ACRD closer to bus service for Sproat Lake, Tseshaht and the Creeks.

BC Transit planning 2 possible routes.

Great news for transit riders, walkers, cyclists, shoppers, swimmers and travellers!

At the June 12 ACRD meeting (agenda and documents here), the Board approved a request by BC Transit to proceed with phase two of the “ACRD Electoral Area Transit Feasibility Study”.

What’s that you ask?! It’s two potential new bus routes!

One route would connect Sproat Lake (Hwy 4/Westbay) or Tseshaht Market to Pacific Rim Shopping Centre.

The Population Density map for the Alberni Valley
Option including all the way to WestBay/Sproat Lake Park
Option only to Tseshaht Market

A second route would create a loop using Beaver Creek road and serving McLean Mill and Cherry Creek Road.

Beaver Creek road and Cherry Creek loop

Both routes would originate from the stop beside Walmart at the Pacific Rim Shopping Centre.

Connecting to existing City buses.

The new routes would parallel City routes in some places potentially providing added frequency along Highway 4 and Beaver Creek road in particular.

Existing City service

These are still preliminary ideas so it is difficult to say how they would mesh with the existing City system but this service would definitely provide a more direct link to City residents along Highway 4 to get to the Pacific Rim Shopping Centre as well as connecting to other routes.

Phase II which BC Transit will now undertake will include public and stakeholder input on all the options.

Service based strongly on young, and senior, population.

The report says:

The propensity to use transit varies with age and income, and key changes in these variables are likely to have significant impacts on the future of transit. Specific age groups, such as those under 19 or over 75 are more likely to rely on transit.

Within the Study Area, the annual average income is approximately $32,000 and approximately 35% of the population is over the age of 55, with nearly 10% of the population over the age of 75.

Research indicates that older seniors (75+) make less trips overall compared to other age groups, however tend to be very dependent on transit.

Recent data suggests that seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population, a trend that will be more prominent in areas with an existing high proportion of seniors.

I looked at the 2016 Stats Canada data and it shows that Beaver Creek, Cherry Creek and Sproat Lake all have nearly identical 23% of people 65 or over. About 28% of the population were between 0-15 years of age in 2016 in all three areas.

They expect low ridership due to the small population size however, a potential partnership with SD70 could increase the impact of the service dramatically and improve service for people going to school (children and adults).

Better service for Tseshaht and Hupacasath reserves.

Even though both reserves are within or directly adjacent the City, both new routes will be a big benefit for people on both Tseshaht and Hupacasath main reserves as the existing City service only serves the edge of each. These new routes would put bus service right through Tseshaht on highway 4 and Hupacasath on Beaver Creek road.

Potential for links east and west.

This expansion into the outlying areas in Port Alberni isn’t the only exciting thing happening with transit.

The ACRD also approved service that would link Ucluelet and Tofino. This will be a huge benefit for folks and businesses in those communities for reducing GhG emissions and encouraging more active living in an already very active place!

These expansions also open the door to discussion of a link between the Alberni and Regional District of Nanaimo services. This was mentioned in the Cathedral Grove report during consultations. Those consultations continue later this month. A connection between the east island and Port Alberni would benefit seniors for doctors appointments, shoppers looking for an alternative to Woodgrove, commuters, and tourists going in all directions. In fact, with this new service and a link between Nanaimo and Port Alberni, a traveller (or current local hitchhiker) could get from the Ferry in Nanaimo to West bay on Sproat Lake for under $10.

That is a huge savings for all manners of people and gets people out of their cars safely and off the side of the road.

There is also a Transit related Committee of the Whole Meeting on July 15. I hope to attend to see what is up and provide some encouragement you should come too!

DDay 75 – George Johnston North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment

June 6 is the 75th Anniversary of the DDay landings in Normandy.

In honour of this anniversary, I thought I would make a post about my wife Theresa’s grandfather, George W. Johnston.

You might remember him from a very nice story that appeared in 2014 about a collector, Jordan Chiasson, finding and returning the helmet he wore in Europe.When George passed away in 2015 he willed the helmet to the Jordan. Jordan has become a friend of the family.

George was part of the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment. He was in B Company which landed on the leftmost side of Juno Beach closest to St. Aubin-sur-Mer.

Image from the excellent

One of the most famous archival videos of that morning was recorded by George’s compatriots in A Company.

We’re not sure if George was on the beach that morning or not, he did not talk much about his time in the war but just today we have found some new pictures of him. So, in honour of him, and all the Canadian soldiers who fought in Normandy and throughout WWII, here are those pictures.

Private George Johnston is crouching, bottom left.

Lest We Forget the sacrifices of those who did and did not return.

Tofino Council rescinds and apologizes for Japanese exclusion. A list of those who left after the war.

A powerful statement by Mayor Josie Osborne (original Westerly article). Thank you Mayor Osborne.

I am not going to comment further as there is no need.

What I will do below the video is share names of families from Tofino, Ucluelet and Clayoquot that I have discovered in my research about internment.

List of Japanese-Canadians “repatriated” to Japan after internment.

These names are from a list published by the Library of Canada here. These are persons and families who chose to go to Japan after the end of WWII (1946). I do not know if this is a complete listing of all Japanese-Canadians who left Canada. Some are adults born in Japan, some are children born in Canada. All are Naturalized or born Canadian citizens (British-subjects at the time). This is not a complete list of people evacuated to internment camps from the area.

Apologies if the table gets squished on narrow screens.

SurnameFirst NameResidenceInternment
Tamada玉田ShikaTofinoGrand Forks
Tamada玉田TsunekichiTofinoGrand Forks
Yoshida吉田TsunekichiTofinoLemon Creek
Mayede TokuichiUclueletGolden
Majikawa梶川KansoUclueletLemon Creek
Mayakawa宮川山中YukioUclueletLemon Creek
Mayakawa宮川山中TomisoUclueletLemon Creek
Mayakawa宮川山中TakaoUclueletLemon Creek
Tamai玉井KasuyoUclueletLemon Creek
Tamai玉井KiyemiUclueletLemon Creek
Tamai玉井NidaoUclueletLemon Creek
Tamai玉井ToshiyoUclueletLemon Creek
Tamai玉井NisaoUclueletLemon Creek
Tamai玉井TohumatsuUclueletLemon Creek
Yoshida吉田FusaoUclueletLemon Creek
Yoshida吉田TsugioUclueletLemon Creek
Yoshida 吉田MasaeUclueletLemon Creek
Nakata中田NarayoUclueletNew Denver