People rely on the ferries

Your opinion that ferries should cut little-used runs on smaller routes is a slap in the face to those who live on the islands

Your opinion that ferries should cut little-used early morning and late-night runs on smaller routes is a slap in the face to those who live on the islands and require the ferries to get to work, their kids to activities and the businesses on Vancouver Island that depend on them for employees and customers.

On the islands, trades people make the early morning run to work, to deliver appliances, etc.

I am a former resident of Powell River, serviced by the ferry from Courtenay/Comox and Texada Island. Powell River and Texada have businesses like paper mills, hospitals, quarries and agriculture. Islands are not just filled with people who chose to live there for some frivolous reason. In Powell River we relied on the ferry to bring in doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

We relied on the ferry to get our patients to treatment and tests on the island.

Each island has its own economy and special needs. You are talking about communities that have existed for hundreds of years as if they are a bunch of vacationers.

Your editorial shows a lack of understanding of the people who rely on the ferries.

Judith Sears

Sidney

 

Just Posted

Tryouts underway for Oak Bay High golf team

Cool April weather brings a chilly start for school team

Many teens unaware if they’re vaping nicotine or not

Health Canada survey finds many youth are unaware of the risks of using nicotine products

UVic partners with harm reduction groups to run a drug checking pilot project

The three-year pilot will allow people to test their drugs for fatal ingredients like fentanyl

Public asked to give feedback on proposed protection measures for southern resident orcas

Measures focus on key threats related to contaminants, lack of prey, noise or physical disturbance

WATCH: Police call Happy Valley shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident

One person in custody, another fled following crash on Kelly Road

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

Most Read