Nanaimo Council has adopted a new charter that’s supposed to make their relationships with City staff and each other a lot clearer.
But not everyone thinks it will make things clearer.
Jim Taylor of the Nanaimo Ratepayers Association says rules on “inappropriate conduct” are too vague, and could be used to muzzle councillors who speak out.
But Mayor John Ruttan says the charter isn’t really changing anything.
Monday night’s vote wasn’t unanimous. Councillors McKay, Kipp and Bestwick were opposed.
The same review that lead to the charter has also promoted work on a new procedure bylaw that critics worry could limit public participation at meetings.
That bylaw is still before the Governance Steering Committee