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Could BC’s Future Ferries Be Electric?

April 2, 2015

Guy Dauncey takes a look at two new electric ferries that are in use in Europe, and examines the possibility of bringing the technology to BC.

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Near grounding on Haida Gwaii luckily averted by a US tug

October 30, 2014

When a Russian container ship lost power near Haida Gwaii and drifted dangerously towards the rocky shoreline, it was towed to safety by a US tug. Why were there no Canadian vessels available that could tow the ship, which was one-third the size of an oil or LNG tanker?

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Transportation Ministry will spend $200,000 on Gabriola bridges study

October 2, 2014

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation, has announced his intention to carry out a feasibility study of building a ‘fixed link’ from Naniamo to Gabriola, despite limited public support and Island Trust policies against bridges.

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Whistle-stops: Getting Passenger Rail Back On Track

July 24, 2014

Oil trains are taking over Canada’s rail system. The low-carbon travel of passenger trains is feeling the impact.

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Trains, grains & pipelines

March 6, 2014

Elizabeth May tell us how these factors interact and why we need a Canadian train transportation strategy. (MP Bruce Hyer starts a tour to dialogue on a national rail strategy.)

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Funds put Island rail on the right track

May 3, 2012

Passenger rail service on Vancouver Island is rolling in the right direction; Nanaimo-Victoria commuter service to start in 2013.

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Cyclists gearing up for Velo 2012 events

October 6, 2011 | Brenda Guiled

Next June will be a turning point for cycling communities from Vancouver to Salt Spring Island!

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Summertime road-sharing

August 11, 2011 | Brenda Guiled

Ways for Island road users to move around safely and make the journey as important as the destination.

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Seaplanes adrift in Vancouver Harbour

June 16, 2011

A look at floatplane history on the coast and an account of 'terminal trouble' in Vancouver Harbour. Will planning in hindsight provide a better outcome?

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A new future for the E&N Railway

July 22, 2010

New report on the E&N has some bad news and some good news, including innovative ideas to preserve this irreplaceable transportation spine as a valuable basis for smart Vancouver Island development.

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Port Mann Monster Bridge

June 18, 2009

Alternative solutions for managing transportation were not considered by the BC government and a series of reactive decisions have now lumbered BC taxpayers with a massive cost increase which delivers no longterm solution.

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CN Train Crashes

June 4, 2009

Transportation Safety Board's report on Lillooet crash squarely lays blame at CN's Door and raises more questions about the Liberals' BC Rail sell-off.

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Creative alternatives to Malahat congestion

July 27, 2006 | Patrick Brown

Proposals to bridge Saanich Inlet got public attention when the Malahat Corridor Study first came to light during a series of public meetings in the last couple of months (Island Tides, June 15).

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Consultations now beginning in Malahat bypass study

June 15, 2006

A BC Ministry of Transportation study of alternative routes to the highway over the Malahat is moving into its second, consultative phase.

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