Last Night (Dec. 3, 2012) at City Council

Ron Bolin: Dec. 4, 2012 At last night’s Council meeting, among other things,  we were assured that NEDC has its act together and good things should be coming real soon; our environment targets were gutted;  we were informed that the referendum which was recently held regarding the lease of public property to private interests had […]


Lawrence Rieper: Dec. 1, 2012 The first inkling that most of us got about Council’s decision to remove the Middle and Lower Colliery Park Dams was from the Nanaimo news papers of Wednesday, 31st October and Thursday 1st November 2012. It had been announced to the public two days previously, following a closed meeting of […]

What’s Up at Monday’s ( Dec. 3) Council Meeting

Ron Bolin: Nov. 30, 2012 A few items caught my eye as I looked through the 311 page agenda for the “official” meeting of Council on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 7pm, in the Shaw Auditorium in the Conference Centre.  (Boy it’s lucky that Staff got the agenda out late on Thursday or we wouldn’t have […]

Last Night in the People’s Chamber

  Ron Bolin: Nov. 27, 2012 The COW meeting held last night in the City’s Council Chamber in the VICC saw a large and passionate attendance from those citizens of Nanaimo who are concerned about the recent announcement of a secret decision made by Council on Nov. 22, 2012, to remove the lower and middle […]

Last Night at Barsby

Ron Bolin: Nov. 20, 2012 Last night at John Barsby Secondary School, some 500+ citizens of Nanaimo gathered to remind their City Council and themselves that this is their town and that they count for something in decisions about it.  The meeting was organized by a few concerned citizens who are to be most heartily […]

That Dam Decision

Ron Bolin: Oct.31, 2012 Following is an exchange with the City on some aspects of Monday’s surprise announcement  of a decision to remove two of the three dams at Colliery Dam Park which had been recently passed at an in-camera meeting of Council.  I have been seeking information about that decision, in particular the reports […]

Agreeing to Disagree about an Agreement

Ron Bolin: Oct. 16, 2012 At Monday’s Council Meeting, Mr. Bernie Dumas, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority presented a sketch of the Marina Development Project which is being undertaken via a 30 year lease arrangement between the Port Authority and the Pacific Northwest Marina Group. Under this agreement the City’s commercial boat […]

The Objects of our Desires (as seen by City Hall)

Ron Bolin: September 25, 2012 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:21 Using data available on the City’s web site it is possible to find the general objects of our spending desires over a number of years.  Our  “Expenditures by Object” can be traced at least from 1995 to […]

Is Nanaimo’s Sustainability Sustainable?

David Brown: Sept. 19, 2012 The word sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sus, up). Dictionaries provide more than ten meanings for sustain, the main ones being to “maintain”, “support”, or “endure” Since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth. The most […]

Cable Bay/Oceanview/Oceanside Relying Once Again on the Kindness of Nanaimo Taxpayers

Ron Bolin: Sept. 17, 2012 The Saturday (Sept. 15) edition of the Nanaimo News Bulletin published the City of Nanaimo Notice of Tax Sale and the properties that will be up for sale at 10 am on Monday, Sept. 24, in “the room designated as the Council Chambers”.  (I assume that this means the Shaw […]