Monthly Archives: October 2008

How to use this site….or Blogging 101

There have been a number of different terms used for this online method of conveying information. I think I’ve heard terms such as “newsletter” and “online forum” but it’s technically a blog which is short for weblog. A web log is basically an online journal and a handy way to get out a lot of information in a very organised and simple fashion.

I’d like to point out some of the many features on this blog and how to use them.  Most of them can be viewed while you read this, or you can print this post and use it as you move around the site.

First, I want to point out “Home” and “About” above the picture up top of the page. If you ever click “Home” it will bring you to main page of this blog. If you click “About” you will go to a page that gives explanation of what this blog is about.

Notice in the first paragraph of this posting the word “weblog” is coloured and underlined. When you see these coloured and underlined words and scroll over them with your curser you will see a preview of a page it links to. You can click on the word and be taken to the linked page. For example the word weblog will take you to an online page for a more detailed definition of the word.

Other parts of this blog will highlight when you scroll over them like the title of each posting, what the posting is categorised under and the comments. Click on the title and you will see it and the comments section in entirety and NO other posting. Clicking on the various categories will take you to all postings also categorised under the same heading and clicking on the comments will allow you to see and make comments of your own.  You’ll see arrows at the top that, when clicked, will lead you to either the previous or the next post.  When you’re done, just click “home” to go back to where you started.

The right sidebar also has many features. At the top is a “Search” feature to help narrow down what you are looking for in this blog. For example, if you type in “Fuller” or “Balmoral”, you will be taken to all related posts.

Next is “Categories“. Clicking on different categories help narrow down what you’d like to read. Each will take you to all the postings that are related to the topic you clicked on.

Tags” are similar to categories but are usually shorter phrases but both are to keep postings organised and easy to find.

Candidate’s Websites” are just that. If you click on the name of the candidate in this section you will be taken to their personal website or blog. These are worth checking out to get to know the candidates and their platforms even better.

Other Websites” are websites that may be of interest for further reading on the civic election or issues in the South End.

You can click on any of the months in the “Archives” section and it will take you to the postings made at that time.

The “Meta” section is for administrators to log in but you can also subscribe to this blog via RSS. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Usually people will use a feed reader like Google Reader to read a web feed. What’s great about this is if you follow a number of blogs you can just go to the one place (Google Reader or other) and see whenever there are new posts instead of going to each blog to check.  If that’s too difficult, just bookmark this site and remember to check back in.

The whole purpose of this site is to help keep residents informed and interested in the upcoming civic election so we want to make this as user friendly as possible. Please feel free to ask questions or give feedback about the election, candidates or even this blog.



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How this is going to work

I don’t know about you, but when I shop, I tend to compare things a lot: either I compare what I am looking at to what I really want, or I compare one item to another.  Fairly simple processes, but hard to do when you are shopping for representation in an election.  Especially an election where there are a LOT of candidates, a LOT of issues and lots of potential for complication and confusion.

So here’s what were proposing:

1.  We’ve taken the questions and comments you’ve posted so far and amalgamated them into 4 broad questions.  We’ve sent them off to ALL candidates for mayor and council and asked for responses to be returned by Friday October 24.

2.  On October 27, we will post ONE question PLUS the responses to THAT ONE question from EVERY candidate who has responded.  You’ll have time to think about what each candidate is saying, and to post additional comments and discussion.

3.  When the timing is right, we will post the NEXT question plus the responses the same way, spread out over a 2 week period. That way:

  • you’ll be able to focus on one issue at a time
  • you’ll be less likely to get overloaded or confused
  • you’ll be able to look at all candidates on a level playing field

Please note:

We will NOT be recommending or supporting any particular candidate. Our hope is simply to provide you with with the incentive and reason to get out and vote on November 15 2008.

The process may change a little, because to be honest, there’s no existing model to follow. But in the interest of pioneering, we hope you will move forward with us in good faith and we will do our best to keep this process simple and easy for both candidates and readers.

If all you want to do is lurk and read the posts of others, that’s absolutely fine.  We welcome and encourage comments to postings made to this weblog. But since this is our sandbox, and we’re all girls, we want you to know that we will not tolerate pushing, shoving, punching, or name calling..:)   While you may not agree with candidates or other posters, we want everyone to play fair and respect the opinions of others. We have a big delete button, and we’re not afraid to use it on nasty and/or anonymous posts.

So perhaps until we get the responses back and that first post up,  you can get comfortable with this platform (Anne will add a link to some basic maneuvering tips here in a day or 2).  Or check out some of the candidate websites…we’re adding them as we receive them.  Or make a post.  We’re all learning here. Thanks for joining in.

-Barbara, Pat and Anne


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Presentation on Homelessness Thursday October 16

Nanaimo Working Group

on Homelessness

invites you to attend

“Streets to Homes”

Please join us on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm in the Dodd Narrows Room (Vancouver Island Conference Centre – 101 Gordon Street).

There are ways of providing homes for the homeless and Toronto has found a way. Come and hear how we in Nanaimo can apply this model!

Iain de Jong – keynote speaker is the Manager of the Streets to Homes Program in Toronto. He and his team are responsible for finding approximately 1,200 homes for Toronto’s homeless since 2005.

The Streets to Homes program is nationally and internationally recognized as a best practice and is the recipient of numerous awards for both the substance and quality of the program in the areas of housing, health and public policy.

Iain has worked on housing and homelessness issues for the City of Toronto for the past seven years, and prior to that worked in the non-governmental, non-profit and private sector. In addition to Iain’s work with the City of Toronto, he is a part-time faculty member in the Graduate Planning Program at York University, specializing in community planning and social policy.

Panel – Peter Birze, Diane Brennan, John Horn,

Iain de Jong, and a neighbour of a social housing project

RSVP – Cheryl or Rosemary, NRJHS 250.754.1266

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Candidates for the 2008 Nanaimo Civic Election

See the Nominations here.

Candidates for the 2008 Nanaimo Civic Election


Brennan, Diane
Iwaskow, Larry
Korpan, Gary
Ruttan, John


Arnold, Jack
Bestwick, Bill
Bolin, Ron
Brunie, Brunie
Campbell, Rob 
Cowling, Janet
Forbes, Bill
Fuller, Gord 
Greves, Ted
Holdom, Bill
Johnstone, Diana
Kipp, Jim
Lander, Timothy Stuart
MacDonald, Mark
McGuffie, Blake
McNabb, Larry 
Negrin, Angela Marie 
Pattje, Fred
Pearson, Troy
Saunders, Terry Lynn
Sadhra, Mark 
Schachner, Simon
Sherry, Loyd 
Squire, Pat 
Unger, Merv
Younger, James

Sometime soon we’d like to ask all candidates your questions and then post their answers here for possible further discussion. Please take a moment to click here to share a question or two for our candidates.

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More Candidates Are Filing To Run In Election

Three More in Race

The nomination period for all candidates interested in every form of local government ends Friday at 4 p.m.

So far, 11 people have taken out packages from city hall for the mayoral candidacy, but only two have filed. Thirty council packages have been taken out and 15 have filed so far.

These are the candidates for council who have filed their papers at city hall: Jack Arnold, Bill Bestwick, Ron Bolin, Brunie Brunie, Janet Cowling, Gord Fuller, Blake McGuffie, Mark MacDonald, Larry McNabb, Fred Pattje, Troy Pearson, Terry Lynn Saunders, Simon Schachner, Pat Squire, and Merv Unger.

Diane Brennan and Gary Korpan have filed for mayor. Businessman John Ruttan has declared, but hadn’t filed by Wednesday.


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South Town Centre Development

Some of the questions posed so far are related to the planned development of a new “Town Centre”  near the Cedar turnoff south of town.  An article in the Nanaimo Daily News on Saturday Oct 4 describes “the massive shopping centre comparable to Woodgrove Centre and the approximately 2,500 units of housing the development will create.”  It also speaks to a planned industrial component.

To read the complete article, click here:

Industrial Park Meets Need

While this development may not be in OUR neighbourhood, it will impact it significantly.  For example:

1.  This development may provide a cost-effective place for light industry or warehouse operations currently operating in the South End, Nob Hill, or Old City neighbourhoods.  Ultimately, it may provide a solution to the growing residential neighbourhoods close to downtown.

2.  Your real estate value will be impacted significantly, either by having an additional 2,500 units move into the market, or by attracting more people to the South End.  I wonder which is more likely?

3.  Commercially, the results of large scale development in the North End are pretty obvious…malls, more malls, few public meeting places (unless it’s a mall…:), no visible community character.  Many South Enders are a little allergic to that type of development.  How can we ensure that our traditional community character is not paved over with the parking lots?

4.  This overall development plan will allow us to spend less gas $$ heading to the North End to see a movie or shop.  Combined with other area growth i.e Cable Bay, how will it impact traffic?  (Asked by someone who sat in constant congestion at Park Royal, where the developers and city did not work together to aid traffic flow.)

5.  The revitalization of the downtown core and (wouldn’t it be nice?) Nicol Street may be impacted by a flood of retail space south of town.  This may not be direct competition…i.e. mall chains vs independent businesses.  It may drive the cost of retail space down (which would help the young entrepreneurs who tend to look for funky areas and cheap rent) but it may also impact shoppers (who only have a limited amount of $$ to spend, despite what the credit card company tells them.)

There are pros and cons around this development.  What are some of YOUR questions or concerns?

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