Letters to the Editor

LETTER: 'For profit' senior facilities not the right answer

LETTER: 'For profit' senior facilities not the right answer

To The Editor:

Studies show that on average, "for profit" senior facilities in comparison to "non-profit" and publicly owned, provide the worst quality of care.

Why?

The answer is contained within a report published by the journal PLOS Medicine, due to concern over combining the care of seniors with profit.

For profit facilities direct their excess revenue to the owners and stockholders, whereas non-profit and publicly owned net income is used to benefit their clients.

LETTER: Glowing commendation for Safeway managers

LETTER: Glowing commendation for Safeway managers

I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Erica (Gregory), the pharmacy manager and Brian (Bogle), the store manager, of our local Safeway in Castlegar for going above and beyond expectations.

Due to human error, a component of my medication, which is vital to my well being and life, was not delivered to the store. Upon hearing of this, Erica began calling the local pharmacies and hospitals to inquire if the drug was in stock, to no avail.

LETTER: Resident less-than-pleased with city's new garbage collection

LETTER: Resident less-than-pleased with city's new garbage collection

So, what is everyone's honest opinion of Castlegar's new garbage bins and method of collection?

I rent, so I don't even have my bin as of yet and garbage collection is this coming Wednesday. My landlords have requested one.

Op-Ed: Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Op-Ed:  Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni.
 

Letter: Refugees

Letter: Refugees

Honourable Minister McCallum,

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees agreed to sponsor a Syrian family of four, through the BVOR program, on Jan.6/16.  As you are probably well aware, this is an exciting commitment for dozens of people in any sponsoring community.  We have spent countless hours fundraising and preparing the community of Rossland BC to welcome this family.

Sadly, they have not arrived.  More to the point, we have no idea why not, when they may arrive, or what the issues facing them now may be.  

LETTER: Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation needs you, and serves you

LETTER: Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation needs you, and serves you

Your Donation Boomerangs Back To You” – what does that mean? We don’t have a hospital anymore! We did before! This was overheard being said in frustration by a person as they passed the elevator in the Castlegar & District Community Health Centre.

OP/ED: West Kootenay Labour Council calls for action on missing/murdered Aboriginal women

OP/ED: West Kootenay Labour Council calls for action on missing/murdered Aboriginal women

“March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD) and this year we are hopeful that justice for Indigenous Women will move forward with the government’s announcement of the long awaited inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women,” said Debbie Bird, President of the West Kootenay Labour Council.

LETTER: Staff increases and personality evaluations urgently needed in senior facilities

LETTER: Staff increases and personality evaluations urgently needed in senior facilities

To the Editor:

I have been keeping track of the Senior Advocates reports which are an excellent example of extensive research that outlines all aspects of the care that our seniors are receiving in this province.

Letter: Urgent need to reduce emissions

Letter: Urgent need to reduce emissions

To The Editor:

With the Paris Climate Agreement, leaders’ world-wide overwhelmingly accepted that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world continues to increase fossil fuel use, the need to reduce emissions is urgent.

 Why are our politicians contemplating spending billions on pipelines when the Paris commitment means 75 to 80 per cent of known fossil fuel deposits must be left in the ground?

What's the Business Case for Kinder Morgan and Energy East

What's the Business Case for Kinder Morgan and Energy East

To The Editor:

Building either Kinder Morgan and/or the Energy East pipeline should be challenged from the perspective of asking why Canada is exporting oil when we are importing it as well?