It’s been a busy few weeks for the campaign and support is coming in from all sides. A couple weeks ago I issued a press release based on my Freedom Of Information request that came through last month. The interest in publicizing the new hospital parking management contract started when the Vancouver Sun ran the story on January 21, 2019. Several major media outlets followed days later and by Friday we had made a healthy contribution to British Columbians weekly informational diet.
A lot of people want to see reform in our hospital parking procedures. With the media coverage came several thousand visitors to hospitalpayparking.ca which in turn produced hundreds of votes on our poll. The poll started out with just a few simple options to vote on. Among the original choices is one that allows a voter to add a new idea to the list of options. We received a few dozen new idea submissions but had to combine most of them into existing options as they were too closely related to an original option. Novel user-submitted ideas like valet parking and free parking for a certain period of time plus a flat rate after that have been racking up votes for the past couple of weeks. The results so far underscore the campaigns inevitable success.
65% Want parking with no mandatory parking fees.
25% Are willing to pay for parking but want severely discounted parking rates.
4% Support the current hospital pay parking trap.
6% Have other ideas.
I can’t reflect on the successes without eluding to the challenges that lie ahead. The Honorable Adrian Dix; minister of health, remains elusive. The involvement of his ministry is absolutely essential to solving this problem. I have spent months calling his office, writing to him, tweeting to him, asking other MLAs to ask him to contact me and even primitive smoke signal, yet I’ve received nothing in return. The deputy minister is Stephen Brown. Mr Brown is equally uninterested in making any form of contact with me. I would describe the ministers deliberate avoidance of my outreach and campaign objectives as passive bullying. All of the key players in this debate, except the minister, have either spoken or met with me since I began the campaign in the spring of 2018. If anyone has Adrian Dix’s cell phone number, please get in touch.
We need more people to write to their MLA and give them their opinion on hospital pay parking in BC. The Join Our Team page makes this procedure quick and easy. Despite the favorable overall website traffic, too few people have taken the 30 seconds to send an e-mail to their elected representative in Victoria. If you want to see reform at BC hospital parking lots, you must instruct your MLA to make this issue a priority.
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