April 25, 2022

This week... 

Check out the Clean BC Rebate program, take a gardening course and register now for Youth Week activities. Read on for more!

Tree Planting Relay

Last week Mayor Leonard Krog honoured Earth Day on April 22. The City of Nanaimo pledged to plant 50 trees (and many more!) as part of the Muncipal Tree Planting Relay.

Trees are great for shade, clean air and more. If you want to plant a tree on your property, sign up to receive a $25 tree voucher - good for up to a $90 tree! 


Methods of Building Soil

To garden on Vancouver Island, you will need to learn how to build your soil.This course teaches you how to mitigate dry, clay or sandy soils and help your garden retain water and reduce plant stress. You'll also learn easy and sustainable ways to build soil with microbes. The course takes place May 29, 10 am - 12 pm at Pine Street Community Gardens. Cost is $20 per person. 


Extend Winter Harvest

We are fortunate enough to be able to harvest some crops year-round. In this course, you'll learn how to maximize the winter harvest with a little ingenuity using greenhouses and cold frames. You will even learn how to get an early start on growing in the spring. The course takes place June 12, 10 am - 12 pm at Beban Park Learning Garden. Cost is $20 per person.


FireSmart Workshop

There is one more FireSmart Awareness Workshop taking place this week. Learn how you can keep your home and property safe during wildfire season. The course is free but registration is required. Workshop will take place April 28, 6-8 pm at Oliver Woods Community Centre. 


Clean BC Rebate

Thinking of making your house more climate friendly? Consider getting an energy audit done and installing a heat pump! Did you know Clean BC Better Homes Rebate Program is available and to help support this effort, the City of Nanaimo also provides top-up funding? 


National Day of Mourning

The National Workers Day of Mourning is Thursday, April 28 commemorating workers who have been killed or injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning in Canada was brought into legislation on February 1, 1991 by an Act of Parliament. Canadian flags on Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park will fly at half-mast on this date.

The City of Nanaimo will be lowering the Canadian flag at City Hall and will also fly the commemorative flag.

Summer Activity Guide Coming Soon!

The Summer 2022 Activity Guide will be available for viewing on-line starting Friday, April 29! This guide will cover courses  offered June to August. Start planning your summer soon and look for new programs such as Family Story Time at Oliver Woods Ciommunity Centre, Creative Writing for youth & Dart Party Daycamp! Registration will open on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 am. 


Get Vaccinated

Youth Week May 1-7, 2022

Celebrate Nanaimo's youth with a variety of activities happening all week long. Some require registration so don't delay! From bicycle maintenance classes to a Star Wars themed skate, there is something for everyone. Register using using the barcodes provided unless it says drop in. 

May 1 Home Alone | 9am-12pm & 1-4 pm | $47 | Beban Park | barcode 72579 am / 72580 for pm

May 1 Bicycle Maintenance for Beg. | 12:30-4:30pm | $40 | Beban Social Centre | barcode 70867

May 1 Stick 'n' Puck | 1:45-2:45pm | Drop in fee | Frank Crane Arena | Drop in

May 1 Youth Toonie Skate | 5-6:30pm | $2 | Frank Crane Arena | Drop in

May 2 Spare Blox Jr (11-14 yrs) | 7-8:30 pm | Free | Fairview School | Barcode 73511

May 3 Spare Blox (10-17 yrs) | 6:15-7:45 pm | Free | Oliver Woods | Barcode 72496

May 4 Youth Lounge Pizza Party | 3-7 pm | Free | Nanaimo Aquatic Centre | Barcode 72504

May 4 May the Fourth be With You Star Wars Skate | 6:30-8 pm | Drop in fee | NIC | Drop in

May 4 Spare Blox (13-18 yrs) | 8:30-9:30 pm | Free | John Barsby School | Barcode 73512

May 5 Sugarloaf Mtn Hike | 11:30am-2pm | $10 | See course details for meet spot | Barcode 72921

May 5 LIT Parent Info Night | 7-8 pm | Free | Beban Social Centre | Barcode 72640

May 6 Stick 'n' Puck | 3:15-4:15 pm | Drop in fee | Cliff McNabb Arena | Drop in

May 6 Youth Toonie Skate | 8-9:30 pm | $2 | Cliff McNabb Arena | Drop in 

May 7 Babysitter Training | 9am-4pm | $64 | Beban Social Centre | Barcode 72630

May 7 Dive-In Movie "Encanto" | 1-3 pm | Drop in fee | Beban Park Pool | Drop in 


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Ninth Street is closed between Bruce Avenue and Plecas Crescent. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site and Enterprise Way to Turner Road is now LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY, so please detour on Highway 19a. If you live in the area or are visiting a business, drive slowly, respect the new 3-way stops, and please expect delays while navigating the construction zone.
  • 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 May 2022 when the Fourth Street Complete Street Phase 1 project is completed.


Work With Us!

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

  • 2022 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Water/Wastewater Systems Operator in Training - Casual
  • Head Lifeguard/Instructor - Temporary full-time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, April 25: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 27: Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness at 4:00 pm

Did you know? 

A Downtown Safety Action Plan was presented to the Finance and Audit Committee on April 20 and will go before Council for approval tonight, April 25. 

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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