While Councillor Bestwick gives them credit for a new level of council transparency, key city staff are less open about their own expenses
Dominic Jones has been involved in journalism and writing in one form or another for more than 30 years. He began his journalism career as a reporter on the Daily Dispatch, made famous in the film Cry Freedom. He helped expose the hidden facts about South Africa's most prolific racist killer, covering the multi-year investigation for national and international media organizations simultaneously. This early experience of journalism's power to create change against adversity by informing the public has carried on throughout his career in newsrooms, magazines, public education and communications consulting. With News Nanaimo, Dominic is using his varied experience to inform the public about important issues that affect their city.
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