I am a middle-aged man who has lived in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area for over 12 years now with my lovely wife and our three kids, and we love this quiet little town.
However, it is starting to get a little exhausting hearing about a portion of the seniors living in around here acting like this is their town and theirs alone to protect and preserve.
Well, it’s high time they realize that they are not alone. Yes, families with children and teenagers live here, too.
With the cost of living and competition for very few rental homes available in Nanaimo and surrounding areas, we the young working class, are forced to seek accommodations in the outlying towns, being Parksville, Errington, Qualicum, Nanoose Bay, etc.
A few years ago, the Qualicum school district discussed closing down the only high school they have in town; the town are very strict about which businesses can operate here and are very strict with the local developers… and now we have seniors who can’t stand one night of festivities where their community rings in the new year?
Fireworks and social gatherings have been apart of New Year’s for years, it’s how a community of families and friends ring in the new year and that should never change.
I say keep respecting our neighbours and let them know you will be setting off a few fireworks and maybe playing some loud music for this night and keep it respectful, so the neighbours are not too disturbed for these few hours each year. But to stop everyone from celebrating this event because of a few seniors who can’t keep their dog in a back room with some soothing music on for them to help them stay calm is ridiculous.