City supports fast ferry plan

Courtenay council agreed Monday to write a letter of support for a proposed high-speed, passenger-only ferry

  • Nov. 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Scott Stanfield

Record Staff

Courtenay council agreed Monday to write a letter of support for a proposed high-speed, passenger-only ferry service that would connect Nanaimo and Vancouver.

Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan has appealed to mayors and regional chairs around Vancouver Island to support the plan by Victoria-based Island Ferry Services.

Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula feels the proposal is “quite a positive thing.”

Coun. Ronna-Rae Leonard’s only concern is protecting the public interest, noting a previous attempt to operate a fast ferry had failed.

The last foot-ferry service that connected Vancouver and Nanaimo — HarbourLynx — was plagued by mechanical problems and ceased operations in 2006 after three years in business.

The latest foot-ferry project is estimated to cost $72 million. It consists of a pair of 38-metre vessels, each with a 376-passenger capacity. Targeted crossing time is 68 minutes.

The company has said fares will be set between $20 and $39.

Ruttan has asked Transportation Minister Todd Stone to add the ferry project to the province’s list of priorities. Provincial support is required for the federal government to consider the proposal for a Building Canada grant.


Just Posted

Comox Valley medical cannabis business growing despite impending legalization

With nearly a month to go until new cannabis legalization laws come… Continue reading

Humpback whales visit Cape Lazo

Peter Hamilton with Lifeforce Ocean Friends snapped these photos of some humpback… Continue reading

Valley Father-daughter duo share a special bond over a kidney

Annual kidney walk is set for Sept. 23 at Simms Park

Stolen Victoria vehicle crashes in Black Creek

On Sept. 15, 2018 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Comox Valley RCMP… Continue reading

Courtenay getting a tool library

New facility allows do-it-yourselfers to borrow tools

64 cats seized from ‘bad situation’ now in BC SPCA care

The surrender is part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation with BC SPCA Special Constable

B.C. hockey product eyes shot at Olympic spot with China

Fletcher is one of 24 who travelled to Shenzhen, China for the first official Olympic dev camp.

Are you feeling lazy? That’s OK – it’s just science

UBC study shows that humans are hardwired to prefer being sloth-like

LETTER: Who do we blame for the tragedy of Marrisa Shen’s death?

The B.C. girl was killed in a Burnaby park last July

Competition tribunal to hear B.C.-based case on airline food starting in October

The competition commissioner argued Vancouver airport authority had exploited its market position

Trudeau says Canada wants to see ‘movement’ before signing revised NAFTA deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is back in Washington in search of a way to bridge divide

Seek compromise with U.S. on cannabis at border, lawyers urge Ottawa

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency sent tremors through Canada’s burgeoning cannabis sector

Wet weather means all types of burning, forest use OK in Coastal region

Campfires, open fires no larger than two metres by three metres, and all types of forest use allowed

Young people need us to act on climate change, McKenna tells G7 ministers

Catherine McKenna led off the three-day Halifax gathering Wednesday

Most Read