I worked for the Greater Victoria School District for more than 23 years before we moved to Thetis Island. We are very fortunate to be part of this small, vibrant, wonderful community.
When it comes to the B.C. Ferries debates, we too have also heard that worn-out line: "Well, no one told you Gulf Islanders to move there." I wonder if that same line is used as much for folks living and working in the rural areas of mainland B.C., or, when city folks may complain about their life in Vancouver, the traffic, crime, etc.
The majority of Gulf Island residents realize that we need to actively participate in dialogue, leading toward long-term sustainable resolutions to support our first-class marine-transportation system. We all realize there are incredible costs to run and maintain the system we are fortunate to have; high costs that are similar to highway systems, bridges and roads. (The ferries are our island communities' road system.) We want to do our share as residents and taxpayers.
I guess the government and public have to ask if they feel they want to support our rural island communities, which in fact are islands that belong to all Canadians and are a link, in many ways, to the whole country, not just B.C.
The Gulf Islands are an integral part of the B.C environment, history and culture, and define in part what B.C. is, as well as what Canada is.
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