There was a lot of silver hair at the library yesterday.
BC’s Seniors Advocate was the guest speaker for the Council of Seniors. This was the third stop on her Northern swing. Since she was appointed to the job two years ago, Isobel Mackenzie has concluded a number of studies into issues facing seniors, like housing and transportation.
“Certainly in Northern British Columbia, housing is a big problem for different reasons that it’s a problem in the Lower Mainland. In the Lower Mainland it’s all about price and in the North, it’s all about nothing available,” says Mackenzie. “Transportation. In the Lower Mainland, it’s all about a ten-minute wait for the Handy Dart and in Northern BC, it’s the ten-hour wait for the bus or the requirement to stay overnight if you have to come into Prince George for a procedure from, say, Houston.”
She says BC’s seniors population is currently at 17%. That is going to modestly increase to 24 percent by 2031. She says all levels of government need to recognize that shift.