• My Nanaimo This Week - December 9 to 15, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Dec 09, 2019

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    This week provide your thoughts on the Metral Drive Complete Streets project, the Economic Development Task Force has its first meeting and we are out and about for the month of December! Read on!

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    New curbside collection calendars

    Watch your mail box in the coming weeks for your copy of the 2020 curbside collection calendar. We also have the Nanaimo Recycles app to send you collection updates and reminders so you never forget a garbage/recycling day again! Download it for free from the App Store or Google Play

    Don't have a smart phone? No problem! You can set up telephone reminders on the Garbage & Recycling Calendar page on the City website or by calling Public Works at 250-758-5222. 

    Complete Streets - tell us what you think!

    The design plans are in and we want to hear from you! In 2020, the City will be redesigning the Metral Drive corridor into a complete street making it a more comfortable road for cars, transit, pedestrians and cyclists to travel on. You may be asking why Metral Drive? The City will be upgrading the water main under the road and the road itself making it a great opportunity to redesign the street.

    Have a look at the design plans and take the survey by December 13. 

    Provide feedback on your child care needs

    The City of Nanaimo has partnered with the District of Lantzville, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District of Nanaimo to undertake a study of child care needs in our community. Part of this study includes hearing from the community on needs and requirements for child care. 

    If you are a parent or caregiver, fill out this survey.

    Child care providers and employees are invited to take this survey.

    Out and About!

    We're out and about with Nanaimo Parks and Recreation for December! Watch the video below to see all the seasonal fun taking place. View other City of Nanaimo videos on our YouTube Channel.

    Upcoming Community Events:

    For a look at more City-related events, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Council and Committees

    This week’s Council and Committee Meetings

    A shout out to everyone who attended (in person and online) and participated in last week's eTown Hall! This was the first time we streamed the meeting on Facebook Live in addition to the regular Council meeting streaming on our website and broadcast on Shaw Community Channel 4. We received a variety of excellent questions related to the budget and had some great discussion. See you at the next one!

    This week begins with the inaugural meeting for the Economic Development Task Force, a budget-focused Finance and Audit Committee meeting and a Design Advisory Panel meeting on Thursday.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - December 2 to 8, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Dec 02, 2019

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    This week try out the new NanaimoMap, get ready for winter and learn about the City's Affordable Housing Strategy. Read on!

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    Mapping out Nanaimo

    The City of Nanaimo is excited to announce the preview release of the new NanaimoMap. This new map will replace the legacy version of NanaimoMap, which is scheduled to be retired in early 2020.

    NanaimoMap is the portal to detailed information on areas such as addressing, property information, active permits, current zoning, utilities and new features like bike lanes, parks trails, and historical aerial imagery. The new version is designed to work intuitively on all screen sizes from smart phones and tablets to large monitors and TVs.

    We are welcoming feedback on your experience with the new version of NanaimoMap. Please email your feedback to mapfeedback@nanaimo.ca

    Brrr! Get ready for winter!

    With recent temperatures, winter is officially on its way. Are you ready for winter storms? 

    Have a storm readiness plan and an emergency kit. In the event of a power outage or severe weather, make sure your home is stocked with necessary supplies such as:

    • battery-powered flashlight
    • radio
    • ready-to-eat food
    • water
    • first-aid kit
    • blankets
    • candles
    • extra clothing

    Make sure you stay in the know by signing up for City of Nanaimo Alerts through Voyent Alert! Sign up today at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts and be alert ready!

    Prevent flooding by ensuring storm drains and catch basins are clear of leaves and debris. If we do get snow this year, remove the snow and ice from the catch basin as long as it is safe to do so. Watch the videos below for tips on how you can safely keep the catch basins clear in front of your home. 

    To learn about the City’s snow and ice control management, please visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/snow.  

     

    Nanaimo's Affordable Housing Strategy

    Did you know the City has a strategy in place to promote affordable and accessible housing in Nanaimo? The Affordable Housing Strategy was approved by Council in September 2018 and this week staff are providing an update on progress so far. The good news is, things are looking up! Last year, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported a record number of rental units completed with 536 new units built (more than double that of the year before!). Overall, purpose-built rentals comprised about 56% of the total units completed in 2018. Read the full report.

    Take our Short Term Rental Survey! As part of the Affordable Housing Strategy, we are reviewing our Zoning and Business License regulations for short term rentals and B&B's and want to hear from you. The survey is open until December 9.

    Upcoming Community Events:

    For a look at more City-related events, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

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    This week’s Council and Committee Meetings

    This week begins with a Special Finance and Audit Committee Meeting, a budget-focused eTown Hall will open up Monday's Council meeting and the beginning of the month means a public hearing will take place on Thursday.

    Participate in the eTown Hall!

    You can attend in person or take advantage of our electronic options, including through the City’s websiteFacebook page (CityofNanaimo) and Twitter feed (using #NanaimoTH). Watch the meeting in person, on Shaw Community Channel 4, on the City website or on the City's Facebook page

    For more Council-related information, read our Stay in Touch with Council blog.

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  • Have your say on the City's 2020 budget

    by Tracy Loewen | Nov 27, 2019

    It's budget time again, Nanaimo! City Council has been working with staff on planning for 2020. Budget planning for a municipality is a months-long process involving City staff from all departments, Council and residents. 

    The process begins in early spring, as staff start updating 10-year project plans. Throughout the summer, business plans, business cases and budgets that support department’s work plans are drafted. They are then reviewed and finalized in the fall. Next, over the course of a number of open meetings, departments present their business plans and proposed budgets to Council. Through discussion and feedback received from residents, Council then make changes to fine-tune the budget. 

    The City's budget provides funding for the year ahead including fixed costs such as wages and City facility operations and one-offs such as building a new pump station or installing a new playground in a park. Budget planning also involves managing the City's assets which includes annual maintenance of utilities, roads, parks, trails and facilities and identifying what infrastructure needs to be improved, replaced or built. 

    Some highlights of projects proposed for 2020 include: 

    • Review of the Official Community Plan 
    • Construction of the Harewood Youth Park
    • Water course restoration and enhancement program
    • Fire Station #1 replacement 
    • Metral Drive complete street project
    • Pedestrian and cycling safety improvements

    Next year, the City will also be addressing a number of service gaps in its budget with the proposed addition of:

    • Three RCMP officers (a total of 15 addition officers will be hired over the next five years)
    • Traffic Signal Technician
    • Two Prisoner Guards
    • Director of IT
    • Urban Forestry Technician
    • General Manager of Corporate Services
    • Manager of Economic Development Services
    • Funding for implementation of an external economic development function

    Have questions or feedback about the budget?

    eTown Hall Dec 2, 2019 

    You can attend the meeting on December 2 at 1 pm or participate in the eTown Hall at 7 pm. Participating in the eTown Hall is easy. Come down to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Shaw Auditorium and ask your questions in person or, wherever you are, you can submit a question on the City website, the City's eTown Hall Facebook event page or Twitter using #NanaimoTH. You can also watch the eTown Hall on Shaw Community Channel 4, the City website or the City's Facebook page.

    Review budget information and budget-related meetings held to date:

    Budget Information
    Wednesday, November 20 Finance and Audit Committee meeting
    Friday, November 22 Special Finance and Audit Committee meeting
    Monday, November 25 Special Finance and Audit Committee meeting

  • My Nanaimo This Week - November 25 to December 1, 2019

    by Derek Johnstone | Nov 25, 2019
    My Nanaimo November 25 - December 1 2019

    This week we talk about the upcoming eTown Hall, look at the Metral Drive Complete Street project and focus on safe winter driving. Read on!

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    Prepare your eQuestions for the eTown Hall

    How much of the budget does the City allocate each year towards long-term asset management? How much does it cost to keep the pools fully operational? What colour of shirt does the Mayor prefer to wear during an evening walk?

    Okay, maybe that last question doesn’t hit the mark, but here’s your chance to ask budget-related questions of our Mayor and Council at the eTown Hall.

    The eTown Hall takes place on Monday, December 2 at 7pm in the Shaw Auditorium at the beginning of that night’s Council Meeting. You can attend in person or take advantage of our electronic options, including through the City’s website, Facebook page (CityofNanaimo) and Twitter feed (using #NanaimoTH) You can even give us a call ahead of the meeting  (250-754-4251, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday). Save the date!

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    Metral Drive Complete Street Project

    The Metral Drive corridor will soon be undergoing a change. Following public design consultation in the spring of this year, the City of Nanaimo has developed plans for this Complete Street project, and will unveil them at an open house event on Wednesday, November 27 between 4:30 and 7 pm at the Pleasant Valley Hall.

    A complete street project is one that takes a very complete look at street design. From sustainability and street aesthetics, to safety and multi-modal transportation, these projects aim to make a more usable and inviting streetscape for pedestrians, cyclists, transit-users and drivers alike.

    The Metral Drive project is a part of the City of Nanaimo’s commitment to capital improvement projects, which are determined by growth, development, asset management and other priority-based considerations.

    Construction upgrades to Metral Drive will begin in 2020. To see the plans in person, come out to the open house or visit www.nanaimo.ca after November 29 to get a complete look at the upcoming complete street!

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    Ice, ice, maybe! Drive safely.

    Temperatures are expected to drop below zero this week, and although it looks unlikely that we will see even a thin blanket of festive white snow, we can prepare for frost and black ice. Every winter season Nanaimo Public Works maintains approximately 1,500 lane KMs of City streets. That’s a lot of roadway!

    The City takes a proactive approach by applying brine to our roadways when we anticipate a wet freeze. This anti-icing measure reduces the likelihood of snow and ice bonding to pavement during below zero temperatures and improves road conditions.

    To learn more about the City’s snow and ice control measures, visit the City of Nanaimo’s Snow and Ice Control webpage. To learn more about brining, watch this video!

    Safe driving is crucial when it comes to black ice and slippery roads. Slow down, stay alert and arrive to your destinations safely!

    Have you signed up?

    More than 7500 registrations have already come through for the new Voyent Alert notification system. Sign up today at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts and be alert ready!

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    Upcoming Community Events:

    For a look at more City-related events, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

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    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our Current Construction Projects page.

    Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected. 24-hour single-lane traffic is in effect. Hammond Bay is expected to be open to two way traffic around the first week of December with the contractor returning in late February 2020 to complete the work.
    • The pump station project at Seventh Street and Park Avenue continues and is expected to be substantially completed this month. Expect single-lane alternating traffic during working hours.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. Single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect at times during working hours. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.
    • Victoria Road from Milton Road to Selby Street will be closed from Tuesday, November 26, 2019 through Saturday, November 30, 2019 for full road milling and paving. *UPDATE - with the risk of inclement weather, full paving is delayed until the spring. Patching work will continue.
    • Farquhar Street to Milton Road and Selby Street to North of Robarts Street will also see some disruption as a small crew removes temporary patching in poor condition. These sections of roadway will be completely repaved in the Spring of 2020.
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    This week’s Council and Committee Meetings

    This week begins with a Special Finance and Audit Committee Meeting and a Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting. Please note, the regular Committee of the Whole meeting on the evening of Monday, November 25 has been cancelled. For more Council-related information, read our Stay in Touch with Council blog.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

    And don’t forget, we also have Committee Meeting Summaries posted online, where you can follow along with the Finance and Audit Committee, Health and Housing Task Force, Environment Committee and more!

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - November 18 to 24

    by Derek Johnstone | Nov 18, 2019
    My Nanaimo This Week November 18 - 24, 2019

    This week we begin to look at budgets for the next five years, guest speakers bring Nanaimo’s history to life, and stay in-the-know by signing up now for our new emergency alert system. Read on, Nanaimo!

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    Are you ready to be alert-ready?

    Picture this. You’re outside of your home, taking a moment to enjoy the cool and refreshing air after raking up a huge pile of leaves. Before you move the leaves to your green organics cart, you take a moment to check the messages on your phone. There’s a ‘hello’ from your brother in Saskatoon, an update on the latest Canucks trade, and a fantastic sale on ugly Christmas sweaters, just in time for your office Christmas party! You hope there’s one in your size with jingle bells, cats, and twinkling lights.

    Some commotion from across the street distracts you. The Sampsons are rushing their kids out the door. They’re carrying a full backpack, a large water container, and each of the kids has a strong hold on their favourite stuffed toy. Their hurried pace suggests that this is more urgent than a trip to grandma’s for dinner. They’re so focused on hitting the road that they don’t even see you.

    Concerned for them, you send a text message, saying that you saw them rushing out. You want to make sure that they are okay. You get a reply.

    “We’ll be fine, but our street is being evacuated. Didn’t you get the alert?”

    You didn’t, because you haven’t signed up for the new City of Nanaimo notification system.

    The new system will push out alerts by text, phone call, email, or through an app, and you can sign up for one or even all of these methods. Sign-up is easy – seriously! It can be as simple as going to the website, entering your postal code and preferred contact information, checking a few boxes, and confirming with a confirmation code that will be sent your way upon registration.

    You can also download the Voyent Alert app and walk through the same process in just moments, on both Android and iOS systems. Remember to accept/allow notifications so that alerts will push through when they are issued!

    So sign-up now and be alert-ready! Then, with barely a few minutes lost, you can go back to ordering that perfectly ugly Christmas sweater, in all of its twinkling meowyness.

    Making dollars make sense. It’s budget time!

    If you love money talk and making sense of how municipal dollars are spent, this is your time to take a closer look as the City of Nanaimo's 2020-2024 Draft Financial Plan comes forward! There will be a number of opportunities to review, ask questions and provide input leading up to a budget-focused eTown Hall on Monday, December 2 (save the date!).

    There will be four Special Finance and Audit Committee meetings on November 20, 22, 25 and December 2. All meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre's Shaw Auditorium.

    The draft plan and other related documents will be available to review here on the City’s website. For anyone wishing to watch the meetings online instead of in-person, you can view them on the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/meetings.

    Downtown Mobility Hub Project

    Forward momentum on downtown mobility

    How do you move downtown? How do you want to move downtown? Are you a cyclist looking for dedicated cycling lanes, or do you prefer to take the bus? Perhaps your ideal downtown has different parking options.

    The Downtown Mobility Hub Project aims to improve multi-modal transportation in the City’s core by developing short-term solutions that could be built within the next five years. Focus areas include intersections, cycling, transit, and parking with the goal of taking concrete steps towards a safe, accessible, inclusive, and interconnected downtown transportation network.

    For this project, November is all about feedback. Come to a pop-up event this week or to the public workshop taking place on Wednesday, November 20 at the Coast Bastion Hotel from 5 – 7:30pm. Let us know what you like and what you think needs improvement. More details below in our event section!

    Events - Choosing Nanaimo

    From our great parks, to our island lifestyle, we all have our reasons for choosing Nanaimo and calling this home. This Tuesday, Seniors Connect and the City of Nanaimo present ‘Choosing Nanaimo,’ a special Living History Speaker Series event. Come and hear from Ms. Joan Brown (CAO, Snuneymuxw First Nation), Mr. Gunter Gutsche (89 year-old longboarder) and Mr. Craig Taylor (local author).

    Upcoming Community Events:

    For a look at more City-related events, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

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    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our Current Construction Projects page.

    Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected. 24-hour single-lane traffic is in effect. Hammond Bay is expected to be open to two way traffic around the first week of December with the contractor returning in late February 2020 to complete the work.
    • Seventh Street is closed between Park Avenue and Stirling Avenue from November 20 to November 22 to facilitate repair work in the Chase River Bridge. Construction on the project continues and is expected to be substantially completed in November.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. Single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect at times during working hours while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.

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    This week’s Council and Committee Meetings

    This week, the Finance and Audit Committee meets to review and discuss the 2020-2024 draft financial plans. Follow along and prepare any budget-related questions that you may have for the eTown Hall on December 2!  For more Council-related information, read our Stay in Touch with Council blog.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

    If you’ve been reaching these weekly updates you are likely aware of our Council Meeting Summaries page, but did you know that we have a page where we post Committee Meeting Summaries as well? Here you can find a summary of motions made at any Committee meeting including the Finance and Audit Committee, Health and Housing Task Force, Environment Committee and more!

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  • Stay in Touch with Council

    by Derek Johnstone | Nov 15, 2019

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    The decisions Council makes, the deliberations that get them there, and the direction they give to City staff is only a few clicks away. Staying in touch with Council begins on the City of Nanaimo's website.

    Infrastructure, bylaws, services, spending, and so much more; there's a lot to keep up with! Here's how:

    For those who like to watch online, good news! Our Council meetings are live streamed. This means you can either watch what's going on live at work, at home, or later at a more convenient time for you! On this page you can also review the reports to Council that help them with their decision making.

    If you are crunched for time and still want to stay connected to civic matters, each week we publish Council Meeting Summaries that provide a rundown of the decisions made at each Council and Governance & Priorities Committee (GPC). 

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    For those who would like to attend meetings in person, Regular Council Meetings are held in the Shaw Auditorium within the Vancouver Island Conference Centre at 101 Gordon Street. Our Committee and Task Force meetings are mainly held in the Board Room at the Service and Resource Centre, which is located at 411 Dunsmuir Street. For the dates and locations of these public meetings, please visit our Meeting Documents and Videos page.

    If you would like to connect with City of Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog or a Council member directly, visit the Contact Mayor and Council page. And from Policies to Proclamations, to learn more about Council visit the Nanaimo City Council page.

    Looking for even more? Did you know that we also have a page where we post Committee Meeting Summaries as well? Here you can find a summary of motions made at any Committee meeting including the Finance and Audit Committee, Health and Housing Task Force, Environment Committee and more!

    There you have it! A few simple clicks and you can follow Council’s progress. Of course, Council’s decisions have a ripple-down effect to our entire City. Browse through our website to see all of the great projects and work being done at the City of Nanaimo.

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - November 12 to 17

    by Derek Johnstone | Nov 12, 2019
    My Nanaimo November 12 - 17

    This week, get ready for Nanaimo Alerts, skate under the ‘stars’ and use a new map to find a great read. 

    Read on for some mid-November excitement!

    Little Libraries around the cityFind a great story with the all new 'read' map

    Take a book. Leave a book. If you haven’t heard of a little library, well, it is exactly as it sounds. A library of books, free to borrow and enjoy, shelved and sheltered in a small weatherproof stand. The libraries are scattered about town and maintained by volunteers in nearby homes. Nanaimo has plenty of these little libraries, and they’re all plotted out on a new City of Nanaimo Little Libraries Map.

    In 2018, the “Spread the Word” team, a part of Leadership Vancouver Island, brought some new life to some of the little libraries around Nanaimo. You can read more about them on the Little Libraries website or watch this video about their project.

    Happy reading!

    If the ship goes down, you’ll want to know.

    Being alert-ready is as simple as signing up. The City of Nanaimo is switching to an improved emergency call alert system which now includes text alerts and an app that residents can download to their phones.

    From road closures to shut downs and even potential disaster-inspired evacuations, this system will help ensure that you get the right message at the right time.

    Nanaimo Alerts will replace our current emergency alert system on November 21, and although it’s a hassle (yeah, we know!), all of Nanaimo’s residents will need to subscribe to the new system. It’s a requirement of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

    Click to learn more about Nanaimo Alerts (powered by Voyent Alert!).

    Accessibility and inclusiveness surveyHave your say! Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness

    The City of Nanaimo is looking for feedback on a draft Terms of Reference for a proposed new committee – the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness.

    The committee’s mandate will be “to promote social and political equity within existing and proposed City plans, policies, bylaws and infrastructure and make recommendations to ensure that they are inclusive and accommodating to citizens of all ages, abilities and walks of life.”

    Complete the survey online or drop it off or fill it in at City Hall anytime between 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Click here to learn more. Survey closes Sunday, November 17.

    events this weekUpcoming Community Events:

    * Please note: on Saturday & Sunday, Nov 16 – 17, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre will have limited pool space available to the public, as the Ebbtides and the Special Olympics Swim Team will be hosting short course swim meets. Saturday’s Aquafit classes are cancelled.

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

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    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our Current Construction Projects page.

    Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected. 24-hour single-lane traffic is in effect.

    • Seventh Street is closed between Park Avenue and Stirling Avenue until November 15 to facilitate repair work in the Chase River Bridge. Construction on the project continues and is expected to be complete in November.

    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect at times during working hours while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.

    Council and CommitteesThis week’s Council and Committee Meetings

    This week, the Finance and Audit Committee will consider a Nanaimo BMX track redevelopment design, a change in firefighter licensing, and more, the Health and Housing Task Force continues forward and the Design Advisory Panel looks at Stewart Avenue.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - November 4 to 11

    by Tracy Loewen | Nov 04, 2019
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    This week, our popular tree voucher program is back, Council marks one year in office and Nanaimo remembers.  

    Read on to see what else is in store for Nanaimo this week!

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    Fall back!

    Did you remember to fall back this past weekend? Daylight Savings officially ended at 2 am on Sunday which means turn the clocks back one hour. This is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms!

    Now that it is dark earlier in the evening, make sure to take extra care on the roads. Here are some helpful tips for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

    Add some green to your yard

    Our popular tree voucher program is back! Beginning November 4, 2019, property owners can drop by the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday and purchase a $25 voucher. When you bring it to Green Thumb Nursery, they will give you a tree worth up to $90! There are a limited number of vouchers available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Maximum two vouchers per property.

    Nanaimo remembers

    Take time to remember on November 11 by joining in on Nanaimo's Remembrance Day ceremonies hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Nanaimo branch. A parade will make its way through downtown where it will end at the Dallas Square cenotaph for the wreath ceremony.

    Get Out and About in November! 

     

    Upcoming Community Events:

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our Current Construction Projects page.

    Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected. 24-hour single-lane traffic will be in place until mid-November.
    • Bruce Avenue is NOW OPEN!! However, work is still going on as they finish up the project. Expect single lane alternating traffic when necessary.
    • Seventh Street is closed between Park Avenue and Stirling Avenue Monday November 4 to Friday November 8 to facilitate repair work in the Chase River Bridge. Construction on the project continues is expected to be completed in November.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect at times during working hours while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.
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    What's New 

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 marks one year since Mayor and Council were sworn into office. Stay connected to Council! How? Well, if you want to find out what decisions they made in their meetings you can do any of the following:

    • Read: Council Meeting Summaries that provide a rundown of the decisions made at each Council and Governance and Priorities Committee (GPC).

    • Watch: Council meetings live or later at a more convenient time for you! On this page you can also review the reports to Council that help them with their decision making.

    • Review: Council's Strategic Priorities 2019-2022 Plan and learn about their key focus areas around the four strategic themes - Environmental Responsibility, Good Governance, Livability, and Economic Health.

    • We are seeking feedback on a draft Terms of Reference for an Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness and want to hear from you! Complete the survey online at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/ACAIsurvey Drop it off or fill it in at City Hall anytime between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Click here to learn more. Survey closes Sunday, November 17.

    Here’s at look at this week's Council and Committee meetings:

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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  • Nanaimo - Stay Alert. Stay Visible. Stay Safe.

    by Chelsea Barr | Oct 30, 2019

    Drivers, Bikers, Walkers please remember -Head up. Phone Down. Be Seen!

    Shorter days, changes in weather and the excitement over candy can create frightening results. Halloween provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your little ghosts and goblins about road safety. We encourage everyone to be safe and have fun trick-or-treating by reviewing these Halloween specific tips and resources.

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    TIPS FOR PARENTS

    • Help them be seen: Include something bright and reflective on your child’s costume. Carry a flashlight , wear a head lamp or outfit your costume with glow sticks.
    • Make sure your goblin can see: Consider using face paint instead of masks so that nothing impedes with their ability to see clearly. Choose costumes that are easy to move in and don’t cause tripping.
    • Safety in a gaggle of ghosts: Walk in groups to help drivers and others see you and your children.
    • Plan Ahead: Plan a safe route and accompany your children when trick-or-treating.
    • Go over the ‘rules’ with your ghouls: Don’t run out onto the street, cross at a crosswalk, look both ways making eye contact with drivers and take the safe approach - work your way up one side of the street before crossing to the other.

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    TIPS FOR DRIVERS

    • Something frightening this way comes: Drivers, watch your speed and slow down in residential areas. Travel 5 to 10 kilometres slower in neighbourhoods.
    • Who ya gonna call?: Nobody. Avoid distractions at all times while driving such as using your cell phone. It's against the law and extremely dangerous.
    • Even super heroes may not notice you: Turn on your headlights before dusk and always yield to pedestrians.
    • Beware of what lurks ahead or behind: Watch for kids darting out from behind parked cars or little trick-or-treaters when you enter or exit driveways or back up.
    • School zones are ghoul zones: A school is a popular central gathering place for kids and families; be aware of extra pedestrians, even outside of school hours.

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    Additional tips and resources can be found on the BCAA.com & ICBC.com

    Sights and Sounds of Pedestrian Safety Video https://youtu.be/w1B2Jmd3QTo

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 28 - November 3

    by Tracy Loewen | Oct 28, 2019
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    This week, Pedestrian Safety Day will remind everyone on the roads to pay attention and be safe, the COW meeting will be retired and construction on Harewood Roads comes close to completion!

    Read on!

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    Head up, Phone Down, Be Seen!

    Put on your sneakers and head on down to the corner of Commercial and Bastion Streets for Pedestrian Safety Day! The City, RCMP and ICBC will be there from 12 -1 pm handing out some reflective swag and talking safety.  Find out more about Pedestrian Safety Day and get some great safety tips on the City website.     

    Did you know? In 1975, when the City amalgamated with its surrounding improvement districts, it suddenly had a lot of roadway without sidewalks. Today, Nanaimo collectively has 525 kms of roads and 400 kms of sidewalks. This year, the City added sidewalks on Dufferin Cresent, Jingle Pot Road and Northfield Road. The City also added multi-use trails on Georgia Avenue and Cypress Street. 

    With Hallowe'en on Thursday, make sure you keep an eye out for little ghouls, goblins and superheroes trick or treating their way through Nanaimo! 

    Empowering Women into Leadership Roles

    City of Nanaimo Councillor, Erin Hemmens along with Equal Voice Central Vancouver Island have received a Toward Parity grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Department for Women and Gender Equality Canada. The grant will be used toward the Women Lead! program. The program's vision is to have an immediate impact on young women in the community inspiring them to consider possible careers in politics and/or toward towards leadership positions in other organizations or industries. Congratulations Councillor Hemmens!

    Blustery Days 

    Last week, the wind picked up and leaves fell reminding us that winter storm season is on its way. Make sure you are prepared and know what to do and what the City does when winter weather hits Nanaimo

    Did you know? After you have raked the leaves in your yard, you can place them in the green cart! If you have too many for the green cart, place the extra aside until the next week's pick up. 

    Time for a Switch!

    Have you signed up for the City of Nanaimo's Call Alert system? If so, it's time for a switch! Beginning on November 21, 2019, the City will be using a new call alert system. If you have already registered, we will be sending you a message using the old call alert system on November 21 to remind you sign up for the new system. Stay tuned for more information on the new system and how to register leading up to the switch.

    Working Together to Improve Nanaimo's Parks

    Did you hear? The Harewood neighbourhood is getting a new place to play! Last week, City officials and staff along with proud supporters from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo, broke ground to increase the recreational use of Cambie Park. This neighbourhood green space and site plan has been developed through the City's Partners in Parks (PIP) Program.

    We want to thank the Harewood community for their support of the new park use. We also want to thank Rotary Club of Nanaimo President Janeane Cout and Director Wendy Pratt for all the support they and the Rotary has provided to making this park a reality!

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    Upcoming Community Events:

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    For those of you participating in GoByBike and want to know where else you can cycle in the City, you can find our Cycle Map and plan your routes here,  

    Construction Updates

    Good news for Harewood commuters! Road construction is beginning to wind down in the neighbourhood with the road work on Lambert and Seventh Street complete and others nearing completion in the coming week!

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our Current Construction Projects page.

    Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected. 24-hour single-lane traffic will be in place until mid-November.
    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third Street and Fourth Street until next week (weather permitting) as crews work on completing new asphalt paving, concrete sidewalks and street lighting.   
    • Bruce Avenue will be open this week between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work.
    • Seventh Street is open. However, construction on the pump station and forcemain project continues and is expected to be completed in November.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. Haliburton Street Southbound is closed this week (Monday to Friday, 24 hrs a day) with a detour in place. Next week, single lane alternating traffic will be in effect at times during working hours while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.
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    What's New 

    Last week, the Mayor and members of Council attended the 13th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit held in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Held on October 23 and 24, the event featured a number of panel sessions, including a keynote presentations from B.C. Premier John Horgan. More information about the Summit can be found here: https://viea.ca/vi-economic-summit/.

    This week, the Governance and Priorities Committee will discuss bylaws and the Committee of the Whole will be retired with its final meeting and will focus on community health, future plans for East Wellington Park and more. On Thursday, October 31, 2019 Mayor Krog will be heading to Victoria to meet with the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 

    Council recently adopted an updated Procedures Bylaw which means the Governance and Priorities Committee will officially take over from where the Committee of the Whole is leaving off. The new procedure bylaw comes into effect on November 1, 2019. Other changes include publishing times for the agenda and addendum have been moved to Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons respectfully. Also, those interested in appearing before Council to speak on an agenda item now have until 11:00 am the Friday before the meeting to submit a request to the Legislative Services Department instead of the Monday morning of the meetings.

    Here’s at look at this week's Council and Committee meetings:

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 21 - 27

    by Derek Johnstone | Oct 21, 2019
    My Nanaimo This Week October 21 - 27  

    This week, suit up for the weather and go by bike, Council looks to the future, and aaah-wooooo! Join us for the Halloween Howl. Read on!

    Around the City 

    Go By Bike!

    A warm, gentle breeze brushing across your cheeks. The feel of your tires rushing over smooth, dry pavement. The bright sunshine lighting your way. Throw all of that out of your mind, because now it’s time for some autumn cycling.

    Despite the cool air, cycling to work, school or your favourite coffee shop can still be a satisfying, calorie-burning, green way to get around the City.

    From October 21 – November 3, join the GoByBikeBC challenge and see whether you can weather, well, the weather! There are prizes to be won, celebration stations to visit, and some cool swag to grab your interest and give you an extra little nudge to participate.

    So grab your helmet, a warm pair of gloves and some reflective, water resistant over-clothing, flip on your headlight and hit the road for a great, green, gas-free ride.

    Register at www.gobybikebc.ca and then show your proof of registration at Beban Park, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Oliver Woods Community Centre to get a free valve light and to be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 Parks and Rec gift cards or win 1 of 2 $50 Thrills and Skills Cycling gift cards.

    Click here for a list of Celebration stations!

     

    Economic Development Task Force, coming soon!

    Economic development is one of Council’s strategic priorities, and at their October 7, 2019 meeting, they approved the Terms of Reference to establish a task force to assist in the development of the City's Economic Development Function.

    The 13 members of the task force will be asked to oversee the creation of the new Economic Development Strategy and the establishment of an economic development agency. 

    Interested in joining this task force? Application forms are available on the City website.

     

    Tribal Journeys 2020

    Honouring the Salmon. Honouring Our Ancestors. That’s the theme for Tribal Journeys 2020, and Snuneymuxw First Nation has just announced that they have been chosen to host the 2020 event, July 27 to August 1. It is the first time in 30 years that Snuneymuxw will host Tribal Journeys.

    The City of Nanaimo is proud to be one of many community partners with Snuneymuxw First Nation for this event, and looks forward to welcoming the more than 100 canoes, hundreds of paddlers and their road crews, and thousands of other visitors destined for our shores.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and witness the six days of Indigenous ceremony and celebration! Read more in this Snuneymuxw news release.

     

    Aaah-wooooo! Boo! Bwa-ha-ha!

    The pool is alive with the frights and sounds of Halloween, or at least, it will be on Friday, October 25! Beban Park Pool will host this year’s annual Halloween Howl pool party. Jump in between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and enjoy the spooky setting, the haunted waterslide tower, pumpkins in the pool, snakes in the lazy river, coloured water, water balloon toss, water running mats, face painting, aqua jousting and prizes! Are you ready to get your fright on?

    Events

    Upcoming Community Events:

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Construction

    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our Current Construction Projects page.

    Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected. 24-hour single-lane traffic will be in place until mid-November.
    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third Street and Fourth Street for 2 more weeks (weather permitting) as crews work on completing new asphalt paving, concrete sidewalks and street lighting.   
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed for one more week between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work.
    • Seventh Street is open. However, construction on the pump station and forcemain project continues and is expected to be completed in November.
    • Fifth Street will be closed at Lambert Avenue one day this week for final paving and the Lambert Avenue Utility Upgrade project will be complete.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. Haliburton Street Southbound is closed this week (Monday to Friday, 24 hrs a day) with a detour in place. Next week, single lane alternating traffic will be in effect at times during working hours while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.
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    What's New 

    This week, the Finance and Audit Committee will discuss Public Realm Improvements identified for the downtown core and will consider recommendations to accelerate the Front Street bi-directional cycle track portion of the Downtown Cycling Loop to 2020. Council will hear about the Loudon Park Boathouse Project, vote on the updated Procedure Bylaw, and more!

    Here’s at look at this week's Council and Committee meetings:

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

    In the News 

    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 15 - 20

    by Derek Johnstone | Oct 15, 2019
    My Nanaimo October 15 - 20 2019

    * Staff from the CityProjects team present their recently won trophy to Council on October 7, 2019.

    This week, learn about blowouts, prepare an emergency kit and dive into some Halloween fun! 

    Read on to see what's happening for the week ahead.

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    What's a Blowout? 

    A blowout can have many meanings. It could be a clearance sale at your favourite clothing shop, a temper tantrum by your lovable 3-year-old, or a sudden flat tire on a roadtrip. In this case though, we’re blowing out the sprinkler lines for winter. It may look like we’re watering our fields and gardens, but at this time of year, Mother Nature does that for us. We’re just winterizing and protecting our sprinkler systems in preparation for some freezing temperatures ahead.

    More on Winter Storms!

    Last week we talked about cleaning fallen leaves and debris out of eavestroughs, drains and storm catch basins in front of your home. Interested in learning how to keep a storm drain clear? Watch our Cleaning Catch Basins video for a quick tutorial.

    If you see a blocked culvert in a ditch, please report it to Public Works at 250-758-5222. City staff are trained to recognize and handle potential dangers, so please DO NOT try and unblock it yourself during a storm, heavy rain or snowfall.

    What's Shaking?

    The threat of a big earthquake looms! The Great British Columbia Shakeout takes place October 17 at 10:17am (www.shakeoutbc.ca). Of course, a real earthquake would never be so predictable, so this is a good reminder to be prepared! Visit our website for more information on Earthquake Preparedness and watch our How to Prepare an Emergency Kit video.

      Events this week

    Upcoming Community Events

    • Thursday, October 17: Musical Entertainment in Bowen Park, 1:30 to 3 pm in the Bowen Park Auditorium. This week featuring Blossom Tree!
    • Friday, October 18: Halloween Dive-In Movie (Coco), 7 pm at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
    • Friday, October 18: Free Swim (Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings), 7 – 9 pm at Beban Pool 
        • Note: Although the time is the same, this is a different event than the Halloween Dive-In Movie at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
    • Sunday, October 20: Lions FREE Skate, 12 pm to 1:30 pm in Frank Crane Arena

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Construction

    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our City construction projects on our website at nanaimo.ca/construction. Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected.
    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third and Fourth Streets as crews work on Bruce Avenue transportation and utility upgrades. 
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed for one more week between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work.
    • The majority of Seventh Street was paved this last week and Seventh Street is now open. However, construction on the pump station and forcemain project continues and is expected to be complete in November.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. The work requiring the southbound detour is now complete. Single lane alternating traffic during working hours will be in affect while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.
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    What's New 

    This week, the Finance and Audit Committee will see presentations on the Loudon Park Boathouse Project, updates on priority projects downtown, a recommendation for a Heritage Façade Grant at the Queen’s Hotel, and will decide on an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for the Community Resiliency Investment Program.

    The Health and Housing Task Force originally scheduled for October 16 at 3 pm in the Service and Resource Centre has been cancelled.

    Meetings This Week

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 7 - 14

    by Tracy Loewen | Oct 07, 2019

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    This week, we have good news for Harewood commuters, it's time to start preparing for winter storm season and find out how you can keep yourself and those around you safe during Fire Prevention Week.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.

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    Have you noticed? 

    The leaves on trees around town are changing to golden and red hues and are starting to fall. When raking up leaves in your yard, rather than bagging them up, place them in your green bin and we will collect them for you on your scheduled pick up day!

    Winter (storm season) is coming!

    The leaves changing colour also reminds us to start prepping for winter storm season! To help prevent flooding, make sure to clear leaves and debris from eavestroughs, drains, any storm catch basins in front of your home and, if you have a ditch, please watch for blocked culverts. If flooding does happen, the Public Works yard at 2020 Labieux Road will have sand and sandbags available for filling - make sure to bring your own shovel.

    In the event of a power outage, make sure you have a plan and enough supplies to sustain you for a few days. Check out this handy checklist (pdf) from BC Hydro to get yourself prepared.  

    Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan & Practise Your Escape!™

    October 6 to 12 marks Fire Prevention Week. Did you know? In a house fire, you have two minutes or less to escape safely. An escape plan is an excellent way to ensure you and your family know what to do and are prepare to escape quickly and safely. Make your plan today.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    From all of us at the City of Nanaimo, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Monday (October 14), work off that turkey dinner by heading to the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre for an Everyone Welcome swim from 12-4 pm or strap on your skates over in Frank Crane Arena for an Everyone Welcome skate from 1-3 pm. City offices and other recreation facilities will be closed on Monday, October 14. 

    With the upcoming holiday, please make sure to add-a-day on your curbside collection schedule. Download the Nanaimo Recycles app for free from the App Store or Google Play to get alerts for your next garbage/recycle pick ups, use the waste sorting wizard to find out what goes where and report a public works or park-related problem all on your smartphone! Don't have a smartphone? No problem! You can use all the features of the Nanaimo Recycles app on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page on the City website!

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    Upcoming Community Events

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Good news for Harewood commuters!

    We know Harewood has been the focus for construction this year and we would like to thank commuters for your ongoing patience while these important infrastructure updates are completed. The good news is that work is nearing completion and traffic will be back to normal soon! Here's an update:

    • Bruce Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets should be open by the end of the month.

    • Bruce Avenue near Fifth is expected to be open in approximately two weeks.

    • One-day closures of Sixth and Fifth Streets are planned over the next few weeks to facilitate final paving for the project on Lambert Street which is expected to be done by the end of October.

    • Seventh Street will be paved soon and should only be closed for another week or two. The overall construction project will be winding down near the end of October.

    Find more information on City construction projects at nanaimo.ca/construction

    Map of road construction in the Harewood neighbourhood

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    What's New 

    Members of Council will be in session with a Governance and Priorities meeting where they will continue discussions related to Governance and Management Excellence. At their regular meeting on Monday night, Council will consider recommendations from the Finance and Audit Committee meeting on September 18, amendments to the Procedure Bylaw and more. Finally, a Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday.

    Meetings This Week

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 30 - October 6

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 30, 2019

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    This week starts out with Orange Shirt Day, Council is back from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference and find out what's Out and About in Nanaimo for October.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.

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    Monday, September 30 marks Orange Shirt Day, a day for "communities to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters". Together, the City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation are proclaiming September 30 as Orange Shirt Day, displaying unity denouncing Canadian policy for residential schools and solidarity with residential school survivors. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day at orangeshirtday.org.

    It's hard to believe we are heading into October! With each new month, we have a new video to tell you what's in store. Check out the latest Out & About video below. Find all our videos on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/cityofnanaimo.

    Ring, Ring!

    Get your bicycle bells ready and register for GoByBike week taking place, rain or shine, October 21 to November 3.

    Are you not sure about your urban cycling skills? Take advantage of two bike courses with Parks, Recreation and Culture. The Beginner Bicycle Maintenance on October 20 will teach you how to fix a flat and repair a chain. The Street Smart Commuter Cycling Skills course for ages 6-10 on September 28 and ages 11-15 on October 5, will teach you road regulations, rider visibility and safety. See page 34 of the Fall and Winter Activity Guide for all the details. 

    Cops vs. Firefighters!

    On Monday, September 30, Nanaimo firefighters will take on RCMP riders when the Tour de Rock makes its way through Nanaimo and Ladysmith. The firefighters will make the journey via a rail pump car. This friendly competition will raise awareness and funds for cancer research. So, watch out for the pump car as it makes its way through town!

    Did you know?

    The Beban Pool and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre have Discount Dips for only $3 per person! Swim in Beban Pool for $3 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm and daily from 9 to 10 pm in the Aquatic Centre. Check the online schedule for upcoming Discount Dip Everyone Welcome swims!

    Date Change

    The Introduction to Motocross for 5-12 year-olds takes place on Sunday, October 6 – not October 9 as the Fall and Winter Activity Guide currently reads. Flip to page 26 for more info about this course.

    Upcoming Community Events

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Plan your commute!

    The following routes will be affected by City construction projects this week:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as 24-hour single-lane alternating traffic takes place between Prince John Way and Rickers Curve for the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project.
    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third and Fourth Streets as crews work on Bruce Avenue transportation and utility upgrades.
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work. This closure is expected to be in place until mid-October.
    • Over on Seventh Street, closures continue between Park Avenue and Short Avenue for the pump station and forcemain project
    • Work on Haliburton Street has just begun and will continue until spring 2020. Expect delays and detours throughout the project.

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

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    What's New 

    Members of Council went to the UBCM conference last week, but are back with a few meetings this week including a Governance and Priorities meeting where they will discuss a number of topics related to Governance and Management Excellence. A Health and Housing Task Force meeting will take place on Wednesday. 

    Meetings This Week

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 23-29, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 23, 2019

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    This week, fall officially begins, Nanaimo Fire is knocking on doors and with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference taking place, Council will not be in session.

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    Summer is officially coming to an end with the fall equinox taking place on Monday, September 23. With fall's arrival, comes cooler temperatures and increased rainfall...the perfect combination for planting trees and shrubs. Roots still have time to establish in warm soil before the ground freezes and get a head start on spring.

    We will be planting trees this fall in Third Street, Harewood Centennial and East Wellington Park. If you or your group are interested in helping out with tree planting or tree care this fall, please contact us for more info at parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca. Please note, there are limited spots for tree planting and we will take volunteers on a first-come basis.

    Fall also means our Parks Operations crews will be getting parks ready for shorter days and colder weather. Water parks in Departure Bay, Deverill Square, Harewood Centennial and Mansfield parks will be shut down for the season, the water fountains in dog parks will also be shut off and if you see sprinklers in city parks or on our sports fields turned on at full blast, our crews are clearing them out in preparation for winter. 

    Nanaimo Aquatic Centre reopens on Monday, September 23 after being closed for annual maintenance and cleaning. This means Beban Pool will return from having extended opening hours to its regular hours. Check out the Public Schedules to see when your favourite pool activity takes place!

    Knock, knock!

    Who's there? Nanaimo Fire Rescue! City of Nanaimo firefighters will be knocking on doors in mobile home parks this fall to spread the word about the importance of working smoke alarms. 

    On average, there are less than three minutes to escape a house fire which is why working smoke alarms are so important. Research has proven that individuals have a 73% greater chance of dying in a fire if they don’t have a working smoke alarm. Homes should have at least one smoke alarm installed per floor and outside each sleeping area.

    Firefighters will check and install smoke alarms if needed. If you have questions or need assistance installing or testing your smoke alarms, please call Nanaimo Fire Rescue at 250-753-7311 or email fireinfo@nanaimo.ca.

    Did you know?

    Staff from our IT and engineering departments have won a Spirit of Innovation award for a project management software designed in-house at the recent Municipal Information Systems Association of BC (MISABC) conference! To learn more about the award, check out the "In the News" section at the end. 

    Events this week

     Upcoming Community Events

    • Tuesday, September 24: Hockey! The Exhibit, 6:30 to 8 pm in Frank Crane Arena
    • Friday, September 27: Free Swim Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings, 7 to 9 pm, in Beban Pool
    • Sunday, September 29: Lions FREE Skate, 11:30 am to 1 pm in Frank Crane Arena

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Plan your commute!

    The City has $3 billion in infrastructure that have to either be maintained, upgraded, or replaced depending on their lifecycle. We acknowledge that it's been a busy and sometimes frustrating commute for the Harewood neighbourhood with so much construction affecting roads. We want to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we make these needed upgrades to utilities and roads. 

    The following routes will be affected by City construction projects this week:

    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third and Fourth Streets as crews work on Bruce Avenue transportation and utility upgrades.
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work. This closure is expected to be in place until mid October.
    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected.
    • Over on Seventh Street, closures continue between Park Avenue and Short Avenue for the pump station and forcemain project
    • Work on Haliburton Street has just begun and will continue until spring 2020. Expect delays and detours throughout the project.

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

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    What's New 

    Members of Council are at the UBCM conference this week, which means there are no meetings scheduled. In the meantime, you can visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 16-22, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 16, 2019

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    This week, celebrate Rivers Day in Maffeo Sutton Park, Culture and Heritage are looking for nominations and grant applications and it's a packed week of Council and Committee meetings.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.

    Around the City

    Celebrate waterways during World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 22 in Maffeo Sutton Park. This event was founded by rivers advocate, and British Columbian, Mark Angelo to educate and bring awareness to the importance of rivers to our lives and encourage stewardship of these important waterways.

    Arrr matey!
    On Thursday, ready your sea legs during International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Visit Frank Ney's statue in Maffeo Sutton Park and say "Ahoy!"

    Did you know?

    The City of Nanaimo is currently seeking nominations for the 2020 Culture & Heritage Awards. This annual event showcases the outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in the arts, culture and heritage fields.

    Are you a community non-profit or heritage organization? Applications for 2020 Culture and Heritage Grants are now open!

    Are you a poet and want to share your work with the community? Apply to become Nanaimo's Poet Laureate for a three-year term. We are accepting applications until October 31.

    Upcoming Events

     Upcoming Community Events

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Traffic

    Plan your commute accordingly this week! The following routes will be affected by City construction projects:

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

    Map Image Map data ©2019 Imagery ©2019 , CNES / Airbus, IMTCAN, Landsat / Copernicus, Maxar Technologies, Nanaimo, Parksville, SCRD, USDA Farm Service Agency  Council and Committees 

    What's New

    It's a full week of meetings. On Monday, Council is in session with a special meeting in the afternoon and their regular meeting in the evening. Wednesday will see the Finance and Audit committee and the Health and Housing Task Force having meetings. And the monthly meetings for the Board of Variance and Public Hearing will take place on Thursday.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view meeting agendas and videos. 

    Stay up to date with Council and Committees by reading summaries of decisions made posted the day after their meetings. 

    Council Meeting Summaries

    Committee Meeting Summaries

    Meetings This Week

    In the News 

    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 9-15, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 09, 2019

    My Nanaimo This Week Header Image

    Welcome to the first edition of My Nanaimo This Week! Here you will find a snap shot of the upcoming week and a recap of last week's news.

    This week, show your support with the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research; expect delays on your commute in the Hammond Bay, Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street areas; and Council is in session on Monday. Read on to discover what else to expect.

    Around the City

    It's that time of year again, back to school! As you settle back into routine after the lazy days of summer, make sure to slow down in school zones and watch out for kids walking and cycling to and from school. 

    Did you know?

    The City of Nanaimo is on Instagram! Find us at "cityofnanaimo" where we will provide City-related updates and showcase our beautiful community through photos. Share your Nanaimo photos by adding #MyNanaimo!

    Upcoming Community Events

    • Saturday, September 14: Starlight Skate, 7-9 p.m. in the Nanaimo Ice Centre, 750 Third Street
    • Sunday, September 15: Terry Fox Run, 10 a.m. start in Bowen Park, 500 Bowen Road
    • Sunday, September 22: Rivers Day, 11 am to 3 pm in Maffeo Sutton Park

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Traffic

    Plan your commute accordingly this week! The following routes will be affected by City construction projects:

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

    Map Image Map data ©2019 Imagery ©2019 , CNES / Airbus, IMTCAN, Landsat / Copernicus, Maxar Technologies, Nanaimo, Parksville, SCRD, USDA Farm Service Agency  Council and Committees

    What's New

    This week, Council will consider a new Economic Development model at their meeting on Monday night and will discuss the topic of Strategic Policy Development for 2020 in their Governance and Priorities meeting.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view meeting agendas and videos. 

    Stay up to date with Council and Committees by reading summaries of decisions made posted the day after their meetings. 

    Council Meeting Summaries

    Committee Meeting Summaries

    Meetings This Week

    In the News

    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

     

  • A Roadmap to our Future (What's a Strategic Plan?)

    by Derek Johnstone | Jul 17, 2019

    6am clock

    Picture this. It’s 6 am on a Saturday morning (the first day of your week-long vacation!) and you’re about to head out to visit some great friends in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Except, you didn’t make a plan. You don’t have a map and your phone and GPS systems aren’t working.

    How do you get there?

    BC Ferries and Flowers

    You know your starting point – you have a ferry to catch! Once you reach the mainland though, which way do you go? There are signs on the highway labelling the different routes, but none of them point specifically towards your destination.

    Chances are, even without a map and GPS, you will eventually get to Moose Jaw. But how many wrong turns did you take, how much time was lost, and how much frustration did you suffer? Having a well-planned travel strategy would make it a much more direct trip.

    Now, scale that experience up to planning for a City, and a crucial key to success is having a great map and knowing the different routes. That’s really what a strategic plan is. A roadmap with a predetermined route and destination.

    Phone Map

    For City Council, their 2019–2022 Strategic Plan outlines four important pillars to help Council guide the City of Nanaimo into the future. These important pillars are Environmental Responsibility, Governance Excellence, Livability, and Economic Health. 10 key focus areas as well as a multitude of action items support these four strategic themes.

    Imagine a City that’s age-friendly, has good and affordable housing options for everyone, and is future-minded with a strong Climate Resilience Strategy. Picture an economically strong City that creates a transportation infrastructure geared for cycling, walking, and driving. Now imagine that it’s all governed by a Council that believes in excellence.

    Walkway

    These are just some of the great focus points and actions that are guiding our Council and the City’s operations through the City of Nanaimo’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. It’s a vision. It’s values. And it lays the foundation for the development and success of work plans and operations across the City. Read the plan here: 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

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  • It Starts Here...Public Works Week 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | May 16, 2019

    Have you ever wondered how a city runs? How does clean drinking water flow through your tap? What happens after the toilet flushes? Who plans and builds the roads, sidewalks and bike lanes to ease your commute? Where does your recycling go after it is picked up?

    All these things that make your day run, start with a city’s Public Works department and its employees. Building on this concept is the theme of the 2019 National Public Works Week - It Starts Here.

    Public Works Week poster

    The City is once again participating in Public Works Week, a week-long recognition of the work the professionals in this field do to improve your quality of life and make our community a great place live, work and play.

    On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, approximately 450 students from Grades 4 and 5 within School District 68 will tour the City’s Public Works Yard. Through interactive activities, students will gain an understanding into the many services provided by the Engineering and Public Works Department and the impact of Public Works on their daily lives. Check out this video from last year’s event.

    Are you interested in learning about the journey the water flowing through your tap takes? Register for the free Nanaimo Watershed and Water Treatment Plant Tour on May 23. This all-day guided tour will take you through Nanaimo’s drinking watershed to our water treatment plant.

    South Fork Crest

    Find out more about what your Public Works department does to make our city run by viewing the following videos.

     

     

     

  • Buttertubs Marsh - more than just a pretty place!

    by Natalie Sponaugle | Feb 22, 2019

    Buttertubs Marsh is a hidden gem in the heart of Nanaimo. Step foot onto its trail and you will immediately be transported from the hustle and bustle of your surroundings into a serene sanctuary.

    Buttertubs Marsh 1

    Buttertubs

    Located just a short distance from the Nanaimo Ice Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Buttertubs is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The two-kilometer loop trail is easily accessible and there are observation decks and a tower for taking in the views. It is also home to the famous Miner’s Cottage, which was built sometime around 1910-1912 and relocated to its current site in the late 1990’s.

    Miners cottage

    Buttertubs trees

    A bird and wildlife sanctuary, Buttertubs is a perfect place to go for a stroll, take in the sights and enjoy one of our city’s greatest natural assets. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the role it plays in our community.

    A study completed in 2018 reveals that this 55-hectare wetland plays an important and extremely beneficial role in moderating the downstream flow of the Millstone River. In fact, if the marsh did not exist it would cost the City anywhere from $4.7 to $8.3 million dollars to build a system to do the same job that the Buttertubs does just by being there! Other benefits to a natural stormwater storage system like this one is that there are no up-front or replacement costs and no depreciation. Not to mention, it eliminates the need to buy land and build on it.

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    Among some of the world’s most productive environments, wetlands like Buttertubs are Mother Nature’s water filtration system and are vital for human survival. They serve to mitigate climate change, control flooding and are home to countless species of plants and animals that depend on them for survival. Want to learn more? You can read the full report here.

    Buttertubs

    The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative pilot study was organized through the David Suzuki Foundation, the Town of Gibsons, Sustainable Prosperity, Asset Management BC and Brooke and Associates. Nanaimo was one of five communities across the country invited to take part in the study, which looked at ways to apply measurement and management methods used in asset and financial practices to conserve and enhance natural capital.

    Buttertubs Marsh is co-owned and managed by the City of Nanaimo, The Nature Trust of British Columbia and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

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Last updated: February 19, 2018

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