Health centre talk cancelled

Group in conflict with proposed centre holding forums this month.

[UPDATE JAN. 4, 2012: The Health Care Community Forum on Jan. 11 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.]


The Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities has two health events to help kick off the new year.

The coalition’s John Olsen stressed the similar events on the health centre and senior care are separate, it’s just coincidence “they came about out of thin air at the same time.”

First, the volunteer group will co-host the next Oceanside Division of Family Practice (ODFP) information session on Wed., Jan. 11 on the local health centre hot topic.

After a series of talks in the fall on things like diabetes and addiction, the 30-member ODFP, meant to spread medical information directly to the community, connected with the coalition to talk about the health centre.

The coalition’s goal is spreading non-partisan information on public assets and social programs, so Olsen said this is exactly the kind of public forum they do.

Vancouver Island Health Authority president and CEO Harold Waldner recently said he is confident the long promised $14 million Oceanside health centre will start “very early in the calendar year.”

The plan has been controversial due to slow progress, limited doctor involvement in planning and some, like the Coalition for Strong Communities saying it’s just glorified walk-in clinic that will block progress on full facilities the region deserves.

“We think the health centre is grossly inadequate and we advocate for the building of a community hospital,” Olsen said.

He pointed to the fact that the majority of issues Oceanside residents go to the Nanaimo hospital for could be treated locally.

“We are on record as being in conflict with FORA’s (the Federation of Oceanside Residents Associations) support of the current proposal,” he added, suggesting they want FORA’s original request of a 48 bed facility.

Olsen is also surprised local politicians support the idea of locals paying 40 per cent of the cost, rather than receiving full provincial funding.


While all the details weren’t available, the evening will include representatives from VIHA and FORA.

He said he hopes something concrete comes out of both evening, such as establishing a community advisory committee for input on the health centre.

Both free events start at 7 p.m. at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, the health centre discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 11, followed by a film and discussion of senior care a week later on Thurs., Jan. 19.




•   •   •   •



Along with a discussion about the proposed Oceanside health centre, the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities is hosting a film and discussion the following week.

They will screen the acclaimed 28 minute documentary The Remaining Light on how we care for seniors in B.C. and then have some form of discussion, said the coalition’s John Olsen.

Presented by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Hospital Employees Union, it paints an unflattering picture of the current conditions in B.C. which are currently being studied by the provincial ombudsperson.

Olsen said the film shows that both the quantity and quality of care for seniors is decreasing in B.C.

He also points to the financial problems of the Stanford Place care home in Parksville as an example of inadequate funding.

Olsen said he hopes ideas on how to improve senior care will grow out of the event.

The short film is available free online, Google it or check in “seniors care” under the Projects & Initiatives menu.

The free evening starts at 7 p.m. at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, Thurs., Jan. 19.



Just Posted

(File photo)
Crime report: Crooks busy pilfering bikes throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Thefts among 295 complaints Oceanside RCMP deal with in one-week period

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue logo on the back of a service vehicle. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville and Qualicum Beach provide letters of support for Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

ASAR asks for increase in funding, one-time capital grant and for RDN to buy out current facility

The proposed running track upgrade at Ballenas Secondary is now on course. (PQB News file photo)
RDN: Parksville track upgrade project gains some traction

Staff recommends board approve $204,000 funding

The total earnings of Town of Qualicum Beach council and mayor amounted to $186,649 in 2020, including expenses. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Nine Qualicum Beach town employees earned more than $100K in 2020

Mayor and council received earnings totalling $186,649

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ plan going forward

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read