Dumping sign, January 2019, Photo credit: Eli Pousson

Letters to the Editor

Readers write about lazy dumpers and challenges to long-term care

Dear Editor,

To those who feel the need to dump garbage other than at the transfer station, I question your motive.

On the afternoon of Jan. 19 I drove along Barnes Lake Road, and just after crossing the first cattleguard I saw someone’s discarded recliner chair in the pullout on the right side of the road. It had been dumped there in the last few days. So if someone is missing a brown recliner out of their living room, that is where it ended up.

Being that there are no houses nearby, it must have been hauled a distance to get there. Why not haul it to the transfer station and dump it there for a few dollars, and do your part to keep our environment clean?

I guess [that] is the place to dump recliners, because I picked another one up at that spot about two months ago. I will continue to pick up your garbage and take it to the transfer station myself, but I wonder: if this is how you treat our environment, then why not just dump it outside your own door?

Angus Muir

Ashcroft, B.C.

Dear Editor,

This year the COVID-19 pandemic has shown we can no longer afford to ignore the long-standing issues with long-term care and home care. More than 80 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada occurred in long-term care facilities, the highest proportion — by a longshot — among the 14 developed countries that track this data. Reports from the Canadian Armed Forces detailed the tragic conditions in our long-term care homes, conditions that were made worse by COVID-19 but that sounded all too familiar to those with experience with long-term care.

Add to this the fact that Canadians are living longer and more of us are dealing with chronic conditions and diseases, especially as we age. By the end of this decade, those aged 65 and older will make up almost a quarter of the population. The demand on the health-care system is only going to increase.

Our health-care system has not kept pace with Canada’s aging population, and if we do not make changes soon, we will not be equipped to meet the health needs of Canadians. It is time we include older adult care in our national health framework and start managing, funding, and regulating long-term and home care in the same way as other parts of our system: with national standards tied to funding.

National standards will guarantee a standard level of quality care, the availability of equitable and consistent services across the country, and adequate levels of funding for these types of care.

As we look to the new year, all levels of government must resolve to work together to fix long-term and home care and ensure older adults can access the care they need, now and in the future.

Kathleen McArthur

Kamloops, B.C.


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