BREAKERS – timely tidbits and follow-ups to previously published stories:
- Handmade ice cream, local-grown beef burgers and hand-cut fries made with local potatoes — now at QB waterfront food trucks!
- Town of View Royal offers citizens chance to make comments at meetings
- Experts rate the risk of 14 summer activities in the time of COVID-19
Waterfront food trucks now offering handmade ice cream, local-grown beef burgers and hand-cut fries made with local potatoes!
Imagine. Luscious handmade ice cream… in a waffle bowl… served up from a teeny blue and purple mini-trailer. Right on the beach. The perfect chaser to a late July swim in the ocean on a 30 degree Celsius day. Geoff Lawrence, who hails from Saskatchewan where they know good ice cream, conjured up his business venture, Ice Cream Dreams. Toppings include blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. Vegan coconut ice cream and coconut whipped cream are also available. The Ice Cream Dream mini-trailer is at the QB Waterfront near the Visitor Information Centre Thursdays to Sundays until 7PM.
But wait, you’re famished and need a first course. Lucky you. Right next door, Gord and Deb at Knockananna Grill have been drawing visitors to the QB Waterfront for years. They like to support local producers and growers and it shows on their menu: local-grown beef burgers, hand-cut fries made from local Echo Valley potatoes, and poutine made with local Little Qualicum Cheeseworks curds! At the beach Thursdays to Sundays until 7PM.
Town of View Royal offers citizens chance to make comments at meetings
Kudos to the Town of View Royal, a Vancouver Island municipality comparable in size to Qualicum Beach, for enabling public engagement during Council meetings and Public Hearings.
Starting in July 2020, at Council meetings, Committee of the Whole meetings and at Public Hearings, people in View Royal now have the opportunity to provide comments to Counci. This input can be provided during the meeting or public hearing either by interactive telephone or through the Zoom chat feature.
The Town of Qualicum Beach has not yet extended its citizens this basic and inexpensive courtesy, thus impairing Council’s and the Administration’s transparency and accountability to the public. There is a glimmer of hope though. At their June 24, 2020 regular meeting, Council instructed staff to implement the minimum public participation mandated for Zoom-enabled Public Hearings, one of which is scheduled for August 19, 2020.
Experts rate the risk of 14 summer activities in the time of COVID-19
From camping to dining out — experts rate the risk of 14 summer activities, this helpful guide from Boston University’s WBUR Radio shows how to make the best of your fun.
Here’s a handy chart form of similar information from Vox Media.
Don’t get caught planning to stretch out on the golden sand just when the tide comes rushing back in. Here’s this week’s tide chart for QB. Note: if you are a boater or need to know exact tides in Qualicum Beach for other reasons, the best source of tidal information is the tide chart for nearby Northwest Bay on the Canadian Hydrographic Service website.