Petition to the Honourable Minister of Health and the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia
[ Updated March 18, 2017 ]
Recently, Vancouver Coastal Health announced the closure of Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe Senior’s Care Homes in Sechelt, B.C. In addition, a contract had been awarded to Trellis Group to build and manage a private for-profit care facility to replace the two public facilities.
As a result, a group of concerned citizens on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. have formed a grassroots coalition, of which we call “Protect Public Health Care – Sunshine Coast”. We are opposed to the plan by Vancouver Coastal Health to contract with a private for-profit contractor to build and operate a residential long term Senior’s care facility.
In order to appeal to the Minister of Health to stop this action, a petition was developed, which requested the Minister to direct Vancouver Coastal Health to “NOT privatize residential care on the Sunshine Coast, and any replacement care home to be publicly funded, owned and operated”.
Before the petition could be presented to the Legislature, we require 10,000 signatures. Citizens from across the coast signed the petition, and volunteers from PPHC spent many hours at public events and Malls, meeting the public and talking to people, with the petition on hand.
On March 1 of 2017, a delegation of PPHC members went to the Legislature in Victoria, and handed over the petition containg over 10,000 signatures against private for-profit seniors’ care on the Sunshine Coast. The official opposition received the petition, and Powell River/Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons presented it in the legislature that afternoon. Click the links below to read the Coast Reporter article, and view the video: