December 11, 2023

This Week...

Submissions are open for youth artists, learn about the Mobi Mat and join us for a Christmas performance and sing-a-long. Read on for more!

Recycling Right This Holiday Season

This year, let's reduce waste and choose decorations, cards and gifts that have less of an environmental impact. When decorating, use popcorn, cranberries and dried oranges instead of plastic garland and tinsel. Consider swapping holiday cards for e-cards and giving an experience instead of a thing! We realize that some gifts will be given, but if you use 100 percent paper wrapping, skip the plastic bows and make sure items end up in the right cart, it will make a huge difference. If you don't know which cart something should be put in, please use the handy What Goes Where tool.

Meal Prep & Planning

  • Meal plan and stick to your list.
  • Don't overserve and have a plan on how to recreate a new meal with leftovers.
  • Ask guests to bring reusable containers to take home their favourite leftovers.
  • A reminder that all plastic cutlery (regular, compostable and bio-degradable) go into BLACK carts.


Wrapping Paper, Bows & Cards

  • If made of or coated with foil or plastic, it is NOT recyclable and must be put in your BLACK cart.
  • Wrapping paper, bows, cards and tissue paper made of paper can be recycled and placed in your BLUE cart.
  • Try to remove as much tape as possible.
  • Please remove any electronic parts (which can be recycled at the nearest battery depot).
  • Store reusable bags to use next year.
  • Save old cards to use for crafts.

Greener Giving

  • Give an experience instead of a thing.
  • Choose items with as little to no packaging as possible.
  • Bake/create/upcycle something as a gift.
  • Choose sustainable wrapping options, avoid plastic bows and wrapping that can't be recycled

Youth Artists!

Calling youth artists! The City of Nanaimo is seeking submissions from Vancouver Island youth artists (ages 13 - 20) for an artistic design that will be used to celebrate and share information about the City’s Youth Lounge.

The youth artist whose artwork is selected will receive a $500 honorarium. The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2024.


Departure Bay

Back by popular demand! The Mobi Mat will be returned to Departure Bay for those looking for year-round access to the beach and water. Please take care in cold water.

Note: this is a trial to see how the mat fairs in the cold weather and rougher waves.


Songsters Holiday Performance

Please join us for a Christmas performance and sing-a-long guaranteed to get you in the holiday Spirit. Enjoy festive music, a snack and coffee or tea and maybe even a dance or two.

Thursday, December 14, 1:30-3 pm at Bowen Park Complex

$4.00 (or $2.00 for Harbour City Seniors) Pay at the door


Winter Wonderland

Join us at the Frank Crane Arena December 24 and December 26-30, where it will be transformed into a West Coast Winter Wonderland. These skating sessions are FREE and include skate and helmet rentals.

These free sessions are thanks to the support from local businesses and community organizations.

Drop in during any of our public times or rent the ice privately for your friends, family or co-workers.


Activate 2024

Start 2024 off “actively” by “launching” into a variety of activities as a way to start the new year off right! This is the second annual New Year's Day Family Event!

Held on Monday, January 1, 12-5 pm at Beban Park. Tickets are available in advance at Beban Park or at the door ($48 for a "Festive Five" or $12 a single).

Enjoy swimming, skating, musical entertainment (The Big Mess), games, crafts, inflatables and more! There will be food trucks and a concession on site.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects

  • East Wellington Road from Westwood Road to Bowen Road will be paved on Tuesday, December 12.
    • The road is open to two way traffic with intermittent traffic disruptions as required for construction, expect delays and watch for signage. This is an active construction site from 7 am – 7 pm. Speed limit is 30km/h. The area is open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time. Cyclists are encouraged to dismount and walk. Watch for sidewalk closures and detours, and communicate with traffic control personnel onsite.
  • Within Beban Park near the main south entrance, construction of a valve station will be occurring with intermittent traffic disruptions within the park. Access to and from the Beban Heritage House and Centennial Building will be from the access closest to the buildings, the access nearest to the south main entrance is closed to construction. All businesses and parking lots remain open and accessible.
  • 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.
  • Along the Parkway visual distractions of the project construction will be noticeable at College Drive, behind VIU as well as south of East Wellington Road.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the City while the construction crews progress on this project. The construction will create visual distractions and minor delays for commuters. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and the construction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
  • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
  • Madsen Road, Griffiths/Boxwood to East Wellington
  • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse
  • College Drive at the Parkway (HWY19)

Thank you for your patience! Learn more about this project: Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • 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 personnel.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets and Utility Upgrade project:

  • Albert Street has now reopened to vehicle traffic between Pine and Kennedy Streets.
  • Albert Street may be subject to intermittent single lane traffic Monday to Friday between 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control personnel, who are there for your safety.



Work With Us!

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

  • General Ledger Clerk - Temporary Full-Time
  • Buyer - Permanent Full-Time
  • Property Clerk - Temporary Full-Time
  • Civil Design Technologist - Permanent Full-Time
  • Engineering Development Technician - 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
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


A view from the Mayor's chair in the Shaw auditorium looking toward the audience

Meetings This Week

Monday, December 11: Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 1 pm.

Wednesday, December 13: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 9 am.

Thursday, December 14: Design Advisory Panel Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre Boardroom starting at 4.30 pm.

Thursday, December 14: Public Hearing Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 7 pm. 

Friday, December 15: Mayor's Leaders' Table Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre Boardroom starting at 9 am. 


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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