Commentary

As wait times and incomes vary by province, so does the cost of waiting for health care.
by The Fraser Institute on Apr 13 2016 - 7:17pm

Long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians a combined $1.17 billion — or $1,304 per patient — in 2015, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, calculates the average personal cost of time lost during the work week in Canada last year for each of the estimated 894,449 patients waiting for treatments, which include orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and urology, for example.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: 'Helping' dogs may actually be a hindrance

LETTER: 'Helping' dogs may actually be a hindrance

Dear Editor,

I've been seeing a large number of "kind people" picking up "lost pets" and posting on social media. It's a bit disturbing to me and others that people are so quick to grab the animal and take it home to keep safe until owners are located. 

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

To The Editor:

The Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Education
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Minister Fassbender:

As the Board of Education for School District #8 (Kootenay Lake), we are deeply concerned about the ramifications of Bill 11 on the future of public education in the Province of British Columbia and call upon the provincial government for its immediate withdrawal.

Letter: Where does it end?

Letter writer Rocco Mastrobuono of Nelson questions the IHA decision not to purchase a new digital mammography machine for Kootenay Lake Hospital.

To the Editor:

Recently, Thalia Vesterback (Interior Health) rebutted an article in the Nelson Star questioning the IHA’s recent decision not to purchase a new digital mammography machine for KLH and move these services to Trail, which can absorb the additional capacity.

Her response was misleading, neglected some hard truths and has raised more questions than it answered.
 
The lack of transparency in making this decision is alarming.

Who was consulted before this decision was made?

LETTER: Local resident urges opposition to Bill C-51

LETTER: Local resident urges opposition to Bill C-51

Dear Editor,

I would like to urge all citizens of Canada and our local MP Alex Atamanenko,  to speak out against Bill C-51.

Letter: Recent expansion to West Arm Park will not significantly benefit caribou herd

Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

To the Editor:

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) played a leading role in the establishment of Valhalla and Goat Range Provincial Parks, and it goes without saying that VWS welcomes the recent expansion to West Arm Park.

Contrary to government claims, however, the addition will not significantly benefit the endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd.
 
Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

LETTER: Couple who lost house to fire offer thanks

LETTER: Couple who lost house to fire offer thanks

It is with mixed feelings of gratitude and sorrow that we extend a heart-felt thank you to the brave individuals who responded to our house fire in Paterson on the evening of Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank you for saving our outbuildings and the forest surrounding our home.  Our horses are also grateful to you all for saving their feed and keeping them safe. 

Letter: Please don’t get grossed out

Letter: Please don’t get grossed out

The Editor:

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used a long time as a measure of economic growth and assumed to describe the overall economic health of a nation. 

The calculation of GDP, however, does not factor in the real costs of doing business.  Issues such as social and environmental impacts are not considered. 

Resource depletion and pollution remediation are not factored in.
When these other factors are considered, we have something called the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). 

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the South Okanagan Minor Hockey Associations three Rep teams who are playing in the BC Hockey Provincials, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank the communities who have shown overwhelming support and pride in these players who live in Oliver, Osoyoos, OK Falls, Keremeos, Midway, Greenwood, Princeton, and Grand Forks.

Letter: Bill C-51 — more than a chill on back of neck

This young protester was part of the 150-plus people who marched in Nelson Saturday at part of the Canada-wide protest against Bill C-51. — Submitted photo

To the Editor:

Got that chill running down the back of your neck? It could already be Bill C-51.

Bill C-51, the so-called “secret police act” could already be putting a serious chill on public debate and democracy in Canada.

Here in Nelson, BC, I went to a protest of the bill on (Saturday) March 14th with over 150 other people. I had to because C-51 has already affected me, and many others.

People have suggested I am one of the people targeted by the bill because I am an anti-pipeline activist. 

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

To the Editor:

As an ex-South African who was affected by and had friends scarred and killed by “The Terrorism Act” and its spy network during the anti-Apartheid days, I’m so alarmed by the doors of abuse opened by Prime Minister Harper’s Bill C-51 that I’ve committed to co-organizing – with local childcare worker Michelle Davis -- Castlegar’s part in the nation-wide “Defend Our Freedom” rally this Saturday , March 14, at 1 pm in Spirit Square, 460 Columbia Avenue.

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