Refugees crisis not a local issue

Regarding the recent Qualicum Beach council motion to bring a Syrian family here using local tax dollars.

Regarding the recent Qualicum Beach council motion to bring a Syrian family here using local tax dollars.

What are they thinking? Or are they?

This is a federal matter, not a municipal one. Our federal government makes the decision of Canadian’s involvement on our behalf and allocates our tax dollars accordingly as part of Canada’s international policy. To commit local dollars away from local housing and sustainability issues is just plain irresponsible.

Should a private group or organization take up the mantle and initiate the effort and raise funds, I for one would be happy to assist. Both Knox and St. Stephan’s United Church raised such funds, via bake sales, dinners and various other fundraisers and engaged many qualified volunteers, to bring a Bosnian family to our area, away from their war-torn country. This took well over a year and many hands.

Perhaps council is hoping to look good in the public eyes, but please be assured, this situation is not about you. We all care about the terrible refugee situation and those of us who are able will do what we can outside of current federal tax commitment.

Mary BrouiletteQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Search for contaminant at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks continues

Company ‘blown away’ by community support after E. coli recall of Qualicum Spice cheese

BC Housing now involved in Parksville supportive housing project lawsuit

Agency listed as a defendant alongside city over 222 Corfield rezoning

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

VIDEO: Qualicum Beach fire department gathers food, toy donations

Six fire departments took part in the annual food drive this weekend

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

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

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

Most Read