BCAA rolls out Vancouver’s latest car share program

Share the road, urbs vs. burbs and pipeline challenges

Share and share alike
BCAA wants a share of the car share market. Its new Evo one-way car sharing program allows members to return cars—four-door Prius hybrids with bike and ski racks—in any approved parking space within the Vancouver-area “home zone”: between Nanaimo and Camosun streets, Stanley Park and 41st Ave. Cars can be booked by smartphone with the Evo app. The program is not restricted to BCAA members, but non-members pay a $35 registration fee. Usage charges are $0.41/minute, $14.99/hour or $89.99/day (plus tax).

Home truths
A recent TD survey found younger Canadians are more likely than older ones to prefer urban living—unless they have a family. While 38 per cent of Canadian Millennials and 36 per cent of Gen Xers were most likely to choose a major city, all age groups prefer the suburbs for raising a family, especially in B.C. Compared to the national average of 52 per cent, 66 per cent of B.C. parents and prospective parents say city living is too expensive. Environics Research Group conducted a custom survey for TD of 6,149 Canadians 18 and older, with a focus on 4,455 parents and prospective parents. Responses were collected between January 20 and February 8, 2015.  

Piping up
A group of environmentalists and concerned citizens has filed a constitutional challenge with the Supreme Court of Canada over the National Energy Board’s review process for pipeline projects. ForestEthics Advocacy claims restrictive rules unfairly limit public participation and impede their Charter rights. Meanwhile, Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer is performing at Vancouver’s York Theatre tonight in a benefit concert to help the Sierra Club and RAVEN Trust raise funds for legal challenges to Enbridge Northern Gateway. (via CBC)