General News · 28th October 2019
Ferry Advisory Committees are set up by BC Ferries to engage all of the coastal communities for whish they provide ferry services. There are 13 committees in all including our own, the Campbell River-Quadra-Cortes Ferry Advisory Committee (CRQC FAC). They normally meet twice a year, with BC Ferries staff in attendance. There are five members from each island, appointed by BC Ferries, to sit on the Committee for a four year term. A maximum of two terms can be served. In addition, the positions of Regional Director of Areas B and C also have a seat on the Committee, for a total of 12 members. The Chairman is decided upon by the Committee members. The FAC does not make decisions. It is there to provide a forum for representation and discussion, before BC Ferries makes any requested changes.
The Fall meeting of the CRQC FAC was held on Cortes Island at the Gorge Hall on Friday October 25th. These meetings are open for public observation and we were pleased to see that there were quite a large number of Cortes residents present.
Following confirmation of the Chairman, the Committee heard two requests for assured loading on both ferries; one from Klahoose First Nation, for a twice weekly service for a van to take residents for medical appointments to Campbell River and back to Cortes, the other was to provide for food supply trucks to reach Cortes Island in a timely manner. The Klahoose request had been before the Committee at the previous meeting and has now been approved by the BC Ferry Corporation.
The next meeting will be held in late Spring of 2020 on Quadra Island. In the meantime, feedback on the ferry service, positive or negative, comments or suggestions for improvement to the service can be passed on to us through any member of the Committee.
Michael Lynch, Chairman of the CRQC FAC
Comment by Amy O Robertson on 28th October 2019
When will the food truck loading be addressed? I was glad to hear that the Klahoose van got the thumbs up!