Balance is the key

Qualicum Beach-Letter to the Editor, Feb. 19
We need to balance commercial activity with quality of life.

I read with interest the recent letter in The NEWS from Maureen Groves (‘Town not helping’).

I do agree that a broad dialogue about the role and profile of future commercial activity would be helpful to the community of Qualicum Beach.

But all the facts should be brought to the discussion. They would include not only how many vacant shops we have (it’s a good idea to always have some vacancies), but also how many new businesses have opened or expanded recently.

In fact, we have recently added, or are in the process of adding, the Naked Naturals building, the relocated and enlarged private art gallery, new professional offices, new glass repair shop, new video store, a great new hardware store and last but not least, a revitalized hotel facility at the foot of Memorial Avenue.

This looks like very active, careful, and successful town planning to me.

In support of commercial activity, the town and the taxpayers already provide urban spaces and city services of higher standard than those typically found elsewhere.

When we think about commercial activity, shouldn’t we ask ourselves: what kind of commercial activity do we need, what type and quality of commercial buildings will attract businesses, why do some businesses succeed and some fail and should the taxpayers guarantee the success of business ventures?

Yes, we really do need to talk about commercial activity,  but only in the context of a balanced quality of life — commercial activity in balance with basic community values, such as environmental sustainability, urban experience, and residential, recreational and cultural vitality.

Andrew Brown


Qualicum Beach



Just Posted

UPDATE: Nanoose Bay residents miffed as roadwork on Northwest Bay Road causing long delays

‘I sat in traffic for a half-hour and moved approximately 50 feet’

Oceanside RCMP officer makes Alexa’s Team

Munro able to stop and process 15 impaired motorists during the past year

Group aims to preserve French Creek tree

Save Estuary Land Society says bald eagles used tree for nest

Potty Mouth artist creating Funky Fungus

Parksville-Qualicum’s Carmen Lutz has people chuckling with her hand-made, rustic mugs

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

Parksville man, 75, goes missing from north Nanaimo home

Police dog services called in to help with search

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Wildfire burning outside of Port Alberni

Coastal Fire Centre on scene

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Most Read