My Nanaimo This Week - November 12 to 17

Nov 12, 2019
My Nanaimo November 12 - 17

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

Read on for some mid-November excitement!

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

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

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

Happy reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

events this weekUpcoming Community Events:

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

Find a complete list of City-related events at

construction zones this week

Construction Updates

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

Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

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

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

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

Council and CommitteesThis week’s Council and Committee Meetings

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

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

in the news this week

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

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