Opinion

No to Qualipark

No to Qualipark

Re: Editor John Harding's editorial in the Jan. 4 edition of The NEWS (Pumped on 2013).

Build it and they will come.

True, as we see with the continuing obsession for growth in our neighbouring community to the south.

In Qualicum Beach, I doubt that Harding's view of being "pumped on 2013 " is shared by the majority of citizens.

For those wanting a larger-city lifestyle, Nanaimo and Courtenay / Comox beckon from just a few miles away. Those of us who chose small town Qualicum Beach as our home are not looking to see a similar-sized city of "Qualipark" here in District 69 with all the attendant problems of water supply, air quality, noise, congestion, destruction of natural environment, etc.

One of life's current major controversies is the clash between conservation and economic growth. A balance between the two must be found. Pushing for more and more development and growth is not the answer when it ruins our quality of life (one might suggest relaxing the law on murder in order to improve the fortunes of funeral homes).

No, sir. Development and the short-term jobs it provides does not balance the loss of life's natural bounty.

Those councillors who are "driving the long-overdue changes in attitude" give first priority to business and development. The "unique nature of the community" will not survive the urbanization that such a policy will bring.

We must hope that the remaining two years of their power will be insufficient to do the irreparable damage that threatens.

Frank Horner

Qualicum Beach

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