May 21, 2024

This Week...

Join us to celebrate Public Works Week, register for Spring GoByBike Week and join an invasive plant community workparty. Read on for more!

National Public Works Week

To highlight National Public Works Week, join us on May 22, in a free, semi-guided tour of the Public Works yard. Work/information zones will provide examples of “Advancing Quality of Life for All”. This theme showcases how Public Works employees are dedicated to improving the quality of life for its citizens to live, work and play.

There are a limited number of spots available, registration is required for this tour. Log into your recreation account at and choose between six different timeslots for the tour.


Spring GoByBike Week

Join us for GoByBike Week from June 2 - 9. We're just 2 weeks away from an exciting week of biking, community events, and celebration stations!

Celebration Stations:

  • June 3, Metral Drive at Mostar Road, 7:30 to 9:30 am
  • June 4, Lower Colliery Dam Park, 4 to 6 pm
  • June 5, E&N at Giggleswick Place, 7:30 to 9:30 am
  • June 6, Stevie Smith Bike Park, 4 to 6 pm
  • June 7, Front Street at Museum Way (across from the Port Theatre), 4 to 6 pm
  • June 8, Westwood Lake Beach, 3 to 5 pm

Map of Celebration Stations can be found here.

Celebration Events:

  • June 2, Bike Drive at Maffeo Sutton Park, 4 to 6 pm
  • June 9, Pride Parade Walk and Festival, 11 am


Baby Bleu

This summer, bring a lawn chair and a picnic while enjoying some great musical entertainment in some of Nanaimo's most beautiful and popular parks. These concerts are FREE and are great for the whole family!

Our third performer is Baby Bleu and she will be performing at Departure Bay - Kin Park on Wednesday, June 12 from 6 to 7 pm.


Welcome to Nanaimo

Our familiar north and south gateway signs are undergoing a refresh, with fresh paint, a power wash and welding repairs to the rigging and masts.

These large and welcoming gateway signs see a fresh coat of paint every ten years and a power wash every three years to keep them vibrant and inviting!

Information Sessions

Prepare your property for wildfire season by signing up for a FREE FireSmart information session workshop this month:

  • Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm in Beban Park Social Centre, Room 3
  • Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 pm in Nanaimo Ice Centre Lounge (upstairs)

For more information, please email, and for everything you need to know about preparing for a disaster, visit the Prepared BC website.

Invasive Species Action Month

Invasive Plants are making their way into our parks and greenspaces, and we need your help. Join a community workparty or clear invasives from your yard and bring to our drop zone on Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 2 pm at Bowen Park (Wall Street parking lot). To learn more about invasive plants, visit:

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

  • 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 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

  • The night work and road closure on Northfield Road, between Bowen Road and Boxwood Road, will resume this week, from 6 pm to 6 am nightly until Friday, May 24. Please use detours, avoid the area, or expect delays. Pedestrians and cyclists, watch for a separate detour around the work zone. Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area during this time if possible. All businesses remain open and accessible.
  • 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.
  • Terminal Avenue Northbound will be detoured down Crace Street and Front Street to accommodate milling and paving starting May 21, 2024.
  • 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.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street has been temporarily reinstated without signals.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

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.

Weber Street & Bruce Avenue Area Utility Upgrades

  • Line painting on Bruce Avenue and Weber Street
  • Asphalt curb installation on Plecas Crescent, Glen Crescent and Weber Street
  • Pedestrian walkway between Glen Crescent and Plecas Crescent is now open
  • Traffic on Bruce Avenue, Weber Street, Glen Crescent and Plecas Crescent will occasionally be reduced to single-lane-alternating.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm.

Princess Street Area Utility Upgrades

  • Construction is starting on Princess Street from Needham Street to Fifth Street.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Traffic will be reduced to single-lane-alternating. Expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.



Work With Us!

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

  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Planning Assistant
  • Community Safety Officer
  • Executive Assistant, Police Services
  • Police Records Clerk
  • Financial Analyst
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • 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

Thursday, May 23: Design Advisory Panel Meeting in 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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