October 30, 2023

This Week...

Thereโ€™s less than one week left to respond to the Nanaimo Operation Centre Alternative Approval Process, stay safe trick or treating and remember to turn clocks back. Read on for more!

Alternative Approval Process

Why do we need a new public works facility? The facilities and infrastructure that make up the City of Nanaimoโ€™s Public Works and Parks yards are far past their usable life and were only ever meant to service a community half of our size โ€“ which Nanaimo was, nearly 60 years ago when these old facilities were built.

Read our new blog for a quick look at the potential centre and the Alternative Approval Process before it ends on Friday, November 3 at 4:30 pm.


Halloween Skate

It's that spooky time of the year again! ๐ŸŽƒ Join us for a Halloween Skate this Tuesday at Frank Crane Arena from 6:30 - 8 pm!

Wear your favorite costume and bring your skates for a night full of tricks and treats!

Regular admission rates apply.

Be Spooky, Be Seen

Halloween is meant to be a fun celebration, but it can also be risky if parents, children and drivers don't take precautions. ICBC provides tips for drivers such as making sure you stay well below the speed limit and don't pass stopped or slow vehicles. For kids, tips include creating a safe route and making sure costumes fit and have an element that is reflective.


Recycle Wrappers

Did you know? You can separate and save your Halloween candy wrappers for recycling. If you're unsure where to take them just search "candy wrappers" in the Waste Wizard on the city's website or on the Nanaimo Recycles app and a list of locations will appear!


Project Grant

Applications are now open for the new Community Environmental Sustainability Project Grant that provides up to $5,000 to local community groups. The grant supports projects on improving the environment, connecting people to nature, and preparing for climate change.

The application deadline is on November 10, 2023.


Fall Back

On Sunday, November 5 at 2 am the clocks turn back one hour. Here are some tips to help adjust to the change:

  • Gradually go to bed later than your usual bedtime.
  • Expose yourself to bright light in the morning.
  • Avoid long naps during the day.
  • Skip the coffee/caffeinated drinks four to six hours before bedtime.

Friendship Bench

If you've visited Bowen Park Complex lately, you may have noticed a new orange bench in the upper area of the building. What is it, and why is it there?

The Orange Bench is inspired by the Friendship Bench that started in Zimbabwe. The Friendship Bench provides a space that encourages 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 in Bowen Park on the second Wednesday of every month (next one is on November 8) at 12:15 pm. As a family doctor, he will be happy to entertain health-related questions from those who attend.


Personal Training

Are you new to fitness or tired of the same workout routine?

Our certified and motivational personal trainers can design a comprehensive and highly effective exercise program that is customized for you. Every session is unique to your body type, needs, goals and designed to work toward achieving results.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Comox Road Rehabilitation

  • Hub City Paving, on behalf of the City of Nanaimo, will be completing asphalt restoration on Comox Road between Terminal Avenue and Wallace Street on Thursday November 2, 2023. Access will be limited so travellers should use alternate routes.
  • Hub City paving will return in the spring of 2024 to complete the paving up to the E&N railway.

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects

  • East Wellington Road from Westwood Road to Madsen Road is closed to through traffic, use an alternate route.
    • All businesses remain accessible. Speed limit is 30km/h, road closure is 24 hours per day, Monday to Friday.
    • Local traffic to Parker Marine/Xtend Rentals etc use the East Wellington overpass while construction is to the east of the business driveway.
    • East Wellington Road remains open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time. Cyclists are encouraged to dismount and walk. Watch for sidewalk closures and detours, communicate with traffic control personal onsite.
  • The Parkway Trail Parking Lot at Westwood Road and East Wellington Road is closed to the public. The Parkway Trail is still accessible.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for your patience!

Terminal Avenue

  • Kinetic Construction, on behalf of the Salvation Army, will be starting work on the corner of Esplanade and Nicol Street
  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street
  • Commercial Street, between Museum Way and Terminal Avenue will be closed to vehicles each day starting Tuesday October 10. Businesses will still be accessible during working hours by foot.
  • 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 persons

Fifth/Bruce Intersection Upgrade

  • Full intersection closure to all vehicle traffic for two nights falling between October 22 to 27 from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am for road paving (exact dates are weather dependent)
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets and Utility Upgrade project:

  • Albert Street will be closed to all vehicle traffic between Pine and Kennedy Streets until November 1
  • Closure will be in effect 24 hours per day
  • Please use an alternate route to avoid delays
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons, who are there for your safety
  • Albert Street will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time

Ross Road Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is continuing on Ross Road between Summit Road and Collishaw Road
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 am to 7 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
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons



Work With Us!

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

  • Fleet Sustainability Coordinator - Permanent Full-Time
  • Buyer - Permanent Full-Time
  • Civil Design Technologist - Permanent Full-Time
  • Building Official - Permanent Full-Time
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Municipal Services Inspector - Temporary Full-Time
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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

Meetings This Week

Wednesday, November 1: Special Council Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 1 pm.

Thursday, November 2: Board of Variance in the Service and Resource Centre Boardroom, 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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