Letters to The Province: Refunding empty-homes tax to builders was truthful

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For as soon as, widespread sense and equity has prevailed at Metropolis Corridor.

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The choice to refund the empty properties tax to builders which might be holding unsold stock was the right and simply evaluation. By maintaining the cash collected, the town can be complicit in including to the inflating value of housing. Bravo to Mayor Ken Sim and his crew for making the appropriate name.

Rick Ripoli, Burnaby

Overburdened emergency room demoralizing for sufferers

I learn with curiosity and dismay concerning the ongoing drawback with admitted sufferers held within the emergency room at Surrey Memorial Hospital. I labored this emergency for a few years and this drawback has elevated considerably. Throughout my time, we held admits within the halls, pediatric departments and the therapy rooms. Nurses did their greatest and tried to take care of these sufferers in a unit not geared up for long-term sufferers. How demoralizing it was for these sufferers, on view to everybody.

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It was regular to come back on shift with just a few open beds to work with. After we complained, the media got here out, took footage and typically it bought higher. I can solely think about how a lot worse it has turn out to be with the inflow of individuals into Surrey and no new hospital beds. My compliments to the workers at Surrey ER who attempt to take care of sufferers on this overburdened division. We at all times held our heads excessive whatever the slurs and put-downs as a result of we knew what we did, and so did our many sufferers.

Elaine Belliveau, Surrey

Reader thanks ‘snow angels’ 

I had a medical appointment at UBC Hospital some time again on a Monday, the day of the massive snow.

I bought on the No. 25 bus at King Edward and Kingsway at 7 a.m. I requested the motive force if he went proper into UBC. He mentioned, “I’m going to strive.” I assumed he was joking, however it was sluggish slogging and he lastly bought caught. A fellow passenger, a younger scholar named James, kindly known as the hospital for me to guarantee them I used to be on my method. James checked his cellphone and located that Broadway buses have been nonetheless operating. He led the way in which, ensuring I used to be OK. After we lastly bought to UBC, James led me towards my vacation spot. However his class was within the different route, so I wanted him nicely and insisted he get to class. It was 9:30 a.m. after I arrived on the hospital. Though it’s a bit late, I wish to thank all of the great B.C. transit drivers, and particularly the younger man who went out of his method to assist a stranger.

Right here’s wishing angels in your shoulders, James.

Di Skippen, Vancouver 

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