Sun Letters: High housing costs in Metro Vancouver have consequences

Letters: “Given our demographics, we need our young people to reach their full potential.”

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Re. Why Vancouver House Prices Became So Unbalanced

The cost of housing in Metro Vancouver, whether owned or rented, has implications for our young families, organizations of all sizes and our economy as a whole. Young people are our current and future workforce. It is our police officers, nurses, BC Hydro power line technicians, teachers, electricians, etc. who keep our cities running.

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Young people and families are excluded from the real estate market. A two-bedroom condo in the suburbs has gone from working-class housing to almost upper-class housing. In Surrey, let alone Vancouver, a sizable down payment and a household income of more than $200,000 is required to qualify for a mortgage on a two-bedroom condo.

A few years ago, families who followed the prevailing financial wisdom of opting for a variable rate to pay mortgages of several hundred thousand dollars are now struggling to keep their financial heads above water.

With our demographics, we need our young people to reach their full potential. However, the average 18 year old must consider the game to be rigged. Saving for a down payment is impossible if you pay rent in Vancouver, assuming you can afford it. Where is the reward for working hard and investing in education? Will they ever be able to afford to retire?

Even if a young man studies, works hard and gets promoted to management positions, it makes no difference. If two doctors, as a couple, would struggle to buy a house in Vancouver on their combined income, why bother going to graduate school, finishing a professional designation, or working overtime to get a promotion?

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John Shepherd, Richmond

Provincial proposal limits the work occupational therapists can do

In the process of merging many professions into a single professional faculty (psychologists, occupational therapists, optometrists, opticians, physiotherapists, dietitians, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncturists), the British Columbia Ministry of Health has proposed amendments to the occupational therapy regulation .

On January 23, the British Columbia Ministry of Health proposed a new definition and scope of practice for occupational therapy, excluding occupational therapists from providing psychological care. Other provinces have made significant progress in defining the role of occupational therapy in mental health over time.

If the amendment is passed, it appears that occupational therapists will be limited to providing physical and cognitive treatment in our province.

Today, occupational therapy is an integral part of mental health care in British Columbia. Occupational therapists work in a variety of mental health settings, including hospitals, primary care clinics, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, ICBCs, and schools.

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With record numbers of British Columbians seeking mental health and substance use services, the need for occupational therapy has never been more significant. However, in merging professions under this regulatory approach, our scope of care will be limited.

Dr. Skye Barbic is a registered occupational therapist and associate professor in the department of occupational sciences and therapy at the University of British Columbia.

Essential for the public to see the details of the contract of carriage

Issue: Metro Vancouver transit strike: Should buses and SkyTrain be an essential service?

Thank you Lori Culbert for a very informative report.

It would be helpful for those of us who want to decide whether the union or the employer has a case, if there were a comparison of the general terms of the supervisors’ contract with the terms of the other union, with which the supervisors want parity. .

I wonder if this is a classic seesaw strategy. A union chooses a term that they use to say that all they want is equity, while they don’t want equity in a complete sense, since both union contracts have terms that are very different.

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Each contract would have its own history and there would likely be trade-offs in exchange for profits.

If supervisors want fairness, would they agree to cancel your current contract and then accept all the terms of the contract they are using as a comparison?

An article setting out the terms of both contracts would be a great help to the public in deciding whether the dispute is truly an example of balancing – a classic negotiation strategy.

Tarry Grieve, Port Moody


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