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Letter: Feeling betrayed


(Sent to MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, and copied to the Local.) It’s very rare that I would get involved with changing the course of an election or write to my parliamentarian, but Canada’s need for a new electoral system based on Proportional Representation, and the need for action on climate change, made me change my mind. ... Read More »

Elder care abysmal 


After reading numerous opinions about the controversial long- term care plan for the Sunshine Coast (ie. new facility to be run by Trellis Corporation) I would like to make a few points. Whether private or public funding, for-profit or not-for-profit…care for the elderly, frail and vulnerable, seems to be abysmal, right across the country. I ... Read More »

Letter: Union politics?


The debate over the new extended care facility has been characterized as a fight for public health care. The essential elements of a public health care system are that it is publicly funded and that access is on the basis of need. A privately operated facility on contract to VCH is fully consistent with those ... Read More »

Care counts


(Re: “Full house for health care forum”, the Local, Feb. 2) The Local’s coverage of Dr. Margaret McGregor’s major presentation to the Health Care Forum on Jan. 28 left out some of its most troubling and important details. Dr. McGregor’s report of her extensive research in Canada, the US, and Europe on public, non-profit and ... Read More »

Letter: Count the care


(Addressed to Vancouver Coastal Health, and copied to the Local) There has been much discussion about the long term care on the Sunshine Coast, namely the building of a new facility by the Trellis Corporation. There are many pros and cons (mainly cons) being presented as to why the Coast should/should not accept the proposed ... Read More »

Feeling duped


(Addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and copied to the Local) Surely gaining political power is about more than keeping power. I trusted your Government would be an activist Government, and although there were many hard decisions to make, electoral reform would be a reality as you were democrats by nature. It’s infuriating. I feel ... Read More »

Letter: Own the ‘lectern’

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(Re: “The Young and Oratorical”, the Local, Feb. 2) Please note that the children pictured on your front page of Feb. 2 are standing at a lectern not on a podium. Although this is a common mistake, it’s important that you use the English language correctly. “Lectern (noun): a tall stand with a sloping top ... Read More »

Write the mayor


Since September Sunshine Coast residents have been expecting some kind of authoritative public response to concerns identified in the newspapers or by citizen groups about the announced closing of Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge seniors’ care residences, and the proposal to replace them with the Silverstone facility.  This has not taken place. I am urging people ... Read More »

Letter: Reject the pipeline


The Trudeau Government can’t be serious about tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. The Kinder Morgan pipeline approval is proof. This action is like driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake – you get nowhere and waste a whole lot of gas. As a registered commenter in the NEB ... Read More »

Seeking artists


The Sunshine Coast Artists Co-operative (recently of “The Landing Gallery”) is seeking new artist members. Could this be you? If you are • a working artist residing on the Sunshine Coast; • seeking opportunities to show and sell your work; • interested in participating in a supportive art community both socially and commercially; • eager ... Read More »

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