Author Archives: Ron Bolin

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 […]

Nanaimo Notes 5 & 6

Ron Bolin: July 16, 2017 Nanaimo Notes on the Nanaimo City Hall blog are reproduced from my Facebook page as the come out.  As in Facebook, comments and suggestions are welcomed here as well where they may be easier to find at a later date…   Nanaimo Notes #5 Herding Cats in Nanaimo Finding any […]

Nanaimo Notes

Ron Bolin: July 13, 2017 I recently opened a Facebook group under my name in which I try to deal with ideas that may be less tedious and more introductory.  I will periodically present the latest series of Nanaimo Notes to this blog.  This is the first installment.. Nanaimo Notes #1: I recently received an […]

IN-CAMERA REDUX

Ron Bolin: June 23, 2017   At the Council meeting of June 19, 2017, Item 9-b on the agenda was as follows: 1411 White Street – Property Disposition 177 – 181 To be introduced by Dale Lindsay, Director of Community Development. Purpose:  To obtain Council approval for the sale of City-owned property located at 1411 White Street. Recommendation:  That Council: approve to dispose of City- owned  property located at 1411 White Street to Cori Creba for the sum of $240,000; and, direct the Mayor and Corporate Officer to execute the necessary documents to effect the transaction.   A question to the City regarding this transaction elicited a response which contained the following: The Section from the […]