Councillors support RIH parking petition

City council has agreed to lend support to a petition asking Royal Inland Hospital to address parking for those in the emergency department.


KAMLOOPS – Coun. Ken Christian cited a well known proverb in lending his support to a petition asking for parking meters to be removed from the emergency parking area at Royal Inland Hospital.

“People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones,” Christian told council. “We have a bunch of parking, it's very complex.... (We have to) be careful to not inject ourselves.”

A lively and outspoken Rose Bourdin addressed council Tuesday afternoon and said anyone can currently park in the area designated for emergency parking which causes problems for those who actually need to use the parking.

“This is an emergency parking area, and they're getting away with it,” she said of the visitors and staff who “pay and stay all day.”

Bourdin has collected more than 1,336 signatures of people who want to see a change to the way RIH administers the emergency parking. Bourdon says the system is far worse than the previous system of getting a ticket from the front desk to leave on your dash when you are at the emergency room.

“I'm not sure what else we can do other than go back to the old system,” Bourdin told council. “This one is abused.”

Bourdin has approached MLA Terry Lake as well as hospital administration and eventually took it upon herself to schedule a meeting with RIH protection and parking services manager John Acorn.

“Terry Lake is well aware of what we're doing, he hasn't said he would meet with us yet. (Hospital administrator) Marg Brown was supposed to set up a meeting with Acorn, but she hadn't, so I did,” she said, describing steps she took to be heard.

After a discussion about lending support to the cause council was in full agreement to send a letter of support to the hospital and the health authority about emergency parking concerns.

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