Category Archives: SOCIAL ISSUES

Levant Rant Hits… And Misses: ..The Point

Ron Bolin: June 29, 2014 Ezra Levant’s crusade to paint Nanaimo’s Council as a bunch of ignorant hicks has garnered sufficient traction that they now seem to be caught like deer in the headlights, unable to move and, unless something changes quickly in their attitude, appear likely to stay in that posture at least until […]

“Smart” meters, Electro-smog and Electronic Warfare

Ron Bolin: Jan, 27, 2013 I’ll bet you didn’t know that Canada has had an electronic warfare unit for many years.  If you’d like to see their Coat of Arms, go to: Ever wonder what’s the big deal about wireless technology? Why do people worry about privacy, security and health concerns in relation to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nanaimo’s One Per Centers

David Brown: July 29, 2012 There is a new group of one per centers in B.C. They are not the captains of private industry but rather our managers in civic and provincial government. In Canada a One Per Center is someone with an annual income over $230,000.00. An article in Tyee scopes the number of […]

Water over the Dam -and Dollars too

The great debate at Monday’s Council meeting was over the Blue Community initiative.  While the generalities of the issue regarding water had been approved back in 1996, the point of conflict was over whether the City would or would not permit the sale of bottled water in its venues.  You can read about this decision […]

How much is Democracy Worth?

Ron Bolin: June 15, 2012 At the June 18 meeting of the Committee of the Whole (Council meeting by another name and able to do most anything except pass bylaws) to be held at the Shaw Auditorium at 4:30pm, a report will be brought forth from Staff which recommends that:  “That video recording equipment not […]

Economic Development(s)

Gord Fuller: March 30, 2012 I don’t know what others think but we, the taxpayer, have shelled out more than $1.4 million for the new Economic Development Corporation and with the latest stories coming out from the D/N I am not impressed.  Ms. Cudahy is being paid quite well for the job she is supposed […]

Save Linley Valley West will host first public forum

Edna Chadwick: March 29, 2010 Save Linley Valley West, a group of Nanaimo residents concerned about the potential destruction of a unique environment and habitat in the west side of Linley Valley, is hosting its first-ever public forum on Wed. April 4 at the Kin Hut, 2730 Departure bay Rd., starting at 7 p.m. So […]

To Occupy or not to Occupy, this is the question…

Ron Bolin:  Nov. 30, 2011 A recent article in the Nanaimo Daily News, “Occupy camp turns down city proposal”, Nov. 30, 2011, raises some issues which demand clarification.  Foremost is the nature of city bylaws.  In the above story our Mayor is quoted as saying that: “the city must enforce the bylaw that prohibits tents […]