Tag Archives: Claire Trevena

Should BC Ferries Board Local Residents First?

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

BC islanders are feeling trapped and calling for action on a Covid-19 measure that allows residents to board ferries first as the summer tourist season heats up.

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Do Quadra & Cortes Need Public Transit?

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Residents living in isolated communities without public transit and no access to or desire to own cars always face challenges getting to medical appointments, work, essential services and in maintaining social connections.

But the COVID-19 crisis is driving up the risks while simultaneously curbing traditional workarounds that rural residents rely on to navigate the lack of transit.

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The Bird’s Eye Is Back

After twenty years of operation, Quadra Island’s only weekly news publication suspended operations on March 25. As publisher/editor Amanda Smith explained, “the COVID emergency and the subsequent cancellation of all social events and shutdown of businesses meant that advertising revenue plummeted and I can no longer cover the bills.” Since then, a number of community members have kept encouraging her to bring it back. This morning there is good news: the Bird’s Eye is back. 

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Tourism Operators Wrestling WIth BC’s Reopening PLan

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

B.C. tourism operators being crushed by COVID-19 are hopeful but confused about how the critical summer season will unfold after the province unveiled its plan to reopen the economy on Wednesday.

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