Seniors issues subject of March 17 forum

Retired teachers in the South Okanagan have organized with other seniors groups to bring in for a chat the two nominated Boundary-Similkameen candidates running in the May 9 provincial election.

The Wine Country Retired Teachers’ Association has scheduled a pair of forums to hear from Liberal MLA Linda Larson and her NDP opponent Colleen Ross.

Both have reportedly agreed to attend the March 17 events, scheduled for 10 a.m. in Oliver and 3 p.m. in Osoyoos.

Other candidates nominated prior to the forum date will also be invited to attend.

“(The candidates) will be present to listen, learn and to be advised about what matters to Seniors and what Seniors care about,” a spokesman for the association said.

The organization says it is non-political and does not support any one party over another.

“This is simply a meeting for seniors to talk about issues and voice their concerns and debate possible solutions to problems that need government attention.”

Among the topics expected to be discussed are respect for seniors; seniors’ housing; healthcare for seniors (including Continuing Care, long-term care and palliative care); support for caregivers; seniors’ abuse; transportation services (especially to get from Oliver and Osoyoos to the Penticton and Kelowna Hospitals); long-term-care housing needs and solutions and home support.

The Oliver forum will take place at the Oliver Community Centre; the Osoyoos forum is set for the Osoyoos Seniors Centre.

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