NANAIMO VOTES – Candidates address the issues

What should council's top priority be?

  • Mar. 21, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Murray McNab

Murray McNab

Age: 53

Occupation: Civil Engineering Technologist

Years in Nanaimo: Since 1960

 

Council must work vigorously and quickly to try and regain the confidence of both residents and property owners in this fine city of Nanaimo. Council must embark on a “Core Review” of all aspects of spending that impacts the taxpayers of Nanaimo. Tax increases should be kept at a rate on par or below that of the cost of living increases. There are many residents on fixed incomes or struggling financially, who cannot afford to keep paying higher taxes and fees. The property owners in the Green Lake area should be provided with hook ups to the sanitary sewer system at a fair and equitable rate.

 

Ian Gartshore

Ian Gartshore

Age: 55

Occupation: Energy advisor

Years in Nanaimo: 14

 

Shifting spending priorities to make Nanaimo a better and more affordable community by improving health, lowering costs, and encouraging tourism, for example. By shifting where the taxpayer’s money is spent we can accomplish so much more. For example, instead of widening Bowen Road, we could encourage more cycling and walking by providing trails and raised surfaces alongside roads. This reduces costs, increases health and a sense of community, reduces pollution and noise, and makes a safer community. Such measures make us more sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally.

 

Brian Fillmore

Brian Fillmore

Age: 43

Occupation: Sales representative

Years in Nanaimo: Lived here 2005-2007 and returned in 2009.

 

To start expressing the leadership qualities the community expects from them. Be more open in dealing with the community, not just individually, but as a body. Provide direction and a strategic plan to city staff. Continue to work at reducing the size of tax increases this year before the budget is finalized.

Darcy Olsen

Darcy Olsen

Age: 37

Occupation: Consultant, Community and Business Development.

Years in Nanaimo: 7

 

The people of Nanaimo – their quality of life and enjoyment in the beautiful City of Nanaimo.

 

Bill McKay

Bill McKay

Age: 55

Occupation: Businessman

Years in Nanaimo: Since 1969 – Relocated here in 2004

 

Attracting new investment and controlling taxes.

 

Ted Greves

Ted Greves

Age: 60

Occupation: Retired Nanaimo Professional Firefighter

Years in Nanaimo: 31

 

Provide decisiveness in council’s response to issues that are put before them.

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