Survey’s limited use

A survey can be structured in a manner to objectively try to understand the public’s opinion, or validate the opinion of the surveyor.

Public opinion surveys can serve more than one purpose. A survey can be structured in a manner to objectively try to understand the public’s opinion. A survey can also be structured in a manner that serves to validate the opinion of the surveyor, the party who bought and paid for the survey. In this case, that would be Pheasant Glen owner Craig Dutton.

While this survey in my opinion was in no way an objective effort to understand public opinion, the survey results and Dutton’s press release did illuminate a problem. This problem has plagued our town for many years.

Efforts are continuously made to categorize residents of our town as “pro change” or “no change.” Residents are “pro development” or “no development.” Residents are “pro growth” or “no growth.”

I belive the Pheasant Glen-commissioned survey was structured to perpetuate this attempt to make growth and development in Qualicum Beach a black or white issue. It is an insult to every resident in this town. It suggests we are not capable of thinking beyond “yes” or “no.”

Dutton would like us to believe his survey provides definitive opinion results. It does not. The Dutton survey was simply another effort to polarize our community, to make every development issue in Qualicum Beach a matter of “you’re either with us or against us.” In addition, those who were called to participate in the survey report that the words “quality of life” were used by the pollsters. These are the words the town has used in a past survey and it added confusion, so much so the town issued a news release to clarify it was not behind the recent survey.

I think there is a category of residents in this town who moved here because the town offered certain qualities that they wanted to enjoy and now want to preserve. They are not opposed to change. They support the creation of a comprehensive community plan and development compatible to that plan.

They expect those elected to follow the plan. They are opposed to random approval of development proposals that are not consistent with an overall community plan. They are opposed to efforts by developers and the town to circumvent processes put in place to ensure development does not unnecessarily compromise the resources we depend upon to live, like water, or compromise our present quality of life.

Pheasant Glen has now been in play for over a decade. One proposal was approved but no action was taken. I believe very little substance has been offered to support two subsequent proposals. To the best of my knowledge, no environmental impact studies have been offered, no economic impact studies have been offered. Basically, we have been told, “trust us.” Trust is a quality that is earned, not awarded.

Lance Nater

Qualicum Beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Parksville athlete sprints her way to the University of B.C.

Desvaux looks forward to joining T-Birds track and field team

COVID-19: Uptick in calls to Haven Society crisis line as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

ICET provides Qualicum Beach with $250K for East Village project

Town expects revitalization plan to attract more developments

COVID-19: Garage sales should follow mass gathering guidelines

City has received variety of queries on the issue

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

Most Read