Dateline Cowichan: Local hospital feeling the funding crunch

Garden party at the Share residence in Cowichan Bay (ca. 1925). R.W. Whittome is on the extreme right at the back; his mother, Florence, is on his left. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
Garden party at the Share residence in Cowichan Bay (ca. 1925). R.W. Whittome is on the extreme right at the back; his mother, Florence, is on his left.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

Anyone who’s been involved in education over the past decade and a half recognizes the challenges in the face of dwindling funds from the provincial government.

Deep into the depression in March 1933, King’s Daughters’ Hospital and the two local governments were feeling the pinch. Duncan and North Cowichan were advised they would lose 50 per cent of liquor profits for the coming budget year. During 1932, Duncan received $2,333.29 in liquor profits and horse racing receipts; North Cowichan’s take was $4,650.

Over at KDH, directors learned the cut to their annual provincial grant would be between $2,500 and $3,000 — an amount equal to close to three-quarters of a month’s operating costs. A possible saving proposed was trying to reduce the number of poor people admitted.

Perhaps, directors suggested, arrangements could be made for home treatment for those who couldn’t afford to pay hospital fees. An improvement that had to be made regardless of cost, they said, was to improve the present accommodation for Indians (sic) and Doukhobors, at present far from satisfactory. As well, $221 must be spent on updating the whole electric wiring system to bring it up to safety standards.

1933: basketball

In a Duncan Olympic Club senior basketball game at the Agricultural Hall against Chemainus seniors, Nimmo, Boudot, Hamilton and Devitt scored before Duncan’s Fletcher and Haines picked up the pace and ran the game to a 34-34 tie.

1933: rugby

Captained by R. E. Roome, Cowichan Rugby Club’s J. Stroulger, A. Hassell, C. Dickie, E. Slater and T. Lundie put up a strong showing against Victoria Wanderers before going down 10-0. Referee for the home game was R. Hodson.

1933: golf

In a field of 19, Roy Harris marked himself as a valuable addition to the ranks of Cowichan Golf Club when he won the March medal with a net score of 66, four strokes below par. Harris had started work at the Duncan branch of the Bank of Montreal.

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