December 4, 2023

This Week...

Submit your budget questions, participate in a green-themed giveaway and find balance at one of our meditation or yoga classes. Read on for more!

e-Town Hall

Get involved in 2024 budget planning! Tonight, on December 4 at 7 pm, an e-Town Hall will take place in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Shaw Auditorium. Review the City’s budget information, then submit your questions in advance at or on the Facebook event page or by posting on X (formally known as Twitter) using #NanaimoTH.


City of Nanaimo: Budget and Funding 2024-2028

The 2024-2028 Draft Financial Plan is a detailed look at how the City budgets for projects and what the various funding sources are. The video below is snapshot that looks at how our budget is guided by City Plan and Nanaimo City Council's priorities.

Win A Giftcard

The City of Nanaimo is currently running a giveaway on both Instagram and Facebook, encouraging the community to make memories, not waste.

Get in the mindset to reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and play along for your chance to win a $50 Parks, Recreation and Culture Gift Card. All you have to do is let us know who you want to share an experience with. Winners will be chosen by random selection; the contest closes on December 8 at noon.


Greener Giving

This year let's reduce waste and choose decorations, cards and gifts that have less of an environmental impact. When decorating, use popcorn, cranberries and dried oranges instead of plastic garland and tinsel. Consider swapping holiday cards for e-cards and giving an experience instead of a thing! We realize that some gifts will be given, but if you use 100 percent paper wrapping, skip the plastic bows and make sure items end up in the right cart, it will make a huge difference. If you don't know which cart something should be put in, please use the handy What Goes Where tool.

Meal Prep & Planning

  • Meal plan and stick to your list.
  • Don't overserve and have a plan on how to recreate a new meal with leftovers.
  • Ask guests to bring reusable containers to take home their favourite leftovers.

Wrapping Paper, Bows & Cards

  • If made of, or coated with foil or plastic, it is NOT recyclable and must be put in your BLACK cart.
  • Wrapping paper, bows, cards and tissue paper made of paper can be recycled and placed in your BLUE cart.
  • Try to remove as much tape as possible.
  • Please remove any electronic parts (which can be recycled at the nearest battery depot).
  • Store reusable bags to use next year.
  • Save old cards to use for crafts.


Start The Year Feeling Zen

Embrace mindfulness, reduce stress and set positive intentions. Join us on the path to a more centered you and enroll in one of our meditation or yoga classes.

◼️ Sound Bath & Meditation
A series of music, tuning and sound instruments are layered throughout the one hour guided meditation class to bring your body back to balance.
Wednesday, Jan. 17-Feb 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (109607)
Wednesday, Jan. 17-Feb 14, 6:45 - 7:45 pm (109610)
$40 for five classes

◼️ Restorative Yin Fusion with Sound
Practise a combination of mindful breathing and easy long-holding yoga poses that invite your body to relax.
Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Feb. 14, 10:30 - 11:45 am (109241)
$40 for five classes

◼️ Kundalini Yoga
Invigorate your body with breathwork, chanting, singing, and repetitive yoga poses that will leave you feeling balanced.
Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, 5:15 - 6:30 pm
$40 for five classes


Public Art Project

Curtis Grahauer’s temporary public art project, ‘Millstone’, documents a year of progression and transformation of Millstone River as it courses through Bowen Park. Long-term observations are compressed into short film in Millstone, highlighting subtle changes in the surrounding environment that might otherwise be overlooked. Six signs can be found following the path of the river in Bowen Park, with films accessed using personal devices and QR codes.


Winter Wonderland

Join us at the Frank Crane Arena December 24 and December 26-30, where it will be transformed into a West Coast Winter Wonderland. These skating sessions are FREE and include skate and helmet rentals.

These free sessions are thanks to the support from local businesses and community organizations.

Drop in during any of our public times or rent the ice privately for your friends, family or co-workers.


Activate 2024

Start 2024 off “actively” by “launching” into a variety of activities as a way to start the new year off right! This is the second annual New Year's Day Family Event!

Held on Monday, January 1, 12-5 pm at Beban Park. Tickets are available in advance at Beban Park or at the door ($48 for "Festive Five" or $12 single).

Enjoy swimming, skating, musical entertainment (The Big Mess), games, crafts, inflatables and more! There will be food trucks and a concession on site.


Nanaimo Bar

Does your holiday baking include Nanaimo Bars? Did you know we have a webpage dedicated to the beloved treat. If you haven't tried the "Official Nanaimo Bar Recipe" yet, be sure to have a look. We would love to see your creations. Tag us on Instagram. Share your favourite Nanaimo Bar recipes & tips!


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects

  • East Wellington Road from Westwood Road to Bowen Road is open to two-way traffic with intermittent traffic disruptions as required for construction, expect delays and watch for signage. This is an active construction site from 7 am – 7 pm. Speed limit is 30km/h. The area is open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time. Cyclists are encouraged to dismount and walk. Watch for sidewalk closures and detours, communicate with traffic control personnel onsite.
  • Within Beban Park near the main south entrance construction will cause intermittent traffic disruptions within the park. The access near the main south entrance to and from the Beban Heritage House and Centennial Building will be closed, a detour in place from the access closest to the buildings. All businesses and parking lots remain open and accessible.
  • The Parkway Trail Parking Lot at Westwood Road and East Wellington Road is closed to the public. The Parkway Trail is still accessible.
  • The trail that connects VIU, the Black Diamond neighbourhood and Third Street is closed to the public. This area is an active construction site for the installation of the water supply main. Construction traffic will enter and exit the work zone at Third Street across from the Rotary Field House.
  • Along the Parkway visual distractions of the project construction will be noticeable at College Drive, behind VIU as well as south of East Wellington Road.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the city while the construction crews progress on this project. The construction will create visual distractions and minor delays for commuters. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and the construction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Madsen Road, Griffiths/Boxwood to East Wellington
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse
    • College Drive at the Parkway (HWY19)

Thank you for your patience! Learn more about this project: Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street is closed until the installation of the new signals, expected late this year:
    • Pedestrians please use the crosswalks at Commercial Street and Esplanade for safe crossing
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Speed limit will be reduced as this will be an active construction zone.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control personnel.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets and Utility Upgrade project:

  • Thank you for your patience! Albert Street has now partially reopened to vehicle traffic between Pine and Kennedy Streets.
  • Albert Street will be subject to one-way alternating traffic Monday to Friday between 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Please use an alternate route to avoid delays.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control personnel, who are there for your safety.



Work With Us!

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

  • Trails Supervisor - Parks - Permanent Full-Time
  • Engineering Traffic Technician - Permanent Full-Time
  • Zero Waste Coordinator - Permanent Full-Time
  • Civil Design Technologist - Permanent Full-Time
  • Engineering Development Technician - Permanent Full-Time
  • Building Official - Permanent Full-Time
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Municipal Services Inspector - Temporary Full-Time
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


A view from the Mayor's chair in the Shaw auditorium looking toward the audience

Meetings This Week

Monday, December 4: Regular Council Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 7 pm.

Thursday, December 7: Board of Variance Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre Boardroom, starting at 4 pm



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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