It was an overflow crowd at the Gabriola Community Hall as Islanders tried to make the case for sparing their ferry route from cuts.
Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night, as they have in several ferry dependent communities so far including Gibsons. And the Gabriolans raised many of the same concerns: The impact of sailing cuts on people’s ability to get to and from work, the impact on tourism, the loss of opportunities for school and amateur sports teams to compete, and the sense that the government and BC Ferries are just not listening.
The Gabriola Island – Nanaimo route is facing the loss of 32 sailings a week. Cuts are also on the table for the Langdale Horseshoe Bay and Earls Cove Saltery Bay routes.
The round of “Coastal Ferries Community Engagement” ends December 20th, as BC Ferries and the Ministry of Transportation look for service reductions that would save $18.9 million between now and 2016.