Twitter on the 2014 Vancouver Mayoral Election: A Storify

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The 2014 Vancouver mayoral race has passed and Robertson is mayor of Vancouver once again. Check out a timeline of some of the social media coverage on the election here.

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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