November 14, 2023

This Week...

Learn about the Island Platform Bus Stop Pilot Project, keep an eye out for the Winter Activity Guide and reduce waste this holiday season. Read on for more!

Island Platform Bus Stop

Did you know? A pilot project by the City, TransLink, and the BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure aims to improve island platform bus stops, making travel safer and more convenient for everyone, including people with disabilities.

What is an island platform bus stop?

An island platform bus stop is where pedestrians must cross a bike lane to access the bus stop island. This bus stop includes a range of features that are being tested to make it easier to navigate and more comfortable for people with disabilities to cross over the bike lane.

How to use an island platform bus stop?

On your bike:

  • Be extra cautious if a bus is stopped
  • Watch for pedestrians getting on or off the bus
  • Slow down and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk

While you wait for the bus:

  • Be aware and look both ways before crossing the bike lane
  • Be clear with your intention to cross and only cross at the marked pedestrian crossing

Be Winter Ready

We are fortunate to live in a place where we can enjoy our outdoor spaces in relative comfort year-round. However, our mild climate can turn stormy, especially during winter. Trails, boardwalks, bridges, stairs and playground equipment can become slippery and hazardous when there is rain, snow and ice. After a rainstorm or a snow melt, rivers can experience high flow conditions, please exercise extreme caution when using trails along riverbanks.

To report any concerns or issues in Nanaimo's parks and trails, please call 250-756-5200 or email


Winter Activity Guide

The Winter Activity Guide is almost complete! Check it out on our website starting Friday, November 17. Registration begins on Wednesday, November 22.

Register by Phone: 250-756-5200


In-Person: Beban Park, Bowen Park, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Oliver Woods Community Centre


Entrepreneurial Info Night

Join us at a free event for aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses on November 21 from 4 - 7 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. Gain access to resources, mentorship, and tools to elevate your business. 

Equip yourself with the essential tools and resources necessary to navigate the complex business landscape.


Accessibility and Inclusion

The City of Nanaimo wants to hear your thoughts on accessibility and inclusion. Share your recommendations for improvements, and our dedicated staff will review them.

For more information on what the City is doing to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility and inclusion please visit the Accessibility and Inclusion webpage on the City website.


Give Greener!

Let's make memories, not waste, this year. Here are some tips to reduce waste:

Reduce food waste

  • Plan ahead, write your lists early
  • Create and stick to your shopping list, reducing the urge to throw more in the cart "just in case"
  • Know what you already have in your fridge and freezer so you don't duplicate
  • Don't overserve - portion control is key
  • Have a plan for leftovers and use the City's take out container guide for tips

Green Tip: In Nanaimo, containers and utensils labelled "compostable" and/or "bio-degradable" have to be thrown in the garbage (black bins) as our composting facilities do not use the extreme heat that is required to compost them. This type of plastic is also not recyclable and can't be put in the blue bins.

Reduce packaging waste

  • Give an experience instead of a thing - Parks, Recreation & Culture gift certificates are available for purchase at local recreation facilities!
  • Choose items with as little packaging as possible
  • Bake/create/upcycle something as a gift
  • Choose sustainable wrapping options, avoid plastic bows and wrapping that can't be recycled

Wrapping Tip: Replace plastic bows and ribbon with raffia paper ribbon. Natural raffia is recyclable and can be placed in your blue bins.

Did You Know? If you’re unsure how to properly dispose of any item use the waste wizard tool on our website or download the free Nanaimo Recycles app!



Reminder - 2024 Culture Awards Nominations!

Nominations for our 2024 Culture Awards are open! The awards recognize outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in arts and culture. This is the community's opportunity to recognize people and groups they believe have contributed significantly to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city. We have three categories: Excellence in Culture, Honour in Culture and Emerging Cultural Leader. Get your nominations in early!

Left photo: Joel Good, winner of the 2023 Excellence in Culture Award
Right photo: Margot Holmes, winner of the 2023 Honour in Culture Award
Photo credit: Sean Fenzl


Get Ready for Winter

Cold and rainy weather, icy roads and possibly snow is on the way. If you haven't already started, now is a good time to prepare for winter weather and storm conditions.

Around the Home - To help avoid flooding during heavy rain or melting snow, residents are asked to clear leaves and debris from the catch basins near their properties. In the event of snow, property owners or occupants are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours so that pedestrians have a safe place to walk and can stay clear of oncoming traffic. The City will clear sidewalks around parks, bridges, commuter trails and major City facilities as quickly as staff can get to them. Residents should also ensure they have supplies in the event of a major snow fall or power outage.

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Comox Road Rehabilitation

  • Hub City Paving, on behalf of the City of Nanaimo, will be completing asphalt restoration on Comox Road between Terminal Avenue and Wallace Street the week of November 6-10, weather dependent
  • Hub City paving will return in the spring of 2024 to complete the paving up to the E&N railway

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects

  • Madsen Road from Boxwood/Griffiths to East Wellington Road is closed in both directions during construction hours, typically 7 am - 7 pm. Local traffic to BC Ferries access the office from the south off East Wellington Road, communicate with traffic control personal onsite where you are going.
  • East Wellington Road from Westwood Road to Bowen 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, communicate with traffic control personal onsite.
  • 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 behind VIU as well as Millstone bridge and south of East Wellington Road.

Thank you for your patience! Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Terminal Avenue

  • Kinetic Construction, on behalf of the Salvation Army, will continue work on the corner of Esplanade and Terminal Avenue with an expected completion date of November 20.
  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street
  • Commercial Street, between Museum Way and Terminal Avenue may be closed to vehicles, depending on activity. Businesses will still be accessible during working hours by foot.
  • 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 persons

Fifth/Bruce Intersection Upgrade

  • Full intersection closure to all vehicle traffic for two nights falling between October 22 to 27 from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am for road paving (exact dates are weather dependent)
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm
  • Expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets and Utility Upgrade project:

  • Thank you for your continued patience!
  • Albert Street remains closed to all vehicle traffic between Pine and Kennedy Streets
  • Damages caused by an onsite incident are being repaired. Thankfully no serious injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is being investigated.
  • Closure will be in effect 24 hours per day
  • Please use an alternate route to avoid delays
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons, who are there for your safety
  • Albert Street will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time

Ross Road Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is continuing on Ross Road between Summit Road and Collishaw Road
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm
  • Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. If that is not possible, expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area
  • Detours will be instituted where possible
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons



Work With Us!

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

  • Civil Design Technologist - Permanent Full-Time
  • Fleet Sustainability Coordinator - 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
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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

Meetings This Week

Wednesday, November 15: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 9 am.

Thursday, November 16: Public Hearing in the Shaw Auditorium starting 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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