Team Delta to fight for new am­bu­lance sta­tion in Tsawwassen

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Delta: Sylvia Bishop said on Mon­day that ob­tain­ing an am­bu­lance sta­tion for Tsawwassen will be a top pri­or­ity if she and her Team Delta col­leagues win elec­tion to coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 20. “The south Delta area – which en­com­passes the com­mu­nity of Tsawwassen, the Tsawwassen First Na­tions’ lands, the West­shore and GCT Delta­port ter­mi­nals at Roberts Bank, and the BC Fer­ries ter­mi­nal – is be­com­ing more densely-pop­u­lated and in­creas­ingly com­mer­cial­ized,” said Bishop, a two-term coun­cil­lor who is Team Delta’s may­oral can­di­date. “It is an ex­cep­tion­ally chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion when the near­est am­bu­lance sta­tion is lo­cated in Lad­ner, and an emer­gency-ser­vices ve­hi­cle may have to travel 12 or 13 kilo­me­tres through of­ten-con­gested traf­fic be­fore ar­riv­ing at the Ferry ter­mi­nal or Bound­ary Beach.”

She added: “Such a trip can take up to 15 min­utes or more, which may be far too long for a per­son in dis­tress or in need of emer­gency-care to wait for med­i­cal as­sis­tance.” Robert Camp­bell, a vet­eran coun­cil­lor who is seek­ing re-elec­tion un­der the Team Delta ban­ner, noted that new prop­erty-de­vel­op­ments cur­rently are planned for the South­lands and Tsawwassen First Na­tion’s ter­ri­tory.

“The South­lands pro­ject will see the con­struc­tion of as many as 950 new hous­ing units in ad­di­tion to an­other 80,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space,” Camp­bell said. “Plus, the Tsawwassen First Na­tion has their busy Tsawwassen Mills shop­ping cen­tre – now with over 200 stores – and is ac­tively work­ing to ex­pand the Tsawwassen Com­mons and de­velop new hous­ing projects.”

Dr. Joan Hansen, a new­comer to mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics but a long-time Tsawwassen op­tometrist and busi­ness-owner, noted that ve­hi­cle and pas­sen­ger vol­umes on BC Fer­ries have been ris­ing in re­cent years. “Last year, in 2017, nearly one-mil­lion ve­hi­cles and four-mil­lion pas­sen­gers de­parted from Tsawwassen ter­mi­nal for ei­ther Schwartz Bay or Duke Point,” said Dr. Hansen. “And a com­pa­ra­ble num­ber of ve­hi­cles and pas­sen­gers ar­rived at Tsawwassen from those two des­ti­na­tions. “Re­cent news re­ports, more­over, have stated that the first six months of 2018 saw the largest num­bers of ve­hi­cles and pas­sen­gers trav­el­ing on BC Fer­ries in the last two decades.”

Bishop con­cluded by not­ing Tsawwassen, which in 2017 had a pop­u­la­tion counted at 21,558, de­served an am­bu­lance sta­tion on its own mer­its, not­with­stand­ing the South Delta’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment projects.

“I think it’s won­der­ful that com­mu­ni­ties such as Sooke, Co­mox, Prince Ru­pert, Kiti­mat, Fort St. John, Ques­nel, Wil­liams Lake, Sal­mon Arm, Trail and Hope – along with dozens of other com­mu­ni­ties in BC – have their own am­bu­lance sta­tions,” Bishop said. “However, I also be­lieve that it would won­der­ful if the B.C. Am­bu­lance Ser­vice had a sta­tion in Tsawwassen to serve lo­cal res­i­dents, as well as those trav­el­ing through on their way to work or Van­cou­ver Is­land.”

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