Author: Whalebone

FOI documents and consultations

We note with interest that Ivan Bulic’s Letter to the Editor in this week’s Sounder references a significant amount of contact between the Gabriola Bridge Society (the pro-bridge lobby) and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure during 2014, including a quoted offer by the Deputy Director to hold meetings with the Society. The letter goes on to ask to what extent these consultations…

Bridge Study Terms of Reference

A tweet earlier today from Sheila Malcolmson (@s_malcolmson) alerted us to some of the details in the study Terms of Reference: “Based on the forecast, the consultant should confirm whether a 2 or 4 lane crossing would be required to meet demand in the peak period.” Four lanes? Would the Gabriola rush hour of Nanaimo-bound commuters seriously require four lanes? Look,…

Some thoughts on today’s news

Mudge Island A comment on our Your Comments page from Mudge More Concerned pointed us toward an article in today’s Nanaimo Daily News. As MMC pointed out, the impact of a bridge on Mudge Island would be utterly catastrophic, so it’s ridiculous to exclude its residents from the discussion. But Mudge often gets left out when the “Gabriola bridge” is…

Food for thought

There are a couple of good recent articles that you should really read. First, Dave Neads has written an excellent analyis on the Bridge-Free Salish Sea website. “The Big Picture” looks at the history of the BC Ferries management model, how it’s working out, and implications for the future, particularly with regard to bridges. And secondly, another demonstration that implementing ferry cuts without…

Lost in translation?

The Gabriola FAC helpfully collected a number of quotes from Transportation Minister Todd Stone’s media conference about that report on proposed economic efficiencies for BC Ferries. It’s astonishing how ambiguous what he said actually is; it’s almost like he was being purposefully vague. You can interpret these statements in so many ways! So we couldn’t resist annotating with our own…

Connecting the dots

Well, I’ve been reading through that new BC Ferries report—the one that proposes ways for BCF to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. There are four proposed strategies: Replace existing ferries with 3 new ones and convert Spirit Class ferries to LNG for savings in fuel costs (in process already) Business transformation strategies enabled by technology Make changes to the Major…