Critics come together

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Editor:

Re: “Trellis does damage control,” Sept. 30

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Margaret Sinclair makes much of the fact that many who attended Trellis’s Sept. 19 open house registered and waited in line for a prescribed 20-minute tour slot. She presents her refusal to do so as an act of defiance and brands those who did not follow her lead as apathetic. “[Trellis] will build,” she says, “and we will come.”

Sinclair neglects to mention that many others refused to enter the Trellis event at all, but instead staged a demonstration outside. We distributed a letter outlining our opposition to VCH’s secret deal with Trellis and engaged in discussions with dozens of people waiting in line. Of those, the overwhelming majority were opposed to the Trellis contract. A few left the line to join our protest; others returned for more conversation after they’d taken the tour. Whatever their point of view, all the men and women we spoke with were passionate about the fate of senior care in our community.

A number of individuals and groups that participated in that demonstration have since come together to form Protect Public Health Care – Sunshine Coast. We expect soon to announce more demonstrations and public events. For information, see www.facebook.com/protectpublichealthcaresunshinecoast or email SCPPHC@hotmail.com. Watch for our petitions at businesses and malls across the Coast this month. Please join us in protecting quality, non-profit senior care on the Coast.

Ian McLatchie, Sechelt

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