Ten Years Gone

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Remembering March 22, 2006,  The MV ‘Queen of the North’,         her passengers, her crew and the two souls who lost their lives. Lost Witnesses   April 20, 2006   Good morning passengers and crew, this is the Captain speaking. We are now in Wright Sound. At 25 minutes after midnight, on the early morning of March …

BCCTS Questions Evacuation Plans, Spring 2016

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February 1, 2016 The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport 307 Confederation Building House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6   Re: Evacuation of Special Needs Passengers – Ship Safety Bulletin 06/2007   Dear Minister, My name is Captain William Cursiter and I am a Director of the BC Coastal Transportation Society. We are a non-profit Society on the west …

Authority To Enforce Part 1

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  TSB Recommendation M93-04 on Passenger Evacuation, and the Seventeen Year Response by Transport Canada The BCCTS looks at the Transportation Safety Board, its investigation process and recommendations and what can transpire after those recommendations are made. For the purposes of this article we will review a specific area of interest to the traveling public and the government safety agencies: …

BCCTS Questions Evacuation Plans, Spring 2014

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  In the fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014 we sent representatives of the BCCTS to Ottawa to attend the fall meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) – Transport Canada’s national consultative body for marine matters. Participants include representatives of individuals and parties that have a recognized interest in boating and shipping concerning safety, recreational matters, navigation, marine …

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to re-open

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fulfilling a political promise orders the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to re-open, adding much needed resources to one of Canada’s busiest ports. Read more on this story from the CBC.