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BC Local News: Bleak summer for coastal ferry remake

There was an uproar in the B.C. legislature this spring when Transportation Minister Todd Stone went ahead with $19 million in cuts to low-usage coastal ferry routes. The plan had been laid out in detail before last year’s election. It

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The Province: B.C.’s transportation minister reveals a heart of Stone over impact of high ferry fares

B.C.’s transportation minister isn’t very impressed with a new report on the economic damage inflicted by skyrocketing ferry fares. “Irresponsible,” Todd Stone called the report commissioned by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, which argued that plummeting ferry use has cost

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Times Colonist: UBCM call for ferry changes a long shot

First, there was the out-of-left-field announcement last week that the government will study the feasibility of building a bridge to Gabriola Island from the Nanaimo region. It’s in response to a petition signed by about 600 people, which might potentially

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Times Colonist: UBCM unlikely to alter Ferries’ course

Premier Christy Clark empathized with frustrated leaders of ferry-dependent communities Wednesday, but it was more to make up for her sulky transportation minister than to entertain ideas of a course change. Municipal leaders commissioned an exhaustive study showing all the

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Times Colonist: MV Nimpkish hits rough sea of reviews

The reviews are in on the MV Nimpkish. If it were a play — Voyage of the Damned, say — maybe people would have appreciated it as a gripping study of the limits of human endurance. But it wasn’t a

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Saanich News: UBCM ferry report makes for awkward talks

The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention marks its halfway point today in Whistler, where mayors and councillors from around the province have gathered to gauge their common appetite for ensuing battles with higher levels of government. This year’s convention

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The Province: Transportation Minister rejects call for ferry-fare rollbacks, restoration of service to 2013 levels

B.C.’s transportation minister said the government has no plans to roll back ferry fares or to restore service to 2013 levels, despite a unanimous vote Wednesday at the Union of B.C. Municipalities to endorse a policy paper on the damaging

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AM730: Stone trashes UBCM report on BC Ferries

The Minister of Transportation has sent a four page letter to the Union of BC Municipalities basically telling it the report they released about declining ferry traffic and its affect on the economy, is garbage. While Todd Stone begins the

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Huffington Post BC: Report Exposes Government Mismanagement Of B.C. Ferries

A new report released by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) seriously questions the decisions of the provincial government to decrease ferry service and rapidly increase fares over the past decade. The study shows mismanagement of the ferry system

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Globe & Mail: Transportation minister promises to keep BC Ferries fare hike in line with inflation

British Columbia’s transportation minister is promising to hold BC Ferries rate increases to the level of inflation starting in 2016 – the best deal he can offer coastal communities outraged over fares and service cuts. Canada’s inflation rate was 2.1

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