Larry Iwaskow for Mayor

Larry Iwaskow is thanking everyone for voting on November 15th.
Larry Iwaskow is thanking everyone for voting on November 15th.

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Biography

 

Larry Iwaskow has lived in Nanaimo since 1967. He has worked as a journeyman glazier and has been a member of I.B.P.A.T local 1527 for over 30 years. He has also worked as a Long-term Care-Aid at Malaspina Gardens (he is a member of the H.E.U.), green chain (I.W.A.), as a first-aid attendant, pizza cook, and fish processor. Larry resides on Protection Island in a house he designed and built in 1995. He lives with his wife Ruth and has 2 children, Edward (25) and Keana (18).

Mr. Iwaskow believes linking public transit and the seawall with what he calls the "East Coast Trail" will increase Eco-tourism in Nanaimo. He wants to make Nanaimo a destination for cycling, jogging, hiking and other outdoor activities.
Mr. Iwaskow believes linking public transit and the seawall with what he calls the "East Coast Trail" will increase Eco-tourism in Nanaimo. He wants to make Nanaimo a destination for cycling, jogging, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Why do you want to be mayor?

In the 2002 Municipal Election, candidates were asked to respond in 150 words or less to the question:

"Why do you want to be mayor?"

Mr. Iwaskow responded as follows:

"My knowledge and understanding of Nanaimo comes from my experiences as a working family man. I offer you straight talk, common sense, and a commitment to responsible financial behavior, based on a practical knowledge of Nanaimo. I wish to serve the people of Nanaimo. I want to energize the existing system with new hope... I want to promote and build a walkable, cyclable trail from Dodd's Narrows to Lantzville connecting people to ferries, planes and parks to regional transit. Propose and designate 15% of all rezoning DCC's to affordable housing. Establish an environmentally viable maintainable garbage solution and site. Resolve the downtown parking problem. I have the Perfect Parking Plan. Acceptable business and trade practices and standards may be good enough for some. I prefer the benchmark to be excellence in all my endeavors."

Larry Iwaskow served with Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station #7 for 12 years, 5 as a Captain and Training Officer. His son, Edward was also a member for 5 years.
Larry Iwaskow served with Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station #7 for 12 years, 5 as a Captain and Training Officer. His son, Edward was also a member for 5 years.

Community Involvement

Larry's community activity in Nanaimo goes back to 1968 with the "City Plan" as a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Youth. At the same time he also volunteered at the crisis center. He has been a member of the Lions Club, Newcastle Island Steering Committee, Plan Nanaimo Steering Committee, and Nanaimo Traffic Safety Committee.

Larry was a Volunteer Firefighter and Training Officer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station #7 for 12 years. Larry is also a member of the Protection Island Ratepayers Association (PIRA), where he served as president for 4 years and secretary for 2 years.

Larry has also been involved in the Bathtub Races since 1969. He is the founder of the Spirit and Intent Bathtub Racing Team, which is the largest Bathtub Racing Team in the world. He raced for over 20 years, both his children have raced, and he continues to dedicate time and energy to the sport and the annual festival through volunteer work, parade participation and event organization.

Political Platform

My Views on the Issues of the 2008 Nanaimo Civic Election

"Common Sense, Courtesy and Respect are how I deal with all Issues."

  • Plan Nanaimo-As a member of Plan Nanaimo Steering Committee, my reservations have proven true (i.e. 3rd street connector). Plan Nanaimo is not a blanket re-zone of Nanaimo. The Plan is a base identifying probabilities and possibilities within the City of Nanaimo and responding to those affected. Most changes to current zoning are non-essential and market driven. Plan Nanaimo goals include pedestrian safety, cycle safety, street quieting, green spaces, public walks, walkable services, mixed uses and moving the dump.

  • Garbage Pickup and Disposal- Garbage pick-up and disposal methods-loaded question! Present locations of dumpsites (the Nanaimo River estuary/somewhere on the mainland) are totally irresponsible. The solutions are: SEPARATE IT! Reduce, recycle, reuse, store, transport regionally by rail, spur to new sites. After observing the Japanese garbage pickup system in a residential neighborhood I believe there is a potential to adopt their system within the City of Nanaimo.

  • Parking in Downtown Nanaimo- The Perfect Parking Plan (P.P.P)! All streets parking one-hour maximum in the commercial core and the meters should be removed. Commissioners at exits equipped with washrooms and phones should man Gordon Street and/or Bastion Street parkades. Fees in these lots are 1st hour free and .50 cents an hour thereafter. A Perfect Parking Pass at $30-50 per month for city lots. City parking bylaw enforcement should revert to our Ambassadors to the World, the "Commissioners."

  • Big Box Stores- As Nanaimo expands, current zoned property could be tolerated. I find them an eyesore (Big Box Stores) and some design could go a long way! I would rather support my local Co-op, Home Hardware and local small businesses.

  • Gambling Revenue- Use gambling revenue to complete the seawall from Duke Point to Lantzville. Promote a seawall trail from Victoria to Comox. Help create the East Coast Trail, a world class destination.

  • Leaky Condos- Buyers Beware. Building Inspectors for the City inspect for minimum requirements only. Developers, architects, designers, draftsmen and engineers design...some are better then others. There are many well-designed, beautiful condo projects of excellent quality, paying taxes and providing their owners joy.

  • Sewage-Sewage requires secondary and tertiary treatment.

  • On Transit- 15 minute service to main links on the core high density routes is possible.

  • On Affordable Housing- 15% of all up zonings to be designated for affordable housing; reduce minimum footage on single family dwellings.

  • On Homelessness- What do you do? I propose housing funded by private and provincial funds. In lieu of and as a temporary measure, utilize empty buildings from all levels of government. The mentally and physically disabled should be financially supported by provincial and federal agencies.

This information received by email from Mr. Iwaskow, 10/25/2008

Mr. Iwaskow is a huge supporter of The Port Theater. He was on site almost everyday from before the concrete was dry until opening day. He has performed, spoken publicly, and hosted events at The Port Theater.
Mr. Iwaskow is a huge supporter of The Port Theater. He was on site almost everyday from before the concrete was dry until opening day. He has performed, spoken publicly, and hosted events at The Port Theater.

Involvement in Arts and Culture

Mr. Iwaskow is also a huge supporter of local music and art. In recent years he has become a well known promoter of local music: hosting the weekly open mic night at The Dinghy Dock pub, organizing musicians for entertainment during the Marine Festival Parade and Empire Days Parade, and hosting an annual local musicians music festival at the Port Theater. Larry believes that local arts and culture need to be supported and promoted, first within the community and then broadening to a national audience. He has worked hard over the past few years to promote the Nanaimo music industry and local artisans, in particular downtown music venues, such as the Port Theater, The Vault, The Queens and the Maffeo Sutton Park Band Shell. Larry is also a member of CHLY 101.7 and often performs and speaks live on air. His most recent interview on CHLY can be listened to HERE.

Are you in favour of council spearheading a seaside walkway project from Victoria to Comox?

  • Yes
  • No
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Education

Larry Iwaskow was born and raised in Mill Bay before moving to Nanaimo when he was 12 years old. Larry Attended Barsby Junior High School and Nanaimo District Senior High School. He attended Pacific Vocational Institute (now BCIT) in Vancouver from 1976 to 1980, graduating with a certificate as a Journeyman Glazier. In 1999-2000, Larry attended Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University), graduating from the nursing department with a certificate as a L.T.C.A./ R.C.A.

As a firefighter with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, Larry was certified by the Justice Institute of B.C. as a level 3 First Responder with AED and Defibrillator endorsements, as well as being a Certified Level 1 trainer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station 7. Larry also worked as an Industrial First Aid Attendant, WCB certified Level 3 on the Cameron Island High Rise development.

TreaSea Place on Wallace Street is one of many beautiful projects that Mr. Iwaskow has been involved with producing which have been major players in downtown revitalization in recent years.
TreaSea Place on Wallace Street is one of many beautiful projects that Mr. Iwaskow has been involved with producing which have been major players in downtown revitalization in recent years.

Development Projects

Larry Iwaskow has been involved in most of the major development projects on Vancouver Island over the last 30 years. Here is a brief list of some of the projects Mr. Iwaskow has worked on:

 

The Pacifica High Rise on the site of the Old Malaspina Hotel is Mr. Iwaskow's current project. He is on site nearly everyday and has been a major player in getting the project going.
The Pacifica High Rise on the site of the Old Malaspina Hotel is Mr. Iwaskow's current project. He is on site nearly everyday and has been a major player in getting the project going.

Would you like to see changes to the garbage disposal and recycling system in the City of Nanaimo and Regional District?

  • Yes
  • No
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Contact Information

 

Want to know more?

Phone: (250) 754-1587

email: bathtub_parents@hotmail.com

Larry and Ruth Iwaskow in Kyoto, Japan in 2007
Larry and Ruth Iwaskow in Kyoto, Japan in 2007

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Comments 15 comments

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Bathtubber 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments everyone. Make sure to support the democratic process and vote on November 15th. Tell 2 friends about the election, and get as many people as possible involved in the democratic process. It only works if EVERYONE votes- so get out and vote!

B.


didio 7 years ago

Hope you get the gold kiddo. If you ever need another another point of view you email me.

dandidio@hotmail.com

I think we should be able to make the homeless housing project profitable and not a tax burden.

I think govenment wages could come down a bit too.

It would be kool if they turned the old harewood school into a medical school part of malaspina. That would really help the local economy.

The walkwaay is good for us, great for tourists, and can also be great for the local eco-system. Especially with a herring hatchery!!

Tourist are here to see the natural wonders of B.C. We should enhance our local eco-system, help the environment and bring in the tourists as we set examples for the world to see.

Nanaimo is a paradise that has been sadly miss managed for a long time.


homeless 7 years ago

Go Larry go! I will do my best to tell two friends.....


brad nychyporuk 7 years ago

if not now, then when?


Sharon 7 years ago

If I lived in Nanaimo I would vote for Larry Iwaskow. He shows he has vision and well thought out plans for the issues that affect Nanaimo.

Vote for Larry as Mayor!


Za Iwaskow 7 years ago

Fantastic Site! Great Information that is interesting and informative! I am so proud of you Ed for creating the site. And, Larry, I look forward to seeing you as Mayor of Nanaimo!


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Bathtubber 7 years ago Author

Duff, Bob L and Chyme-

Thank you for your positive comments and support. Well put "Who wouldn't love the idea of a biking, walking trail!!!" Nice. Larry's vision is definitely a good, solid one.

B.


chyme 7 years ago

Larry, I look forward to seeing you as Mayor. Your vision is good for the economy and good for the environment, Your Perfect Parking Plan is exactly what Nanaimo's commercial sector needs. In my experience, getting rid of or limiting down town parking metres goes a long way to reviving business in the down town area of any town. Your garbage removal plan is essential to decrease landfills and improve the environment. As Mayor, you will make Nanaimo an even greater place to live! Also, who couldn't love the idea of a biking, walking trail!!!


larry iwaskow 7 years ago

thankyou edward excellant work! November 15 2008!


bobdog 7 years ago

current leadership is lacking in city council. time for fresh blood. vote larry iwaskow


duff sigurdson 7 years ago

Hey larry: good luck with the coming election, Nanaimo couldn't have a better mayor!


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Bathtubber 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your comments, I will pass along your wishes to Larry the next time I see him. B.


Hub City Sid 7 years ago

Larry-

I worked with you on the Cameron Island Tower, do you remember? I was a steel stud guy with Cape. Good Luck in the election! I hope you win, we want a good honest working man at city hall.

Sid


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papasmurf 7 years ago

Larry,

Given your vast experience and time spent in the area you have surely gained a great perspective on what your town needs and you seem more than qualified for the position.

Best wishes and keep us posted!


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monitor 7 years ago from The world.

More power to you Larry. All the best and we look forward to seeing you working as mayor.

Your fan.

Mon.

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