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Qualicum Beach mayoral and council candidates share a laugh and some stern looks as they prepare for Wednesday night’s forum at the Civic Centre.
What does it take to be the mayor? With all of the focus on the mayor’s role in our communities, THE NEWS asked some of the area’s former leaders about their time in the big chair. Former mayors in Parksville and Qualicum Beach offer their advice to the candidates seeking the job in this municipal election campaign.
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Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon is out of hospital and resting at home. Cantelon is the BC Liberal MLA for ParksvilleQualicum. He suffered a heart attack at the B.C. legislature last Thursday and had been receiving treatment in Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, where he underwent two separate procedures, with two stents inserted to assist in his recovery.
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Local motorsport pioneer honoured Parskville resident and longtime rally car driver Tom Burgess was honoured by the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society at its 11th annual induction ceremony in Vancouver on Oct. 9, and THE NEWS ﬁnally caught up with the 70-year-old spark plug.
A day in the life The Old School House arts centre hosts A Day in the Life of Qualicum Beach — an exhibition of photography that celebrates the town’s 70th anniversary.
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Transit under review
By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER Concern over huge increases from BC Transit being dumped onto local municipalities and regional districts is one of the reasons Regional District of Nanaimo Chairperson Joe Stanhope has pursued an independent review of BC Transit. On Wednesday, he announced his lobbying efforts paid off. Local government representatives across British Columbia have been successful in their request for an independent review of BC Transit, due to a strong lobby effort led by Stanhope. “I have received a letter from Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom,” he said. SEE
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ELECTION NEWS New stories and video now online at www.pqbnews.com and our Facebook page. Check out THE NEWS’ video interviews of the mayoral candidates.
Qualicum Beach ﬁreﬁghters survey the crashed vehicle in the ditch by Highway 19.
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Icy road blamed in truck crash By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER Black ice is being blamed for a motor vehicle crash on Highway 19 Thursday morning. Qualicum Beach fire Chief Darryl
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Water service goes to the public to refute claims By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER The inaugural meeting of the Englishman River Water Service November 9 will be an important one for people concerned about local water issues. “There is a lot of misinformation out there,” said city director of engineering and operations Robert Harary, pointing out things like the $50 million cost of proposed projects is the upper estimate for all of the projects over several decades. He explained the treat-
ment facility, estimated in the $25 million range, is required by 2017 by the health authority, the new river intake is already necessary to meet current needs and the aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) system is only an optional component that could save a fortune. Program manager Mike Squire said there are estimates that it would cost $600 million to store the same amount of water in tanks above ground as the $5 million ASR estimate. He explained that they haven’t announced specific
things like exact costs and potential tax increases because they are still in the early planning stages and don’t have exact populations, water volumes or designs. They will continue to refine the region’s water needs as they get closer to having to go to the population to decide how to fund the project. The treatment facility, and as many components as possible, will be built as small as possible and designed to be easily scaleable for increased needs. Squire pointed out that
some parts, like the river intake, will be built to a 50 year horizon because they don’t want to do heavy construction in the river more often than they have to. The meeting is the first for the ERWS board, which was established as a separate entity from the Arrowsmith Water Service after Qualicum Beach pulled out of the treatment facility project. Parksville and surrounding regional district communities currently depend on the river for about half their annual water supply and have reached
the limit of the current infrastructure. The AWS/ERWS have extensive communication plans to keep the community informed as planning progresses, including a re-designed website with a lot of information. The meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. in the city hall forum, will include a lot of information about the history, function and future proposals for the water service. Check www.arrowsmithwaterservice.ca for more information. email@example.com
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Transit costs escalating for regional municipality “(Lekstrom) confirmed that the independent review we requested will occur,” Stanhope said. “Local governments have numerous concerns with regard to our relationship with BC Transit, particularly involving rising costs, funding,
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review came from elected representatives and senior staff from local governments across B.C. Stanhope was instrumental in organizing the meetings and follow-up letters that eventually led to a Sept. 14, 2011 meeting where local government representatives shared their concerns regarding BC Transit directly with Minister Lekstrom. Stanhope said his concerns started last year when the RDN received an 83 per cent increase from BC Transit after they had already done their budget. He said in order to pay for that, the RDN had no choice but to raise fares or increase property taxes and while the RDN has to be accountable to its electorate, BC Transit doesn’t. “These guys are making decisions without representation.” Stanhope said the goal of the BC government is to double transit service by 2018 but it is hard for local governments to promote transit use when they have to foot the bill and pass it on to users and taxpayers. The minister’s letter to Stanhope confirms that the
Stop the bus! General manager of transportation services in the regional district, Dennis Trudeau, said the RDN is looking at changing bus stop locations in Parksville. He said the industry standard is to have 400 metres between bus stops. Recently bus stop locations in Qualicum Beach were assessed and no changes were made but in Nanaimo they made changes to 50 stops. Trudeau said they took into consideration feedback from riders and out of the 50 bus stop changes they considered the public input resulted in six of their proposed bus stop changes being altered. He said in the case of Parksville, they will also take into consideration suggestions from the public as well as input from local government staff. He said they may relocate stops, take away some or potentially add new ones but added notices will be put on any bus stops that are changed. — Brenda Gough independent review will examine all of the areas of concern brought forward by the local governments. Dennis Trudeau, General Manager of Transportation and Solid Waste Services for the RDN confirmed that their costs for operating BC Transit buses in the region are escalating. He said currently BC Transit pays 47 per cent of the operational cost of transit service in their service area and the RDN picks up the rest. But he added there are other costs involved
with providing transit service to the area so the percentage BC Transit pays is more like 35 per cent. He added with the government pushing to increase ridership it will mean more buses and that will cost more and currently funding comes from fares and local taxes. He said the RDN needs other options to pay for transit expansion and one option could be a tax similar to the one in the Lower Mainland that has motorists paying for their transit service with a tax at the fuel pumps.
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Civic Election Nov.19, 2011
THE NEWS continues covering all of the local candidates in the 2011 B.C. civic election. From now until Nov. 19, THE NEWS will cover the issues and debates in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, School District 69 (Qualicum) and the four local areas in the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Residents quiz new, incumbent councillors Health centre debate leads the way in Wednesday night all candidates forum, followed by business growth, pub By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER The proposed health centre for Oceanside came under fire at Wednesday night’s Qualicum Beach election forum, with some candidates calling it inadequate and others calling it a good first step. But while some candidates still called for a hospital to be built in Oceanside, others stressed the need to upgrade the local ambulance service. The forum, sponsored by THE NEWS and the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, saw the Civic Centre packed for the second night in a row with voters eager to assess the positions of the nine council and two mayoral candidates. Mayoral candidate Teunis Westbroek praised the current plan, stressing that it represents the first portion of a possibly larger project. “This is long overdue,” he said, “We should make the health centre a beginning and pursue as many services as we can in this town.” His rival, mayoral candidate Mike Wansink, also supported the centre, noting he has been fully engaged in the process from early days. Candidate Dave Willie was a strong proponent of improving the ambulance service, noting the proposed health centre is already experiencing difficulty in attracting physicians to staff it. “They are having difficulties finding doctors to work in the new facility,” Willie said. “I hate to think of the challenges to fully equip and staff a
A full crowd was on hand Wednesday night at the second Qualicum Beach all candidates forum in a row. hospital. I want to get to a hospital. That’s the biggest issue. I need to get to where they have the equipment to keep me alive.” Scott Tanner said while there should be a focus on improved ambulance service, he stressed the need to keep pressure on the province once the health centre is built, in order to expand the services it offers. Carol Nicol Dowe said she sees the health centre as a start. “I think of it as a beginning, and from there we can expand to give more provisions for us here,” she said. “However, having an ambulance well out fitted for us here is essential, either to get us to Nanaimo or to the health centre.”
‘We want a pub’: crowd agrees By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER There was no shortage of disagreement at Wednesday night’s all candidates forum in Qualicum Beach, but there was at least one issue on which pretty much everyone agreed. The packed audience at the Civic Centre evidently agreed as well, applauding loudly when council candidate Mary Brouilette mentioned her preference for a neighbourhood pub to be situated in any development at the newly-acquired bus garage site. SEE
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Bill Luchtmeijer agreed with Willie, arguing Qualicum Beach would be better served by improved ambulance service than by a hospital that can’t be
staffed, or a health centre that’s an intermediate stop on the way to hospital. “Ambulance care for Qualicum Beach is the
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made up of 10 groups and they have been working their butts off for three years to get where we are now,” he said. “Make no mistake, there is no hospital coming here any time soon, but we will get an urgent care facility that will serve our needs. It will be a foundation to build in the future. You have to have something in place so you can build on it. To those who say it’s not good enough, what’s your solution? What have you done?” Mary Brouilette sided with the centre, stressing the need to support the proposal. “The decision has been made,” she said. “It’s important we support this. It’s not everything, but it’s a start.”
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Is Qualicum Beach unfriendly to business? That was one question that came up repeatedly at Wednesday night’s all candidates meeting. The answer, it seems, depends on which candidates you talk to. “That’s a perception that is confronting the business community,” mayoral candidate Mike Wansink said. “We have to eliminate that. For instance, right now, builders can’t build downtown because the development cost charges are just too high and the town policy for creating new buildings requires commercial space on the bottom floor. We have to create policies and adjust
Qualicum Beach mayoral candidates Mike Wansink, left, and Teunis Westbroek. STEVEN HEYWOOD PHOTO
DCCs and make them more friendly to the business community.” Incumbent mayoral candidate Teunis Westbroek disagreed, citing the newlyopened Dolly’s Home Hardware building on Second Avenue as an example of development done right. “Sometimes there is that perception, but look at what Home Hardware looks like,” he said. “People said we made it too dif-
ficult, but we made them put the ramp in the back and the delivery drivers love it. Sometimes it looks like we’re difficult, but we make longterm plans and we have the nicest town in British Columbia.” Rich Mennie called on council to improve its relations with the business community. “We benefit from a healthy business community,” he said. SEE
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During discussion about night life — or lack of it — Brouilette brought up the pub idea, which was warmly received. “I’m making a pitch for a downtown pub,” she said, to the loudest applause and cheers of the night. Later, all the candidates were quizzed on their stance on the pub idea, which appeared as popular on the podium as it did in
the audience. Incumbent mayoral candidate Teunis Westbroek was lukewarm to the idea, but he supported it. “I’m not a big pub fan, but if it’s part of the package that provides economic opportunities and increases the town’s social life, then council’s direction is what we will proceed with,” he said. His rival, Mike
Wansink, was succinct. “Yes,” he said. Tom Davies said he would support it, if it was in the right location, while Rich Mennie said he would support it as long as there was no public money involved — a position shared by Scott Tanner. Carol Nicol Dowe also supported the idea with a simple yes, as did Ed Wolyshyn.
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High school closure top of mind this election By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER A stranger attending Tuesday night’s all candidates debate for Qualicum Beach council could be forgiven if they thought they were at a school board debate, as the issue of keeping Kwalikum Secondary School open was front and centre for much of the night. The forum, sponsored by the Qualicum Beach Residents Association and moderated by David Roach, saw the two candidates for mayor and nine councillor candidates take to the microphone to give their vision of the future. The charge to save KSS was kicked off by mayoral contender Mike Wansink, who called it the most urgent issue facing the town. “The closure of KSS would change the demographic diversity of the town and, if we are unsuccessful in our scramble, the outcome will be an irreversible impact on our demographic and economic sustainability,” he said. “I’m determined it won’t happen on my watch.” Westbroek, like Wansink, said the impact of the school closing would be devastating for the com-
Residents pour into the QBRA candidates forum in Qualicum Beach on Tuesday night. NEIL HORNER PHOTO munity and stressed if people really want to save the school, they need to vote for school board trustees who have pledged not to close it, as it is the board that makes the decision, not council. He added the school is valued by all sectors of the town, including seniors. “The first reaction we got was from The Gardens,” he said. “They said how important it is to have the school here,” he said. “It is for all of us. We want to see the kids stay here and play here and be educated here.” The issue of the school was closely interwoven with economic development issues, as several candidates argued that young families with school-age chil-
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Inn is boarded up and the Sunset Inn is gone.” Willie said the town has to start working to bring opportunities for younger people so the steadily aging demographic can at least steady, if not reverse. “The first 10 years we lived here were all about opportunity,” he said. “That’s what we need to be looking at today. We are missing those opportunities and those chances. The lifestyle we all en-
joy comes because of those opportunities.” Candidate Carol Nicol Dowe stressed that if KSS closes, the town will only contain retired people. She suggested the town look into attracting low-impact industries to provide the jobs to attract young families. “We need to find innovative ways to find quiet businesses, like computer tech or film industries and international students.” SEE
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“We should liaise closely with the chamber and downtown merchants to find out what they need for success. On the other hand, they need to provide the products and services that are of benefit to the community.” Ed Woloshyn stressed that businesses need to be profitable, something that can be difficult to do when the streets roll up at 6 p.m. Candidate Dave Willie certainly thinks the town is unfriendly to business. “People don’t see opportunity here,” he said. “We have to bring that back.” Bill Luchtmeijer agreed, calling the current municipal government a “no-growth council” and calling for an easing of the residential tax burden by revitalizing the downtown business core and revitalizing the tourism industry. “What businesses are going to move into a town with a no-growth stance that is possibly losing its high school?” he asked. “Who in their right mind would want to open a business in Qualicum Beach?” Tom Davies disagreed with that assessment, stressing the need to control growth. “We need the right project at the right time, for the right reasons, with the right costs and for the right reasons,” he said.
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