Tag Archives: BC Ferries

Whale Tales

The ECOreport asks about whale tales and other wildlife sightings on the Cortes-Quadra ferry 

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in the interior of our province, it seemed like a good time for an update on the Strathcona Regional District’s emergency preparedness. Only there were three humpback whales along the route, as I crossed over to Quadra Island to meet with the district’s Protective Services Coordinator. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen whales along this route, but they were still whales in the area when I returned four hours later. So I asked I asked Jessica Towers, who works on this ferry, if she had any whale tales.

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The Many Faces Of Powell River

The ECOreport looks at some of the many faces of Powell River in the third instalment of my tour of the Sunshine Coast

By Roy L Hales

For many, the most visible aspect is two cloud-like pillars ascending into the stratosphere. Others principally know Powell River from the BC Ferry terminal, which they use en route to other destinations. There are really two towns. I recently explored some of the many faces of Powell River.

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Conclusion Of My Interview With Claire Trevena, MLA For North Island

The ECOreport concludes the Interview With Claire Trevena, MLA For North Island

By Roy L Hales

A month ago I met with the NDP candidate for our riding at Heriot Bay on Quadra Island. You can listen to the first part of my interview with her by clicking on this link.  This is the conclusion of my interview with Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island.

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Asking A Liberal Candidate Tough Questions

The ECOreport publishes more of its’ interview with Dallas Smith, asking a Liberal candidate tough questions.

By Roy L Hales

One of the principle movers behind the agreement to save the Great Bear Rainforest is running as a Liberal candidate in North Island riding. Dallas Smith hopes to bring more local accountability into the political process. There is not enough time to broadcast the entirety of our interview. Aside from a short exchange about Site C, last week’s broadcast was essentially a puff piece. In this segment, I am asking a Liberal candidate tough questions.

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Green Candidate Explains What Her Party Wants For BC & Why It Must Be Now

The ECOreport continues examining BC’s 2017 election by interviewing Sue Moen, a Green candidate explains what her party wants for BC and why it must be now

By Roy L Hales

Sue Moen is not willing to accept the status quo. She has a passion for change, for progress, for a re-balancing of society and society with nature. In the attached podcasts, the Green candidate for North Island explains what her party wants for BC & why it must be now.

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NDP Government Would Reduce Some Ferry Fares

The ECOreport looks at why an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares in British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

Everyone knows that B.C. Ferries is losing money. According to their press release last November, the supposedly “publicly owned company” was $1.2 billion in debt. Yet this morning Claire Trevena, the NDP critic for transportation, announced that an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares.

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Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

The ECOreport publishes a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election

By Roy L Hales

With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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BC Ferry Fares Will Not Rise This Spring

The ECOreport looks at an unexpected benefit from Canada’s low fuel  prices. BC Ferry fares will not rise this spring

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMany British Columbians have been disappointed with BC Ferries  since the Liberal Government privatized the corporation in 2003. As the National Post pointed out, operating costs have “ballooned by more than $20-million a year, fares have risen by as much as 100%, and as per one recent study, the combined effect has sapped an incredible $2.3-billion out of the coastal economy.”  However there was some good news this morning. Thanks to the drop in world oil prices, BC Ferry fares will not rise this spring.

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Eight Days To Comment on Delta’s Proposed LNG Terminal

BC’s Next Mega-sized Energy Project Catches Citizens By Surprise

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1 The National Energy Board has already granted an export license, to US based WesPac Midstream, for a facility that could bring up to 120 LNG tankers and 90 LNG barges into the Fraser River every year.  The public’s opportunity to make their concerns known ends June 11. There are only eight days to comment on Delta’s proposed LNG terminal (WesPack Tilbury Marine Jetty).

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Another Perspective on BC’s Ferry Problem

By Ingo Oevermann

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThere have been many hundreds of articles and letters written in regard to the proposed cuts by B.C. Ferries.  Most of the articles I’ve read talk about the negative financial and tourism impacts to coastal and inland residents, but very few have included realistic alternatives and solutions as guidance to the B.C. government.  There is little doubt that the provincial (and federal) government needs to trim operating costs in ALL things by streamlining, cutting marginally used and duplicate services, and doing detailed analysis of all services to achieve greater efficiencies and cost cutting measures.  Our government, like all governments, is BROKE – that’s right, I said broke.  The government has NO money, UNTIL it takes from taxpayers and users to do useful co-operative things; in other words, it has to take from Peter, before it can give to Paul.
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