Many of our members have had to deal with "wild" rabbits devastating their gardens. Since these are not native, they are not protected. The town has hired a trapper. See the article Trapper Hired to Catch Rabbits
Even though it concentrates on Parksville, the move from the RDN to regionalize water makes it pertinant to us in Qualicum Beach. Read the article and be prepared to act and react to protect our water.
Website Seeks Informed Discussion on Our Oceanside Water
September 25, 2015
Dear Mayor and Councillors,
During the September 21 council meeting, the mayor reported on discussions held by the Regional District regarding the future administration of water within the region. The concept was put forward that the Regional District could assume the responsibility for water management throughout, including municipalities within the region. The mayor expressed his concerns with this concept and questioned if the matter were to be voted on, if the voting results would be binding to all parties. The mayor reported his understanding that if such a vote were to occur, it would not be binding.
The Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association board strongly supports the position expressed by the mayor. Qualicum Beach has responsibly managed the development and use of water resources as well as preserving the critical balance of demand due to growth and supply of accessible water.
The QBRA board does not believe it is in the town’s best interests to relinquish this practice of responsible water management to the regional district. Growth management at the regional level does not appear to complement critical resource availability, such as water. Further, while a sector of the district may be blessed with a stable water supply, that sector does not have proportionate voting rights on matters such as growth within the district.
We are learning every day that water is a finite resource. Water is life and without water we will no longer exist. That is a fact. Given this importance, we believe government at all levels has a responsibility to manage the demand for growth versus the ability to supply critical resources, including water.
Since municipalities have the best opportunity to manage growth, we believe municipalities are in the best position to manage the balance of growth demand versus water supply.
Lance Nater, Director Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association
This is the official notice of the Annual General Meeting set for Civic Centre on Jones Avenue in Qualicum Beach on October 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm. If your membership is coming due, this will be the opportunity to renew it. We have invited the owners of three successful businesses (Pedego, The Source and Qualicum Foods) in Qualicum Beach to talk about the benefits and challenges to operate a successful business in Qualicum Beach. . The minutes of the last AGM on October 3, 2014 are included in this newsletter. The new board will be elected at this meeting. Please consider attending and having your say in the functioning of our organization.
If ou are interested in running for the Board, please contact Janet Raines at (250) 752-4442.
Please find attached are presentations on doctor shortages in Oceanside and an impending perfect storm that could impact everyone in our area. These presentations were given at last months mayors meeting to FORA, Island Health rep's and our MLA who was also in attendance! Mark Morris is the president of Oceanside Division of Family Practice.
Members and friends of QBRA are invited to write blogs on our site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org