Restrict Northern BC Work Camps to Essential Operations Only - Covid-19

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Dear Adrian Dix, British Columbia Health Minister, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia and Ellis Ross, Skeena MLA


I am a medical professional and make my home between Terrace, BC and the Lower Mainland.  I work closely with the incredible group of nurses and doctors at both the Kitimat and Terrace hospitals.  


These are small rural hospitals that have been sized to accommodate their own remote populations along with the surrounding First Nations communities.  The communities themselves are doing their best to follow the social distancing and isolation guidance from provincial and federal bodies.  However, regular turnover of work camps associated with mining and oil and gas, put the entire region at a far greater risk.  These camps bring workers from all over the country and have turnovers of virtually their entire workforces, every two weeks on average.  They live in extremely confined spaces where social distancing is not a feasible option. When Covid-19 presents in these camps, the regional health care resources will not be equipped to handle it, putting the health of the entire region at a higher risk.


I understand these are extremely difficult times. But we have all been asked to do our parts.  The work camps in Northern BC are essential part of BC economy but so are the health of the workers and the health of the communities that host these workers. 

We ask you reduce operations to critical safety and environmental requirements until the risk to these vulnerable northern communities has passed.

Please sign and show your support. 

Sincerely,


Concerned Citizens of British Columbia