Editorial: Community must meet halfway

An announcement from city council regarding an expansion for Rainbow Gardens senior care facility has caused opposition from community.

An expanded Rainbow Gardens senior care facility is back on the drawing board. The new plans are on the original desired spot: the park across the street from the existing facility. And the city is ready to sell the land to the Westcoast Native Health Care Society for $163,000.

The announcement was one of two land sale bombshells Port Alberni city council slipped into their post-long weekend meeting on Tuesday. The other was a pending sale of plywood lots A and B.

The last time Rainbow Gardens attempted to purchase the same property the neighbourhood cried foul. They didn’t want to lose the park, and they said expansion plans were too vague. Many people at the time missed the point that Rainbow Gardens wants to expand, instead telling them to build a seniors’ facility somewhere else in town.

In other words, not in their backyard.

Even though the city said there was another plot of undeveloped land at the top end of the neighbourhood where a park could be built as a replacement.

The WCNHS, with city councillor Sharie Minions as liaison, has listened, and come up with an alternative plan for the same property. It would see a complex care facility, adaptable housing—and a garden, pickleball court, covered exercise area and children’s playground.

The plan is solid; WCNHS has gone above and beyond to please the community by including things like a playground and greenspace.

It’s time for the community to meet Rainbow Gardens halfway and embrace the expansion. The community needs more beds as our senior population ages, and a local business wants to invest in the community with an expansion.

There is no reason for opposition.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

 

Just Posted

Thanksgiving Food Drive returns to Port Alberni

Volunteers will go door-to-door to collect non-perishable items

Tyee Club celebrates 80 years in Port Alberni

James Clark wins Fisherman of the Year award

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs rally for the win with five goals in third period

Port Alberni team has won two games in a row at home

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Most Read