New Texada ferry
Texada Island residents can expect the replacement for North Island Princess to arrive slightly sooner than expected.
Last November, the ferry corporation announced the new ship would be in place by the summer of 2020. That estimate has now been revised to 2019.
In March, the federal government announced just over $28 million to pay for construction of two replacement ships, including one for the Powell River-Texada run.
Meanwhile, North Island Princess will be temporarily removed from service from April 10 to June 5 for a scheduled refit. MV Tachek will stand in during that time. Due to its smaller capacity, BC Ferries will add one roundtrip sailing.
Board reopens privacy case
BC Labour Relations Board is asking for a new ruling in a case that returned a Powell River nurse who accessed private files of 14 patients and co-workers to her job last March.
Vancouver Coastal Health appealed an independent arbitrator’s decision to reinstate Michelle Chisholm after she was terminated in January 2015 for multiple breaches of privacy.
Chisholm was given her job back after her union successfully grieved the dismissal and the arbitrator ruled in her favour. Now, the arbitrator has been asked to look at the case again.