May 24, 2022


This Week...

Sign up for alerts, please scoop your dog poop and a big thank you to the Lions Club for their community spirit. Read on for more!

Voyent Emergency Alert System

TheParks Department closed City of Nanaimo parks during last week's wind storm. An informational alert was sent out to those who have signed up for Voyent Alery, the City's emergency call alert system. This program allows residents to use an App or sign up online to receive text, email and phone alerts. If you haven't already, please sign up for the system and stay up to date on informational and emergency alerts within the City of Nanaimo. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EMERGENCY CALL ALERT SYSTEM, VOYENT

Drop Zone

Set aside some time to spring clean your garden and remove invasive plants. You can find a list of common invasive plants on the City website. Once you remove the plants, keep them tarped or bagged until May 28 when you can drop them off for safe disposal at the Drop Zone from 10 am - 2 pm in the lower Bowen Park parking lot (off Wall Street).


Play and Learn

The monthly "Play and Learn" early years programs are designed for kids 2-5 years old and are led by experienced and dedicated staff. They will teach your child how enjoyable learning can be through interactive play, stories, songs, crafts and basic academic prep activities. Registration for the fall opens June 1. View a list of locations and times on page 20 of the Activity Guide.


Scoop the 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 doggy 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.


Concerts in the Park

Get your picnic baskets packed and lawn chairs out from storage because Concerts in the Park are taking place all summer at various locations in Nanaimo. View a list of dates and entertainers on the City's website and come join us for some great musical entertainment in some of Nanaimo's most beautiful parks. 


Lions Donate to Maffeo Sutton Playground

Phase 2 of the Maffeo Sutton Playground will begin soon! This phase will provide new equipment designed for 2-5 year olds including accessible options for those with mobility and sensory needs.The Lions Club has kindly donated $26,000 towards the purchase of the we-swing, allowing wheelchair users to be on a swing with another person. Thank you Lions Club! 

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is still an active construction, so please drive slowly, respect the new 3-way stops, and expect delays while navigating the construction zone. Enterprise Way may be closed eastbound, please detour on Aulds & Hwy 19A during this period.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Laguna Way east of the intersection with Lost Lake Road. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Nottingham Drive is closed between Hammond Bay Road and Cumberland Place. Commuters should plan to access Nottingham from the north end.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Cottleview Drive and Hillside Avenue between Caldwell Street and Pacific Edge Way. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Fourth Street between Bruce Avenue and Pine Street is closed in both directions to through traffic, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hamilton Avenue at Pine Street will be closed to southbound right turning vehicles. Local traffic is permitted. All businesses remain open and accessible. Road closures will remain in effect until the Fourth Street Complete Street Phase 1 project is completed.


Work With Us!

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

  • Parks Maintenance Worker - Playgrounds
  • Fleet Maintenance Mechanic 
  • Watch Clerk 
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Recreation Coordinator - Temporary Full-Time
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer
  • Police Records Clerk
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • 2022 General Municipal Election Workers
  • Planning Assistant
  • Human Resources Advisor
  • 2022 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Head Lifeguard/Instructor - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Wednesday, May 25: Environment Committee at 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 26: Design Advisory Panel Meeting

Monday, May 30: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Did you know? 

The purpose of the Environment Committee is to offer innovative ideas and provide advice (information, options, and recommendations) to Council on climate change, green technology, energy efficiency, urban forestry, and other topics associated with environmental sustainability in the City of Nanaimo.

You can watch live meetings, 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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