Nov. 7, 2022

This Week...

A reminder to wear reflective gear while walking or riding at night, the annual catch basin program begins today and the Inaugural Council Meeting takes place tonight. Read on for more!

Out and About

View the November Out and About video featuring: Maffeo Sutton Park Playground enhancements, the Bastion lighting schedule, pedestrian safety and the Winter Activity Guide. 


Remember to wear reflective clothing and lights as a pedestrian so you are seen by cars.

Pedestrian Safety

The days are shorter and the weather has turned cold and wet. Together, these factors can greatly impact pedestrian safety. The risks of distracted driving are well known, but pedestrian awareness while walking is also extremely important. Distracted walking is a dangerous activity. Pedestrians need to focus on being present; heads up, phones down, and headphones off when crossing the street and interacting with vehicles on the road.


Remembrance day swim and skate happening November 11

Remembrance Day

Just a reminder City facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 with the exception of a Remembrance Day skate and swim.

SWIM Nanaimo Aquatic Centre: 1 to 5 pm

SKATE Frank Crane Arena: 1 to 3 pm

Also, please take note of street closures in effect from 9 am to 1 pm to accommodate the parade and ceremonies downtown. 

November 11 street closures map
apply to 2023 culture awards

2023 Culture Awards

This is the community's opportunity to recognize people and groups they believe have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city. The City is seeking public nominations in three categories; recipients will be recognized at a special celebration at the Port Theatre in April 2023:



With the atmospheric rivers predicted, excess rain water and flooding could be an issue in parts of Nanaimo. For residents that may face flooding at their property, fillable sandbags and sand are available at Nanaimo's Public Works Yard at 2020 Labieux Road, 24 hours a day. Be sure to bring your own shovel!


Catch Basin Cleaning

Monday, Nov. 7, City of Nanaimo Public Works staff and contractors will start cleaning the City's stormwater catch basins along Nanaimo's busiest roadways. Since this work involves large equipment, please slow down, approach with caution and obey the directions of traffic control persons.

During the program, storm sewer grates are pulled off and the catch basin is then cleaned out using a vacuum truck. The material is then separated from any water, dried and taken to a regeneration facility. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are asked to watch for crews and traffic control personnel on the roads, and be aware of missing grates near the work zone. 

With the large quantity of neighbourhood catch basins/storm drains throughout Nanaimo, the City of Nanaimo calls upon residents to clear the tops of storm drains near their homes where it is safe to do so. Keeping catch basins clear helps to avoid flooding in our neighbourhoods when heavy rains or snowfall come. Watch the how-to video above for a simple tutorial.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Along the Nanaimo Parkway, between East Wellington Road and Northfield Road, construction crews continue to break rock and pipe fusing begins for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Commuters should expect minor delays along Boxwood Road between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road in relation to this project.
  • Commuters should expect merging construction traffic entering the Nanaimo Parkway south of Northfield Road.
  • Beban Park has detours within the park and areas of restricted access for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Access to the Stevie Smith Bike Park and Community Gardens is off Bowen Road past the tennis courts and golf course. All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities are open. In an effort to protect the public and provide a safe working area, certain areas of the park are fenced off and restricted for all non-construction personnel.
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect some delays when navigating through the area. All businesses remain open and accessible. Concrete bus slabs are curing, and workers will be installing streetlights, planting trees, and finishing off the finer details. The end is near!
  • Emerald Drive (from Uplands to Ross Rd) will be closed during the day for a water main upgrade. Access will be limited to residents, buses and emergency services. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along Labieux Road between Dorman Road and Kenworth Road at the Beban Parkway entrance as construction crews fuse together the large diameter water mains for the Midtown Water Supply Project.


Work With Us!

We are currently looking for candidates to fill the following positions:

  • Casual Clerical - Parks, Recreation & Culture
  • Director, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer
  • Two Lifeguard/Instructors
  • Junior Applications Analyst - Permanent Full-Time and Temporary Full-Time
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Bylaw Enforcement Office - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Municipal Services Inspector
  • Lifeguard/Instructor - Permanent Part-Time
  • Planning Assistant
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, Nov.7: Inaugural Meeting of the Council of The City of Nanaimo at 7 pm.

The City's new Mayor and Council will be welcomed and sworn-in during an inaugural ceremony.

The public is invited to come and watch the ceremony, beginning at 7 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in the Mt. Benson Ballroom. The ceremony will also be livestreamed through the City's website and will be broadcast live on Shaw TV, channel 4.


Mayor and Council make important land use decisions, establish policies and provide direction for the operation of our community. Council makes decisions about what services to provide and how to deliver them.

If you are not able to attend or tune in live, you can always review decisions made at each Council meeting simply by reading the Council Meeting Summaries. These summaries are typically posted the day after each meeting.


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