The GCPE are able to translate gobbly-geek research papers into something that is more palatable for the plebeians to grasp.
For example the report on "Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia" co-authored by
F. Rajabali, MSc; A. Ibrahimova, MD; B. Barnett, Team Member; I. Pike, BSPE, M.Sc., PhD
The bottom left hand paragraph highlighted with 456,390 on pages Four, Five and Sixty-Nine.
Rajabali F, Ibrahimova A, Barnett B, Pike I. (2015). Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia. BC Injury Research and. Prevention Unit: Vancouver, BC.
Injury outcomes by intent (Table 1)
There were 2,009 lives lost due to injury in BC in 2010; 70% resulted from unintentional injuries and 28% of the deaths were intentional. There were 34,998 who were hospitalized for treatment and 456,390 who received emergency department treatment.
To the GCPE the bold blue number is a known quantity that can be used to the BC Liberals advantage as an example, to the disbelievers, in British Columbia when it comes to fair representation of facts.
First and foremost, voters understand themselves and how they measure up against politicians. eg. Rich Coleman. Voters know that if they were to stand on their tippy-toes and stretch their arms wide apart, Premier Christy Clark would come along and run a tape measure from one index finger tip, extended horizontally, to the other and come up with six feet. She would then divide that six by six (because there are 6), and come up with ONE (Abbot and Costello: Who's on First).
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The GCPE came up with a nifty graphic artwork using those 456,390 people who required emergency medical attention for their injuries as being equivalent to a line 278 kilometres long, in other words, Hope to Whistler. Those numbers are backed up in their artwork, paid for by you, and me.
Vancouver's population? 603,502 (2011) 147,112 wouldn't be required to stand on the highway
The 278 kilometres would be correct if the GCPE had used 456,390 OBESE voters standing belly to belly and buttocks to buttocks as contained in the GCPE rule book. However, the problem with using OBESE people is that Health Minister Terry Lake would have to come with an astronomical amount of cash to cover the added health costs.
For the 278 kilometres to work, the GCPE staff should have approached the co-authours of "Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia" to find a way to double their numbers to 912,073 or approach the Health Ministry to pad their accounting methods which they do anyway when it comes to firings, and reports of said firings, and one death.
The easy way out for Christy Clark's GCPE would be to just admit that 456,390 British Columbian citizens standing belly to belly and back to back would equate to a mere 139 kilometres. In other words from Whistler to where Brunette (Coquitlam) intersects with Highway One.
One could easily jump to the wrong conclusion by assuming that the GCPE staff's preferred route to stand these 456,390 souls so a majority of Metro Vancouverites could see the awesome numbers would be along the Sea to Sky Highway as being the shortest distance between Whistler and Hope @ 273 kilometres. Not so, there is another way which is four kilometres shorter and its practically deserted, no Photo Ops for the Premier waving from her Cadillac of just how stupid her GCPE are.
Whistler's secondary route to Hope is achievable via Mount Currie and then along the shores of Harrison Lake to Harrison Mills and then up to Hope. 269 kilometres.
Converting 278 kilometres into feet is equal to 912,073 people who used the hospital services in 2010, but who knows, maybe Rajabali F, Ibrahimova A, Barnett B, Pike I. (2015). Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia. BC Injury Research and. Prevention Unit: Vancouver, BC. got it all wrong?
What is tantalizing here is whether anyone should be required to verify if the other numbers on the info sheet from the GCPE and Christy Clark are valid examples. Or are they downright wrong, therefore intentionally misleading.
Serious injuries would mean more than an overnight stay, maybe weeks or months
Lions Gate Hospital In-patient beds 260
Vancouver General Hospital In-patient beds 1000+
Burnaby General Hospital In-patient beds 314
Map of all 112 Hospitals in British Columbia
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