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Please join us in welcoming Zak Vescera, who is joining The Tyee as our full-time, dedicated labour reporter, made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.

Vescera is an award-winning journalist coming to us from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, where he reported on issues ranging from Saskatchewan’s toxic drug crisis to the recent murders at the James Smith Cree Nation.

He’s eager to investigate the changing nature of work in the province. “I don’t think you can talk about labour in B.C. without talking about affordability. There’s a serious mismatch between our wages and average housing costs,” he says. Jumping on the job when many unions are in bargaining, he’s already covered the Seaspan strike and the Georgia Straight takeover.

“Journalism is like assigning yourself homework for the rest of your life. The truth is I don’t mind that.” Read Zak Vescera’s reporting.


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Mobility Solutions to Our Autopia
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The great irony of multi-use paths is the more varied the user base, the more potential for conflict.


Many would argue the answer is not multi-use paths, but multiple paths. Appropriately sized lanes to accommodate non-automotive users inclusive for disabled, novice and self-propelled people, while letting speedier modes (e-bikes) travel together, but without cars to contend with.


The paucity of public space carved out of our blessed autopia makes this challenging.

Chris Keam, in response to “What If Bike Lanes Worked Better for the Disability Community?”

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