Chile has joined Haiti in suffering through a horrific natural disaster. Canadians and Prince Edward Islanders should not be complacent. We are susceptible to a similar event. PEI was affected by a magnitude 7.2 quake on November 18, 1929.
Known by several names such as the Grand Banks earthquake and the South Shore disaster, this earth shaker’s epicenter was situated about 250 miles due south of Newfoundland. It was felt as far away as Montreal and New York City.
Souris and the surrounding area were affected. My dad and his oldest brother had experienced the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917. Uncle Russell was in school and dad at home. Dishes rattled and fell. A window pane cracked in the house. The initial thought was since this war, Souris was being shelled by the enemy.
In a life or death situation, every one should look out for their own and their families health because no one else cares
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams’ heart operation in the US has opened the flood gates of criticism on both sides of the border. His trip is really nothing new and says nothing about Canada’s socialized health care.
Canada might have universal health but that only helps. It doesn’t mean each citizen gets the same treatment. Even in Communist Russia, the political elite got better health care that the proletariat.
Canadians are getting multi-tiered health care and based on wealth and connections. Most people have to wait their turn except the rich and connected.
Rich and powerful
Canada is an oligarchy run by the rich and powerful who may check into their local hospital but not when their life depends on it. Some notables who tried to up their chances of survival by traveling Stateside were Belinda Stronach (breast cancer), Jean Chretien (Mayo Clinic), Robert Bourassa (cancer). Continue reading →
Disabled home care underfunded and unstable workforce
Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, June 8, 2009
Persons with disabilities are the “victims of a fluctuating workforce simply because of funding issues,” says Carol Furlong president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NUPGE) union.
Government programs for the disabled are underfunded in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Inadequate funding is a regulatory restriction on services that are already inadequate.
PEI’s Disability Services Program is limited to 1,200 on PEI’s 22,000 persons with disabilities.
By ANDY WALKER, P.E.I. DIARY, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS, Canada, Sun. Mar 15 – 6:21 AM
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDERS have long had the dubious distinction of paying the highest electricity rates in the Maritimes. Now, Islanders are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets because those rates are on the move again. After several days of hearings earlier this year, the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, the government-appointed agency that oversees electricity and gasoline prices, has agreed to a Maritime Electric request to increase rates by an average of 5.3 per cent annually. Continue reading →