Ucluelet will not compete in BC’s beauty contest

Ucluelet declines Communities in Bloom invitation

Ukee doesn’t need to compare itself to other communities to feel beautiful.

Ucluelet doesn’t need to compare itself to other communities to feel beautiful.

The district will not enter next year’s BC Communities in Bloom contest, which sees towns compete over who has the best-looking streetscapes, neighborhoods and public spaces.

“BC Communities in Bloom is an organization of dedicated volunteer judges who provide their expertise through an evaluation process that is conducted every summer to help participants measure their community’s liveability,” according to the organization’s website.

During a recent regular meeting, Ucluelet’s council reviewed an invitation for 2017’s contest and, while Coun. Marilyn McEwen seemed warm to the idea, council quickly shot it down.

“Having been involved in this program before, I would recommend against it,” said Coun. Sally Mole.

“It’s a little time consuming, it’s hard for them to judge us compared to somewhere like Parksville or Qualicum and it does come at a cost to the district.”

Mayor Dianne St. Jacques said Ucluelet was successful when it competed in 2008’s contest but she agreed with Mole that the work involved to participate was higher than the fruits were worth.

“It was a lot of energy, a lot of time, a lot of volunteers and I think we’re pretty blooming beautiful right now so we’ll just continue working on that,” she said.

 

 

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Ucluelet irked as Tofino spurns Pacific Rim Visitors Centre

“This council really hoped that we were going to try to foster some new relationships.”

Tofino honours longtime volunteer

Notes from Nov. 28 council meeting.

Jamie’s Whaling Station gives big to local non-profits

Over $80,000 in visitor fees donated back to community.

Me Too At Work: Sexual assault and harassment in the B.C. workplace

Introducing an in-depth look at who is affected and what can be done

Proposed snowmobiles along Sicamous roads concern RCMP

RCMP, ICBC and province not yet on-board with proposed off-road bylaw in the B.C. Interior

‘Assemble your own meal’ kits grow into $120M industry in Canada

Kits offer a middle ground between eating out and grocery shopping

Millennials closing in as B.C.’s biggest wine drinkers

Generation X leads the way in current consumption of B.C. wine, as more wine drinkers are enjoying local varietals

Canadians lag behind Americans in giving to charity

Only one-in-five Canadians donated to charities in 2017

Pair of pubs in Nanaimo scrap straws

VIU Students’ Union Pub, Dinghy Dock Pub no longer put straws in drinks

One man in hospital following targeted shooting in Courtenay

A 57-year-old Courtenay man is in hospital with a gunshot wound following… Continue reading

B.C. children adoption rates lagging, despite increased funding: watchdog

More than 1,000 children children are still waiting to be adopted, new report shows

FortisBC to lower natural gas rates in 2018

Rate changes to impact the Lower Mainland, Kootenays, Interior and Vancouver Island

Most Read