Car Free Sunday helps to regain sense of community

Dear editor,
This letter is in response to Chris Elliston and others who are wondering what the “point” was to Car Free Sunday.

Dear editor,This letter is in response to Chris Elliston and others who are wondering what the “point” was to Car Free Sunday.According to the website, Car Free Sundays are designed to be fun and entertaining, promote neighbourly interaction, celebrate local businesses, inspire creativity in those who chose to get involved”.  These events are held in hundreds of cities around the world. Chris Elliston asserts, “The roads are there to drive on. That was the reason they were built.”In fact, the reason roads were built was as a means to communicate, and for ease of buying, selling and transporting goods. Roads were built as a necessity. Certainly roads are still used for those purposes, but we also use roads for convenience. We jump in our cars to perform a multitude of tasks, from visiting the corner store a five-minute walk away, to driving our kids to school. It is arguable whether many of the uses of roads are truly “necessities.”Could it be we determine roads are necessary because we are busier than any other generation before us? We go full tilt from morning to night, motoring from one event to the next, shuttling our over-scheduled kids from activity to activity. I know I am guilty of this! This lifestyle is killing our sense of community.  We seldom interact with our neighbours, or explore what our neighbourhoods have to offer.The sad reality is that as a society, we have lost our sense of what community is all about. What happened to neighbourhood potlucks, work parties, a game of “scrub.”As someone who has worked with youth and families for over 15 years, I know that one of the biggest factors in prevention of high-risk activity for youth is a sense of belonging and a connection to community. In the absence of healthy connection with positive adult role models, youth turn to whoever is available.Our elders benefit from having a sense of community as well. Intergenerational events that foster creativity, fun, and communication help to break down barriers and the generation gap. The Car Free Sunday organizers are on the right track. I admire them for taking on this organizational feat, and for enduring the negativity of the naysayers. This event brings us a step closer to a healthier community for all citizens.Wendy Morin,Courtenay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

Comox Valley Presbyterian Church on Aspen Road. Google Maps photo
Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Town of Comox looking at land use options

The congregation is exploring options for use of the property

Comox Valley are investigating a break and enter at a store on Denman Island. File photo
Thief steals Denman Island store’s charity jar

Comox Valley RCMP also looking for witnesses to Dove Creek injury

Former 19 Wing Commander Mike Atkins is the new CEO of the Comox Valley Airport. Photo submitted
Comox Valley Airport Commission announces new CEO

Alex Robertson is serving as acting CEO since Fred Bigelow’s departure for medical leave last year

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

Most Read