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Letters to the Editor for the week of June 21st, 2012

A personal story


I wouldn't usually share a personal story like this in a public venue, but it's important to know how well-served we are by the medical community here, at least from my recent experience.

Ignore for a moment the campaign to replace (retiring orthopedic surgeon) Dr. Pat McConkey and how the medical professionals gave their time to enlist support and ensure that the quality of care in the corridor would not be eroded. And how that seems to be turning out for the best for all of us.

This story is personal.

Our eldest daughter lives in Vancouver. She developed back pain a couple of weeks ago, which progressed in severity as the hours marched on. She attended the emergency department of a hospital twice, but was patted on the head, given some meds and sent on her way.

We knew there was more going on so we brought her up to Whistler. We know the doctors here, they know our daughter, and more importantly, they have the experience of all kinds of unexpected conditions and disorders. I was confident they would get to the bottom of the problem.

They did.

Sarah had emergency surgery on Thursday in Vancouver. It is no exaggeration to say that had she not had the surgery when she did she would have courted paraplegia or worse.

From the minute we stepped in the door at the Whistler Health Care Centre that Monday morning until Sarah was on her way to Vancouver General Hospital three days later, all of the staff were professional, attentive, caring and thorough. Other medical (practitioners) in town were involved along the way and they too did what they could. And from my observations in the clinic over the course of those three days, this was business as usual — no "special treatment."

Special is the standard of care.

Whistler is a town of 10,000. We have the medical capabilities and skills of a city many times that size.

Sarah's not out of the woods yet, but she's legions in front of where she would have been but for the Whistler medical community.

Thank you.

Nancy Wilhelm-Morden

Bill 38 Wack-A-Mole

I'm flabbergasted that MP John Weston can claim Bill C-38 will protect habitat (Pique June 14, 2012).

If that is so, why are the existing habitat protection measures being specifically targetted for removal by the proposed legislation?

It shouldn't take a lawyer to figure that out!

Like synchronized Wack-A-Moles, government MPs were quick to jump up from their seats in the House to vote for the Omnibus Bill.

Sadly though, not a single Conservative member (including self-proclaimed "conservationists" like Weston) has been able to stand up in support of our environment.

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