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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “Jen Ford announces bid for Whistler council

Very best of luck Jen Ford! So many young Whistler families these days who I think would appreciate your voice!

Posted by Ben Thomas on 09/25/2014 at 11:23 PM

Re: “RMOW in the running for provincial small business award

This is a great idea and the project will stimulate small businesses for development. Small business is really important for the economy as well as for the society. But it is very difficult to maintain small entrepreneurship in modern volatile economic situation that is why http://installmentcredits.com/ was created.

Posted by larapiller on 09/25/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Anti-LNG banners ordered removed from Britannia Beach bluffs

Environmental religionists in your face !!...

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Posted by TJay Jonnson on 09/25/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Anti-LNG banners ordered removed from Britannia Beach bluffs

According to SLRD bylaws so long as the sign is under 8 square meters and less then 5 meters in height it can be located with in 400 meters of the highway under the Temporary Banner provision. “Temporary Banner” means a banner designed and placed to notify the public of an upcoming event that is in place for a period of less than twenty-one days.

Nothing stopping a committed group from erecting a different banner every 21 days is there?

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Posted by chuck on 09/23/2014 at 9:44 PM

Re: “The impact of the LNG gold rush

Bob, LNG is a very dirty source of energy. The energy used to liquefy the natural gas, the massive amount of fresh water that is forever spoiled in the process of fracking and the methane leaks along the way make it a very dirty energy source. Don't believe the hype.

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Posted by Renee Dalman-Kranz on 09/22/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Sea to Sky First Nations leaders critical of tabled education bill

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Posted by Alex Lex on 09/22/2014 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

CTF should pursue the waste in BCEHS. Cancelled expensive computer charts. Dispatching of air ambulances at great expense to wrong patients or empty. More and more nurses and doctors talking about transfers with no extra resources to actually transport them. No added ground response essentially for over 10 years, volunteers paid a pittance. 2 strikes in last 10 years with the government legislating them back last time so Campbell could wave his red mitts.
The answer is not more fire trucks funded by all homeowners, but more ambulances on the road and available.

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Posted by teachers paramedics who's next. on 09/21/2014 at 11:38 PM

Re: “BCFED against Whistler's bid for TFW exemption

Hey, I would even pay my own ticket to Whistler to work for the winter. No need to recruit in foreign lands when there are plenty of unemployed youth in Canada who can do these jobs.

Posted by Cam Randal on 09/20/2014 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

Is it possible that the BC Ambulance Service is presently underfunded? Let’s look at our neighbours to the east and to the south and see what they are spending on their ambulance services.

• Alberta Health Services operates a provincial government ambulance service like our own. Its operating budget is $421 million and provides pre-hospital care to 4.0 million Albertans.

• Washington State, there is an example of a fire department based ambulance service, King County Medic One and its operating budget is a whopping $622 million and only provides service to 1.8 million residents.

The actual budget for the BC Ambulance Service in 2012/13 was $241 million (not $313 million as quoted elsewhere) and has increased 25% over the past 11 years (not 110% as quoted elsewhere). It is also the second largest in North America and provides service to 4.6 million British Columbians.

We spend well over a billion dollars a year on fire protection but little on the ambulance service. I really think the answer here is quite obvious… We need more ambulances with fulltime paramedics in order to respond to all calls in a more timely matter. It’s time to stop wasting municipal taxes by sending firefighter first responders to calls that are not time critical. Pre-hospital care is a provincial responsibility.

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Posted by Alex Wharrie on 09/20/2014 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Summer’s second death on Sky Pilot reignites concerns over backcountry access

In the final analysis, the issue of blame is somewhat moot at this point. What is needed is a solution to the glaringly inadequate provision for public safety, given the exponential growth in accessibility to a particular area.

Obviously, the Province made a huge error in awarding a commercial recreation land tenure based on a miniscule 68-hectare parcel of land while recognizing that the business model to support such an investment would require significantly larger venues and activities.

There will always be discussion on where the gap between a Controlled Recreation Area ends and the “backcountry” commences. British Columbians treasure their access to public lands and so it becomes a matter of balance determining where a service provider’s legal responsibilities for public safety lay.

The Whistler community is extremely fortunate in having corporate entities that recognize their responsibilities and actively support (operationally and financially) a partnership for public safety, both in and outside of their tenure boundaries.

British Columbia’s Volunteer Search and Rescue Groups have a mandate to provide emergency response to persons or agencies whenever their capacity to help themselves has been exceeded.

In terms of commercial recreation, whenever there is a fee being collected for the use of Crown Land, it is the public’s expectation that a reasonable level of safety over the affected land base is being provided for by the operator and funded within the fee that is being charged.

At the end of the day, this is really a public policy issue. SAR Groups do not exist to clean up other people’s messes. They are there to help in time of need.

If you create an enticement onto the public landscape for a fee charged, then you are morally responsible for the care of your clients until such time as your ability to continue with that care has been surpassed.

The question being raised by SAR Groups is whether this capacity is being provided?

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Posted by Northair on 09/20/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Summer’s second death on Sky Pilot reignites concerns over backcountry access

Agreed, while very sad, blaming S2S doesn't make sense.

I've heard the first fatality was an expert climber; the latest did not use the gondola at all.

That said, the gondola is irrefutably putting more people on Sky Pilot. It will take time to determine the best way to deal with this. This is outdoor recreation in general's problem, not solely S2S.

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Posted by Tyler Kellogg on 09/19/2014 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

The provincial government has been telling those running the service to hold the line on expenditures for years and years. They have been told that they need to hire more Full time 24 ambulances as well as needing staff for more of their day and evening ambulances. It is high time that the Tax Payers of BC along with all the Municipal Governments and Districts held the government to account we need more funding in health care and more funding particularly to the Ambulance Service.

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Posted by Daniel Holmes on 09/19/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

This is a multi-faceted problem long in the making and exacerbated by the liberals war against paramedics. One of the long standing dreams of Clark and Co. is to download as much costs to the cities and municipalities as possible. The Ambulance Service has been long starved of meaningful funding for so long it is on the brink of collapse, which fits very well into the liberals plans.

For many years the Sea to Sky corridor has been stripped of ambulances. They do a transfer to Vancouver in the morning, and the Vancouver Dispatchers use them in the city all day due to the chronic shortage of ambulances there.

The ambulance Service management says most paramedics are "volunteers" so they don't have to pay them much, but they treat these "volunteers" as full time employees. They are ordered to put their lives on hold so they are ready to respond, they must respond to the pagers, unlike volunteer fire fighters who go if they can. There are numerous demands for the on call Paramedics to perform duties which will be unpaid, and then they get slammed by management that they just don't do enough, and we must do more with less.

The government will chirp off about the increase in ambulance budget etc, but this is a complete sham. The budgetary increase have gone almost exclusively to new agencies such as BC Bedline, BC Nurses Line, Dial a Dietician etc, as well as vastly swollen management and bureaucratic ranks.

This has been going on for years. When Abbott was Minister of Health and chortled about how he had put 42 new ambulances on the road and he really didn't understand the problem, what he didn't say is the 42 new ambulances replaced ambulances that were worn out and well past their operational lifespan. There was no net increase in personnel on the streets. This is very typical of the spin doctoring and outright untruths perpetrated every day.

If the municipal fire departments take over the ambulance service, this will fit right in with the liberal plan. It will cost double what the ambulance service currently costs, as the fire departments will immediately chase a higher budget, more equipment, and training costs. Also understand the fire departments will not come out to assist your grandmother who is frightened, or has "had a toileting problem", they will go for the so-called "emergency calls" and leave routing matters in the hands of the highly stressed current ambulance system. They will not stay at the hospitals for hours with patients they cannot download, because they are far too important for this type of duty. If this ambulance model comes about in BC, it will take us right back into the 1960's with bloated budgets, much higher taxes, and hidden costs so the taxpayers and citizens cannot find out what the numbers are.

I implore the citizens of BC to tell their politicians of all levels to fix the current system. It will be much cheaper to do, and a Provincial model has been shown to be the best for patient care and affordability. The Paramedics are highly trained and dedicated to patient care. All they need is the resources to let them do this and we can once again have a world class Ambulance Service.

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Posted by Cameron Bailey on 09/18/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

The significant increase in inter-facility patient transfers never seems to be mentioned in this debate. With the regionalization of rural hospital services, some of the ambulance shortage problem is due to the fact that our ambulances are out on the highway moving patients between communities rather than being ready and able to respond to emergencies in their home community. Perhaps if the "powers that be" put some creative thought into more effective ways of transporting these "stable" patients, they could free up some of the manpower and ambulances so they will be available when and where they are urgently needed.

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Posted by firegirl25 on 09/18/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “The impact of the LNG gold rush

This is bound to be a completely biased presentation. It will ignore the fact that if LNG doesn't get built it will only lead to a proliferation of coal.

Mr. Nikiforuk should be ashamed of himself.

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Posted by Bob Culliton on 09/18/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “The impact of the LNG gold rush

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Posted by Melyssa Desilles on 09/18/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

I'd like to believe that a "think-tank" comprised of top Municipal Government minds would be able to deduce that the best and easiest way to improve ambulance response times... is to have more ambulances on the road responding to medical calls.

Have you ever wondered why there's an ambulance parked on the side of the road at Green River Crossing or the Salt Sheds???
It's because that ambulance is the ONLY ambulance available to respond in both Whistler AND Pemberton! (or Whistler and Squamish)
A thirty minute response time from there is not unusual.

Examples in this article cite 14 and 32 minute waits for ambulances.

Consider what could happen at 3am during this time...
-911 takes the call and routes it to Ambulance Dispatch
-Ambulance Dispatch interrogates the caller to determine appropriate response
-Paramedics are paged via pager
-the Paramedic wakes up at home, phones to confirm the page
-the Paramedic gets dressed and drives to the Ambulance station (up to 12 km away)
-the Paramedic conducts a quick ambulance-safety-check
-the Ambulance is driven to the scene of the emergency

If faster response times are warranted, we need to always have Paramedics at the Ambulance station ready to respond, and enough Ambulances on the road for the volume of calls.

It doesn't matter how many firefighters you pay to respond...
that won't get you an Ambulance any faster.

It's pretty simple math.

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Posted by Neil C on 09/18/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

Councillor Puchmayr hit the nail on the head. Ambulance response times HAVE NOTHING TO DO with the changes to the RAP. They have EVERYTHING to do with not enough ambulances and full-time paramedics. Throwing more money at fire departments who can't do anything about not having enough ambulances and paramedics is just senseless. The Provincial Government is responsible to deliver ambulance service. City leaders need to smarten up and actually learn what the real issues are and start holding the Government accoutable.

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Posted by Richard Matheson on 09/18/2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

The problem isn't a shortage of Paramedics the issue is far more severe than that. Fix the problem by hiring Fulltime in the busier stations and not the on call $2 per hour. That would solve a lot of the issues. Throwing more money to fire services is a ridiculous request, take some of that funding away and put it where it always should have been..... The ambulance service.

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Posted by Terri-lynn Colter on 09/18/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

There are PLENTY of Paramedics. They just won't hire them for FT work. They pay them $2 an hour to wait for a call on a 12 hr shift.

That's why so many have other employment so they can pay their bills.

Solution ? Hire FULL TIME PROVINCE WIDE.

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Posted by Tamara McNay on 09/18/2014 at 10:48 AM

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