Long lauded in the list of benefits in living in Canada is the so–called “free healthcare” we enjoy. Any dissertation on how ‘free’ or even ‘useful’ it currently is will be left as an exercise for the reader, but here’s why I bring it up.
The Province of British Columbia is overhauling their system, and long story short you have to register your income with them by April 31st, 2003. As in Thursday. I know this because our benefits provider at the day job has just informed us. We were given a URL and a phone number, both of which enable us to register. Given that it’s crunch time, you’d expect both to be busy, right?
My favorite useless message so far has been “This page can’t be displayed due to an internal error. The server may be busy, or you may have to adjust your settings.” No mention, naturally, of how the settings should be adjusted.
This is terribly poor planning. A system that is literally unusable three days before a deadline effectively means the deadline passed three days early. Here’s hoping the Ministry graciously extends the deadline, since they completely failed to account for the rush before the end of the month.