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  1. My work policy isn't covering outside of BC! My insurance policy from my BMO MasterCard won't cover any bill, regardless of type, for Covid related items.
  2. Random story that has nothing to do with his thread, but, I thought if you might enjoy it. Many years ago, I'm not even entirely sure when (1970s), BC Ferries, the provincial ferry fleet for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, had a ferry named Island Princess. At that time, Canada was using the British registry for ships. That meant that the Island Princess name was assigned to BC Ferries in the Commonwealth. When P&O bought the original-to-them Island Princess they wanted to retain the name. Fairly quickly a agreement would be reached where artifacts were donated to British Columbia, and the ferry name had the word "North" added. Today the 62 year old North Island Princess was retired!
  3. Amtrak runs twice a day too, when things are normal, and is a comfy way to get between the two cities!
  4. Pan opened today 🙂 Happy Phase 2! Be kind, be calm, and be safe.
  5. BC as of yesterday put enough restrictions through September 1 to end cruises. Although the Ports are federally regulated, BC will require 14 self isolation through the summer, and has out in place Orders that would make loading a cruise ship impossible. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-officials-say-cruise-ships-not-welcome-this-summer-1.5567086 I don't think the federal government will reopen west Coast ports without BC being in agreement.
  6. BC confirmed closed for debarkation this season, Vancouver & Victoria (Seattle departures). There's no way the Federal government will open the Ports without Provincial consent. If the Ports were to open Dr. Henry, our Health Officer, stated she would issue an Order to prohibit actual physical entry of passengers to BC. As a resident I'm strongly supportive of this for 2020, but it'll be economically crushing. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-officials-say-cruise-ships-not-welcome-this-summer-1.5567086
  7. BC confirmed closed for debarkation this season, Vancouver & Victoria (Seattle departures). There's no way the Federal government will open the Ports without Provincial consent. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-officials-say-cruise-ships-not-welcome-this-summer-1.5567086
  8. Not go interrupt this argument about American policy in Canada, but... 😂 BC confirmed closed for debarkation this season, Vancouver & Victoria (Seattle departures). There's no way the Federal government will open the Ports without Provincial consent. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-officials-say-cruise-ships-not-welcome-this-summer-1.5567086
  9. Another member shared the timestamp for this, apologies cannot remember who... In any event, here is BC's Public Health Officer not directly saying no yet, but really, saying no; 34 minutes in:
  10. Dr. Henry is the best! Be kind, be calm and be safe.
  11. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, obviously only for Victoria, does have a proposal ready for a market style venue at the terminal in the event that ships arrive; generally Canadian Provinces and the Feds play nice together. The border was a tension point at the beginning stages of the emergency response, and I could really see it being a tension point again; that being that the border could open without BC's support. Pragmatically, though, BC has enough authority to keep you on the boat, but, only the Federal government can control whether it is able to tie up or now. I've got no idea if debarkation is required by the "Jones Act"?
  12. Eeek - lots of, um, advice on here? I'm a Police Officer in Canada. There's contact info, if you feel comfortable , call them? This mass type of fan out is becoming a bit more common these days, we used it in Vancouver for the riots. If you aren't comfortable, call your local Police non-emergency number. They can send a "CPIC Message" to the Mounties (well, probably Mounty, singular lol) in Australia to verify with your Police agency of home jurisdiction that it is a real request 🙂
  13. Rumour here (Victoria) is that if there's a West Coast cruise season there could be a "market" taken to the terminal so ships can fulfill their Jones Act requirements, and access to the City proper may be denied for passengers. Obviously this is all very much evolving, but, BC had among the less onerous closure requirements, but, I think will also have among the slowest re-openings. Our events of over fifty people are almost all cancelled through September.
  14. Then you still need to go to Victoria 🙂
  15. I agree with that, but come about mid-March we knew what was up... And many lines continued as per normal a week past that. Several articles outline the events quite well. For Canadians we got the don't sail guidance March 11th.
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