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HomeBusinessExclusive: TransLink VP kept tabs on West Van B-Line protesters

Exclusive: TransLink VP kept tabs on West Van B-Line protesters


Bob Mackin

A rare protest in Ambleside, as West Vancouverites took time out from Christmas shopping last year to rally against TransLink’s plan to remove parking spots to make way for a B-Line express bus all the way to Dundarave.

Photo of protesters in West Vancouver (Vanagas/TransLink)

A TransLink executive was also there, taking photographs of the citizens who were worried that less parking would mean fewer customers and more empty storefronts. spotted vice-president of customer communications and public affairs Steve Vanagas head to his car after he finished snapping photos from the south side of Marine Drive on Dec. 8.

TransLink did not create a briefing note about the protest, but Vanagas, who was paid more than $200,000 in 2017, did file the photographs that he shot facing the north side of Marine.

TransLink’s freedom of information office censored the faces of protesters and licence plates on vehicles.

In April, District of West Vancouver council voted against the B-Line’s expansion beyond Park Royal. 

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TransLink VP Steve Vanagas (Mackin)

Photo of protesters in West Vancouver (Vanagas/TransLink)