Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

This is day number four … of 20 for 2020

If you’ve been following along, today will now be day number four in what I am calling, “20 for 2020”.  Each day is another idea that I believe those who wish to govern us in BC, should commit to doing.

None of these ideas have been radical (at least to me) … in fact I think most would find it hard to argue they are little more than the basics of good government, and ensuring the well-being of the citizens of our province.

Today's idea fits well with the concept of our well-being, and it has to do with our health.

While there have been multiple attempts to retain and keep medical practitioners in some of the more rural areas of the province – a permanent fix to the problem needs to be worked out.

That fix should begin by reviewing all possible options to train, and retain, doctors to take up practice in the rural communities where they have grown up.  Talk with young people and ask them what they will need to stay … and talk with those still in those areas and communities to see what’s kept them where they are.

For example, some communities have offered free or reduced costs for housing; make this something throughout all areas needing assistance in getting medical care practitioners.  Other incentives could include 2 or 3 weekends away annually, to attend events such as concerts, the theatre, major league sports, and the like.

Here’s the big one however …

According to an April 2018 Globe and Mail storymedical school tuition fees range from $7,000 to $27,000 annually in Canada, plus living expenses. Medical students graduate with more than $100,000 in debt on average; $250,000 in debt is not unusual and it often grows during residency.

Have medical practitioners commit to a minimum stay of 5 years in a community where doctors are badly needed, and in exchange have the costs of their education paid off by 10 percent each year

Those living and working in a community for five to ten years will likely have put down strong roots in the community, and will therefore be more inclined to stay.

These are just a few suggestions, and I am sure many others could be explored, however there needs to be a long-term commitment by government, to ensure medical services are available to people where they live.

And with that, day four of “20 to 2020” comes to a close. As I mentioned yesterday, if you have an idea to contribute, let me know, and I’ll see if I can work it in.  If you’ve missed any of the first three, click the following links to check them out:

#3 … there should be a full review of all license costs and fees, which the provincial government has imposed upon us, to see where and how they are being used


Popular posts from this blog

KURT PEATS: Does Somebody Have to Die Before the Cops do Something? ... or ... Why Don’t You Go and Catch Some Real Criminals?

We live in a topsy-turvy world.     Watching the evening news simply confirms that the chimpanzees are indeed in charge of guarding the bananas.   I’ve been a police officer for a quarter of a century and have been called upon to try and settle disputes that took many years to develop.   In fact, most disputes are far more complex than what a 30-second sound bite can possibly convey.     Did you ever wonder why the cops didn’t act when it is blatantly obvious that a person or a group of persons were breaking the law ?    The job of the police is complicated at the best of times. The officer is called upon to deal with both criminal and civil matters, and sometimes these matters are occurring simultaneously.    On a Saturday night, after dealing with the mud, the blood and the beer, (the criminal law side of the house), the officer will eventually deal with the ensuing family break-up, child custody issues (the civil law side of the house) and the like. L

TODD STONE -- I have decided that I will not be a candidate to be the next leader of the BC Liberal Party at this time

  The past few months have been a difficult time for our party. Following the resignation of our former leader, I have been carefully considering whether this was the right time for me to once again put my name forward for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.   I focused on building out a core team and engaged with hundreds of British Columbians. A talented, growing campaign team, a strong fundraising group, and supporters in every corner of the province were at the ready to formally launch a campaign.   However, after spending the holidays with my family carefully weighing the decision, I have decided that I will not be a candidate to be the next leader of the BC Liberal Party at this time.   Life’s most important decisions are those made with your heart. I am forever grateful for the support Chantelle and our three daughters have provided me throughout my political career. But it was driven home to me recently that my daughters don’t know a time when their dad wasn’t

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the natural gas and oil industry can be a foundation for national economic recovery

  On the good news front for 2021, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is forecasting a 14 per cent increase in upstream natural gas and oil investment in 2021 – an expected increase of $3.36 billion this year, reaching $27.3 billion.   The planned investment for 2021, while increasing from the lowest levels in more than a decade, would halt the dramatic decline seen since 2014, when investment sat at $81 billion. This year’s forecast represents a stabilizing of industry investment and the beginning of a longer-term economic recovery.   The additional spending is primarily focused in Alberta and British Columbia, while numbers in Saskatchewan show modest improvement and offshore investment in Atlantic Canada is expected to remain relatively stable compared to 2020.   Stated Tim McMillan, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: “ It is a positive sign to see capital investment numbers moving up from the record lows of 202


Show more