Hardy supports fare reduction

Port Hardy is supporting a fare reduction on BC Ferries

  • Aug. 6, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The District of Port Hardy has thrown their support behind a call to reduce BC Ferries fares.At a recent meeting, council dealt with a request for a letter of support from Islands Trust Council which is asking the provincial government to fund a 25 per cent reduction in rates on minor ferry routes. “A well-advertised drop in fares on the minor routes would help our communities bounce back and give us all time to work together on longer-term solutions,” said Peter Luckham, chair of the Islands Trust Council. Luckman said that since 2003 fares on some routes have increased four to five times higher than the cost of inflation and another 1.9 per cent increase is planned for the next four years. In May of 2015, the Islands Trust Council hired Perrin Thorau & Associates to calculate the cost of lowering fares on all minor routes. The consultants determined that an additional $11 to $14 million is needed annually to decrease fares 25 per cent. Council agreed to write a letter of support.The Islands Trust is a federation of local government bodies representing 25,000 people living on the island and 10,000 non-resident property owners. The Islands Trust is responsible for preserving and protecting the unique environment and amenities through planning and regulating land use, development management, education, cooperation with other agencies and land conservation. It covers 13 major and more than 450 smaller islands covering 5,200 square kilometres.

Just Posted

Loggers Golf Tournament returns to the links at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club

The North Island Logger’s Golf Tournament has been running for over 30 years.

Port McNeill Kids in Motion gets 300 bucks from council for swimming time at outdoor pool

Port McNeill Kids in Motion are a registered non-profit society,

Tyson’s Thoughts: Flag raising ceremony a great start to pride festivities

It was beautiful to see a group of people celebrate who they truly are and not be afraid to do so.

Blue Sox dominate Sneak Attack at Fathers Day Classic

Blue Sox got out to an early lead and kept building on it with strong hitting and quality fielding.

North Island Rising: Minority Rules – Women & Politics

Male politicians continue to out number female politicians in the North Island.

Raptors announcer credited with calming massive crowd after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Sexting teens at risk of harms including depression, substance use: study

Use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be associated with sexting

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

International Trade Minister Jim Carr described the decision as ‘very significant’

Mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of B.C. inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused B.C. cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Most Read