More Than One Community Taking Exception To Local Lobbyist
In our series of articles studying the links and local lobbying activities of MidlandCommunity.ca’s co-founder, Roy Ellis, we were alerted by a member to a kindred spirit in a community as far away as Nanaimo British Columbia.
It seems that our two communities are facing similar struggles and Nanaimo’s issues with Tiara Holdings, a joint venture between Roy Ellis and a Vancouver lawyer Alvin Hui, have put our local lobbyist in conflict with a citizen’s group that seems to be organizing against them to stop what they purport to be serious environmental and land use issues stemming from a plan to dredge and backfill a sensitive marine ecosystem in Boat Harbour Marina – property owned by Ellis and Hui through their holding corporation.
Not only are the citizens there trying to stop his development but they are finding their concerns falling on deaf ears without any consideration by Tiara Holdings. The video above will help explain the issue. The link to the latest articles are below.
There are striking similarities between the land that Ellis and Hui own and want to expand in Nanaimo and land on Midland’s waterfront. The former coal docks and coal dust contamination, the marinas located adjacent to that land, the fact that the land in question, that Roy Ellis arranged for a land swap deal is part of the old railway property whose rights extend to the bottom of the bay several metres from shore… coincidence? Maybe…
The community in Nanaimo is mobilizing to stop their expansion plans which include denying access to local residents among many other issues highlighted in the video and the articles.
So our local lobby group’s leader seems to be forcing his will upon more than just our community. The telling part of this is that it’s for the oldest reason known to man… pure financial gain. The motivation in Nanaimo is simple – bending the community to their wills and ultimately for personal financial gain (and that of any shareholders – of course) – public opinion be damned, along with the environment?
Read the stories from accredited news sources below, watch the video and make up your own mind.
It won’t sway our council who hangs on his every word as gospel truth, but it might make things a little more clear to concerned residents in our community as certain projects unfold in the not so distant future and to see why the group’s stance is silent or deafening depending on how it aligns with their agenda – and fiscal forecast.
You can see the frustrations in their letters to the editor:
You can follow their struggles here: https://www.google.ca/webhp?q=boat+harbour+marina+nanaimo#q=boat+harbour+marina+nanaimo&tbm=nws
It also seems that the community has launched and online petition to stop Ellis and Hui’s activities: https://www.change.org/p/bill-veenhof-shaw-ca-env-minister-gov-bc-ca-minister-transportation-gov-bc-ca-stop-the-destruction-of-our-natural-coastline
There are several more newspaper reports about this issue, leading up to the meeting that we have publish above… you may want to read the links below to get some more perspective.
Article 1: https://issuu.com/take5publications/docs/web-march_take_5.indd/16
Article 2: http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/373151761.html
Article 3: http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/370301381.html
Article 4: http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/371837361.html
Article 5: http://www.cheknews.ca/residents-south-of-nanaimo-say-trail-to-boat-harbour-on-private-land-should-be-public-145301/
Roy Ellis failed land deal on Midland waterfront: http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/2026706-restaurant-owner-eyes-town-land/
Land swap deal approved after new MidlandCommunity.ca backed council voted in: http://m.simcoe.com/news-story/5700120-land-swap-between-town-of-midland-boathouse-eatery-moves-forward