Ferry protest at Alliford Bay Friday

  • Jun. 30, 2008 5:00 p.m.

Ferry-dependent communities across the province will demonstrate against skyrocketing BC Ferries fares with a day of protest on July 4. Bente Sutherland of Sandspit hopes those tired of the non-stop fare increases will join her and others in a day of peaceful protest at the ferry landing in Alliford Bay. She says ferry rates are going up higher than originally predicted and on some routes, like the Kwuna, are expected to increase 124 per cent from 2003 prices by 2011. Ms Sutherland said additional fuel surcharges are being added on to the originally announced fare increases. “Something has to be done. We’re the first ones to complain, but unless we do something about it nothings going to change,” she says. “It’s an essential service, especially for those of us on Moresby Island.” Protestors will focus on the airport runs when the most people will be at the ferry. The airport runs are at 7:30 am from Skidegate Landing, 12:30 pm from Alliford Bay, and 1:00 pm from Skidegate Landing, 3:40 pm from Alliford Bay. She said protesters are welcome on either side all day. Similar protests will be held in ferry communities across province on July 4. North Coast MLA Gary Coons will attend the protest on Hornby and Denman Islands as these communities are in Minister of Transportation Stan Hagen’s riding

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