Looking after seniors isn't high on the 'families first' agenda

Dear editor,

B.C.'s Liquor Policy Review wrapped up with the submission of a report by Parliamentary Secretary John Yap on Nov. 28.

Although new legislation won't be introduced till 2014, Premier Clark wasted no time in sharing the good news that we will soon be able to take our children into pubs so that they can watch us drink.

It appears that looking after our seniors isn't as high on the "families first" agenda of our provincial government.

A year and a half after the release of the Ombudsperson's report on seniors care in BC, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) reports that "the government has largely failed to make meaningful progress to address the report's damning findings nor implement the majority of the report's recommendations."

I hope that 2014 will be the year when the 140 common sense recommendations made by the Ombudsperson will be implemented by the Ministry of Health.

Or have we become a society that cares more about changes in liquor laws than it does about providing our seniors with improved home support and community based services?

Let Minister of Health Terry Lake, Premier Clark and our MLA Don McRae know what your priorities are.

Kathie Woodley,



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