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Forums encourage residents to vote

By Chris Hamlyn – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: November 17, 2011 7:00 AM
Updated: November 17, 2011 8:30 AM

In an attempt to encourage more involvement in the political process, a number of Nanaimo organizations are thinking outside the box to get voters to the polls for Saturday’s (Nov. 19) municipal election.

The South End Community Association compiled community input from a 2008 blog on neighbourhood concerns and posed the top three to this year’s candidates for mayor and council on an online forum.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Thank YOU News Bulletin!!  After reading the Daily News article from today with the implication that a South End voter is apathetic, it was gratifying to be on your front page.

And local South Enders, this is your chance to have your say, to make a difference.



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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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Press sees South End as Key Neighbourhood in Civic Election

The recent series in the Nanaimo Daily News offered this food for thought on the upcoming Civic Election on November 15:

Nanaimo’s south-end community has seen the impact of its local government this past year: an increased police presence to control the illegal drug activity, funding to rejuvenate Deverill Square Park, and councillors defending residents who refused to accept a homeless drop-in centre at the Balmoral Hotel. These accomplishments are a result of organized petitioning by neighbours who were eager to make their streets safer. The movement could lead to an increase in south-end voters in the fall election, as residents want to take a more proactive approach to shaping their community.

The South End Community Association wants its members to keep up their end of the democratic bargain when it comes time to vote.

“We’ve been through so much in this neighbourhood, it’s making the election a very real concept for us,” said Barbara Densmore, who sits on the community association executive committee. “People have that tendency to complain so easily, but if you don’t vote, you don’t really have a right to complain. Voting is empowering and you get a chance once to do it every few years in November, so exercise your power.”

Getting involved in local government is a responsibility of every citizen, not just for her neighbours, according to south-end resident Patricia Portsmouth. The last civic election in Nanaimo brought out 35% of eligible voters, strikingly similar to the provincial average for civic elections. That rate is “disappointing” for Portsmouth, who has worked on campaign teams at several levels of government.

“I run into some people who say they vote federally, but not municipally, which always surprises me because it’s so close to us,” she said.

“The laws and bylaws have so much impact on us and people don’t realize that.”

The complete article:

Neighbourhoods start push for election involvement



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