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  1. Hi TranBC,

    While I was looking at the new Alex Fraser Bridge counterflow system, I noticed that some shiny new poles have been erected along the roadsides. Some of them are the smaller type ‘L’/’S’ poles, but others look like they’re designed for sign-bridge structures. I’m intrigued! What are these poles for? Will the Ministry be installing new signage to match the counterflow system? Are they designed for a soon-to-come variable speed limit system?

    I’d love to know what they are for – thanks for the info!

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    • Great question David! We’ve sent your message to our project team and will let you know what we hear back. Stay tuned.

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  2. Hello. Today i woke up to no power. I live on Hwy 101 near Lund on the sunshine coast.. There was some road work done during the summer and last night it seemed like the ground caved in and there may be an incredibly dangerous situation arising on the highway. I do not know who to contact to report this incident

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    • Hello Daniel,

      Please contact our Lower Mainland District office

      Suite 310 – 1500 Woolridge St.
      Coquitlam, BC V3K 0B8
      604 527-2221

      Hours of operation:
      8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

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    • Good afternoon Wayne – thanks for connecting with us here. We shared your comment with our staff in the area and they confirmed that the Wi-Fi is down due to tampering and misuse. We are currently looking into solutions to resolve this issue. Hope that this is helpful!

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  3. Hello. I just have a suggestion regarding the Highway 1 four-laning/median barrier project between Leigh Rd and Westshore Pkwy. Currently, the left-turn from Westshore Pkwy to head Northbound on Hwy 1 sees significant queuing, especially during peak times, that can back up to the roundabout on Westshore Pkwy at Amy Rd. But as the project is adding a second northbound lane that will end approx. 300m north of the Westshore Pkwy intersection, I think adding a second left-turn lane from Westshore Pkwy to turn Northbound on Highway 1 will alleviate the queueing by allowing more vehicles to get through the intersection per cycle. I hope my suggestion could be considered. Thank you!

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    • Hello Colton,

      Thank you for your thoughtful suggestion – we will share it with the project team for their consideration.

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    • Hello again Colton,

      We heard back from the project manager who let us know that unfortunately, the project scope does not include dual left turns to head northbound on the highway. The development of the existing northbound dual lefts off the highway onto West Shore Parkway were delivered by the City of Langford and therefore, any changes would also have to be pursued with them. If if you’re waiting in the queue on West Shore to turn left at the signal and sitting near or at the Amy Rd roundabout, it can sometimes be more efficient to instead use the right lane and turn right onto the highway and instead U-turn at the Leigh Rd interchange. Some days this isn’t great with the queue merging at Leigh Rd, but once the 4-laning is complete, there wont be a queue at the Leigh Road northbound on ramp. We hope that this information is helpful. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

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      • Thanks for the quick reply and pointing out using Leigh Rd as a turnaround to head Northbound on Highway 1. I forgot to mention a concern I have with the construction zone speed reader boards. On weekends, the 60 km/h construction speed limit signs are covered which reverts the speed limit to 80 km/h. However, since the construction speed reader boards are programmed with the 60 km/h speed limit, on weekends when the 60 km/h signs are covered, the speed reader board still alerts motorists who are travelling faster than 60 km/h even though they aren’t speeding as the construction zone speed limit isn’t in effect. This leads to some motorists slowing down to 60 km/h despite the construction speed limit not being in effect. This creates a safety concern in the northbound direction as there is not a passing lane so this often leads to tailgating and even some people using the left-turn lane at West Shore Pkwy as a passing lane to overtake. I hope that the construction speed reader boards could either be turned off when the 60 km/h construction speed limit is not in effect and/or add 80 km/h portable signs just past the construction speed reader board when the construction speed limit is not in effect. Thanks again!

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  4. I see there has been another unanticipated of Highway 4 in the Kennedy Hill project area. Were the problems that have been encountered during this construction project anticipated in the risk assessment? Has the cost or timescale of the project changed as a result?

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    • Hello Nick – thanks for your question about the work being done to improve Highway 4/Kennedy Hill.

      Construction continues on the Highway 4 Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement Project, with the project currently at 60% complete.

      However, due to a variety of factors, the project will not be completed in summer 2020 as originally scheduled.

      Factors affecting the completion date include the fast-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the need for more complex blasts due to variable rock, increased environmental protections and the repairs to Highway 4 resulting from blasting damage at the project site in January.

      We understand the frustration of people who rely on Highway 4 to and from the west coast of the Island, and these extended closures are not ideal. The ministry has taken immediate action to review and investigate recent incidents and address this matter with the contractor.

      Here is a link to the most up to date schedule and more information:
      https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0047-000566

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    • Great question Tim! We’ve sent it to our local area staff who have let us know they will be looking into it. We will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello again Tim!

      Both traffic control devices should be obeyed, with the sign being the primary device (in order of importance) and the lane line as supplementary. Our staff has noted this discrepancy and passed the issue on to our Pavement Marking group for their information. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.

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      • I’m scratching my head here. How can you obey both when one requires the opposite of what the other permits you to do?

        Both are traffic control devices which the Motor Vehicle Act requires you to obey. I have not been able to find anything there that establishes a hierarchy of one device (the sign) over the other (the line). Where would I find this?

        Thanks!

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        • Hi again Tim – great question. We asked our traffic engineers who confirmed that, as per section 161 of the BC MVA, signage always has hierarchy over paint markings. In general they are in harmony, but not always. Essentially lines on our highway establish the type of highway you are driving, and therefore once the type of highway you are on is determined, then the BC MVA rules that are established for that type of highway apply. (Driving on highways, and driving on “laned” highways).

          In general, the BC MVA always talks about position of the vehicle on the road.

          The reason,

          • The Ministry carries out construction and rehabilitation on its highways. During construction, the Ministry does not always want to eradicate the lines to prevent passing, as it is costly to eradicate, and costly to repaint, and eradication “scars” the highway, as such we often use signs to prevent passing in a constriction zone, even when the paint suggests you can pass.
          • Most roads the Ministry of Transportation operate are gravel, as such a BC MVA is of no value as most road have no paint
          • Most roads in Canada can get covered with snow and ice periodically, as such paint is of no value.
          • In heavy traffic, vehicles in front obscure paint markings, as such paint is of no value when cannot be seen

          But we always know signs are generally always visible to the driver.

          https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Documents/drivers3.pdf

          We hope that this is helpful in clarifying!

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          • Thank you. It took a couple of reads, but I now understand exactly what is meant. Going to bed one less dumb again tonight!

          • Lol – it can be a slog to get through – can’t it? Thanks for your message. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. 🙂

  5. Hi there. Today, May 13, there was a serious collision at the intersection of Highway 1 and Fisher Rd. This crash made me question the safety of this intersection. This is one of few signalized intersections on Highway 1 that allows permissive left turns (when oncoming traffic has a green light) from the Highway onto the crossroad. This is obviously a safety concern as left turns crossing fast-moving highway traffic is quite dangerous. And when there is a vehicle in the opposite direction in the left turn lane it can be nearly impossible to have a clear view on oncoming traffic which results in people turning with the risk of being struck by an oncoming vehicle they didn’t see. The easiest solution would be to add a protected-only left-turn traffic signal but it would inevitably increase the delay for through highway traffic. A better solution, in my opinion, would be to reconfigure this intersection to a Right-In/Right-Out only which would eliminate the need for the traffic signal altogether. There is the Cobble Hill Rd intersection and Hutchinson Rd intersection only about 1.5km in either direction of the Fisher Rd intersection where vehicles needing to access Fisher Rd could use one of those intersections to turn left across the highway, then use either Cobble Hill Rd or Telegraph Rd to get to Fisher Rd. I hope the ministry will consider my suggestions and improve safety at the Fisher Rd intersection. Thank you.

    P.S. I also hope the current protected/permissive left-turn could be reviewed at the Kilmalu Rd intersection to determine if it should be changed to a protected-only left-turn, especially in the SB direction, as the intersection is at the top of a hill so sightlines in the SB direction are quite poor. Also, travel speeds in the area are generally 95-100km/h which exacerbates the poor sightlines.

    Stay safe!

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  6. Hello,

    Is there any word on installing a ‘Yield to Cyclists’ sign where the right hand turn lane of Eastbound Highway 10 and Springbrook Road intersection crosses the Glover Road bike path in Langley?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Clarence! Thanks for connecting with us here. We’ve sent your question to our local area staff and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello again Clarence!

      Just a follow up note to let you know that our engineering group is supportive of some type of signage placement at this location. They are currently working out the recommendation and once that is in place, our contractor will install it. As an aside – this isn’t a recognized bike route, but we understand that there are multiple users of the road and we want to ensure everyone’s safety. Thanks again for following up on this. Safe travels!

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      • Actually it is a signed bike route (Glover Road for Langley Township that is), so bike traffic has to pass this right turn off of Highway 10 to go through, and that is where the conflict is with fast-turning Highway 10 traffic. Thanks for the update!

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  7. I have a concern regarding road design on HWY 15 through Cloverdale.

    Unlike HWY 1A, the street width doesn’t promote a reduction of speed even though posted limits from the overpass to the edge of the village are 60 to 80KPH.

    There’s no enforcement effort being deployed by the RCMP to regulate the speed, either.

    If I could make a suggestion which would equally improve cyclist safety without requiring a complete redesign of the roadway: bollards on the bike lane.

    https://www.pexco.com/assets/images/content/bikes_lanes_slider.jpg

    Any “perceived” reduction of width usually promotes equal reductions of speed. Fraser Hwy. is of course an imperfect example, but observed speeds are considerably lower there. Additionally, grooving with painted speed reminders might help. There’s no real sense of transition aside from the traffic lights at the present time, so few observe the posted limits.

    I also would advocate for the addition of a speed function to the existing traffic camera by 64th.

    Finally, a manhole on the northbound curve of the Cloverdale bypass section is regularly hit by truck axles and causing significant seismic transfer. If the dip were to be “softened” so as not to reduce its efficiency but rather to cushion the blows, that would be ideal, as the potential structural damage from the repeat vibrations (amplified by the height) to neighbouring buildings might be cause for concern over time (furniture shaken regularly). I’ve contacted somebody about this but I haven’t had a Mainroad/Prov. follow-up yet.

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    • Quick question, is Fraser Highway still Highway 1A? There’s still some signage left in places so I’m not sure. Either way, any mentions of 1A refers to Fraser Highway.

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      • Hi Alexandre,

        Many roads in the southwestern part of British Columbia and Vancouver Island that were designated as Highway 1A. These roads were sections of the original 1941 route of Highway 1 before its various re-alignments, and are used today as service routes and frontage roads. The “B.C. Highway 1A” designations were removed from these sections by the province between 2005 and 2010, although signage remains along some of the route and the designation on some maps.

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    • Thanks for your message Alex. We’ve sent it to our staff in the area and will let you know what we hear back.

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  8. We came across a washout on Brigade Creek FSR, 500m from the intersection with Deadman Vidette. The road is impassable.

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  9. Hello

    I have a concern. Two or three months ago, a train of GradeAll machines equipped with very large brush cutters on the ends of their booms, worked for several days along Youbou Rd., Highway 18, Lake Cowichan Rd. and other rural roads in the Cowichan Valley. They smashed down Scotch broom, maple branches and saplings, alder branches and small trees, and worst of all fir boughs and even Christmas tree sized plants. They did this from ground level to about 10 or 12 feet high. No effort was made to remove the severed, smashed and pulverized plant material that resulted. In some cases, dead, red fir boughs that did not quite get severed, still hang in the foliage above. Now, along the sides of these roads, there are carpets of dry fuel just waiting for the first cigarette to be tossed. And, you do know that cigarettes will be tossed, no doubt about it. Who would have thought that the BC Highways department would contribute to fire risk, and endanger my rural community, like this?

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    • Hello again Alastair,
      Here’s what we heard back. Brushing was conducted to improve sight lines along this corridor. With a large population of elk in the area, the brush and vegetation was removed to increase visibility for drivers and enhance public safety. The maintenance contractor will often leave mowing, brushing and tree clearing debris close to the area it was removed. Crews will be using a mobile chipper in some areas to assist with the decomposing of this material. This approach helps to prevent the spread of invasive species. The wildfire risk is not significantly greater than existing dry vegetation or of conditions prior to being cut; however, there are certain times of year where this practice is altered due to increased wildfire concerns although we are not currently under those conditions. We hope that this information is helpful. Safe travels!

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  10. I have a concern about a road near where I live. It crosses private railway property and it’s incredibly steep, with a blind rise on an unpaved single lane. The city, and tourism office, list it on maps as a paved road and people are following their GPSs down it. Now road construction is detouring even more traffic and there is going to be an accident. Can I talk to someone about this? I’m getting nowhere locally.

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  11. I need some camera footage from Alex Fraser Bridge from a few days ago, who would I need to contact to obtain this?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Alex,

      Our webcam team may be able to help you. Please submit the time and cam you are interested in to TRANBMClientRelations@gov.bc.ca

      As an FYI – our cams take still images, not video and the resolution on these images is very low, making it hard to identify vehicles, etc.

      Thanks!

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  12. I travel from Vancouver to nanaimo at least once a week and the waiting times due to unmet demand by BCFerries and becoming more than intollerable. Last Thursday I waited six hours to to get on a ferry to Duke Point and last night the Duke Point to Tsawwassen was forty0five minutes late because of “high traffic volume” (sic) and even so many vehicles and their occupants were left stranded overnight.

    It’s amazing that this Minister of Transportation should be an MLA for a Vancouver Island riding!

    Going to Victoria? No problem. Going to the rest of Vancouver Island? Third class citizens shall wait in line. The irony for me is that I have always voted NDP. And yet I can still remember when then premier W.A.C. Bennett used to proclaim BCFerries as a continuation of the provincial highway system and a people’s right…. I for one cannot wait for the next provincial election.

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    • Hello Salvatore,

      Thanks for your message – we’re sorry to hear your frustration. Unfortunately, during this pandemic, ferry travellers are required to maintain safe social distancing and BC Ferries are required to monitor and maintain that distance. That requirement might add extra delays and disruptions to regular service schedules. We are not directly responsible for the day to day operations of BC Ferries however, and encourage you to share your comments directly with them as well. Here is a link to their contact info: https://www.bcferries.com/contact_us/ We hope that this helps clarify.

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  13. Can anyone confirm that bicycles not allowed #1 from Lions Bay to Hope. Yet I see cycling road side signs on roadway? Example is Hope to highway 9 turn off to Agassiz. Westbound. Or who to contact. I an planning a bike trip.

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  14. Hi there. I just have a concern with a speed limit that does not seem appropriately set. On the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy #17) between Wain Rd and Beacon Ave, the speed limit is currently 80 km/h. However, it is mostly straight and travel speeds are typically 95 km/h or more. Yet, the section of the Pat Bay Highway near Mt Newton Cross Rd is posted at 90 km/h and has similar geometric features to the section between Wain Rd and Beacon Ave. I hope that the 80 km/h zone on the Pat Bay Highway between Wain Rd and Beacon Ave can be reviewed in the near future to determine if an increase to 90 km/h is warranted. Thank you.

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  15. Hello.
    I Would like to you What is the year Hirsch Creek Bridge built and where it is located in, also what is overhead clearance restriction metres?

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Harry.
      Hirsch Creek Bridge is on Highway 37S just before Kitimat in the Skeena District. It was built in 1957 and has an overhead restriction of 5.85 metres. Note: there are other structures on that route that have lower height restrictions.

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      • Thank you for your reply.

        In Hirsch Creek Bridge why are no 5.85 Metres yellow sign installed because truckers don’t know the clearance overhead restriction is for this truss bridge?

        Hirsch Creek Bridge will need partial recoating and structural steel repairs that will make the bridge safer?

        some another bridge like Kitimat River Red Truss Bridge and Willams Creek Bridge has different clearance overhead restrictions so what is are correct metres?

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        • Thanks for your comment Harry – we have sent your question to our bridge engineering group and will let you know what we hear back.

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  16. Hi,
    My name is Himani Gambhir. I am conducting a project that needs information about the impact of building the Coquihalla Highway on the earlier Highway 1. The impact can be in terms to reduced traffic volume to highway 1 or anything else. It would be great if anyone can share some information about this or guide me to resources where I can look this up.

    Thanks in advance!

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  17. Hello,

    My name is Karan, I’m an Engagement Analyst for a Management Consultancy firm based in Vancouver. We are doing a Feasibility Study on a rest area between Yale and Lytton on the Highway-1 in the Fraser Canyon. Is there a data or survey through which we can find, out of the total commercial vehicles passing through Highway-1 in the Fraser Canyon, how many are registered in BC and how many would be Federal vehicles?
    Thanks

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  18. Hello,

    My name is Vasilii, I am a student at Camosun college, Civil Engineering program.

    I would like to gather information about salt composition that is used in Canada, particularly in different provinces. The idea behind is last year as a bridge inspector at GHD in Ontario ,I observed the damage on structures that brought by salt and other chemicals used for de-icing. Such damage included corrosion, efflorescence, delaminations and spalls we noted on the structures in Ontario.

    I want to collect information what is used in all provinces (and Ontario officials already provided me with it) to make a lab for students. My professor at college will observe the results and eventually if she or students come up with the safer composition we can save enormous amount of money since this is ubiquitous and urgent problem in Canada.

    I would appreciate you cooperation regarding this matter.

    Thank you for your time and consideration!

    Vasilii

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  19. Hi TranBC,

    I’m in the process of developing a new road-safety initiative. I’d like to run a small pilot project in North Saanich on Highway 17. Who should I speak with to proceed?

    Thanks!

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    • Good morning Kurt – our staff at our Saanich office on Chatterton Way would be happy to chat with you. Here’s their contact info:

      240 – 4460 Chatterton Way
      Victoria, BC V8X 5J2

      Hours of Operation:
      8:30 am to noon
      1 pm to 4:30 pm
      Monday to Friday
      250-952-4515

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  20. Hi there. A few weeks ago on this blog, I asked when the Ministry of Transportation expects the South Island Transportation Strategy to be completed. However today I went to check to see if I received a response but it appears all of the comments from the last month are no longer visible. So I am wondering if a response has been provided to my question.

    Also, another question I wanted to ask is if the ministry has a completion date for the dual right-turn lanes/extended northbound acceleration lane part of the McKenzie Interchange project? Thank you.

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    • Good afternoon Colton – thanks for following up with us – our apologies for the delay. At this time we are still aiming for a spring 2020 announcement, but given the current COVID pandemic, it may be pushed back. Thanks also for your note about the visibility of comments on this blog post. We are aware of this issue and working with our IT folks to address it. We also wanted to let you know, in regards to an earlier question you had about signage on the Malahat, that our traffic engineers have completed the field visit and based on their findings our conclusion is that the sign is not needed. It will be removed as soon as the maintenance contractor is able to, barring any last minute issues. We will post this in response to your question there as well. Take care and thanks for your continued interest in our work. 🙂

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      • Great, nice to hear that action is being taken regarding that curve sign on the Malahat. You mentioning the signage actually reminded me of a location where there appears to be missing signage. On Highway 1 near Cedar, there is a reduced 80 km/h zone in the vicinity of the Nanaimo Airport area. However, there is no advance speed limit warning signage indicating that the speed limit goes down to 80 km/h in both the Northbound and Southbound direction. Also, many of the reduced speed zones on Highway 1 including the few 80 km/h zones as well as the 50 km/h zone through Duncan tend to have poor compliance, especially near the speed transition areas. Due to this, I wonder if the ministry would consider using the W-028 speed limit reduction warning signs as opposed to the typical R-004 signs where the speed limit drops 20 km/h or more. For example, the reduction from 80 km/h to 50 km/h near Duncan and the reduction from 90 km/h to 70 km/h near Ladysmith. Thank you for getting back to me and stay safe!

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  21. I’m impressed at the quick response to the many varied questions that have been posted. Since I am extremely overwhelmed at where to go or who to ask, especially at this Covid-19 time, I am reaching out to you:) We are a small landscaping company (3 trucks and 3 trailers) We received a NSC safety certificate back in 2014 when we were self-employed. Since then we incorporated and a year later sold our business to our two sons. Now I’ve come across this certificate and realized we have majorly dropped the ball here. The trucks are still in the original owner’s name even though through the accounting process they have all been sold to the corporation. We’re family and the business is still on family soil. What to do what to do?

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    • Hi there Laura,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We recommend that you reach out to the good folks in the CVSE (NSC area) to confirm what steps need to be taken. Here is their contact info:

      Contact the NSC office directly at NSC@gov.bc.ca or 250-952-0576 for application instructions

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  22. I am trying to find a link to some old footage (60s/70s) filmed from inside a police (RCMP?) that documented a trip maybe starting in Squamish or West Van and heading to New Westminster? I thought the link was from this website, does anyone recall?

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