VCC and Fire Department vs. Ambulance response times

New changes in code response have created long wait times. B.C. Ambulance Service have yet to respond. Photo by Ali Crane

New changes in code response have created long wait times. B.C. Ambulance Service have yet to respond. Photo by Ali Crane

Vancouver ambulance response times have grown drastically longer after a change in provincial emergency response rules, the fire department and city council allege.

Without any consultation, the provincial government changed 74 emergency call codes from “emergency” to “routine” last October, said city councillor Geoff Meggs.

“This means that arrival times of ambulances have deteriorated from seven to eight minutes to 30 minutes in the city of Vancouver, and it’s worse elsewhere,” said Meggs.

When an emergency call comes in it is assigned a code based on the nature of the incident. The code determines how emergency personnel respond. Continue reading

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Terminal City Rollergirls back for 8th Season

Jammer Sarah Saturday (left) of the Riot Girls jumps past blocker Lamb Baste-Her of the Bad Reputations at a roller derby event

Jammer Sarah Saturday (left) of the Riot Girls jumps past blocker Lamb Baste-Her of the Bad Reputations at a roller derby event. Photo by TJ Chase, http://www.tjchasephotography.com

Spring is around the corner and that means the Terminal City Rollergirls are ready to kick off their 8th season of roller derby with their home opener on April 5th at Kerrisdale Arena.

Roller derby is a contact racing sport where one member must try to lap the opposing team while defenders try to stop them. Teams gain

It’s an action-packed, fast-paced event that keeps you on your toes, said Terminal City Rollergirls media director Jenna Hauck. Continue reading

St. Paddy’s Day paints Vancouver green

St. Patrick's Day celebrators take a selfie.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrators take a selfie. Photo by Ali Crane

Vancouverites partied hard this weekend in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day at various events held around the city.

Green takes over Vancouver

The thousands of attendees who braved the rain to watch the parade in downtown Vancouver were treated to a show of Celtic dancers, pipe bands and dancing leprechauns. Continue reading