Public Safety

After Japanese earthquake, North Vancouver residents raise questions about emergency preparedness plan near chlorine facility

Vancouverites need not fear a scenario like Japan's when it comes to nuclear meltdown.  Vancouver, after all, is a "nuclear free zone."  Yet a group of North Vancouver residents said today...

Earthquake could be tragic for BC students

“Where school upgrades stand today, if we were to have a serious earthquake it could potentially be tragic,” Patty Bacchus, Chairperson of the Vancouver Board of Education said today. "The...

Earthquake preparedness 101

If an earthquake rocks Vancouver, will you be ready? Following the devasating earthquake in Japan, emergency kits at Krasicki and Ward Emergency Preparedness at City Square were in high demand and by...

Hazardous chlorine leak in North Vancouver

A leak early this morning at Canexus Chemical Plant in North Vancouver left  four workers injured.  The workers have been hospitalized; one of the injured is reported to be in serious...

Asst. fire chief recounts details of fighting sulphur fire on Capilano Reserve

"The sulphur in there was smouldering and causing a moderate amount of smoke.  It wasn't free flaming.  We went in and put it out.  The Squamish Nation and Norgate were put on...

Chlorine Manufacturer in North Vancouver Utilizes BC's Low Power Costs Before Shipping to Texas

According to a BC Hydro Summary Report, Canexus Chemicals Canada is receiving a reduced rate on power, a major reason that the chemical facility is located in North Vancouver. The American company...

Arrest Outside North Van Chlorine Facility Highlights Concerns About Dangerous Transports Through Greater Vancouver

Kent Lins took his camera and got into into his car.   Lins's goal was to find out if Canexus Chemical Plant had halted the transport of chlorine, a deadly chemical, during the Vancouver...

US Hazardous Materials Transportation Expert Calls Vancouver a "Prime Terrorist Target"

Fred Millar says Transport Canada should not follow the American lead of providing an image of safety without being able to keep citizens safe.

"Worried to Death," Washington Resident Tells CBC About Hosting Canexus Chlorine During Olympic Games

On CBC yesterday, BC Almanac's Mark Forsythe asked Tom Biecker, of Belmont, Washington how the residents of the bucolic village are coping with news that the Canexus Chemical Plant of North Vancouver...

Olympic Ramification: A Transfer of Chemicals From Vancouver to a Small Washington Town Stuns its Residents

Vancouver's Canexus Chemical plant allegedly has plans to ship the world's deadliest chemical to Belmont, Washington for safekeeping during Olympic Games, but the residents of tiny Belmont aren't so s