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.] ______________________________ […]

Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again

Ron Bolin: April 12, 2016 At its COW (Committee of the Whole) meeting on Monday, April 11, our City Council, while displaying differences of opinion on various matters, still kept the discussion on the solid rails of reason and reasoned opinion.  There was promise in the air as, following a well-constructed and presented financial plan […]


Ron Bolin: March 29, 2016 Freedom of Information requests and City responses are important in understanding what Nanaimo’s Administration leaves out of the conversation which it has with Citizens at Open Council and related meetings.  FOI’s may bring to light information which has somehow been overlooked in reporting, or has been insufficiently explored to determine […]

Deal Making in the Back Room

Ron Bolin: Feb. 23, 2016 There are a number of matters which are currently raising questions about fiscal practices at City Hall which demand answers:  Answers which can shed light on the ability of the Administration to carry on business in the dark of in camera meetings, apparently without a requirement for subsequent proper authorization […]

Once more unto the breach

Ron Bolin: Dec. 10, 2015 Act 2 Begins: I have begun again the tedious process of attempting to see the segment redacted from a City Council video over a year and a half ago restored to its place in the public record following the recent decision by the OIPC adjudicator that my original request which they accepted […]