if temporary shelter is needed, the bus will then transport the affected people to a hotel.

“Coast Mountain Bus Company has very good working relationships with all of our emergency responders. Shelter buses are requested by Police or Fire Crews throughout Metro Vancouver. When they are requested, we prioritize this request to provide a bus to the incident location,” Derek Zabel, Duty Manager of T-Comm.

This past weekend there was a bus dispatched to a fire in Langley where approximately 25 people took shelter in the bus after they were evacuated from their homes.

This fire was one of four in the month of January to which we dispatched a bus to serve as a shelter.

Two others included the evacuation of a seniors home with approximately 100 tenants in Vancouver, and in Maple Ridge, seniors at the Kanaka Creek Lodge were relocated to a hotel after a fire hit their facility.

We deploy these buses because they can be of great use and comfort for those who are in crisis.

Zabel says this is a service that has a larger effect than just the shelter.

“It is a very important service that we have and if we can assist or help our emergency response teams in these situations, it forms a larger sense of community.”

Author: Adrienne Coling



When pedestrians get hurt, nobody wins


Did you know that nearly one in five people killed in car crashes are pedestrians?

A saddening statistic to be sure and as the days get shorter and winter weather settles in, crashes involving pedestrians tend to increase with the seasonal change.

Spurred by this spike in crashes, ICBC is promoting a pedestrian safety campaign to remind drivers and pedestrians that we all share the responsibility for being safe on the roads.

Nobody wins when it comes to crashes involving pedestrians and ICBC has a few tips on how pedestrians and drivers can work together to make our roads safer.

  • When you’re walking, do your part to be seen by drivers — make eye contact, wear bright and reflective clothing, and stay focused on the road.
  • When you’re driving, take extra time to look for pedestrians before turning, avoid distractions and be ready to yield.
  • When you’re using transit:
    • Make sure that you’re visible when you’re walking to and from your transit stop. Wear bright and reflective clothing or gear so drivers can see you in all weather conditions.
    • Be cautious at transit stops. Avoid running for the bus and taking shortcuts. Always cross at designated crosswalks, not mid-block.

When it comes to road safety, Strategic Planning and Policy Manager, Adrian Bell knows a thing or two about the subject. He’s been studying attitudes to road safety and had a bit to say about ICBC’s pedestrian safety campaign:

“Campaigns that deal with issues even-handedly and promote the positives of safe travel rather than the aftermath of crashes often work better according to Urban Systems. Changing attitudes to road safety requires education and mutual understanding and ICBC’s new pedestrian safety campaign is an example of this newer road safety education that encourages everyone to do their part.

This is a great start and under the BC Road Safety Strategy should be something we see more of over the next few years.”

You can find ICBC on Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation on pedestrian safety using the hashtags #sharetheroadBC and #walksafebc.

Author: Laura Tennant