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Getting ready for Election 2018

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OurNanaimo Starts One-Year Countdown to Election Day

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 20, 2017

OurNanaimo has started the countdown to October 20th, 2018, when Nanaimo citizens will be able to improve the level of governance, debate and planning in our great city by electing a new city council.

Gathering outside city hall at 10 a.m. today, OurNanaimo members and supporters waved signs and chanted “Raise the Bar Nanaimo” as they marked Day 365 before Nanaimo citizens go to the polls in the municipal election.

Special guest The Queen of Hearts told her gracious subjects, “There is only one thing I find more delicious than a Nanaimo Bar, and that is an informed and involved electorate that turns out at municipal polls in high numbers, to effect the kind of change our city desperately needs.”

OurNanaimo is a grassroots, non-partisan group of Nanaimo citizens that grew out of NoVote2017, and is committed to a better Nanaimo.

OurNanaimo is seeking to achieve more effective, principled, representative and productive municipal governance for Nanaimo. A key element of their approach is to attract qualified, competent and knowledgeable candidates to successfully run in the October 2018 municipal election. OurNanaimo is in the process of formally incorporating as a provincial society under the B.C. Societies Act.


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OurNanaimo Mission Statement

It's all about our community.

To make Our Nanaimo a better place to live, work and play in through encouraging citizens to keep an eye on their council, demand better city planning and encouraging citizens to consider running for municipal politics.


OurNanaimo grew out of the event centre NoVote2017 group, and is focused on effecting positive change at the municipal level and committed to a vibrant, strong and healthy city.

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OurNanaimo is a grass roots group of citizens who are committed to a better Nanaimo. We are not a political campaign, but we have to engage with political leaders to effect positive change.

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Municipal Elections

OurNanaimo believes that our city deserves not just better, but the very best governance. The job of a city councillor is challenging and requires a high degree of skill, knowledge and competencies.

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Finally, a group of community members who want accountability (what a novel thought) from our elected officials. How do I get involved...do you have a regular meeting that I could attend? My wife and I moved here in 2004 and have watched this beautiful little community blossom into a vibrant small city. Unfortunately, the strategic planning and accountability of our city, regional district (including Port Authority) leave much to the imagination.


I just wanted to extend my congratulations on forming the Our Nanaimo group. What I was most impressed by is the thoughtful questions you are putting forth to the by-election candidates. If they do nothing else, it is my hope that each candidate takes the time to think these questions through and at least be clear with themselves as to why they wish to be elected. Although sorely needed, I am sadden though that a group of Nanaimoites have felt compelled to create this group. But am thankful that we live in a society that embraces the right to do so. Thank you, I look forward to the candidates responses.


You've got my interest. Keep me informed!

Community Member

Thank you Kathryn for your candidates assessments & to all who are involved here, helping our democracy. With Regards.

Thank you

Just wanted to say that as a former Nanaimoite and someone who's following the by-election, I found your list of questions very engaging, meaningful and probing. Well done.


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