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A. Wong
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Not sure if I've posted this here before, but it's been three years now since the MV Mill Bay was retired from the route it ran solo on since 1958 (built in 1956, replaced the former wooden vessel Brentwood Bay in 1958).

Here's the video of one of her last ever sailings, on May 1st, 2011.

Also shot a video just a few days ago of the Queen of Alberni leaving Tsawwassen, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Od8RL1XzBE

And the Quinsam leaving Nanaimo harbour in 2013:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y8itjM94CM

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As some people may know that ferry fare have gotten extremely unaffordable because of a crown corporation turned into a private company. BC is losing money from ferries fares because people are not travelling a long the coast.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-ferries-hikes-mean-loss-of-2-3b-says-ubcm-report-1.2762212

But according to Minister Stone we are not loosing money.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-ferries-won-t-get-more-government-subsidies-todd-stone-1.2772692

BC government is showing a lack listening skills to mayors of BC because of this and TransLink referendum.

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All route 2 vessels based out of Departure Bay:

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Coastal Renaissance by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Coastal Renaissance by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Coastal Renaissance by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Cowichan by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Cowichan by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Cowichan by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Cowichan by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Cowichan by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Cowichan by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

Effective tomorrow the Queen of Cowichan is the main vessel from Departure Bay until the Coastal Ressiance comes back to Departure Bay. The last round trip for the Departure Bay vessel is cancelled Monday to Thursday unlit December 21 to January 4, 2015 and then not until March 13, 2015

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BC Ferries could end the Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay route to save money.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-ferries-considers-changes-to-service-between-horseshoe-bay-and-nanaimo-1.2823993

Hopefully this will get government and people start talking about making BC Ferries a crown cooperation again. Hopefully this make people realize that privatization always seems to fail in mass ways and privatization is not good solution to reduce costs.

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BC Ferries is adding 15 more cars to the Queen of Capilano which currently services the Bowen Island route. This ferry will now be able to take 100 cars at time now compared to 85 cars.

http://www.bcferries.com/about/projects/queen-of-capilano-mlu.html

I do not think that this ferry was design for fix galley decks.

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Queen of Capilano by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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BC Ferries is building three 144 car vessel to replace the Queen of Burnaby and Queen of Nanaimo both can carry around 192 cars. Both vessel seem like their under capacity for the routes they service.

Queen of Burnaby:

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Queen of Burnaby by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

Queen of Nanaimo:

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Queen of Nanaimo by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Ferry fares are going to up by 3.9% starting next year.

http://www.news1130.com/2014/12/29/a-look-at-tax-and-rate-hikes-coming-in-2015/

I think BC Ferries mission is to price themselves out of business because ridership drops when fares increase. When will this government change how BC Ferries? It failing on how it is owned because quaisi-private part of BC Ferries is falling. So, the only good option to help BC Ferries become a lot cheap is to make it crown corporation.

That kinda seems weird since they eliminated fuel surcharge of 3.4% on all fares in December.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/bc-ferries-cutting-3-4-per-cent-fuel-surcharge-1.2148510

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Wow Mr. Stone (Ministry of Transportation and infrastructure) is saying that BC Ferries needs have to major charge within a company.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Transportation+minister+calls+internal+cutbacks+Ferries/10697024/story.html

Hopefully if the Provincial mandates this hopefully this create a protest that makes BC Ferries a crown corporation. This shows that crown corporations or sometimes better than private corporations. Also that people see that private corporation should never have a monopoly and crown corporation should be the only allowed to have an monopoly in play.

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Wow Mr. Stone (Ministry of Transportation and infrastructure) is saying that BC Ferries needs have to major charge within a company.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Transportation+minister+calls+internal+cutbacks+Ferries/10697024/story.html

Hopefully if the Provincial mandates this hopefully this create a protest that makes BC Ferries a crown corporation. This shows that crown corporations or sometimes better than private corporations. Also that people see that private corporation should never have a monopoly and crown corporation should be the only allowed to have an monopoly in play.

Like Canada Post & Storage???

Sure.
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Interesting...

From your posts it appears you're a union man, come hell or high water correct?

Or do you believer that the rest of the BC taxpayers should be subsidizing the ferry users?

Union and somewhat BC taxpayers should subsidizing since the ferry riders subsidized their roads and highways since they are free too use.
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A petition urging the Provincial legislature to return to government has been read in government but it did not pass.

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/02/new-petition-asks-government-take-back-bc-ferries/

If you guys want to get BC Ferries back to government sign the petition to get BC Ferries back to the government.

https://www.change.org/p/return-bc-ferries-to-thebc-department-of-transportation-and-highways

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