• My Nanaimo This Week - August 4, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Aug 04, 2020

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    This week, construction starts on a new Fire Station #1, recreation facilities are getting ready to welcome you again and dust off those old chairs in storage, Reuse Rendezvous is coming up! Read on for more...

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    City Service Updates
    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Have you noticed a delay in your garbage and recycling collection lately? We are seeing higher amounts of waste being set out as a result of shifting household routines and shopping habits from the COVID-19. This has led to increased cardboard at the curb. One way you can help us collect your waste more efficiently is to make sure you flatten cardboard and break it up into pieces no larger than two feet in an dimension. This makes sure you can fit more recycling in your blue cart and, come collection day, it can easily tip into the truck. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    - Open- 

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.

    There are several fitness classes and summer camps being offered outdoors. A number of arena day camps will be offered from August 4-14 in the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to register.

    - Almost Open! -

    Our recreation centres are getting ready to welcome you back!

    • On Tuesday, August 4, Beban Social Centre will reopen its doors for facility rentals. Recreation programs will begin on Wednesday, September 9.
    • Oliver Woods Community Centre will open on Wednesday, September 9 for rentals and recreation programs.
    • Bowen Park Complex will open on Wednesday, September 9 for rentals and recreation programs.
    • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (NAC) will open on Thursday, September 10 for both the pool and the fitness gym.

    NAC was chosen as the first pool to reopen because of its size and accessibility access. This allows for more participants in the building while still practicing physical distancing guidelines. Recreation staff will use this as a test to determine when Beban pool can safely reopen. 

    City arenas are getting prepped to reopen! Give us a call at 250-756-5200 for more information.

    • One sheet of ice will open at Cliff McNabb Arena on August 3, 2020 for summer programs and rentals (no public skating at this time) 
    • One sheet of ice added to Nanaimo Ice Centre on September 1, 2020 (if demand dictates)
    • One sheet of ice at Frank Crane Arena (if demand dictates; no scheduled date at this time)

    - Closed -

    For the time being, Beban Pool will remain closed.  

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.  

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    In Our Parks

    • Our popular Playground Program has been extended until August 29. Kids 5-12 can join our team leaders for fun activities on the following days:
      • Mondays, 11 am-5 pm at MANSFIELD PARK
      • Tuesdays, 12-7 pm at COUNTRY HILLS PARK
      • Wednesdays, 11 am-5 pm at GROVELAND PARK
      • Thursdays, 12-6 pm at PAWSON PARK
      • Fridays, 11 am-5 pm at DEVERILL SQUARE PARK
    • You can find a schedule for the Water Safety Education Team at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/prcsummer
    •  StoryWalk #3 is at Harewood Centennial Park from August 7-19

    Find more information on our Summer Activities page. 

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    Breaking Ground on a New Fire HQ
    Last week, we broke ground on the new Fire Station #1. Did you know? The new building will be more than just a fire station. It will also act as headquarters for Nanaimo Fire Rescue department, which includes fire administration, fire loss and prevention and fire dispatch. In addition, the City's Emergency Coordination Centre will be located there. 

    Once the new building is up, the existing Fire Station #1 will be torn down. Construction is expected to be complete fall 2022.

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    Give That Old Couch a New Lease on Life
    Do you have a storage room full of household items that you haven't looked at, let alone used, in years? It's time to give them a new home with Nanaimo's city-wide swap meet, Reuse Rendezvous!

    This coming weekend (August 8 & 9, 2020), put out your unwanted toys, sporting goods, furniture, books, bikes and other items to the curb so that others can take and reuse them. Put a "free" sticker or sign on them for bargain hunters to find and bring home with them. Please make sure to take any items left over back inside. 

    Be safe during Reuse Rendezvous! Bargain hunters: please make sure to slow down, watch for children, park carefully and obey traffic signs and speed limits. Please be diligent in observing Provincial COVID-19 guidelines, including: keep 2 meters away from people outside of your bubble; stay home if you're not feeling well; and use hand sanitizer if you're unable to wash your hands. Consider disinfecting any found items before bringing them into your home.

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    It's Getting Hot Out There!
    That warm summer weather has finally settled in and with it brings dry conditions. Stage 2 watering restrictions are in effect for the City of Nanaimo and that means lawn watering may take place every other day for a maximum of two hours between 7 am to 10 am or 7 pm to 10 pm. Vegetable gardens and trees can be watered any day. 

    • If you live in an odd-numbered house, you may water on odd-numbered days.
    • If you live in an even-numbered house, you may water on even-numbered days

    Watering restrictions are in place to ensure we have a steady supply of water not just for watering, but also for drinking, cooking, cleaning and for fire fighting. As the weather gets warmer and drier so does the risk for wildfires. 

    You can help reduce the risk of a wildfire spreading by making sure to follow some basic FireSmart principles for your home:

    • Clean your home's roof and gutters of debris
    • Remove any dead and dry brush from around your home
    • Trim branches overhanging on the roof of your home
    • Move any combustibles like firewood and propane 10 to 30 metres from your home

    It's also important to make sure if you are recreating with an All-terrain vehicle (ATV) to stick to established trails and bring a small fire suppression kit with you. Hot mufflers and exhaust residue from ATVs can ignite grasses and other dry debris. 

    Did you know? Nanaimo has been designated a FireSmart community! 

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    Weekly Traffic Report
    Our traffic report is back! Here are a couple of projects of note that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and coridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 am to 7 pm to accommodate daytime commutes. 
    • Also on Bowen, traffic will be reduced to single lane near Buttertubs Drive from August 4 to August 18 as crews work on the bus bays. Temporary Bus Stops will be in place at the far end of each location.
    • Over on Bruce Avenue, expect delays between Deering Street and Weber Street this week as crews complete work there.   

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    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    See you in September...or the last day of August! Council is taking a break from meetings for a few weeks. Their meetings and committee meetings will resume the week of August 31. Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.   

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - July 27, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Jul 27, 2020

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    This week, we reimagine Nanaimo, head to the beach and have the last week of Council and committee meetings before they break for the summer. Read on for more!

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    City Service Updates
    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Be sure to check the recycling page for helpful curbside tips and tricks! 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    - Open- 

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.

    There are several fitness classes and summer camps being offered outdoors. A number of arena day camps will be offered from August 4-14 in the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to register.

    - Almost Open! -

    City arenas are getting prepped to reopen! Give us a call at 250-756-5200 for more information.

    • One sheet of ice will open for summer ice programs (no public skating at this time) at Nanaimo Ice Centre on July 27, 2020
    • One sheet of ice will open at Cliff McNabb Arena on August 3, 2020 (if demand dictates)
    • One sheet of ice added to Nanaimo Ice Centre on September 1, 2020 (if demand dictates)
    • One sheet of ice at Frank Crane Arena (if demand dictates; no scheduled date at this time)

    - Closed -

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed. A planning process is underway to reopen City of Nanaimo recreation facilities.  

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.  

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    Let's Reimagine Nanaimo Together
    The City has kicked of a public engagement process to reimagine Nanaimo's next 20 years. We are looking to find out what matters most to you.Your ideas and feedback will help us set a direction in a number of areas as a community. Plans like the Official Community Plan, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan, an Economic Development Plan, Climate Action Plan, Active Transportation Plan and Water Supply Strategic Plan will all be informed by this process. Join in the discussion at www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca from now until September.

    Get your Beach Reports here!
    Now that summer has finally arrived and settled in, we are looking for ways to cool off! And, what better way than to head to the beach for a swim? Have you ever found yourself arriving at the beach only to find it closed? Now, you can find out if a beach is open or closed before you load up your gear by checking out the City's weekly beach reports on our website! City staff take weekly water samples at Brannen Lake, Departure Bay, Long Lake, Upper Colliery Dam, Lower Colliery Dam and Westwood Lake to make sure the water is safe to swim in. Check it out today! 

    Keep your cardboard two by two!
    Have you noticed a delay in your garbage and recycling collection lately? We are seeing higher amounts of waste being set out as a result of shifting household routines and shopping habits from the COVID-19. This has led to increased cardboard at the curb. One way you can help us collect your waste more efficiently is to make sure you flatten cardboard and break it up into pieces no larger than two feet in an dimension. This makes sure you can fit more recycling in your blue cart and, come collection day, it can easily tip into the truck. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

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    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Council and committee meetings will break next week for the summer and will resume at the end of August. Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos.

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

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    Here's a recap of City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - July 20, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Jul 20, 2020
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    This week, Serauxmen Stadium lights up, look for new street banners on your travels through Nanaimo and we celebrate a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BC Housing to build affordable and supportive housing. Read on for more!

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    City Service Updates
    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Be sure to check the recycling page for helpful curbside tips and tricks! 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    - Open- 

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.

    There are several fitness classes and summer camps being offered outdoors. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to register.

    - Almost Open! -

    City arenas are getting prepped to reopen! At their meeting on July 13, City Council voted in favour of the following reopening plan for Nanaimo's arenas:

    • One sheet of ice installed at Nanaimo Ice Centre ready for July 27, 2020
    • One sheet of ice installed at Cliff McNabb Arena ready for August 3, 2020 (if demand dictates)
    • One sheet of ice added to Nanaimo Ice Centre ready by September 1, 2020 (if demand dictates)
    • One sheet of ice at Frank Crane Arena (if demand dictates; no scheduled date at this time)

    - Closed -

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed. A planning process is underway to reopen City of Nanaimo recreation facilities.  

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.  

    Landmark MOU
    The City is pleased to announce a memorandum of understanding with BC Housing to build over 300 affordable rental and supportive homes in Nanaimo over the next few years. Watch BC Housing’s Let’s Talk site for more information and upcoming opportunities to provide feedback. Send any questions and feedback directly to communityrelations@bchousing.org.

    Lights on in Serauxmen
    The lights officially turned on in Serauxmen Stadium making this Nanaimo's first lit baseball field. This project, along with other upgrades will make way to expand baseball in the community and for the newly announced West Coast League team, the Nanaimo Night Owls to hopefully begin their first season next year once COVID restrictions have been lifted. 
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    Drowning Prevention Week
    July 18-25 marks Drowning Prevention Week and the City of Nanaimo's Water Safety Education Team is sharing daily safety messages this week on the City's Facebook page.

    Banners recognize 100 years of Rotary
    To recognize and celebrate a significant milestone for local Rotary Clubs, the City of Nanaimo invited artists to reflect on the service club’s areas of focus and create street banner designs as part of a competition. A playful, eye-catching design by Amy Pye was selected for 2020 from a number of submissions.
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    Breaking ground
    Crews are getting ready to break ground on the new Fire Station #1! Construction is expected to begin on July 27, 2020. The project should take about two years to complete. Stay up to date by following the project page on the City website.

    Get Involved
    Did you know? The City has an online community engagement site where you can share your Nanaimo-related ideas, stories and favourite places and provide feedback on City projects. Watch www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca this week as we get ready to launch REIMAGINE NANAIMO! 

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    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos.

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

    Updates to Council and Committee Meetings
    The City has made updates to facilitate public participation in Council and committee meetings while also following physical distancing guidelines. Starting this week, the following measures will be in place:

    • Delegation requests by members of the public for related or unrelated Council or committee matters, as outlined in Council’s Procedure Bylaw, will be permitted.
    • Public hearings will be livestreamed on the City website.
    • All Council and Council-related committee meetings will be livestreamed, recorded and made available on the City website.

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - July 13, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Jul 13, 2020

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    This week, the Water Safety Education Team is visiting parks and beaches teaching about water safety, a new colourful work of art and poetry can be viewed downtown and make note of a schedule change for public hearings. Read on for more!

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    City Service Updates

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Be sure to check the recycling page for helpful curbside tips and tricks! 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    - Open- 

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.

    There are several fitness classes and summer camps being offered outdoors. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to register. 

    - Closed -

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed. A planning process is underway to reopen City of Nanaimo recreation facilities.  

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.  

    Water Safety Education Team
    The City of Nanaimo's Water Safety Education Team will be out this summer visiting local parks and beaches to share their messages on water safety through demonstrations and creative activities. For more activities with Parks, Recreation and Culture this summer, visit the Summer Activities page on the City website.

    Story Walk #3
    Drop in to Richard's Marsh Park (9 Ranchview Dr) anytime from July 24 to August 5 for a StoryWalk® where you can read "Giraffes Can't Dance" by authors Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

    Play & Learn Feedback 

    If you have a preschool aged child, Parks, Recreation & Culture would like your feedback. They have a short survey in place to help plan for Fall/Winter programming. 

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    Harewood Skateboard Park Officially Open
    The Harewood Youth Park officially opened July 6, 2020 with strong support from community partners. The design was completed with input from community skaters and youth representatives from the Harewood area, including the Harewood Neighbourhood Association. 

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    New Artwork "One Song Staircase" Completed
    Commissioned by the City of Nanaimo, artist team Lys Glassford and Lauren Semple of Humanity in Art have collaborated with poet Tina Biello to create a new artwork for downtown Nanaimo, called ‘One Song Staircase.’ The staircase between Wharf Street and Diana Krall Plaza was identified as an ideal location for this small-scale artistic intervention.

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    Upcoming 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.

    Mark your calendars. Public Hearing dates for the remainder of 2020 have changed to:

    • July 23
    • September 17
    • October 22
    • November 19
    • December 17

    The hearings still start at the same time of 7 pm. Check out the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view agendas and minutes from previous hearings.

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - July 6, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Jul 06, 2020
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    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week summer activities are back in the City's parks, commutes may be affected on Bowen Road and a new economic development survey is open for business. Read on for more information!Around-the-City-July-6 Planning for Reopening

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Be sure to check the recycling page for helpful curbside tips and tricks! 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    - Open- 

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, Steve Smith Bike Park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.

    There are several fitness classes and summer camps being offered outdoors. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to register. 

    - Closed -

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed. A planning process is underway to reopen City of Nanaimo recreation facilities.  

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.  

    outdoorfitnessParks & Recreation Summer Activities

    The Playground Program returns this year at several of Nanaimo's favourite parks. This free program is geared for kids ages 5 to 12 years old that includes physical distancing activities such as crafts, sports and games. A StoryWalk and a "Park It" family challenge will also take place. Visit the summer activities page on the City's website for more information.playgroundsbannerBowen Road Upgrades

    Just a reminder that the Bowen Road utility and corridor upgrades are underway. Improvements include watermain replacement, road rehabilitation and improved safety. Keep an eye out for current traffic advisory announcements, including closures and detours scheduled for this week (June 5-10) at Kenworth Road and Bowen/Labieux intersection. 

    bowen-road-rendering---2020-07-03Business Survey

    The City of Nanaimo is in the process of updating a number of key planning policy documents, including a comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The input and insights gleaned from a business survey and other business engagement processes will help inform the direction, goals and priorities. Please take a moment to contribute to the survey before July 17, 2020.Council-and-CommitteesJuly-6 Upcoming 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-new-July-6 Here's a recap of City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - June 24, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Jun 24, 2020

    MyNanaimo-Header-June-24In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week Nanaimo's first inclusive playground opens, walk and read the story Grumpy Bird at Linley Point Gyro Park, Nanaimo receives a $500,000 Active Transportation Grant and sign up for summer camp! Read on to find out more.Around-the-City-millstone-bowen

    Adjusting to the New Normal

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Don't forget about the collection schedule tool, which offers a simple way to help you remember your waste collection day.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    - Open- 

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, Steve Smith Bike Park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.

    There are six summer camp options available July 6 to September 4. Camps will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at  various locations including Beban Park, Bowen Park and the Departure Bay Activity Centre. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to register. 

    - Remains Closed -

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed pending reopening guidelines being worked on between the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe BC and other professional organizations, including the BC Recreation and Parks Association. In the meantime, residents can sign up for several classes being offered outside.

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page

    Province Invests $500,000 in Nanaimo Infrastructure

    The Province's Active Transportation Grants were announced this morning and Nanaimo is approved to receive $500,000 toward Phase 1 of the Metral Drive Complete Streets Corridor. This project will provide continuous sidewalks, unidirectional protected cycle tracks, raised intersections, curb extensions and marked crosswalks.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (14)Grumpy Bird Story Walk

    Check out the FREE, self-guided, interactive park and activity Grumpy Bird Story Walk between June 26-28, 2020 at Linley Point Gyro Park. 

    The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. storywalk_fbeventFriendly Reminder about Harewood Skateboard Park

    The community is very eager to try out the new skateboard park at Harewood Centennial, but using it before it opens could damage it. Parks, Recreation & Culture are kindly reminding the community to please refrain from using it as crews work to complete the project. Opening announcements will be released next week so stay tuned.

    City of Nanaimo Instagram 

    Did you know the City of Nanaimo has an official Instagram page? Follow for updates, announcements and community shared images. Tag the City or use #mynanaimo to highlight some of your favourite places, activities and scenery so they can be shared!instagram screen shotMaffeo Sutton Park Playground now open

    The Maffeo Sutton Inclusive Playground project is a partnership between the City of Nanaimo, Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, Tire Stewardship of BC and other community organizations. Together they brought Nanaimo's first inclusive playground to reality!

    The playground features improved safety surfacing made out of recycled tires and wood fibre replacing the pea gravel. Both of these surfaces allow those with mobility challenges easier and improved access throughout the area.

    Another exciting feature of the playground includes First Nations art pieces created by local artist, Noel Brown. Through his art and the design of the space, a story unfolds that depicts life along the Millstone River with Coho salmon.

    This is Phase 1 of the playground project with Phase 2 expected in 2023. 

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    Lights on for Lisa

    Mayor Krog proclaims June 28 Justice for Lisa Marie Young and on June 30 the Bastion will be lit in her honour. Lights on for Lisa encourages the community to leave their patio lights on in support of the day she was reported missing. 

    Taxes due July 2

    Just a reminder, property taxes are due July 2. Don't forget to claim your Home Owner Grant! If you did not receive your property tax notice or have any questions, please call 250-755-4415.

    Council-and-CommitteesMay-28 Upcoming 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-June-24

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - June 17, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Jun 17, 2020

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    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week water parks open, vegetables are planted in Beban Park, a water safety education team gets ready to travel throughout the community and the City of Nanaimo proclaims June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Nanaimo. Read on to find out more!

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    COVID-19 Phase II, a slow and thoughtful approach to reopening

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Did you know? You can apply for both residential and commercial building permits online? Detailed instructions are provided and if you get stuck, you can always call Development Services at 250-755-4429. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, Steve Smith Bike Park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow. Nanaimo water parks open tomorrow, June 18 and will be open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Gated basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes and sports fields will be reopening Monday, June 22.practice apart at play

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed pending reopening guidelines being worked on between the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe BC and other professional organizations, including the BC Recreation and Parks Association. In the meantime, residents can sign up for several classes being offered outside.

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Don't forget about the collection schedule tool, which offers a simple way to help you remember your waste collection day. Are you looking for a detailed list of the paper and packaging items accepted in your blue recycling cart? Visit the Recycle BC What Can I Recycle? page to learn about all the items accepted and not accepted in the blue cart.  You can also find recycling information in French, Korean, Chinese and Punjabi.

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.

    Vegetables Growing in Beban Park

    Horticulture staff from the City of Nanaimo have planted new vegetable demonstration gardens in Beban Park. The gardens feature varieties of cucumbers, squash, corn, tomatoes, carrots, kale, beets and beans which can be grown locally in small spaces.

    Each type of plant will be identified with interpretive signage so residents can learn more about them. More information about this project and the City’s Community Gardens is available online

    Virtual Countdown for Canada Day

    Canada Day festivities across the country will look lot different this year. Traditional celebrations normally taking place in Nanaimo at Maffeo Sutton Park with live entertainment, activities and that memorable gigantic maple leaf cake will be replaced with ideas to help you prepare for your own back yard celebration. Follow along June 22 to July 1 where videos, activities and tips will be posted daily on @Nanaimoparksandrec Instagram page, Facebook Event and websitecanada day celebrations

    Summer Water Safety

    COVID-19 may have paused traditional swimming lessons and water safety education programming but a couple of new initiatives are being introduced by the aquatics department to reinforce water safety and reduce drownings. A personal flotation device (PFD) loan program will offer free use of PFD's at Westwood Lake starting June 28. The program will operate on an honour system and expand if successful. 

    A water safety education team will be travelling throughout the community for 10 weeks starting June 27. They will visit various parks, camps and waterfront areas providing education on safe boating practices, sun safety, basic rescue, PFD fittings and drowning awareness. Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (23)

    Taxes due July 2

    Just a reminder, property taxes are due July 2. Don't forget to claim your Home Owner Grant! If you did not receive your property tax notice or have any questions, please call 250-755-4415.

    National Indigenous Peoples Day

    Sunday, June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day While in-person celebrations are on hold this year, the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Mid-Island Metis Nation and Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island are encouraging virtual celebrations on social media using #NIPD20. Find resources and information about this day here: https://bit.ly/30Tj75S.   

    The City of Nanaimo has proclaimed June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Nanaimo. Find the proclamation here: https://bit.ly/3dbU3cPCouncil-and-CommitteesJune-17

    Upcoming 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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  • My Nanaimo This Week - June 11, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Jun 11, 2020
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    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week, waste diversion in Nanaimo ranks above Toronto, Culture & Heritage award recipients are featured and Nanaimo Fire Inspector receives prestigious award. Read on to find out more!Around-the-City-June-11COVID-19 Continues in Phase II

    State of Emergency Extended to June 23, 2020

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you.

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Don't forget about the collection schedule tool, which offers a simple way to help you remember your waste collection day.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, Steve Smith Bike Park, pickle ball courts, tennis courts and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow

    Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed pending reopening guidelines being worked on between the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe BC and other professional organizations, including the BC Recreation and Parks Association. Please stay tuned as we follow the Province's lead and take a step-by-step approach in opening up our facilities!

    The Rotary Centennial Garden in Maffeo Sutton Park is beginning to take shape and will be open later this summer. Please be safe, follow signage instructions and steer clear of the active construction area.

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    Waste Diversion

    “Did you know? The City of Nanaimo has some of the highest waste diversion rates in Canada! Your recycling and composting efforts keep 68% of our region's waste out of the landfill, extending it's lifespan another 20 years. Learn more in the latest episode of Good People with Mark Sakamoto. It features those in our community working towards a Zero Waste goal and aired on CBC Gem on June 5. It is available to stream here http://ow.ly/TXwM50A05Sk

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    Celebrating Culture & Heritage

    Each year, the City of Nanaimo recognizes outstanding contributions made to the culture and vibrancy of our community with the Culture & Heritage Awards. The following individuals were nominated by their peers for the 2020 Culture & Heritage Awards and endorsed by City Council:

    Traditionally, recipients are honoured as part of a lively, public celebration at the Port Theatre. This year, because of measures to protect our community from COVID-19, the gathering will not take place as planned.You can view videos featuring all award recipients on the City of Nanaimo YouTube page.

    Bowen Road Construction has Begun

    The City of Nanaimo is upgrading underground infrastructure and the roadway on Bowen Road between the Old Island Highway (Highway 19A) and Labieux Road. Construction will take place at night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and is expected to be complete November 2020.

    Noteworthy project improvements include watermain replacement, new road surface, center medians, pedestrian safety improvements, raised cycle lanes and right-sized travel lanes. For further information, updates and frequently asked questions, please visit the project website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/Bowen.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (20)

    Fire Educator of the Year

    Nanaimo Fire Rescue Inspector, Umesh Lal, has received the 2020 Fire Educator of the Year Award from the Fire Prevention Officers of British Columbia. Umesh has been integral in assisting and developing numerous fire safety and education programs in the City such as the recent FireSmart weekend completed in Long Lake Heights.Council-and-CommitteesJuneee3

    Upcoming 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-June-11

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - June 3, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Jun 03, 2020
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    In this edition of My Nanaimo, playgrounds re-open, we acknowledge BC Senior's Week and the pop-up tax payment office remains open at Beban's Frank Crane Arena.  Around-the-City-June-3

    BC Seniors' Week

    This year, Seniors' Week runs June 1-7, 2020 and is a time to celebrate seniors and acknowledge the integral part seniors play in communities across British Columbia. Visit the Senior Recreation page on the City's website for information on City of Nanaimo senior recreation programs, to learn how to become a Nanaimo Harbour City Senior member and to view June At-Home Wellness Newsletter.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (18)Parks, Recreation & Culture Open Playgrounds

    Parks, trails, skateboard parks, Steve Smith Bike Park, sport courts, dog parks and now playgrounds are open with a number of guidelines to follow to ensure they remain open and to keep everyone safe. 

    The recreation coordinator team continues to post interactive activities on their Instagram page @nanaimoparksandrec. You can also check out the Isolation Recreation web page and the World Oceans Day virtual celebrations event page, filled with all kinds of activities, videos and ways to celebrate while staying apart. Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (19)Reopening Strategies During COVID-19 

    Indoor facilities, such as City Hall, Service and Resource Centre, recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed as staff work on guidelines. To help with the reopening process, a guiding document "Guideline for Restarting Operations" developed by the BC Recreation and Parks Association in consultation with the Province, WorkSafe BC and other professional organizations was released last week.

    The City is open for business online! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.

    Pride Month

    Mayor Krog proclaims June Pride Month. The Pride flag will be flying at City Hall for the month of June and June 8-30 the Bastion will be lit in rainbow in honour of this proclamation. 

    Property Tax Time 

    Property tax notices have been mailed. If you are registered with MyCity, you can view yours online. Watch the video below to learn about the many methods in which you can pay and review some of the guidelines in place when paying in person. 

    Don't forget to claim your Home Owner Grant! You'll need your folio number and access code found on your Property Tax Notice. If you did not receive your property tax notice or have any questions, please call 250-755-4415.

    Bowen Road Upgrades

    There will be upgrades to underground infrastructure and the roadway on Bowen Road between the Old Island Highway (Highway 19A) and Labieux Road beginning June 8, 2020. Construction will take place at night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and is expected to be complete in November 2020.

    Noteworthy project improvements include watermain replacement, new road surface, center medians, pedestrian safety improvements, raised cycle lanes and right-sized travel lanes. For further information, updates and frequently asked questions, please visit the project website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/Bowen.Council-and-CommitteesJune-3 Upcoming 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-june-3 Here's a recap of City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - May 28, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | May 28, 2020
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    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week, property tax notices have been mailed, the Harewood Centennial Park skateboard park is nearing completion and tips for staying safe on, in and near the water are shared. Read on to find out more!Around-the-City-may-28

    COVID-19 Adjusting to Phase II

    Corporate Services

    Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you.

    Public Works

    City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. Don't forget about the collection schedule tool, which offers a simple way to help you remember your waste collection day.

    Do you have quarantine cardboard stacking up at home? Save space in your blue cart by flattening boxes and cutting down oversize pieces. Pieces should be no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet (60 x 60 cm) so they don't overload the compactors in the trucks. To find depots that accept extra cardboard for free and for more curbside recycling tips visit the recycling section of the City's website. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    Parks, trails, skateboard parks, Steve Smith Bike Park, sport courts and dog parks have re-opened with a number of guidelines to follow to ensure they remain open and to keep everyone safe. 

    Playgrounds and indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed pending reopening guidelines being worked on right now between the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe BC and other professional organizations, including the BC Recreation and Parks Association.
    Please stay tuned as we follow the Province's lead and take a step-by-step approach in opening up our facilities!

    The City of Nanaimo is supporting Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, Nanaimo Foodshare and Island Roots Market by providing access to recreation facilities that would otherwise be closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations continue to provide very important services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the "Empties 4 Food", the "Good Food Boxes" programs and the Island Roots Market.

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.

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    Property Tax Time 

    Property tax notices have been mailed. If you are registered with MyCity, you can view yours online. The 2020 property tax due date is July 2, 2020, but this year the first penalty date has been extended to October 1, 2020. You can pay property taxes using one of the following methods:
    ✔ through your financial institution - online, on the phone or in-person;
    ✔ mail with the postage-paid envelope included with your property tax mailout;
    ✔ drop your cheque into the dropbox beside the front doors at the Service and Resource Centre at 411 Dunsmuir Street 
    ✔ in person at a pop-up tax payment office open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Beban Park at the Frank Crane Arena box office (2300 Bowen Road). 

    A number of safety measures are in place to maintain physical distancing. Anyone who is not feeling well should stay home and only one person per household may visit the office at any one time. Please note: due to COVID-19 safety protocols, only debit and cheques will be accepted as payment.  

    Don't forget to claim your Home Owner Grant, this online service is available now until the end of December. You'll need your folio number and access code found on your Property Tax Notice. 

    If you did not receive your property tax notice or have any questions, please call 250-755-4415.

     

    Parks, Recreation & Culture

    Nanaimo's newest skateboard park in Harewood Centennial Park, is almost complete! Scheduled to open late June, this park will be a world-class facility and has been described as a one-of-a-kind skateboard park for Vancouver Island. Stay tuned for more opening details.

    Follow @nanaimoparksandrec on Instagram or visit the Isolation Recreation web page for fun, interactive activities such as the wellness wave, bingo, a scavenger hunt, #isolationrecreation ideas and spot the differences challenge.harewood_skatepark_render

    Water Safety

    As City aquatic facilities, programs and safety supervision by lifeguards have yet to reopen to the public, here are some reminders to ensure you stay safe in, on and around the water.

    • Actively supervise young children & stay within arms-length reach
    • Always swim with a buddy
    • Be a safe boater: Wear your PFD - they save lives!
    • When boating, make a float plan and communicate it to a friend
    • Be sober and aware of boat load capacity
    • In a boat, remain low and avoid sudden movements
    • Carry necessary equipment
    • Ensure equipment is in good condition
    • Know the weather, water conditions and local hazards
    • Be knowledgeable about what to do in an emergency

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    The Transport Canada website on Recreational Boating has more information available to help you stay safe.

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    Upcoming 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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  • My Nanaimo This Week - May 21, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | May 21, 2020
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    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week we celebrate Public Works Week and all they do to keep the City of Nanaimo running. We also celebrate achievements in driving towards environmental responsibility with a silver E3 Fleet award. Read on to find out more!Around-the-City-may-21

    COVID-19 a New Phase

    For now, our doors remain closed, but the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page. On Thursday, May 14 tennis courts, pickleball courts, gated off-leash dog parks and the Steve Smith Bike Park re-opened. Skateboard Parks will re-open tomorrow, Friday May 22. There are a number of guidelines to follow to ensure they remain open and to keep people safe. All other City services and operations continue to run, with the exception of Parks, Recreation and Culture programming, drop-in sports, pools, arenas, gyms and playgrounds which remain closed for now. The City is taking a step-by-step approach and will announce the future re-opening of facilities as the BC Restart Plan is rolled out. Please stay tuned!

    For anyone looking for more information on COVID-19 returning to work and safety plans visit WorkSafeBC

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page

    Public Works Week

    Do you feel the rhythm of Public Works? May 17-23 is Public Works Week. Check out the City's social media channels for an inside look at Public Works and the many ways Public Works staff keep our city functioning. Did you know that when a water line ruptures, it's Public Works that rushes out to fix it? Or that when it snows, it's Public Works that takes to the roads to plow? They also collect our recycling, compost and garbage. That's right, Public Workspublicworksweekfeeltherhytm

    Invasive Plant Drop Zone

    Help "free the trees" of English ivy, remove broom, blackberry or any other invasive plants and bring them to the Drop Zone for safe disposal. Staff will be on site May 30, between 10 am and 2 pm at the Bowen Park Upper Picnic Shelter. Staff will be practicing safe physical distancing. Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (10)

    Dog Free Beaches May 1 - October 1

    A reminder that your furry friends are not allowed on Nanaimo's beaches May 1-October 1, with the exception of designated dog areas. As the weather warms up, more people frequent beaches for playing, picnicking and swimming. Also, many animals and birds come to the shoreline to breed and feed during these months. There are 12 dog parks/areas open year-round to choose from. To see a list of options and a map, please visit the Dogs in Parks pageCopy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (17)

    Going Green

    On May 11, 2020, Nanaimo City Council adopted a new Green Fleet Strategy that includes efficiency targets outlined by E3 Fleet; a unique Canadian program that helps fleet owners continually improve their energy and environmental performance. In February 2020, the City of Nanaimo was awarded a silver E3 Fleet Award for its current achievements in driving towards environmental responsibility.

    The City recognizes that vehicles are a major source of air pollutants that contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With growing concerns over climate change, the City of Nanaimo is taking a leadership role in energy conservation, fuel efficiency and reducing GHG emissions. In April of 2019, Nanaimo Council declared a climate emergency and made Environmental Responsibility a cornerstone of their strategic plan.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (13)

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Who Did it Better

    Have you been voting on the "Who Did it Better" series found on the Nanaimo Parks and Rec Instagram? Each week Recreation Coordinators re-create a famous movie scene for followers to vote on who did it best! If you're looking for something fun to follow, check it out. 

    For many more programs such as the wellness wave, bingo, #isolationrecreation ideas, a scavenger hunt and the harbourcity photo challenge follow @nanaimoparksandrec on Instagram or visit the Isolation Recreation web page.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (15)

    Temporary Art Program

    As part of the 2020 Temporary Art program, a new bronze sculpture by artist Joanne Helm was installed this week at Maffeo Sutton park. The work is called “Joy of Life” and it’s a tribute to the artist’s beloved companion. Find more details and stay up to date on art in public spaces via the Culture Nanaimo Instagram page. Council-and-Committeescity-hall

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    • Mon, May 25 Special Council Meeting, 2 pm
    • Mon, May 25 Regular Council Meeting, 7 pm
    • Tues, May 26 Special Economic Development Task Force, 1 pm

    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-May-21

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - May 14, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | May 14, 2020

    MyNanaimo-Header-May-14In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week, review the City's 2020 Financial Plan, get ready to drop off your invasive plants, learn how the City is repurposing old tires and do the wellness wave with Parks, Recreation & Culture.Around-the-City-May-13

    COVID-19 Moving Into a New Phase

    For now, our doors remain closed, but the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page. As of Thursday, May 14 tennis courts, pickleball courts, gated off-leash dog parks and the Steve Smith Bike park will re-open. There are a number of guidelines to follow to ensure they remain open and to keep people safe. All other City services and operations continue to run, with the exception of Parks, Recreation and Culture programming, drop-in sports, pools, arenas, gyms, skate parks and playgrounds which remain closed for now. The City is taking a step-by-step approach and will announce the future re-opening of facilities as the BC Restart Plan is rolled out. Stay tuned!

    The Provincial government has created a path to reopening BC and wants to hear from you to help guide their decisions on what steps to take. Take this survey to provide your feedback! 

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page

    Council sets 2020 Property Rate & Budget

    The final 2020 Financial Plan approved by Council on May 11, 2020, set the property tax rate at 4.5 per cent and allows the City flexibility going forward. Council has decided to reduce pressures to residents and businesses by pushing back the penalty for late property tax payments to October 1, 2020. If you have the ability, please pay your taxes before the due date of July 2, 2020. View the financial plan document or check out some quick facts. Mayor Krog hosted a press conference regarding the budget that aired live on Facebook, May 12.

    Invasive Plant Removal & Drop Zones

    May is Invasive Plant Awareness Month. Maintaining natural areas and restoring the integrity of the native ecology depends on everyone. Help "free the trees" of English Ivy, remove Broom, Blackberry or any other invasive plants and bring them to the Drop Zone for safe disposal. Staff will be on site May 30, between 10 am and 2 pm at the Bowen Park Upper Picnic Shelter. Staff will be practicing safe physical distancing. 

    Serauxmen Stadium New Lights

    Have you been near the Third Street sport zone recently? If so, you might have noticed some construction near the historic Serauxmen Stadium. New LED lighting is being installed! This upgrade will provide youth and adult baseball clubs with the very first 90 foot lit baseball field in Nanaimo. The new lights will also attract spectators (when safe to do so) to cheer on a new level of baseball with the expansion of the West Coast Baseball League.

    Stage 2 Watering Restrictions

    Just a reminder! As of May 1, 2020, the City of Nanaimo residents are to follow Stage 2, or odd and even day, watering restrictions. This means odd number houses may water on odd numbered days and even number houses on even numbered days for two hours maximum between the hours of 7 am to 10 am or 7 pm to 10 pm. For those of you with gardens, you may water those vegetables at any time! For more information on watering restrictions visit the Water & Sewage tab.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (6)

    Wave with Parks, Recreation & Culture

    The Nanaimo Wellness Wave has rolled in! Started by the City’s Recreation Coordinator team to inspire the community, provide engagement & create civic pride during this time of physical distancing. Get involved! Send a video clip of you, your family, co-workers or friends performing the Nanaimo Wellness Wave (while maintaining physical distancing) to parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca or tag Nanaimo Parks and Rec Instagram and use #nanaimoparksandrec #NanaimoWellnessWave by May 31. Each week submitted video clips will be highlighted on @nanaimoparksandrec Instagram. In June, a YouTube video with all of the Nanaimo Wellness Wave videos received will be posted to the City's YouTube channel. Be creative! Film at an iconic location, your favorite park or in your backyard and encourage friends & family to do the same!
     

    For more programs such as wellness bingo, #isolationrecreation ideas, a scavenger hunt, who did it better and the harbourcity photo challenge follow @nanaimoparksandrec on Instagram or visit the Isolation Recreation web page.

    Repurposing Old Tires for Maffeo Sutton Playground

    Nanaimo received $27,901 from Tire Stewardship BC's 2020 Community Grant Program to use for new rubber safety surfacing as part of Maffeo Sutton Park's new playground. It is being redeveloped as a space that is inclusive and accessible. The art within the playground design is the work of artist Noel Brown and reflects the rich history and culture of Snuneymuxw First Nation. Phase one of the redevelopment is scheduled to be complete in early summer. 

    What's Building in My Neighbourhood

    Did you know you can view up-to-date information about applications and permits in the City of Nanaimo? If you're curious, you can filter results by application type and neighbourhood. You can also subscribe and stay up to date, check it out under the what's building in my neighbourhood website page. Council-and-CommitteesMay-13

    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-may-13 Here's a recap of City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - May 6, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | May 06, 2020

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    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week, we celebrate Compost Awareness Week, Emergency Preparedness Week, follow construction at Maffeo Sutton Park and Hammond Bay Road and announce the return of the Golden Bucket! 

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    COVID-19 Continues

    For now, our doors remain closed, but the City is definitely open for business! City services and operations continue to run, with the exception of Parks, Recreation and Culture programming, drop-in sports, playgrounds and sport courts which remain closed at this time. Check out our Online Services page.

    A new task force has been struck as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the community. The Mayor's Task Force on Recovery and Resilience is being created to address upcoming economic impacts, community resiliency and provide a path forward for recovery so the City and other organizations within the community to focus on urgent current issues. Find out about the Task Foce's purpose and membership here.

    Today, Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minster of Health Adrian Dix provide an update on BC's COVID-19 strategy. If you'd like to view the presentation of what BC's "new normal" will look like over the coming weeks, visit the City's Facebook page watch party. Read a statement from Mayor Krog regarding BC's restart plan here. Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page

    Emergency Preparedness Week

    As we work together to flatten the Covid-19 curve and support the collective response in reducing risks to the community, we realize now more than ever how important it is to prepare for the unexpected. Many City of Nanaimo residents have started to build an emergency kit and there is no time like today to complete it. A few simple actions will help you build upon all of the hard work you already have in place. For more information about how you can prepare and make a kit go to the Emergency Management page or the Province of BC website.

     

    International Compost Awareness week

    In 2019, the average Nanaimo household composted 247 kg of organics through the Green Cart! Way to go Nanaimo! However, there‘s always room for improvement. Compostable organics make up the largest portion of landfill waste that could be diverted. To learn more about what goes in the green bin visit Garbage & Recycling. Among many other benefits, composting increases soil health and water retention, and reduces methane emissions from landfills.Throughout the week, check out our social media channels for fun composting facts and tips! If you would like to learn more about National Compost Awareness week visit Composting Council Research & Education Foundation

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    Construction at Maffeo Sutton Park
    Just a reminder to stay safe and follow signage at Maffeo Sutton Park while construction of the Rotary Garden installation, Protection Island Marine Cable upgrade and Phase 1 of the Maffeo Sutton Inclusive Playground continue. 

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    Hammond Bay Road Work
    Construction along Hammond Bay Road is scheduled to finish on time. Installation of concrete barriers, line painting, streetlight poles and some miscellaneous cleanup is expected to be complete by May 15, 2020. 

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    Have fun online & outside with Parks, Recreation & Culture

    The Golden Bucket is back, but this time touch-free! This year you are searching for a golden bucket sticker, not an actual bucket. Weekly clues will be posted on Wednesdays. Solve the clue to figure out which park the golden bucket sticker is hidden in. Find the sticker, answer a question and be entered to win a grand prize! This year you will need to scan the QR code on the sticker to reveal the question and submit.

    For more programs such as wellness bingo, #isolationrecreation ideas, a scavenger hunt, who did it better and the harbourcity photo challenge follow @nanaimoparksandrec on Instagram or visit the Isolation Recreation web page.

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    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. You can now submit agenda related questions to council, learn more!

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  • Applauding all Volunteers

    by Chelsea Barr | Apr 24, 2020

    We would like to wrap up the week with a special thanks to all the volunteers who contribute their expertise, time and talent to the community. In honour of National Volunteer Week 2020, we would like to recognize all the dedicated individuals, including many who help the City of Nanaimo!Copy of Graphics sized for NewsletterThere are 18 active volunteer park ambassadors and many groups who participate in the Adopt a Park program working closely with Parks, Recreation & Culture. Over 130 volunteers from community and school groups participated in one of 47 work parties in 2019, helping our parks with litter pick up, invasive plant removal or tree planting projects. Ten groups helped with the Great Canadian Shoreline clean up as well. So far in 2020 we’ve had nearly a dozen work parties take place in our parks, plus over 35 broombusters are currently working hard cutting “broom in bloom".Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (4) The City of Nanaimo’s Emergency Management department has a team called Emergency Support Services or ESS. ESS volunteers are the heart of disaster response and support Nanaimo residents when called upon during emergencies both large and small. A thanks also to the Coast Emergency Communications Association (CECA) Ham Radio Operators, Red Cross and St John Ambulance. The dedication and commitment from emergency volunteer services support the City of Nanaimo and residents every day.

    We would also like to recognize everyone who participated in 2019/2020 spring and falls community cleanup program. Together, these groups worked with public works and cleaned 94 km along Nanaimo streets and parks!   

    • 1st Chase River Rangers/Girl Guides of Canada   
    • 1st Nanaimo Piper Pathfinders / Piper Rangers / Girl Guides of Canada          
    • 7-10 Club            
    • Christ Community Church            
    • Morell Sanctuary             
    • Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club
    • University Christian Ministries   
    • Young Life      
    • Vancouver Island University Eco Club    Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (2)Finally, and importantly, thank you to the many individuals who contribute to a board or committee. There are many groups of people who meet regularly to assist with promoting social and political equity, developing design guidelines, overseeing the creation of a new economic development strategy and much more.Copy of Graphics sized for Newsletter (3)
  • My Nanaimo This Week - April 22, 2020

    by Chelsea Barr | Apr 22, 2020

    My Nanaimo this week Header April 22

    In this edition of My Nanaimo This Week, we provide you with an update on how the City continues to respond to COVID-19.  Learn about the Park Ambassador program, how you can apply for a building permit online, the upgrades at Maffeo Sutton Park and be inspired by Parks, Recreation & Culture to stay active while practicing physical distancing. 

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    Coping with COVID-19

    The City continues to support messaging from BC's Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix, reminding residents to stay home when sick and maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet apart, when outside. A common question from the community is what the City is doing to enforce physical distancing. As COVID-19 is a health matter overseen by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, the City takes its direction from those authorities. The Province of BC's Compliance and Enforcement Guidance about Public Health Orders with respect to Physical Distancing document states that “there are no public health Orders addressed to the general public requiring them to maintain physical distancing outside their own homes, with the exception of inside food premises. The public has been provided with strong recommendations and guidance in this regard.”

    What this also means, from a compliance and enforcement standpoint is:

    • Provincial Health Officers will be monitoring all food premises, including restaurants, mobile food vendors, and grocery stores as well as personal service establishments and pools.
    • Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers will oversee and report infractions associated with community facilities such as community halls, museums, places of worship, tourist enterprises, recreational facilities and private property.
    • The guidelines to support compliance with provincial health officer’s orders clarify that bylaw enforcement officers do not have the ability to detain an individual as a result of a contravention or suspected contravention of a public health order, or issue a fine or penalty.
    • Any enforcement will be at the direction of the PHO (Public Health Officer) or local medical health officer.

    Another popular question the City receives is whether it is okay for people to go outside. The Provincial Health Officer is encouraging British Columbians to spend time outside where possible, as long as you are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, you maintain the recommended physical distance, avoid touching your face and wash your hands before and after you go out. To reinforce this message, the Park Ambassador program has been launched in some of Nanaimo's busiest parks. These ambassadors, wearing bright yellow vests, are there to remind park users about keeping an appropriate physical distance, disinfecting high touch points, tidying the parks and reporting issues.

    Nanaimo RCMP continues to operate 24/7 with a focus on community safety. They would like to remind residents to help reduce crime by taking precautions such as always locking vehicles and storing any valuables out of site. They do have an online crime reporting tool which allows residents to report minor crimes, including damage to property or theft under $5,000, directly to officers if need be.

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.

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    Business Online 

    Doors may be closed, but the City is definitely open for business! City services and operations continue to run, with the exception of Parks, Recreation and Culture programming, drop-in sports, playgrounds and sport courts which remain closed at this time.

    Although the City has been implementing new ways of doing business online for years, the building permit application process has been fast-forwarded. Now the approval process is using DocuSign so a residential or commercial building permit of any type can be done remotely.

    Check out our Online Services page or give us a call:

    • General Inquiries - 250-754-4251
    • Parks, Recreation and Culture - 250-756-5200
    • Public Works - 250-758-5222

    Spring Cleaning and Recycling Responsibly

    While many people are spring cleaning, drop-off options are limited for recycling and reusable goods donation. To reduce risk to residents and staff, many recycling depots are open with reduced hours, and donation drop-off centres remain closed. Please make a plan to responsibly manage your spring cleaning waste, considering options like holding off from non-essential trips to the landfill, and storing donations and recyclables until drop-off facilities resume regular operations. Visit the City’s Garbage/Recycling page for the latest information and FAQs on garbage and recycling. Find the recycling depot nearest you using the What Goes Where tool on the Nanaimo Recycles app available for free download from the  App Store and Google Play as well on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page.

    Participate in a Virtual Water to Earth Month 2020

    Water to Earth month celebrates World Water Day (March 22) and Earth Day (April 22) with a series of events and activities now coming to you virtually from Team Watersmart! Join in the 4th annual Water to Earth Month events with a virtual activity passport. Complete the activities and be entered to win some cool prize packs.

    Taking Advantage of Closures

    While pool closures normally take place in August and September, staff worked quickly to re-schedule maintenance when COVID-19 closures were put in place. Yearly tasks such as painting, rust removal, scrubbing, tile repair, washing, inventory and disinfecting are being completed at both Beban Park Pool and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. This year a new service was performed at Beban Park Pool. A process called GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar), was conducted to investigate under the Beban Park Pool. Seven test holes were drilled in the tank and reports showed the tank is intact and no voids were discovered. 

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    Parks is working hard to maintain trails and up-keep popular outdoor spaces. The trails at Beban's Participaction Park and the west side of Buttertubs Marsh Park have recently been resurfaced. 

    Maffeo Sutton Park is seeing its busiest construction year since the Spirit Square Project completed in 2008. Work on the Rotary Garden installation, Protection Island Marine Cable upgrade and Phase 1 of the Maffeo Sutton Inclusive Playground are under way. In the same area as existing playground, the space will see improvements to safety surfacing and overall comfort. Art work from a local First Nation Artist Noel Brown will be integrated, adding imaginative play for children while depicting the cultural importance of the area. The City has been fortunate enough to work closely with key partners on this project including the Nanaimo Child Development Centre and the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. 

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    Stay Fit and Engage with Parks, Recreation & Culture

    The City's recreation coordinators are staying active and connected by inspiring residents daily with #isolationrecreation ideas. Follow along with their fun campaigns through the @nanaimoparksandrec Instagram feed as well as on the Isolation Recreation web page. Programs include wellness bingo, #isolationrecreation ideas, a scavenger hunt and a #harbourcityphotochallenge. Check it out to discover some fun ways to stay active while practicing physical distancing or isolation at home.  

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    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 news from April 15 to 22:

  • City is Focused on Keeping Critical Services Running Without Interruption

    by Chelsea Barr | Apr 03, 2020

    During the pandemic, the City of Nanaimo is focused on keeping critical services running without interruption. This is a province-led emergency and the City is adhering to the Provincial health Orders. Therefore, many safety measures and changes have been implemented to ensure compliance. All departments have increased cleaning and sanitization efforts, creating alternate work schedules when applicable and conducting meetings through various online platforms. Although facilities are closed for face-to-face interaction, they are still open for business. Updates from each department were presented at a Special Council Meeting held on April 1, 2020:

    RCMP - Is fully staffed and responding to calls and inquires. The RCMP is encouraging residents to lock their doors as they are noting an increase in commercial and residential break and enters and a more aggressive homeless population. We encourage you to watch a public service message from the Officer in Charge, Supt. Cameron Miller.

    Nanaimo Fire Rescue – have suspended outdoor burning permits early this year to reduce potential breathing implications for those affected by the COVID-19. The department has limited training and moved to an online model. Routine business fire inspections and station tours are on hold for now, however smoke detector installations continue as fire safety is still a top priority. They have received much community support and are grateful for that and would like to encourage those wanting to donate to choose a charity that could benefit during this difficult time.

    Public Works – main priority is to keep critical services running without interruption and to protect the health of staff and the City’s critical infrastructure. There are many moving parts working hard behind the scenes to ensure our drinking water is flowing, garbage is picked up, storm drains are cleared, transportation routes remain safe and the machines and vehicles in the City’s fleet are maintained.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture – have cancelled all programs and rentals up to May 1, 2020. As more information becomes available, they will re-assess and be in touch with bookings beyond that date. Recreation Coordinators have launched innovative online programs to keep residents active and engaged while in isolation. Increased signage has been posted to educate and remind the public of closures and adhering to public health orders of no gatherings and keeping a physical distance of 6 feet or more.

    Development Services – are in a good place for doing business online thanks to the functions put in place before COVID-19. They are taking advantage of online tools with developers and consultants to ensure meetings continue while keeping staff and the public safe. They are looking into online options for public hearings and other ways of gathering public input. With 14 development permits issued in the 1st quarter, they are seeing most projects move forward, just with fewer people on job sites.

    Bylaws – is a key partner in ensuring the community is complying to public health orders in place. They are minimizing in-person contact as much as possible but responding to inquiries as they come in. Bylaw Officers reported that parking revenues were down and that they are also noting heightened tension and anxiety levels on the streets.

    Corporate Services – is focusing on expense tracking, weekly calls with key stakeholders and advance planning as part of the Emergency Coordination Centre.  The 2019 auditing is complete and financial services such as purchasing, reporting and accounting continue operating as scheduled.

    Information Technology - has deployed new applications, leased hardware and acquired additional licenses so staff can work from home wherever possible. They have enabled distance collaboration platforms and virtual switchboards to ensure the City is operating smoothly and departments are responding to community needs.

    Human Resources – are addressing new health and safety concerns and the department is communicating closely with WorkSafe BC and CUPE. Most training has been paused, but respirator fit testing has accelerated for operational staff, to enhance protection against COVID-19.

    Communications – is working closely with the Emergency Coordination Centre to communicate essential messaging around COVID-19. They created and published a COVID-19 Informational Page as well as COVID-19 FAQ Page to help keep residents informed with regular updates. The team continues to provide regular social media updates and is working on launching a public engagement page dedicated to COVID-19. 

    Legislative Services – continue to respond to Freedom of Information requests, liability claims, insurance work and meeting support for Council. New orders were issued last week around COVID-19 and it was suggested that Council could conduct regular Council meetings while restricting unrelated delegations at this time. The department is considering conducting Special Council meetings through online platforms such as Zoom or Facebook Live to limit the need for in-person meetings, while still maintaining quorum.

    The City will continue to adapt and follow the most up-to-date guidelines provided by the Provincial Health Officer.  If you are looking for ways to connect with the City online, please visit the City Services tab.

    Please remember what Dr. Bonnie Henry our Provincial Health Officer said, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.” 

  • My Nanaimo This Week - March 31, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Mar 31, 2020

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    In this special edition of My Nanaimo This Week, we provide you with information on the City's role in responding to COVID-19.  

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    About COVID-19

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a health matter which is overseen by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. For this reason, the City of Nanaimo gets its direction and information from the Government of Canada, provincial government, BC Medical Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

    Information and resources from the federal government can be found on their COVID-19 information page and information and resources from the province can be found on their COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information page.

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.

    Stop the spread!

    1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
    2. Avoid touching your eye, nose and mouth.
    3. Cover your cough using the bend of your elbow or a tissue.
    4. Stay at home. If you do have to go out, only go out if you are well and are practicing physical distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others. Watch this video to see what physical distancing means.
    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

    A message from the Mayor

    Open for business

    Our doors may be closed, but we are open for business. With the exception of Parks, Recreation and Culture programming, drop-in sports, playgrounds and sport courts, City services and operations continue to run. The services which you may have come to City Hall or the Service and Resource Centre for can be accessed online or by phone. Check out our Online Services page to find what you need or give us a call:

    • General Inquiries - 250-754-4251
    • Parks, Recreation and Culture - 250-756-5200
    • Public Works - 250-758-5222

    Practice safe recycling/waste disposal

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    These are challenging times, and we recognize your household’s curbside waste volumes may be affected. All households are encouraged to follow good waste management practices: properly sorting recyclables and organics, rinsing recyclable containers so they are free of food residue and saving space by flattening cardboard boxes and other bulky recyclables.

    Please help keep sanitation workers safe by following Safe Waste procedures and  securely bagging and throwing the following items in the garbage:

    • Cleaning cloths and disposable wipes - even those listed as flushable/compostable
    • Used Kleenex
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Face masks & gloves
    • Any other similar items

    Visit the City’s Garbage/Recycling page for the latest information and FAQs on garbage and recycling. Use the tools available on the Nanaimo Recycles app available for free download from the App Store and Google Play as well on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page.

    Practice health and well-being virtually

    Our recreation coordinators understand how important it is to stay active and connected especially during times of social isolation. To bring some fun to the community, coordinators have launched some fun campaigns through the @nanaimoparksandrec Instagram feed including a Wellness Bingo, #isolationrecreation ideas, a scavenger hunt and a #harbourcityphotochallenge. Check it out to discover some fun ways to stay active while social distancing.  

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    This week’s Council and Committee Meetings

    All committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

    A Special Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 1. You can watch it virtually on the City website.

    The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6.

    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 news from March 15 to 29:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - March 9 to 15, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Mar 09, 2020

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    This week we spring forward, get involved and are out and about for March. Read on!

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    Spring forward!
    It certainly starts to feel more like spring when it stays brighter that much longer in the evenings. This week, we get to add an extra hour to our evenings because Daylight Savings Time began on Sunday. Did you remember to set your clocks forward one hour this weekend? If not, you may be late for an appointment!  

    Get involved Nanaimo!
    The City's new engagement site, Get Involved Nanaimo is live and ready for your participation! We have set up a few projects to get you acquainted with the site and its features including a survey asking you what you are most interested in engaging with us about, an ideas forum where you can brainstorm with us and other community members and a section where you can share your favourite things about Nanaimo. Watch the video below and then check out www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca.

    It's simple to start getting involved! Watch the video below to learn how to register and use the many features.

    Out and About!
    We're out and about with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture for March! Watch the video below to see what they have in store for the month. 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.

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    Call for applicants!

    The City of Nanaimo is calling for applications from residents interested in volunteering to participate in the Council Remuneration Task Force (CRTF). The task force will provide an impartial and objective review of the current remuneration paid to Mayor and Council and provide recommendations for a remuneration structure to be implemented by the fall of 2020.

    If you are interested and have experience or credentials in one or more of the following areas, apply by 4:30 pm on Thursday, March 12.

    • Management experience of a large or complex organization
    • Business and/or legal experience
    • Local government or other public sector experience
    • Accounting or finance experience
    • Human Resources and benefits experience

    Applications can be emailed to Legislative.Servicesoffice@nanaimo.ca or mailed/hand delivered to Legislative Services, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6. 

    Visit the following links for more information and to download the application form:
    Committee Application Form
    Council Remuneration Task Force Terms of Reference
    Council Spending and Amenities Policy
    Boards and Committees

    This week’s Council and Committee Meetings 
    The week opens up with a Governance and Priorities meeting on Monday and the Environment Committee will meet on Wednesday.

    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 news from March 2 to 6:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - March 2 to 8, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Mar 02, 2020

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    This week registration for spring and summer recreation programs opens, get ready for a new way to engage and let's celebrate a record year of growth. Read on!

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    Get active this spring and summer!
    Have you picked up your copy of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide? It is now available in City rec centres, libraries, local grocery stores and local malls. You can even view and download a copy on the City website

    Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture have a variety of programs to keep you active including dance, fitness, gardening, cooking and music classes. With warmer weather and longer days coming, it's also time to start planning for summer camps and other activities to stay busy. Registration opens Wednesday, March 4 and classes can fill up fast! You can register online or by calling 250-756-5200. 

    Get involved Nanaimo!
    Beginning Tuesday, March 3, you will have a new way to engage with us. Our online engagement site, Get Involved Nanaimo, will be live and ready for your participation! Get Involved Nanaimo will feature a number of tools for you to provide feedback, connect with other Nanaimo residents and connect with us on topics of importance to you. So, on Tuesday, March 3, visit www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca to register and get involved!

    A record year for growth
    Have you been noticing a lot of large construction projects underway around town? Nanaimo has been experiencing a lot of growth lately - so much that our growth is outpacing Vancouver Island, BC and even Canada’s averages 2019 was a record year for Nanaimo, and all of that construction - from new condo developments to highway and lighting improvements - all adds up to half a billion dollars in new investment.

    Want to know more? Follow these links:

    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 
    It's a light week with a Council meeting on Monday and the monthly Public Hearing on Thursday. The Health and Housing Task Force meeting has been cancelled.

    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 news from February 24-28:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - February 24 to March 1, 2020

    by Tracy Loewen | Feb 24, 2020

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    This week we rhyme about being kind to all kinds, get ready for spring activities and celebrate raising a flag for reconciliation. Read on!

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    Be Kind to All Kinds
    The City of Nanaimo’s Youth Poet Laureate, Valina Zanetti, and the Nanaimo BC SPCA invite all local youth poets between the ages of 11 and 18 to submit their original poems to raise awareness on three BC SPCA topics:

    • BC SPCA Rescue Stories (Refer to real BC SPCA rescue stories at www.spca.bc.ca/adoption_stories)
    • Your Own Pet Rescue Stories
    • Habitat Loss/Endangered Animals

    Twenty poems will be chosen to create a poetry collection book. Of the twenty chosen poems, poets of the Top 3 poems will receive awards and cash prizes presented at a City Council meeting, and attend an unveiling event at the Nanaimo BC SPCA on April 23 to read their poems. The final poetry collection book will be provided to the Nanaimo BC SPCA to raise money for the animals in their care. The deadline for poem submission is March 30, 2020.

    For more information visit the BC SPCA Poetry Contest page on the City website.

    Be kind to each other
    Wednesday, February 26 is Pink Shirt Day. This annual event raises awareness of the effects of bullying with a goal to end bullying. City of Nanaimo staff will be wearing pink on Wednesday in support of anti-bullying program. Join us and wear pink to work, school or wherever you are on Wednesday. 

    Get ready for spring!
    Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture wants you to be ready for spring with the arrival of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide! Available from Friday, February 28, the guide has a number of programs and classes to keep you active all spring and summer. 

    Registration for spring and summer programs opens Wednesday, March 4. Register online or by calling 250-756-5200.

    Flag raising at City Hall
    Last week, Councils from the City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation came together to take another step toward reconciliation at a flag raising ceremony. Snuneymuxw returned their flag to City Hall to fly along with the City's. This momentous occasion is a way forward to creating a welcoming place for all.  

    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 

    Council's in session on Monday and the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness has their inaugural meeting on Wednesday.   

    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 news from February 18-22:

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