Catch 22 in Action

Ron Bolin: June 23, 2017 The following correspondence is meant to provide some of the reasons why I have taken the time and trouble to document an important and expensive new City function which I believe demonstrates the danger to taxpayers posed by the arbitrary use of IN-CAMERA decisions with out of camera consequences. From: […]

Catch 22 and the City of Nanaimo

Ron Bolin: June 19, 2017 Some may have noted that our Council, holds an IN_CAMERA meeting behind closed doors in a private room preceding almost every open (i.e. public) Council meeting. IN-CAMERA is a term meaning “in private”. In the context of our City Council it provides authority for Council, along with others who they […]

A Word about the upcoming Council By-election

Ron Bolin: June 2, 2017 Yesterday was the closing day for applications to fill the vacancy left by the recent withdrawal of Councillor Pratt from Council.  The reasons for her departure have yet to be revealed, but the vacancy has left us with a position which must, by legislation, be filled in a by-election.  It […]

Who wins the $80 million dollar Prize?

March 17, 2017 – Contributed (This piece was originally sent to the Victoria Times Colonist as a Letter to the Editor.) THE PROPOSED 80 MILLION DOLLAR EVENTS CENTRE:  SHOULD NANAIMO “GO FOR IT”? by Eric Ricker In a January 26th editorial entitled “Nanaimo arena worth the risk,” this newspaper compared the proposed Events Centre (EC) […]

Questions re: Event Centre Presentations

  Ron Bolin: Feb. 21, 2017 The following questions arose out of presentation by City Staff regarding the planning for the Event Centre which will see a Referendum which will approve or deny the City the authority to borrow up to $80 million dollars for the Event Centre development.  It has been sent to those […]

City Hall and the Management of Our Public Real Estate

Ron Bolin: February 13, 2017 This is the story of how a property owned by the Citizens of Nanaimo and assessed at nearly $4 million dollars was sold to a private developer for $1 (one) dollar. 238 Franklyn St.: Let’s Buy the old City Hall Annex   238 Franklyn Street was constructed in 1937 and […]

The Abbotsford Arena: A Cautionary Tale

By: David Brown: January 20, 2017 The Abbotsford Centre is a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Abbotsford, British Columbia. On September 25, 2006, Abbotsford council voted unanimously to hold a referendum asking voters to borrow $85-million to fund three community projects, including a new entertainment and sports centre.  The arena was approved by Abbotsford voters on […]

..It Comes in Threes in Nanaimo

By David Brown: January 15, 2017 Good luck comes in threes. Bad luck comes in threes. Municipal mega-projects also come in threes – at least in Nanaimo. Nanaimo has done the Port Theatre and the Convention Centre.  Now the Make Nanaimo Great people are pushing for a multiplex. What is a multiplex? It is a […]

Redaction Redacted… What Now?

Ron Bolin, Oct. 1, 2016 It has been over two years since I asked for the authority by which the City redacted the reading of a Notice of Motion from its video of the Council meeting of July 14, 2014. That request has led over the intervening years through the City’s FOI process, through the […]

Who Owns what, where…

Ron Bolin: Sept. 17, 2016 There has been considerable discussion concerning the addition of a 15% surtax on the purchase of Vancouver residential property by foreigners.  A recent request for information about the control over foreign land ownership in other nations to MLA Leonard Krog led to the following list of some of the mechanisms used by […]