Notes on the Council Meeting of March 5, 2018

Ron Bolin: March 6, 2018 Prior to the adoption of the agenda, a Request was made via the addendum that Reconsideration of the Development Variance Permit Application for DVP335 – 191 King Road which was defeated at Council’s March 19 Council meeting, be given reconsideration. The request was successful and was set as agenda item […]

Notes on Feb 19, 2018 Council Meeting

The Roundup on Nanaimo City Council meeting Feb 19 Click on “The Roundup…” above… When you have read it, you only need to back up to comment…  I have used this method as it provides better readability than does placing a Word/pdf  document into WordPress..  At least to my way of thinking…  

Comments on Nanaimo City Council meeting: 2/5/2018

Ron Bolin: February 6, 2018 Following the Mayor’s reading of the seemingly increasingly lengthy harangue at the audience to maintain decorum, the meeting opened with a deafening silence concerning what the hell is happening at City Hall relative to what we read in the media; about the state of our administration; and where we are […]

More Freedom of Information re: Goldner Report

Ron Bolin: January 9, 2017 In an earlier post: “Freedom of Information????” dated October 22, 2017, I presented a history of my quest for a copy of the Goldner Report from the City of Nanaimo starting in August of that year.  Following several postponements my request was finally denied by the City.  To follow the […]

Old City Hall Annex Update

Ron Bolin:  Jan. 2, 2018 Back in February of 2017 I wrote a piece in this blog entitled: City Hall and the Management of our Public Real Estate.  Council determined in 2012 that with the construction of the New Annex across the street, that 238 Franklyn Street should be sold. In December of 2012 it […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Ron Bolin: Nov. 20, 2017 There is an old question which asks: ”If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it make a sound?”  Similarly: “If nobody is paying attention, has a misdeed been committed? Or, If a bylaw is broken and no action is taken, does it matter? Even […]

Freedom of Information????

Ron Bolin: October 22, 2017 Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Earlier this year Roslyn Goldner, a lawyer at Goldner Law Corporation in Vancouver, produced a Report about allegations of Staff bullying at the Vancouver School Board. In two weeks’ time that report, with minor redaction, was released to the public, and […]

Questions, Questions, Questions

Ron Bolin: Oct. 18, 2017 re: Nanaimo City Council Meeting of Oct. 16, 2017 I don’t believe that anyone who has watched Council over the years (except perhaps Diane Brennan who did in fact object to the change but often leaves before Question Period is over) is of the opinion that Question Period as it […]

What’s Important at UBCM

Ron Bolin: Sept. 25, 2017 Many of our Nanaimo City Councillors and RDN Board members are in Vancouver attending this year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference. The following seven resolutions (three from Nanaimo City and four from Nanaimo RD) have been put before UBCM members by our Nanaimo representatives and should represent the […]

A BYLAW TO REGULATE VACANT AND ABANDONED BUILDINGS

A BYLAW TO REGULATE VACANT AND ABANDONED BUILDINGS Ron Bolin, Sept. 3, 2017           The District of West Kelowna has a bylaw for dealing with vacant and abandoned buildings such as the old A&B Sound building at 1 Commercial Street, which is debatably the centre of downtown Nanaimo and is impossible for those transiting through […]