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What's wrong with being small?

People move to Qualicum Beach and immediately want to change it

Re: “It’s time for a change at the top” (The News, Sept. 6)  from P. Deir.

It seems the Deirs had a difficult time finding a home to suit their needs, and as such, think we should boot out our mayor and civic leaders and embrace a new vision of development for Qualicum Beach.

Let me share our experience when my spouse and I moved here less than two years ago. Having heard that Qualicum Beach was so expensive, we were amazed and delighted that we were quickly able to find a home to suit our needs, for a reasonable price, in a lovely neighbourhood and within walking/biking distance to town.

In fact, we got more than we expected when we came here. (And no, we are not some rich old seniors that everyone seems to think are the only folks who live here.)

Of course what constitutes suitable, reasonable, lovely and proximity to town are all subjective aren’t they?

To take an entire town council to task just because the Deirs weren’t able to find exactly what they wanted seems a little over the top.

I am constantly amazed at those people who, recognizing how charming, quiet, unique, lovely, and safe Qualicum Beach is, move here and then the minute they get here they do nothing but complain about it.

They want ever more development, cheap housing, and on and on. If you want all that, why don’t you move to one of the many plain, cookie cutter, chain stored, fast food, bland little towns that cater to every whim and level of society?

So what if we choose to stay small?  It’s what makes this town the place it is.

Where is it carved in stone that all towns have to be all things to all people? I personally am incredibly grateful to the mayor and council who so carefully manage our lovely little town.

The minute they sell out their prudence and vision will be the minute we list with the realtor.

Lesley Winter


Qualicum Beach



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