Nanaimo chamber of commerce hosts events centre debate

NANAIMO – Chamber aims to provide for a forum for both sides in a non-political environment.

A discussion and debate on the proposed events centre in Nanaimo is being organized by the chamber of commerce.

“The intent is to provide a forum for both sides to come together in a non-political environment, and respectfully present their side,” said Kim Smythe, CEO of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “We want to appeal to undecided voters especially. We’re providing a platform for the community to publicly and openly question each side, remembering we are friends and neighbours first.”

The debate is set for Tuesday (Feb. 28), 6:30 p.m., at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

Both campaigns confirmed representatives will attend the presentation, which will include an information session, traditional moderated debate, and question-and-answer period following.

“After several city-sponsored information events, chamber members still urged us to generate further independent discussion on this $80-million subject,” Smythe said. “The chamber is the appropriate organization to act as an independent third party and offer opportunities for further community discussion.“

A chamber survey on the events centre is planned for March 3 with publication of the results of members’ opinions on March 6 so that the business community’s thoughts can be known prior to the March 11 vote.

There is no charge for admission to the events centre debate.