Jan.3, 2023

This Week...

The City is continuing to focus on public safety in 2023, a reminder to residents to pick up after their pets and recycling tips after the holidays. Read on for more!

Investing in Public Safety


Public Safety is the top concern for many BC communities, including Nanaimo. Visible public disorder related to street homelessness, the effects of toxic drugs, and untreated mental illness affects everyone, especially in the downtown.

City Council Responds to Community Concerns

Nanaimo City Council has heard from residents and is making investments to keep Nanaimo a safe and thriving place to live, work and play.

The costs of improving public safety will be reflected in the City budget next year, adding to property tax increases. With inflation at record levels, City Council knows that few homeowners and businesses want to pay more property tax. They also know that Nanaimo is growing and attracting more investment, more residents and more visitors. Investing in public safety is critical to serving and supporting our community.

Downtown Safety Action Plan

In June, City Council adopted the Downtown Safety Action Plan and committed to hiring 12 staff for a newly-created role called Community Safety Officer (CSO). Working every day from 6:30 am to 1:30 am, CSOs are concentrating on the downtown and city parks, addressing issues to prevent conflict and providing a welcoming, secure presence.

Two full-time Clean Teams are removing debris and garbage in downtown parkades and a Vandalism Grant is helping businesses recover some of the costs of property loss.

With CSOs at work in the downtown, Bylaw and RCMP officers can focus their efforts on the whole city.

Investing in First Responders

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Service does much more than put out fires. Their work also involves:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Hazardous materials
  • Technical and other rescues
  • Wide-scale emergencies.

A recent study showed that Nanaimo Fire Rescue performed more service calls per member than compared peers. The excessive work load means responding to emergencies takes longer and there are more members requiring extended sick leave.

To protect our growing community and support fire fighters, City Council voted to hire 20 new fire fighters this year plus 20 more in 2025, and agreed to purchase the equipment they need to do their work.

Police services will be bolstered by adding six civilian staff to Nanaimo’s RCMP detachment now, and nine sworn and civilian staff to perform administrative duties in the coming five years. Relieving officers of administrative work will give police more time to focus on protecting the community.

Safer Communities Action Plan

In response to pressure from a group of 13 BC mayors – including Nanaimo’s Mayor Leonard Krog -- the Province of BC is adding new funding for police under the Safer Communities Action Plan and has committed to strengthening enforcement and enhancing service delivery.

Please Pick Up Dog Poop

Scooping your dog's poop isn't just a courtesy for those walking behind you; it is also the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do, and it's the law. Just one day's waste from one dog can contain 7.8 million fecal coliform bacteria. With over 8,000 licensed dogs in Nanaimo it's pretty clear dealing with dog doo is a big deal.

  • Your health - leaving pet waste on the ground poses health risks to humans.
  • Your water - pet waste carries disease-causing organisms such as E.coli, giardia and salmonella, which can make water unsafe for drinking or swimming.
  • Your community - swimming beaches and shellfish beds can be shut down due to bacterial contamination created by pet waste.


Remember to wear reflective clothing and lights as a pedestrian so you are seen by cars.

Recycling After the Holidays

Cleaning up after the holidays? We've put together a quick what goes where holiday guide:

π—•π—Ÿπ—¨π—˜ 𝗖𝗔π—₯𝗧: Tissue wrapping paper, paper gift wrap, rigid plastic packaging from toys (the stuff you need scissors to cut), greeting cards, cardboard boxes and shoe boxes. Please ensure that gift wrap is not lined with plastic or foil and any electronic components from musical gift cards are removed and taken to an appropriate depot.

π—•π—Ÿπ—”π—–π—ž 𝗖𝗔π—₯𝗧: Napkins, ribbons, bows, tape, foam peanuts, ropes, tinsel and plastic shipping envelopes.

π—šπ—₯π—˜π—˜π—‘ 𝗖𝗔π—₯𝗧: Food scraps, paper towel, disposable wooden utensils and parchment paper.

π——π—˜π—£π—’π—§ π—’π—‘π—Ÿπ—¬: Bubble wrap, styrofoam packaging, foil/metallic gift-wrapping paper, plastic shopping bags, old Christmas lights, batteries and glass jars. If there is something that is NOT listed here, visit the Waste Wizard tool to find the nearest depot to recycle. 


Winter Wonderland 

Thank you for attending Winter Wonderland, we hope you enjoyed the decorations. We want to take a moment to thank the many community sponsors who made it possible to provide these skating sessions and rentals all free of charge: 

  • Nanaimo News Bulletin
  • Island Radio (Wolf/Wave)
  • Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating
  • DB Perks Group
  • Herold Engineering
  • Knappett Industries
  • Roto Rooter Plumbing and Drains
  • Windley Construction
  • Coca Cola
  • Miranda Construction
  • Engo Ice Arena Equipment
  • Shaw Electrical Services
  • Kinsmen Club of Nanaimo
  • Coastal Community Credit Union
  • West Coast Coffee
  • Woodgrove Centre
  • MJR Tree Service
  • VI Gaming Support
  • Vancouver Island University
Lions Free Skates at Frank Crane Arena

Lions FREE Skates

The City of Nanaimo, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates, held Sundays at the Frank Crane Arena from 12 to 1:30 pm. On Clipper game days (Jan. 15 and Mar. 12) the schedule will change slightly to 11:30 am to 1 pm.


Use Your Gift Cards

Did you receive a Parks Recreation & Culture gift card this year? Use it for drop-in fees, put it towards a membership or for program registrations. Check out the Winter Activity Guide for activities and programs that interest you and sign up today! 


new ev charghing station at City Hall installed

Charging Station

The City of Nanaimo supports the use of EVs and has added several electric vehicles to its fleet. Multiple charging stations can be found throughout the city, including this new one recently installed at City Hall. 


Storm Drains

Storm drains have one purpose only - to allow rainwater runoff. These drains pipe water directly to the ocean, with no processing or filtration. Please (please, please, please!) do NOT dump anything down them. You can properly dispose of everything from paint to diesel by taking it to a proper drop-off or recycling facility. For a list of Where to take What, visit our website or use the Waste Wizard tool on the Nanaimo Recycles! app. The City of Nanaimo and the environment thank you.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Along the Nanaimo Parkway, between East Wellington Road and Northfield Road, construction crews continue to break rock and fuse pipe for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Commuters should expect merging construction traffic entering the Nanaimo Parkway south of Northfield Road.
  • Trench Preparations will create visual distractions and minor delays along Northfield Road, between the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Marsh before Boxwood Road. Commuters should expect minor delays along Boxwood Road between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road in relation to the Midtown Water Supply Project.
  • Beban Park has detours within the park and areas of restricted access for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Access to the Stevie Smith Bike Park and Community Gardens is off Bowen Road past the tennis courts and golf course. All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities are open. In an effort to protect the public and provide a safe working area, certain areas of the park are fenced off and restricted for all non-construction personnel.
  • Adjacent to the Labieux Road / Kenworth Road roundabout crews will be working on the Midtown Water Supply Project. Commuters should expect visual distractions and construction traffic along Labieux Road as they enter and exit the construction site. The trail between the E&N Trail and Labieux Road / Kenworth Road roundabout is closed to cycling and pedestrian traffic. The trail closure will be in place for 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of January.
  • Metral Drive is substantially complete! Road markings will continue as weather and temperatures allow.


Work With Us!

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

  • Recreation Coordinator - two positions
  • Trails Supervisor with Parks
  • Technical Support Specialist - Network
  • Assistant Manager, Revenue Services
  • Fire Fighters
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Two Lifeguard/Instructors
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Building Official
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, Nov. 9: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 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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