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General News · 14th September 2010
Richard Trueman
While tending the petition with Myrna, a new member of the SCCA board read the petition and would not sign it saying. “I want to get better informed before I sign it.” That brought up this topic, How do you get informed on this issue? (It is not going to be easy, Ms. Board Member, I been at it for two weeks struggling through the silence, the rumours, and red herrings.)

Where do you start?
There are two adages here: Get it from the horse’s mouth, and follow the money.

Horses’s Mouth
There has been, until recently, a veil of silence from the two parties. Then there were two statements from the CCHA and two from the doctor. Some of the information from the latest CCHA statement contained serious errors as evidenced in the article by the former locum Dr. Kristensen and in the reply by Kirstie Overhill. The doctor’s notices too seemed to be holding back.

Our group of concerned people have been talking with some board members and I, the other day, went to the doctor’s house for an hour and a half question and answer period. (All my pre-prepared questions were answered. I learned more than I anticipated.)

Follow the Money
In fact it was Dr. Kristensen’s first article that alerted me to the financial differences the two parties must be having. So I conjectured the article, “My Take on this Dispute”. The CCHA came out with their last statement and it seems now the only talk-able thing is the differences in how it should be organized and who should pay for it. Then why are they not mediating this? In our part of the world we have tried and true tools for settling disputes, bargaining, mediating and binding arbitration.

So I have come to believe that A. it is not the caregiving, B. it is not JUST the financial differences, C. it is probably a personal matter that has been brewing between the Dr. and the board for several years.

A is a given. The overwhelming support letters, articles, emails and signatures for Dr. Overhill’s performance and dedication attest to that.

B is probable. Financial issues are already on the table and could be dealt with... if C was not rearing its head.

Rumours & Red Herrings on Cortes
I believe most people know someone who they are friends with and they believe them, or they work on the blind trust thing, “They are all good people, they must know what they are doing, I trust our elected officials.” Alden replied in his letter to that statement: “To be truly democratic, a society has to operate within the principle of  "informed consent" .  This means that our board must provide us with enough information to make it possible for us to judge its actions for ourselves.  We are then in a position to make our own individual judgment about the validity of their actions and can grant or deny consent with respect to any contemplated action.  Thus the members of the Board and the members of the Society all have their responsibilities.

So barring the blind trust thing, we have been told reasons by a friend and we believe. Then we tell someone else and they believe. This is the beginning of a rumour. The rumours I have heard to date are legion and many of them attempt to be “game breakers” if you never investigate further.

One came from two reliable sources in the beginning. “Well she doesn’t have a licence” Searching the registry proved that to be false, but you can see that if you did believe it would be game over for the dispute.

The main red herring in this dispute has been directed at her manager-husband. “ If it weren’t for him, there would be no problem” He’s rude, belligerent and has shouted us down” (Doctors all over, by the way, have incorporated themselves and have managers that deal with the nitty gritty bits so they can just attend to their patients.) Believe me, and I’m asking you to believe my rumour, John, her manager, has been shouted at at by high placed board members at meetings. (When I was a young teacher in the lower mainland, there were some days when my principal and I would have knock-down drag-out arguments in the hall. But you know, the next day, it was business as usual, no grudges.) John is an intelligent and probably arrogant person, but you know, I would want him on my side in a pinch. The manager’s job is to get the best for their client.

Another red herring was the “We cant speak of this for legal reasons” This really shuts down the inquiries.

And now C
So we end up at this personal thing, and here is where I get to do my parent thing. Grow up kids, get over it. This island is not a Doctor Boutique where we can shop for and waste doctors at will. Don Miguel Ruiz and his Four Agreements, stated 1. Be Impeccable With Your Word, 2. Don't Take Anything Personally, 3. Don't Make Assumptions. 4. Always Do Your Best.

Sage words for us all. I am really trying hard to do 1 &4 here. Join us in requesting mediation and binding arbitration