Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stephen Hume: BC Ferries austerity program is based on false assumptions

Smaller service routes targeted as money-losers often operate in black, contrary to popular belief. The tourism-dependent Gulf Islands lost a cumulative total of 2.7 million visitor trips over the decade after a newly privatized BC Ferries corporation began steadily reducing

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Loss of Discovery Coast ferry route ‘a black eye’ for B.C.

The B.C. government faces mounting criticism from the tourism industry in Canada and abroad over its decision to scrap the ferry route from Port Hardy to Bella Coola. Tourism officials on Vancouver Island and in the Cariboo Chilcotin say getting

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Press Release: Government’s Ferry Response is Tone Deaf

With its announcement today, the BC government is committing itself to do nothing this year and less in the future for tourism in the province’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast and Northern Vancouver Island. While Transportation Minister Todd Stone insists his government

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Cable ferry contract awarded

A Vancouver company has been awarded the $15 million contract to build the new cable ferry for the Buckley Bay-Denman Island route. The BC Ferries’ board of directors recently endorsed Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards of North Vancouver as the successful bidder

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Commissioner approves Denman Island cable ferry project

Denman and Hornby Island residents will continue to protest plan. Despite strong opposition from residents, BC Ferries has been given the green light for a new cable ferry to operate between Buckley Bay and Denman Island. BC Ferry Commissioner Gord

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Press Release: International Tour Companies Avoiding BC Due to Ferry Cuts

While the BC government has said its goal is to achieve a record level of tourism in the province, it’s done exactly the opposite by making irrational cuts to key routes like the Discovery Coast Ferry. Tour companies across the

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Press Release: Government Violating Intent of Great Bear Rainforest Agreements

When the BC government signed the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, the intention was to protect this vital natural resource from development. Rather than using forestry as an economic driver for the region, the province committed to promoting tourism. By its

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Minister Stone: “We’re making the tough decisions that are necessary.”

The Facts: Transportation Minister Todd Stone would have you believe he’s looking after your interests. That he had no option but to make these service cuts, cancel the Discovery Coast ferry, and disrupt people all along the BC coast. But

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“The Discovery Coast ferry service loses money.”

The Facts: Does it?  The government claims that Route 40 lost $7.35 million in 2013.  That is not correct.  The operating loss was $4.2 million; the rest is the company’s amortized capital costs and debt service, figures which should not

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“The Province must make service cuts to ensure the long-term economic sustainability of the ferry service.”

The Facts: We agree that BC Ferries needs long-term economic stability. But what is the best way to achieve it? Fares are at an all-time high.  Passenger traffic is at a 22-year low.  Yet the government’s answer is to continue

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