January 10, 2021

This week...

Bowen Trailway is officially open, registration is open for the Let's Talk Te'Tuxwtun online community conversations and did you recieve the Emergency Alert last week? Read on for more!

Roads Update

Winter driving conditions remain in place - please continue to take extra caution. City crews are still working to clear the 130 cm of snow we received in the last 2+ weeks. Priority 1 and 2 routes are clear and level 3 routes are over halfway done. Crews are going through the city systematically to ensure nothing is missed. It will take time so thank you for your patience. Some local roads will remain narrow. Please watch for slippery sections with rainfall and melt running over packed snow and ice. 


Clearing Catch Basins

The weather is warming up and heavy rainfall is forecasted. City crews are out clearing catch basins and storm drains; however, you can help by clearing any catch basins or drains in front of your home or business. If flooding does occur, sand and sand bags for filling are available at the Public Works yard at 2020 Labieux Rd. Please make sure to bring a shovel and bag ties. If you spot flooding or a plugged culvert, please report it to Public Works at 250-758-5222.



After a freeze, pavement will expand, bend and crack, which weakens the pavement. As the weight of vehicles pass over the weak spot, it will continue to breakdown and ultimately create a dreaded pothole. As snow is cleared, please keep an eye out for potholes. If you see one or more on a City road, please report it on the City website, use the Report a Problem tool on the Nanaimo Recycle app or call Public Works at 250-758-5222. If the pothole is on a highway(Stewart Ave, Brechin Rd, the Nanaimo Parkway and the Old Island Highway. Pearson Bridge south and Brechin Rd north) please report it to the Ministry of Transportation Infrastructure's contractor, Mainroad at 1-877-215-6006.

Extra Collections Begin Wednesday

Wednesday is the first day of additional materials pickup. Follow your collection schedule/calendar to know what day, what cart and what extras to put out. Eextra garbage can be set out in a tied bag on your garbage day and extra recyclables can be placed in an easy-to-empty container on your recycling day.

Why Wednesday? For homes that had missed collection over the past few weeks, Wednesday marks the first day where scheduled collection follows a missed scheduled collection day for the ‘same’ materials (a recycling day following a missed recycling day, or a garbage day following a missed garbage day, depending on your route). Only homes scheduled for a Wednesday collection will put their extras out on Wednesday.

Extra pickup will continue on Thursday for homes with a scheduled Thursday collection, then Friday and so on until every missed collection day has been accommodated.

Depending on the route, some homes missed both their scheduled recycling and garbage pickups on consecutive weeks. These homes will have additional pickup for two consecutive weeks (accommodating both their recycling and garbage on their matching recycling and garbage days).

Monday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 11 are regular pickup days, as homes on these routes have not missed a ‘same’ collection day, although it may seem like a long time between collections as it’s been 17 days since your last collection instead of the usual 14 days. The City follows an add-a-day schedule, and for every scheduled holiday, scheduled pickup is pushed back a day. There was no scheduled collection for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, so there was a three-day push in the schedule (this is the same process each year).


Fast Flowing Water

The River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for Eastern Vancouver Island. Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for this week and with warmer temperatures, significant snow melt is expected, which could lead to flooding. Residents are advised to keep away from fast flowing streams and rivers, as banks may be unstable.

Voyent Alert

Did you know? Last week we issued an extreme winter storm event and road advisory using the City's emergency alert system Voyent Alert! If you haven't signed up yet, don't delay. You will receive notifications and instructions in the event of a wide-scale emergency. Download the "Voyent Alert" app, available from the App Store or GooglePlay - register now!


Aquafit Classes

Aquafit classes at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre are coming back January 17. Proof of vaccination is required for those participants 12 years and older and those 18+ must also show government issued ID. Mandatory pre-registration starts tomorrow, January 11 by calling 250-756-5200 or online.


Bowen Trail 

The new Bowen Park Trailway is officially open to the public! The wider and safer multi-use trail will provide an enhanced experience for both recreational and transportation-based users, including nighttime use with the new trail lighting. There is some remaining paving, trail markings and restoration planned for the spring of 2022. We appreciate all the patience from the public while these upgrades were completed.


Take 5 Active Challenge

Parks, Recreation & Culture want to help you start off 2022 by being active and offer a chance to win great prizes! Participate in at least 5 of the "Take 5 Activity List" by yourself or with family. Take a photo while doing the activity and email your photos or use #take5nanaimo on Instagram. 


Community Conversations

Community Conversations will be held online throughout January 2022. These conversations are an opportunity for community members to connect with the Knowledge Partners, learn more about Te’tuxwtun, and discuss how the project can benefit the community. Please join us for a conversation that will guide Te’tuxwtun’s development.

Community Conversations will be held at the following dates and times. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, and to ensure everyone can safely participate, all gatherings will be online. Please register to receive the link to attend.

Online Zoom Meetings

  • January 15, 2022, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Register
  • January 20, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Register
  • January 23, 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Register

If you are unable to access online events and want to learn more, please email communityrelations@bchousing.org to arrange for a phone conversation.

Are you familiar with this community enhancement project Te’tuxwtun (pronounced Tey-tux-tun)? It is joint partnership between Snuneymuxw First Nation, BC Housing, the City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (known as the Knowledge Partners).

Named Te’tuxwtun, after the traditional name of Mount Benson, the transformation of the collectively owned properties in the Fifth Street Corridor (564 Fifth Street, 502 & 505 Howard Avenue, Nanaimo, BC) is more than a development project. Watch the video below to learn more. 


Work With Us!

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

  • Building Official - open until filled
  • Engineering Services Technologist - open until filled
  • Custodian Relief Pool - open until filled
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors - open until filled


Meetings This Week

Monday, January 10: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 pm

Wednesday, January 12: Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness at 4:00 pm

Thursday, January 13: Design Advisory Panel Meeting at 5:00 pm

Did you know?

The two Public Hearings that were scheduled for January 20 and 24 have been postponed until a future date. 

You can watch meetings live, 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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