re: September 28 Council Meetings

Ron Bolin: September 27, 2015 Letter to Mayor and Council sent to Council, Sept. 27, 2015 Mayor McKay and Councillors: I offer the following comments about tomorrow afternoon’s meetings for your consideration: Core Services Review Steering Committee It is fervently to be hoped that the Core Services Review Steering Committee will be recorded and thus […]

Conduct In Conflict?

Ron Bolin: March 15, 2015 The following emails have been sent, the first to Mayor McKay and the latter two to Mayor and Council, both Newspapers and the last has added Mr. Swabey as the previous had not yet been answered.  These are serious questions relating to a serious issue which will come before Council […]

Bits and Pieces: Back to the Future??

Ron Bolin: Jan. 29, 2015 Councillors: You ran… Now don’t hide… [Note: This post was accidentally deleted.  This is a repost.] There was a time when it was impossible for a municipal population to be imminently and intimately connected to municipal decision making. That day, given tv, video, Wi-Fi and internet developments, has now been […]

The SICS Committee

Mayor McKay and Council: I would like to thank you all for the discussion which took place on Monday afternoon on the subject of Committees. While I did not find the information which I had hoped for and requested, I heard you all raise interesting questions about the topic which helped me sort the issue […]

The Team has Changed. Has the game Changed?

Mayor McKay and Councillors: The agenda for Monday’s (Jan.12) Council meeting looks like a page right out of the last Council’s playbook. On Thursday afternoon, an agenda was released for a Council meeting on Monday afternoon which involves multiple millions in changes in expenditures from the current 2015 budget: Under Corporate Services: Early approval for […]


Mayor McKay and Councillors, Mr. Swabey: At yesterday’s Council Meeting questions regarding the timing and conditions surrounding Council agendas and minutes were raised. I wish to call to your attention the following responses to a question regarding the time between the release of of a Council agenda and its corresponding meeting which were given by […]

The June 16 COW

The following was just sent to Mayor and Council.  This process achieves the end of forcing me to think about what is on the agenda, what I think about it (if I do) and it gets it off my chest. I do not comment on items about which I do not have an opinion and […]

Correspondence on the matter of the Auditor General for Local Governments

Correspondence is in order of communication.  These items were preceded by a phone to Mr. Tatchell’s office.   Items of correspondence are separated thus: ___________________________ From Mark Tatchell: —–Original Message—– From: Tatchell, Mark CSCD:EX Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 4:41 PM To: ‘’ Subject: AGLG Ron, Thank you for your call earlier today. Look forward […]

Governance in the City of Nanaimo – Letter to Mayor and Council

Ron Bolin: Nov. 2, 2012 The following report and recommendation will be brought before you at the meeting of Council acting in their manifestation as the Committee of the Whole to be held in the Shaw Auditorium, 80 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC on Monday, 2012-Nov-05, commencing at 4:30p.m. While the intensions of this study are […]

Men, Machines and the City of Nanaimo – A Letter to Council

Ron Bolin: Oct.28, 2012 Mayor Ruttan and Councillors:           I note from Monday’s agenda that you will be asked to approve the issuance of an RFP for parking equipment and related items. While the rationale for this request is easily understood, there are related matters raised by it which deserve consideration and on which I […]