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Public meetings about ferry service future in Nanaimo this week

Residents can float their ideas about the future of the coastal ferry service during public meetings in the Nanaimo area this week.

The province announced a public consultation process two weeks ago that seeks input on how, in the short-term, to find $26 million in savings over the next four years and in the long-term, how to make the service more sustainable, affordable and efficient.

A review earlier this year by the independent B.C. Ferry Commissioner identified significant financial challenges, including declining ridership and falling revenue. The commissioner recommended the government, B.C. Ferries, ferry users and the public all need to be part of the solution.

Public open houses take place on Gabriola Island and in Nanaimo this week.

The Gabriola meeting takes place today (Nov. 13) at The Haven from 6-9 p.m. and the Nanaimo meeting takes place Thursday (Nov. 15) from 6-9 p.m. at the Coast Bastion Inn.

Two small group meetings from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. also take place at the Coast Bastion Inn Thursday. To attend a small group meeting, please e-mail coastalferriesengagement@gov.bc.ca or call 1-855-387-7882.

No RSVP is required for the open houses.

Those unable to attend the meetings have the opportunity to comment online.

For more information, please visit www.coastalferriesengagement.ca.

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