Comment from Voices: We have received the following version of a letter sent to North Vancouver City Council from a long time resident:
Is North Vancouver Now an Unsettled Place of Transience – Not A City?
One issue about population growth: the enormous stress on the hospital.
It is the only hospital on the North Shore and serves, as we know, the entire area from Deep Cove to Squamish and the Sunshine Coast: developments at 13th St and also along the entire Marine Drive and also 3rd street from St. George eastward etc. and at the foot of the cut grow buildings like mushrooms.
Calling us a “City” is a misnomer; this is not a “city” anymore; it is an enclave that is a lacework of different kinds of settlements, small neighbourhoods, suburbs and bridge ways, which give it its character.
The character now: sprawl and barely manageable growth. It is place of ‘transience’ and unsettled growth.
As Council knows working people come to the North Shore from all over the Lower Mainland because they can’t afford to live here.
For many the place has become little more than passageways from one place to another.
The dislocated renters will learn about ‘transience’ very quickly when they are forced to move.
Who represents them?
I’ll tell you a story perhaps representative: our Dr. in the Lower Lonsdale area moved his practice to Vancouver. We experienced what happens in finding a Dr. that is not a walk-in clinic.
Most Dr.s on the North shore are not taking new patients unless in a walk-in clinic. We found out.
Yet “we” are piling the people in. Who is the “We”?
Especially one can add when so few voters in the City or District actually vote? Where is the “we”?
The increase in population for example. Rrcently the rise in flu cases; many took their flu to the hospital because they don’t have a Doctor.
Canadian statistics show this.
The increase in population will further stress the lifeworld facilities.
We know that the increase in population has moved beyond the predicted optimum that was planned.
Yet development continues?
We have experienced first hand the waiting time and the stress of the staff at the hospital who do their best.
We eventually found a Dr. after many weeks of searching; this is a marker that is indicative of the reality.
The Planning Department can produce a study of the indicators of the quality of the everyday way of life
and see where ‘we’ stack up?
-From a Very (very) Long Time North Vancouver Resident.