No sponsor to push to look into event, says Mayor? Who raised this question anyway??

Ron Bolin: Feb. 19, 2015 The following Letter was sent to the Daily News yesterday.  I am at a loss to understand the City’s position in this matter as it involves spending taxpayer funds, apparently without Council agreement, to protect the status of a horse that has long since fled the barn unofficially.  Why is […]

Conscience and Contracts: Whose Conscience, Whose Contracts?

Ron Bolin: May 6, 2014 On Monday, May 5, in a last minute addition to the agenda of Nanaimo’s Committee of the Whole (Council-COW) meeting, Councillor Pattje put forward a motion which instructed the Management of the VICC (Atlific) not to take, or presumably at this late date to revoke, a booking for the “Beyond […]

Three Letters to the Editor

Ron Bolin: June 7, 2013 I couldn’t control myself after reading the agenda for Monday’s Council meeting and have given up after only three letters as I am exhausted.   Read them and weep.  We are watching our dignity leave the field. If you find any or all of these topics to be of interest do […]

Nanaimo Dams and Dangers – A new Look

Lawrence Rieper: May 6, 2013 Mayor & Council, City of Nanaimo Ladies & Gentlemen, I ask that you peruse the attached report and apply the contents to your deliberations on the future of the Colliery Dams. Please give consideration to ordering a second look at the actual population contained within the Chase River flood inundation […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Letter to our Mayor and Council

Ron Bolin: Nov. 12, 2012 Mayor Ruttan and Councillors: Nanaimo City Staff, with your sanction, recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for what is in effect an audit of our City’s Governance with a closing date later this month and a project start date of January 1, 2013. It is striking that Jan. 1, […]

I don’t understand City Hall –and apparently neither do its operators

Ron Bolin: Nov. 6,2012 At the Nov. 5 meeting of Council dressed up as COW (Committee of the Whole), the COW approved by a 6-3 vote, an expenditure estimated to be between $9,000 and $50,000 for a consultant to study governance in the City of Nanaimo.  What is governance?  Questioned on this, Staff responded: “Council […]

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 […]

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 […]