Kate Webb, writing in the Vancouver Metro last week, let fly a pretty good rant about the really important still unresolved issues that emerged in the (very long) tail of Christy Clark's Health Ministry firings.
Then, near the end of her piece, Ms. Webb had this to say:
...I don’t know how to make people pay attention, even though there are so many jaw-dropping revelations and allegations, because it’s such a complicated story...
Is it really 'people', in general, who need to start paying attention?
Or is it, more specifically, people in the proMedia who need to start really doing their job so that the 'people' actually know what to pay attention to.
Case in point, why has so little attention has been paid to this 'story' from Tom Fletcher of the Black Press that is not ancient history (i.e. there is no excuse for ignoring it as 'old news'):
The B.C. government's quit-smoking assistance program is now available to people who drop by a pharmacy to qualify for free nicotine replacement products.
As of Jan. 1, 2016, participants no longer have to register by calling 8-1-1 to reach the HealthLinkBC medical advice service. The program has also expanded its offerings to include nicotine inhalers and lozenges as well as gum and patches...
....The program also covers 12 weeks of prescription drugs Zyban or Champix, with cost depending on coverage under the Pharmacare program. Details are available here or from your doctor.
Why might some proMedia digging into all those unresolved issues listed by Ms. Webb in her piece be warranted in getting the real story behind this latest bit of stenography provided to the 'people' by the good Mr. Fletcher?
It turns out that the stenography was tapped out on January 1, 2016 which was curiously timed given the following, as noted by Ms. Webb:
...Fast-forward to Dec. 29 (2015), when the government announced it had awarded a
sizable cash settlement to (fired Health Ministry workers Bill) Warburton and his wife Rebecca Warburton, who
also worked for the TI (Therapeutics Initiative). The amount was not disclosed, but it is likely
in the millions, and the government has also given cash settlements to
all the other living TI researchers. But because Bill Warburton’s case
will not go to trail, none of his allegations of government corruption
will be tested in court...