Cape Breton cancer patient fed up with parking tickets handed out during chemo

A Cape Breton cancer patient says he’s had enough with the parking tickets he’s received while getting chemotherapy.

Ron MacDonald has kidney and lung cancer. In the last four months, he’s received four tickets for parking illegally outside the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, which is at the regional hospital in Sydney.

“There is no reason for it, it’s overkill,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald said there are only 10 parking spots available outside the centre, but they are usually full.

He said he usually parks his vehicle in a no-parking zone close to the cancer centre because he is too weak to walk farther.

MacDonald says there are only 10 parking spots available outside the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, but they are usually full. (Tom Ayers/CBC)

MacDonald said he understands tickets are issued for most parking violations, but he said it’s unfair in this case.

“You’re giving a $25 ticket to a cancer patient that’s suffering financially,” he said.

MacDonald said he’s already struggling to pay for extra medication and supplies for his treatment, and finds it hard to believe he’s also being penalized for parking while undergoing treatment.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority would not comment on the matter to CBC News. Instead, it provided a news release from May 2019 that indicated extra parking is available for cancer patients within a staff “preferred parking” lot.

This map from the Nova Scotia Health Authority shows designated parking for cancer patients in green. The entrance for the cancer centre is at the bottom of the diagram, at the brown arrow. (Submitted by Nova Scotia Health Authority)

It also said any vehicle not parked in a designated parking spot, parked in a fire lane or parked on the side of the roadway will be ticketed.

MacDonald said the other parking options are too far away for someone who has just had chemotherapy and may be feeling weak.

He said he has contacted both the health authority and the cancer centre about the tickets.

MacDonald said if the issue is not resolved, he will fight the tickets in court.


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