Letters Jan 5, 5: Visitors essential to nursing home seniors; ratings inflated by panic buying


Essential visitors are essential for seniors

I was one of those visitors who were told on Friday night that I could no longer visit my husband due to the recent public health order.

After 10 years of caring for my husband at home, I was declared nonessential. It was devastating.

Many tears and letters later I was informed that I was now classified as essential. The squeaky wheel receives the oil. I was saddened during my visit on Monday to discover that so many residents were without essential visitors.

All those who enter this particular residence are vaccinated, as well as all the personnel and this since October. Most are triply vaccinated.

They are understaffed and, being an old retired nurse, I understand many of the issues they face. They can barely meet the basic needs of caring for their residents, let alone the social and emotional needs that this isolation brings.

We have allowed, even tolerated, travel, restaurant meals and small family gatherings, but those most in need of seeing a familiar face are denied. Where are the rapid tests for us?

Every resident of every health care facility must have an advocate, a vital visitor.

Anita mccaw

Panic buying drove valuations higher

Over the past year or so, the fiercely competitive housing market has fooled many potential buyers into paying more than any sane mind would have predicted just a few years ago.

There does not appear to be a mechanism to temper the increase in assessed value based on prices paid and the number of properties sold.

An interest-free property with an unreliable producing well and no outbuildings sold very quickly for $ 250,000 above the estimated value in fall 2021 in our rural residential area of ​​60 detached properties.

Anyone who saw the sale unfold could see it was a panic buy by this out of town couple, but now we have all been spoiled by the fallout from this unique sale in our neighborhood. in 2021.

There is no doubt that the BC Assessment Authority is contributing to the affordable housing shortage by inflating assessed values ​​based on panic purchase prices paid.

Mike wilkinson

Reconciliation tax must go to referendum

Unsuspecting residents will pay another substantial tax this year, if the weary Victoria council succeeds and public opinion is again stifled or ignored.

He was intelligently nicknamed by Coun. Ben Isitt is a “community reconciliation levy,” but when he needs millions of dollars in taxes from residential and commercial property owners, it’s a tax.

As proposed in the supplementary budget, this municipal conciliation tax goes to two other jurisdictions in perpetuity. This would have a profound impact on the city’s finances and would represent the biggest change in municipal taxation in a generation.

The teary-eyed councilors, seven hours after a Committee of the Whole meeting began on Nov. 4, voted to provide reconciliation funds each year to local First Nations and to solicit public opinion. It was adopted without the benefit and knowledge of a staff report.

The motion allocates 15 percent of the new assessment revenue to the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation. Thereafter, 15 percent of the new income assessed annually is added to the amount transferred the previous year.

With the city’s tremendous development – and exponential growth in deferrals – this will quickly add up to millions of dollars in taxes each year. Conn. Geoff Young, a Harvard economist, understood the implications, saying, “It’s probably going to grow into a pretty large number pretty quickly. “

The unprecedented idea was vigorously dismissed in the recent 2022 city budget public engagement survey. Despite an incomplete and misleading “illustrative example”, respondents ranked a “matchmaking grant” 46th out of 49 additional budget items. And a majority, more than any point, was opposed or strongly opposed.

Discussions on the budget continue this week: If council unilaterally adopts this controversial idea, the city’s finances will be significantly affected and there will be regional, provincial and possibly federal implications.

To be successful, any reconciliation tax must be widely discussed and supported by the community through a referendum in the fall municipal elections.

Stan Bartlett, Vice-President
Grumpy Taxpayer $ of Greater Victoria

Awakened culture could be a great place

Re: “No group has a monopoly on virtue – or on suffering”, January 2 column.

Let’s be clear, Lawrie McFarlane was talking about wokeism, not “revival”, although his words “revival can also be rendered as a systemic effort to right old wrongs and eliminate prejudice” leaves room for misinterpretation.

So to remove the ambiguity, here is a quote from the same article in Psychology today:

“Awakening, in my opinion, is a good thing… Awareness of the injustice in treating others not only makes the world a better place and makes us better, it creates a culture in which the marginalized are empathized with. place of blame. Everyone has marginalized thoughts, feelings, and desires. Everyone is used to dealing with unfair expectations and humiliations. Awakening culture would be a pleasure for everyone.

Alan thurston

Make us easier to control and manipulate

If I could add my two cents’ worth to Lawrie McFarlane’s excellent review, though my comments might not sound as fun or light as McFarlane’s.

“Wokeism” appears to be a progression of political correctness that has been around for some time and shares one of the same goals of controlling speech, thereby controlling what people think.

The result is a population that is easier to control and manipulate, in other words a form of censorship.

Tony Priddy-Camson
Cobble Hill

Correcting our story – let’s start with today

It’s a whole new year, so let’s start off on the right foot.

It seems like we’ve been busy lately, ripping out and correcting the past for everything that we currently think is wrong.

What if, from today on, we start correcting ourselves for everything we do wrong, so that our descendants don’t have to go back in history and correct us?

Raymond Ho

We can’t fix history no matter how we try

Re: “No group has a monopoly on virtue – or on suffering”, January 2 column.

Thank you for summarizing in words what is happening.

Everything is so true. We cannot fix or change the story. Maybe it distracts us from the mind of what is happening now and will become history.

Wendy lojstrup
Brentwood Bay

Let’s think about the planet in 2022

Let us expand our compassion for hummingbirds to all of nature.

Social media and national newspapers have been abuzz with the dedication and creativity of so many British Columbians to ensure their resident hummingbirds survived the recent cold snap.

The concern felt by so many people is commendable and provides a good basis for extending compassion to other creatures and to all of nature.

Our concern for the remarkable little birds gives me hope that we are beginning to understand that we cannot continue to wage war on the very planet that is essential to our existence on Earth.

My wish for 2022 is that we can all realize that our current way of life which includes unnecessary travel (especially air travel), harmful agricultural practices, social and economic inequalities, overconsumption and waste is not sustainable, and that as individuals we accept the responsibility to act on it.

Shelagh levey
Cordoba Bay

Langham Court was not a den of harassment

Re: “Langham Court cancels shows, closes theater”, December 31st.

For many clients and members of Langham Court, the board’s decision to cancel shows and close the theater is disappointing and unnecessary.

Sadly, the article describes Langham as a den of racism, harassment, bullying, homophobia, and more.

It’s not.

This is not to say that there has not been a case of the above, and this behavior is certainly not tolerated.

However, my philosophy of life is that 95% of people contribute well to society. It’s the five percent that causes the problems.

I hope the board will take a similar stance so as not to disappoint the vast majority of patrons and members.

History has not presented a balanced view. For 90 years, Langham has enriched the lives of thousands of patrons because the theater community dedicates countless volunteer hours, using their talents and love of the theater to put on stage.

I wish the board good luck. I urge them to reverse their disappointing decision and find a solution that will both cure the ailments and bring back the plays.

The shows must continue.

Peter McNab


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