Lawrence Rieper: March 28, 2013  (See also a Colliery Dam examination from Mr. Rieper published here on Dec. 1, 2012) I am not going to challenge the technical engineering data, nor am I prepared to believe in computer modeling at the expense Of my own senses. I am going to throw some simple facts and […]


Dan Appell: March 28, 2013 Building a hotel next to the conference centre has many drawbacks. The possible benefits of the plan are insignificant relative to the city’s accommodation industry, while the industry will be exposed to a considerable risk. It is difficult to understand why a great deal of effort and money are being […]

Poison in Paradise

Ron Bolin: March 4, 2013 There is a lot to like about Nanaimo: it’s a beautiful site on the coast of Vancouver Island which is world renowned for its beauty and known all over Canada for its mild climate; it is strategically located at the hub of the island on the Salish Sea facing the […]

What Milk is the COW giving on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

What Milk is the COW giving on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 Ron Bolin: Feb. 2, 2013 The purpose of these notes to the agenda of a Council or COW meeting is to provide a shortcut to the matters of general interest which I believe to impact on the community as a whole, without going to […]

Not Just Any Old Port….This one needs a Storm! – updated

Jan.23, 2013 We have received permission from the Snuneymuxh Band to provide a copy of the letter which they have sent to the Nanaimo Port Authority regarding the NPA’s proposal to give a 30 year lease on the Nanaimo downtown harbour to an American private corporation.  It deserves our attention. 2013-01-18 SFN to NPA re […]

The Next Big Reveal at City Hall (Don’t be COWed)

Ron Bolin: Jan. 19, 2013 At its COW (Committee of the Whole) meeting  on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:30pm in the Shaw Auditorium of the VICC, Council will receive a presentation from Ms. Jean Crowder, MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan regarding local and federal government issues.  One may hope that among these issues will be the […]

Questions to Council re: 1621 Dufferin Crescent

Fred H.J. Taylor: January 3, 2013 City of Nanaimo 455 Wallace Street Nanaimo, B.C. Mayor Ruttan & Council Members: John Horn (City of Nanaimo), Randy Churchill (City of Nanaimo), R.C.M.P. and VIHA all promoted a supportive housing project for the site at a Public Meeting on June 17, 2010. The Provincial Government was also promoted […]

Issues Addressed, Accepted, Dismissed -Last Council Meeting of 2012

Ron Bolin: Dec. 19, 2012 Monday’s Council meeting was the last of 2012 –and perhaps the last for eternity if some interpretations of the Maya prophecy are to be believed.  For myself, I fear that we will not get off so easily and that we will all be back in the hands of Council in […]

The Last Council Meeting of 2012 (Dec. 17 at the Shaw Auditorium)

Ron Bolin: Dec. 14, 2012 Monday’s final Council meeting for 2012 should prove to be a blockbuster event with something for almost everyone.  We will hear about our Local Health Area Profiles, from VIHA; receive notice of our purchase of a portion of the Wellcox lands downtown from Canadian Pacific Railways; Give some $65,000 to […]

What’s up at Monday’s Meeting of the COW?

Ron Bolin: Dec. 7, 2012 This is the last COW meeting scheduled to be held in the Shaw Auditorium instead of a small board room in the New Annex and the last which is scheduled to be made available to the public on video.  At his meeting comes the opening salvo of the 2013 budget […]