Haida Gwaii residents have been asked for their opinions on ferry services.
The Village of Queen Charlotte official Lori Weideman says they want to get feedback on how BC Ferries can improve services. One thing passengers want to see is a change in policy whereby they can check on their pets while the vessel is underway. During a 6 to 8 hour crossing to Prince Rupert, access to vehicles is restricted making it almost impossible for owners to make sure their pets are ok especially in stormy conditions.
The survey is looking into service on two routes- Queen Charlotte to Prince Rupert and Sandspit to Skidegate.
The ferry is the lifeline for those needing medical services and for school programs as well as many other reasons that require a trip to the mainland. Weideman says the changes made to scheduling have proven to be problematic. She adds the goal of the survey is to present the government with reasonable solutions to perceived problems.
Weideman says complaining to one another does no good so, complain to those who can affect change. She says it’s felt that with the liberals out and the NDP and Greens in, now is the time to make their case because the liberals weren’t interested in the constant complaining about BC Ferries fares and scheduling. She says the best tact is to be prepared and have constructive ideas not just negativity.
So far 600 plus responses have been gathered. The survey will be accessible into early September.
You can find it at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HaidaGwaiiBCFerrySurvey
There have already been over 600 respondents. Results from the initiative will be presented to the union of BC Municipalities annual conference in Vancouver September 25th to the 29th.