Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Macdonald offers parties advice
Macdonald, M. Sc., Author
Fossil fuels to
be used less and quickly replaced by alternate energy production
(Solar, geothermal, etc.)
public on the comparative costs of production by fossil fuel, or
- Total costs are
underestimated by omitting capital and maintenance costs of roads,
highways, bridges, seaports, coast guards, etc. and by ignoring the
vast amount of damage to water, soil, air and health.
- Fracking must be discontinued.
2. Kinder Morgan Pipe line enlargement through BC is wrong
- There have been more broken pipes and spills than is generally
- Sacred burial places must be honored.
- Increased sale of oil to China is wrong because their air
pollution damages health globally.
- The tripling of Chinese oil tankers in Canadian waters will
multiply danger of oil spills, pollution of oceans and beaches, and
kill endangered species of fish and mammals.
- Coast guard services are already slow and underfunded.
3. A pipeline from Alberta to Mexico as a temporary measure until
fossil fuels are no longer needed.
- So that imports of fossil fuels from the Middle East will be
phased out quickly.
- The route chosen must be altered to respect indigenous peoples.
4. High health care costs and overcrowding of hospitals are due
- Air pollution from fossil fuel causes/aggravates eye, ear, sinus,
heart, lungs, arthritic and cancerous diseases.
- CEOs and administrators get high salaries and even a bonus. They
lack knowledge of current grass roots skills and concerns. I do not
believe that a high salary will draw the best people. Instead
corruption-free, clear philosophy, professional skill and
operational goals will attract wise leaders.
- Cut down on the many layers of a hierarchy of administrators/
supervisors/ foremen. Change to leadership by professional and para
professional employees, voted in by employees, for two years, in
rotation, and continuing in their profession part time.
- In that way grass roots realities will be better honored and funds
increased for direct, adequate care.
- Pharmacare and Medicare to give better coverage.
- Add dental, visual, foot care and hearing aids costs and follow-up
- Many poor people unable to pay the extra amounts charged for
prescriptions not covered by BC, go without. My 92 year old sister,
who is too poor to pay income tax had to pay nearly $500 on her
prescriptions in 2016.
- There are too many new Pharmacies. That adds to costs. In
Chilliwack with a population of 80,000, there are eight or more
pharmacies plus six in grocery stores. Several should be forced to
close. Too much of the work is done by pharmacy assistants. More
well qualified pharmacists should be hired.
- Grocery stores ruin nutrition and resistance to disease by selling
processed foods. “Purifying” removes about 35 nutrients. “Enriching”
adds only six, and they are synthetic. Vegetables/fruit are ruined
by pesticides/herbicides/genetic modification. Labeling omits GMO.
5. Similarly all government ministries and private corporations
must be reformed as in point 4.
This means more
skilled people employed for direct service and few as
- Workers to receive shares and have votes in their industry of
6. All provinces should cooperate for fairness and uniformity in
medicare, pharmacare, childcare, nutrition and education:
- Transfer of credentials of professionals and paraprofessionals
should be easy between provinces.
- Vigorously promote selling of fruit, potatoes, meat and other
produce between provinces.
- Tax foreign imports and long distance truck owners (not the
7. Increase funding for mental illness especially of youth &
- A case manager, group therapy and home visits are essential for
all. Many middle aged and senior patients who are somewhat
recovered, are transferred to a GP for treatment. They need
continued care by psychiatrists and Case Managers who do home
visits. Patients are on their best behavior when seen in an office
for five minutes. They have not recovered as assumed. The burden and
fear of their aged parents is serious.
- At 18 years of age youth are transferred to a different Ministry
where their psychiatrist and case manager are strangers. No wonder
most stop keeping appointments for therapy. Then many self-medicate
with drugs or alcohol.
- When mentally ill people are psychotic (out of touch with reality
with hallucinations, delusions and paranoia) they should not have
the right to refuse psychiatric treatment. Human Rights legislation
needs to be revised for people with Schizophrenia. People with Mood
Disorders demand human rights. They should not advocate for people
- All family members, not just one, should be included in the
Treatment Team and in Discharge Planning. They are still often
excluded, belittled and blamed.
8. Volunteers in lodges, alumni, service clubs and churches do
outstanding service for the well-being of Canada.
- The Senate is necessary for sobre second thoughts and also for the
present Senate Committees that conduct valuable studies: MPs and
MLAs do not have perspective, time and broad experience for in depth
- Senators should not get a salary. Since they are pensioners they
should work as volunteers. They do however need modest stipends for
housing and travel, when on Senate work.
- Our Senate is very different from the USA Senate. We can be proud
that it is more functional and effective.
9. I am a Royalist because the Regal Role lessens the heavy
burdens on the Prime Minister.
-The Governor General hosts red carpet functions in honor of foreign
dignitaries and Canadian citizens who have been brave, or have made
outstanding contributions. The provincial Lieutenant Governors have
a similar role in each province. It was embarrassing that the Prime
Minister and his wife and Premier Christy Clarke were much involved
for several days in the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, while heavy legislative duties were neglected. To be
present for the arrival and one function with the children of prince
and prime minister was enough.
10. Farmers of vegetables, fruit, grain, dairy, beef, hogs and
poultry are seriously neglected as follows:
- Large refrigerated trucks carry fruit and vegetables from
California and Mexico. They ruin air and highways.
- Mega grocery stores sell imported fruit and vegetables at less
cost than locally grown. Meanwhile locally grown strawberries,
raspberries, kiwi, peaches and cherries rot in the fields and go
extinct. this year apricots were very expensive, sour, and hard to
find. When I lived in Saskatchewan in 1984-86 I often bought an
abundance of inexpensive Okanagan apricots. Why not here in the
- Farmers markets have a short season and charge high prices, so the
poor stay away and are malnourished.
- Public transport is lacking for small farmers so that wife and/or
husband have to take second jobs. They need to own two or three cars
or light trucks to get to work, and for teenagers to get to high
school or university.
- Farm youth like farming but cannot make a living on the farm. 4H
and agricultural fairs have dwindled/died.
11. Most funding for transportation goes to the cities. Rural
infrastructure is seriously underfunded.
- Rural people are poorly serviced with education, transportation,
health care and industrial development.
- A network of standard gauge light railways cum tram lines, could
solve these problems. 100 km of railway will cost less than 4 km of
sky-train to install and maintain. www.Railforthevalley.com. Leewood
Proposal - 85 pages.
- A refrigerated railway car could be a mobile farmers' market,
serving six locations, one day a week all year. Snow is easily
removed from railway tracks.
- The Fraser Vale Frozen Food factory on Yale Road was a great
success story for many years. When I lived in Quebec 1968-74 I
bought some of their frozen fruit and vegetables. About 1999 it was
sold to Pillsbury. They sold it to a contractor who filled the space
12. Indigenous and hinterland communities should be promoted and
- Furniture factories to use wood damaged by pine beetles.
- Subsidize refugees from the middle and far east to remove rubble
from valleys, terrace and compost hillsides and develop orchards and
gardens. Subsidize un/underemployed poor in Vancouver east side to
move inland for this work. Some homeless people would do well and
develop initiative. Refugees from eastern countries who have lived
on or near terraced hillsides would have know how, but would need
- Keep communities multicultural and avoid ghettoes. Provide
facilities for schools, colleges, sports, music and cultural
- Provide well staffed and funded rural schools and hospitals to
attract professionals and their families. I got a good education
attending a one room school from grades one to 8. I drove a horse
and buggy 5 1/2 miles to town to attend a 4 room high school,
graduating in 1937. We learned French in the attic and chemistry in
- It is wrong to close small schools. In large schools children form
cliques and gangs.
- The busing of children, has ruined the quality of education and
destroyed multiculturalism. Children no longer walk and explore
- The medical faculty at Prince George has helped train doctors who
like rural life.
- When I lived in Saskatchewan I visited several of the many fine
community hospitals built by Tommy Douglas. Most have since closed
as towns and schools died.
- It was absentee one crop mega farmers or ruined rural life in
- Agribusiness cannot understand and speak for small mixed farms,
and family farmers.
13. Seniors need much more funding for Better at Home.
My income is so low
that I do not have to pay income tax, yet to get a subsidy for a
cleaning woman for two hours once a month I have to pay $27.56. For
a handyman I have to pay for two hours, but they may not do plumbing
or electrical repairs. I have only the yellow pages.
- My two disabled siblings live in Assisted Living. They wear
expensive hearing aids but staff do not do maintenance. There are
many shapes and varieties. Hearing Aid companies do not do home
visits. Most older people give up and stop using their hearing aids.
Even doctors and nurses do not know how to maintain them. Their
purchase and servicing should be covered by Medicare.
- My siblings both need incontinence supplies but Assisted Living
does not supply them. I have no car, but hunt for varieties they
like, using my walker. There are many kinds that are too narrow and
get lumpy. I hunt for sales, because the full cost is over $250 per
month, each. Pharmacy shelves are cluttered and lack space for the
- In Assisted Living and in Home Care there is staff funding for
only one bath a week. It is a come down when older people can no
longer take a daily shower. The golden years!!
14. Fish Farming with open pens infects and destroys wild fish.
- There is open sewage from homes and ships.
15. Compromise to accept wrong practices to find and keep
employment is corruption.
- Arms length involvement is right and the source of real hope and
- Whistle blowers are silenced, demoted and shamed. They should be
respected and protected.
- Freedom of speech should be allowed by employers for employees.
16. Election Reform:
The way people vote
needs change. Some years ago in BC, when the NDP got 38% of the
votes only two constituencies had enough votes for an MLA. 38% of
the MLAs should have been NDP, not just two. That is shocking
- I suggest voting for first and second choices. Might that help
make voting results more fair?
- I am not in favor of a referendum on the voting system. We had one
in BC some years ago, but because of complexities, that just added
to the confusion, discontent and inconclusive result.
- MLAs should not be required to vote in loyalty to a party, but
with freedom of conscience.
17. Missing women.
A fact finding
referendum would not help. A network of light railways would help.
- Regular bus service would help too, but trains are less expensive.
A bus lasts 8 years and carries 50 passengers. A train lasts 20
years or more.
- Trains carry more passengers and enable industry.
18. Justice in Incomes and the Economy:
- High salaries for a few and Tax Havens must be broken down.
- Taxes should not go down, but up as in Scandinavian countries.
- College tuition fees should go down.
- Our pension income has not increased, but our cost of living and
food has doubled in the past three years.
- MLAs, City Councils and school trustees should not have got a
raise. Raises made the past two years should be cut back.
- The minimum wage and child care subsidies and the housing stipend
of disabled people should all go up.
- New Housing for the poor and the middle class should be together,
not in segregated neighbourhoods.
- To lower the cost of housing, yet improve family relationships:
combine the dining, family and living rooms, but have more bedrooms
and two bath rooms.
- All rooms should be smaller to cut down construction costs.
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