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General · 26th November 2013
Jim Abram
Ed: First a message from Jim, then the text with the official information below...

"Islanders! Please do not miss this meeting. This is the one they have been talking about concerning service cuts to our ferry. Please do not be fooled by them and their statistics. WE NEED ALL OF OUR PRESENT RUNS! Settle for nothing less. They will do their best to divide and conquer. They will do their best to tell you things like, "Why would you need an 11:30pm ferry?" Well there are many reasons, involving, arts, culture, sport, entertainment and returning home from the late flight from Vancouver, to name just a few. That is just one example. All runs are important to someone and this is our highway. Don't forget that: This is our Highway!

Shall we suggest that "all of those people that choose to live in North or West Van should have the Lion's Gate Bridge closed from midnight to 5:00 am.", just because it is not being fully utilized. Think about it! And give 'em heck! I'll see you there.

Jim Abram
Director, Area C


---------THE INFO-------

Engaging Communities on the BC Coastal Ferry System

The BC Coastal Ferry Service has been wrestling with cost pressures for more than 20 years which, if not addressed, could threaten the sustainability of the entire system.

Accordingly, the Province has engaged coastal communities and ferry users from across the province on strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the coastal ferry network. The Province is undertaking a further round of community engagement in 2013 following a province-wide consultation in 2012. This phase of the BC Coastal Ferries Community Engagement runs from November 18 to December 20, 2013.

You are invited to participate in the BC Coastal Ferries Community Engagement.

Public Open House Schedule
The first 90 minutes will be a public open house. The second 90 minutes will be a question and answer session. No RSVP is required for public open houses.

Community Date Time Location
Port Hardy November 20 5:00-8:00 pm Port Hardy Civic Centre
Bowen Island November 21 5:00-8:00 pm Bowen Island Community School
Bella Coola November 22 5:00-8:00 pm Lobelco Community Club
Texada Island November 25 5:00-8:00 pm Texada Island Community Hall
Powell River November 26 5:00-8:00 pm Powell River Town Centre Hotel
Hornby Island November 27 5:00-8:00 pm Hornby Island Community Hall
Denman Island November 28 4:00-7:00 pm Denman Island Community School
Gibsons November 30 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cedars Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Sandspit December 2 5:00-8:00 pm Sandspit Community Hall
Queen Charlotte City December 3 5:00-8:00 pm Queen Charlotte City Community Hall
Masset December 4 5:00-8:00 pm Masset Community Hall
Prince Rupert December 5 5:00-8:00 pm Crest Hotel
Salt Spring Island December 7 10:00 am-1:00 pm Central Community Hall
Quadra Island December 9 6:00-9:00 pm Community Centre Hall
Gabriola Island December 10 5:00-8:00 pm The Haven
Thetis Island December 11 5:00-8:00 pm Forbes Hall
*Schedule subject to change. Please check www.coastalferriesengagement.ca for updates as of November 18.

Small Group Meeting Schedule
Please RSVP by email to coastalferriesengagementgov.bc.ca or call 1-855-974-1204 with the following information.
First and last name
Meeting date and time (as noted above)
Contact information (phone and/or email)
Community Date Time Location
Klemtu November 21 6:00-8:00 pm Kitasoo Community Hall
Bella Bella November 23 10:00 am-12:00 pm Elders Building
Comox November 29 9:00-11:00 am Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
Penelakut December 11 1:00-3:00 pm Adult Learning Centre
*Schedule subject to change. Please check www.coastalferriesengagement.ca for updates as of November 18.

You can also learn more and provide your input on the Coastal Ferries Community Engagement by:
- Reading the Discussion Guide and Feedback Form and completing an Online Feedback Form at www.coastalferriesengagement.ca (live November 18).
- Participating in a Webinar
- Providing a Written Submission:
Email: coastalferriesengagementgov.bc.ca
Mail: PO Box 3532 Vancouver Main, Vancouver, BC V6B 3Y6

We look forward to your input as we plan for the long-term sustainability of the coastal transportation network.

Sincerely,

Kevin Richter
Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure