MLA Coons to visit in June

  • May. 30, 2011 6:00 a.m.

North Coast MLA Gary Coons is coming to Haida Gwaii from June 7 to 10 and is particularly interested in talking to islanders about the potential impact of oil tanker traffic, offshore drilling, and ferry fares. Mr. Coons will be holding several public meetings on the islands with Prince Rupert environmentalist Jen Rice, the organizer of an anti-Enbridge rally in Prince Rupert earlier this month. He’ll also be available to meet with smaller groups or individuals. The MLA described the quasi-privatized BC Ferries as “a monster with teeth”, the teeth being the higher fares and fuel surcharges that have been chewing up families, businesses and tourism on the north coast. “They have taken a huge bite out of coastal communities,” he said. “We need to tame this monster.” Mr. Coons said he will have information for islanders about the ferry commissioner’s recently-announced review of fares. “We’re learning more about it, as we move forward we have to see how we can make a difference,” he said. So far, Mr. Coons’s schedule includes a public meeting in Masset the evening of June 7, a “bring-your-lunch” meeting in Port on June 8, and an evening public meeting in Skidegate June 8. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 1-866-624-7734.

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