Archives for December 7, 2017
B.C. patients wait more than 26 weeks for medical care.
New report shows wait times have increased for fifth year in a row.
People in B.C. wait an average of more than 26 weeks for medical treatment, continuing an upwards trend in the healthcare system, according to a Fraser Institute report.
The think tank released its latest study on wait times Thursday, saying the median wait times across the country this year was 21.2 weeks – the longest ever recorded in its two decades of tracking.
For the 5th year B.C. saw an increase in wait times and is still higher than the national median of 26.2 weeks.
New Brunswick saw the longest average at almost 42 weeks, while Ontario boasts the shortest of 15.
Among the various specialties, national wait times were longest for orthopaedic surgery at 41.7 weeks, and neurosurgery at 32.9 weeks. The shortest wait for a patient was for medical oncology, at about three weeks.
I am a Willowbrook resident and I am very concerned about the proposed National Park.
I do not have or use Facebook so I cannot comment on what is being said there but Mr. McGuire (Richard McGuire – reporter with Osoyoos Times) is very intent on singling out the residents of Willowbrook in his pro-park agenda; so to that end here are some of my concerns.
The absolute most disturbing issue years ago when this discussion began was a total lack of any specifics and that has still not changed. There are still no set boundaries; there is no proposed agreements or even attempts at public negotiations aimed at getting facts on issues like flood mitigation programs, fire response inside park boundaries, mosquito control programs, public health concerns, wildlife encroachments, controls on properties adjacent to park, access to engulfed private properties and cattle grazing although the last has been mentioned in references to Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park current grazing programs.
Those are just a few of the literally hundreds of local concerns that must be addressed first. Keep in mind that a National Park has never been attempted in an area so densely populated with private lands.
Mr. McGuire has very colorfully portrayed a ‘journalistic picture’ of Willowbrook residents and indeed any who do not share his opinion as low-educated unwashed hillbillies who leave our meaningless jobs at Swampwater Beer Works to jump in our monster truck and quads, tearing off into the hills looking for a nest of baby eagles to stomp on.
This was a tribute to your journalist skills Mr. McGuire you almost had me hating myself.
The truth sir is these residents have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money and dedicated decades of their lives to the protection and maintenance of these lands. Some have built careers, family businesses and legacies that necessitate the proper care of the lands.
The proof of their success was in the admissions by Parks Canada biologists and representatives at a public meeting stating that “the husbandry of this area has been outstanding and of the best quality”.
Just maybe if it isn’t broke we shouldn’t be fixing it!
You are asking sir, that the residents of the South Okanagan as a whole sign a blank cheque to a federal government that once cashed will end any and all local input into the management of the lands in question where ever those borders may be and no matter how it effects the valley and residents as a whole.
I leave you with one last thought; the most terrifying words a working class Canadian citizen can hear.
“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Publisher: Some editing for clarity
The Frank Venables Theatre, operated by the Oliver Community Theatre Society is very pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The grant has gone towards acquiring specialised equipment to enhance and upgrade the theatre. The funds received covered in part the purchase of a synthetic Marley dance floor, condenser microphones and twelve LED light fixtures.
The Marley dance floor provides a safe, non-slip surface suitable for all genres of dance. It also protects the stage from damage caused by tap shoes or rosin for ballet pointe shoes. Having a Marley floor makes the theatre more attractive to renters as they no longer have to provide their own, saving time and labour.
The condenser microphones have been installed over the stage. The purpose of the microphones is to captures acoustic instruments and un-amplified voices and feed them into the sound board in the control booth, where the sound from the stage can be enhanced if required for all patrons, and be sent into the existing hearing loop system for broadcast to patrons who use hearing aids.
The twelve light fixtures are now available to be used as “side lights” to light the stage from the wings or as extras on stage. These lights offer designers increased options and flexibility, and provide an ease of use as lights do not have to be removed from the existing lighting grid.
The Frank Venables Theatre is a modern, fully-equipped community theatre available for rent for a wide range of performing arts activities from dance and music, to theatre, children’s events and community activities. With its spacious lobby and ample stage, the theatre boasts sophisticated lighting and audio systems. We are proud to welcome groups from within the Okanagan and around the globe. The theatre opened in 2014, literally rising out of the ashes of the historic art-deco style Venables Auditorium which burned to the ground in the fall of 2011. With 400 seats and state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, Frank Venables Theatre is the premier performing arts facility of the South Okanagan.
Picture credit: SOAP