BC Ferries to hike fares in January

BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan announces 3.5 per cent fuel surcharge on most routes beginning Jan. 17.

Customers on the BC Ferries route between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert will be spared, but riders on most other routes will be subject to a 3.5 per cent fuel surcharge beginning Jan. 17, BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan announced last week.

Citing world fuel market conditions that have seen BC Ferries diesel fuel cost spike, Corrigan said the corporation is paying roughly 14 cents per liter more than the commissioner-approved set price included in its current fares.

Similar fuel surcharges, as well as fuel rebates, have been levied by BC Ferries in recent years and have been temporary measures. But Corrigan warned the current surcharge will be in place for the foreseeable future.

“Market pricing indicates that the price differential will continue throughout the year,” he said in a written release. “We are well aware that implementing a fuel surcharge is unpopular with our customers, and we are doing everything we can to keep our fuel costs as low as possible, including building new ships with LNG (liquefied natural gas) capability.

“We have waited as long as we can to implement a surcharge, however we must act now as it is clear that fuel prices are unlikely to decline in the foreseeable future.”

The Prince Rupert-Haida Gwaii route will also be spared the surcharge. But customers riding the Tri-Island route connecting Port McNeill with Sointula and Alert Bay will notice a slight increase later this month.

 

Just Posted

33rd annual Rotary Auction raises $50,000 gross profit

The Rotary Auction is an annual joint project between the Port Hardy and Port McNeill clubs.

Port Hardy Secondary School girls volleyball team competes in Parksville

The girls volleyball team has a new coach this year, Kenzie McDonald.

Port Alice resident is taken on by a major publisher

As a youth, Wilkie was gigging in a 3-piece punk rock band called Sponge Cookie.

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

First annual North Island Christmas Festival

“If it’s a big success we can do it every year”

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

One dead after fiery crash in Duncan

A man has died after a fiery motor vehicle collision Monday night,… Continue reading

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Woman airlifted with serious injuries after being struck by car in Nanaimo

Woman, hit in crosswalk, suffers life-threatening injuries; driver co-operating with police

Most Read