Did you cringe the last time you filled up the gas tank?
Not surprising, considering gas prices on the islands (and all over North America) have hit record highs. In many places, including ours, prices have climbed to over $1.00.
At TLC Automotive in Masset, the price is $1.01.9/litre, said employee Mike Richard. “A lot of people are complaining,” he said, “but people realize that it’s bad everywhere. Prices are consistently going up – I don’t have a clue where it’ll end.”
On Saltspring Island, the price of gas is $1.10, said one Saltspring Payless employee. At this rate, you could fill your gas tank with Coca-Cola ($1.14/L) for approximately the same price.
Saltspring was the first place to hit the over $1 mark last week.
Meanwhile on the islands customers are “noticing the price,” said Lori Bowman at Gas Plus in Port Clements, where the price is $1.02/L. “People are being more conscientious,” she said, “but they recognize that it’s a necessary evil.”
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