My Nanaimo This Week - September 30 - October 6

Sep 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

Ring, Ring!

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

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

Cops vs. Firefighters!

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

Did you know?

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

Date Change

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

Upcoming Community Events

Find a complete list of City-related events at

Plan your commute!

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

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

Find more information on these and other City construction projects at 

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Council and Committees

What's New 

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

Meetings This Week

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

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