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General News · 10th September 2011
Noba Anderson
Public Meeting

“This is your opportunity to impress upon the commissioner how ferry fares are effecting families, jobs and the economy and the survival of our communities.” Jim Abram This is the best opportunity for Cortes to express our opinions about the ferry system as it currently exists. The Government has asked for a complete review of the system, and how it affects rural island communities. The Commissioner is on tour to most if not all ferry dependant small communities and islands to hear what communities have to say.

Should the government scrap the Coastal Ferry Act? Should the Ferries be returned to the Ministry of Transportation and Highways? This would eliminate the cost of the board of Directors and management of the independent ferries company. Can doing this reduce the costs of running the ferries and therefore allow the Government to reduce ferry fares? Why can't the ferries system be simply a part of the highway system, like every other community in B.C. enjoys?

This is your chance to tell the Commissioner - the people who will be advising the Government on the best changes to make to the ferry system – what you think and want. Everyone is affected by ferry fares - food, gas, building supplies, heating fuels, necessary travel to Campbell River or anywhere off Cortes for goods or services not available here.

We know mid-afternoon is not great but PLEASE make every effort to be there.

(Authored by Noba Anderson, 935-0320 and Rod Lee 935-6889, Cortes members of the Ferry Advisory Committee)