The Former Council’s first full Meeting: December 15, 2014

Ron Bolin: Nov. 20, 2018 It was with great interest that I watched the first VICC meeting of our new Council on Monday. Our new mayor and Councillors were all brief and deliberate in their speech and actions and the agenda was covered in just over an hour. I was particularly interested in what they […]

A TRAVESTY IN THE MAKING: Nanaimo’s proposed Procedure Bylaw 7272

Ron Bolin: Oct. 15, 2018 A few minutes ago I sent the following email to the Mayor and Council; CAO Rudolph; Sheila Gurrie, City Clerk and Corporate Officer and Nicola Marotz, Executive Director, Governance and Structure Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Mayor McKay and Council: While I continue to object to the passage […]


Ron Bolin: September 16, 2018 On August 28, the public was invited to a meeting at Beban Park to hear about and discuss the draft for an updated Procedure Bylaw: “The current bylaw was adopted in 2007 and has had three amendments made using recommendations from a governance review conducted in 2013. We decided a […]

DRTEP and YOU and ME

  Ron Bolin: May 7, 2018 “FURTHERMORE TAKE NOTICE THAT, the program is accomplish its objectives by providing tax certainty to parcel-owners and reducing the municipal tax burden on parcels where a project is being undertaken. The properties that will be eligible for a tax exemption under the program are new multi-family residential developments, […]


April 30, 2018 The following post has been prepared by Lawrence Rieper about the DRTEP (Downtown Revitalization Taxation Exemption Program) bylaw and its vacillating definition as it may affect area residents. F Rieper on DRTEP 7-2.pdf_extract_2 Your Opinion on this issue, in general or on specifics is requested…  See below…

A 3.2% Tax Increase?

Ron Bolin: April 3, 2018 At tomorrow’s 9am Finance and Audit Committee meeting there will be a presentation of the 2018-2022 financial plan. It is worthy of your time and attention to review the document as it stands in its almost final and reasonably understandable form. If you, like I, cannot make it to the […]

Eight years and not much has changed…

Here is a post back from the first month of back in March of 2010 and it looks like we haven’t been able to change much in the political and ethical nature of governance in the City of Nanaimo.  Maybe the next eight years will be better… Got any ideas of how to […]

To Bin or not to Bin…That is the Question

Ron Bolin: March 31, 2018 The following email exchange relates to the issue of dealing with the new solid waste bins which are very problematic for various citizens and their locations even though they do NOT provide a full and complete service for standard household items. I have not had any further response as yet […]

Is Everybody h AAP y???

Ron Bolin: March 25, 2018 The Province has now granted the City of Nanaimo authorization to hold an AAP process which, if successful ( i.e. does not draw more than 6842 votes) will allow the City to borrow up to $17 million dollars for up to 20 years for a new Fire Station in downtown […]

What Does DRTEP Mean to You?

Ron Bolin: March 22, 2018   If you are like me you didn’t have an inkling about DRTEP until you went to look at the agenda or video of the Finance and Audit Committee (another name for City Council) meeting of March 14 of this year or looked at the agenda for next Monday’s (March […]