Downtown BIA board needs other voices

It is time to see if the new Nanaimo city council has any scruples.

To the Editor,

It is time to see if the new Nanaimo city council has any scruples. The city has advertised for citizens to apply for two at-large positions on the Downtown Business Improvement Association’s board of directors.

Two years ago, the former council appointed two businessmen after they did not win their seats in a newly established democratic election process which was set up to stop close-knit favouritism.

The whole point of having council appointees is so there will be a more diverse base of knowledge, other than business people, to champion what needs to happen to keep revitalizing the downtown.

We’ll have to see if those same two businessmen, who could have ran for election again last summer but did not, apply to council for appointment once again, hoping to ride the easy way in.

What will be truly disgusting, though, is if council appoints any business people to this board, which is already stacked to the brim with them. There must be other points of view.

C.L. Cavanagh

Nanaimo

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