The CEO of the BC Care Providers Association is slamming the City of Vancouver for being ‘woefully’ unprepared for the icy weather.
Daniel Fontaine says many care providers are struggling to make house calls to elderly people in various parts of the city because of treacherous road conditions.
And he says the city is to blame.
“I would say it’s an unmitigated disaster at this point. I just think that they have done such a poor job of preparing and planning for this and knowing that there was going to be snow. Less than a decade ago, the city underwent a very similar experience and there was a commitment by the city back in 2008 that they were going to do a better job.”
Fontaine says as a result, elderly people are bearing the brunt of the City’s mistakes.
“The current conditions, on the roads, on the sidewalks are proving an incredible challenge for the care providers who have to visit sometimes, a number of seniors over the course of the day. And getting in around the city and getting around the streets for these care providers is really critical.”
Fontaine says the City also needs to be more strict with enforcing fines on those who aren’t clearing their sidewalks.
He says residents across Metro Vancouver should look out for elderly neighbours and check in on them during the cold spells.
The city of Vancouver says it will be making two more loads of free salt available at 10 Vancouver fire halls tomorrow, after supplies vanished in minutes today.
One delivery is expected between 8 a.m. and noon, and the second before 4 p.m.