Category Archives: Transportation

The ʔapsčiik t̓ašii pathway between Tofino and Ucluelet

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Long Beach, BC – Parks Canada is making progress building ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee), the multi-use pathway that extends between Tofino and Ucluelet

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Cortes Island Inventor Completes Cargo E-Trike

[Cortes Island E-Bikes series]

For a little more than two years, Cortes Islander Gabriel Dinim worked patiently and steadily on the design and construction of an original, custom electric cargo bike with three wheels. By early summer of 2020, his project was ready for its first test-drive… and has since been frequently sighted on Cortes roads.

Gabriel says this bike effectively replaces his truck, and he uses it daily for travel and cargo hauling. Equipped with regen braking, turn signals, mirrors, brake lights, disc brakes and a substantial drive/motor system, Gabriel’s bike is a serious EV. It enables him to travel to Campbell River and back on a single charge, as well as all around Cortes Island.

As part of the Currents E-Bikes on Cortes Island series, I interviewed Gabriel about his project.

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Vancouver INternational AIrport’s COVID testing project

By Hannah Scott, Richmond Sentinel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

After announcing a COVID-19 testing pilot project last month, Vancouver International Airport is almost ready to put the plan into action.

The project is a collaboration between the airport (YVR) and WestJet, and also involves the University of British Columbia as a research partner. After developing and reviewing the program, it will be available to passengers starting in early November.

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Kootenay Lake’s homemade submarine

By Keili Bartlett,  Kootenay Co-op Radio – 93.5fm Nelson BC, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

NELSON, BC – Whether you’ve just spent a summer by Kootenay Lake, or if you have a keen eye on the Nelson Buy and Sell pages on Facebook, you may have seen a one-of-a-kind vessel pop-up – a homemade submarine.

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Upgrading Hoskyn Channel Dock: A photo essay

Originally published in Surge Currents, August 2020

By Ginny Vassal, Read Island

The occasional grounding of the Hoskyn Channel dock became much more pronounced in September 2018. The stream at the base of the ribbons re-routed itself towards the dock following heavy rains; the up-stream clear-cutting most likely caused the concentrated run-off that moved large rocks and cut a deep channel with stream sediment running directly towards the dock.

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