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Vancouver revokes parking privileges for veterans because they 'incentivize driving'
Vancouver city staff have said that in the lead-up to Remembrance Day, veterans should not get free parking in the city, and parking privileges already given to them should be revoked because these perks “incentivizes driving,” and are “in direct opposition to our climate-change and transportation policies.” “Providing free parking provisions to certain subsets of the population does not align with current transportation and equity objectives, has financial impacts, and is inconsistent with policies of other large urban centres,” says the report, dated Oct. 15. Vancouver has a nearly 15-year history of allowing veterans to park for free at various times. In October 2007, city council decided to allow veterans free on-street parking during the week leading up to Remembrance Day. Last year, Councillor Melissa De Genova put forward a motion to study whether or not veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces should get free parking at city meters and lots, and if there should be free parking for them at various city facilities. Council supported the motion to study the matter. (De Genova did not respond to a request for comment by press time.) The reasons for the motion were “to recognize the service and dedication of Canadian military personnel to our country,” the city report says. The report concluded the city should not expand or even retain parking privileges. It says free parking does little to help the veterans who do not use cars to get around. It also says that the transportation priorities of the city are: “walking, cycling, transit and shared vehicles over the use of private automobiles.” The report estimates that expanding the free-parking policy would see the city lose out on $2 million in revenue, annually. As well, the report argues there’s a slippery slope to giving special privileges to certain citizens, and that council might then face pressure to extend these privileges to others, such as firefighters, police, health-care workers and teachers. But the report does say there could be other options for council to explore, such as providing veterans with free parking on momentous dates, June 6th, for example, the anniversary of the D-Day landing. Another option was to devise a limited free parking system for low-income veterans or current serving members of the Canadian Forces. A third option was to provide free on-street parking until the end of 2020, and then study the matter as part of the 2021 budget. So put it in park, so to speak. Veterans have expressed dismay. “We are quite disappointed that the City of Vancouver would take away anything from Veterans,” Bob Underhill, the vice-president of the B.C./Yukon Command of the Legion, and an RCMP veteran, said in a statement. • Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: tylerrdawson
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These include travel-related quarantine sites and a recently announced Toronto facility to house homeless people with COVID-19 and other vulnerable populations.“As we work together to keep COVID-19 under control, this new site will help those for whom it’s simply not possible to limit close contacts and self-isolate effectively at home,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu said at the announcement in September. WATCH: Hajdu urges young Canadians to socialize safely. Story continues below. When it comes to travel, if you return from abroad you are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. If you are unable to quarantine safely at home, you’re encouraged to seek out quarantine facilities within your financial means, such as a hotel room. 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THREAD ⬇️— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) October 21, 20202/6 All travellers to Canada are strongly urged to make housing arrangements for their 14-day quarantine prior to their arrival. Most travellers will quarantine in their own home or in the same place that they are visiting in Canada.— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) October 21, 20203/6 If this is not possible, travellers should consider alternative arrangements that are within their own financial means such as booking a hotel/motel room or other paid housing alternative, or staying with friends or family.— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) October 21, 20204/6 If travellers to Canada are confirmed to have no other suitable options available, they may be transferred to a designated #GoC quarantine facility. This measure is used as a last resort.— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) October 21, 20205/6 Mandatory isolation and quarantine protects Canadians from #COVID19. That is our top priority. 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Get the facts: https://t.co/PklhV88JRP— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) October 21, 2020What are officials saying?Trudeau said he personally had to debunk conspiracy theories brought up by someone during a recent virtual meeting.“I had to explain that as we consume increasing amounts and various sources of information, online and around us, we need to continue to be attentive to source,” the prime minister said.In the wake of the conspiracy theory, Canada’s top doctor Theresa Tam is once again warning about COVID-19 misinformation online. Information is spread faster than the virus itself.Dr. Theresa Tam“Information is spread faster than the virus itself,” she said. “So be media smart as well as science smart, if you like. 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