Message from the Mayor
As we enter our fifth week in this COVID-19 pandemic I want to express my extreme gratitude for the community we live in. Last weekend the Province increased the powers of local bylaw and Peace Officers, allowing them the authority and ability to ticket people who are not respecting physical distancing. Although I appreciate why the Province has had to increase this level of authority, I also believe that our community has done an exemplary job of respecting the directives of the Province.
When I do leave my home for a little exercise, essentials, or for fresh air with the pup, I see the citizens of Qualicum Beach doing all they can to keep one another safe. They keep physically distanced, dogs on leashes and many are now wearing masks. They do all this while never hesitating to say "Hi, how are doing?". I really think we are going to come out of this and be better for it, so let's continue to take this seriously and keep up the great work!
I also know that our local businesses and residents have concerns about finances, their homes and their family's wellbeing. As a Council we continue to pay attention to all these concerns and remain committed to doing all that we can to help while keeping in step with the Province. This upcoming week Council will be discussing the Town's taxation schedule. The Province has already indicated that business taxes will be delayed to October without penalties, and with that now clarified, Council will be discussing how we wish to proceed with all taxation for 2020.
Our committed staff will continue to provide updated information as and when it is available and we wish you all a safe and great week.
Mayor Brian Wiese
Special Occasion Drive-Bys
The Qualicum Beach Volunteer Fire Department would love to help you celebrate a memory such as an anniversary, wedding or birthday. They promise to delight with loud noises and flashing lights as they drive past your house.
Here's how to book a drive-by.
- Email your request to email@example.com (include "Drive-by Request" in the subject line).
- Enter person's name, age, address and milestone event. Birthday drive-bys are for kids aged 12 and under or adults 75 and older. Anniversaries are for milestone years.
- Day and time - daytime drive-bys are preferable, due to staff availability.
Please note drive-bys could be subject to delay should fire/rescue incidents occur during your requested time. As well, milestone memory drive-bys are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis and the program will end on May 31.
We hope to help our residents create lasting memories for kids, seniors and families within the
Qualicum Beach Fire Protection Area.
Art Work at Civic Centre
Last week a stroll to the Civic Centre revealed wonderful chalk art, created by these two anonymous youth who "just thought it would be a good thing to do to encourage the front line workers". Photos here.
Fires During COVID-19
With the many notices about fire bans related to COVID-19 it can be confusing as to what is allowed.
Here is what you need to know:
- No open fires are permitted (which is normal at this time of the year for the Town).
- Fires in approved outdoor fireplaces are permitted (see our website for details).
For more details about Fire Restrictions go to our website.
COVID Garbage Collection
Has your garbage, recycling or food waste been left uncollected? This may be due to new COVID-19 collection guidelines.
Due to regulations around safety, the following has been put in place for collection. If these guidelines are not followed your collection will be left behind. All garbage waste must be bagged and securely tied DO NOT dispose of paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, face masks, gloves, and
disposable sanitary wipes in your recycling or food waste containers. These must be placed in your garbage and securely tired.
See the RDN Solid Waste website
for full details.
2020 Beach Day Event Cancelled
The Select Committee on Beach Day Celebration has announced the cancellation of the annual event for this year. Beach Day was scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 5th, 2020.
BC's top Doctor, Bonnie Henry, has recently advised (April 18, 2020) that "realistically, there will be no major events this summer."
It is our hope that we will hold Beach Day next summer for what will be its 10th year! Tentative date is Sunday, July 25th, 2021, 11am - 3pm.
To our sponsors, presenters, volunteers and organizers, thank you all for your continued support. See you on the Beach in 2021!
Select Committee on Beach Day Celebration
Deputy Corporate Administrator
Town of Qualicum Beach
Council Meeting Public Comments
While Council is undertaking regular meetings electronically, and the public are not permitted to attend due to COVID-19, there is a new way for members of the public to participate.
Members of the public will be able to provide comments regarding the meeting to Council by means of e-mail, letter, or by phone.
- Comments for a particular regular Council meeting must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm the day following the regular Council meeting.
- Submissions must be related to business discussed at the meeting.
- Submissions will be distributed to all of Council and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes.
- Submissions relating to closed public hearing topics will not be distributed to Council.
- Submissions unrelated to the meeting will not be included in the minutes.
- Comments must include a full name and address in order to be submitted for the minutes.
To submit a comment please use one of the following options:
Mail - Box 130, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7
Phone - 250-752-6921
COVID-19 Information Sources