This week we brace for snow! Some other things will happen too such as Super Hero fun and Council is back in session. Read on!
Oh no, snow!
Traditional Canadian winter weather in the form of snow officially arrived in Nanaimo early Monday morning. With it comes icy travel conditions. Whatever mode of travel you use to get around, please use extra care during times of snow and ice.
The City prepares for winter road conditions by brining streets before icy conditions are expected. Our plows are ready to clear roads and we make sure access to City facilities is maintained by clearing sidewalks around facilities and their parking lots. We also clear sidewalks on bridges along with the Waterfront Walkway and E & N Trail.
If you are travelling through Nanaimo in snowy conditions, please make sure you have winter tires on your vehicle. Pedestrians, please dress for the weather - bundle up!
Help make sure everyone can get around the community during times of snow by clearing the sidewalk outside your home or business. Have a neighbour who isn't able to clear their sidewalk? Be a snow champ and offer to shovel for them.
Find more information on Snow and Ice Control on the City's website.
And stay updated on winter weather conditions in Nanaimo by checking out the homepage of the website or following us on Twitter or Facebook.
Postponed! Raising a flag for reconciliation
UPDATE: Due to the forecast for more snow and increased wind, the flag raising ceremony has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new date!
This week, we will recognize the important relationship between the City of Nanaimo and the Snuneymuxw First Nation. On Thursday, January 16, the Snuneymuxw flag will be returned to its permanent position at City Hall. You are invited to attend this special ceremony taking place outside City Hall (weather permitting) beginning at 9:30 am.
East Wellington Park plans take shape
Planning for future uses of East Wellington Park is underway and the City would like to hear from residents on what they think of the draft plan so far. Some ideas for the park include:
- habitat conservation for fish, amphibians, birds and other wildlife,
- agricultural use,
- encouraging use of the park for astronomy and
- a dog walking area.
Please join us at an open house to review and provide input on the park draft plan on January 18 between 10:00 am - 2:30 pm at the Cavallotti Lodge, 2060 East Wellington Road. After the open house, you will have the opportunity to join staff for a walk through of the park. If you are planning to join, please bring proper footwear.
Can't make it to the open house? No problem! Please review the draft plan online and provide comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-755-7506 and speak to the Parks and Open Space Planner.
Upcoming Community Events:
- Thursday, January 16: Musical Entertainment, 1:30 to 3 pm in the Bowen Park Auditorium. This week features Oldies but Goldies.
- Friday, January 17: Free Everyone Welcome Skate, 3:45 – 5:15 pm at the Nanaimo Ice Centre, courtesy of Coast Capital Savings
- Saturday, January 18: Starlight Skate, 7 to 9 pm at the Nanaimo Ice Centre
- Sunday, January 19: Lions Free Skate, 12 to 1:30 pm at Frank Crane Arena
- Sunday, January 19: Super Hero Fun Swim, 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Beban Pool
For a look at more City-related events, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.
Call for committee members!
We are currently recruiting eleven volunteer at-large members for the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness.
The committee promotes social and political equity within existing and proposed City plans, policies, bylaws and infrastructure and makes recommendations to ensure that the City is inclusive and accommodating to citizens of all ages, abilities and walks of life.
Applications can be downloaded on the City website or picked up from Legislative Services in City Hall (455 Wallace Street) and will be accepted from Monday, January 13 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 and can be delivered by:
Mail/Hand: Legislative Services, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6
This week’s Council and Committee Meetings
Council is back in session this week with a meeting on Monday where the Health and Housing Task Force will provide an update on their first six months of meeting and a look at work for the next six months. The week will continue with an Environment Committee meeting on Wednesday and the Board of Variance will meet 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.
Here's a recap of City news from January 6 to 12: