The Albion and Bruce crossing is in the core of Harewood where thousands of cars and pedestrians travel daily. It’s a well used access point to the majority of amenities that Harewood citizens access daily – a grocery store, convenience store, pharmacy, restaurants – all sorts of amenities. People of all ages utilize this intersection; families, individuals, children on their way to and from school, seniors walking to the grocery store and back – you name it.
About Peter Urquhart
I'm a software developer and community advocate, I thrive on team work and making a difference.
As a software developer, I build comprehensive business solutions which positively impact the bottom line of mid-large scale enterprises and their customers. Working with multiple stakeholders is all part of the job and requires careful listening and demands decision making that gets to the core of issues quickly, and resolving them with careful consideration towards all possible outcomes and how they affect all parties. I’m solution driven and I pay close attention - I’m a detail oriented systems thinker.
As a community advocate, I volunteer my time contributing towards various community initiatives, committees and boards, some of which I lead. I’m a member of the City of Nanaimo’s Community Engagement Task Force, president of the Friends of Heritage Society, and the lead of a think-tank focused on researching a model of regional support and coordination similar to how the CRD has successfully moved ahead and garnered $90M in joint partnership funding towards their regional needs.
Entries by Peter Urquhart
At the Special Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting this past Monday, Staff introduced a draft Terms of Reference for the establishment of the Governance and Priorities Committee. Upon reading the draft TOR and hearing the issues and impacts brought forward by Staff along towards the lengthy discussion that occurred at the Special Committee of the Whole meeting last Monday between Council and Staff, it quickly became clear that there are significant negative impacts if the COW is to be replaced by the GPC.
Isn’t it time that we start recognizing the importance of that? There sure is a lot of discourse in discussions about homelessness, addiction, and crime happening as a result of the significant crisis we face here in Nanaimo. This post is about trying to get past that and starting to shift things into a more constructive path forward in conversations that are had, and I provide some tools to help do that.
It’s of no surprise that the issues around the temporary housing locations along with our significant homelessness issue are causing some serious problems throughout the community. Crime has been increasing throughout Nanaimo for quite some time. Without a doubt there is a concentrated increase in reported incidents in the neighbourhoods surrounding the temporary locations, however it would be false logic to attribute the establishment of the temporary locations as being the sole reason – correlation does not equal causation.
In its essence, the citizens have clearly made a decision in support of this project – including myself. Yet, I find myself to have a love/hate relationship with this project. Not because of what it is, but because of its designed flaws.
Today I had an unexpected opportunity to check out the affordable homes at 1406 Bowen Road – there was a birthday party happening there and I needed to help someone get there to attend. I was excited, I’ve been wanting to check out this beautiful award-winning complex for quite some time.
I would like to thank the Province and all others involved in taking bold steps to assist some of the most vulnerable in our community. I am so pleased and impressed with the commitment to action that the Province and many others have towards addressing the homelessness crisis here in Nanaimo!
For those who are concerned about the Rutherford School takeover, I completely understand and am very concerned as well. I would like to help provide some clarity and a voice of reason for those who may not be aware of underlying circumstances around this.
Housing affordability is a serious issue in Nanaimo that affects many young adults, seniors, and others with modest incomes in our community – over 25% of all households in Nanaimo face a housing affordability issue! Have you wondered what it might look like if we were to tackle this issue through smaller homes?
Early this morning, we lost another member of our community to the opioid crisis, did anyone know her? My condolences go out to her family and friends, this must be a very difficult time. Through life, you can bet that she faced difficulties that would probably be hard to imagine.