June 6, 2022

This week... 

Attend the City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined public hearing, find hidden poetry messages and tune in to the first broadcasted World Oceans Day. Read on for more!

City Plan - Nanaimo ReImagined 

Thank you to everyone who took part and provided their feedback in Phase 3! A summary of the feedback can be viewed in the Phase 3 Public Engagement Summary. The feedback gathered was used in the preparation of the City Plan (City Plan Bylaw 2022, No. 6600) and Development Permit Guidelines (Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2022,No.4500.199), which passed first and second reading by Council on May 30, 2022. You can view a recording of the presentation and staff’s report on the past meeting’s page.


Public Hearing


A public hearing regarding the City Plan (City Plan Bylaw 2022. No.6600) and Development Permit Guidelines (Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2022. No.4500.199) is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The public hearing is an opportunity to allow affected community members an opportunity to address Council. Find out how you can get involved and provide input by visiting the Public Hearings page on the City website. 


Nanaimo Wildflowers

As beautiful as they are, some of our native wildflowers can be toxic. You may come across a sign like this in our parks, please follow instructions and do not pick the flowers. Also, please stick to the paths. You can read more about some of the wildflowers here in Nanaimo by following the link below. 


Nanaimo Systems Planning Organization 

If you're passionate about making Nanaimo a safe and equitable space and interested in working with others to find innovative ways of tackling homelessness, consider joining the Board of the newly-formed Nanaimo Systems Planning Organization Society (SPO). They are seeking three directors-at-large to join the inaugural Board. 


Hidden Poetry Project

A series of haiku poems celebrating active commutes and the natural and urban surroundings have been installed at ten locations throughout Nanaimo. The words are revealed when it rains, however each poem is paired with a QR code so you can listen to the poems on your mobile device whether it rains or shines! 


Vendor Spots Still Open

On Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 9 am - 2 pm, bargain hunters can join up to 100 vendors selling used items from the trunk of their cars in the Country Club Centre parking lot. This free to attend reuse event aims to give unwanted household items a longer lease on life and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

There are still spots available for vendors! If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Trunk Sale, register in advance to reserve your spot by emailing SortTossRoll@nanaimo.ca.


World Oceans Day

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day will highlight the theme Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. This is the first hybrid celebration of the annual event, hosted in person at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcasted live. RSVP, to join us for the United Nations World Oceans Day virtual broadcast on Wednesday June 8, 2022 - 10 am to 1:30 pm EDT.


GoByBike Wraps Up

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the Spring GoByBike week May 30- June 5. This week, June 5-11 many riders will be participating in the Commuter Challenge. The Commuter Challenge celebrates active and sustainable transportation and encourages walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting. 

A Wrap Up Event for GoByBike and the Commuter Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at Departure Bay's Kinsmen Park. There will be yoga in the park at 11 am (bring your own mat if you have one!) followed by a prize ceremony with snacks and refreshments. Thank you to the many amazing sponsors and volunteers donated products, services and time for GoByBike. 


Pride Month

Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June.

Mayor Leonard Krog has proclaimed June 2022 as Pride Month. In honour of pride, the Bastion will be lit in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple colours from June 6-11 and June 19-26. A pride flag raising ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm at City Hall. 

To have a request for lighting at the Bastion considered for an event or cause, visit the city's website


City of Nanaimo property tax notices have been mailed and taxes are due July 4. Make sure to claim your Home Owner Grant online through the Province.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is still under active construction; however, all businesses remain open and accessible. Please drive slowly, respect the new 3-way stops, and expect delays while navigating the construction zone, particularly when concrete is being poured or paving is occurring.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Laguna Way east of the intersection with Lost Lake Road. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Nottingham Drive is closed between Hammond Bay Road and Cumberland Place. Commuters should plan to access Nottingham from the north end.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Cottleview Drive and Hillside Avenue between Caldwell Street and Pacific Edge Way. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Fourth Street between Bruce Avenue and Pine Street is closed in both directions to through traffic, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hamilton Avenue at Pine Street will be closed to southbound right turning vehicles. Local traffic is permitted. All businesses remain open and accessible. Road closures will remain in effect until the Fourth Street Complete Street Phase 1 project is completed.


Work With Us!

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

  • 2022 General Municipal Election Workers
  • Buyer - Temporary full-time
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • Parks Maintenance Worker - Playgrounds
  • Fleet Maintenance Mechanic
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Planning Assistant
  • 2022 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Head Lifeguard/Instructor - Temporary full-time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Friday, June 10: Mayor's Leaders' Table at 9:00 am (virtual meeting)

Monday, June 13: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 pm

Did you know? 

The 2021 Annual Report is now available online highlighting awards, significant events, strategic priorities, financial reports and statistics. 

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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