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Don Bonner

Independent for Nanaimo Council (incumbent)
Build and develop on the new partnership we have with Snuneymuxw First Nation for the benefit of both nations.

Our City an active partner in culture events and festivals

Our City a leader in stewardship of our environment and Climate change mitigation.

Climate Change

Active Transportation

Active Transportation is key to building a walkable city.
Necessary for a growing city

Electric Bikes & Scooters

Electric Bikes are a game changer and will require more infrastructure however once that is in place more and more people will use it.

Energy-Efficient Buildings & Retrofits

The buildings we build now will be around for the next 70 years. We need to build them as Energy Efficient as possible.

Parking

it's time to let the developers choose how much parking they will to install in a building. Let the market decided what they need.

Private Vehicles

I have no problem with Private Vehicles.

Urban Heat

Develop and build our Urban canopy.

Housing & Homelessness

Affordability

find ways to work with the Province to build more Affordable Housing

Property Taxes

Keep them as low as possible looking for other means to raise money for the budget.

Rent

vacancy controls.

Unhoused People

build more shelters with 24/7 wrap around services

Public Safety & Policing

Non-Police-Based Public Safety

Word to see the new CSO's in the downtown are successful

Upstream Causes of Crime

advocate for more funding to deal with Homeless and poverty.

Public Spaces & Services

Public Washrooms

need more

Sidewalks & Bike Paths

Part of a safe infrastructure for Active Transportation
necessary for walkable city

Reconciliation & Indigenous Nations

Indigenous Languages

incorporate indigenous languages into our naming of landmarks

Places Names, Statues, & Other Commemorations

Part of decolonialization

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Much need laws

Transit & Getting Around

Active Transportation

Active Transportation is key to building a walkable city.
Necessary for a growing city

Electric Bikes & Scooters

Electric Bikes are a game changer and will require more infrastructure however once that is in place more and more people will use it.

New Transit Projects

Add 75,000 more hours in the next 5 years

Parking

it's time to let the developers choose how much parking they will to install in a building. Let the market decided what they need.

Private Vehicles

I have no problem with Private Vehicles.

Sidewalks & Bike Paths

Part of a safe infrastructure for Active Transportation
necessary for walkable city

Transit Fares

reduce fares to promote more use. Make transit a better option than driving a car

Misc. topics

Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
I was first elected to city council in 2018, I believe that I am a fundamental part of the governance team on city council because of my ability to see multiple perspectives and outcomes of policies.

I focus is solving the concerns of the people I speak with every day – in person, over the phone, or through email conversations.

My concerns are the concerns that the public have about public safety, affordable housing, homelessness, and climate change.

I am a strong and experienced leader, accustomed to balancing multiple, and often, opposing desires from citizens. When asked what it takes to make a balance, I replied, “it’s not easy, but it’s important work, and everyone’s concerns are valid. It requires an experienced team of leaders to make the decisions which form policies that best benefit the people of Nanaimo.”

I have lived in Nanaimo for the last thirty years. I returned to Nanaimo where I graduated from to finish raising my children, grow a business, and serve his community in the arts, Rotary, and on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Nanaimo Executive Association and recently on the Regional District of Nanaimo. I can be found at most community events, on my bike, or taking transit. You can reach me at don@bonner.ca.

Reason for running

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Nanaimo City Council has accomplished a lot in the last four years. Many of the institutions abandoned by the last council have been reformed and are working.

However we have a lot still to do and I have the experience to help do that much needed work.

I'm looking for another 4 year term to nurture the institutions that we have setup in the last four years, to continue to grow our new found relationships with the business community, Snuneymuxw, Nanaimo Port, VIU and the non-profits in our town and the public.  

Our new city plan, I believe will be the next councils mandate to create an Action Plan to implement the 5 goals of the City Plan.

  • A GREEN NANAIMO: RESILIENT& REGENERATIVE ECOSYSTEMS
  • A CONNECTED NANAIMO: EQUITABLE ACCESS & MOBILITY
  • A HEALTHY NANAIMO: COMMUNITY WELLBEING & LIVABILITY
  • AN EMPOWERED NANAIMO: RECONCILIATION, REPRESENTATION & INCLUSION
  • A PROSPEROUS NANAIMO: THRIVING & RESILIENT ECONOMY

Our newly development plan for the downtown needs to be moved forward so that we can start on that work next year. The work on the Jean's Burn area also needs to be done at the same time.

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