Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 11th) Gertie is going from Gabriola to Victoria, so that Gabriola residents can attend the ferry protest. Are you going? Somebody told me yesterday that there are a few seats left on the bus; I bet you could ask at Artworks to get details about that. Or maybe you just get on Gertie and go for it, as that Gertie post seems to indicate.
Here is Stephen Hume’s article from the Vancouver Sun about this protest: Protest against BC Ferries planned for Tuesday in Victoria.
Aggrieved users of the BC Ferries system are planning a protest demonstration at the provincial legislature in Victoria on Tuesday.
Up in the rarefied air of executive suites at the swanky new headquarters building of the debt-ridden ferries Quango — that’s delightfully apt Brit lingo for quasi-non-government organization — the ferry brass is probably not averse to a monster turnout.
A big gathering of visitors from various Gulf Islands, Northern Vancouver Island, coastal outports and First Nations communities, for example, would at least offer a glimmer of good news amid an otherwise dismal record of dwindling passenger loads.
After all, even disaffected customers will have to use ferries to get to the capital to vent their spleen. So, if there’s a big turnout for the demo, at least there’ll be a bump in ferry traffic on beleaguered routes.
Millions of visitor trips have evaporated from BC Ferries’ books since it embarked upon a policy of jacking up prices and cutting services, squeezing more and more money out of fewer and fewer customers.
By the way, interest payments on the billion dollars in debt that the ferries corporation acquired in one decade stood at $16.5 million-a-year at the end of December — pretty close to the “savings” it seeks from slashing services. [continue]
Related post: Defend Our Marine Highways – fundraising campaign.