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#2441 Mike K.

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 06:51 AM

Haha! Last night I called a cab, and for the first time ever an automated message asked me to state my location. I did so, then the message thanked me for my call and hung up.

 

15 minutes later, no cab. I call the number again, this time a human answers. I say I'm waiting at X, and they said oh, hold on, well what's he doing at Y? 10 minutes later I get a call from an angry taxi driver asking me where I'm at, why I'm not on the sidewalk. He ended up somewhere else completely the second time. By that point I had already called another taxi company and they arrived a couple of mins later.

 

Figure it out, guys. It's 2022.


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#2442 Redd42

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 12:14 PM

"I called a cab"

 

Who does that? It is 2022 -  use the apps. I have both Yellow Cab and Victoria Taxi on my phone. Has always worked for me. It tells you when a cab is on the way, you can track where the cab is coming from, how far away they are and the app will send you a message when they are about to arrive.


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#2443 Mike K.

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 06:44 PM

I’ll try to remember that the next time I enter the Twilight Zone and need their services.

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#2444 pontcanna

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 05:33 PM

-The story as broadcast made things seem a little dodgy...ongoing police interest, a resident talking about someone up on the roof with a flashlight...
 
Apartment fire in Victoria sends one to hospital, police investigating
 
Aug. 1, 2022

At around 1 a.m. Sunday, firefighters with the Victoria Fire Department responded to a structure fire at an apartment building at 1615 Belmont Ave, just off Begbie Street near Stadacona Park.
 
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According to a spokesperson with the Victoria Fire Department, the blaze was largely put out by the owners of the complex before crews arrived.
 
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One person was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries as a result of the blaze, according to a spokesperson with the Victoria Police Department. 
 


#2445 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 August 2022 - 05:07 PM

5-minute 911 wait times now the ‘new normal’ call takers union says

 

The union representing call takers at E-Comm says the organization needs a new funding model

 

 

“By April this year, we had lost another 20 per cent of that team, and an unprecedented 28 per cent of staff are on leave. Those of us who remain are working more overtime—and, more frequently, forced overtime—to meet minimum staffing levels.”

:whyme:

 

https://www.todayinb...ers-union-says/

 

 

 

 

It needs a more capable and reliable staff.  Not more people, only to pay a third of them to be off and at home.  Absenteeism in any workplace should only be at the most 3%.  Not 30%.

 

I've said before, it's not a pleasant or likely enjoyable job.  But it pays well for what you do, answer the phone.   But clearly many people they hired are simply not cut out for the job.  That's OK, many might not be.  But those that cannot handle it should move on.


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#2446 pontcanna

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 05:20 AM

Strangers rescue tenant from Saanich house fire

Resident heard the men yelling and got to safety without injury
 
August 6, 2022
 
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Abby Jose was roused partly awake Friday morning by a puzzling sound — something he thought might be attributed to wind or even snow outside his Doncaster Drive rental house.

At the same time, Nick Lacoursiere was driving to work to repair a chimney on Megaw Place — the street behind Doncaster — when he spotted smoke and drove directly to the scene.

He telephoned fellow CBS Masonry workmate Scott Clarke, already at Megaw Place, to alert him. “I just jumped in my truck and burned over there,” said Clarke, who grabbed a neighbour’s hose to try and fight the fire.

It was about 8 a.m. when Lacoursiere and another man who had been walking by found the front door of the burning house unlocked and went inside to call out fire warnings.

“We just went to every single door to try to open up every door. There was one door locked and we were banging on that one,” Lacoursiere said.

The Saanich Fire Department was quickly at the scene to douse the fire, which had moved into the attic. Saanich emergency support services arrived to line up accommodation for tenants for a few days if needed as well as food and other supplies.

Saanich Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Kaye said an investigator is looking into the fire. The cause is not known at this time but it does not appear suspicious.

The fire appeared to have started on the balcony, moved up the siding and into the soffits on the roof, he said.

Morehttps://www.timescol...se-fire-5666474
 


#2447 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 05:24 AM

Strangers rescue tenant from Saanich house fire

 

 

Abby Jose was roused partly awake Friday morning by a puzzling sound — something he thought might be attributed to wind or even snow outside his Doncaster Drive rental house.

 

At the same time, Nick Lacoursiere was driving to work to repair a chimney on Megaw Place — the street behind Doncaster — when he spotted smoke and drove directly to the scene.

 

He telephoned fellow CBS Masonry workmate Scott Clarke, already at Megaw Place, to alert him. “I just jumped in my truck and burned over there,” said Clarke, who grabbed a neighbour’s hose to try and fight the fire.

 

It was about 8 a.m. when Lacoursiere and another man who had been walking by found the front door of the burning house unlocked and went inside to call out fire warnings.

Jose, 25, heard them yelling and met them in the hallway, getting to safety with no injuries.

 

“We just went to every single door to try to open up every door. There was one door locked and we were banging on that one,” Lacoursiere said.

 

It turned out that Jose was the only one of the rental home’s five tenants in the house at the time. His bedroom is on the second floor of the building with a balcony in front. The fire was burning the exterior of the house at the balcony.

 

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It turned out that Jose was the only one of the rental home’s five tenants in the house at the time. His bedroom is on the second floor of the building with a balcony in front. The fire was burning the exterior of the house at the balcony.

 

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As far as the men who went into the house to warn people, Kaye said it is not ­recommended to go into a fire without ­protective clothing, but at this point the fire was all outside so they managed to stay safe.

 

https://www.timescol...se-fire-5666474


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 06 August 2022 - 05:25 AM.


#2448 Mike K.

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 12:38 PM

I had to call 911 recently after a trailer in front of me flipped over on a highway. I had to wait several minutes to be connected to RCMP.

That’s actually quite concerning, if you have a life or death situation. Minutes feel very long.

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#2449 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 12:40 PM

What was 911 going to do immediately?

Didn’t you jump in with first aid skills?

#2450 Mike K.

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 02:58 PM

Not a life or death situation, at the time.

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#2451 pontcanna

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Posted 11 August 2022 - 10:30 PM

Man's body discovered after Nanaimo house fire

Aug 11, 2022, 10:44PM PDT.

Nanaimo RCMP is investigating after the body of a man was found after a house fire in the Vancouver Island city.

A home was destroyed in a fire on Athletic Street Thursday around 5 p.m.

“The discovery of the body is deemed suspicious and has been turned over to the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Section for investigation,” mounties said in a release.

 

More: https://vancouver.ci...use-fire-death/

 



 



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