This old fart’s top news story of the day is a horror story that’s unfolding as I write. I speak of the residents of the Lynn Valley Care Center in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and their families. The centre has more than 200 residents, most of them in advanced old age and requiring care for dementia and other serious health conditions. You see, it has just two staff members to care for a wing with up to 50 residents after care workers refused to work at the North Vancouver location in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak, and recently Canada’s first fatality from it.
Long Term Care Home Workers Refuse To Work
Several relatives of family members told CTV News they had to feed and clean their family members and take trays of food to others. They say they’ve been feeding and caring for their loved ones and other residents, along with removing garbage and wiping down surfaces. Deanna Harlow, whose father lives in the facility, told CTV, “The time for action is now. We need boots on the ground — people in there are suffering. They’re not getting fed.”
Residents Not Getting Fed
Debra Drew, whose 96-year-old father lives at the care home, stated, “We were feeding the residents. We were reassuring the residents. We were helping the residents adjust to a very new routine. We were trying to keep them apart, but that was one of the issues. We could not maintain the procedures (officials recommended) to protect everyone.” Health Minister Adrian Dix, whose ministry is responsible for the privatization of public health care facilities, and has been increasingly under fire for inadequate health care and medical services across the province, said, “There are obviously going to be challenges in a care home facing this kind of thing, so Vancouver Coastal Health is working very heavily to recruit more support for people in the care home and to ensure those issues are addressed.”
Increasingly Under Fire For Inadequate Healthcare
However, those with frail and elderly parents are still waiting for daily updates Vancouver Coastal Health officials had promised, and they had only seen a handful of staff on Monday afternoon when CTV spoke with them, but had nothing but praise for those coming in to work. This latest story is just in addition to a host of other long term care horror stories in British Columbia that’s forced health authorities to ‘intervene and take control’ of the facilities, which is exactly what their damn job to begin with.
Health Authorities To Intervene And Take Control
But instead, they ‘contracted out’ that care, supposedly to reduce costs. However, all contracting out has really done is reduce the quality of services to those in need, and made private corporations a whole shit whack of money, as evidenced by the foreign owners of Retirement Concepts. For those unfamiliar with them, Retirement Concepts is British Columbia’s largest chain of for-profit care homes, four of which health authorities recently had to seize control of. When government was forced to intervene at those homes Dix said that he’d demand accountability for the “unacceptable” care of seniors , but has since quite obviously done what Dix does best, which is not a damn thing other than make excuses.
Canada Has A Universal Health Care System
Now this old fart is all riled up for a few reasons. First, we have ourselves a universal health care system in Canada, and most of the residents of long term care facilities require health care, or they wouldn’t be where the hell they are. So, why are they being forced to pay for their healthcare? Why were they tossed out the health care door, and their care ‘privatized’? Second, why are so many of said private care facilities ‘foreign owned’, despite widespread concerns about foreign ownership affecting quality of care, fears horribly justified lately in so many homes? And third, how in the hell can so many people in government and healthcare stand around with their thumbs up their asses while this kind of crap takes place?
Cheap Rat Palaces Ran By People In Foreign Nations
Is it because the vulnerable no longer pay taxes, and therefore are a ‘financial burden’ by asking that some of the taxes they paid now be used for their care? Is it because they can’t fight for their own rights, so scumbag bureaucrats sleazily slough them off to cheap rat palaces ran by people in foreign nations who’s life passion is figuring out how to screw people out of money so they can fill their pockets? Or, is it because the current NDP government in B.C. really doesn’t give two shits about the wonderful folks who live there?
Government Diverted Over $20 Billion From Public Services
I’d say the answer is most definitely the last, because they’ve proven themselves to be nothing more than foreign controlled corporate cronies, who in my opinion, are ignorant and belligerent swine that perverted laws to divert over $20 billion dollars of hard working taxpayer’s money away from government services, using it to pay for a foreign owned and operated LNG port facility, a pipeline to feed it, and a dam that only fossil fuels industries need.
Pandering To Pipe Dreams Of Political Financiers
In fact, other than pandering to the literal pipe dreams of their political financiers, B.C.’s capitalistic socialist party’s real contribution to a better province has been nothing short of absolutely pathetic. No money has been given to increase funding to community brain injury services, none to improve services to and for those with spinal injuries, none to support the families being devastated by the dementia epidemic, none to seriously improve the income of seniors and the disabled, none to reduce child poverty, and sadly, the list goes on and on and on.
No Money For Those In Desperate Need
Instead of money going toward solving urban transportation issues, or providing infrastructure funding to cities, towns and municipalities, billions and billions and billions of tax dollars have been spent to build foreign owned and operated fossil fuel facilities that make ultra-rich foreign corporations even richer. Instead of making the province safer for British Columbians, government sent hundreds of police to intimidate, violate, and assault peaceful people trying to protect their property from the very devastation the government is spending the public’s money to make happen.
BC Government Doing A Horrible Job
So, when I hear government making excuses for why the people who pay the taxes need to be screwed out of the quality care that they sure as hell deserve, it really, really pisses me off. There ain’t no call for folks to be treated like they’re being treated, and it’s all because the current government is doing an absolutely horrible job on every single front. It may have the audacity to pat itself on the back for what little it does, but it needs to be judged for all that it does not do. And that long, long, long list grows ever longer by the second.
Smarten The Hell Up, Eh!
So to the Dix head of the Health Ministry, and his peers of politically poor excuses for legislators, smarten the hell up, eh! Stop fiscally picking our pockets to fill yours. Pull your lame brains out of your asses and start using taxpayer dollars to do some good for British Columbians for a change. Make all long term care homes in B.C. an extension of the health care system, not a human dump from the health care system. Start using our dollars on things that will benefit us, instead of giving them to foreign industries. And be right sure to give thanks to the spiritual deities of your choice for not making it legal for us to give you what the hell you deserve.
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