3 Stories to look out for today

1.TransLink supports ride shares

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Head of TransLink Kevin Desmond told a legislature committee that he approves of ride hailing services for transit commuters across Metro Vancouver. Desmond cited Seattle’s transit ridership growth after companies like Uber and Lyft entered the market. At the same meeting Green Leader Andrew Weaver said that it was unacceptable that ride share services hadn’t begun in Vancouver yet.

 

 

 

2. Startling new opioid stats

Last October Surrey RCMP seized 40,000 fentanyl pills. (BC RCMP)

New numbers released by the Angus Reid Institute 1 in 8 Canadians have been affected by the opioid crisis.  The institute says that is the equivalent of 3.5 million Canadian adults. They also released that out of all 10 provinces British Columbia has the highest number of opioid related deaths in 2016. StatsCan released data earlier in the week that shows B.C. was also the most aware about the crisis.

 

 

3. Alzheimer Awareness

The Alzheimer Society have put up this flag in Prince George.
(The Alzheimer Society/Twitter)

The Alzheimer Society have released results on their recent survey that out of the 15,00 Canadians who participated, 46% would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they were to become diagnosed with the disease. They’ve released this data at the same time as launching their “Yes, I live with dementia. Let me help you understand” website. It showcases the stories of those living with dementia or have been affected by the condition.