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General News · 24th September 2019
Kate Maddigan
Its been a busy time for this volunteer group! We have been pursuing initiatives with the aim of increasing transportation options for Cortes Islanders, while reducing climate impacts. Several of the key recommendations from our 2017 Transportation Demand Study have been worked on, including Room for Rider mirror tags, Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers, and Community Buses.

Funding for EV Chargers
It has been difficult to miss all the new electric cars and bikes on the roads this summer! You've either got one, or you've got EV-envy. Bringing more EV chargers to Cortes Island to support all this new technology requires partnerships and proposal writing to help fund it all. Please stay tuned on new Cortes EV chargers.

Room For Rider - supporting ferry foot passengers
"Room for Rider" mirror tags were distributed around the island, meant to assist local ride-sharing across Quadra. If you are in the ferry line-up and have room and willingness to share your ride, you can hang the Room for Rider mirror tag from your rear-view mirror. If you are looking for a ride, then begin by asking folks who are displaying their Room for Rider mirror tags. If you don't have one yet, please email cortes.transpogmail.com to get your mirror tag.

Moving forward on Community Buses
While we would love to report that a Community Bus for Cortes is fully underway (along with a cross-Quadra shuttle for ferry foot passengers), the fact is that funding and regulatory systems in BC are not favourable to these types of bus systems, and we need to act to change them. To advance these ideas, members of this group along with our Regional Director, Noba Anderson, have met regularly to identify opportunities and work on proposals, partnerships and initiatives. We have also attended the Community Bus Forum on Gabriola Island, meet regularly with the SRD's Transport Tables, along with the newly-formed BC Community Bus Coalition where representatives from all over rural BC work to make Community Bus systems a much-needed reality.

A little about Community Buses.....
Community bus systems are bus systems initiated by community members that are not funded by BC Transit. All of the community bus systems underway or operating in BC are located in rural and/or small communities. From many perspectives, community buses are a vital part of BC’s future. They need to be supported through reliable funding that is comparable to that in urban areas, with a regulatory system that is designed to support rather than hinder community bus systems. Most city and suburban residents in BC receive the benefit of provincially funded bus systems through BC Transit. The BC Bus Community Coalition believes that the residents of rural and small communities should be eligible to receive funds comparable to those in urban settings.

Transportation Survey...both Quadra and Cortes residents need to fill it out!
Ericka Amador has been mentioned on the Tideline before about her work on Community Buses. Ericka is a student in the Master of Community Planning Program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Her research, entitled “Microtransit in Microcommunities: A Community Bus Feasibility Study for Quadra and Cortes Islands Using Success Indicators from the Gulf Islands,” aims to identify indicators of success for community buses on the Gulf Islands and determine whether community buses would be feasible on Quadra and Cortes Islands. Her hope is to inform decision-makers and community members of the effectiveness of existing community buses on the Gulf Islands and of the feasibility of community buses on Quadra and Cortes Islands.

Ericka's survey will help inform her feasibility study for a community bus - it is to be completed by both Quadra and Cortes Island residents. Please help her by filling out the survey, and send it around to others - the link is https://tinyurl.com/https-quadratransitsurvey-co. Thank you!

From the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) Transportation Committee: Don Tennant, Sonya Friesen, Max Thaysen, and Kate Maddigan. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments, at cortes.transpogmail.com.

You can also post constructive feedback in the comments below.
Kate's supportive comments
Comment by Paul Ryan on 26th September 2019
I removed my original post because I discovered that out of the 4 other respondents, 3 were on this committee! So I figured that if I quit stirring the pot, it would die a natural death. Especially since only 205 of respondents to your survey, indicated they would use this service. But, then I read Kate's comments (below) and I felt compelled to reply to Kate's "false accusations".

" I personally have no problem with Quadra residents making comments on the Cortes Island's community website, the Tideline. However, if I were making comments on another communities' website, I might try and be more tactful, with fewer hostile - and false - accusations in my comments".
PLEASE BE SO KIND AS PROVIDE ME WITH ALL THE "FALSE" ACCUSATIONS YOU HAVE ACCUSED ME OF. WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, YOU CAN SHARE THEM WITH EVERYONE. WE WON'T BE HOLDING OUR BREATH!

You have made false accusations to Cortesians before on this site, without any apology when you've been found wrong, and you don't seem to feel any shame about it. Another of your false accusations here: The "Quadra Chamber of Commerce" meeting you mention that Noba attended is in fact the "Discovery Island Chamber of Commerce" which includes membership from Cortes Island businesses.
IF YOU LOOK AT THE MEMBERSHIP, IT IS ALMOST ENTIRELY QUADRA BUSINESSES THAT BELONG.
THE FACT THAT YOU HAD THE TEMERITY TO ASK FOR FUNDING IS RIDICULOUS! ALMOST AS RIDICULOUS AS YOUR AND NOBA'S ASSERTION THAT BC FERRIES WOULD CONSIDER ASSISTING WITH THE FUNDING.

Continual inflammatory remarks like yours can have a chilling effect on many people, who are afraid to say anything at all as they might become a target of this kind of abuse.
I WOULD SUGGEST THAT CORTESIANS ARE MADE OF STERNER STUFF THAN THIS.
Finally, Quadra Corkboard FB page has many, many comments lamenting the poor transportation options on Quadra. This is no 'secret.' We have spoken to many Quadra residents who are ready to open up this discussion. TALK IS CHEAP. EVERYTHING ELSE COSTS MONEY!
Paul, if you want to comment, first check your facts, be neighbourly, and maybe use fewer exclamation marks, please. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERMISSION lol! HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT QUOTATION MARKS, APOSTROPHES, COMMAS ETC. ARE THEY ACCEPTABLE?

As for Don Tennant's comments, they are not worthy of a response!
Thank you
Comment by Kate Maddigan on 26th September 2019
Paul Ryan, thank you for removing your post
Cortes Transportation Committee
Comment by Don Tennant on 25th September 2019
Paul, Paul, Paul, did a Cortesian steal your marbles as a child? Did a bad Cortes kid kick sand in your face?
It’s the Cortes Transportation Committee, but if you actually opened the survey it applies to both islands.
Did you look at the survey, or did you simply start spewing your usual nonsense?
No one expects Quadra to pay for any service used exclusively by Cortes residents. Did it ever occur to you that if there were a shuttle carrying folks across Quadra that it would relieve pressure on the sailings between Quadra, and Campbell River?
The level of animosity that you, and others display towards Cortes residents, and our regional rep is truly amazing.
I’ve read the disinformation being given out to Quadra folk by you about transport issues. Please stop.
BC Ferries has expressed interest in connecting communities, not just hauling more, and more cars.
So, at some point in the past bus service didn’t work on Quadra, does that mean it could never work?
With climate change hanging over all of our heads it would be prudent to explore all possible solutions.
A cross Quadra shuttle is one solution to fewer cars.
supportive comments welcome
Comment by Kate Maddigan on 25th September 2019
Thank you for your comments, Paul. I personally have no problem with Quadra residents making comments on the Cortes Island's community website, the Tideline.  However, if I were making comments on another communities' website, I might try and be more tactful, with fewer hostile - and false - accusations in my comments. You have made false accusations to Cortesians before on this site, without any apology when you've been found wrong, and you don't seem to feel any shame about it. Another of your false accusations here: The "Quadra Chamber of Commerce" meeting you mention that Noba attended is in fact the "Discovery Island Chamber of Commerce" which includes membership from Cortes Island businesses. Continual inflammatory remarks like yours can have a chilling effect on many people, who are afraid to say anything at all as they might become a target of this kind of abuse.  Finally, your Quadra Corkboard FB page has many, many comments lamenting the poor transportation options on Quadra.  This is no 'secret.' We have spoken to many Quadra residents who are ready to open up this discussion.  Paul, if you want to comment, first check your facts, be neighbourly, and maybe use fewer exclamation marks, please.
yawn
Comment by arpad on 25th September 2019
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