Author Archives: Ron Bolin

Comments on Nanaimo City Council meeting: 2/5/2018

Ron Bolin: February 6, 2018 Following the Mayor’s reading of the seemingly increasingly lengthy harangue at the audience to maintain decorum, the meeting opened with a deafening silence concerning what the hell is happening at City Hall relative to what we read in the media; about the state of our administration; and where we are […]

More Freedom of Information re: Goldner Report

Ron Bolin: January 9, 2017 In an earlier post: “Freedom of Information????” dated October 22, 2017, I presented a history of my quest for a copy of the Goldner Report from the City of Nanaimo starting in August of that year.  Following several postponements my request was finally denied by the City.  To follow the […]

Old City Hall Annex Update

Ron Bolin:  Jan. 2, 2018 Back in February of 2017 I wrote a piece in this blog entitled: City Hall and the Management of our Public Real Estate.  Council determined in 2012 that with the construction of the New Annex across the street, that 238 Franklyn Street should be sold. In December of 2012 it […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Ron Bolin: Nov. 20, 2017 There is an old question which asks: ”If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it make a sound?”  Similarly: “If nobody is paying attention, has a misdeed been committed? Or, If a bylaw is broken and no action is taken, does it matter? Even […]

Freedom of Information????

Ron Bolin: October 22, 2017 Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Earlier this year Roslyn Goldner, a lawyer at Goldner Law Corporation in Vancouver, produced a Report about allegations of Staff bullying at the Vancouver School Board. In two weeks’ time that report, with minor redaction, was released to the public, and […]

Questions, Questions, Questions

Ron Bolin: Oct. 18, 2017 re: Nanaimo City Council Meeting of Oct. 16, 2017 I don’t believe that anyone who has watched Council over the years (except perhaps Diane Brennan who did in fact object to the change but often leaves before Question Period is over) is of the opinion that Question Period as it […]

What’s Important at UBCM

Ron Bolin: Sept. 25, 2017 Many of our Nanaimo City Councillors and RDN Board members are in Vancouver attending this year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference. The following seven resolutions (three from Nanaimo City and four from Nanaimo RD) have been put before UBCM members by our Nanaimo representatives and should represent the […]

A BYLAW TO REGULATE VACANT AND ABANDONED BUILDINGS

A BYLAW TO REGULATE VACANT AND ABANDONED BUILDINGS Ron Bolin, Sept. 3, 2017           The District of West Kelowna has a bylaw for dealing with vacant and abandoned buildings such as the old A&B Sound building at 1 Commercial Street, which is debatably the centre of downtown Nanaimo and is impossible for those transiting through […]

Be Afraid…. Be Very Afraid…

Ron Bolin: August 15, 2017 At its regular Council meeting last night Council agreed, as I suppose it had to, to the borrowing of $6.2 million dollars to fulfil contractual obligations which it had already made by way of secret in-camera meetings for the acquisition of new automated garbage trucks at about $380,000 each, plus […]

80 pounds of Not Garbage???

Ron Bolin: August 4, 2017 Those who have paid attention to the City of Nanaimo’s announcements are aware that the City is introducing a new solid waste collection program which is very similar to the existing one in its schedule, but is very different in its devices and it costs. The program is called “Sort […]