BC Marine Highways is a grassroots campaign organized collectively by a group of coastal BC residents. This website is intended to educate British Columbians about the significant role BC Ferries plays in coastal communities. We wish to shed light on the unreasonable series of cuts in service and the unsustainable growth in fares that is devastating rural coastal communities. We believe that BC Ferries is an integral part of the marine highway system and should be administered by the Ministry as it was prior to 2003 and the Coastal Ferries Act (2003).
It’s time to reach into your pockets! Reach deep and help BC Marine Highway dot org, the BC Ferries Coalition, and the BC Coastal Mainland Alliance make the March 11th “Defend Our Marine Highways” Rally an event that will make the BC Liberal leadership tremble.
We need money in order to reserve busses, take out advertising, and pay for event services.
Let the BC Liberals know that as far as austerity budgets go they have passed all of our line in the sand!
Click the IndieGogo image to the left to go to our IndieGoGo Fundraising page and contribute as much as you can.
Faces of the Cuts
The Faces of the Cuts campaign is a photography initiative designed to demonstrate to people across BC that the proposed BC Ferries cuts affect real people in real ways. Inspired by the desire to make this point in the most accessible and visual manner possible, activist Heather Nicholas began working with photographer Vanessa Haentjens Dekker (Tonic Photography) to bring the faces of their neighbours in coastal communities to the widest possible audience. The Faces of the Cuts represent whole families, businesses and individuals that will be severely impacted by the April 1 cuts.
The Gabriola Island photos are courtesy of Vanessa Haentjens Dekker of Tonic Photography
On Jan 18, 2014, 8 coastal communities dependent on ferries for their jobs, homes and futures participated in a day of action with a single message: STOP THE CUTS. Standing beside highways, they reminded British Columbians that Ferries are an essential service to communities that rely on a “marine highway”. Please distribute, share, use and embed this video freely. Created by the BC Coastal-Mainland Alliance, video by Tobi Elliott for Arise Enterprises.
Video and editing by Tobi Elliot of Arise Enterprises, Gabriola Island, BC.
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