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Howe Island Ferry Service Town Hall video link now available

Members and Friends of Howe Island;

Yesterday’s Ferry Service Town Hall was a great success with over 150 residents attending the meeting.

For those that could not attend a video of the event has been posted on the HIRA youtube channel listed below.

Howe Island Ferry Service Town Hall Sat. Nov. 26 2022 Video

Howe Island Ferry Service Town Hall Meeting Sat. Nov. 26 2022 Video

For anyone familiar with youtube they can also just  open youtube and use the @Howeisland hashtag to find the recording of the event.

Youtube.com/@Howeisland

The HIRA executive would like to thank the panel members and all those islanders that participated in the event.

Write letters to your elected officials to keep this issue top of their minds. !!

Best Regards,

HIRA Member Services

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HIRA ferry petition update November 3, 2022

Director of Transportation Services County of Frontenac Rob Dillabough posted an update on November 3 2022

Good morning,

To follow-up from my message yesterday, Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen presented the petition to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra in the House of Commons late yesterday afternoon.

To see video of Mr. Gerretsen’s remarks CLICK HERE.

The text of the petition as presented is as follows:

Petition to the Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Omar Alghabra

Whereas, Howe Island in the Township of Frontenac Islands (Ontario) is serviced by Frontenac Howe Islander Ferry (the “Vessel”);

Whereas, Howe Island has been serviced by a ferry since at least 1898 and without incident by the current Vessel since 2004; 

Whereas, as a result of an inspection by Transport Canada, the capacity of the ferry has been reduced by one-third a decrease of 15 cars to 10 cars), resulting in longer wait times, increased vehicle idling and reduced commerce for Island residents;

Whereas, the Vessel is owned by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and operated by the County of Frontenac;

Whereas, the Vessel owner will require time to make modifications to Vessel in order to meet Transport Canada requirements;

We, the undersigned residents of Howe Island, in the Township of Frontenac Islands (Ontario) call upon the Minister of Transportation to work directly with the Vessel’s owner to develop a reasonable plan of action and time frame for adapting the Vessel and further, in the interim, that the Vessel’s capacity be re-instated. I will update you with any new information on this when it becomes available.

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