Besides cutting mental health services on Vancouver island, besides cutting thousands of surgeries on Vancouver island, and besides putting the public at risk by withholding critical reports from the CDC about infectious outbreaks at Nanaimo general hospital, the next line the Gordon Campbell Liberals is crossing will cause needless death, no spin, just the straight goods.
What am I talking about? Well listen up, it`s called a "Crisis line"....And what do these crisis lines do, your daughters,your sons,your brothers and sisters call these lines when they are desperate,when they are ready to take their own lives,when they are contemplating suicide, teenagers call them for various reasons, these crisis line save lives....And guess what.?
As of March 2010, right after the 7 billion$ dollar olympic games, their funding on Vancouver island is being chopped, there is definitive proof that these crisis lines save lives, there are 6 crisis lines for the entire island, these 6 crisis lines are familiar with each region of the island, they direct people to the needed services, these island crisis line track and monitor the people who called them, these crisis lines are familiar with the towns they serve,they can relate, the people who man these lines are community based, the people who man the lines are familiar with individual people,and can direct people to the nearest support service, these people who man these lines can direct emergency services in a blink of an eye to where the distraught people are,who they are, the operators can tell police/fire/ambulance who the people`s names are!
But.....As of march 2010 the funding is gone and the service provided by 6 crisis lines for the entirety of Vancouver island is being replaced by a 1-800-generic phone number!
Say what you want, these cuts will cost lives, a few chippy dollars saved...But in the long-run it will cost lives and save nothing!
Your a son-of-a-bitch Campbell, and as for Falcon, he will feel the heat for eternity when he goes south,the sooner the better!(read the exchange in question period (today) between Kevin Falcon and the NDP, you will hear the questions,but as for answers, Falcon is only able to talk about the 90s...SHAMEFUL)http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/39th1st/H91019y.htm
Scroll down to...."Funding for crisis lines on Vancouver island" just past the 1405 marker on the right hand side of the page.
The Straight Goods
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