Ferry woes? MIEDS wants to hear from you

  • May. 26, 2014 4:00 p.m.

If your life or livelihood has been negatively impacted by a month of reduced sailings, then Misty Isles Economic Development Society wants to hear from you. It is compiling a report of islanders’ experiences to be submitted to BC Ferries, the Ministry of Transportation, and other affected coastal communities.”We want to include as many people as possible to give them the information and let them know this is unacceptable,” said MIEDS Economic Development Officer Heather Adel.MIEDS would like perspectives from any and all islanders – individuals and businesses – submitted by Friday, June 6. Information can be submitted by e-mail to edo@mieds.ca or by phone at 559-8050.Ms Adel said MIEDS is taking into account peoples’ private information and it is taking measures to ensure contributors are protected.”We won’t be using names and we won’t use details that would identify someone. It will be general enough to protect their proprietary information, but inclusive enough to make the point that this is severe,” she said.So far, Ms Adel said they’ve heard from a number of island businesses and individuals on transportation issues such as delayed freight, week-long trips for medical appointments, not being able to get back to the islands, and businesses losing money due to tourist cancellations.