Exercise your right, make sure you vote on Saturday

Don Hubbard

As we get into the last few days of the campaign, I am encouraged to see the turn out at the advance polls and I know some people experienced long lines yesterday.

If you were not able to vote yesterday, I hope you will try again on Saturday. Lines should be less on Saturday with all the polls open. 

The new Nanaimo Council will have a lot of issues to deal with especially in the first few months. I can say that I will work just as hard at being a Mayor, as I have as a candidate to make sure the people of Nanaimo have a strong civic governance council at the helm going forward.

I will be working for your vote until the polls close at 8:00 pm Saturday.  Please take the time to review the platforms of all the candidates. 

It is Nanaimo’s time and I believe the people of Nanaimo feel it. Let us all get out and exercise our civic duty and VOTE.

Don's priorities when elected mayor

Governance- I will insist upon respectable behavior & civility at all times regardless of the type of meeting. I will provide guidance & leadership to staff by selecting a top quality Chief Adminstrative Officer to lead the organization. 

Together we will improve the image of Nanaimo as a place to do business and invest. We will bring back an arms length privately managed business development office.  We will utilize some of our greatest assets like Nanaimo Airport, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Port Authority, skilled labour force, accessible land & water, and create an environment with multiple opportunities for people of all diversities & demographics.

I will lead us in a direction that returns us to a safe & happy city, where we treat our less fortunate with kindness & a helping hand up.  Where we provide access and transportation for our students and our seniors.  Where we treat our minorities like a member of our community. Where we have a culture of spirit, kindness, and openness.
As a community we all feel pride about where we live. 

Everyone is Welcome this Saturday Evening

As the campaign winds down, Don and his team could not be more grateful for all of the support he has received in Nanaimo.

Nanaimo is ready for change and Don is the man that can lead us into a future of prosperity. 
Please join us on Saturday night as we celebrate Don's success.

We need volunteers to help us with participating in the last 4 Burma Shaves.
We have times and locations to suit everyone.
Email Jack Doan- 

Don's upcoming public events include:

October 16, 2018 ReThink Nanaimo with Peter Legge
October 16, 2018 VIU Students' Union Dialogue
October 20, 2018 - Election Party Mrs. Ritches- 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Everyone welcome. Please RSVP to Jack Doan- jackdoan@telus.net

This is the time for action

I was very disappointed to see a group of protestors break in and occupy the  Rutherford School Friday afternoon. The group stated they wanted to raise awareness to homelessness and the tent camp in Nanaimo. As if we had not noticed. They not only committed a criminal act through the break, enter and damaging public property but caused significant damage.  I have been informed the damage could reach $100,000 and that is not all. The group states they will continue to agitate City of Nanaimo residents and the matter is percolating with over 100 Nanaimo taxpayers huddled outside the school with some suggesting "vigilante " action.

This is not healthy for our community.

I am similarly informed that SD68 
will be forced to hire security at all unused schools. Increasing costs for an education system which needs every dollar directed for learning and student development.

The criminal action of these protestors has taken the message away from the real problem which is homelessness epidimic and  BC affordable housing shortage. I believe the citizens of Nanaimo do care and are prepared to give those less fortunate a helping hand, however, there MUST be mutual respect and an acknowledgement  in the rule of law which our country is founded upon and which our democracy grows stronger through.

On the same day the provincial government announced a temporary solution with modular units in two locations. A positive step far too long in coming. I know there will be controversy about location of the temporary units but this "stop gap" solution which helps to cool down an already far too over heated problem.

As your next Mayor I will work with all levels of government and groups,  to ensure a permanent solution is created that fits the City of Nanaimo.


Speculation tax

Last week I attended the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Vancouver Island meeting at the Boxwood Brewery, along with several other mayoral and council candidates. Both Leonard Krog and I had an opportunity to speak and take questions from their members.

I was quite vocal about the Speculation Tax and the need for it to be removed from Nanaimo’s real estate and home building market. Originally, the intent of this tax was to cool down a hot market, creating more opportunity on the lower end. Unfortunately, what has resulted is that the lower end of the market remains brisk, while the higher end is flat. This has caused a downturn in new money entering the market and has slowed things down considerably.

Not only has this tax caused problems for the real estate market, it has also resulted in hardships for contractors and suppliers, creating a negative impact on our community and for employers.

If I am elected I will commit to building a business case to Finance Minister Carole James to have this punitive tax removed, as it is a wet blanket on our local economy.

Hubbard outlines governance model for city

Don Hubbard

Governance Platform

Nanaimo’s governing body will be tasked to bring an independent-thinking council together and provide forward thinking decision making. The term governance means oversight, leadership, representation and the ability to provide a clear direction to the organization through the Chief Administrative Officer.

Strong governance is:

Recruitment and retention of a highly-qualified Chief Administrative Officer who will lead the staff and organization in a direction clearly identified by mayor and council. It's defined by a culture of respect between the governors, all staff and the public. It's a system that provides an equitable place of work that does not tolerate bullying, retribution or harassment of any kind. A system that provides safety and respect to any staff member who reports wrongdoing, and a culture of equal opportunity.

It's providing the public an assurance that the council has a strong focus on expenses per operation unit and fiscal accountability to the city over all. Expense reporting that provides city council a detailed report on a timely basis. A system that provides transparency and a business case with accurate information for approvals on large projects with interim status reporting at key intervals.

We need to provide the public with fiscal reports that are clear and transparent and create expense reports for each sector that are easily understood. We also need to report on sector tax revenue with a five-year history and future budget plan.

We also need better engagement with Snuneymuxw First Nation, The Province of British Columbia, Nanaimo Regional District, Island Health, BC Ferries, Nanaimo Airport Commission and Vancouver Island University.

How can the City make it easier to do business here? Let's focus on growth and improvement by engaging with key sectors, including heavy and light industry, retail, hospitality, tourism, and small business.

Economic Development Platform With the support of Council:

Reinstate and provide funding for an autonomous Economic Development Board recruited from business and community with clear goals and objectives. The organization should be led by a CEO who reports to that board only. The Chairperson will report to Council as required.

This will signal to investors that Nanaimo is open for business, and will renew confidence that there will be some certainty in the process with a new council at the helm. This will attract more industry to Nanaimo, proving good jobs, additional tax revenue, and futures for many more families.

Review the process for development and building permits with a goal of providing potential homebuilders, as well as development and commercial investors a clear path to understanding the requirements and project timelines with a goal of reducing time and costs incurred. This will be crucial to attracting new business.

Engage with the geographic Communities in the city through a public process to determine land areas best suited for affordable housing. Be shovel ready when funding is available from senior governments.

Ask staff and industry for a review of homebuilding cost drivers that have escalated housing costs over the past ten years, with a goal for ways of mitigation.

Review the Official Community Plan to provide an inventory of existing developable land for future potential housing. This will provide the council with an understanding of how to reduce building costs. We must slow the cost of housing in Nanaimo to match average incomes if we want to make affordable housing a reality.

Review our public transportation system with a focus on senior citizens being able to get to and from key areas in Nanaimo.

Engage with the Province of British Columbia to develop a plan to upgrade the Nanaimo Parkway with overpasses. This can have a very positive effect on reducing Nanaimo’s carbon footprint, as well as traffic congestion and accidents.

Engage and advocate with the Province of British Columbia to push forward upgrades at the Nanaimo Hospital, including an upgraded ICU. We also need to provide annual funding for high acuity beds required for an aging demographic population.

As Mayor, I will get to the bottom of why there are seemingly higher prices for gas and diesel in the central island area. This is a concern for all of the citizens as it affects all ways of life due to goods transportation.

Don Hubbard seeks mayor's job in October 20 election

Don Hubbard

By Merv Unger

0503 -  When Don Hubbard sees a problem, he does something about it, he tries to fix it. He sees a problem with City Hall and he wants to do something about it, that’s why he decided to run for mayor in the Oct. 20 civic election. 

Like many others, he was on the sidelines watching the ongoing problems at city hall, and didn’t like what has been happening. Identifying issues and finding solutions has been his approach all his working life in business and boards of directors.

“I didn’t see any prominent local leaders stepping forward. The city needs to get a feeling of good leadership”, he says. “The challenge is to recruit new people with a history in the community, and they are out there. I have already talked to a number who are willing to step forward”, he says, confident there will be a good field of candidates in the election.

He is no stranger to boardrooms – in community, business, and government boards. He says his leadership ability has been honed through chairing these boards and the businesses he had led.  

Hubbard chaired the Island Health Board of Directors for almost seven years until 2017 and Malaspina University College (now VIU) Board of Governors from 2001-2007. He is a director of VIU’s international high School, past director and chairman of the Vancouver Island University Foundation.

In an interview, he said for years he’s been meeting with representatives of other communities and always noted that Nanaimo was viewed negatively as having problems, especially at the city level.

 “The final straw was the event centre and Hometown Hockey debacle. Who knows how much money was actually wasted on that”, he says, pointing to the 80-per-cent rejection of the project by voters in the referendum.

There are challenges ahead for a new council, and Hubbard sees the city like an iceberg. You see only the top, only a small portion of the over all problem is visible.

“It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to work there right now,” he says.

The biggest objective is for council to work as a group.

“I learned the most from boards made up of volunteers. There are always differing opinions, but there is always respect”, he said. “That is lacking now.”

“A good council has to be a mosaic, represented across the community. Some people now feel they are not represented at city hall”, says Hubbard.

That means there has to be a chain of command, due process that has not been evident. He says he knows where the director’s role stops and what the staff’s role is. 

Big issues in Nanaimo are affordable housing and homelessness, partly created by the city due to the cumbersome approval process. 

“Restricting land availability makes prices go up. All costs and delays are passed on to the cost of housing. Each delay in the process cost money. It’s particularly tough for young families with the fluctuating market, which is also affected by economic slowdowns. When a bare lot in Harewood is $250,000 it is not reasonable to expect affordability. We have to clear a path to create family housing by removing some of those obstacles”, he adds.

Hubbard also wants to see a long-term infrastructure inventory – streets, sidewalks, and overpasses. The intersections with the Island Highway are a real concern, he says. The next council needs to know what it has and what is needed in the long term.

Another challenge he sees is the growing wave of seniors, both locally and from across Canada. His experience with the Health Authority has given him a picture window on what lies ahead as people live longer and require more services. All levels of government have to play a strong role – federal, provincial and municipal.

“It’s exploding right now, and we have to be ready,” he says.


Hubbard operates a resource and construction industry consulting company and is Chairman of Atlas Engineered Products Ltd., a publicly-traded local company.  All those roles will take a back seat if he becomes mayor, Hubbard says.

He spent most of his 44-year career working in Nanaimo for Lafarge Canada Inc. and Warren Materials Group, retiring as General Manager of the Lafarge Canada, Vancouver Island North West Division in 2009.  

In 2007 he was Nanaimo’s Citizen of the year, and in 2016 received the B.C. Achievement Award for public service from the province.  

He works with Nanaimo Haven Society, Rotary, Ducks Unlimited, and is a director of the Queen Alexandria Foundation, better known as the Children’s Foundation. He is an adjudicator for the B.C. Premier’s awards.   

He was born in North Vancouver but grew up on a dairy farm in Chase River and went to school and university and graduated here. He and his wife raised their family here.  

Hubbard welcomes Krog into mayoral race

Press Release- June 13, 2018

With Leonard Krog announcing that he’ll be running for the Mayor’s seat in Nanaimo, competing candidate, Don Hubbard released the following statement:

“ Leonard is great guy, and one hell of a politician. I’m happy he cares enough about Nanaimo to put his name on the ballot.  The tax-payers now have a choice between a good politician or a guy that has run huge organizations and has the ability to get things done,” says candidate Don Hubbard.  “To be honest, I’m very comfortable with either one of us being mayor of this great city, I’d prefer it to be me but Leonard is a great second choice.” 

“ Welcome to the race Mr. Krog,  Nanaimo is blessed to have another great candidate running for Mayor.  With the current state of affairs at city hall right now, I’m not quite sure that we need a professional politician in that role.  The need is for someone with the ability to get things done.  Unlike Don Hubbard, Mr. Krog has no real experience running anything larger than a constituency office or a small law office.  We’re not sure that he can tackle the issues that need to be tackled at city hall right now,”  states Bob Jepson former regional director RDN.

 e-mailing DONHUBBARD for MAYOR@gmail.com, and will be hosting an event on Tuesday June 19, 2018 at Smitty’s Restaurant, Southgate Plaza Chase River 5-7PM