Thursday, July 07, 2005

Thank You Vancouver!

The other day, two of our Mexican students left their bank cards and all of their cash on a Vancouver SkyTrain. Their travel agent reported this to me from Mexico. He was concerned because the students were suddenly destitute.

Not knowing what else we could do, I suggested calling the TransLink lost & found department. The next day, the agent informed me that the students had indeed called TransLink and had recovered all of their belongings, including the cash.

"I suppose this could only happen in Vancouver" he said. Well, I think he is pretty much right. Such a thing might happen regularly in Tromso Norway, Yokohama Japan, or perhaps even Buriram Thailand. How long, however, would a wallet last sitting on a bus seat in other large cities like Paris, Milan, or Houston? The chances of it getting to the lost & found department would be slim, at best.

I often think that big cities like Rio, New York, and Mexico City must have been great places to live before they developed pollution and crime problems. Today, the terrorist bombings in London forever changed the lifestyle in that city. I hope Vancouver hangs onto what innocence it still has.

TODAY'S VANCOUVER HEADLINES

ADDITIONAL SECURITY AT SKYTRAIN STATIONS
TransLink officials say they have stepped up security across the Lower Mainland in the wake of the blasts that killed dozens of people on the London transit system on Thursday.

BRITISH BOMBINGS RESONATE IN B.C.
Anxious family members in B.C. are getting word about loved ones in London, following Thursday's series of explosions that killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more in the British capital.

OLYMPIC CONSTRUCTION COSTS SOARING
Concerns are being raised about the costs of venues for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver because of rising labour rates and material prices.