Concerned islander ‘pirates’ planning to board ferry Friday

A gang of pirates will stage a Friday afternoon 'takeover' of the Quinitsa that runs between Buckley Bay and Denman Island.

A gang of pirates will stage a Friday afternoon ‘takeover’ of the Quinitsa that runs between Buckley Bay and Denman Island.

The ‘pirates’ intend to protest BC Ferries’ proposal to replace the vessel with a cable ferry.

While the occupation is intended to be fun, organizers say the threat to Denman and Hornby islands is serious.

“Denman and Hornby Islands contribute so much to the whole province, and we rely on the ferry for our economy, our health, our education, and our connection to the wider world,” organizers said in a statement. “With the cable ferry we anticipate an erosion of ferry service that could suck the vitality out of these islands.”

Islanders are concerned about the proposed 2.2-kilometre length, which would more than double the world’s longest cable route, as well as possible job losses, safety and the potential for privatization if BC Ferries finds an alternate service provider. They are also angry about the lack of public consultation.

BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall said the cable ferry is not a foregone conclusion.

“We’re going through the process right now and we will be making a decision by September of next year,” she said.

The corporation has issued a request for expressions of interest, which closes Tuesday. It will then evaluate proposals to determine if it will proceed to the request for proposal stage.

As for Friday’s protest, Marshall said, “We certainly respect their right to free speech.

“If they want to voice their concerns they’re certainly more than welcome to do that.”

Along with the pirate action, Denman and Hornby residents have gathered at meetings, and organized a letter-writing campaign and a petition.

Friday’s schedule is as follows:

• 2:30 p.m. — Board the Boat at the Denman West ferry terminal;

• 3 to 3:50 p.m. — Rally at Buckley Bay with music, speeches and humour;

• 4 p.m. — Board the Boat back to Denman.

Just Posted

The plan for a three-storey, multi-family building on Second Street hit a setback on a recent provincial grant application. Record file photo
Province turns down grant for Cumberland project

Groups spearheading project may look to federal grant, say village staff

A young bear found deceased at the side of the road in the Comox Valley has conservation officers looking for answers around its death. Black Press file photo
Conservation seeking information for deceased Comox Valley bear

A young bear was found deceased at the side of the road near Kitty Coleman Park

Tools of the trade at the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo by Terry Farrell
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

A look at the first stage of the treatment process - where binding of solids and particles in the raw water happens before the water moves to filtration. Photo, CVRD
Water to flow soon from new Comox Valley treatment plant

“We are at our last major hurdle before achieving this critical goal.”

Comox town hall. Black Press file photo
Comox looking at the future of transportation in the town

Council adopted the 2020 Transportation Master Plan Update

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read