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Online Voices: Quadra ferry

  • “Coast Guard fills in for ferry during medical evacuation of Quadra woman” – April 25

Eva van Loon · Powell River, British Columbia

Three thousand dollars? To use the equivalent of a public highway to get to the hospital to be taken care of by MSP? In that position, I would have to choose death.

Hayley Kelland · Grant Park High School

Until a family member of a MP or a family member of BC ferries CEO has a medical emergency on Quadra ... they won’t get it and they won’t care. It’s easy for them to pretend they care, but if it doesn’t directly affect them ... they truly don’t.

Eric Macdonald · Carihi Secondary School

“Abram said if that’s the case then “Transport Canada needs to be hauled out from under the carpet and told ‘you are risking lives.’” You got this completely wrong Jim. These ferry vessels are a lot more complex than your everyday car or truck. Transport Canada has determined that a minimum of 7 crew members are required to safely run the ferry. An emergency does not mean we should throw safety to the wind. You shouldn’t drive a car drunk, even if it’s an emergency, and you shouldn’t operate a ferry with less than the minimum crew. Doing so puts not only the person(s) needing medical attention at risk, it also puts the responding crews lives at risk. Asking Transport Canada to review if the ferry could safely run with less than 7 crew members would be perfectly acceptable, but hauling them out from under the red carpet? I try to support the Quadra Island residents who are upset with BC Ferries over cut sailings, and I fully agree that they...are being punished with these cost saving route cuts because BC ferries has been horribly mismanaged for years...hauling out Transport Canada over safety regulations makes supporting you increasingly difficult.

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