June 10, 2024

This Week...

Thank you for participating in Spring GoByBike Week, join a Design Guideline workshop and June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Read on for more!

Spring GoByBike Week

That's a wrap of 2024 Spring GoByBike Week. Thanks to all who participated! We look forward to seeing you again in the fall.

Urban Design

Are you interested in Urban Design? The City of Nanaimo is updating design guidelines for new multi-family, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use development. Design guidelines are used to review proposed developments and ensure they meet the policies and objectives of the Official Community Plan (City Plan- Nanaimo ReImagined).

We are offering the community an opportunity to provide input to create a more beautiful Nanaimo by participating in an in-person Design Guideline workshop:

  • Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 pm in the Conference Center (80 Commercial Street Nanaimo), Dodd Narrows Room

Unable to attend the workshop? Learn more and provide input at www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca

E-mobility Survey

The City of Nanaimo is conducting a survey to gather information and opinions surrounding E-mobility. E-mobility stand for Electric Mobility and includes electric vehicles as well as smaller, light weight electric modes like e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-skateboards.

Whether you currently own a e-mobility device, are interested in using one, or have never considered it before now, we want to hear from you! Follow this link to fill out Nanaimo’s Electric Mobility Survey.

This survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time and will help the City of Nanaimo understand the barriers, challenges, and opportunities of e-mobility within the community. All responses will remain anonymous, and the survey will close on June 28, 2024.

Orange Bench

If you've visited Bowen Park Complex lately, you may have noticed an orange bench outside the upper area of the facility. What is it, and why is it there? The Orange Bench is inspired by the Friendship Bench that started in Zimbabwe. This bench provides the opportunity to have conversations about mental health. It is hoped that more benches will be installed around Nanaimo with community volunteers there at advertised times.

Dr. Derek Poteryko will be visiting the Orange Bench at Bowen Park on the second Wednesday of every month (next one is June 12 at 12:15 pm). As a family doctor, he will be happy to entertain health-related questions from those who attend.


Brain Injury Awareness Month

In Canada, June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Each year national, provincial, and local associations run campaigns to increase awareness about the prevalence of brain injury, the obstacles that exist for those with brain injury, and the need for more services and support at all stages of recovery.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Here’s a list of up-to-date information on City construction projects. Make sure to plan your commute and, if possible, plan an alternate route. When approaching construction zones, please make sure to slow down and obey all signage and traffic personnel instructions. Thank you for your patience!

Midtown Water Supply Project

  • Monday, June 10 Bowen Road will have traffic disruptions between Dufferin Crescent to East Wellington. During the day traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions on Bowen Road, the southbound lanes will be merged and diverted to the inside northbound lane to accommodate the construction work starting at the Bowen Road - Madsen Road intersection. Left turn lanes will be closed and some accesses to businesses off Bowen Road will be closed.
  • June 10 to June 14 Madsen Road is closed to all traffic between Bowen Road and Kerrisdale Road. No left or right turns off Bowen Road will be permitted onto Madsen Road. Please follow the detours in place, access off Boxwood Road and East Wellington Road to Madsen Road. Traffic Control Persons will assist local traffic and pedestrians for this area.
  • Starting June 11 to June 14, the access road off Jingle Pot Drive across from Black Diamond Drive will be closed to local traffic only. Traffic control persons will be onsite to assist with local resident access.
  • June 14 to June 17 Jingle Pot Road between the Parkway and Black Diamond Drive will have traffic disruptions. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions on Jingle Pot Road and no left turns permitted as well as Black Diamond Drive closed with a detour in place to use the easterly Black Diamond Drive intersection only while construction crosses the south half of the intersection. Construction and traffic changes will occur on Saturday and if required Sunday as well.
  • Reoccurring traffic disruptions for construction on Crescent View Drive from Crescent View Drive to Boundary Avenue this week, traffic will be reduced to single-lane-alternating at times during the day. Street parking is not permitted in the construction zone.
  • The trail that connects VIU, the Black Diamond neighbourhood and Third Street is closed to the public. This area is an active construction site. Construction traffic will enter and exit the work zone at Third Street across from the Rotary Field House.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays and visual distractions along many streets in the City while construction continues on this project. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and the construction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • East Wellington, Westwood Road to Bowen Road
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse
    • College Drive, near the Parkway intersection
    • Jingle Pot Road, near Black Diamond Drive

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

Midtown Gateway Phase 2B

  • There will be some recurring traffic disruptions on Bowen Road, between Rosstown Road and Northfield Road. Access to Beban Park and Beban Plaza may be affected at times, please use alternate access. All park amenities and programs, and all businesses, remain open and accessible.
  • At times, Rosstown Road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic between Bowen Road and Whitney Road.

Learn more about this project: Midtown Gateway.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • The sidewalk in front of Vancouver Island Convention Centre along Terminal Avenue will be closed for concrete installation. Please cross using the crosswalks at Gordon Street and Commercial Street as a temporary walkway along Terminal is not available at this time. Sidewalk is expected to re-open on June 12.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street has been temporarily reinstated without signals.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Learn more about this project: Terminal Avenue Upgrades.

Meredith Road Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is continuing on Meredith Road between Spencer Road and Thunderbird Drive.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Thursday, 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.
  • Detours will be instituted where possible.

Extension Road Traffic Calming

  • Commuters can expect minor delays as construction layout begins this week.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.

Learn more about this project: Extension Road Traffic Calming

Princess Street Area Utility Upgrades

  • Construction work is starting on Needham Street from Princess Street to Columbia Street.
  • June 4 – 11: Needham Street will be closed to through-traffic between Princess Street and Columbia Street, from 7 am to 5 pm. Emergency services, local traffic and pedestrians will be accommodated.
  • Other days, traffic will be reduced to single-lane-alternating. Expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.



Work With Us!

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

  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Planning Assistant
  • Police Records Clerk
  • Financial Analyst
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Building Official
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Casual Pool - Custodian Relief
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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

Meetings This Week

Wednesday, June 12: Public Safety Committee Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre boardroom starting at 3 pm.

Wednesday, June 12: Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 7 pm.

Thursday, June 13: Design Advisory Panel Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre boardroom starting at 5 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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