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Building a better healthcare system

Hi there,

Healthcare is top of mind for lots of British Columbians right now – and it is for our government too. This week, Premier Horgan chaired a meeting with premiers from across Canada, with a focus on working together to finalize a new health care funding agreement with the federal government. Public health care began as a 50/50 partnership, but now Ottawa covers just 22%. While we take action here in B.C., we need the federal government to respond to the urgent need for significant, long-term funding increase. While our premier is leading the fight for Ottawa to pay its fair share, the previous government welcomed the federal cuts that cost British Columbians billions in health funding.

Since forming government, we’ve made record investments in healthcare and this week we reached two milestones that highlight how we are working to make up for almost two decades of funding cuts by previous governments that left huge gaps in our healthcare.

People right here in the Tri-Cities will now have access to better emergency care with the full completion of the emergency department expansion work at the Eagle Ridge Hospital. The project involved upgrades to the old emergency department area and expanding to build additional space. All in all, the new space is approximately three times larger and has double the spaces it previously did. This was a needed expansion – since Eagle Ridge Hospital opened in 1984, the hospital’s emergency department has more than doubled from 20,000 patients seeking emergency care to approximately 50,000 patients per year.

We also issued the request for proposals for the new hospital and BC Cancer Centre in Surrey. This means we are closer to seeing what the new state-of-the art hospital will look like, with construction expected to start next summer.

A strong healthcare system is one that meets the needs of communities and plans for the future. Addressing these issues has been a priority for our government since 2017 and we are committed to building a healthcare system that British Columbians can count on.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about a provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or rick.glumac.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks, Rick   

   

Helpful resources:      

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Eagle Ridge Hospital completes emergency department expansion

Image: MLA Glumac and Minister of Health Adrian Dix receiving a tour of the expanded emergency department at Eagle Ridge Hospital

The Eagle Ridge Hospital expansion is now complete!

The new ER is about three times larger and has 39 new treatment spaces, up from 19. It includes four new isolation rooms for people with infectious illnesses and two new trauma resuscitation bays. Walk-in patients and ambulances have separate entrances and a chemical decontamination area.

This expansion will provide quality, accessible emergency services to our community. I'm proud of the work that's led to this critical expansion being a reality.

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The Springs: affordable housing, children's centre opens

Image: MLA Glumac takes a selfie outside the front doors of The Springs

Last Thursday, I was at The Springs, built in partnership between Catalyst Community Developments Society, Inlet United Church, Kinsight, Share Family & Community Services Society and the Province. This facility includes:

  • A new church and community space,
  • Program, community and office space for Kinsight and SHARE Family and Community Services,
  • A new Children's Centre,
  • Affordable rental apartments and town homes.

The Province provided $9.5 million of funding to help secure more affordable housing in the development.  Thanks to everyone who brought this opportunity forward and helped see it through to completion.

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Expansion of $10 a day child care to benefit thousands more B.C. families

Text: Expansion of $10 a day child care to benefit thousands more B.C. families. Image: smiling mother and child in front of a playground

I support families having access to affordable child care services in our community, and I’m proud that our government is expanding the $10-a-Day Child Care Program even further. 

By partnering with the Government of Canada through the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement (CW-ELCC), more applications are being accepted to support the expansion of $10-A-Day Child Care spaces from more than 6,500 to 12,500 by December 2022.

This expansion of the program is part of B.C.’s commitment that by the end of 2022, average child care fees for B.C. families with children five and younger will be reduced by half of what average out-of-pocket fees were for families in 2019. With help from the federal government, we’re getting closer to that goal. 

Every family deserves the peace of mind and convenience of reasonably priced, quality care for their children.

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B.C. strengthens actions to prepare for climate change with new strategy

Image: four laughing kids in a forest. Text: CleanBC

Our new Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy will help us prepare for the drastic impacts of climate change we’ve felt in our communities, especially last year.

As part of our 2030 CleanBC Roadmap, this strategy will set the foundation for future action we take. The BC Government is supporting Ministries with $513 million of investments to prepare for climate impacts in the short term.

Our strategy will include an expanded role for the BC Wildfire Service to provide enhanced wildfire prevention and preparedness, as well as the creation of guides for people to stay safe in high temperature conditions.

We’re also developing a comprehensive provincial flood strategy and flood resilience plan to ensure communities are better protected from extreme flooding, and investments in nature-based solutions that will reduce the impacts of flooding and droughts by restoring healthy watersheds are also part of this plan.

Addressing climate change is vital to the future of our province, and I’m proud to support our Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy to do just that.

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Thousands of kids are learning in safer schools

Image: Map with bubbles for new schools. Text: Since 2017, 16 new schools and 58 seismic upgrades are completed or underway

Every child deserves a safe space to learn; their schools built to last and made seismically safe. With 16 new schools and 58 seismic upgrades completed or underway in 26 B.C. communities, more students will be better protected in the event of an earthquake.

It’s an exciting time to watch the evolution in our local schools.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming replacement of Moody Elementary, which feature space for an additional 115 students to meet expected growth in the neighbourhood and meet the standards of seismic safeness our government upholds. Dr. Charles Best Secondary received an additional 6 classrooms for 150 students in 2021, giving more children the opportunities to have access to a great education.

As our community grows, so too does its need for safe facilities of learning, with enough potential for growth and expansion.

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FIPPA for the future: committee reports on access to information and privacy

Image: report cover with hands typing on a laptop. Text: Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. FIPPA for the Future. June 2022.

As Chair of Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), I’m proud to present recommendations in our newly released report aimed at modernizing access to information and privacy rules in B.C.’s public sector. 

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Image: Volunteers at the booth at Golden Spike Days.

It was great for our community to get together again at Golden Spike Days! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my office’s booth for information on provincial services and fun giveaways for the kids.

Image: MLA Glumac and others with shovels standing next to an excavator on the Anmore Community Hub site.

Last month, we broke ground for the Anmore Community Hub! It'll have space for staff, a Council Chambers with technology for high quality audio/video live-streaming and a community gathering area.

Improving protection of the Great Bear Rainforest

Text: Get Involved. Great Bear Rainforest Amendments | govTogetherBC

The chance for your voice to be heard on protecting one of B.C.’s important rainforests is here. We’re gathering input to complete a review of an ecosystem-based management (EBM) system in the Great Bear Rainforest. 

The goal of the review is to identify issues and make improvements to the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order (GBRLUO) to achieve ecological and social goals. 

The engagement will cover biodiversity, the involvement of First Nations, and protections for wildlife and aquatic habitats. Offer your input on the Great Bear Rainforest before August 8

My office is here to help. Contact us.

When you contact my community office, my staff and I will do everything we can to assist. Your confidentiality is respected at all times. To give you a better idea of how we can help, please review the following information:

What my Community Office can help you with:

  • Providing information on locating government services and contact information
  • Assisting in understanding government policies and services
  • Assisting in navigating through government bureaucracy
  • Ensuring due process is being followed
  • Attending community events
  • Accepting practicum students
  • Providing congratulatory and greeting messages
  • Providing government documents, legislation discussion papers and other web-based forms if you don’t have internet access
  • Assisting with issues you may be having with provincial ministries or agencies. However, by law, there are some things we cannot help you with.

We can help you if:

  • You are a resident of the Port Moody - Coquitlam riding; and,
  • Your matter is with the provincial government.

Port Moody - Coquitlam Community Office

2708 St. Johns St., Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2B7
604-936-8709 | 
Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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