City joins call for shuttle bus

Terrace city council has endorsed a call for the creation of a Hwy16 shuttle bus service to minimize risks to vulnerable travelers

CITY COUNCIL has endorsed a call by the Town of Smithers for the creation of a Hwy16 shuttle bus service to minimize risks to vulnerable travelers.

The idea for a shuttle bus is a recommendation sprung from the Highway of Tears Symposium Report, which was further endorsed by B.C. municipalities at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention this fall.

The UBCM resolution put forth by the Town of Smithers, and endorsed by council here Nov. 26,  reads:

“Therefore it be resolved that UBCM petition the British Columbia Government to implement the recommendation of the Highway of Tears Symposium by establishing and funding a shuttle bus service between northern communities.”

Smithers is also writing its own letter and has asked local governments, First Nations and social service providers in northern B.C. to endorse their letter or write their own.

By the deadline, seven had signed on board, including the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine and Ksan House Society.

“It’s had really great support from one end of the region to the other,” said Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach. “It’s an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and one thing we can work together on as municipalities.”

“We wish to express our strong support for this initiative,” reads the letter. “Such a transportation service will not only increase the safety of young women and other vulnerable individuals, it will facilitate affordable travel in a part of the province where important services are becoming increasingly regionalized.”

While Terrace’s council has acknowledged the need for bus service along the highway for this reason, some councillors said endorsing this letter would work against recent efforts the city has made to keep Greyhound from cutting its service here, possibly in half.

“It would seem that this would be against Greyhound continuing its service if the business was cut,” said Terrace Mayor Dave Pernarowski at a meeting last month.

Councillor James Cordeiro agreed.

“It diminishes the credibility of asking Greyhound to continue its service while at the same time advocating the undercutting of the service that we asked for,” he said.

But councillor Bruce Bidgood disagreed.

“This is the moving of people who are vulnerable for security purposes,” he said.

“I saw them as being somewhat complimentary.”

Councillor Stacey Tyers emphasized that a bus service of this kind is needed, noting the city has no control over whether or not greyhound continues to offer bus service.

Ultimately, all of council gave support to the call.

Just Posted

Snowfall warning issued for Hwy 16 – Smithers to Terrace

Cloudy, warmer rain showers are expected to change to snow after midnight.

Ministry defends proposed hunting restrictions

Options intended to balance population and allocation to move forward with input by April or May

Terrace RCMP Inspector Syd Lecky transferring to Kamloops

Departure likely months away, replacement process yet to begin

Province to boost ER services at Mills Memorial

Money to add salaried doctor positions

Province opens public input on policing standards

The move flows from recommendations of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Where Canadians buy real estate abroad: report

Hot Spots: Top 30 home-buying destinations for Canadians in the Americas

Ban on grizzly bear hunt, new rules take effect April 1

Taxidermists, tanners will have to report on any grizzly bears or parts brought to them

Ontario father grief stricken over murder of ex-wife and children

‘No words to explain,’ grieving father of slain teens says in statement

Russian Embassy calls Trudeau’s criticism of Putin unproductive

The Russian Embassy is firing back at Trudeau for criticizing President Vladimir Putin

Murder charge upgraded for man accused in Toronto gay village death

Man accused the death of a woman in the Toronto gay village had charge upgraded after new evidence

Former NHL player Theo Fleury visits B.C. First Nations community

Abuse survivor Theo Fleury has been working with communities focusing on healing since 2009 and visited Esketemc First Nation in the Cariboo this week.

City to lobby province after councillor accused of crime refused to resign

Dave Murray was sentenced to nine months for a sexual assault that occurred 26 years ago

Most Read