Letters of the week – Sept. 8

Forest fires, seniors' housing and more spurred on letters to the editor this week.

Electoral reform unnecessary

To the Editor,

Comments are  being made that our ways of electing  MLAs and MPs should be changed. This is complete hogwash!

When going to vote at provincial and federal elections, vote for the party you want to vote for. Too many voters are voting the opposite of their preferred choice to keep one party out of government over another.

If voters voted for who they prefer, you would see in most cases right across the country, minority governments. They work well because the elected government must listen and work as a team with the opposition.

Electoral reform is a major waste of time and taxpayer dollars to hold a referendum on the issue.

Joe Sawchuk,

Duncan

 

Seniors’ housing solution right in city’s lap

To the Editor,

Re: seniors’ housing situation in the Alberni Valley.

Picture this:

“2025: Welcome to the grand opening of our new senior care complex, ADSS on Burde. Already at 90 per cent occupancy, this complex, conceived locally and funded provincially and privately, came to fruition because local authorities had the foresight to purchase the old ADSS grounds as a potential site for such a multi-faceted complex.

“It was this community’s ownership of land, offered to Island Health, that kickstarted actualization of this complex. It was conceived, planned, and built in response to identified needs. It was seen as a place for the people of the day with needs of tomorrow being met from within their  community.

“That’s what this complex has brought to the community. What a positive asset this is to the region as a whole.”

Now back to 2016:

Yes, I write of a dream fulfilled. Will  this become reality through the power of proactive thinking and jurisdictional togetherness? There is buzz occurring. The city  received the Dareen Saare Report in December 2015 on the need for senior housing in our region. But more than a report and buzz throughout the community is needed.

The city’s economic development officer talks of togetherness. This issue, more than most, needs togetherness to get Island Health’s  attention.

In such a complex wouldn’t the legacy of ADSS on this site be preserved?

Wouldn’t an identified present and future need be met? Job and social benefits are obvious.

Alberni District Seniors Sanctuary (ADSS on Burde)?  That’s my dream fulfilled.

T. Lyman Jardin,

Port Alberni

 

Swift fire response appreciated

To the Editor,

As a Sproat Lake resident I would like to congratulate the Coastal Fire Centre on their expedient and appropriate response to a very dangerous situation that occurred last month at Sproat Lake.

High winds and lightning started a fast burning wildfire above Pacific Rim Highway, halfway up Taylor Arm. There was a helicopter on site in an hour.

The quick response with an appropriate sized helicopter and monsoon bucket got control of the situation in a couple of hours or we could have had another Dog Mountain fiasco.

If that type of response had been deployed last summer, Dog Mountain may not have been destroyed and the reputation of the Coastal Fire Centre may not have been so tarnished.

I sincerely hope that the outcry, criticism and review of why the Dog Mountain fire had such lackadaisical response has now inspired the Coastal Fire Centre to deploy aerial rapid response wherever there is the potential for interface or catastrophic fires.

Bob Cole,

Port Alberni

 

Probing the Money Sense nonsense

To the Editor,

About 180 years ago in Charles Dickens’ classical novel Oliver Twist, the villain Fagin uttered the famous words, “It’s your object to take care of Number One  —  meaning yourself”.

Last week I visited West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) to take care of Number Two—meaning a bum scope, as the medics referred to the delicate probing of the most unmentionable parts of my anatomy. I was treated with wonderful care and expertise by surgeon Dr. Akushla Wijay, anesthesiologist Dr. Rozwadowski and their team of nurses in the operating and recovery rooms.

After the polyp pruning, Patrick, our volunteer chauffeur for the day, whisked my wife Susan and me down to Harbour Quay. Sitting there watching the last rays of summer over the idyllic setting of the breezy Inlet it was difficult to believe what I’d read a few days earlier: that this  port city had been ranked 210th out of 219 most liveable municipalities in Canada, in the “Money Sense” magazine poll.

The thought crossed my mind that those who put that poll together should be made to undergo proctological probing without the benefit of anesthetics. That would be poetic justice.

Bernie Smith,

Parksville

 

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