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Cats, dogs and Conference Centre Hotel on the agenda for Nanaimo Council

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A couple of potentially controversial decisions are going in front of Nanaimo Council Monday night.

One is on the future of the Conference Centre Hotel project.

Council could extend deadlines for Chinese firm SSS Manhao to get on with the work, or invoke a buy-back clause that will allow the City to essentially refund the 565-thousand dollars the developer paid for the City-owned land in 2013, and seek a new partner.

Representatives of the company are planning to be on hand to speak tonight.

City Councillors will also vote on a bylaw to protect dogs, but City Staff are suggesting they not go through with one covering cats.

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Leon Davis, Executive Director of the Nanaimo SPCA, says he’s confused by the staff recommendation coming to tonight’s Council meeting.

Davis says they spent months working on a bylaw to address issues with cats in the City.


Davis says he doesn’t understand why City staff are advising against that bylaw, but for a bylaw dealing with leaving dogs in hot cars, or tied up outside for extended periods (which Davis says the SPCA does support)

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