EDITORIAL: Regional District of Nanaimo residents have a right to know

This kind of attitude from RDN staff foments incorporation talk

While we have raised issues in this space about the relevance and authority of the Regional District of Nanaimo in regards to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, there is no question about the importance of this governing body to the unincorporated areas of our region.

Each of the following communities has one representative on the 17-member RDN board of directors: Nanoose Bay, Coombs/Errington, French Creek and Qualicum Bay/Bowser/Deep Bay.

That’s four people for a population larger than Parksville-Qualicum Beach combined, where there are (in total) two mayors and 10 councillors. It should be noted that  the City of Nanaimo has seven people on this 17-member board.

A few hundred years ago in Boston, a whole lot of tea was dumped into the harbour over the issue of taxation without representation.

However, incorporation for these smaller communities probably doesn’t make sense. Policing costs alone would likely force residential tax bills through the proverbial roof. Nanoose Bay, with its current population and development plans in the works that could result in thousands more residents, might be a different story.

People should concentrate on the nuts and bolts, the money, when considering a change from an unincorporated part of a regional district to city or town status. Hot-button issues and incidents, however, often trump logical study in these circumstances.

And there sure is a doozy right now in Nanoose Bay.

The one elected representative for the thousands of people of Nanoose, George Holme, told us last week it was more than a year before he was told by RDN staff that five million litres of water was wasted at the fire hall, due to what sounds like a faulty pump.

Is it possible RDN staff did not think this was something the electorate should know about, like right away? Really? The RDN has still not issued a news release about this environmental nightmare in downtown Nanoose that happened in November-December, 2012.

What does that say about what RDN staff think about the people of Nanoose Bay?

These are the type of issues — and the type of attitude from taxpayer-funded staff — that foment incorporation discussions.

— Editorial by John Harding

Just Posted

The proposed running track upgrade at Ballenas Secondary is now on course. (PQB News file photo)
RDN: Parksville track upgrade project gains some traction

Staff recommends board approve $204,000 funding

The total earnings of Town of Qualicum Beach council and mayor amounted to $186,649 in 2020, including expenses. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Nine Qualicum Beach town employees earned more than $100K in 2020

Mayor and council received earnings totalling $186,649

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Nanoose Bay man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read