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It's not a secret that it rains a lot in B.C. In fact, many of Canada's rainiest places are located here, but some communities receive far above the provincial average.  Vancouverites love to complain about the damp weather, but the city doesn't even make the top ten rainiest places in the province.

Located on Vancouver Island, Henderson Lake receives more rainfall throughout the year than any other place in North America. The soggy spot receives 7,296 mm of precipitation annually - over 23 feet of rainfall.  What's more, the area holds the record for the most rainfall in a year ever: a jaw-dropping 9.307 mm in 1997.

Locations that are exposed on the coast tend to receive the most rainfall.  Systems hit the land's topography from off the ocean which rings out moisture.

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Henderson Lake is surrounded by mountains, and has a croissant-like shape.  What's more, the lake is near Barkley Sound.

In cases where you have a bay, such a how Henderson Lake is on the inlet of Barkley Sound, you'll have moisture streaming into the bay.  This convergence causes higher levels of precipitation. 


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autonomous shuttle

It may have seemed like a distant reality not long ago, but an autonomous shuttle service will transport passengers around Vancouver starting this Saturday.

Powered by electricity, this self-driving vehicle is marketed as the future of transportation and is the first Electric Autonomous Shutte Experience open to the public in Canada.

ELA - short for Electronic Automation - is manufactured by EasyMile, a leading autonomous manufacturer that has deployed driverless shuttles in over 20  countries across Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, North America and Europe. The shuttles use a combination of sensors, video cameras, and computers to understand their surroundings.

The shuttles are being considered for large scale use in the Lower Mainland, as they foster a greener alternative to current methods of transit. In addition, they are considered safer as they eliminated human error which often leads to collisions.

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Residents of the Lower Mainland can experience the technology firsthand this weekend.

The shuttles maintain their power for up to 14 hours and hold speeds of up to 40km per hour. Further, each shuttle holds a maximum of 12 people per ride.

The shuttle will be separated from traffic to ensure public safety and a trained operator will be on board.

The demonstration takes about 15 minutes to complete along West 1st Ave where the shuttle will operate in the westbound lane.  Pick up locations are the Olympic Village Train Station Parking lot and Manitoba and W. 1st Ave, North West Corner. The event will take place from February 23rd to March 3rd from noon to 6 pm weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends.

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crossing

Apparently, a crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel remains a high priority for our current provincial government and a business case on the best options will be ready next year.

The government goes so far as to say they are not studying the issue anymore but are now just looking at a business plan with 3 options and they hope to decide what the best option is.

Once again the provincial government will work actively with the mayors of the region to find a solution that makes the most sense. A little bit of deja vu???

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The previously confirmed 10-lane bridge project won't be moving ahead but options such as a 6 or 8 lane bridge or even an 8 lane tunnel might work. The existing tunnel could even play a part in the solution.

In the meantime, there will be interim upgrades to the existing tunnel and road system at the cost of $40 million.

How's that for responsibly managing our tax dollars?



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