Editorial: Federal review is one part of a port solution

We shouldn’t expect that it will be any kind of be-all and end-all

By rights, the Harbour City should be a bustling port city.

So a Transport Canada review of port authorities across the country is welcome news for Nanaimo, though we shouldn’t expect that it will be any kind of be-all and end-all solution.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced last week in Delta that all 18 of the nation’s port authorities would be reviewed through stakeholder engagement. The process will include discussion with all levels of government, First Nations and other interests, though the full extent of the review isn’t clear and it’s not known yet whether Transport Canada will be poring over the books in each port city or looking to come up with more broad-strokes recommendations.

The federal review, in a way, overlaps with a process that’s already happening in Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Marina Association is seeking a new body to replace the Nanaimo Port Authority and the Snuneymuxw First Nation has taken some leadership in advancing those discussions. The port authority, meanwhile, helmed by a new CEO, has launched its own public engagement.

Probably, the different sides have some common visions of what they might like the port to be. There must exist some sort of balance between a busy, thriving port that attracts cruise traffic and commerce, that deals fairly and reasonably with local business and other clients, and respects First Nations treaty rights and the environment.

The federal government has been approached as a mediator before and it will be interesting to see and read into whatever recommendations eventually come from this new process.

A challenge for Transport Canada is that the country’s ports only have so much in common. What works somewhere else might work here, or it might not.

Those who wish to replace the Nanaimo Port Authority want a made-in-Nanaimo solution. The port authority itself offers a made-in-Nanaimo solution, too.

So a review will have value, but what’s needed more is people who have a vision for Nanaimo’s port, and who care about it.

Just Posted

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Discontent City can remain where it is until the end of next month

B.C. Supreme Court judge grants application for an extension to comply with injunction

SD68 candidates make last pitch prior to election

Nanaimo Duncan and District Labour Council hosted a meet-and-greet for prospective school trustees

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So much for ‘say no to drugs’ in Canada

I’m from the ‘users are losers’ generation, says letter writer

Former Nanaimo Daily News editor writes first business book

Book launch for It Worked For Them, It Will Work For Me is Tuesday, Oct. 23

UPDATE: Shots fired at house during fight in Nanaimo

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say RCMP

Candidate lists finalized for Nanaimo, Lantzville, RDN, school district

Nomination deadline passes in advance of Oct. 20 local government elections

Election 2018: candidate questionnaires

News Bulletin’s questionnaire responses for Nanaimo, Lantzville, school board, regional district

When to vote, where to vote, how to vote

Voting day is Oct. 20, with polls open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 18

To submit a beef or bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Chicken and Broadway on the menu at Bite of Nanaimo

Food, music and roving broadway characters a recipe for TheatreOne fundraiser Friday, Oct. 19

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

Most Read