Parksville facility has strayed

The Parksville Community and Conference Centre has strayed from its originating purpose.

The degree to which the Parksville Community and Conference Centre has strayed from its originating purpose is the degree to which it is in financial difficulties today.

When Coun. Anne Duggan and I moved the motion to transfer the land and building to the society in March, 2000, it was only called the Parksville Community Centre Society. There was no mention of “and Conference Centre” and that was not because of an oversight.

Council at the outset considered and indeed received some pressure to create a convention centre but declined to do so.

First, convention facilities that size had just been built by private operators in the city. I would ask the question today: even if you moved PCCC staff to a commission basis so that revenues would theoretically always exceed staff costs, why would the PCCC want to compete with and take business from the private operators?

Is it fair for the PCCC to receive a massive subsidy and then compete against private operators in the convention business who don’t get the luxury of government money, who are instead among the largest taxpayers to the city?

More importantly, there were at the time and I suspect today, no examples of conference centres unattached to hotel facilities anywhere making money; there were certainly none making money where the principle funding party was government.

The two circumstances that came together that resulted in the creation of the current building were a) the absolute requirement to replace a dilapidated community hall in the park and b) the opportunity to renovate the former school as part of the civic project and establish a safe, functional and comfortable community space at very little cost rather than build one from scratch.

Were the facility and its mandate to revert to the erstwhile idea of a truly community gathering place, then users could pick up most fixed costs (heat and insurance) as well as the cleaning costs, relieving the pressure both to increase their rates and to continue the current massive subsidy from taxpayers.

Jon WaltersCalgary

Just Posted

Electoral reform ballot returns so far show higher Parksville-Qualicum engagement

Region among top four in percentage of ballots turned in

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

Thieves keep Oceanside RCMP busy

Thefts from vehicles, businesses, mailboxes revealed in latest crime report

Parksville Qualicum Beach students the catalyst for #TrustYourself campaign

Social media initiative urges survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care

One new face on Qualicum school board

Laura Godfrey brings experience as Sea to Sky trustee, interest in Indigenous learning

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

Port Alberni convenience store robbed

Police still searching for suspect

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Most Read