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COVID-19 update for Nov. 15: Cases rise in Europe | B.C. reports 992 new cases, 23 more deaths | Pandemic’s upending of B.C. workforce helped put employees in driver’s seat

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 15, 2021.


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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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As of the latest figures given on Nov. 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 211,750 (4,265 active)
• New cases since Nov. 10: 992
• Total deaths: 2,257 (23 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 384 (down by 42)
• Intensive care: 124 (unchanged)
• Total vaccinations: 4,198,575 received first dose; 4,010,702 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 204,963
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 25


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Austria brings back COVID-19 lockdown, this time for unvaccinated

Austria is placing millions of people not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in lockdown as of Monday to deal with a surge in infections to record levels and the growing strain on intensive-care units, the government said on Sunday.


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Europe is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns. Austria has one of the continent’s highest infection rates, with a seven-day incidence of 815 per 100,000 people.

Austria is the first European country to reinstate the same restrictions on daily movements that applied during national lockdowns before vaccines were rolled out, though this time they only affect a minority of the population.


Pandemic’s upending of B.C. workforce helped put employees in driver’s seat

Tending bar at the Colony Bar on Granville street was a stable job for Vancouverite Maggie DeVito, until it wasn’t.

“Once you’re in for a long enough time, you kind of know what shifts you’re getting and what you’re going to be making,” said DeVito, an eight-year veteran of the hospitality sector. “So, it was, like, quite a blindside to me when everything got shut down” in March 2020, she said.


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“It wasn’t an industry that I had ever imagined that was going to happen to.”

Now, in the COVID-19 pandemic’s upending of the workforce, DeVito is among those who have left a less-secure job with better prospects in other fields — web development in her case — which is putting a strain on employers now, and not just in hospitality.

In some circles, this trend is referred to as the “great resignation.” That suggests workers are quitting jobs they dislike in droves seeking better security and better conditions.

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—Derrick Penner

What we know about COVID-19 variant Delta’s newest offspring

Two new descendants of Delta circulating in Canada that appear to have a survival edge — they seem slightly more spreadable — tell us SARS-CoV-2 may still have “plenty more room” to continue adapting to humans, scientists say.


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“It’s hard to say what the ceiling is,” said Jesse Shapiro, an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at Montreal’s McGill University.

“It will keep climbing to find a peak of adaptation. But we don’t really know how close to the peak we are.”

The two Delta sub-lineages, dubbed AY.25 and AY.27, were first detected in Canada in the spring. Cases have been detected in every province except Prince Edward Island, with the highest numbers in Western Canada. AY.25 is becoming the predominant circulating strain in Saskatchewan . In Ontario, AY.25 accounted for 31 per cent of 1,670 confirmed cases of COVID-19 sequenced over a recent four-week period.

All told, more than 38,000 genomic sequences of samples from across Canada have been deposited in a global data portal that’s tracking the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants.


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Health officials report 23 more deaths, 992 cases of COVID-19 over two days Friday

On Friday, British Columbia reported 992 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 more deaths, raising the death toll in the province to 2,257.

The Health Ministry says 4,265 infections are active across B.C. with 384 people in hospital, including 124 in intensive care.

Fraser Health has the highest number of active infections with 1,575, followed by Interior Health with 862, Northern Health with 645, Island Health with 614 and 510 in the Vancouver Coastal health region.

There are 25 health-care facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks, including new outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.


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—The Canadian Press


Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press



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Ontario proposes legislation to allow delivery drivers access to washrooms at businesses | Watch News Videos Online

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Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton announced Wednesday the government was putting forward legislation to allow delivery drivers and couriers access to washrooms at businesses where they drop off or pick up packages or food. The law would apply to commercial businesses, like restaurants, and not a private residence where the item or food is being dropped off.


Ontario proposes legislation to allow delivery drivers access to washrooms at businesses |

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The Ontario government is proposing legislation to allow delivery drivers and couriers access to washrooms at businesses where they drop off or pick up packages or food.

“Consultations conducted by the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee have indicated that couriers, truck drivers, and people who deliver food, including those for online delivery platform companies such as SkipTheDishes, are often denied use of a washroom at businesses they serve,” the government said in a release.

Ontario’s labour minister Monte McNaughton made the announcement on Wednesday and said the move is part of the government’s efforts to protect and support vulnerable workers such as those who move essential goods and have kept the economy going through the pandemic.

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If the legislation is passed, the government said it would require business owners to open up their washrooms for delivery drivers, McNaughton said.

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McNaughton said the law would apply to commercial businesses, for example a restaurant where a driver is picking up food, and not to a private residence where the item or food is being dropped off.

“This is something most people in Ontario take for granted but access to washrooms is a matter of common decency currently being denied to hundreds of thousands of workers in this province,” McNaughton said.

“Providing these hardworking men and women with access to washrooms is a small change that will make a big difference, so they can do their jobs with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

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Montreal police hand out 185 tickets in two days to drivers illegally using disabled parking spaces

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Montreal police are reminding drivers to respect parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

Police say they patrolled more than 500 parking lots on June 2 and 3, and handed out 185 tickets for people parking illegally in reduced mobility spaces.

A ticket for $315 plus fees was issued to each of the offending drivers, police said.

“The purpose of reserved parking spaces is to facilitate travel for people with disabilities or reduced mobility by giving them easier access to service centres, businesses or institutions,” Montreal police said in a news release.

Allowing people with disabilities closer access to a store or building is not only more convenient,it  allows more space for a person with a disability to exit a vehicle. It is also a safety measure, beacuse a person with a disability travelling through a parking lot can face significant danger if they are not clearly visible to drivers.

People with disabilities are granted stickers or signs for their vehicles, allowing them to use those reserved spaces.

If a driver is parked in the reserved space and is not displaying a valid sticker on their vehicle, they may be subject to a hefty fine. An additional offence and fine is handed out for anyone using a sticker not intended for them or one that is falsified, police said.

Police said they also ensured private parking lot managers aware of the importance of providing disabled parking spaces with adequate signage.


COVID-19: Have unpaid COVID fines? ICBC may not renew your driver’s licence or insurance

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B.C. reported 600 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as Premier John Horgan celebrated the news that more than 50 per cent of B.C.’s eligible population have received a first dose of vaccine.

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If you have an unpaid COVID-19 fine in British Columbia, you may not be able renew your driver’s licence or auto insurance.

B.C.’s Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says the government will change the Motor Vehicle Act to allow ICBC to deny a driver’s licence or vehicle licence to anyone with outstanding fines handed out under the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

“Too many people in this province … who think the (COVID restrictions) don’t apply to them also think they can get away scot-free without having to pay the fine. They’re not going to be able to do it anymore,” Farnworth said.

British Columbia has been under a state of emergency since March 18, 2020. The declaration allows police to issue tickets to those who defy health orders, such as the ban on social gatherings.

As of May 8, ICBC had processed 1,679 COVID-19 violation tickets totally nearly $1.18 million but only 14 per cent of that total, just under $173,000, has been paid.


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While people have the right to dispute their fine, Farnworth said if they lose “you’re going to have to pay that fine.”

In December, ICBC started sending unpaid fines to collection agencies after 30 days.

Farnworth said the new rules will also apply to unpaid federal quarantine tickets.

The new rules are expected to be in effect starting July 1.

Meanwhile, B.C. reported 600 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as Premier John Horgan celebrated the news that more than 50 per cent of B.C.’s eligible population have received a first dose of vaccine.

“COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down, but this milestone gives us hope of better days ahead. We have to keep going,” said Horgan. “We need all British Columbians to help make sure as many people as possible get their shots. Register today and talk to your friends, family and neighbours and make sure they’re registered, too.”

More than 2.77 million doses of vaccines have been administered in B.C., including 115,295 second doses.

On Wednesday, the province opened vaccination bookings to all people 30 years old and over.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said health officials are currently working on a plan to give the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to youth aged 12 to 18 now that Health Canada has approved its use.

Dix also said B.C.’s remaining supply of Oxford-AstraZeneca, which has been delivered at pharmacies and at pop-up clinics in high-transmission areas, was being reserved for second doses due to the limited availability of the vaccine.


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“Existing pharmacy bookings will proceed, but no additional appointments will be accepted at this time,” Dix said in a statement with the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

B.C. has recorded 137,223 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 5,887 active cases, including 423 individuals who are being treated in hospital and 141 in intensive care.

It also reported one new death, pushing the provincial death toll to 1,625.

Dix and Henry say they are waiting on the results of studies examining the effects mixing doses of different vaccines as the province charts its immunization plan moving forward.

“No matter what your vaccine or when you may receive it, everyone will receive their second dose within 16 weeks of their first vaccine to maximize the protection for ourselves and those around us,” they said in a joint statement.

Preliminary results of a study out of the United Kingdom said mixing the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines causes more frequent mild to moderate symptoms.

However, the study said it was too early to determine whether immune response to mixed doses would be affected and those results are expected to be released in the coming months.

With files from Katie DeRosa and The Canadian Press

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Drivers essential to Saskatchewan’s road to recovery from COVID-19 keep trucking

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The situation has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit Saskatchewan, but semi drivers keep on trucking on the route to recovery.

When No. 1 Scoop owner Janis Entem heard back in March 2020 that truck drivers hauling trailers were having a hard time due to public health restrictions on restaurants, she made the decision to act.

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The ice cream shop opened almost a month and a half early to become a makeshift truck stop in order help out members of the transportation industry along Highway 1 in the village of Tompkins, roughly 320 km west of Regina.

“It was really good … a lot of the truck drivers stopped and supported the business and I helped them out,” she said.

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“And then I had a lot of people that contacted me and said, ‘You know what? I want to send you some money and use it to buy some of the truck drivers a meal,’ so that was really awesome too.”

The owner of No. 1 Scoop in Tompkin, Sask., made adjustments in 2020 to help out semi drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Manager of policy and government relations at Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA), Jordan Ewart, said it was No. 1 Scoop that got the ball rolling last year.

“In hearing about some of the poor initial treatment of professional drivers once COVID came and it was so new to everyone. (Entem) really wanted to be able to provide some sort of solution or provide like a good deed,” he said.

“It really just kick-started (a trend) and we ended up being able … put together a really good list of all sorts of different deals and good deeds that were being offered.

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“You can’t just take a commercial vehicle through a drive-thru so certainly different businesses were opening up and having some exceptions to truck drivers coming into their businesses so they can eat and take a rest and just get off the road for a few minutes.”

Ewart said the act of kindness didn’t go unnoticed by drivers who have faced stigma during the pandemic.

“A bit of a negative image or stereotype around truck drivers … initially, there was a lot of individuals out there saying, ‘this is where a large part of COVID-19 cases were coming from’ and that’s just not the case,” Ewart said.

“Initially, I mean, drivers were being denied access to basic needs, such as washrooms. So as this word really got out, the amount of businesses that started reaching out with different deals, access to their facilities, to their bathrooms as well.”

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The national Thank a Trucker campaign was started last year by the Canadian Trucker Alliance as a way to highlight the drivers’ efforts on social media and generate kindness on highways. Fast-forwarding over a year to today through the ongoing pandemic and truckers have continued to transport cargo to Saskatchewan.

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“I think it’s fair to say that maybe professional drivers have lost some of that early glory that they were getting. So certainly the Thank a Trucker campaign is something that although it never really ended, it’s definitely something that probably could be improved on,” Ewart said.

“To really highlight the essential role that professional drivers have played during COVID-19 and even think about it now today, I mean, drivers are carrying the vaccine to hospitals and to different health centres.”

“They’ve continued to, well, keep trucking really and certainly that shouldn’t get lost on everyone … Grocery stores are still being filled, we have overflowing ICUs and important resources are being sent to these places by truck. So definitely their role in this pandemic has been important and shouldn’t fall by the wayside,” Ewart said.

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Besides around $400 in donations, Entem said she also received a lot of positive feedback.

“Oh my gosh … drivers in the (United) States that don’t even come into Canada contacted me and said, ‘Thanks, that’s a great thing you’re doing,’” Entem said.

“A couple of weeks ago I started getting calls from people wondering when I was going to be opening and one truck driver going through, he said, ‘I’m hungry’ and I said, ‘I’m not open yet.’”

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“The difference this year is last year the restaurants couldn’t be open in Saskatchewan (due to the COVID-19 lockdown) so now they can. That’s why I made the decision to go back to my regular dates (May 10 to Sept. 30).”

Ewart said there are roughly 150 trucking companies that have operations in the province and over 90 per cent of goods are moved by semi.

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Long-haul drivers face challenges to keep on trucking during pandemic | CBC News

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Different organizations, restaurants, city officials and government staff across B.C. are working to ensure long-haul drivers have access to food and clean bathrooms as many of their traditional pit-stops shutter due to the coronavirus.

Dave Earle, president and CEO of the British Columbia Trucking Association, says truck drivers have an essential service designation, which means many truckers are putting in long hours to make sure essential supplies like groceries and medical supplies are getting where they need to be.

“It’s been a tough journey over the past week … [Some] companies are absolutely all hands on deck trying to get what’s in distribution centres out to where it needs to be,” Earle said. “[But] like every other industry, we do have people who are self-isolating.”

An additional strain, he says, is the fact that many of the traditional pit stops along trucking routes have shuttered, and at other locations, in order to increase physical distancing, truckers were being asked to stay in their vehicles and not use facilities at a delivery site, for example. 

Earle says so far, they’ve been working closely with restaurants along the routes. This can mean allowing drivers to order online through an app, or working with restaurants to keep their restrooms open for truck drivers. 

“Over the weekend, I saw [one location of] McDonald’s post a sign saying the restaurant is closed except for truck drivers,” he said. 

Earle said the association is also working with the Ministry of Transportation to get washroom facilities up and running at weigh and scale stations. These would be more substantial than a portable bathroom, with the goal of having hot and cold water and cleaning staff on hand to make sure the facilities are maintained.

The town of Sidney on Vancouver Island took matters into its own hands, setting up what it calls a “critical supply chain rest stop” in an employee parking lot in its downtown core close the highway, with an area to rest and portable washrooms.  

The nearly one-hectare site can hold about 10 to 12 freight trucks and is located close to amenities, including a 24-hour TIm Hortons which is working with the municipality to keep their washrooms open for truck drivers.  

“This is a small gesture we can undertake and provide,”  said Randy Humble, the director of Sidney’s Emergency Operations Centre.

Earle says the pandemic has brought to light how our current economy and society depends on trucking.

“There is a consideration to realize and understand .. how important it really is.”

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Vancouver taxi companies stop subsidizing drivers of accessible vehicles, cite ride-hailing competition | CBC News

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The Vancouver Taxi Association says it will no longer subsidize drivers who operate accessible vehicles, claiming sudden competition from ride-hailing means taxi companies can no longer afford it.

Without the subsidies, the association said, drivers are less likely to choose an accessible van because it will cost them more out of pocket.

“I want to make it crystal clear — we have not stopped trying to service these trips. We’re doing our best to try and service these trips,” said Kalwant Sahota, speaking Wednesday for the Vancouver Taxi Association.

“But if I’ve only got so many vehicles on the road, if there’s an operator on the road, he’s got a choice of driving a car which costs much much less to operate. At the end of day, he wants money to take home.” 

The decision is the latest from the taxi sector in a continued turf war with Uber and Lyft over business in the region, and it’s a move that leaves customers with disabilities feeling caught in the crossfire.

“I find it very worrisome,” said disability advocate Laura Makenrot. “We know already that there isn’t enough supply of wheelchair-accessible taxis in general around Metro Vancouver, and that’s been a problem for years … I’m worried this news now will make wait time for people with disabilities using wheelchairs even longer.”

Laura Mackenrot says people with disabilities have been caught in the crossfire of a turf battle between the Vancouver Taxi Association and ride-hailing. (CBC News)

And she says simply relying on other services like HandyDart doesn’t cut it because they don’t offer the same freedom and spontaneity as taxis.

Taxi companies have previously helped drivers who operate accessible vehicles because the vans are typically more expensive to run than smaller cabs, meaning drivers who use them make less profit. 

Some companies waived dispatch fees or offered a $5 bonus per trip. Others rewarded drivers with a front-of-the-line position in the dispatch centre after taking a trip in an accessible van.

The taxi association said companies are now stopping those incentives, less than a week after Uber and Lyft launched in Metro Vancouver. The move effectively discourages taxi drivers from choosing the accessible vans when they arrive for a shift.

“Drivers want to switch over from the vans onto the cars,” said Sahota, who is also the president of Yellow Cab.

Sahota said cab drivers have been seeing fewer trips in general because customers are turning to ride-hailing. So, when drivers do get fares, they don’t want to lose profit by driving a van suited for accessible passengers.

A Vancouver taxi driver uses the wheelchair ramp on his accessible vehicle to load luggage for cruise ship passengers. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Sometimes, Sahota said, drivers make double when they drive a sedan instead of a van.

“We can’t force someone to operate the vehicle. I understand. Their expenses are extremely high,” said Carolyn Bauer, also with the Vancouver Taxi Association.

Sahota and Bauer said the taxi lobbyists wants the province to level the industry by capping fleet sizes for ride-hailing companies, enforcing stricter pricing rules so ride-hailing is more in line with cab fares, and offering insurance breaks for cab drivers.

Sahota called on the province to step in and offer incentives, so companies don’t have to bear that cost themselves.

The province does not currently provide subsidies or incentives to cab companies, it said in a statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Providing a certain number of accessible taxis, it says, is part of the licensing requirement of many taxi companies.

“Companies who do not abide by the terms and conditions of their licence can face administrative penalties of up to $50,000 at the registrar’s discretion,” it said.

In terms of Uber and Lyft, the province says it has set a 30 cent fee per trip for ride-hailing services.

This fee, it says, is “intended to support accessible transportation and administration of ride-hail services.”



Thousands of ride-hailing drivers ready to hit the roads in B.C.

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Austin Zhang is CEO of Gokabu, which runs the Chinese language ride-hailing platform Kabu.

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Thousands of ride-hailing drivers are set to hit the streets of Metro Vancouver when companies are permitted to begin operating in the next few weeks.

No fewer than 19 ride-hailing platforms are being vetted by the Passenger Transportation Board, some with hundreds of drivers already qualified to work.

The Chinese-language Kabu Ride app was disabled in September to avoid operating illegally after legislation passed enabling legal ride-hailing.

But Richmond-based Gokabu Group had been operating Kabu Ride in the “grey space” for more than three years with hundreds of drivers pulling in more than $10 million a year combined, said company spokesman Martin van den Hemel.

They began encouraging drivers to get their Class 4 drivers licence months ago and secured affordable training with local driving schools to ensure they would have a small army of drivers ready to work under new provincial rules.

Kabu Ride has “hundreds of qualified drivers” who have been through Kabu training, obtained a commercial driver’s licence and secured all the documentation required by the transportation board, said CEO Auston Zhang. “We’ve got many more taking their knowledge test to obtain a Class 4 learner’s licence.”

The vast majority of Kabu Ride drivers are men, but the company is encouraging female applicants.

“We have stay-at-home moms who work for two or three hours a day while their kids are in school,” said Hemel. “We also have drivers who work 50 hours a week and make north of $65,000 a year.”

Lyft is operating two driver hubs in Metro Vancouver — with a third on the way — to recruit and educate potential drivers about the documentation needed before they can participate in ride-hailing.

To drive for a ride-hailing service, you must possess a Class 1, 2 or 4 drivers licence, produce a commercial driving record, obtain a criminal record check and your vehicle must pass a commercial vehicle inspection.

More than 600 people have attended Lyft information sessions in Vancouver, Surrey and Langley, the company said.

Lyft driver Met Yi Su likes the flexibility that gig driving offers, to work around his main job.

“I’m a project manager for a mining organization, which has me working in the field around six months of the year,” he said. “What attracts me to driving with Lyft is the option to do it anytime I want. My wife stays home with the kids, and I can do ridesharing as needed.”

Uber is encouraging potential drivers to use its online guide to get through the qualification process and “be ready to drive in the next few weeks.”

The ride-hailing giant has started distributing Uber decals to its qualified “driver partners” to display once the transportation board approves its transportation network service licence.

Edmonton’s TappCar also has plans to serve Metro Vancouver along with smaller cities in B.C.

It is difficult to know exactly how many drivers will be in the field because some are likely to be active on more than one platform, but other Canadian cities are recording tens of thousands of trips a day.

Based on data from Calgary, the City of Vancouver conservatively estimates 500 to 1,000 ride-hailing vehicles will operate in the “metro core,” compared with about 800 licensed taxis, according to a response to a freedom of information request.

On average, drivers in Calgary worked 10 hours a week and made 2.5 trips an hour. But that’s only part of the picture.

Ride-hailing firms reported more than four million trips in Calgary last year, according to a presentation to the International Association of Transportation regulators.

That’s almost 11,000 trips a day serving a population about half of Metro Vancouver’s 2.5 million residents. Mississauga ride-hailing drivers logged 10 million trips in 2018 — 27,300 trips a day — with a population of less than one million.

Most of that is new business. Ride-hailing trips appeared to have a relatively modest effect on the volume of taxi trips in those markets.

Kabu Ride is a platform with uniquely local roots and an impressive growth record.

Zhang and Gokabu president Billy Xiong had originally conceived their platform as a social media app for foreign students, but quickly changed their business model when they noticed that users were organizing rides around the city.

The company has 60 full time employees and about 25 part time staff. The company also offers subsidized health and disability benefits, through The Cooperators, to “driver partners” who work enough to qualify.

While their ride-hailing service is suspended, some drivers are still active on the food delivery platform, Kabu Eats.


‘2 minutes to use the washroom’: Bus drivers say short breaks leading to stressful days

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VANCOUVER – During the ongoing Metro Vancouver transit dispute, bus drivers say one of the big issues they’re upset about is their daily workload.

They’re especially frustrated about the amount of time they get between finishing one route and starting the next.

CTV News Vancouver went on a ride on one of the region’s busiest buses to get a first-hand look at working conditions.

On a Friday morning 99 B-line route to the University of British Columbia, driver Adam Flores was scheduled to have a 9-minute break between runs.

Due to traffic, his route was delayed, leaving Flores only two minutes to offload passengers, park his bus and use the washroom.

“We need that recovery time for our mental aspect and just to get out of the seat,” Flores said.

Another driver, Krista Lee Hanson said in these situations, drivers may have no time to get up.

“The worst part about it is you kind of have to think … ’do I stop here and run into a coffee shop?’,” Lee Hanson said. “If I do that I have to tell the passengers I’m running into a coffee shop … so I am inconveniencing them if I take care of my needs and there is always a risk of violence when you do that.”

Coast Mountain Bus Company president Michael McDaniel said the company hears drivers loud and clear; agreeing there needs to be more recovery time.

“I share that concern,” McDaniel said. “We have talked to our operators many times over the last number of months, it is something we’ve been working on prior to bargaining and in the bargaining process.”

CMBC said its latest offer to the union will promise more break time, but the two sides remain far apart and are not even talking.  

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