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OurNanaimo issues press release following Censure of Council members.

OurNanaimo Concerned by Censure Hearings

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 11, 2018

OurNanaimo is deeply troubled by the ongoing censure hearings being conducted by Nanaimo City Council.

There are many serious issues facing the City of Nanaimo and its residents – crumbling infrastructure, housing, the opioid crisis, governance, planning – but our current Council appears to be almost exclusively focussed on the allegations and complaints of one individual, the City CAO, Tracy Samra, to the detriment of all other Nanaimoites.

Rather than a fresh start in 2018, another week has been spent on a secretive and potentially extrajudicial and politically motivated process, while the needs and concerns of 90,000 Nanaimo residents continue to be ignored.

OurNanaimo urges City Council to finally focus on what they were elected for: the good governance of Nanaimo and the public interest.


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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.