Jan. 9, 2023

This Week...

City Council honours Craig Evans with a Patron of the City Award, a reminder that dog licences are up for renewal and Nanaimo’s Midtown Water Supply Project moves into Phase 2. Read on for more!

Nanaimo City Council was pleased to honour Craig Evans with a Patron of the City award

Patron of the City

Nanaimo City Council was pleased to honour Craig Evans with a Patron of the City award to recognize his exceptional service to the community for more than three decades. A resident of Nanaimo since the 1970s, Mr. Evans has been a passionate advocate for community food systems, the environment and local organic farms.

With enthusiastic dedication to local, sustainable food production, Mr. Evans is credited as the founder of the Nanaimo Community Gardens in 1987, the Nanaimo Foodshare Society in 1997 and the VIU Farmers Market in 2013. He also co-founded the Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op in 2009 and the Farmship Growers Cooperative in 2013.

Over the years, Mr. Evans has been a strong advocate on a number of environmental initiatives. In 1978, he founded the Nanaimo Recycling Society and is credited for starting and organizing curbside pickups for the entire city. At the time, this recycling operation was Canada’s largest recycling operation west of Kitchener, Ontario. In 1999, he was awarded the Environmental Achievement Award from the City of Nanaimo for his work in promoting recycling and community gardening.

In 2000, Mr. Evans began working at Vancouver Island University as a Worksite Trainer for the Employment and Life Skills Training Program. He currently works in the Work Essential Skills Training (WEST) Program, mentoring students with diverse abilities and securing them work training sites.

The service that Mr. Evans has provided his community for more than three decades has inspired many and will have a lasting impact for years to come. The City is grateful for his dedication to the environment and the people of Nanaimo and is pleased to bestow him with the honour of Patron of the City.


dog licence renewals

Dog Licence Renewals

It’s that time of year again, time to renew dog licenses. All dogs over the age of 12 weeks residing in the City of Nanaimo need to be licensed. Renewals made on or before Feb. 28 will receive a discount on the license fee. Did you know? 100% of the fees collected from dog licencing go towards the costs of operating the Nanaimo Animal Shelter.


new swim schedules switched over january 8 at beban pool and nanaimo aquatic centre

New Swim Schedules

New swim schedules for both the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Park Pool started on Jan. 8. View the latest schedule in the Winter 2023 Activity Guide on pages 8-9 (please note that they are different than what was originally published in November).

Updated session schedules are also available on our website, just click on "Drop-In" and then "Swimming".


register for rec skate and rec hockey after school

After School RecSkate and RecHockey

Staff are available to help youth skate, play hockey, make friends and have FUN! Fee includes skate and helmet rentals and a healthy snack and drink. Perfect for ages five to twelve. Held at Nanaimo Ice Centre.

  • RecSkate Wed, Jan.11-Mar.8 | 3:15-5:15 pm | $81/9 | 79609
  • RecHockey Wed, Jan.11-Mar.8 | 3:15-5:15 pm | $81/9 | 79614

Register today by calling 250-756-5200 or online.


volunteers remove invasive ivy plants from a tree at a work party in the park

Volunteers in Parks

Do you have an interest in learning about and protecting Nanaimo's parks and trails? If so, consider participating in the Volunteers in Parks Program. There are three ways to participate:

  1. Park Ambassador Program
  2. Adopt-a-Park
  3. Work Parties

Register for an Invasive Plant Removal work party. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Bowen Park and the next will take place Saturday, Mar. 18 at Diver Lake Park. Please flip to page 39 of the Winter Activity Guide to read more and register to help today! 


Bowen Park Pedestrian bridge project will start january 9 and last for one month

Bowen Park Pedestrian Bridge

Bridge improvements start on Monday, Jan. 9. Access from Bowen Park to Riverside and Lenhart will not be possible at the start of the week, but a temporary crossing will be in place later in the week. Construction is expected to take one month. The new bridge will feature guardrails, an improved surface and a wider deck that can accommodate cyclists and wheelchair users. Reduced grades on the approach will also improve accessibility. 


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • The City of Nanaimo’s Midtown Water Supply Project is set to move into Phase 2 with site preparations beginning next week. On Monday, Jan. 9 crews will conduct site preparations, which will involve equipment entering and exiting Highway 19 (Nanaimo Parkway). Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage. The first section of prep work will occur along the parkway, south of East Wellington to Jingle Pot 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
  • 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, Jan. 9: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1 pm.

Monday, Jan 16: Regular Council Meeting at 7 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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