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An artisan works with silk at a previous Hermes at Work festival. Hermes Canada photo

Hermes artisans to visit Vancouver for demo

The company behind the Birkin and Kelly bags will be in Vancouver from Sept. 21-25 with 10 of their artisans demonstrating to the public how it manufactures the Hermes brand’s pricey products.

Closures of the Pattullo Bridge have disrupted traffic for several months. GETTY IMAGES

Pattullo to re-open Aug. 29 after repairs

TransLink says it will re-open the Pattullo Bridge a month ahead of schedule to allow four lanes of road traffic, starting on Aug. 29.

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Woman’s breastfeeding claim dismissed

A Vancouver accountant who argued she needed to work from home to breastfeed her baby — and because her work didn’t accommodate this, was effectively fired — has lost her case with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

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Cities trained to aid people with disabilities

The Disability Alliance of B.C. has launched a two-year project training municipalities on how to alert and evacuate people with disabilities during major emergencies.

An image from the Canadian Mental Health Association’s video to go with the Bounce Back Today campaign. SCREENGRAB

Campaign urges you to ‘bounce back today’

In an attempt to get those struggling with their mental health to realize they’ve got a problem, the Canadian Mental Health Association is encouraging folks to take a quick quiz.

Flood protection walls protect the Elbe river in Dresden, Germany. Getty Images

Surrey to add mobile flood protection walls

The City of Surrey is examining options for a rapid-response, low-manpower solution to a potential future breach of its dike system due to flooding.

(Left) Jacob Stephanian, wanted by the DEA. (Right) Jack Stephanian, Vancouver realtor. DEA, jackshotlist.com

Realtor accused of fleeing U.S. drug charge

The B.C. Real Estate Council has suspended the licence of a Vancouver realtor it alleges is a wanted fugitive who fled the United States more than 10 years ago just as he was about to be sentenced for drug trafficking.

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Surrey has highest rate of kids in income-assisted homes

Despite being one of the smaller municipalities in the region, the City of Langley has the Lower Mainland’s highest rate of people receiving income assistance — with seven out of 100 people receiving government help each month.

TransLink rolled out the first of its Mark III SkyTrains. Michael Mui, 24 hours

TransLink introduces Mark III SkyTrains

TransLink unveiled its first Mark III SkyTrain on Thursday, seven of which will be travelling the Expo Line in the coming months, as part of a $91-million purchase made as part of the Evergreen Line extension.

Drivers at a defensive driving training session. MICHAEL MUI, 24 HOURS

TransLink’s five rules of defensive driving

TransLink bus drivers are taught a system of defensive driving first popularized in 1952 by the Ford Motor Company — through efforts by a man named Harold Smith.

A class of aspiring bus drivers listens to instruction. MICHAEL MUI, 24 HOURS

One-in-five applicants fail bus driver course

It takes 30 days to make a TransLink bus driver — through a course that provides licence certification, classroom and hands-on training delivered at the Vancouver Transit Centre.

Many drivers find some Vancouver streets too narrow. ROLAND TANGLAO, FLICKR.COM

Narrow Vancouver streets 'freak out' bus drivers

Ministry of Transportation numbers suggest TransLink generally logs anywhere from 2,400 to 2,500 crashes per year, and evidence obtained by 24 hours suggests that a single city’s narrow streets could be responsible for a huge majority of them.

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Onus on bus driver when merging: TransLink

TransLink says drivers who don’t yield to buses could potentially be ticketed for failing to do so — but the transit agency also teaches its drivers that the onus remains on the bus operator to make sure it’s safe to cut into traffic.

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Vancouver doors aren't tough enough: Cops

Police are urging Vancouver City Hall to change its building code to require additional security measures for residential doors — reducing forced entries that make up the vast majority of break-and-enters.

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Follow same ICBC process for transit injuries

The provincial vehicle insurer says those injured on transit and reporting a claim should follow the same process as those injured in a personal vehicle.

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Is taking a bus safer than driving a car?

Industry experts in the area of road safety and medicine suggest that transit is by far the safer alternative to travelling than personal vehicles — but an analysis by 24 hours suggests the average commuter is more likely to be injured on a bus when taking longer trips.

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Bus injuries similar to sports, falls: Expert

Only a small number of injuries logged by transit drivers are serious enough to have an ambulance called, according to incident reports reviewed by 24 hours.