Well you old pharts are just going to have to scram if a Covid surge breaks out this fall. The Ministry of Health expects to kick seniors out of hospitals into care facilities
in preparation of a surge in serious illnesses. The president of the BC Care Providers Association said he’s
not sure if it's attainable, “we just don't have the people,” said Terry Lake. He emphasized that while there are plenty of beds, the staff required to care for the person in the bed is the key problem and will take time to address. The BC Nurses’
Union says it was surprised to hear about government decanting some 1,300 patients into their own homes or assisted living, in addition to the 500 requiring more comprehensive care in long-term care facilities. MORE
A man in a wheelchair has been transported to hospital in Vancouver after a collision with a pickup truck. RCMP are investigating the incident at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday,
near the intersection of Railway Ave and Fifth St. The vehicle involved, an older model pickup truck, was driven by a woman in her 60s who was travelling with one passenger. Both remained at the scene and co-operated with investigators. Speed and alcohol
have been ruled out as factors, and it was dark and the roads were dry. RCMP
If you’re in a celebratory mood
today, head down to the Rotary Bowl complex and join Snuneymuxw, the City and Public Schools’ Orange Shirt Day, honouring victims and survivors of residential schools. I opens at Rotary Bowl at 10 a.m. and cultural performances will follow from 11 a.m.
- 3 p.m. From noon to 4:15 p.m. people can swim and skate at the recreation centres. Food vendors will be on location and all activities and performances are free. MORE
What was that all about? The Real Canadian Superstore on Metral Drive was shut down at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after a threat was received by the store. RCMP blocked access to the parking
lot and shoppers were turned away. RCMP, Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service were called to the store. The store manager had reported a phone threat. Officers and a police dog searched the building and parking lot, but did not find anything suspicious and
employees were able to re-enter the business just after 10 p.m. when it would normally have closed. MORE
Keep on keeping on. Former media guy Mark MacDonald is giving it one more try at elected office as a candidate for RDN Area C Extension on Oct. 15. He has unsuccessfully run as a federal Conservative candidate,
for the B.C. Liberals nomination and for Nanaimo city council. Others running for the seat are incumbent Chris Pinker along with Lauren Melanson, Dean Toma and Susan Toth. Pinker was elected in a byelection after the death of Maureen Young who served for 16
Just the news you were waiting for – winter tires or chains will be required on most British Columbia highways starting this weekend, in effect from Oct. 1 until the end of
March. The provincial Ministry of Transportation says the rules will be enforced by police or ministry officials, and that those who do not comply could be turned back for non-compliance or face a $121 fine. Some of the routes that will require winter
tires or chains starting Saturday include the Coquihalla Highway, and the Trans Canada Highway east of Chilliwack. MORE
This is not a local item, y’all, but it sure has a familiar ring to it. Watching the U.S. hurricane coverage I saw a report on how fast FEMA had delivered emergency housing
trailers after a previous storm a couple of years ago . . . within days. Then it took more a year for the permitting process before the needy people could actually move it. Most of those trailers fell into decay in a field. So sad.
On that note, you’ve gotta love that member of Parliament from The Battlefords-Lloydminster, Rosemarie Falk who asked in the House of Commons how come carbon taxes collected to date haven’t headed
off hurricanes? Good question, how come?
What if Canada Revenue Agency audited you for all the money you have received from unknown generous folks in Nigeria?