Doug O’Brien (submitted photo)

Three questions for Parksville councillor candidate Doug O’Brien

Candidate for councillor

Do you support the facility proposed for 222 Corfield? Why or why not?

I do not support the proposed “Supportive Housing” proposal at 222 Corfield, which allows the usage of illegal drugs in their Housing project as well as in their proposed “cold weather shelter” at the same location.

However, I do support at this location an “Affordable Rental Housing” project, which would provide needed affordable rental accommodation for seniors on fixed incomes, single parents with children, persons with mental health or disability issues, as well as those homeless.

This solution would be acceptable to the residents and businesses of Parksville as well as removing barriers for the construction of the Berwick Retirement complex and is the “perfect fit” for Parksville.

The Affordable Rental Housing model would provide a balanced mix of tenants and be an asset to our community as well as fulfilling a shortage of affordable housing.

How will you balance the needs of seniors and those of younger residents?

Balancing the needs of seniors and younger residents is quite simple.

Both demographics would welcome the construction of a swimming pool in Parksville, an all access extension to the waterfront boardwalk, Public washroom facilities in the Downtown core, traffic-calming solutions with pedestrian controlled crosswalks, Led lightscaping throughout our downtown and Community Park to provide safety and ambience, better collaboration with the RCMP for improved crime prevention and removing prolific offenders from our community. Providing tangible enhancements to our community without relying on a myriad of consultants and studies.

I have listened to what our citizens want and now it’s time to get on with it.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I don’t just say “I am going to listen”….”I actually do listen”. For the past 10 years members of our Parksville community have advised me what they like about Parksville and what they don’t. I respectfully listen, research the subject and dig in to attempt to provide solutions to their concerns.

When residents of Trill Drive were unhappy with a planned project in their neighbourhood I advocated and proposed solutions to their concerns, when residents of Parksville advised they were not satisfied with the management of our ERWS water system I formed committees to research and provide suggestions for improved water storage systems, when proposals for preventing beach erosion in our community park were being implemented I researched proven solutions and proposed them as viable options. I have been involved and I wish to continue to research, advocate and provide the leadership to improve Parksville.

There is a lot more to do, but first I have to get to the table.

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