Jan. 16, 2023

This Week...

Take advantage of free, teen drop-in programs, register to learn more about the Acting for Climate Together initiative and Phase 1 of Westwood Lake Park improvements begin. Read on for more!

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FREE Youth Drop-In

Youth Lounge

Youth are invited to play XBox, Wii, air hockey, foosball while enjoying snacks and free wifi. It runs Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. Pre-register using course code ID #86771.

Spare Blox

This drop-in program offers gym activities and sports for kids ages 10 to 17 on three different nights, at three locations. 

Ages 10 to 13: Mondays, 7 to 8:30 pm at Fairview Elementary School. Pre-register using course code # 86474.

Ages 10 to 17: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7 pm at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Pre-register using course code #86709.

Ages 13 to 17: Wednesdays, 8:30 to 10 pm at John Barsby Secondary School. Pre-register using course code #86710.


register for an information session on a new Acting for Climate Together initiative

Acting for Climate

Are you interested in making a positive environmental impact in Nanaimo? The City, along with the Regional District of Nanaimo, has established the Acting for Climate Together (ACT) initiative to inspire, educate and empower individuals and groups to work together to reduce climate impact. If you or your community group would like to learn more about this volunteer initiative, register for an online information session taking place Jan. 19 at 5 pm. If you can't make it for the live session, a recording will be provided for anyone who registers.


Westwood lake part phase 1 amenity improvements begin January and last until late spring 2023

Westwood Lake Phase 1 Amenity Improvements

Changes are coming to Westwood Lake Park!  Phase 1 Amenity Improvements will see enhanced green spaces, improved parking, planting of additional native trees and more. While upgrades are taking place, some areas will not be accessible. Construction begins this month and is expected to be completed in late Spring. For more information on this exciting project, please visit the project page on the City's Get Involved Website.


Recycle bc expands the list of accepted items in residential blue cart pick up program

Recycle BC Expands the List of Accepted Items

Have you heard? Recycle BC is adding single-use products and packaging-like products to its residential recycling program. What does that mean for you? The City of Nanaimo will be introducing a longer list of items that will be accepted in your residential Blue Cart pick-up. Be sure to sign up for the Nanaimo Recycles App so you don't miss the latest news and information about your zone. More information will be coming soon, so stay tuned!


residents may create a boulevard garden, learn how!

Boulevard Gardens

Did you know? Residents may transform the boulevard adjacent to their home into a well-designed and well-maintained garden using the Boulevard Garden Guidelines. There is a list to follow when getting started, such as avoiding underground utilities and selecting plants that won't grow too tall. If you are interested in creating your own Boulevard Garden, visit the website


The City of Nanaimo is looking to recognize individuals or groups who were awarded outstanding achievement in the areas of sport, arts and culture in 2022.

Nominate a Champion

The City of Nanaimo is looking to recognize individuals or groups who were awarded outstanding achievement in the areas of sport, art and culture in 2022. Awards are given to individuals or groups who receive International, National, Western Canadian or Provincial first-place honours.

Recipients must be residents of Nanaimo and must have placed first or received highest standing in their field of endeavour. The deadline for application is Jan. 22, 2023.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • The City of Nanaimoโ€™s Midtown Water Supply Project is into Phase 2. Crews are conducting site preparations, equipment will be entering and exiting Highway 19 (Nanaimo Parkway). Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage. The first section of prep work will occur along the parkway, south of East Wellington to Jingle Pot Road.
  • Trench Preparations will create visual distractions and minor delays along Northfield Road, between the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Marsh before Boxwood Road. Commuters should expect minor delays along Boxwood Road between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road in relation to the Midtown Water Supply Project.
  • 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.
  • Adjacent to the Labieux Road / Kenworth Road roundabout crews will be working on the Midtown Water Supply Project. Commuters should expect visual distractions and construction traffic along Labieux Road as they enter and exit the construction site. The trail between the E&N Trail and Labieux Road / Kenworth Road roundabout is closed to cycling and pedestrian traffic. The trail closure will be in place for 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of January.
  • Prideaux Street and sidewalk, between Fitzwilliam and Wentworth, will be closed Jan. 16 to 27, 24/hours a day. 
  • Metral Drive is substantially complete! Road markings will continue as weather and temperatures allow.


Work With Us!

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

  • Assistant Manager, Revenue Services
  • Recreation Coordinator - two positions
  • Trails Supervisor with Parks
  • Two Lifeguard/Instructors
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, Jan 16: Regular Council Meeting at 7 pm. 

Monday, Jan 23: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1 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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