The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is lit up in yellow and blue to show support for Ukraine.
At the city’s March 2 special council meeting, Mayor Ed Mayne moved a resolution to show that the City of Parksville offers its full support of the strictest sanctions possible on Russia by the government of Canada to achieve a peaceful settlement.
“We have seen the images of hardship coming from Ukraine and we are all saddened and disturbed about the aggressive Russian invasion into Ukraine,” said Mayne. “This invasion by Russia is illegal and unwarranted and we wish to support the Ukrainian families living in Parksville and our region who have ties to Ukraine… The lights on the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre will remain in blue and yellow in a display of support through March and as long as it is necessary.”
A copy of Mayne’s resolution, which was carried in favour, as well as a letter of support will be sent to the St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Church in Parksville. Copies of the letter and resolution will also be sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of British Columbia, MP Gord Johns, MLA Adam Walker, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
The St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Church will hold a candlelight vigil on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at 594 Karls Way.
The Town of Qualicum Beach is also showing support, securing a Ukrainian flag to fly outside town hall.
Coun. Teunis Westbroek asked council during their regular meeting on March 2 whether they could raise the flag of Ukraine in the wake of the ongoing Russian invasion of that country.
Mayor Brien Wiese has already ordered a Ukrainian flag and doesn’t see any problems flying it in town.
“Once they get it, it will be up,” said Wiese.