My Nanaimo This Week - February 3 to 9, 2020

Feb 03, 2020

My Nanaimo This Week for February 3-9

This week we see if we are in for more winter, make a call for banner designs and keep a lid on hot drinks. Read on!

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Is it spring yet?
Sunday, February 2 marked Groundhog Day. Tradition says that if a groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow on February 2, it will mean six more weeks of winter. Down south they have Punxsutawney Phil, but here in Canada we have Wiarton Willie. Did he see his shadow?

Whether we are in for more winter or spring, be prepared for rainy weather! Prevent flooding in your home by making sure the eaves around your home are clear of leaves and debris. Help prevent flooding on our roads and other properties by making sure the storm drains and catch basin in front of your home are clear of leaves and debris. Please report clogged and/or overflowing storm drainage inlets, catch basins or manholes to Public Works at 250-758-5222. Public Works also has sand and sand bags for filling - make sure to bring a shovel.

Watch the video below for how to clear catch basins. 

In the event of snow, be prepared by ensuring you have supplies, proper attire for the weather and winter tires on your vehicle. See below for how the City is prepared for snowfall and find more information on our Snow and Ice Control page

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Calling all artists and designers!
Want to help decorate Nanaimo? We are looking for someone to design the new street banners that will adorn major commuting corridors in spring 2020 and summer 2021. 

Interested in submitting a design? Attend an information meeting on Tuesday, February 4 in the Bowen Park Upper Lobby beginning at 4 p.m. where you will have an opportunity to view past examples of banner designs and ask questions about the competition. Find more about this competition on the Bid Opportunities page on the City website.

Keep a lid on it!
Hot drinks are tasty, but also a leading cause of hospitalization from scalds for children under 5. Whenever you have a hot drink around a child, use a travel mug with a screw-on lid. 

The video below is a collaborative project by the Nanaimo Professional Firefighters IAFF 905 Charitable Society, Nanaimo Fire Rescue, The British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund and the City of Nanaimo. 

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Council and Committees

This week’s Council and Committee Meetings 
It's another quiet week with only the Regular Council meeting taking place on Monday.  

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 January 27-31:

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