In February of this year, Air Canada announced it would be discontinuing regional flights between Cranbrook and Calgary at the end of April.
Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski has sponsored a petition to keep the route, citing the longstanding history, residents who rely on the route for health-care and business purposes, passenger growth, prices and more.
He says it’s important to maintain transportation options in the region, particularly since there are still gaps from the departure of the Greyhound bus service last year.
The petition is available for signatures until May 9th, 2019 at petitions.ourcommons.ca.
Kimberley residents commuting by bus to and from Cranbrook will have more options starting in September after an expansion to service hours was approved by Council this week.
The expansion will see Monday daytime service increase by three additional trips to match the current Tuesday to Friday service.
The KC Commuter service expansion will also see an additional morning an evening trip. The times have yet to be determined.
The City of Kimberley’s 2019-2023 financial plan is now available for public comment before adoption of the plan in May.
The financial plan covers many aspects of the City’s finances, with a big focus on taxes. Mayor Don McCormick explained that the variable property tax rate will increase 2.22 per cent in 2019, while Council has also decided to keep the flat tax where it is, rather than reducing it again.
There will be an information session on Monday, April 15 in Council Chambers at City hall at 7 p.m. for those wishing to find out more. The plan can be viewed on the City’s website at Kimberley.ca.
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