Tuesday, October 16, 2018



HALLOWEEN TRICK or TREATING
VICTORIA CRESCENT, 
DOWNTOWN NANAIMO
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, NOON - 3PM


Bring your little ghosts and goblins Trick or Treating at participating merchants on Victoria Crescent in Downtown Nanaimo Saturday, October 27, from Noon - 3pm.

The Victoria Crescent Association wishes you all a Very Spooky & Scary Halloween!

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CUPE Slate For Nanaimo City Council??

The following are the candidates that are being endorsed by the local union forces. Times past you could see how many dollars CUPE and other unions gave to 'their' candidates. This time around it won't be known how many of these candidates received financial support of some kind until after the election. With 13,000 members they can influence, they clearly can be the king-makers during the current civic election.

The following candidates are the ones that have been endorsed by the labour council. It is reasonable to assume that these are the candidates the unions see as being most favourable to their continued labour agreements with the city of Nanaimo. Of course that means they may not have the best interest of Nanaimo taxpayers at heart as they make their decisions.

I have not heard any candidates say anything that indicates they really have much understanding of how city hall functions. But, when you consider that nearly 85% of every property tax dollar is consumed by wages and benefits at the city, this, or any council really only has a say as to how 15% of your money is spent.

Perhaps that explains why last spring staff had to ask council for another $800,000 to fix some potholes because of the cold winter. That's right, will all the money flowing from your pocket into city coffers, they had to come to council seeking special funding to fix some potholes.

UNION SLATE FOR NANAIMO CITY COUNCIL?

Armstrong, Thorpe, Bonner, Hemmens, Maarten, Brown, Geselbrecht, Beaulieu, Krog

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Liberal Financial Management??


Remember how our Prime Minister promised to balance the budget and how he was going to spend all that money on infrastructure??

This is what happens when voters who only believe what the nice politician says to get elected but don't have any idea what they really stand for and elect them because they have nice hair.

Think about it, the next time you keep asking the government to GIVE you this or that ............. they have already spent all our tax dollars and now are borrowing to keep buying our vote. All the time, piling on the interest to service that debt.

Some people understand what globalism is all about, and then there are the Liberal and NDP supporters. The Cons are the only ones who pretend to have sound fiscal policy, but their performance doesn't seem to stand the test either.

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Sheila Gurrie CIty Clerk Nanaimo ---- Conflict??

I recently posted an article in an attempt to educate Nanaimo taxpayers on the union/city relationship which has proven and is proving to be very costly for Nanaimo taxpayers. I am all for fair wages etc. but the contracts that CUPE 401 have been able to 'negotiate' with the city of Nanaimo are the richest in the region. Why?

The very idea that civil servants should hold unionized positions is beyond common sense, but that is a story for another day.

In response to the article a reader, 'Tim McGrath' posted a comment calling attention to what he sees as a perceived conflict of interest with the City Clerk and the head of CUPE 401. His concerns seem valid given the nature of the position of city clerk and the information they are privy to.

I have written the city clerk for a comment on the accusation and await reply.

McGrath's comment:
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The City of Nanaimo and it's citizens have even a greater reason to be concerned - the city is in bed with the union - LITERALLY!

There is certainly a perceived CONFLICT of interest. It has been brought to the attention of the Mayor, but he hasn't even replied to the email.

The Legislative Services Dept Head is sleeping with the local Cupe 401 head! The head of Legislative Services has 100% access to all in camera as well as EVERY document in the city. Any strategic planning and discussion is available to Sheila Gurrie Legislative Head.

NB: for transparency, I am currently involved in a Attorney General case involving Legislative Head Gurrie."

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Nanaimo City Council Union Connection

 News Link

An article appearing in the Sept. 2 News Bulletin reveals the level of influence the local unions can exercise over the outcome of the next Nanaimo civic election.

The article notes the labour council represents 13,000 unionized members which in itself is a potential block of votes that can determine the face of Nanaimo governance for the next four years.

City of Nanaimo very friendly with CUPE 401

You could argue that for the past decades there has never been a serious 'negotiation' with the city and CUPE 401. From what I have seen and heard the union basically tells the city what they will settle for and the city agrees. The proof of that suspicion is evidenced by the contracts the union has signed with the last four city councils.

The last time I looked into the union contract with the city a level 1 CUPE worker which does not qualify for the classification of being a labourer will start at $24.45/hr. with 3 weeks holiday and health and dental benefits to die for.

Compared with the private sector which would likely pay minimum wage (and rightly so) for similar job skills it clearly shows the huge unfairness between those who 'work' for the city and those who live in the real world.

Even if you compare the city union contract with other union contracts in the city (school board, health authority) it becomes evident that the city of Nanaimo has never been serious about trying to control the cost of wages for Nanaimo taxpayers.

No Incentive To Really Negotiate With CUPE

The first obvious reason for not trying to hold the line on the union contract is the fact that few councilors have the spine to stand up to the threatened strike the union can call to back their demands. The ability to strike and allow garbage to build up across the city, is a pretty blunt club in the hands of the union.

Another reason there is little to no incentive to hold the line on union wages lies in the method used to determine non-union wage increases. Unless it has been recently changed the wage increases being granted to non-union employees went up in lock-step with the 'negotiated' union wage increase.

So. the whole system begs the question "who is really looking out for the Nanaimo taxpayer when it comes to the cost of wages and benefits enjoyed by city employees?"

Single Biggest Expense At City Hall

The last time I crunched the numbers taken from the city financial statements the cost of wages and benefits represented over 82% of every property tax dollar collected by the city. In other words, city taxpayers can expect their taxes to increase each and every year by about 1.5% just to cover the cost of increased wages and benefits enjoyed by city employees.

City Councilor Wannabes can promise this and that all they want, but unless they are willing to address the single largest expenditure they will never get control of ever-increasing property taxes.

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Trudeau Liberals Support Police Killer


Every single Liberal voted for convicted police killer Chris Garnier to keep receiving PTSD benefits from Veterans Affairs.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Nanaimo Automated Garbage Bins

Operator Needs More Training?
or just doesn't like his new job?



We have been on an automated route since they were first introduced and while I still doubt the increased cost is justified have learned to live with the new system.

When the whole city came online with the automated system my street is now on a border, meaning a different driver now picks up the bins on the other side of my street on the day following my pick up.

The driver who does my pick up has learned the new skills that allows him to operate a mechanical arm using a joystick from the cab rather than jumping in and out of a vehicle emptying trash cans (like in the old days). He is able to precisely pick up, empty and set the bins back down with the skill of a surgeon.

The driver on the other side of the street however is either clearly lacking in dexterity or perhaps doesn't like the new system and drops the bins as I would slam a door to express my displeasure.

Last week was the first time I noticed this and chalked it up to a bit of a learning curve, but this is the second week so I presume this operator has had considerable 'practice'.

I wonder how many times you can slam a bin down and they fall over willy-nilly before something breaks? When that happens is the 'owner' on the hook to replace them? Hope not.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Nanaimo Tent City ..... Just Poor Homeless Souls?

Or a den of thieves and drug dealers??


Nanaimo News Now recently reported that a hard working 15 year old Nanaimo lad had his $400 bike stolen from in front of his workplace on Stewart Ave. The bike had been secured with a U lock.

Apparently after seeing the story an unidentified young man went to tent city where he was able to find the distinctive bike which he purchased for $50 and then returned it to the rightful owner.

You hear the cries from this armed camp of how all the poor souls are being mistreated by society. One might ask just what these poor souls are contributing to society.

In the meantime you can expect the left leaning judiciary and this city council to continue to fumble about not really knowing how to deal with this growing segment of society.

They claim to want affordable housing ............. question? how much money can these individuals put towards this affordable housing? If they want society to be accountable for their housing, then they need to be accountable to society for what they are contributing to their well being.

The irony of the above bike theft story speaks volumes as to the failures we are witnessing in our society. Sadly, with the present governments in place, nothing is likely to improve in the near future.

Shades of Mad Max and other Mel Gibson films of days gone by.



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Nanaimo Air Quality Health Risks Very High

BC Wildfires Wreak Havoc

For the second year in a row British Columbia is in a state of emergency due to the number of wildfires raging in the province. Air quality across the province is being.seriously impacted.



AQHI stands for Air Quality Health Index

The 'high' (7 - 10) is the result of fine smoke particles in the air which is the PM2.5 data on the following chart. Currently Nanaimo falls in the highest 'Very High' category meaning it is 10+ on the index. In this case, a high score is not where we want to be.

The air quality objective is 25 under the category of PM25 ug/m3 and as you can see Nanaimo posted a reading of nearly 10 times that level at 5:00 am this morning with a reading of 244.0.

This is the measure of fine particles of 2.5 microns in size of which 25 in a cubic meter is considered good. At 5:00 am this morning that number was 244.0 per cubic metre.

Nanaimo Air Quality Data

All information and graphics are taken from the BC Air Quality website.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Nanaimo Mayor McKay Welcomed Discontent City

Screengrab from VI Free Daily May 18

On May 18, Nanaimo Mayor McKay is quoted in the Vancouver Island Free Daily as saying:
“We’re taking a wait-and-see attitude over the weekend,” McKay said. “Our concern is they’re safe there now and as opposed to having them back at city hall or in one of our parks, for example. This is a good option for them. We’ve got the ability to fence the area off and provide some amenities simply for their personal health and hygiene, if you will, and a large dumpster so they can dispose of their garbage.”

Mayor McKay and Council once again demonstrate their complete ineptness

On May 18 a hand full of people broke into city property in downtown Nanaimo and rather than being immediately removed for trespassing our bumbling Mayor welcomed them with open arms.

Over the weeks and months that followed the braintrust at city hall has allowed this illegal occupation to grow to a point where you now have an armed encampment intent on defying city hall, the RCMP and the Supreme Court of BC.

Where is Leonard Krog these days??

Our MLA and Mayor wannabe needs to be pressed for his solution to this entire mess, which is far more a provincial matter than a municipal one.

Anyone asking for your support to be elected to council this year, needs to be very clear as to their intentions to deal with this festering sore that will continue to grow.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Nanaimo Summer Fun --- Downtown on Victoria Cres.




You'll wanna celebrate the last few weeks of summer with Free Fun downtown!

On Sunday, August 26th, Victoria Crescent in Nanaimo is the place to be with kid's slides, a bouncy castle, obstacle course, games and more.

The highlight of Crescent Day will be a free concert at five with Canadian folk singing legend VALDY.

So mark the date on your calendars, and come and enjoy free fun for the kids and a bunch of Good Songs, a Rock 'n Roll Song, the Simple Life for Peter and Lou and everyone else.


It's the Victoria Crescent Street Festival, Sunday, August 26, beginning at noon

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