Bus service support sought

Petition for Ladysmith Connector

The future of the Ladysmith Connector, a private transit company, could be riding on a petition requiring a minimum of 1,600 signatures, or 20 per cent of the population of Ladysmith.

 

Lyle Jordan, owner of Emergency First Aid Services, the company looking to run the Connector, said the petition is necessary to strengthen their licensing application.

 

“Where we’re facing our ultimate challenge is with the government,” he said.

 

“We need to show a valid public urgent need… the government doesn’t just want to overrun the province with private transport companies.”

 

The service, which was announced in early August, will provide transit from Ladysmith to Nanaimo and Duncan and points in between via a seven passenger, wheelchair-accessible bus. Service is still scheduled to begin September 15.

 

Jordan held a community meeting about the Connector on August 15.

 

“We didn’t have a lot of people show up but the ones that did made some very good points,” he said. “They are really concerned about the environmental impact and that’s something we’re continuing to work on.”

 

The company is also looking into the possibility of providing service to Chemainus.

As the projected start date for service rolls closer, Jordan said he would like to continue to hear more local ideas and opinions for an efficient service.

 

“We’ve had nothing but support from those people that come out and those people who send me email upon email,” Jordan said. “We haven’t encountered anybody that has said no to this.”

The petition is available for signature at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce.

 

Letters of support can also be sent to lc@efas.ca

Just Posted

Calling all believers: Chemainus Theatre Festival runs Miracle on 34th Street

Opening night is Friday, November 15, and closing is December 29

Remembering Jack Neil, ace fighter pilot and father

Remembrance Day is an opportunity for John Neil to remember his father, Jack

Ladysmith Arts Council creates Remembrance Day poppies for display

The poppies were prepared by both established artists, and student artists

Carbon monoxide poisoning incident brings dangers of the gas to light

Chemainus adult and child go to hospital for treatment

Man seriously injured after shock and fall from electrical tower in Cassidy

20-year-old was being transported to hospital in Victoria

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

One dead after fiery crash in Duncan

A man has died after a fiery motor vehicle collision Monday night,… Continue reading

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Most Read