City’s core services review won’t provide value for dollar

So let me get this straight, they want to spend $200K to find ways to save money? Isn’t that the job of city staff?

To the Editor,

Re: Terms drafted for review of city services, Oct. 1.

What is going on at city hall? The news I read leaves me with a very surreal feeling, like I’ve been dropped into a parallel universe, a bizarro Dr. Who storyline where up has become down. I mean, where else but in bizarro parallel universe would anyone spend $50,000 to have a consultant tell them how to play nice with others? And remember, this is coming from a group of councilors largely elected on the basis that they would do away with this sort of insane waste.

Now they want to spend $200,000 on another consultant in order to conduct a core review of city services. So let me get this straight, they want to spend $200K to find ways to save money? Isn’t that the job of city staff? I mean, they run the city, they should know where efficiencies can be made and savings found.

Brendan MillbankNanaimo

 

To the Editor,

Re: Terms drafted for review of city services, Oct. 1.

The mayor and a majority of councillors sought election with a commitment to enact a thorough and independent ‘core review’ process.

Council is in disarray, unable to agree on much of anything. This leaves the city staff, the bureaucracies and their unions exactly where they wish to be, carrying on unimpeded and unexamined. City management and all of the affiliates associated with operating the city’s business are vested in maintaining the status quo.

Our membership is concerned that the core review will prove to be expensive and ineffective, resulting in little change while offering a cover of examination to those who most benefit from our current state of affairs. It is time for a fully independent, comprehensive analysis of city services and expenditures to be underway.

Randy O’DonnellpresidentNanaimo Ratepayers Association

 

To the Editor,

Re: Chamber of commerce leads petition to fix council relationships, Sept. 24.

In an effort to help bridge differences between council, a group of Nanaimoites created a Facebook group called ‘A Better Nanaimo.’ Our mission is to engage and respect each other with civility and decorum when contributing to our discussions.

We all want a better Nanaimo. How do we do this? By giving input on ideas and thoughts including those of political concerns that we can discuss and brainstorm together to establish positive solutions and results for the betterment of our city and its citizens.

We welcome everyone who wants to make a difference and see positive changes occur in our fair city. We look forward to everyone joining our group as all opinions and input are highly vital and valued in our community to achieve a better Nanaimo.

Don BonnerNanaimo

Just Posted

Woodgrove Centre has a temporary COVID-19 vaccination clinic operated by Island Health. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 vaccine clinic set up at Woodgrove Centre

Anyone 12 and up can receive a first dose of mRNA vaccine seven days a week

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
Central Island’s United Way merging with other chapters to create United Way B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Young people graduating in COVID-19 times have shown resilience. (Stock photo)
Editorial: Class of 2021 has shown smarts and resilience

Congratulations and good luck to Grade 12s who have persevered during the pandemic

The Nanaimo Business Awards are accepting nominations now. (Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce image)
Nanaimo Business Awards accepting nominations of worthy winners

This year’s awards aren’t until the fall, but the nomination period ends June 28

Retailers say they’re ready for the ban on single-use plastic checkout bags in Nanaimo when it takes effect July 1. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Retailers report they’re ready for Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban

Business operators say there’s been plenty of time to plan and prepare for bylaw that kicks in July 1

A person stands in a tower on the perimeter of the Number 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 23, 2021. Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Schiefelbein
VIDEO: Trudeau demands truth from China about Uyghurs

PM says Canada has admitted broken Indigenous relationship, unlike China on Uyghurs

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
B.C.’s first dedicated plasma donor centre opens in Kelowna

The Kelowna location is the third dedicated plasma donor to open in Canada

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school on Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Study reassures parents, teachers that COVID-19 infrequently shared at school

Federally funded study in Vancouver finds risk in the classroom and in the community identical

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Single-game sports betting about to become legal in Canada

Senate passes bill to take sports gambling away from overseas agencies

Point Roberts is part of the mainland United States but not physically connected to it, to reach the community by land one must pass through Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Closed Canadian border leaves Point Roberts’ only grocery store on verge of closure

‘We’re Americans but we’re not attached to America. It’s easy to forget we’re here,’ says owner Ali Hayton

The Somass Sawmill sits idle in early May 2021. While the kilns have been in use occasionally, and the lot has been used to store woodchips this spring, the mill has been curtailed since July 27, 2017. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni to expropriate Somass Sawmill from Western Forest Products

Sawmill has been ‘indefinitely’ curtailed since 2017

Robin Sanford and her fiance Simon Park were married in an impromptu ceremony at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on June 16. (Submitted photo)
Mom dies day after witnessing daughter’s hospital wedding in Abbotsford

Nurses help arrange impromptu ceremony in 3 hours for bride and groom

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. home owner grant won’t be altered, despite expert advice

Tax break for residences worth up to $1.6 million too popular

B.C. conservation officer Sgt. Todd Hunter said a black bear is believed to have killed local livestock. (THE NEWS/files)
Black bear believed to have killed miniature donkey in Maple Ridge

Trap set for predator that has been killing livestock

Most Read