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Central coast residents try to save ferry service

Say tourism essential to economic survival

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Residents of the central coast are hoping a petition can save ferry service to the region. BC Ferries "Route 40" will stop running next summer, and tourism operators are already experiencing the impact of the decision. Leonard Ellis owns and operates Bella Coola Grizzly Tours, and he says tourists are already cancelling their trips. "It's terrible news, we're basically in shock, we can't even wrap our heads around it," he told CBC. He says the region is dependent on tourism for its future.   "With this decision, it's just completely pulling the rug out from underneath us."

B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone has said that cancelling summer ferry service will save $700,000 a year and that the decision will not be reversed, but Ellis is not giving up. He says a committee is being formed and letters and a petition are being circulated to bring back Route 40. "We'll stop and nothing to turn this decision around."

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