Accountability from city hall still a priority

The process that resulted in a low-barrier facility at Uplands seems all but a distant memory to some.

To the Editor,

With the renewed mandate for council by the majority of the 26 per cent that voted, the process that resulted in a low-barrier facility at Uplands seems all but a distant memory to some.

It shouldn’t be. The public should keep in mind the in-camera council meeting and the secret meeting with the province that resulted in co-location of low-barrier housing with the Island’s largest seniors facility.

That was not open and transparent government. That was two levels of government bending the rules to pursue an agenda.

Let’s be fair, this was not ‘perceived lack of public consultation’, this was plain and simple lack of consultation. Let’s also be fair and accept that the public wants and deserves consultation on issues that have an impact on their community and in a timely manner.

The City of Toronto defines consultation as, “Public consultation is the two-way exchange of information between the corporation and the public before decisions are made.

It is an open and accountable process allowing individuals and groups to participate in the decision-making process of the corporation.”

I would challenge council to take immediate action on concrete steps to ensure that this kind of avoidance of public consultation cannot happen again.

If this means that council in future needs to negotiate a public disclosure clause with the province then so be it. After all, Nanaimo has about 60,000 eligible voters, which should be quite persuasive.

Fred Kardel

Nanaimo

Just Posted

Competitors to vie for bathtub race crown in waters off Nanaimo

Great International World Championship Bathtub Race begins at 11 a.m.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fact-check pipe dream

We deserve more transparency now that Trans Mountain is in public hands, says letter writer

Eight displaced after fire last night in Nanaimo’s south end

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responds to fires on Strickland Street and old Jolly Miner pub

‘A really kind person:’ Parksville’s Nick Major remembered by instructor

Outpouring of support in the days following death of young man after infection from rabies

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Housing and opioid crises the real threats

Letter writer shocked that someone could blame vulnerable citizens for Nanaimo’s tarnished image

Sailpast on Wheels Parade recognizes driving forces of Nanaimo bathtub race

Margaret Johnson and Bill McGuire honoured at 2019 event

World’s fastest bathtub racer to be determined this weekend in Nanaimo

Great International World Championship Bathtub Race caps full weekend of downtown events

Nanaimo-Opoly will let board game players deal Harbour City properties

Victoria’s Outset Media and Walmart Canada partner on local edition of popular game

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read