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Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

This call from Corky to help save our farmland is one to be heeded. Originally posted in the Commonsense Canadian it is followed by a Damien Gillis piece with Harold Steves, a Richmond councillor and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

Cowichan Conversations: West Coast Environmental Law Supports Community Action Regarding Proposed Gravel Mine on Balme Ayre Farm

A petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia has been filed on behalf of concerned Cowichan Valley residents by Ms. McKenzie requesting a judicial review of the Agricultural Land Commission’s approval to extract

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Cowichan Conversations: The Challenge Is On To Save The ALR

Dave Barrett Premier of BC 1972-1975

That may change if the obedient Oil and Gas crazed BC Liberal MLA’s have their way dismantling the protections to accommodate non agricultural uses. Perhaps the (Read more…)

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Defending Public Healthcare: Why are fewer hospital patients waiting for LTC?

Ontario hospitals report a significant decline in the number of patients in hospital beds who are waiting for a long term care bed.  From November 2009 to March 2013, the number of patients waiting for LTC was reduced by 1,282 patients, an astonishing decline of 41%. This sounds like a victory for better . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Why are fewer hospital patients waiting for LTC?

Defending Public Healthcare: Long-term care industry plans reinvention during austerity

Not all beds in “Long Term Care” facilities provide long term care. “Convalescent care” beds are a form of “short-stay” beds in long-term care (LTC) facilities.  Convalescent beds receive an extra $70.94 more per day than standard “long term” beds do in LTC facilities.  That’s 45.7% more funding than the $155.18 for a standard LTC . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Long-term care industry plans reinvention during austerity

Defending Public Healthcare: Hospital can’t turn beds over to retirement home

A Windsor hospital has been officially blocked from setting up hospital beds in a for-profit retirement home. 

As noted in June, the Hotel Dieu Hospital was trying to create 18 “assess and restore” hospital beds in a for-profit retirement home in Amhertsburg.   The hitch for the Ministry of Health and LTC wasn’t the for-profit . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Hospital can’t turn beds over to retirement home