Letter to the Editor, Coquitlam Now

Re: “Noh search hits oneyear mark,” Wednesday, Sept. 17

The efforts of Sam Noh, Shawn Bouchard, and Michael Coyle to create their own Silver Alert system should be supported, but it is unfortunate that it has to happen because the provincial government refuses to take action. When people with dementia or other cognitive impairments go missing and there is no immediate notification to the public, we know that the results can be tragic.

We need provincial protocol in place to help prepare our communities for when a loved one goes missing. I have been working with the Noh family on this issue, and in February I introduced the Silver Alert Act into the B.C. legislature. The bill could have paved the way for a formal Silver Alert system to help find missing people like Shin Ik Noh, but the B.C. Liberal government refused to pass it.

During the next 20 years, over 170,000 seniors in our province will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia. This is an opportunity for the government to start investing in long-term solutions and work with stakeholders to develop an official protocol, so why won’t they?

Selina Robinson

New Democrat MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville

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