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Improving health services for people in the Tri-Cities

Hi there,

As your MLA, my number one priority is ensuring people in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra — and across B.C. — get the support and care they need to thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reframe how we care for each other, but our government’s commitment remains steadfast.

Next week I will be returning to the BC Legislature along with my colleagues from across the province.  I look forward to providing updates on new legislation and ongoing committee work in the weeks to come.  In this newsletter, I wanted to share with you a few bits of exciting news over the last month about our progress in ensuring that people here in the Tri-Cities have the support they need.

Expanded ER at Eagle Ridge Hospital is now open

I’m proud of our government for investing in the expansion of the emergency department at Eagle Ridge Hospital. When Eagle Ridge Hospital opened in 1984, the hospital’s emergency department had about 20,000 patients seeking emergency care every year. That number has more than doubled to 50,000 patients per year.

Phase 1 of Eagle Ridge Hospital’s $37.5 million emergency department expansion opened on Tuesday. This expansion includes new separate entrances for walk-in patients and ambulances, a redesigned registration and triage area to improve privacy and flow of patients, and a designated separate area for patients with mental-health and substance-use support needs.

Once Phase 2 is completed in March 2022, the expanded emergency department will have 39 new treatment spaces, up from 19. It will include four new isolation rooms for people with infectious illnesses and two new trauma resuscitation bays.

The new space is approximately three times larger, increasing from 714 square metres (7,685 square feet) to 2,206 square metres (23,745 square feet). It will provide quality emergency care in spaces better designed to meet the growing needs of patients in the Tri-Cities.

Strengthening our ambulance system, more paramedics stationed in Port Moody

When you call 911 in an emergency, you should feel confident that help is on the way quickly. Across the province we are strengthening our ambulance system by converting 24 rural and remote paramedic stations from on-call to 24/7 staffing. This will mean faster response times for people in small communities from Tofino to Fernie to Fort St James. 

We are also in the process of hiring 85 new paramedics for larger centres, from Metro Vancouver, to Kamloops, to Prince George. Eight of these new paramedics will be stationed right here in Port Moody.


Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Tomorrow, I'll be joining members of our community at Noons Creek Hatchery for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day. We will remember those lost, those that survived and those still impacted by the intergenerational trauma of the residential school system. Join me at Noon Creek Hatchery, wear an orange shirt, or find a virtual event online. It's important that we listen and learn about BC and Canada's colonial history and consider what each of us can do to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 or any other 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  
 

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Bigger, better Emergency Room opens at Eagle Ridge Hospital

MLA Glumac speaking to a staff member while visiting Eagle Ridge Hospital's new Emergency Room

We now have a bigger and better Emergency Room at Eagle Ridge Hospital! The new facility is more than twice as big. I was able to get a sneak peek recently and it looks amazing. The new facility will allow for quicker and safer patient care. I'm very happy to see this project come together. Read more
 

Discussing economic recovery with local business

MLA Glumac and Minister Khalon speak with the owner of Stitches. A quilt hangs behind the counter and bolts of fabric on the shelves
MLA Glumac and Minister Kahlon speak with the owner of  Kushala Yoga at their new studio about how they've adapted during the pandemic.

It was a pleasure to host Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation in Port Moody last week. We met with several local business owners and discussed some of the challenges and opportunities that they encountered over the last year and a half, and the road to economic recovery in B.C. in the years ahead. Learn more
 

Working with our cross border partners

MLA Glumac joins PNWER's first virtual summit from the Port Moody-Coquiltam Community Office

Participating in Pacific Northwest Economic Region Summit's first virtual summit provided a great opportunity to exchange ideas on many regional issues including energy policies and climate action. I serve as the Canadian Vice-President of the organization, and it was great to see participation from Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming, Minister of Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy, as well as our new B.C. delegates – MLAs Brenda Bailey, Roly Russell, and Brittny Anderson. Learn more
 

How to get your digital BC Vaccine Card. 1. Visit gov.vc.ca/vaccinecard. Enter your Personal Health Number, date of birth, and date of vaccination. 2. Get your BC Vaccine Card. Save it to your mobile device or print it. 3. Have your BC Vaccine Card. Show it with your ID.

Getting your BC Vaccine Card

Effective September 13, people aged 12 and over are required to show proof of vaccination to get into certain events, services, and businesses in B.C. People will need to show an official B.C. immunization record (accepted only until Sept 26) or their BC Vaccine Card (saved to your phone or printed) for:

  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • Indoor concerts, dance, theatre events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs, bars and lounges
  • Night clubs, casinos, movie theatres
  • Fitness centres, gyms, indoor adult sports
  • High-intensity indoor group exercise
  • Organized indoor events with 50+ people, such as wedding receptions or conferences
  • Organized indoor group recreational classes and activities
Text: The BC Vaccine Card: paper options available. Image: drawings of a printer and an envelope with a vaccine card
Do you have a family member, friend, or neighbour who doesn't have access to a smartphone, or computer and printer? Help them print their BC Vaccine Card from the website. They can also call 1-833-838-2323 to get their card mailed to them, or visit a Service BC office to have their card printed.

To learn more and get your BC Vaccine Card visit: gov.bc.ca/VaccineCard

 

Masks are mandatory in public indoor spaces

Image: drawing of a woman wearing a mask. Text: Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces.

Until further notice, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people 12 years and older, to help slow COVID-19 transmission and to help prepare for the fall respiratory illness season. B.C.'s province-wide indoor mask mandate applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Learn more here: gov.bc.ca/covid19restrictions
 

Walk-in. Get your vaccine. No appointment required

Text: Vaccine clinics now accepting walk-ins. Image: Drawing of a shoe.

Not yet vaccinated? Time for your second dose? Most clinics are now accepting walk-ins - no appointments needed. Find a clinic near you and get your vaccine, quickly and easily: gov.bc.ca/VaxForBC
 

Across B.C. children 12 and under now ride transit for free

Image: inside of a transit bus. Text: CFJCToday.com Sound Off: Kids 12 and under can get on board with free transit

As part of our commitment to efficient, reliable and affordable transit for families, all children in B.C. aged 12 and under are now able to ride any BC Transit or TransLink service free of charge. Read more

I recently visited newly opened "A Bird's Nest Daycare" and met with Brad, the owner, to discuss various government funding programs. His daycare is affordable and centrally located in Port Moody and there are open spaces for children older than 30 months.
Image: MLA Glumac with MLA's Finn Donnelly and Rankin, and members of the Tsleil-Waututh nation on board a boat in Indian Arm.

Indian Arm is only a short distance away but it seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. The inlet is surrounded by Say Nuth Khaw Yum, a provincial park co-managed by the Tsleil-Waututh nation and the BC Government. I recently had the opportunity to learn about these lands from a historic perspective and to understand the opportunities for its future.

Help develop a sick leave program for all British Columbians

Image: Barrista serving a coffee. Text: Hsve your say on BC's permanent paid sick leave

Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in B.C., so they are able to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year. Whether you are a worker or an employer, we’d like to hear about current paid sick leave program you might have and on what you’d would like to see in a province-wide model. The new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022. 

Have your say here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/paidsickleave/
 

Safer, more inclusive government services and programs for everyone

Text: Fighting systemic racism, improving government services
We are working to identify gaps and barriers that people from different communities face when using government services. New anti-racism data legislation will help create a safer, more inclusive province for everyone using our services or programs.

Take the survey to help shape future anti-racism initiatives in B.C.: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/antiracism

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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