As Fowler finally joins Blue Jays, current outfield mix comes into focus – Sportsnet.ca

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Vancouver City Council approves UBC SkyTrain route with Jericho Lands Station | Urbanized – Daily Hive

For the second time during their term, Vancouver City Council has confirmed their support for the UBC SkyTrain Extension, while endorsing a potential route that allows for the creation of Jericho Lands Station.
In a 9-1 vote late Tuesday afternoon, city council endorsed the route recommended by city staff that would enable an on-site station near the core of the Jericho Lands neighbourhood development. TEAM councillor Colleen Hardwick voted in opposition, while Mayor Kennedy Stewart was absent from the decision.
To fulfill Jericho Lands Station, replacing the long envisioned Sasamat Station, the extension of the Millennium Line from the 2025-built Arbutus Station would continue westward along West Broadway onto West 8th Avenue at Alma Street — through a local street and single-family neighbourhood — instead of transitioning to West 10th Avenue.
City council’s support does not finalize the route and alignment of the Millennium Line extension west of Arbutus Station to reach the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus. Rather, today’s decision is a recommendation to TransLink, which will then begin the process to weigh the varying benefits and costs of the UBC SkyTrain Extension route and alignment options.
UBC SkyTrain route options providing Jericho Lands Station (orange/yellow) or Sasamat Station (pink). (City of Vancouver)
During the exchanges and deliberations, some city councillors expressed a desire to city staff to consider the inclusion both Jericho Lands Station and Sasamat Station, which would directly serve and help revitalize the struggling West Point Grey retail village. The 99 B-Line currently has a bus stop at Sasamat Street.
During the debate, independent councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung suggested a comparative analysis should be performed between Sasamat Station and Jericho Lands instead, but the amendment failed to pass.
Kirby-Yung alluded to some of the previous criticism on the Canada Line’s lack of a 16th Avenue Station to serve the core of the Cambie Street retail village, and that the same scenario was now playing out for West Point Grey retail village without a Sasamat Statiion.
“I think we’ve all had some lessons learnt from the Canada Line with respect to the impact on commercial and other existing areas that are being applied now on the Broadway Extension,” said Kirby-Yung.
Independent councillor Rebecca Bligh also suggested that city council should keep all station options on the table, and attempt to pursue funding for both Jericho Lands and Sasamat stations.
“Let’s see if we can get more than just Jericho Lands Station funded, and ask what it’s going to take to justify Sasamat as well,” said Bligh. But Brown noted that TransLink is currently only supporting three stations within Vancouver’s borders based on what it deems to be the regional-level need.
Besides Jericho Lands Station, other stations within the municipal government’s jurisdiction are planned for Macdonald Street and Alma Street, which mirrors existing 99 B-Line stops.
TransLink 99 B-Line articulated bus at Sasamat Street eastbound stop, serving West Point Grey Village. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)
Steve Brown, manager of transit integration and projects branch for the City of Vancouver, explained during the meeting that both Jericho Lands and Sasamat stations would compete for the same pool of ridership in the catchment area, and add to construction costs considerably.
The placement of a station on the Jericho Lands would not only enable greater housing and employment density potential on the 90-acre former military base, but also improve regional accessibility to Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach, and Spanish Banks Beach.
In October 2021, as part of the process of creating the Jericho Lands Policy Statement, the development’s proponents and city staff unveiled a draft concept for the redevelopment of the former military base in West Point Grey. There could be up to 10 million sq ft of floor area, including 9,000 homes for up to 18,000 people, and about one million sq ft of office, retail, restaurant, and institution space.
Planners and proponents for the Jericho Lands have envisioned an on-site SkyTrain station, located within the northwest quadrant of the sloped site — where significant office and cultural spaces are currently proposed.
To ensure West Point Grey retail village benefits from the SkyTrain extension, it was suggested accessibility and connectivity could be optimized, such as escalators or elevators built by the Jericho Lands developments that overcome the very steep hill, given that the proposed station entrance location is proposed on a site downhill. Another possibility suggested by city council to city staff was the operation of a TransLink community shuttle bus service between Jericho Lands Station and West Point Grey retail village.
Brown highlighted that other benefits of a route through the Jericho Lands included the ability for the site to be used for construction staging, such as the pit for tunnel boring activities, as well as the additional space needed to accommodate crossover tracks.
Option 2 Weave concept for Jericho Lands. (MST Development Corporation/Canada Lands Company)
Option 2 Weave concept for Jericho Lands. (MST Development Corporation/Canada Lands Company)
When questioned by Hardwick over the need for the SkyTrain extension with public transit ridership currently still depressed, city staff suggested that by the time the extension is built, ridership will see a full recovery — returning public transit conditions to the same level of overcrowding experienced in 2019.
As of February 2022, ridership has recovered to 65% of pre-pandemic volumes across the region, and about 70% within Vancouver.
Brown also stated that the best case scenario for completing and opening the UBC SkyTrain is now beyond 2030 — at least five years after the Millennium Line extension reaching Arbutus Street opens in late 2025.
A truncated 99 B-Line service will run between the Arbutus Station bus exchange and the UBC bus exchange until the Millennium Line reaches UBC. TransLink previously indicated the 99 B-Line at Arbutus Station will reach and exceed capacity during peak hours upon the subway’s opening in 2025.
Daily ridership for the UBC SkyTrain Extension is forecast to grow from 110,000 boardings in 2035 to 130,000 in 2050. In contrast, the Broadway SkyTrain Extension to Arbutus Street currently under construction is expected to see its daily ridership grow from 141,000 in 2030 to about 170,000 in 2045, while the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain Extension is forecast to see its daily ridership increase from 60,000 in 2035 to 70,000 in 2050.
Ridership forecasts for various future SkyTrain extension projects. (City of Vancouver)
It was also reiterated that based on a detailed technical study in 2019, street-level light rail transit (LRT) options would not provide long-term capacity needs, even with trains stretching the length of a city block or longer. Overall, LRT would also not be cost effective, compared to a continuous extension of the Millennium Line.
In the same vote, city council also approved city staff’s recommendations to plan for station integration through immense transit-oriented development well in advance, as well as various amendments that adjust development cost expectation charges on the corridor, and requests for city staff to explore ways to limit land speculation, protect existing rental housing, and environmental considerations from the construction process.
It is currently assumed that the segment of the extension within Vancouver between Arbutus and Blanca streets will be at least largely underground, if not completely. TransLink is exploring options for an elevated guideway west of Blanca Street on University Boulevard within the University Endowment Lands, with a potential future station location serving future developments by the Musqueam First Nation, before arriving at UBC’s main campus station. A secondary station is also being considered by TransLink for south campus, near Wesbrook Village, as the new terminus of the Millennium Line.
March 21, 2022 updated UBC SkyTrain Extension route and alignment planning map. (TransLink)
Transport 2050 plan for additional grade-separated rapid transit (SkyTrain) and bus rapid transit (BRT). (TransLink)
City council’s approved recommendations will be used by TransLink for an upcoming regional public consultation, held between April and May 2022, on determining the new 10-year vision, which will outline which projects in Transport 2050 will be prioritized for implementation over the coming decade.
If UBC SkyTrain is included in the new 10-year vision by the Mayors’ Council in Summer 2022, another decision will be made soon after on freeing up funding to complete the business case and detailed technical planning for the project, which is estimated to cost about $30 million. In 2021, the federal and provincial governments each committed to covering 40% of the UBC SkyTrain business case planning cost, with TransLink expected to cover the remaining 20%.
Other major projects expected to be considered for inclusion by the Mayors’ Council in the new 10-year vision include the North Shore SkyTrain project and the Burnaby Mountain Gondola serving Simon Fraser University’s main campus.
 
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A 19-year-old is facing impaired driving charges following a traffic stop on March 29.
Police say they conducted a traffic stop on Blake Ave. after observing a vehicle driving erratically on Bruce St. at approximately 2:30 a.m.
As a result, Reece Burch is facing charges.
Following is a full release from police on the charges
On March 29, 2022, officers with Patrol Services charged 19-year-old Reece Burch with operation while impaired – alcohol and/or drug.
Around 2:30 a.m. officers observed a vehicle driving erratically on Bruce St. Officers conducted a traffic stop nearby in the 0-100 block of Blake Ave. Upon speaking with the driver, officers identified him as the accused and developed grounds to believe his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.
He was arrested and subsequently provided two samples into an approved device, registering two fail results.
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He was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to appear in court on May 30, 2022.
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Vancouver – Vancouver Police today released a picture of a man who allegedly committed a string of robberies in and around Vancouver.
VPD began investigating on January 15, after the man allegedly brandished a knife a demanded cash from two businesses in Vancouver – the same day he committed five robberies in Richmond.
The first Vancouver incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. at the Marine Gateway Liquor Store, near Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie Street. The employee called 9-1-1, and the suspect fled before getting any money. About half an hour later, the same man entered the London Drugs at Granville and Georgia streets and allegedly demanded cash.
The suspect is a white man, 25-35-years-old, with short hair, and either a mustache or full beard. He was wearing a black puffy jacket, a white t-shirt, and dark pants.
VPD is working with investigators from Richmond RCMP and other police agencies to solve these crimes.
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Homicide investigators called in after body found in Langley, B.C. – CBC.ca

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Death of baby boy in Hamilton deemed homicide, no charges will be laid – CHCH News

Hamilton police say the death of a baby boy last year has been deemed a homicide, but no charges will be laid because the person involved was another child.
Early last year, Hamilton police responded to a 911 call about an “unresponsive infant.”
Paramedics arrived on scene and began performing life-saving measures on the one-year-old boy however they were unable to revive the child.
Police launched a sudden death investigation and the homicide unit was called in to assist as the child was under the age of five.
On March 9, 2022, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Unit determined that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head.
“The Hamilton Police Homicide Unit has completed their investigation and no charges will be laid in this matter as the individual involved is below the age of criminal responsibility,” said police in a news release on Tuesday.
The age of criminal responsibility in Canada is 12, which means anyone under the age cannot be charged.
Hamilton police say they will not be provided any further information about the incident.
The baby’s death brings the number of homicides in Hamilton last year to 20.

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COVID: Manitoba Liberals wants some precautions back | CTV News – CTV News Winnipeg

The Manitoba Liberals are urging the provincial government to bring back some COVID-19 health precautions in order to keep people safe.
Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont and MLAs Dr. Jon Gerrard and Cindy Lamoureux penned a letter to provincial officials, including Premier Heather Stefanson and Health Minister Audrey Gordon, asking for timely information.
According to this letter, MLAs are getting calls and emails about how difficult it is for those with COVID-19 to get PCR tests.
“We have received complaints from citizens across Manitoba, including people in rural areas who cannot access PCR tests,” the letter states.
“A person in Gimli had to drive to Selkirk, a person in Melita could not access tests in Brandon. PCR tests are critical to measuring test positivity as well as for individuals who need to prove they were infected with Covid who experience long-term symptoms.”
The Liberals are asking the province to bring back daily COVID-19 dashboard updates, daily reporting of wastewater testing for viral load, and improve access to PCR tests with results reported to public health.
They also want the province to consider launching a campaign to encourage booster vaccines and mask use, and to make masks freely available.
“We are very concerned that unless you change direction, there is a real and dangerous risk that we will see yet another surge in cases that will once again be overwhelming Manitoba’s health system, resulting in unnecessary deaths, preventable disability through long covid, and more delayed surgeries,” the letter says.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Manitoba Health says key COVID-19 indicators are improving, and the province is moving forward with health system recovery. The spokesperson notes the province will make any required adjustments based on guidance from public health officials.
“This is an important time of transition, and we still need to get vaccinated, and do simple, but important things like washing our hands and staying home when we are sick,” the statement says.
The spokesperson added that COVID-19 information will be updated weekly in epidemiology reports, which can be found online. Though the online COVID-19 dashboards are no longer available, the vaccine dashboards will continue to be updated until March 31.
“This process has been used for some time as part of public health reporting for a variety of illnesses,” the statement says.
“Additional reporting for any illness beyond this process, as seen through the COVID-19 pandemic, may be required and will be instituted depending on the severity of the situation.”
As for wastewater data, the spokesperson says the National Microbiology Lab owns, collects and posts this information. The most recent report can be found online.
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'They come with nothing': Ukrainian-Canadians hosting families fleeing Russia's war call for federal support – The Globe and Mail

A volunteer sorts through donations destined to Ukraine at the St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Montreal on March 25.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press
Ukrainian-Canadians hosting family members and friends who have fled Russia’s invasion say they are worried about trying to support loved ones with little material support from the federal government, and that Ukrainians without contacts in Canada would have difficulty settling here.
Most Ukrainians fleeing the war leave with very little. When they reach Canada, they need clothes, food and housing, as well as help accessing services, health care and mental-health support.
Anastasiia Hlukhova, 36, who lives in Barrie, Ont., with her husband and two kids, is waiting for five relatives to arrive. She said her parents, sister and niece have fled to Poland and once they have their visas, they will travel to Canada. Ms. Hlukhova also has a nephew in Germany waiting on a visa.
“To be honest I have no idea how it’s going to be, and how it’s going to hit us financially. But that’s what we have to do,” she said.
Ms. Hlukhova said her family rents a three-bedroom townhouse, describing it as a “teeny tiny space” and saying she and her husband will likely move into their unfinished basement to make room.
She wonders what happens to Ukrainians without relatives or friends once they arrive at an airport in Canada. “They’re going to go out the door and have nothing. They don’t have any help. They’re all by themselves,” she said.
The federal government has faced calls to make it easier for Ukrainians to travel to Canada by co-ordinating a special airlift effort from the region. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would consider providing more support, such as airlifts, if there was sufficient demand, but it has yet to do so. Rather, the government has launched a streamlined immigration program for Ukrainians.
The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel program eliminates most of the normal visa requirements and allows Ukrainians to stay for up to three years if they pass security checks. The measures are offered through the immigration stream; as a result, Ukrainians are not considered refugees and do not have access to the full range of supports that come with the protected status. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, more than 20,000 Ukrainians have applied for the emergency program.
The federal government is also setting up a family reunification program that would allow relatives in Canada to sponsor family members from Ukraine to move here permanently. Details are expected in the coming weeks.
Last week, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, which brings together national, provincial and local Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, called for more federal support. It is urging Ottawa to provide funding for settlement agencies, which could help Ukrainians co-ordinate transport, housing and health care.
In a tweet Monday, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said Ottawa will expand the federal settlement program to offer services such as language training, orientation and employment assistance. He said the government will also start providing support services for Ukrainians at major airports starting Friday.
However, it is unclear if Ukrainians will be able to access health care services. Since they are not technically considered refugees, Mr. Fraser’s office said they are not eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides refugees with health care until they qualify for provincial health insurance. Mr. Fraser’s spokesperson, Aidan Strickland, said some Ukrainians with work permits, as well as their families, may be able to access provincial health services.
The Ontario Ministry of Health said Ukrainian evacuees without permanent resident status have access to limited publicly funded health care services, including primary care at Ontario’s Community Health Centres.
Margaryta Pronina, 37, who lives in Barrie with her mother, husband and three children, welcomed her in-laws from Ukraine about two weeks ago.
“The issue is that the majority of Ukrainians, at least that I know, they come with nothing,” she said. Her in-laws arrived with a tiny suitcase with basic medication, underwear and canned food in case they were stuck in Poland without anything to eat.
Ms. Pronina said her in-laws are seniors, with chronic medical issues, and require support. Shortly after they arrived, their whole household got COVID-19. “I was very worried that they might have required some additional medical support and I was horrified thinking that I cannot afford to pay for that.”
She said her in-laws are hoping to return to Ukraine eventually. They didn’t want to leave but her mother-in-law was traumatized by constant explosions close to their apartment. She still fears the sound of noises, Ms. Pronina added.
“A lot of people who may choose to come to Canada, they will also be very traumatized and this is a serious psychological issue that requires support. And currently, the Government of Canada just allows those refugees to stay for three years as temporary residents, but does not provide any significant help. Basically all the expenses are on me and my husband’s shoulders.”
In Vaughan, Ont., Valentyna Navolskyy, 33, is waiting for her childhood friend to arrive along with her two children. She said she will provide them with housing for as long as they need but that if someone doesn’t know anyone in Canada, it would be very difficult for them to settle here.
“If it’s a single parent who has to provide for two children and pay for shelter and pay for anything else, I have no idea how people will do it,” she said.
Kael Campbell, a Victoria-based business owner, is trying to help Ukrainians fleeing war get jobs in Canada. He organized a Facebook group – Canadian Jobs for Ukrainians – to find employers willing to support incoming Ukrainians, with good-paying jobs as well as flights and accommodation.
The group, which has more than 1,200 members, has been connecting employers with Ukrainians who want to work in Canada and have skills that match the job.
Among the members are Ukrainian-Canadians to help moderate the group and individuals with backgrounds in immigration who want to help.
“There’s thousands of jobs being advertised in Canada, but there’s few that would ever consider buying a flight for somebody who might not have perfect English, and they might not be able to stay here long term. But I think there’s lots of employers who are totally willing to foot that bill and really help somebody else as well,” Mr. Campbell said.
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DFO Shuts Down Atlantic Mackerel Commercial, Bait Fisheries – VOCM

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The FFAW is shocked by a moratorium on the mackerel fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador and is calling on DFO to reverse the decision.
The union is calling DFO’s decision “a drastic step” given what have been positive signs of growth in the stock.
FFAW President Keith Sullivan, accusing DFO of incompetence, says the department is failing to adequately assess species critical to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador and fish harvesters and plant workers will suffer as a result.
The union has been calling for more mackerel research for a number of years, given what it says is important changes observed in the distribution and spawning patterns that are not accounted for in DFO’s current surveys.
Trevor Jones, a harvester in LaScie says harvesters know that DFO is significantly underestimating the biomass of mackerel.
The union is requesting an urgent meeting with Minister Joyce Murray to discuss the dire consequences the closure of the fishery will have on harvesters and plant workers.
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