Demographic dilemma

If something isn't done soon, local business community continue to whither

This letter is in regards to the letter from Lesley Winter, entitled Staying small (The News, Sept. 20).

I share Lesley Winter’s enthusiasm for Qualicum Beach, but can’t agree with the rationale that resisting appropriate development will preserve the town we love.

It really is time for people to realize that a continually aging demographic is going to kill our town.

This month we lost Elena’s Bakery, a long standing and much valued business. It’s empty building is now keeping company with a number of properties and businesses that are “To Let” or “For Sale.”

The fact is that if we don’t start to encourage younger families into the area we run the risk of losing the wonderful selection of unique businesses that populate our downtown core. And, with elections forthcoming, it’s time for all of our candidates to show some leadership and explain why we need to make some changes to preserve our town rather than entrenching themselves in resistance to appropriate development.

Why not release land for development for houses that have a reasonable maximum square footage, minimum of three bedrooms and playground facilities in common space as part of the permit’s conditions? The Town could play their part by linking developments to schools with safe routes for walking and cycling, thus sending a message that the area welcomes families.

Let me be clear, I’m fully supportive of the senior community in Qualicum Beach, and intend to be a part of it at some point in the future. The reality, however, is that seniors have no reason to make use of our town’s schools and businesses in the same way as families whose needs change as their children grow.

The community here does not owe me, or any other business owner, a living, but our businesses and schools need to operate in an appropriate demographic. With Qualicum Beach’s population getting older by the year, be aware that the un-halted deterioration of our downtown core will oblige everyone to head for the strips we moved here to avoid.

Michael Addiscot


Qualicum Beach



Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

District of Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain, left, and Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards sign a memorandum of understanding outside Snaw-Naw-As Market on Friday, June 18. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Lantzville and Snaw-Naw-As sign memorandum of understanding

District and First Nation create joint working group

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read