my nanaimo e-newsletter for the week of September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

Fall GoByBike kicks off today, residents are encouraged sign up for 24/7 access with a MyCity account and review some low waste tips for online purchases. Read on for more!

Get Vaccinated see a list of local clinics and vax van info

Message from Island Health

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, or if it’s been more than 28 days since your first dose, get vaccinated at any community COVID-19 clinic in Island Health. Everyone born 2009 or earlier is welcome.

Appointments are available but not necessary. Walk-in to a clinic listed or make an appointment by calling 1-833-838-2323.

Vaccinations are also available at mobile Vax Van and temporary clinics.



Link to Fall GoByBike BC Event

Fall GoByBike Begins Today!

We have a few announcements to share:

  • The Pedal to Places Challenge is back (and a little more high tech this time around) and the "places" were announced this morning! 
  • New this year is The Pack n Pedal challenge! There are awesome prizes for showing us what you pack and pedal around, meeting your daily needs.
  • GoByBike BC is offering a grand prize of a cycling trip for 2 in France. To enter be sure to log at least one trip at between Sept 27 and Oct 10
  • Check out the upcoming cycling programs in the Nanaimo Activity Guide (kids programs on pg. 22, adults on pg. 32)


every child matters truth and reconciliation event sept 30 in Nanaimo

Honouring our Children and Survivors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Join us September 30, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton/ Swy-a-Lana Park. The event will include messages from community leaders, sharings from Snuneymuxw community members impacted by residential schools, honouring a welcome pole by Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown, Snuneymuxw Flag recognition, cultural performances by Snuneymuxw Dancers and School District children and youth, plus activities for children. The community is invited to witness this event and wear orange to show their support.


September 30 Operations

City facilities, including City Hall, the Service and Resource Centre and recreation facilities, will be closed September 30. Arenas will remain open for previously booked ice rentals but all public drop-in sessions are cancelled. Curbside collection will continue as scheduled.


Beban Pool

Due to unforeseen issues, the reopening of Beban Park Pool and Weight Room, has been re-scheduled and will now open on Monday, Oct 18.

  • Scheduled programs (swimming lessons & aquatic leadership classes) will begin on Sunday, Oct 24. Those already registered will be contacted about the change of dates.
  • Facility user groups and rentals will be accommodated at other facilities, if possible, until Beban Pool is available. City of Nanaimo staff will notify participants of these changes.

The City of Nanaimo would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as Beban Park Pool is preparing for its re-opening.


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Get Involved Nanaimo

The City of Nanaimo is looking for your feedback on several projects! 

  • The Hub - Public Space & Transit Improvements at Terminal/Commercial
  • Westwood Lake Park Amenity Improvements
  • Loudon Activity Centre & Boathouse
  • Tactical Urbanism


Request the bastion be lit for your cause

Bastion Lighting Program

Did you know, organizations can request the Bastion be illuminated in specific colours to promote their cause? All applications should be sent three weeks prior to the requested lighting date. 

If a lighting request is approved, the Bastion will be illuminated from dusk to dawn. The lights operate on a sensor that will activate at darkness and turn off when daylight.


woodstove exchange program in nanaimo do you qualify?

Woodstove Exchange

The Woodstove Exchange Program is designed to encourage residents of Nanaimo to change out their older, smoky wood stoves for low-emission appliances including new CSA-/EPA-certified clean-burning wood stoves.

The key goals of this program are:

  • Improve air quality by providing incentives to change out old smoky wood stoves with cleaner burning options.
  • Provide education on clean burning techniques with Burn it Smart.

Find out if you qualify and how to take advantage of this program. 


lets reduce consumption, here are some tips for low waste online purchases

Tips for Low Waste Online Purchases

In situations when buying locally isn't an option, use the tips below to reduce waste in your online purchases.


  • Email, phone or open a chat with the retailers' customer service team, and ask them to make a note on your account for low waste packaging.
  • Keep watch for retailers offering low waste options (see Amazon's β€œFrustration-Free Packaging”).
  • Bundle your purchases into as few shipments as possible, avoid 2-day shipping.


  • Reuse or repurpose the packaging.


  • Recycle in your Blue Cart: cardboard, paper wrapping.
  • Bring to a depot: plastic bubble wrap, all-plastic mailing envelopes and overwrap.
  • Put these non-recyclables in the garbage: paper mailing packets with bubble wrap lining.



While we're talking about reducing consumption and waste, take a moment to switch to electronic billing. Enjoy the convenience of accessing your City account information 24/7 online by registering for a MyCity account. This provides you with easy access to the following:

  • Current and past bills
  • Account balances and payment history
  • Change your bill delivery method
  • Property assessments and tax levies
  • Home Owner Grants claimed
  • Water Consumption


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area. All businesses remain open and accessible, but commuters are asked to use alternate routes whenever possible.
  • Road work and utility upgrades are underway on Lost Lake Road between Tanya Drive and Blue Jay Trail. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternative routes whenever possible.
  • Drainage upgrades are underway on Estevan Road between Brechin Road and Drake Street. During construction hours from Monday to Thursdays this road will be closed to traffic with the exception of buses and local residents. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.


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Work With Us!

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


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nanaimo city council related information and meetings

Meetings This Week

September 27: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 pm

Did you know? 

On September 21, 2021, Nanaimo City Council adopted the Animal Responsibility Bylaw. The main focus of this Bylaw is to emphasize the importance of animal safety and responsible pet ownership.

You can watch live meetings, view a list of upcoming meetings, read agendas and watch recordings of past meetings all in one place on the City website. 


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