Do You Have The Right To Die?

Exposure of “expired” last will and testament cases is shedding light on the importance of keeping your will up-to-date for residents from Mission to Vancouver.

The last will and testament provides information on where you would like your money and belongings to go to once you are deceased. It also states what you would like to happen when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

The case of Margot Bentley struck up conversations and controversy across the Fraser Valley and Vancouver.

Bentley said she would want death by the hand of her husband or her daughter should she ever end up in a vegetable-like state.

That was declared in 1991, when her will was last written. Now, suffering from Alzheimer’s more than a decade later, her will is not valid.

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Margot Bentley being spoon fed in her home by a care taker. (Vancouver Sun/Google image search)

The argument is that she may not feel the same way now as she did in ’91, and to assist her in suicide while she is still accepting to be spoon fed, could constitute as murder.

Regardless how much controversy the subject has caused; the facts still remain the same. A will should be updated every 5 years, if not, individuals may fall victim to a fate not favourable to themselves or their family and friends.

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Pleasant View Care Home. (Mission/Google image)

Julia Henderson, resident living in Mission and going to nursing school in Chilliwack, says she hears elderly residents in the care home she volunteers at discuss the Bentley case fearing that their wills need to be updated also.

Henderson says one of her patients has taken it upon herself to update her will this past January stating what she wishes to be her fate.

A lawyer in Vancouver whom wishes to remain anonymous, said he has come across “outraged” clients after explaining that the last will and testament can be dismissed if the courts feel that you are not of sound mind.

“A person’s mental state is as important, if not, more important than what is in their will” states Vancouver lawyer.

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Geraldine Ruck (Facebook)

Gerry Ruck, resident of an elderly community in Langley was more than prepared when she was asked hard hitting questions regarding her will.

Ruck had sat by and watched her best friend go through a similar situation to Margot Bentley, and it was that tragedy that prompted 67 year old Ruck to be prepared.

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Condominium residents are still “trashing” their organic waste

Metro Vancouver’s organics waste recycling program has condominium residents struggling to comply with the new by-law.

The recycling program was put into effect January 1st, 2015 to reduce waste in our landfills, create compost, and bioenergy.

Strata managers complying with the new by-law have set up green bins in the garbage disposal rooms of the multi-unit buildings for residents to fill with food scraps.

Confusion in different municipalities

“The Township of Langley has roughly forty multi-unit residential buildings, or, condominium complexes that do not receive weekly garbage and organics collection service from the Township. In these complexes, the strata’s are responsible for hiring private waste management companies to collect their garbage and organics to ensure compliance with the ban.” said Ryan Schmidt, manager of energy & solid waste for the Township of Langley.

Each municipality in Metro Vancouver has their own way of reducing food waste.

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One of the signs notifying residents of the organics waste recycling program (Yorkson Creek at Yorkson Park).

“Yorkson” apartments in Langley, B.C. joined the program March 1st of this year.

Strata manager, Ian Thomson, ensured the residential multi-unit building complied with the program early enough for everyone to get used to new routine.

Thomson contacted the garbage collection for Yorkson apartments, and inquired about organic waste collection.

The garbage company now sends an organic waste truck to collect one massive green bin once a week that is filled by residents.

Thomson anticipates the weekly organic waste pickup will increase to twice a week as more residents abide by the new by-law.

The responsibility of learning the recycling program for each municipality has been solely placed on the residents throughout Metro Vancouver.

Ian Thomson has been kind enough to educate the residents of Yorkson by putting up signs in elevators, on mail boxes, and on doors, in hopes it will increase the amount of people to participate.

Condominiums without a recycling program have left residents unaware of how to recycle their organics, resulting in a slow change.

Unwanted odours from green bins in small living quarters 

Those who want to contribute to the organics waste by-law have taken it upon themselves to purchase small bins to collect food scraps for recycling.

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Coffee grinds, coffee filters, and egg shells can be found in Trinca’s garbage can. (Jay Trinca/Coquitlam resident)

The issue that many people are facing is the unwanted odours lingering throughout their condo.

“If I wait until my bin is filled up with food scraps to be recycled, my apartment will start to stink. I’d rather just toss everything in the trash. That way, my garbage fills up quickly, and I can make one trip downstairs for it all, rather than several trips every few days.” said Coquitlam condominium resident, Jay Trinca.

Financial Enforcement begins 

Consequences will be implemented to those that are slow to adapt to the new by-law.

Starting July 1st, 2015, those with waste loads containing more than 25% organic materials will be penalized with a 50% surcharge until December 31st, 2015.

The following year, the restrictions on how much food scraps can be in with the garbage will be lowered again.

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Post-Secondary is for the dedicated, regardless of free tuition…

The residents of British Columbia have spoken out against the first two years of post secondary being tuition free.

Despite the common agreement that it would help students attain an education that may not have been affordable on their own, the subjects questioned on the topic still felt that a free tuition being brought into B.C. would bring about more issues than solutions.

A dive further into debt for our government, a higher drop out rate within students, and a lack of entry level employees for our day to day needs are all concerns for the people of B.C.

The people of British Columbia voice their opinions

Kathy Murdoch, vice principle of Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, B.C. gave a detailed explanation of her reasonings against free post secondary for the first two years.

“If you don’t have something invested yourself, handing things out to people doesn’t work” Murdoch states before she continues on with her concerns about it being a waste of our governments money.

“I’m not in favour of ‘free anything’. It takes away people’s drive.” Murdoch’s opinion surrounding the idea is shared by other individuals as well.

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University of Victoria student, Erika Holmes in the library between classes. (Facebook)

Erika Holmes, a reputable student at the University of Victoria, majoring in economics, agrees with Murdoch. After being presented with the idea, Holmes immediately said “no”.

She explained that giving students the first two years of education for free could potentially be a waste. Although she was not completely in favour of the idea at the beginning of our conversation, she began to explain how financial barriers have stopped so many bright minds from attending school.

Holmes said instead of giving the first two years of education for free, maybe students should receive a two year grant once their entire duration of school has been completed to provide evidence that they are dedicated.

“There’s a huge drop out rate in the first two years [of university]”. “If you really want to motivate people to get educated and you also want to support and fund them, then you should make the last two years free.” Holmes explains.

As a student, Holmes feels that she values her education more because work was put forth in achieving her university goals; and without putting the effort in, there will be a lack of appreciation.

The original idea behind the first two years of post secondary being tuition-free included standards that have to be met, such as: maintain an average grade of “C+” or higher, and stay on track to complete their program. For some, such as general manager of Sea to Sky Motorsports, Kyle Langelaan this proved tasteful.

Langelaan was neutral on the topic. The father of two and manager of a multi million dollar company said that it was an investment in our future to help educate more young minds and fill more jobs, but stressed that employees of McDonalds, gas station clerks, and retailers are an essential part of our economy.

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Kyle Langelaan posing in uniform, representing his place of work. (Sea To Sky Motorsports)

“There should be regulations if this is to come to B.C. A regular attendance and a strong GPA should be essential to receive the grant.” states Langelaan.

As it stands now, the community does not favour free tuition for the first two years of post secondary, unless strict regulations are in place and it does not jeopardize the economic state of our beautiful province.

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In Class Activity

Politician:

  1. How do you feel this may affect the community that you are responsible for?
  2. What is your response to the native community and non-governmental organizations in regards to their petitioning against it due to concerns over oil sands expansion and the associated risks in transportation?
  3. How are you going to reassure that this will create job expansion for residents of BC?

Member of the Community:

  1. What is your greatest concern regarding the pipeline being built through B.C.?
  2. Why do you feel so many people are petitioning against the Nothern Gateway project?
  3. How do you feel this project will affect your children(s) future?
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Langley man struck and killed in dark, rural area.

A 54 year male pedestrian dressed in dark clothing, walking it what is described to be a rural residential area, was struck and killed by a f350 pickup truck late on January 15th at approximately 9:20pm.

The victim, a 54 year old Langley man was walking north bound around 5700 block of 240th when the 24 year old male owner of an F350 hit him in his vehicle. Langley RCMP are stating that alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors of of the collision.

Corporal Holly Marks states that the Langley driver and witnesses conducted CPR on the male before BC Ambulance Services arrived. Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service attended the scene and is assisting Langley Traffic Services with the investigation.

Langley RCMP Client Support and Victim Services is assisting those impacted by the tragic outcome of this event.

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