0920 - Eike Jordan has withdrawn from
the Nanaimo mayoralty race, leaving three candidate for the job in the Oct. 20 election.
Her decision was confirmed today by City Clerk Sheila Gurrie, who is the chief election officer.
Jordan telephoned Nanaimonet on Tuesday evening from Germany
where she is attending an oncology conference. She discussed her reservations about her ambitious vision for Nanaimo. She told Nanaimonet.com that as mayor, she wanted to make Nanaimo a beacon, a shining example and leader in natural health and healthy living
as an example for the rest of Canada.
“Maybe the best way I can contribute is through my professional role in my business of providing natural medicine,” she said.
On Wednesday evening she confirmed that she had sent her withdrawal
notice in a phone call to the city, followed up by an email.
That leaves Ray Fermere, business man Don Hubbard and MLA Len Krog as candidates for mayor,.
The deadline for candidates to withdraw is Friday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. There are 40 candidates
for eight city council seats.
On her election social media page Jordan outlined her vision for Nanaimo.
• Low carbon imprint.
• Gasification plant to generate electricity and fuel, have low/no emission, produce mineral salts
as fertilizer. Out of town waste can be accepted and will contribute to lower taxes and to instate hopefully an upgraded fast train railway throughout the Island for people and goods and with a regular schedule.
• Approach local industries to support
a new Recreational Centre for Nanaimo residents and to utilize their excess heat to service the facilities, and with this to lower tax impact and generate financial resources to create better transit within RDN and City.
• Protect drinking water
and reservoirs, investigate a safer alternative to chlorine. Reduce pollution of our waterways and ocean.
More adequate public parking.
• Make old city desirable for cruise ships, tourists and community.
• Create a seawall ocean
front walk throughout departure bay, via ferry terminal, old city to Petroglyph park with adjacent areas for gatherings as it is started in Maffeo Sutton Park and needs to continue around the cruise ship landing.
• Rezone between Nicol Street and
oceanfront for mixed commercial residential buildings and towards petroglyph for multiplex and highrise, slow down traffic, create marketplace, have a hop-on-hop-off train.
• Make conference centre fees more affordable for more frequent use to
its full capacity by the community
• Support the restoration of the old city and its historic buildings, encourage with grants and tax bonuses the beautification of the area between Bowen Park, Ocean Front to Petroglyph. Instate bylaw about building
structures and design to match original West Coast design.
• Decorate cruise ship landing area and turn into an activity community parkAdd tourist attractions along the historic parts of town like Chase River, Quarterway, Wellington and connect
with a city train that looks nostalgic, increase tourism here too
• Development with needed green space, solar and recreational facilities.
• Accessibility for disabilities, strollers and elderly.
• New buildings with 3
or more storeys must have either a green roof, a green wall or/and solar, a rainwater cistern to recycle water for the green.
• New buildings must have adequate parking for residents / business.
• Negotiate with VIU and SD68 a trade
off of properties between NDSS and East Wellington to distress dangerous traffic between Wakesiah – Second – Fifth Street, multi story parking for students, adequate sized high school with Science focus and optional Horticulture introductory courses
in conjunction with VIU on site.
• Negotiate with the province about the corrections facility to relocate for the purpose of a new school ground with focus on PE including water (lake) sports so students can get chances to earn scholarships for
• Sell unused schools like Woodlands to investors for international school which will help the healthy development within our city. Most investors will likely build houses and multi-unit-housing for their return of investment.
Make use of unused SD68 facilities for homeless interim accommodations and assist/co-operate with Salvation Army.
• Negotiate with SD68 to allow facilities for public rental with renters’ own insurance and cleaning to generate income. Upgrade
to be rentable where needed.
• Change our bylaw for homeless to no more than three temporary overnight tarp shelters per sq.km in designated location if no bed in any of the existing facilities is available, no open fire, no weapons (incl. needles),
strict law to obey hygiene.
• Camping outside of designated campgrounds is prohibited.
• Minimum wage homeless work program as exchange for shelter and service.
• Payback program for residents for waste with scale at new
• Community activity programs