November 6, 2023

This Week...

The Nanaimo Operations Centre AAP is now closed, Remembrance Day is coming up and register for the Harbour City Senior Advisory Committee Speaker Series. Read on for more!

Nanaimo Operations Centre

The submission deadline to oppose borrowing for Phase One of a new Nanaimo Operations Centre has now passed and the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) is closed. The results will likely be announced during the Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 20 beginning at 7 pm. Check the Meetings, Document and Videos page on the City website to find a link to the agenda when it is posted next Wednesday afternoon and a link to the live stream when the meeting begins. Stay tuned!

Thank you, Nanaimo, for your consideration of this project, and for sharing your thoughts and concerns as we look to replace our aging Public Works yard with an operations centre that can support our growing community.


Remembrance Day

November 5 to 11 is Veterans' Week.. Please take time this week to honour the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of those who served. November 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day. The First Nations, Inuit and MΓ©tis people of Canada have a long and proud tradition of military service to our country. On November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.

The Nanaimo Remembers project will display the names of more than 200 soldiers in prominent locations across the city and can be viewed at Beban Park and Oliver Woods Community Centre between November 6 to 11.

A Remembrance Day Service & Parade is scheduled to take place on November 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at Front Street, located between Bastion and Chapel & Church Street.


Speaker Series

The Harbour City Senior Advisory Committee welcomes speaker Kim Smythe, Economic Strategist, to present at Bowen Park Clubhouse on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 am. The presentation is free to Nanaimo Harbour City Members and non-member guests. Kim will speak about Nanaimo's social issues, economic issues, development plans and population growth. Coffee, tea and goodies will be served. You do need to register as spaces are limited. Please call 250-755-7501 to reserve your seat, use course code 107959.

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 the week of November 6-10, weather dependant
  • 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

  • Tuesday to Friday 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 during construction house, typically 7 am - 7 pm
    • Local traffic to Parker Marine/Xtend Rentals etc. use the East Wellington overpass and communicate with traffic control personal onsite that you are going to that local business
    • 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 continue work on the corner of Esplanade and Terminal Avenue with an expected completion date of November 20.
  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street
  • Commercial Street, between Museum Way and Terminal Avenue may be closed to vehicles, depending on activity. 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:

  • Thank you for your continued patience!
  • Albert Street remains closed to all vehicle traffic between Pine and Kennedy Streets
  • Damages caused by an on site incident are being repaired. Thankfully no serious injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is being investigated.
  • 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

Monday, November 6: Regular Council Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 5 pm.

Wednesday, November 8: Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness in the Service and Resource Centre Boardroom, starting at 4 pm.

Thursday, November 9: 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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