Questions re: Event Centre Presentations

  Ron Bolin: Feb. 21, 2017 The following questions arose out of presentation by City Staff regarding the planning for the Event Centre which will see a Referendum which will approve or deny the City the authority to borrow up to $80 million dollars for the Event Centre development.  It has been sent to those […]

City Hall and the Management of Our Public Real Estate

Ron Bolin: February 13, 2017 This is the story of how a property owned by the Citizens of Nanaimo and assessed at nearly $4 million dollars was sold to a private developer for $1 (one) dollar. 238 Franklyn St.: Let’s Buy the old City Hall Annex   238 Franklyn Street was constructed in 1937 and […]

The Abbotsford Arena: A Cautionary Tale

By: David Brown: January 20, 2017 The Abbotsford Centre is a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Abbotsford, British Columbia. On September 25, 2006, Abbotsford council voted unanimously to hold a referendum asking voters to borrow $85-million to fund three community projects, including a new entertainment and sports centre.  The arena was approved by Abbotsford voters on […]

..It Comes in Threes in Nanaimo

By David Brown: January 15, 2017 Good luck comes in threes. Bad luck comes in threes. Municipal mega-projects also come in threes – at least in Nanaimo. Nanaimo has done the Port Theatre and the Convention Centre.  Now the Make Nanaimo Great people are pushing for a multiplex. What is a multiplex? It is a […]

Redaction Redacted… What Now?

Ron Bolin, Oct. 1, 2016 It has been over two years since I asked for the authority by which the City redacted the reading of a Notice of Motion from its video of the Council meeting of July 14, 2014. That request has led over the intervening years through the City’s FOI process, through the […]

Who Owns what, where…

Ron Bolin: Sept. 17, 2016 There has been considerable discussion concerning the addition of a 15% surtax on the purchase of Vancouver residential property by foreigners.  A recent request for information about the control over foreign land ownership in other nations to MLA Leonard Krog led to the following list of some of the mechanisms used by […]

Where is the Breach Now?

Ron Bolin: August 29, 2016 It has been over two months since I last picked at my keyboard to continue my conversation with myself and with erstwhile readers of this blog.  It has not been because nothing has happened in this time, but because I have been basking in sloth.  To continue the never-ending-story of […]

Once More into the OIPCBC Breach

Last month the OIPCBC, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commission of British Columbia, agreed to accept my complaint against the City of Nanaimo regarding the redaction of a portion of the video of a 2014 Council meeting.  Those who have followed this blog will be familiar with the first attempt to remedy this […]

Bread and Circuses Nanaimo Style

Ron Bolin: April 19, 2016   “… -everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”  (Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81) Juvenal here makes reference to the Roman practice of providing free wheat to Roman citizens as well as costly circus games and other forms of entertainment as a means of gaining […]

Parcel Taxes and the RDN

[This excellent piece of work concerning the introduction into this, and following years, of a parcel tax to be paid to the Regional District of Nanaimo, was presented to and at Council on April 18.  Ms. Bryce has given her permission to publish her presentation in full.  It deserves our attention and our comment.] ______________________________ […]