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BC Ferries warns dependent coastal communities of more sailing disruptions due to severe weather, pandemic

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant to Canada-info.ca

High winds and above average snowfall this winter has left provincial transportation systems challenged, and BC Ferries has now warned residents to expect more sailing disruptions this winter.

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Coast communities riding out ferry service disruptions due to COVID-19 staffing crunch

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

After a recent rash of service disruptions due to wild weather, coastal communities relying on BC Ferries as an essential service are going to face more interruptions to their lifeline in the coming months. 

Absenteeism due to the Omicron variant, an ongoing labour shortage, and the impending loss of staff who oppose the company’s vaccination mandate are likely to lead to additional service disruptions, particularly on the smaller inter-island routes, said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall on Monday. 

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Campbell River-Quadra Island’s second hybrid electric Ferry launched

The fourth of BC Ferries Island Class ferry was launched early Thursday morning, at Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania. The yet-to-be named ship is the second hybrid electric destined for the Campbell RiverQuadra Island route. 

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MP questions wisdom of fining people for remaining in their cars on BC Ferries

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A West Coast MP wants the federal transport minister to ditch fines in the thousands of dollars and allow BC Ferries passengers to remain in their vehicles on enclosed car decks to protect themselves from COVID-19 despite regulations against the practice.

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Tuesday’s BC Ferries Shutdown On Quadra

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Island commuters hit a bit of rough water when ferry service between Quadra Island and Campbell River was cancelled all day Tuesday due to a mechanical issue. A problem made all that much worse because of COVID-19.

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