February 20, 2024

This Week...

The Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Program is looking for new volunteers, Joel Good and The Sisters at Ay Lelum integrate traditional Snuneymuxw art into urban landscape and a final reminder to get or renew your dog licence. Read on for more!

Community Policing

The Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Program is looking for new volunteers for their Crime Watch and Speed Watch programs.

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers and want more information, we will be hosting an information session at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 21 at 580 Fitzwilliam St.

Meet some of our team, ask questions and find out more about our programs.


City unveils new utility covers designed by Snuneymuxw Artists

Some Nanaimo streets will soon be adorned with new, uniquely-designed utility covers. Produced through a project by Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design with artwork by Joel Good, these captivating designs will be produced and used for the next decade. These new designs will be used for new installations and when old covers need to be replaced. The City anticipates that 20-40 will be installed on Nanaimo’s streets each year.

Photo Credit: Sean Fenzl.


Dog Licences

City parks and public spaces are regularly patrolled by Animal Control Services to ensure all dogs (and dog owners) are acting responsibly so everyone can enjoy public spaces. All dogs over the age of four months are required to have a valid dog licence in the City of Nanaimo.

Did you know? 100% of the fees collected from dog licensing go towards the costs of operating the Nanaimo Animal Shelter, including care and adoption.

Get a $5 discount if you register and pay for your four-legged friend before the end of February.


Pop Up "Court Kids" Program (ages 1-5)

Bring your parents to climb, jump and play! This is a FREE parent participation program being held at Beban Park Social Centre,
9-11 am on the following dates:

February 27, February 29, March 11, March 14, March 19, and March 21.

Come and PLAY with us!


Public Art Project

Are you or someone you know between the ages of 7-16 and interested in being part of the creation of a public art project?

A FREE community workshop with artist Robert Turriff for youth aged 7 to 16 will take place Saturday, March 2 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rotary Field House. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to learn about local ecology and plant life before designing their very own creature! Sign-up is required.

Email cultureandevents@nanaimo.ca for more information or to reserve your spot!

Meditation class

In this introductory class, we will explore all of the beneficial ways you can calm your body and mind. Meditation is gaining more exposure in scientific studies, showing how the brain can benefit from increased neural pathways during mindfulness practices. Bring a journal and create a practice you can continue on your own.

Sunday, March 3 (Course code 109577), 11am-1 pm, $15

Register today through Parks, Recreation and Culture by calling 250-756-5200 or online.


Grant Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Community Watershed Restoration Grant and the Community Environmental Sustainability Grant.

Applications will be received until April 2, 2024.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Midtown Water Supply Project

  • Along the Parkway visual distractions of the project construction will be noticeable from the Northfield Road intersection south to the College Drive/Fifth Street intersection.
  • Construction is underway from 7 am to 7 pm in the Black Diamond Drive Neighbourhood. A 24 hour/day, road closure with one way local and emergency vehicle traffic only along Black Diamond Drive entering from Crows Nest Place towards Coal Tyee Trail / Venuti Way to Jingle Pot Road is in place. The western access to Black Diamond Drive from Jingle Pot Road will be closed with vehicular traffic detoured to enter at the eastern access. The speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h. Drivers must slowdown in work zones and pay close attention to signage.
  • 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.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the City while construction continues on this project. Visual distractions from the project and minor delays for commuters are to be expected. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and the construction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • Labieux Road, off the Labieux Rd/Kenworth Rd roundabout
    • East Wellington, Westwood Road to Bowen Road
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse

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.
  • Commercial Street between Victoria/Albert/Wallace and Terminal Avenue will be converted to one way exit traffic for approximately the next month.
  • Commercial Street at Terminal Avenue heading towards Museum Way will have rotating daily closures for signal installation.
  • Commercial Street South will be closed starting on Thursday February 15 for concrete preparation and tentatively opened again on March 1. Concrete is expected to start on February 20.
  • The sidewalk in front of Vancouver Island Convention Centre along Terminal Avenue will have rotating closures and pedestrian traffic will be provided with a detour onto Terminal.
  • 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:

  • Landscaping work continues this week on Albert Street between Pine and Kennedy Streets.
  • Albert Street will be intermittently subject to one-way alternating traffic Monday to Friday between 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Please use an alternate route to avoid any potential delays.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control personnel, who are there for everyone’s safety.

Victoria Road Temporary Closure

  • Victoria Road is closed between Rainer Street and Needham Street to investigate and repair some settlement in the roadway.
  • A temporary detour along Seventh Street to Park Avenue to Fifth Street will be in place for 3-4 weeks while repair work is completed.
  • Local traffic has access to Victoria Road from each end of the closure.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control personnel.

Sixth Street Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is ongoing on Sixth Road between Bruce Avenue and Park Avenue.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. If that is not possible, expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons.



Work With Us!

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

  • Planning Assistant
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Human Resources Advisor - Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Advisor - Recruitment
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Water/Wastewater Systems Operator-In-Training (Casual Opportunities)
  • 2024 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Seasonal Recreation Leader II - Inclusion
  • Buyer
  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Building Official
  • Financial Analyst (TFT)
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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

Meetings This Week

Wednesday, February 21: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 9 am.

Wednesday, February 21: Public Safety Committee Meeting in the Boardroom, SARC, 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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