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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This action is outside municipal jurisdiction, since schools are organized and governed under the Provincial Ministry of Education, with local school boards and associations. The action has merit from a Green Transportation perspective, but must be weighed against other issues faced by school boards around enrollment, understanding current and future neighbourhood demand, etc. Using schools for additional community programs after hours may be a way to get better value from existing resources. This item also relates to neighbourhood planning initiatives to provide more housing choice for families that will help support existing schools that are currently experiencing declining enrollments. Response

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    The existing schools can also be utilized by providing drop in family centers (such as the ones run by South Vancouver Family Place). They can also be used to offer ESL classes to parents, support group space for parents/caregivers of children with disabilities (visible and invisible); space for counselling for parents (this could be provided by existing services such as those offered through Family Services); new immigrant services which involve families, etc.

    These services would be appropriate for these otherwise non utilized spaces and help anchor the community. Also, the people using the services would not have to drive to out of the way places as the services would be offered in the community and along existing transit lines.

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    Linda commented  · 

    Pradeep ...

    The public has to "cough up" money for this forum, "cough up" money for expansion of bike lanes, and "cough up" money for all kinds of other stuff which is less of a priority than schools.

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    A good idea that is outside municipal jurisdiction. The City will continue to work with TransLink and advocate for improved transit service, including higher frequency and longer hours.

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    Linda commented  · 

    I work in health care in the downtown area. My shifts on Sunday start at 0700h. I need to get to work - so my husband drives me there and then drives himself home (approximately 1/2 hour each way). If I could take the Skytrain, I would.

    It is not always about partying when people want extended transit times. We are not all partying twenty somethings. People work in retail, hospitality and health care. Even other types of professions - such as law, office work, etc might require someone to work late into the night. People need transit to be functioning in order to attend to their jobs.

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    Good idea! In the past few years, the City has installed 8 of 16 self-cleaning toilets as part of its street furniture contract with CBS-Decaux, and is looking for additional locations. (As an aside, locating them can be challenging due to limited public sidewalk space, a lack of utility connections, and concerns from adjacent businesses.) New public restrooms have also been installed as part of recent park upgrades. There is also a huge opportunity and need at transit interchanges, but this is outside the City’s jurisdiction — Vancouver has repeatedly requested (and will continue to ask) that TransLink install restrooms in its rapid transit stations.

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    Linda commented  · 

    I have two children (under 5 years). I have had to ask them to relieve themselves in the bushes or behind a tree in the city due to lack of facilities. I hate having to have them do this ... but there is often no option....

    There also needs to be cleaner facilities where they exist. I was at Sunset Beach and went into the women's washroom. There were feces on the floor and the toilets were leaking water. It was the most unhygenic washroom I have ever seen (and I have travelled to Third World countries). Again, I had my children relieve themselves in the nearby bushes - I would not have them walk on that filthy floor or use these facilities.

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    Linda commented  · 

    Transit is already too crowded during rush hour. The rights of people (of all ages) comes before the rights of dogs...

    I'd keep the current policy - registered assistance dogs only. All other animals in a carrier.

    Dog ownership is a choice. There are already more than enough dog parks in the city. If a dog owner cannot manage - then don't be a dog owner. Get a cat or a bird or another pet which is easier to manage.

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