Parcel Taxes and the RDN

[This excellent piece of work concerning the introduction into this, and following years, of a parcel tax to be paid to the Regional District of Nanaimo, was presented to and at Council on April 18.  Ms. Bryce has given her permission to publish her presentation in full.  It deserves our attention and our comment.] ______________________________ […]

Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again

Ron Bolin: April 12, 2016 At its COW (Committee of the Whole) meeting on Monday, April 11, our City Council, while displaying differences of opinion on various matters, still kept the discussion on the solid rails of reason and reasoned opinion.  There was promise in the air as, following a well-constructed and presented financial plan […]

FOI WISE

Ron Bolin: March 29, 2016 Freedom of Information requests and City responses are important in understanding what Nanaimo’s Administration leaves out of the conversation which it has with Citizens at Open Council and related meetings.  FOI’s may bring to light information which has somehow been overlooked in reporting, or has been insufficiently explored to determine […]

Deal Making in the Back Room

Ron Bolin: Feb. 23, 2016 There are a number of matters which are currently raising questions about fiscal practices at City Hall which demand answers:  Answers which can shed light on the ability of the Administration to carry on business in the dark of in camera meetings, apparently without a requirement for subsequent proper authorization […]

Once more unto the breach

Ron Bolin: Dec. 10, 2015 Act 2 Begins: I have begun again the tedious process of attempting to see the segment redacted from a City Council video over a year and a half ago restored to its place in the public record following the recent decision by the OIPC adjudicator that my original request which they accepted […]

Looking at the budget from the Top Down

Ron Bolin: Dec. 6, 2015 At the COW meeting of Nov. 23, 2015, at 2:47:47 into the portion of the meeting devoted to a Town Hall, http://www.nanaimo.ca/meetings/VideoPlayer/Index/COW151123V a gentleman spoke the words that many had been thinking: Why don’t we look at the City Budget in the way that Nanaimo households and businesses must look […]

Governance and the Governed

Ron Bolin: Dec. 3, 2015 The question of Governance has arisen on many levels in the last few years as so much of what we have hoped for seems to be receding from our grasp. I have started to assemble some materials which can provide an overview of governance as a concept and in practice […]

A Call from the OIPCBC

Ron Bolin: Nov. 18, 2015 In response to my response (sic) to the OIPCBC last week (see the post just prior to this one), I got a call from their office yesterday dealing with the oversight of all involved in the adjudication process of my request for the authority by which the City of Nanaimo […]

Spinning gold into dross… My OIPCBC Case Goes ????

Ron Bolin: Nov. 11, 2015 The following response from the OIPCBC was received yesterday. __________________________ OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION & PRIVACY Commissioner for British Columbia Protecting privacy. Promoting transparency. November 10, 2015 To the Parties: Inquiry under Part 5 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) between An Applicant and the […]

TEXT OF CHAMBER PRESENTATION TO CITY COUNCIL

TEXT OF CHAMBER PRESENTATION TO CITY COUNCIL November 2, 2015 BY KIM SMYTHE, CEO Thank you for welcoming the Chamber of Commerce this evening. We thought it was important to provide this update on our first Report to Council on February 16 shortly after your election to office. In that presentation we pointed out how […]