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Time to boycott the ferries



I attended the BC Ferries consultation Nov. 30, but was unable to make a comment, as they cut off access before I was able to step up to the microphone.

Here is my input to this public ‘consultation.’

The representatives from BC Ferries looked like they were putting in time, as if these cuts to sailings and slashing of seniors’ discounts and hikes in fares are all a done deal. Their faces communicated what words could not: they were getting paid their salaries, and would continue to make their wages on our sacrifice. They couldn’t understand what we were saying because they’re not held hostage in their own community by a corporation — but it should be a required experience for hiring at BC Ferries that any employee first live for a year in a community entirely dependent upon them for their travel, their freedom, their access to work and livelihood and recreation.

Three hundred people are just a fraction of this community whose cost of living has  just been arbitrarily raised.  

It’s no wonder we’re ‘mad as hell’ to be forced to pay more, more, more. We have to pay more — for less than nothing.

The only thing that improved when the ferries were handed over to this corporation was the paintings of the starfish, the killer whale and the crabs on the doorways so we could remember where we left our cars. Everything else went up in price: the food, the fares, our cost to thrive. Overnight.

It’s happening again. We have no say. That’s pretty obvious.

Let’s strike. Let’s get together and boycott the ferries for a week. Take your holiday from work; postpone that visit to the city. Take the water taxi. Go to and tell them you’re in.

Get this provincial government to sit up and take note here.

Caitlin Hicks, Roberts Creek



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