T3 Tran­sit has record-break­ing month

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Even though the con­cept of a green econ­omy doesn’t seem to yet be much of a pre­oc­cu­pa­tion on P.E.I., a grow­ing num­ber of em­ploy­ers through­out the prov­ince want to be­come “greener,” ei­ther with the help of new em­ploy­ees or by train­ing cur­rent staff in the rel­a­tively near fu­ture.

A sur­vey con­ducted by Mathieu Arse­nault, a con­sul­tant from Char­lot­te­town’s Think For­ward So­lu­tions, for RDÉE Canada and RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, found go­ing greener within the next three years was a top pri­or­ity for 70 per cent of re­spon­dents.

While 50 per cent of re­spon­dents were al­ready in­volved in the “green econ­omy,” only 35 per cent said they had qual­i­fied “green” em­ploy­ees.

Eighty-one per cent of the 26 re­spon­dents who al­ready had green em­ploy­ees noted they had be­tween one and four.

Twenty-six also said they ex­pected to hire one to three new em­ploy­ees within the next three years.

The main fields for these new em­ploy­ees would be in the ar­eas of man­age­ment, tech­ni­cal and op­er­a­tions.

“All of this shows that there is a grow­ing de­mand among em­ploy­ers to in­te­grate ex­tra green prac­tices and jobs within their place of busi­ness — par­tic­u­larly in these times when there is so much talk about car­bon taxes,” said Stéphane Blan­chard, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with RDÉE P.E.I.

Blan­chard said the sur­vey demon­strates that the green econ­omy is evolv­ing in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of em­ploy­ers who have an­swered our sur­vey in­di­cated they wish to re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion as well as train­ing and skills up­grad­ing for their em­ploy­ees to make their work­place even greener,” he said. Stéphane Blan­chard, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, re­views the re­sults of a sur­vey on the green econ­omy with Em­manuelle Bil­laux from the Car­refour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Char­lot­te­town.

“The em­ploy­ers who are al­ready in­volved in the green econ­omy need in­for­ma­tion on re­cruit­ing, train­ing and pay grants, while those who wish to make their prod­ucts or ser­vices greener need in­for­ma­tion on the best ways to pro­ceed and an over­all ori­en­ta­tion on the di­rec­tion they should go to make their ac­tiv­i­ties greener.”

The con­sul­tant’s re­port rec­om­mends

that RDÉE P.E.I. work with key part­ners, such as the Is­land’s uni­ver­sity and col­leges, to sup­port busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions by pro­vid­ing them with train­ing, pro­grams or even spe­cial­ized green cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

It was also sug­gested that the RDÉE help re­cruit green em­ploy­ees.

Fi­nally, the con­sul­tant sug­gested the or­ga­ni­za­tion of a fo­rum on the green econ­omy.

“We truly ap­pre­ci­ate the col­lab­o­ra­tion of all those who an­swered our sur­vey since these re­sults will help ori­ent our fu­ture ac­tions in this area,” added Blan­chard.

“We will ob­vi­ously do ev­ery­thing we can to pur­sue the green­ing of the econ­omy and to sup­port Is­land em­ploy­ers in the com­ing years.”

About 200 English and French em­ploy­ers (in­clud­ing pri­vate, com­mu­nity and gov­ern­men­tal) were ap­proached di­rectly to par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey, but more than half de­clined to con­trib­ute. In the end, 88 em­ploy­ers took part.

The Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Bur­sary has ex­panded.

The P.E.I. gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that Grade 10 stu­dents are now el­i­gi­ble for the pro­gram, and the max­i­mum bur­sary avail­able has in­creased from $500 to $750.

The bur­sary ex­pan­sion was a rec­om­men­da­tion from the P.E.I. Youth Fu­tures Coun­cil, which held an event called YDay last fall.

Youth Fu­tures Coun­cil mem­ber Nicole Moun­tain says she’s happy that gov­ern­ment is fol­low­ing the coun­cil’s ad­vice to pro­vide more post-sec­ondary education fund­ing to high school stu­dents who vol­un­teer in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“The Youth Fu­tures Coun­cil is thrilled to see that our rec­om­men­da­tions are be­ing heard and val­ued,” said Moun­tain, who has been an ac­tive com­mu­nity vol­un­teer for more than 10 years.

“This and other youth ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing YDay 2017, pro­vide young Is­lan­ders with in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties to frame their fu­tures and show what we can ac­com­plish by work­ing to­gether.”

One or­ga­ni­za­tion that ben­e­fits from young vol­un­teers is Camp Tri­umph, near Darn­ley. Matt Sheriko is the com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for the camp, which gives a camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to chil­dren who have a sib­ling or par­ent with a se­ri­ous chronic ill­ness or dis­abil­ity.

“Youth vol­un­teers are at the core of de­liv­er­ing Camp Tri­umph’s pro­grams,” he said. “Both Camp Tri­umph and many Is­land youth have greatly ben­e­fited from vol­un­teer ef­forts. Our campers have a unique per­spec­tive on life, and the in­cred­i­bly valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence they get

T3 Tran­sit saw a 14.3 per cent in­crease of rid­er­ship in June 2017 over 2016 in Char­lot­te­town.

A to­tal of 40,095 pas­sen­gers used the tran­sit ser­vice in Char­lot­te­town in the month of June, com­pared to 35,075 in 2016, which is an in­crease of 5,020 pas­sen­gers last month. With six months of 2017 com­pleted, there is an over­all in­crease in tran­sit use in Char­lot­te­town of 11 per cent over Jan­uary to June of 2016.

T3 Tran­sit started Sept. 30, 2005, with a four-bus route sys­tem.

Cur­rently, there are 11 buses at peak times pro­vid­ing ser­vice to the Town of Corn­wall, Town of Strat­ford and City of Char­lot­te­town.

Pas­sen­ger num­bers have been strong all last year with an­other record bro­ken for an­nual rid­er­ship in 2016.

“The em­ploy­ers who are al­ready in­volved in the green econ­omy need in­for­ma­tion on re­cruit­ing, train­ing and pay grants, while those who wish to make their prod­ucts or ser­vices greener need in­for­ma­tion on the best ways to pro­ceed and an over­all ori­en­ta­tion on the di­rec­tion they should go to make their ac­tiv­i­ties greener.” Stéphane Blan­chard “This and other youth ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing YDay 2017, pro­vide young Is­lan­ders with in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties to frame their fu­tures and show what we can ac­com­plish by work­ing to­gether.” Nicole Moun­tain

when they at­tend is fur­ther en­riched by the youth vol­un­teers.”

YDay 2016 was held in Oc­to­ber, bring­ing to­gether young Is­lan­ders with gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity part­ners to share ideas for the fu­ture. The YDay 2016 re­port is now avail­able on­line at http://www.ypei.ca and the Youth Fu­tures Coun­cil is busy plan­ning for YDay 2017.

“Ex­pand­ing the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Bur­sary helps stu­dents pay for col­lege or uni­ver­sity, and en­cour­ages young peo­ple to vol­un­teer ear­lier and more of­ten in their com­mu­ni­ties, which is good for ev­ery­one,” said Work­force and Ad­vanced Learn­ing Min­is­ter Sonny Gal­lant.

“Help­ing our young Is­lan­ders with post-sec­ondary education leads to a more skilled work­force, which helps grow our econ­omy and strengthen our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Or­ga­ni­za­tions and stu­dents in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Bur­sary can get de­tails at https://www. princeed­wardis­land.ca/en/ in­for­ma­tion/work­force-an­dad­vanced-learn­ing/com­mu­nity-ser­vice-bur­sary

For more in­for­ma­tion on Camp Tri­umph, visit www. camptri­umph.ca or on Face­book and In­sta­gram.

Re­cently, ad­di­tional buses were pur­chased and re­fur­bished to ac­com­mo­date tran­sit needs.

Up­grades have in­cluded se­cu­rity cameras for im­proved safety and bike racks for cy­clists.

Fur­ther up­grades will in­clude free Wi-Fi for pas­sen­ger use and the launch of ReadyPass for im­proved us­abil­ity and trip plan­ning.

The buses are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and have both kneel­ing and ramp ex­ten­sion ca­pa­bil­ity to en­sure ac­ces­si­bil­ity for all users.

They are also equipped with des­ti­na­tion signs, which al­low route de­scrip­tions to be dis­played on ex­te­rior screens.

For more in­for­ma­tion on T3 Tran­sit and to ac­cess the tran­sit sched­ule, visit www.trius­tran­sit.ca or call 902-566-9962 and choose Op­tion 1.

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