Alternative Approval process begins for

Nanaimo Operations Centre first phase

The process runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 20.

The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to gain permission from residents to borrow an amount not to exceed $48,500,000 to finance the cost of construction of Phase 1 of the Nanaimo Operation Centre begins today. Eligible voters in Nanaimo will have a 34-day period to vote against the borrowing bylaw and may do so by filling out a response form which is available at City Hall and can be printed off from the City website.


As in an election, each eligible voter is permitted one response. Completed forms must be dropped off or mailed to City Hall by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The City cannot accept copies of forms, or forms that are emailed or faxed.


For more information on the Nanaimo Operations Centre Alternative Approval Process visit the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC-AAP, and for more information on the project, visitwww.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC.


Key Points

The Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362 is the first in this project consisting of four phases over a number of years to replace and consolidate public works and parks operations onto one site.

The Alternative Approval Process has begun and will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024.

A Special Governance and Priorities Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 about the Nanaimo Operations Centre project has been postponed to Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. due to inclement weather. For more information, visit the meetings page on the City website:www.nanaimo.ca/goto/meetings.


If 10 per cent or more of eligible voters submit an Alternative Approval Process form in opposition, the borrowing bylaw will be brought back to Council to determine if Council would like to proceed with the matter and next steps.


Director of Legislative Services Sheila Gurrie says the Alternative Approval Process offers eligible electors a convenient way to express their dissent regarding the proposed borrowing bylaw and it's a more cost-effective alternative to a referendum. "Until Feb. 20, individuals can register their opposition by submitting completed response forms to City Hall, eliminating the need for in-person voting, as typically required in a referendum."


Alternative Approval Process Information


Alternative Approval Process for "Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362"

Nanaimo Operations Centre project information


Alternative Approval Process begins next week

for Nanaimo Operations Centre contruction

Residents invited to attend Public Works tours, info sessions

An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to gain permission from residents to borrow an amount not to exceed $48,500,000 to finance the cost of construction of Phase 1 of the Nanaimo Operation Centre (Public Works yard) begins on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. Eligible voters in Nanaimo will have a 34-day period to oppose the borrowing bylaw and may do so by filling out a response form which will be available to pick up at City Hall or can be printed off from the City website beginning on Jan. 18, 2024.

As in an election, each eligible voter is permitted one response. Completed forms must be dropped off or mailed to City Hall by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. The City cannot accept copies of forms or forms that are emailed or faxed.

The City is hosting information sessions and tours of the Public Works yard for residents to learn more about the project, the services Public Works provides and the AAP. Residents are invited to attend the following:

  • Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.: Council Workshop and Information Session. Tune in or come in person to a Special Governance and Priorities Committee meeting to see presentations about the project and ask questions in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre's Shaw Auditorium.
  • Saturday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Public Works Tours. Register for a 45-minute guided tour of Nanaimo's Public Works yard. Space is limited. Registration is required for this free tour at recreation.nanaimo.ca or call 250-756-5200 (Use the keyword "Public Works" when searching)
  • Thursday, Jan. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 7, 4:30-6 p.m.: Pop-up Info Sessions. Stop by the City's booth in Country Club Mall to talk with staff about the project.

To learn about how an Alternative Approval Process works and voting eligibility, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/AAP. For more information on the Nanaimo Operations Centre Alternative Approval Process visit the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC-AAP and for more information on the project visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC.

Link to Strategic Plan: N/A

Key Points

  • The Alternative Approval Process begins on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 and runs until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The AAP process is designed to be accessible, allowing electors the flexibility to engage without the need for in-person voting, thereby reducing costs.
  • If 10 per cent or more of eligible voters submit an Alternative Approval Process form in opposition, the borrowing bylaw will be brought back to Council to determine if Council would like to proceed with the matter and next steps.
  • The City is conducting various information sessions and tours to educate residents about the project, Public Works services and the AAP process. Residents can attend a Council workshop and info session, Public Works tours and pop-up info sessions to gain insight, ask questions and make informed decisions.

Quotes

"Residents are invited to participate in Public Works tours and information sessions to learn more about the project and the AAP. To voice opposition to the borrowing bylaw, individuals can fill out response forms available at City Hall or downloadable from the City website. Completed forms must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2024, either in person or via mail to City Hall."

Sheila Gurrie

Director, Legislative Services

City of Nanaimo

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Winter Wonderland event is back at Frank Crane Arena

Six days of free skating sessions

The City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is pleased to bring back the popular Winter Wonderland free skating event taking place on December 24 and again from December 26 to 30.


The Frank Crane Arena in Beban Park will be transformed into a "West Coast Winter Wonderland" theme featuring twinkling lights, seasonal music, a forest of real trees, a decorated 1957 blue Chevy truck filled with trees and presents and other holiday decor. Activities over the six days include free skating sessions. In addition, there is no charge for helmet or skate rentals. A Kinsmen Pancake Breakfast will occur on Thursday, December 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Beban Park Social Centre.


There are still sponsorship opportunities available. If you are a business or organization looking for exposure, consider sponsoring a session. This event attracts 6,000 skaters and gives all the opportunity to come and skate for free. Please contact the Arenas Department at 250-756-5200 for information on how you can be part of this worthwhile Nanaimo tradition.


Check the events section on the City of Nanaimo website (https://www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/news-events/events) for specific skating session times and the corresponding sponsors of the sessions.

Link to Strategic Plan: Cultural Vitality, Community Building Partnerships


Key Points

  • This yearly event takes place thanks to partnerships between the City of Nanaimo and various local businesses and is a way to say "thank you" to the community and give everyone, regardless of age, skating ability or economic circumstances, an opportunity to enjoy skating.
  • There is a Kinsmen Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, December 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Beban Park Social Centre.


"Winter Wonderland is a Nanaimo tradition! For six days each year, the Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a winter theme with an abundance of participation. The City of Nanaimo is grateful for the local businesses and organizations for their support in bringing this event to our community."

Leonard Krog

Mayor


Parks department gearing up

with big New Year's Day event

1215- The City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is "launching" into 2024 with its second annual New Year's Day event held at Beban Park on Monday, Jan. 1 from 12-5 p.m. The community is invited to start the new year by actively participating in a variety of activities. These include:

  • Swimming at Beban Pool (two sessions to choose from: 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.)
  • Skating at Frank Crane Arena (Family Skating) and Cliff McNabb Arena (Stick 'n' Puck)
  • Entertainment featuring the duo "The Big Mess"
  • Arts and crafts
  • Games
  • Inflatables

Food trucks and concession will be on site.

Tickets are available on the day of the event or in advance at Beban Park Pool office. Tickets are only $12 or purchase a "festive five" pack for $48, and tickets would make great stocking stuffers.

Visit the City website for more information or call the office of Parks, Recreation and Culture at 250-756-5200.

Link to Strategic Plan: Providing residents with quality recreation opportunities enhances the livability of our City.

Key Points

  • Activate is the City of Nanaimo's family New Year's Day event held on Monday, Jan. 1, 12-5 p.m. at Beban Park.
  • Tickets are available at the event or in advance at Beban Park Pool. Tickets are only $12 each or purchase a "festive five" pack for $48
  • The event features swimming, skating, live entertainment, inflatables, games, arts, crafts and more.


"Start the new year off right by participating in Activate 2024 at Beban Park! There is something for everyone at this family focused New Year's Day event with Parks, Recreation and Culture. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2024."

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City now funding three day-time warming centres

The City is taking measures to support Nanaimo unsheltered population by funding three daytime warming centres. The centres will provide refuge to unsheltered individuals during cold weather and connect them to basic needs and services.


Approximately 138 unsheltered individuals will have daily access to three City-funded warming centres:

  • 520 Prideaux Street operated by Risebridge Society - up to 48 people at one time, 7 days per week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., between Nov. 14, 2023 and Mar. 31, 2024;
  • 5 Victoria Road operated by the 7-10 Club Society – up to 30 people at one time, 7 days per week, 11 a.m. to 7 pm., between Dec. 17, 2023 and Mar. 31, 2024; and
  • 2025 Bowen Road operated by Island Crisis Care Society – up to 60 people at one time, 7 days per week, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., between Jan. 2, 2024 to Mar. 31, 2024.

To explore other services offered by the City and various organizations assisting vulnerable populations this winter, visit the “Services and Supports” page on the City website. Link to Strategic Plan: Warming centre services supports Council’s goal for a Healthy Nanaimo.


  • The establishment of these three daytime warming centres will provide refuge, support and access to basic needs and services for approximately 138 unsheltered individuals during cold weather conditions. In addition, they complement the wide array of supports and services already available through other dedicated organizations.
  • The City continues to advocate to the Provincial government to provide funding and supports in Nanaimo that matches the scale of the humanitarian crisis in our streets, so that the shelter and health needs of our vulnerable population can adequately be addressed.


"Council extends its gratitude to Risebridge, the 7-10 Club Society and Island Crisis Care Society for their willingness to work quickly to establish warming centre services. We are pleased to work with our community partners to provide a warm, safe place for unsheltered people to access during cold weather."

Mayor Leonard Krog


City going ahead with second alternative approval

Nanaimo City Council voted to proceed with a second Alternative Approval Processs (AAP) for the borrowing bylaw for up to $48.5 million for the first phase of the Nanaimo Operations Centre (Public Works yard) project.


The revised AAP will commence on Jan. 18, 2024, and conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2024. During this period, eligible electors in the City of Nanaimo will have the opportunity to submit their responses regarding the borrowing bylaw. Official forms will be available to pick up from City Hall and for printing from the City website beginning on Jan. 18, 2024.


For more information on the Alternative Approval Process visit the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/aap and for more information on the project visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC.


Link to Strategic Plan: The City of Nanaimo remains committed to transparent and accountable governance.


Key Points

  • This upcoming Alternative Approval Process stands independently from the previous one. Any votes gathered during the AAP held Sept. 27 to Nov. 3, 2023, will not carry over or count toward this new process.
  • Electors will have from Jan. 18 until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2024, to submit their responses to the Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw. If 10 per cent or more of eligible voters submit an Alternative Approval Process form in opposition, the borrowing bylaw will be brought back to Council to determine how they would like to proceed with the matter and next steps.
  • Residents are encouraged to visit the City website to learn more about the project. Further opportunities to learn more, including an open house, will take place in the New Year.
  • An AAP is a common process used by municipalities to seek elector approval for projects that are required in order to continue to provide municipal services. It is less expensive than holding a referendum and offers increased convenience to electors by providing at least 30 days to submit response forms.


Quotes

"We acknowledge the administrative oversight in the timing of the notification for the Nanaimo Operations Centre alternative approval process. To ensure a fair and transparent process, the City will run the AAP again, providing citizens with an opportunity to voice their opinions on this project."

Sheila Gurrie

Director, Legislative Services


Quick Facts

  • The Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362, which received three readings from Council on June 19, 2023, will see the City borrow a sum not exceeding $48,500,000 repayable over a period of no more than 20 years.
  • Debt servicing costs will be funded through property taxation. Currently the City has two long-term borrowing funded by property taxation – the Port of Nanaimo Centre (VICC) which will be retired in 2026 and 2027 and Fire Station #4 which will be retired 2027. The City also has short-term borrowing included in the 2023 – 2027 Financial Plan.
  • For the typical home in Nanaimo with an assessed value of $808,873, the estimated impact is $77 per year based on a 20 year borrowing term at 4.78% (at November 27, 2023). The City will draw on the borrowing as the funds are required and only borrow the amount required to complete the project, which may be less than the $48.5 million.



Now is a good time  to prepare for winter weather, storm conditions.

Around the Home

To help avoid flooding during heavy rain or melting snow, residents are asked to clear leaves and debris from catch basins at storm drains near their properties. In the event of snow, property owners or occupants are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours, so that pedestrians have a safe place to walk and can stay clear of oncoming traffic. The City will clear sidewalks around parks, bridges, commuter trails and major City facilities as quickly as staff can get to them. Residents should also ensure they have supplies in the event of a major snow fall or power outage.


Should waste pick up be interrupted due to road conditions, notices will be sent out through the Nanaimo Recycles app, on Facebook and the website. If pick up is delayed, please ensure you maximize the use of all three bins so your garbage doesn't fill up before the other bins, thoroughly rinse recycling to avoid attracting pests and break cardboard down to maximize space.


When in Nanaimo's Parks

Please use caution in Nanaimo's parks during stormy weather. Trails, boardwalks, bridges, stairs and playground equipment can become slippery and hazardous when there is rain, snow and ice. They can be littered with debris and even tree branches during and after windstorms. After a rain storm or a snow melt, rivers can experience high flow conditions, so please exercise extreme caution when using trailways along riverbanks. To report any concerns or issues in Nanaimo's parks and trails, please call 250-756-5200 or email parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca.


On the Roads

During a snowfall, the City's priority is to plow and maintain priority 1 routes, which are emergency routes and all major roads. Residential areas are typically plowed and maintained within 96 hours unless snow and icy conditions return plow crews back to priority 1 routes. Roads can become narrower as plows clear snow to the sides. To help, residents can park in their driveways, or on even sides of the road on even-numbered days, and on odd sides of the road on odd-numbered days.


Drivers are reminded to ensure vehicles are winter ready for driving in snow and ice conditions. Drivers must slow down and leave extra clearance for snow plows, salt trucks and ice equipment. Drivers should not pass when equipment is operating. For all methods of commuting, be extra alert, aware, be seen and stay safe in any inclement weather.


To report a concern or make a suggestion regarding snow and ice control, please contact the City of Nanaimo Public Works department at 250-758-5222 or public.worksinfo@nanaimo.ca.\


In the case of extreme storm weather that may warrant an emergency response or major closures, alerts will be sent out on the City's emergency alert system. Learn about Voyent Alert! and sign-up for emergency notifications at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts

Link to Strategic Plan: Ensuring residents are prepared for the winter storm season supports the City's commitment to public safety.


Key Points

  • The City of Nanaimo focuses on maintaining good winter driving conditions in a priority order: Priority 1 routes - emergency routes and all major roads; Priority 2 routes - secondary roads; and Priority 3 routes - residential culs-de-sac and dead ends.
  • When snow plows and salt trucks are operating, drivers must keep back a safe distance and may not pass. To help plows clear a wider path on roads, residents can park in their driveways, or on even sides of the road on even days, and odd sides of the road on odd days.
  • Bylaw 5000, Section 22 (1) requires residents and businesses to clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall or freeze. Residents can also help minimize flooding by keeping the catch basins in front of their homes free of leaves, debris, snow and ice (if it is safe to do so).
  • When possible, residents are encouraged to stay home during times of heavy snow or icy roads.



"Preparation is the key to weathering any storm. By taking proactive steps around our homes, in our parks, and on the roads, we can ensure safety and readiness in the face of unpredictable weather conditions."

Leonard Krog

Mayor


Quick Facts

  • During an extreme weather event, stay informed by listening to your local radio stations, checking the City's website and social media sites for updates. Sign up for the City's emergency alert system at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts
  • Stewart Avenue, Brechin Road, the Nanaimo Parkway (Highway 19) and the old Island Highway (19A), Pearson Bridge south and Brechin Rd north are maintained by the BC Ministry of Transportation Infrastructure. Please report any concerns or issues to 1-877-215-6006 or email midisland@mainroad.ca.
  • Nanaimo's Roads and Traffic Services is responsible for maintaining approximately 1,100 lane kms of paved streets.
  • Salt is only effective at melting ice down to -6 degrees Celsius. Brine (liquid salt solution) is used to prevent icing as well as preventing snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.


City seeking youth artists to submit designs for the Youth Lounge

The City of Nanaimo is seeking submissions from Vancouver Island youth artists (ages 13 - 20) for an artistic design that will be used to celebrate and share information about the City’s Youth Lounge. The youth artist whose artwork is selected will receive a $500 honorarium.

Guidelines for submission includes artwork that:

  • incorporates the words ‘Youth Lounge’;
  • is two-dimensional (scale can be variable but the artwork must be portable);
  • is colourful and dynamic; captures what you feel the Youth Lounge represents - what it means to you and other youth;
  • is inclusive;
  • is appropriate for families/ children;
  • can be any format (digital, painting, drawing); artwork submitted in the form of an original painting/ drawing/ etc, will be digitized and original artwork returned to the artist

The Call for Youth Artists is open to youth between the ages of 13 and 20, who live on Vancouver Island, and have a connection to Nanaimo and/or understanding of this place.

The Youth Lounge is a free program for youth between the ages of 11-18yrs, offered in partnership with the BGC Central Vancouver Island. The Youth Lounge provides opportunities for youth to spend time with friends, make new friends, play games, find a quiet space to work independently, and engage with others in a fun, inclusive, supervised space. The Youth Lounge offers a variety of free activities such as swimming, skating, air hockey, foosball, video games, homework support, pizza nights and much more. Youth artists are invited to review the complete guidelines including requirements for submission and details on how to apply on the City’s website at https://www.nanaimo.ca/parks-recreation-culture/culture/calls-for-artists/call-for-youth-artists.

The deadline to submit applications is January 26th, 2024 by 4PM Pacific Time.

Link to Strategic Plan: Facilitating opportunities for the public to encounter art and culture in public spaces throughout the city and as part of their daily experiences; by making arts and culture visible and accessible throughout the city; by fostering equitable opportunities for all community members of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds to create, engage, experience, and contribute to Nanaimo’s arts and culture; by promoting the role that culture and the creative sector play in the community with respect to community identity and quality of life.

Key Points

  • The City of Nanaimo is seeking submissions from Vancouver Island youth artists (ages 13 - 20) for an artistic design that will be used to celebrate and share information about the City’s Youth Lounge.
  • Youth artists are invited to review the complete guidelines including requirements for submission and details on how to apply on the City’s website at https://www.nanaimo.ca/parks-recreation-culture/culture/calls-for-artists/call-for-youth-artists
  • The deadline to submit applications is January 26, 2024 by 4PM Pacific Time.

Quotes

"This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to leave their mark on the cultural landscape of our community and create something truly special. I encourage our city’s talented young artists to apply to this opportunity and showcase their talent!"

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City of Nanaimo

Alternative approval Process heads to a re-do

Following the recent Nanaimo Operations Centre (Public Works buildings) Alternative Approval Process (AAP), an administrative error was found in the public notification process. Although staff followed the requirements outlined in the City of Nanaimo Public Notice Bylaw 2022 No. 7325, and ran the AAP for an additional 7 days (37 days instead of the required 30 days), the timing of the advance notice did not meet the Province's legislative requirements.


Due to this administrative error and to ensure an open and transparent process, staff will be recommending a second AAP take place in January 2024. A report will be presented to Council with options for their consideration at their Dec. 4, 2023 Council Meeting. Following their meeting, the City will provide an update on any next steps in the proposed project.

The City apologizes for the oversight and is taking steps to ensure all legislative requirements are met for future AAPs.

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Residents encouraged to participate in budget

process through E-townhall meeting on Dec. 4


Nanaimo residents wishing to discuss the City's 2024-2028 Financial Plan will have the opportunity to do so by participating in an upcoming eTown Hall meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4.


The Dec. 4 Regular Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a overview of the 2024 - 2028 Financial Plan followed by a one hour eTown Hall for residents to engage with Council on the budget. Residents are encouraged to review the 2024-2028 Draft Financial Plan on the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/budget.


To participate in the eTown Hall, residents may submit their questions through the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/etownhall, on X (formally known as Twitter) using the hashtag #NanaimoTH, and on the eTown Hall event page at www.facebook.com/CityofNanaimo. Residents can also call the City at 250-754-4251, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday until Dec. 4. During the meeting, they can ask their question in person or send it in online.


Everyone can follow the 2024-2028 Financial Plan approval process. Additional budget presentations and workshops will occur during Special Finance and Audit Committee meetings Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, plus an additional meeting after the eTown Hall on Dec. 6, if required. Materials and recordings from these meetings can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/meetings.


Link to Strategic Plan: Providing opportunities for public input supports the strategic focus of Governance Excellence.

Key Points

  • The eTown Hall will be streamed live on the City website, as part of the Regular Council Meeting at www.nanaimo.ca/meetings and on Shaw Cable channel 4 or BlueSky TV on 105, beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec 4. If necessary, 30 minutes will be added to the eTown Hall.
  • Residents can submit their question ahead of time or during the eTown Hall through the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/etownhall, on X (formally known as Twitter) using #NanaimoTH and on the eTown Hall event page on Facebook.com/CityofNanaimo. Questions can also be submitted ahead of the eTown Hall by calling the City at 250-754-4251 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Residents are encouraged to review all related materials before participating in the eTown Hall. Links to recordings of budget discussions are available on the eTown Hall page on the City website.
  • To ensure all trending topics are covered, questions that are similar in nature will be compiled into one or two questions so that there are none remaining by the end of the e-Town Hall.



"This innovative format has given citizens a venue to participate in the City's budgeting process for over 10 years. I encourage residents to participate wherever they are - in person, on the phone or online."

Mayor Leonard Krog


Quick Facts

  • To date, the City of Nanaimo has held 14 eTown Hall meetings on subjects relating to the budget, core services review and strategic priorities. The first meeting, held in March 2013, was awarded Bronze for Innovation Management by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).
  • Unlike conventional town hall meetings, Nanaimo’s eTown Hall format allows for greater community involvement and convenience. Participants are able to watch the meeting live on the City website and submit their questions online as well as in person.

Videos

Budget and Funding 2024-2028

Watch a snapshot of how our budget is guided by City Plan and Nanaimo City Council's priorities.

Links

City unveils eye-catching,

large-scale sculpture in Old City Quarter


David Martinello’s new sculpture, Compelling Agency, is an intriguing addition to the City’s Temporary Public Art Program


Nov. 20.  2023 –  The City of Nanaimo is thrilled to unveil Compelling Agency, commissioned from regional artist David Martinello for Nanaimo’s Temporary Public Art Program.


Located at the heart of Old City Quarter adjacent to the intersection of Wallace and Fitzwilliam Streets, Compelling Agency is an eye-catching, large-scale sculpture constructed of metal and wood. The strength and striking form of the sculpture is intended to resonate with viewers. Fashioned in the silhouette of a tree, its shape and colour relates to the natural growth of the park. Suspended within the frame is a slab of cedar; a focal-point which prompts conversation about a natural resource that's ever-present in our daily lives.


Martinello's intent with Compelling Agency is to draw a viewer's attention to the relationship that humans have with wood and, over time, their relationship with the environment as they observe the natural weathering and evolution of the sculpture during its years on display.


Considering the influence of wood as a material, Compelling Agency behaves as a measure and reflection of our landscape. Our emotive connection to wood’s essence is highlighted in the framing of this resource; its value appraised as being integral to the framework of our lives. Compelling Agency stands symbolically for an evolving habitat while speaking to life in Nanaimo.


An artist talk with David Martinello will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the site of the artist’s sculpture as part of Nanaimo Artwalk 2023. Compelling Agency will be on display through 2027. Information on the City of Nanaimo’s Temporary Art Program can be found on the Temporary Public Art page of the City’s website.

Link to Strategic Plan: Arts and Culture are recognized as a significant contributor to the city’s quality of life. Creating memorable spaces and experiences supports Council's vision for a healthy Nanaimo.


  • The City of Nanaimo unveils local artist, David Martinello’s Temporary Public Art Project, Compelling Agency, in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. Compelling Agency is on display through 2027.
  • Located adjacent to the intersection of Wallace and Fitzwilliam Streets, Compelling Agency, is an eye-catching, large-scale sculpture constructed of metal and wood.
  • Compelling Agency draws attention to the connective value that humans have to wood as a resource.
  • An artist talk with David Martinello will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 2 at the site of the artist’s sculpture as part of Nanaimo Artwalk 2023.



"Our public art is a wonderful reflection of place and community – free and accessible to all. We welcome this magnificent addition by a talented artist to our public art program."

Leonard Krog

Mayor


"My approach to art is based on an experience we all can relate to, admiring the breadth of a tree and picking up a stick to inspect its beauty. Ever since I was a toddler the inspired nature of this action is something that has occupied my attention. As an artist and furniture maker I’ve spent years considering why it does. Compelling Agency frames and celebrates this experience in a form that, with pride, will be fostered during its time in Nanaimo."

David Martinello

Artist

Compelling Agency, David Martinello

Temporary Public Art Project, Compelling Agency, by artist, David Martinello

Participate in the process

and share your budget priorities

23-11-17 – Preparations are under way for Nanaimo's 2024-2028 Financial Plan. Residents will have a number of opportunities to review, ask questions and provide input leading up to a budget-focused eTown Hall on Monday, Dec. 4.


Council will begin reviewing draft budgets and project plans over the course of four Special Finance and Audit Committee meetings on Nov. 22, 29 and Dec. 1. If necessary, Nov. 22 discussions will continue on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre's Shaw Auditorium.


The eTown Hall will start at 7 p.m. during the Council Meeting and will run for one hour. If necessary, an additional 30 minutes will be allocated. Residents can participate in the eTown Hall a number of ways, including:

  • on the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/etownhall,
  • on X (formally known as Twitter) using #NanaimoTH,
  • in the eTown Hall event found on the City's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofnanaimo),
  • by calling 250-755-4251 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or
  • in person during the meeting.

In addition, a form has been added to a Budget Talks advertisements in the Nov. 15 and 29 editions of the Nanaimo News Bulletin, which residents can fill out and mail in to City Hall before Nov. 27 or drop off to City Hall before 4:30 pm on Dec. 1.


The draft financial plan and other related documents will be available to review at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/budget. Anyone wishing to watch the meetings but cannot attend, can view them on the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/meetings or on Shaw Cable Channel 4 or BlueSky TV on 105.


Link to Strategic Plan: Being transparent in the budgeting process and providing opportunities for public input contribute to the strategic priority of Governance Excellence.


  • Four Special Finance and Audit Committee meetings focusing on the 2024 budget will be held on Nov. 22, 23, 29 and Dec. 1 and a budget-focused eTown Hall will be held on Dec. 4.
  • The Draft Financial Plan is a starting point and may change as work progresses during the review process.
  • If needed, Council will continue deliberations at a meeting scheduled for Dec. 6. Please checknanaimo.ca/meetings for up to date meeting information.
  • In accordance with the Community Charter, municipalities must prepare a five-year financial plan each year. Councils must adopt the five-year financial plan before adopting a property tax bylaw by May 15.


"The City's budget process is a key step in delivering services to the community. I encourage Nanaimo's citizens to review the draft budget, view the budget presentations and join us at the e-Town Hall on Dec. 4."

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City of Nanaimo

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2024 City of Nanaimo Street Banner design marks 150 Years since incorporation

Design by Amy Pye selected to bring artistic

vibrance along Nanaimo's streets next year


The 2024 Street Banner Design Program sought proposals from artists focused on the theme, ‘150 Years’, to mark 150 years since the City of Nanaimo’s incorporation in 1874. Nanaimo artist Amy Pye’s outstanding design was selected.


Potential artists were asked to consider what makes Nanaimo unique, what makes it a destination of choice, and what might capture and reflect positive memories of our community. Pye’s design reflects an appreciation for the complexity of our city. Inspired by the convergence of land and sea, and the unique blend of urban and rural life that makes our landscape truly exceptional, Pye’s design will grab attention and inspire thoughtful reflection throughout the year. ‘150’ becomes more than just a number, and instead takes on life and transformative shape as it tells its story.


Rural tradition meets urban innovation in a harmonious visual balance between nature and our modern city, as recognizable symbols of our diverse landscape transform the shape of the 1-5-0 and cascade down the banner. Fertile countryside meets bustling city streets; the flight of an eagle reveals the bounties of the sea; a soaring seaplane finds the solid structures of an urban center. These dynamic relationships are highlighted by the artist, coming to life as balanced opposites.


Amy Pye has been immersed in the Graphic Design industry for the past 20 years. During that time, she has also delved into various artistic pursuits including mural design, acrylic and watercolour painting, pottery and illustration. She is a published children’s book author and illustrator, the owner of Pye Design and Marketing, and the Head of Marketing for Real Estate Webmasters. She has contributed to civic urban design and artwork related to city infrastructure for the City of Nanaimo as an artist on the Urban Design Roster for the past two years. Find out more about Amy by visiting her website: www.amypye.com


2024 street banners will be on display in spring 2024 and hung in Nanaimo’s downtown area, including in the Arts District downtown, along Bowen Road, and on Third Street and other major routes.


Link to Strategic Plan: The Street Banner Design Program aligns with the goals of the City of Nanaimo’s City Plan by facilitating opportunities for the public to encounter art and culture in public spaces throughout the city and as part of their daily experiences; by making art visible and accessible throughout the City, in Urban Centres, and Downtown; by promoting the role that culture and the creative sector play in the community with respect to community identity and quality of life.


  • Nanaimo artist Amy Pye’s street banner design was chosen for the 2024 City of Nanaimo banners.
  • The 2024 Street Banner Design Program sought proposals from artists focused on the theme ‘150 Years’ to mark 150 years since the City of Nanaimo’s incorporation in 1874.
  • Pye’s design reflects an appreciation for the complexity of our city. Potential artists were asked to consider what makes Nanaimo unique, what makes it a destination of choice, and what might capture and reflect positive memories of our community.
  • 2024 street banners will be on display in spring 2024 and hung in Nanaimo’s downtown area, including in the Arts District downtown, along Bowen Road, Third Street and other major routes.


"Each year we anticipate the unveiling of new street banners to brighten our city streets. The artwork chosen for the 2024 banners not only highlights the extraordinary talent and passion of a local artist, but reflects a deep love and appreciation for the city we call home."

Leonard Krog

Mayor


"Nanaimo is my hometown and I recently returned after living in the US for a short period. The joy I felt upon learning that my banner was chosen surpassed the typical victory of a design competition. To me, it felt like a ‘welcome home’ gift—a waving banner guiding me back to my community. I am immensely proud to call Nanaimo home and to be chosen to depict this significant occasion."

Amy Pye

Artist


Operations Centre gets green light

The City of Nanaimo ran an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to obtain approval of the electors for the adoption of “Nanaimo Operation Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362” following Council direction provided at their meeting held June 19, 2023. This bylaw will authorize the City to borrow up to $48,500,000 for phase one construction of the Nanaimo Operations Centre.


Notice of the AAP was published in the Sept. 27, 2023, edition of the Nanaimo News Bulletin and on the City of Nanaimo website. In addition to these two statutory notices, the City hosted an information session on Sept. 13, 2023.


Other methods of communicating the AAP that were used included issuing four news releases, posting to the City's social media channels (@cityofnanaimo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), producing two videos providing information on how to participate in the AAP and what the Nanaimo Operations Centre project was, posting information to the City website including the homepage and putting up posters in City facilities. The notice and supporting information also appeared on the City’s website and public notice board.


The deadline for the receipt of elector response forms for “Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362” was 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.


On the basis of the elector response forms received before the deadline, the Corporate Officer has determined and certified that the elector approval in accordance with Section 86 of the Community Charter has been obtained. The Corporate Officer’s determination is final and conclusive. [Community Charter, section 86(9)]


Number of Valid Elector Response Forms received prior to the deadline: 3,035

Ten per cent of electors within the City of Nanaimo: 7,799

Council may proceed with the adoption of “Nanaimo Operation Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362".


For more information visit the Alternative Approval Process page on the City website.

Attachments

Links


City collecting feedback on accessibility and inclusion

Feedback form supports compliance with the Accessible BC Act

November  – The City of Nanaimo is inviting residents to provide feedback on matters related to accessibility and inclusion. Recommendations on improvements that the City can make will be reviewed by staff and, when appropriate, brought to the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness for consideration.


The online form can be found on the City website. Individuals who may need assistance accessing the form are welcome to submit their feedback over the phone by calling 250-755-4460 ext. 4547.


For more information on what the City is doing to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility and inclusion please visit the Accessibility and Inclusion webpage on the City website.


Link to Strategic Plan: Implementing City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined is a priority for Council. City Plan serves as the Nanaimo’s Accessibility and Inclusion Plan and providing residents with the opportunity to submit feedback supports the goal of an Empowered Nanaimo.


Key Points

  • The City of Nanaimo is inviting residents to submit feedback on accessibility and inclusion.
  • Feedback can be submitted via an online survey or by phone.
  • Having a mechanism for collecting feedback on accessibility is one of the requirements of the Accessible British Columbia Act.

"Having a way to share feedback and ideas with the City on ways to improve accessibility and inclusion is a great way to help identify barriers and support the City’s efforts to ensure that Nanaimo is accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all. I encourage individuals and groups to leverage this tool and help make their voices heard." Mayor Leonard Krog


Quick Facts

  • In 2022, the Province of BC passed the Accessible British Columbia Act and the deadline for public sector organizations to comply came into effect September 1, 2023.
  • The City’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness (ACAI) was first established in 2019 and fulfills the requirements of an accessibility committee.
  • City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined was adopted by Council in July 2022 and serves as the City’s Accessibility and Inclusion Plan.
  • The online feedback form, soft-launched in September 2023, will help the City collect feedback on accessibility and inclusion which can then be reviewed by staff and the ACAI.


Links

Curtis Grahauer’s Temporary Art Project, Millstone unveiled in Bowen Park


23-11-01 – Visitors to Bowen Park will be able to immerse themselves in a new temporary public art project revolving around the Millstone river. The City of Nanaimo Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture recently unveiled local artist, Curtis Grahauer’s Temporary Art Project, Millstone. An interactive media project, Millstone consists of six films accessed using personal devices and QR codes found on signs located throughout the park, strategically placed following the path of the river. Millstone can also be accessed online at https://millstonefilm.ca, where visitors will find an interactive map illustrating sign locations.


The artist spent a year documenting the progressions and ongoing transformation of the Millstone River as it courses through Bowen Park. Filmed in a variety of dynamic locations, the project captures the life of the river as it ebbs and flows, in a constant state of transformation. Those long-term observations are compressed into shorter form in Millstone, highlighting subtle changes in the surrounding environment that might otherwise be overlooked, and asking observers to consider evidence of human intervention in the environment. “What qualifies as the unnatural in nature?” the artist asks. Meaningful understanding requires that visitors slow down and reflect in quiet contemplation.


Millstone is an intimate, immersive experience wherein one considers urban ‘wild’ spaces through a new lens. Often, when one pictures public art, an image of sculpture mounted in public space comes to mind. This project, which was artist-led and informed by changes in the local environment, broadens dialogue about art in Nanaimo, welcoming new audiences to film as an art form and offering a local park care and creative attention.


The City of Nanaimo’s Temporary Public Art Program has supported art in public spaces for over a decade. Artists can propose artworks that vary in scale, scope and medium, including temporary sculptural installations, social practice and community engaged artist projects and artwork that is integrated into landscape, architecture or civic infrastructure. Information on the City of Nanaimo’s Temporary Art Program can be found on the City’s website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/TemporaryArt.

An artist talk with Curtis Grahauer discussing the Millstone project, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Black Rabbit Kitchen in the Attic, as part of Nanaimo Artwalk 2023.


Link to Strategic Plan: Culture is recognized as a significant contributor to the city’s quality of life; Make arts and culture visible and accessible throughout the city; Recognize that public art is situation at the intersection of public art and create memorable spaces and experiences, provide a sense of place, and reflect the environment and history of the community; Public art that is accessible and freely available to everyone throughout the community to experience and enjoy, and incorporated into trails and unexpected places.


Key Points

  • An interactive media project, Millstone consists of six films accessed using personal devices and QR codes found on signs located throughout Bowen Park (Nanaimo, BC).
  • Millstone will be available for visitors to experience through 2026 and be accessed online at https://millstonefilm.ca.
  • The City of Nanaimo’s Temporary Public Art Program offers artists of diverse backgrounds and skill sets the opportunity to create artwork for public spaces in Nanaimo.

Quotes

"What an extraordinarily special thing it is to experience art by a talented local artist while enjoying the beauty of one of our local parks. Next time you are in Bowen Park, I hope you’ll seek out this unique public art project and appreciate discovering art in unexpected places just as much as I do."

Leonard Krog

Mayor


"I am interested in the perception of nature through the lens of human intervention. By making a film that compresses a year of Millstone River’s transformation, I hope to demonstrate what I refer to as the ‘super unnatural’, to reveal the sometimes subtle influence of humans within the naturalized landscape. As a document of the Millstone River, 'Millstone' explores the idea of nature being inextricable from human intervention."

Curtis Grahauer

One week left in the AAP for Ops Centre Phase One Process

October 27

Summary

The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to gain resident’s permission to borrow an amount not to exceed $48,500,000 to finance the cost of construction of Phase 1 of the Nanaimo Operation Centre (NOC) runs until November 3. Eligible voters in Nanaimo will have one week left to vote against the borrowing bylaw and may do so by filling out a response form which is available at City Hall and can be printed off from the City website.

As in an election, each eligible voter is permitted one response. Completed forms must be dropped off or mailed to City Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023; the City cannot accept copies of forms or ones that are emailed or faxed.

For more information on the Nanaimo Operations Centre Alternative Approval Process visit the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC-AAP, and for more information on the project visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC.


Key Points

  • The Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362 is the first in this project consisting of four phases over a number of years to replace and consolidate public works and parks operations onto one site.
  • Future phases of the NOC project, that require additional borrowing, will also need to attain consent of electors through an AAP or Referendum.
  • The Alternative Approval Process for Phase One will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
  • If 10 per cent or more of eligible voters submit an Alternative Approval Process form in opposition, the borrowing bylaw will be brought back to Council to determine if Council would like to proceed with the matter and next steps.



"The Province provides guidelines for best practices on when to hold an AAP versus a referendum. When deciding whether to proceed with an AAP or referendum, Council considers these best practices, the need for continued services and the costs of running an AAP versus a referendum."

Sheila Gurrie

Director, Legislative Services


Videos

Phase One Nanaimo Operations Centre AAP Video

Alternative Approval Process Information

Links

City invites nominations

for the 2024 Culture Awards


The City of Nanaimo is seeking nominations from the community for the 2024 Culture Awards. The awards recognize outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in arts and culture.

This is the community's opportunity to recognize people and groups they believe have contributed significantly to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city. There are three categories for nominations; recipients will be recognized at a special celebration at the Port Theatre on Apr. 3, 2024:

Nominations and support material can be submitted directly online via the City of Nanaimo website. For full details, to learn about past award recipients, see video profiles, and access the online application visit the Culture Awards page on www.nanaimo.ca. The deadline to submit applications is midnight Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024.

Link to Strategic Plan: The annual Culture Awards program upholds Council's directive for livability by supporting arts, culture and recreation as an integral part of everyday life. The Awards also recognize and promote the role culture and the creative sector play in the community.

Key Points

  • Nominations for the City of Nanaimo's 2024 Culture Awards are open until midnight Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024.
  • These awards provide an opportunity to recognize people and groups that have contributed significantly to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city.
  • The awards recognize outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in arts and culture.


"Our city has a vibrant and thriving arts and culture community and the City of Nanaimo's Culture Awards are an opportunity to recognize the exceptional talent and achievement we are so lucky to call our own," says Mayor Leonard Krog. I look forward to celebrating these individuals in April, and I encourage community members to submit their nominations for these prestigious awards."


"Recipients of the Excellence in Culture, Honour in Culture and Emerging Cultural Leader Awards are chosen based on nominations put forward by the community. If someone in the arts and culture sector has made a difference to you through their work, definitely consider nominating them for a 2024 Culture Award," says Adrienne Mercer Breen,

Manager, Culture & Special Events

City of Nanaimo


$48.5 milion operations Centre

going to alternative approval

The Province has given statutory approval to the City of Nanaimo for a borrowing bylaw for up to $48.5 million for the first phase of the Nanaimo Operations Centre project.

With this approval, the City will commence an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to gain permission from residents to borrow the necessary funds. The process begins Wednesday, Sept. 27, and ends Friday, Nov. 3.

Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362, which received three readings from Council on June 19, will see the City borrow a sum not exceeding $48,500,000 repayable over a period of no more than 20 years.

For more information on the Alternative Approval Process visit the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/aap and for more information on the project visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/NOC.



Key Points

  • The Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362 is the first in this project consisting of four phases to replace and consolidate public works and parks operations onto one site.
  • The City will commence an Alternative Approval Process beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27, until Friday, Nov. 3.
  • If 10 per cent or more of eligible voters submit an Alternative Approval Process form in opposition, the borrowing bylaw will be brought back to Council to determine if Council would like to proceed with the matter and next steps.


Quotes

"The Alternative Approval Process provides eligible electors with the opportunity to voice their opposition to the borrowing bylaw. All eligible electors can freely distribute and submit Elector Response forms and have them returned to City Hall by Nov. 3. Individuals are not required to vote in person or return the form themselves."

Sheila Gurrie

Director, Legislative Services

City of Nanaimo


Alternative Approval Process Information Links


Dale Lindsay


City Council names Dale Lindsay

new Chief Administrative Officer

23-09-13 – After an extensive recruitment process, Mayor and Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Lindsay as the new Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Nanaimo.


Mr. Lindsay was appointed at a Special Council meeting held on September 7, 2023 and will begin his new role as Chief Administrative Officer on October 2, 2023.


Mr. Lindsay brings with him 29 years of progressive management and leadership experience working in local government, including 27 years at the City of Nanaimo. As a graduate from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, Mr. Lindsay maintains his professional credentials as a Registered Professional Planner and is a member of both the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) and the Local Government Management Administration (LGMA).


In recent years, Mr. Lindsay has served as the City’s Director of Community Development (2013-2019), General Manager of Development Services (2019-present) and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (2022-present).


Link to Strategic Plan: Supporting Governance and Corporate Excellence through an extensive and successful recruitment process.


  • The recruitment process was led by PFM Executive Search, a world-wide leader in executive searches, with interviews conducted by PFM and Council earlier this month.
  • Mr. Lindsay was selected from the list of 68 applications received for the position.
  • Mr. Lindsay’s integrity, enthusiasm, knowledge and leadership has been a positive influence in the City, both internally and externally, for many years.



"Mr. Lindsay has demonstrated strong leadership not only at the City of Nanaimo, but within the community, and Council is thrilled that he has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer. The respect he warrants and leadership he provides has been earned through his dedication to building and maintaining relationships internally and externally, always striving for governance excellence, providing mentorship to his colleagues and serving the community, Mayor, Council and staff with the utmost of integrity."

Leonard Krog, Mayor


"I am very honoured to take on this new role and for the opportunity to work closely with Mayor and Council to advance their priorities and initiatives for our Community. As CAO I look forward to supporting our dedicated staff and to build on existing relationships with our many community partners who are key to the success of Nanaimo."

Dale Lindsay

Current Deputy CAO/General Manager, Development Services

City of Nanaimo

City planning open house to show public

the plans for new Operations Centre

The City of Nanaimo is hosting an open house to provide information on Phase 1 of the Nanaimo Operation Centre project. Members of the public are invited to the Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 13.


The Nanaimo Operations Centre project will see the eventual replacement of ageing facilities and consolidation of public works and parks operations into one location. The first phase of the project includes: replacing the existing fleet and maintenance facility, a truck wash and dump facility, and site service for future phases of the project; replacing storm water management facilities onsite and building a storm water retention pond in Beban Park at the corner of Dorman and Labieux Road; retrofitting the training tower located at Fire Station 2; building a paved trail along the Labieux Road side of Beban Park.


Key Points

  • The Nanaimo Operations Centre project is subject to an Alternative Approval Process (AAP). For more information about the AAP process visitnanaimo.ca/goto/aap
  • Learn more about the Nanaimo Operations Centre project atnanaimo.ca/goto/NOC

Quotes

"The City relies on parks operations and public works to maintain the services we rely on everyday, and to be there for us in a crisis. We need to rebuild and expand our facilities to ensure the City can continue to meet our needs."

Mayor Leonard Krog


 Nanaimo Operations Centre, Phase One 

 

 

City seeks input on increasing housing options with public survey online and open house Sept. 12

23-08-30

Summary

With rising housing costs and an influx of newcomers, more housing options are needed for Nanaimo. To address Nanaimo's housing needs, the City is inviting residents to provide feedback on a series of recommended changes aimed at more attainable housing options in the City.


There are two opportunities to provide input:

  • an online survey will be available on the City's website until Sept. 29, 2023, and
  • a public Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Beban Park Social Centre (2300 Bowen Road).

The Increasing Housing Options program focuses on four key areas – expanding secondary suite regulations, adding infill housing in existing neighbourhoods (missing middle housing), adaptable housing for all physical abilities, and housing for families. Between 2020 and 2022, the City engaged with residents through the ‘Reimagine Nanaimo’ process that culminated in the adoption of “City Plan: Nanaimo Reimagined” in July 2022. The program is informed by what was heard during the Reimagine Nanaimo process, the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Strategy (2018), and the City’s Housing Needs Report completed in May 2023.

For more information on the Housing Needs Report and Increasing Housing Options program and to take the online survey, visit www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca/housing-initiatives.

Link to Strategic Plan: Planning for Nanaimo's growth supports a healthy and prosperous Nanaimo.

Key Points

  • The Increasing Housing Options program focuses on four key areas – expanding secondary suite regulations, adding infill housing in existing neighbourhoods (missing middle housing), adaptable housing for all physical abilities, and housing for families.
  • Residents are encouraged to attend the open house on Sept.12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Beban Park Social Centre or fill out the survey available on the Increasing Housing Options project page ongetinvolvednanaimo.ca

Quotes

"Housing affordability and availability is a key concern for our community. Please take the time to participate. Whether it be at an open house or filling out the survey, your input is important to helping us address our housing needs."

Mayor Leonard Krog


Quick Facts

  • The population of Nanaimo currently sits at just over 100,000 and is expected to grow by an additional 40,000 people by 2046.
  • The Housing Needs Report (2023) estimates the City will need a minimum of 1,155 housing units annually for the next 10 years to meet housing demand.
  • The City issued building permits for 1,367 housing units in 2022.

Links

Learn more about the priorities and take the survey

 

 

Oliver Woods Community Centre open house,

public invited to attend on Sunday, Sept 10

August 28, 2023

Summary

The City of Nanaimo, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is inviting the public to an Open House at Oliver Woods Community Centre on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am until 2 pm. Oliver Woods Recreation Centre is located at 6000 Oliver Road in north Nanaimo.

Visitors can participate in a variety of activities:

  • Fitness sampler programs
  • Drop-in sports, including badminton and pickleball
  • Gym Pals for the children
  • Learn about department programs, services and rentals opportunities
  • Meet staff and user groups representatives
  • View a StoryWalk found in the playground area
  • See demos of the wellness park
  • Enter to win a variety of Parks, Recreation and Culture prizes, including a $100 gift card

This open house will have something for everyone from the toddler to the senior. A food truck will also be on site, and local radio (102.3 The Wave) will be broadcasting live on location. Look for a schedule of events on the City of Nanaimo website starting on Friday, September 1.

Link to Strategic Plan: The City of Nanaimo is offering programs that improve the health, wellness and livability of its citizens in our community.

Key Points

  • The Open House takes place at Oliver Woods Community Centre on Sunday, September 10, 10 am-2 pm. Oliver Woods Community Centre is located at 6000 Oliver Road.
  • There will be a variety of activities for all ages to participate in - from toddler to senior.
  • A variety of programs and services will be showcased, as well as a StoryWalk and program sampler opportunities.


"There is a lot that goes on with Parks, Recreation and Culture, and we invite you to come to the open house at Oliver Woods Community Centre to check it out. See program demos, meet staff and participate in a variety of activities that are planned for the day. There will be something for everyone!"

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City of Nanaimo

Attachments


Ministry of Environment removes

barrier to downtown development

A partnership between the City, downtown property owners and Planning Design and Development Nanaimo has led to a change in regulations that make it easier to develop properties downtown, opening the door for a thriving and prosperous city centre.


The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOECCS) has determined that properties in the Terminal Avenue area from Comox Road to Esplanade are not included in regulations that assess groundwater quality during site investigations, simplifying the regulatory framework for individual property owners.


The change reduces a big obstacle to developing any of the more than 145 properties in the downtown core, cutting costs and reducing timelines for development.


The Terminal Avenue area from Comox Road to Esplanade is a former tidal inlet. More than 100 years ago, it was filled with tailings from the city's coal mines. Today these lands contain numerous active light industrial and office buildings.

Beginning in 2011, the PDDN and the former Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Area began raising money for an environmental study to show why the area should receive special consideration from the ministry of environment. The City of Nanaimo joined the effort and collaborated on a study and application to MOECCS in 2016.


The study was funded by private property owners working with PDDN, a BC Brownfield grant, and a contribution from the City of Nanaimo.


Previous environmental studies in the area have confirmed the widespread infilling and reclamation work. Together with the City and PDDN study, the environmental work resulted in MOECCS issuing an Area Wide Determination in 2014 that reduced the requirement for potential developments to show the effects of the presence of historical fill materials.


The new MOECCS determination builds upon this, acknowledging the long industrial history and unique subsurface and hydrological conditions in the study area. This determination means that drinking water standards do not apply for assessing groundwater quality during the site investigation steps that are required when a property is redeveloped.

Link to Strategic Plan: Prosperous Nanaimo: Revitalize the Downtown core and the waterfront (C5.1.4) and Enhance and promote a vibrant and diverse downtown (C5.5.1)

Key Points

  • An environmental study and an application to MOECCS, funded through a partnership between the City, downtown property owners and Planning Design and Development Nanaimo provided information to the Ministry that acknowledges that ground water in this area of downtown is tidal in nature and subject to historical filling.
  • The Terminal Avenue area of downtown has tremendous development potential given its proximity to Commercial Street, the waterfront and the proposed downtown transit exchange.
  • Individual property owners in the Terminal Trench area who want to redevelop will save time and money because they are no longer subject to drinking water standards.


"The industrial practices of the 19th century laid the very ground we walk on downtown, but in the 21st century the mine tailings that underlie the Terminal Avenue area have made it very difficult to revitalize the heart of our city. The Ministry of Environment decision to exempt more than 145 properties from drinking water regulations opens the door to building the thriving and prosperous city centre so many of us, including Council, have worked hard to achieve."

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City of Nanaimo


"This project is a great example of how courageous and collaborative effort between the City, volunteers and stakeholders can accomplish meaningful change that would be almost impossible to achieve by any single party. Nanaimo is at a wonderful time in its growth…let’s actively work together to steer our city in a direction we want to live in."

Darren Moss

Chair

Planning, Design and Develoment Nanaimo

Mayor Krog applauds

federal and provincial moves

to improve public safety

Having laid the responsibility for the current public safety crisis facing many BC and Canadian communities at the feet of senior government, the Mayor of Nanaimo is feeling optimistic that positive change is beginning to happen.


Proposed changes to Bill C - 48 introduced in the House of Commons May 16, are a step in the right direction, Mayor Leonard Krog said, and a clear sign that the federal Minister of Justice has listened to Canada's premiers.


"I am very pleased that the federal government has tabled legislation to put the responsibility on violent repeat offenders to prove why they should get bail instead of making prosecutors argue why they shouldn't," said Mayor Leonard Krog.


Mayors from across Canada, including the BC Urban Mayors Caucus, put their concerns about deteriorating public safety to provincial premiers, who in turn pressured David Lamettie, justice minister and attorney general, to change the current rules around bail.


"The Premier has listened to the BC mayors, and the justice minister has heard the premiers. Recent comments by Premier Eby respecting the authority of municipalities to address drug use in public spaces give us hope that we may be able to better protect our community from the effects of harmful drugs and disruptive behaviours," Krog said.


Nanaimo Council voted Monday to direct city staff to prepare a report on options to regulate drug use in public spaces.

"Ottawa's willingness to adjust bail provisions gives me hope. The Province's willingness to sit down with Nanaimo Council shows that they understand that we are overwhelmed and need help," Krog said.


The City of Nanaimo Council recently met with Premier David Eby, Attorney-General Niki Sharma and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth about homelessness, health care and public safety. The City continues to press the provincial government for additional housing, mental health services, and policing resources.

Nanaimo City Council sets 2023 property tax rate

Nanaimo City Council adopted the final 2023-2027 Financial Plan and 2023 Property Tax Rates bylaws on May 8. An increase of 6.2 per cent to cover operating costs and one per cent for the General Asset Management Reserve has been set for 2023.


"This budget balances the need to make significant investments to improve public safety while we continue to provide the services we all rely on. With a strong economy and a growing population we can and must replace critical infrastructure and build for the future," says Mayor Leonard Krog


The 2023-2027 Financial Plan provides a coordinated, proactive approach to public safety and helps set the stage for a revitalization of Nanaimo’s core business and entertainment district. Some highlights include:

  • 12 Community Safety Officers;
  • Two Community Clean Teams;
  • Downtown Ambassadors program;
  • Seasonal Park Attendants program;
  • Vandalism Relief Grant program;
  • Additional downtown parkade cleaning;
  • Additional RCMP members; and
  • 20 new firefighters

Property taxes are due July 4, 2023. Residents can make payments in a number of ways:

  • through their bank (online, phone or in person);
  • by mailing a cheque to 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5J6 (payments must be received by July 4, 2023);
  • in person at the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street);
  • through their mortgage company; or
  • through pre-authorized payments (visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/paws for more information).

Tax notices have been prepared and will be mailed to property owners in the coming days. Along with their notice, residents will find the City's annual printed newsletter, City Updates. The newsletter will be also be available to pick up at City facilities and online at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/CityUpdates.


For more information on the 2023-2027 Financial Plan, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/budget.


Key Points

  • The City of Nanaimo's property tax increase for 2023 is set at 7.2 per cent (6.2 per cent to cover operating costs and one per cent for the Asset Management Reserve for 2023). This equates to an additional $178.50 for 2023 or $14.88/month for the City portion of a typical household's tax bill.
  • City of Nanaimo property taxes are due July 4, 2023. A late property tax payment penalty of two per cent will be applied to payments made after July 4, 2023 and an additional eight per cent will be added to payments made after August 31, 2023.
  • The City of Nanaimo determines the tax rate based on what is needed to balance the budget for the year. Each household's tax bill is calculated based on the property’s assessed value, which is determined by BC Assessment, and then by the tax rate.
  • The City also collects fees and taxes on behalf of the Regional District of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Regional Hopsital District (rdn.bc.ca), Vancouver Island Regional Library (virl.bc.ca), School District 68 (sd68.bc.ca) and BC assessment
  • "This budget balances the need to make significant investments to improve public safety while we continue to provide the services we all rely on. With a strong economy and a growing population we can and must replace critical infrastructure and build for the future," says Mayor Leonard Krog



Quick Facts

  • An average home will pay $2,163 ($5.93/day) for City services in 2023.
  • Municipalities must set their tax rates for each property class, by bylaw, before May 15 of each year, and they must submit their tax bylaw to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, which reviews and publishes annual tax rate and tax revenue information.
  • The City owns and maintains over $3 billion in infrastructure assets such as roads, water mains, facilities, drainage, parks and the sewer system.
  • Starting in 2020, the City began budgeting to add 15 new RCMP members, three per year, over a five year period. In addition, 2023 will be the first full budget year for four additional bike patrol members that were added to the budget in 2022. These geographically targeted units will patrol the downtown area and work proactively in an outreach capacity with the Community Outreach Team.

Explosions in Esplanade Mine killed 150 miners 136 years ago

Explosions started at 5:55 pm on May 3, 1887, 260 meters below sea level in what was known as the city's largest mine, No. 1 Esplanade Mine.

The blast was so forceful it rocketed through the underground shafts for almost a kilometre and the underground fire burned for two weeks. Because of such damage, the last of the bodies could not be recovered until July and unfortunately seven men never were recovered and remain somewhere beneath the Nanaimo Harbour to this day.

This tragic accident took the lives of 150 miners, a massive loss to a community of approximately 2,000 people at the time. Forty six women lost their husbands, 126 children lost their fathers and the mine lost 25 per cent of its employees.

The explosions of the No. 1 Esplanade Mine are known as the worst mining disaster in British Columbia's history and second worst industrial accident in Canada (the mining disaster of 1914 in Hillcrest, Alberta killed 189 miners). A jury blamed the explosion on the firing of an unprepared and badly planted charge that ignited accumulated gas fuelled by coal dust.

To mark the anniversary and honour the memory of the lives lost, flags at City of Nanaimo facilities will be lowered to half-mast on Wednesday, May 3.

Visit the walk-through coalmine exhibit in the Nanaimo Museum to learn more about Nanaimo's coal mining history and this tragic accident. Find more information on this award-winning exhibit here: www.nanaimomuseum.ca/permanent-exhibit/the-coal-mine.

 

City marks Youth Week, May 1-7

230419 – The City of Nanaimo is pleased to present the 2023 Youth Week celebrations. Activities are planned from May 1 to May 7, all with the intent of celebrating youth in Nanaimo.

Highlights include youth drop-in sessions (Spare Blox and Youth Lounge), a variety of workshops, including Food Securities, Youth Empowerment, Financial Literacy and Mental Health, as well as a Buttertubs Tour and a Learn to Fish session. Most activities offered during Youth Week are free, and details can be found on the YOUth Nanaimo Facebook page and on the City of Nanaimo website, www.nanaimo.ca.

Link to Strategic Plan: Youth Week aims to connect and engage with youth in our community.

Key Points

  • Youth Week events are geared to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years.
  • There are various events scheduled over seven days from May 1-7, 2023.
  • Some activities are drop-in while others require pre-registration with Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Quotes

"The cliché is true. The youth are our future! Youth Week is a great chance to celebrate the young citizens in our community and to remember all the energy, enthusiasm, as well as the contributions they make to enhance our City. I invite all youth to participate in activities that happen from May 1 to 7."

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City of Nanaimo

Hanson named to lay foundation for economic development

230417 – The Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation, in charge of economic development, named George Hanson as the Strategic Advisor for the organization.


Hanson will oversee the development of the corporation and work with the Board to develop its strategic plan and help set the organization up for success. The term of the appointment is for one year during which recruitment will take place for the permanent Executive Director.


The goal is to immediately begin implementing the City's Economic Development Strategy and help achieve the objectives of creating a prosperous Nanaimo.


Link to Strategic Plan: Economic Health - Creating and implementing an appropriate economic development model for Nanaimo.

George Hanson

Key Points

  • The NPC is the new corporation tasked with developing a prosperous Nanaimo.
  • The Board of the NPC has engaged George Hanson as the Corporation's Strategic Advisor for a term of one year. George was formerly the President and CEO of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance and brings a wealth of experience in developing local economies on Vancouver Island.

Quotes

"Nanaimo is one of Canada's most desirable communities and continues to attract new residents and investors from across Canada and around the world," said Mayor Leonard Krog. ?The NPC will play a key role in making sure we support our existing business community to be even more successful in their endeavours while attracting new investment from farther afield. Creating a Nanaimo that delivers prosperity for our entire community is one of our Council's key goals."


"The Board of the NPC is excited to be working with George Hanson as our Strategic Advisor. George is well known and regarded for his expertise in economic development and is the perfect person to help us get the organization out of the gate on the path to success," added chairman Richard Horbachewski


Hanson said he is happy to be helping the Corporation build a thriving and resilient local economy on a foundation of collaboration and innovation, supportive of existing enterprises and attractive to investors. "Effectively addressing increased economic complexity requires inventive, progressive solutions. The challenges are great, yet so too are the opportunities. Nanaimo's economy is brimming with potential. A focused, results-orientated approach will be used to deliver the corporation's single goal - 'A Prosperous Nanaimo' - while complementing and supporting the other four goals in City Plan for a 'Green, Connected, Healthy and Empowered Nanaimo'."


  • The Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation is the economic development corporation through which business, government, First Nation and community partners collaborate to build Nanaimo's economy, and increase the level of shared prosperity enjoyed by those who live here.
  • The NPC is owned by the City of Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo Airport, Nanaimo Port Authority, Chamber of Commerce and Vancouver Island University.

City introduces new temporary public art


Nanaimo City Council approved two new pieces of public art in December as part of the 2023 Temporary Public Art Program.


  • "Compelling Agency" by David Martinello

David Martinello is a Vancouver Island based artist and his proposal, "Compelling Agency", draws attention to the connective value that humans have to wood as a resource. The artist’s intention with his artwork is to have the viewer thoughtfully evaluate their relationship to wood and, in turn, their relationship to their environment while they observe the natural weathering and evolution of this intriguing structural piece during its years on display.


  • "Moon Snail House" by Amber Morrison and Matthew Fox

Artist and educator, Amber Morrison, and 3D artist, Matthew Fox, based out of Nanaimo, will captivate passersby with the interactive artwork, "Moon Snail House". The design of the structure will invite admirers to explore this visually appealing, large-scale interactive sculpture. Educational signage will provide information about the Lewis’ moon snail (neverita lewisii) and the intertidal zones of the Salish Sea.


Once created and installed (locations to be determined), it is expected that these two new artworks will be on display for public enjoyment for up to five years.


Since 2010, the City of Nanaimo has been involved in a dynamic and evolving temporary public art program that enhances and animates our parks and public spaces. City parks and spaces are transformed into outdoor art galleries and showcase artworks for a limited period of time.


Link to Strategic Plan: Public art is a cultural contribution that fuels imagination, sparks curiosity and critical thinking and offers a unique reflection of place and people, contributing to character and a shared sense of identity.


Key Points

  • A total of 18 proposals were received from a variety of artists and teams in response to a call for artists issued by the City of Nanaimo's Culture and Events team. "Compelling Agency" by David Martinello and "Moon Snail House" by Amber Morrison and Matthew Fox were selected and approved for display.
  • The Temporary Public Art Program transforms City parks and spaces into outdoor art galleries showcasing local artworks for a limited period of time.


"During the REIMAGINE Nanaimo process residents voiced their support for these types of programs, commenting that public spaces are enriched by art, and I couldn't agree more. This program enhances our community and it is accessible and freely available to everyone to experience and enjoy."

Leonard Krog

Mayor, City of Nanaimo


Quick Facts

  • Selected artwork is installed on a temporary basis for the enjoyment of residents and visitors at various locations throughout the City of Nanaimo.
  • Each year the City of Nanaimo does a call for submissions for the Temporary Public Art Program. Artists can propose artworks that vary in scale, scope and medium, including temporary sculptural installations, social practice and community engaged artist projects and artwork that is integrated into landscape, architecture or civic infrastructure.

Links

Nanaimo riding on strong economy

230405 – Nanaimo's economy delivered more jobs, more new business licenses, more building permits and more housing starts last year than in 2021, according to the City's latest numbers.


"The vibrancy we feel in the City is proven by these economic numbers,” says Mayor Leonard Krog. “We had a very good year in 2022, and this year is showing great promise with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel downtown and the expectation of a new foot passenger ferry opening this summer. We are well set to welcome more visitors and the many people who are choosing to make Nanaimo their home."


The annual State of the Nanaimo Economy report, delivered to City Council April 3, also showed housing starts were up nine per cent. The latest Census shows the total number of new jobs in the city grew by 10.8 per cent with the highest growth in health care and social assistance, followed by construction and educational sectors. In the goods-producing sector, the highest growth was in construction. New job postings rose 38.7 per cent in 2022 compared to 2021.


In the same period, BC job postings increased by 20.4 per cent. Statistics also show a strong rebound in the tourism sector in 2022 with visitor numbers inching closer to pre-pandemic levels. The average age of Nanaimo's population was younger in 2021 than in 2016, according to the 2021 Census.


The 25-to-44-year-old demographic is expected to outpace other age groups over the coming decade. The Census data also shows that an average of 3,400 new residents moved to the Regional District of Nanaimo in each of the past five years, primarily from other parts of BC and Canada.


For more information on the report and economic development in Nanaimo, visit the Economic Development section on www.nanaimo.ca.


Link to Strategic Plan: A Prosperous Nanaimo is Goal Five of City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined. A strong economy provides jobs for residents and a tax base that supports excellent services and amenities that contribute to our community's livability.


Key Points

  • The value of building permits issued in Nanaimo in 2022 was the second highest on record. Most residential developments are multi-family units located close to services, shopping and transportation nodes.
  • Slower growth is expected in 2023 due to higher interest rates driving down housing construction and consumer demand.
  • The number of new business licenses issued in 2021 shows a strong recovery in sectors such as accommodation and food services that were hit hard by the pandemic.


Mayor Leonard Krog

Parks and Rec job fair slated for April 13

The Parks, Recreation and Culture department is holding a Job Fair on Thursday, April 13, 2-7 p.m. at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre at 741 Third Street.

Recreation professionals will be on site to answer questions and accept applications on site for the following areas:

Aquatics

Arenas

Business Services

Community Recreation

Cultural Opportunities

Custodial Services

Parks and Trails

Interested applicants are invited to ask questions of staff and to bring their resume so that they can apply right at the Job Fair.

Link to Strategic Plan: Providing quality of life for the community through Parks, Recreation and Culture services.

Key Points

The Parks, Recreation and Culture Job Fair will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2-7 pm at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

The Job Fair will have information on careers in aquatics, arenas, business services, community recreation, cultural opportunities, custodial services and parks.

Mayor Leonard Krog says Parks, Recreation and Culture services contribute greatly to our community and quality of life.

Parks, Recreation and Culture Job Fair 2023

City installing new water, sewer service

while upgrading Albert/Fourth Street

Project funded in part from Canada Community-Building Fund, BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program


230327 - With help from federal and provincial governments, the City of Nanaimo is starting work to upgrade Albert/Fourth Street. The City will replace aging water mains, provide a new fish-friendly culvert for Cat Stream, improve sanitary sewer mains, and undertake safety and roadway improvements on Albert Street between Pine and Milton Streets.


"This project will improve City infrastructure - critical water and storm drainage pipes - and help us reach our goals for a resilient and sustainable future. Albert between Pine and Milton will see improved passage for all road users along a somewhat difficult section of roadway. Funding from the two senior levels of government through the Canada Community-Building Fund and the Active Transportation Grant will offset some of the costs for surface improvements, enabling completion of a key transportation route," said Mayor Leonard Krog.


Water main improvements include replacing an aging steel watermain and adding a new watermain on Pine Street to improve water quality and available flow for firefighting and reduce the risk of future failures. The Cat Stream culvert under Albert Street will be increased in size to handle larger storms due to climate change and to improve fish passage.


Infrastructure upgrades provide an opportunity to improve safety and comfort of all roadway users including those who walk, bike, take transit, and drive along this corridor.


With contributions of $846,000 from the Government of Canada’s Canada Community-Building Fund and $500,000 from the B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program, Nanaimo will include cycling facilities, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, improved transit stops, and a retaining wall to provide additional road width along the S-curve on Albert Street between Pine and Kennedy Streets.


The total project construction costs are expected to be $4.4 million. These costs include $2.2 million for underground utilities, $1.3 million for roadworks, street lighting and retaining wall, and $0.9 million for sidewalks and cycling lanes.

Albert Street between Pine Street and Kennedy Street will be closed to traffic during much of the construction. Access will be available for pedestrians, bicycles, buses, garbage and recycling vehicles, and emergency vehicles only.

Construction work is expected to be completed in fall 2023. For the latest project information, please visit the project webpage at: www.nanaimo.ca/goto/AlbertFourth2


Key Points

  • Traffic delays and detours can be expected at all times during construction.
  • Infrastructure upgrades will improve water quality and available flow for firefighting, replace aging infrastructure, prepare for climate change, enhance fish habitat and improve the roadway for all users.
  • The active transportation component of the project is partially funded through a Canada Community-Building Fund grant ($846,000 value) and an Active Transportation Grant ($500,000 value). The Canada Community-Building Fund is administered in British Columbia by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

Quotes

“The Canada Community-Building Fund delivers flexible funding to municipalities so that they can prioritize projects centered around what their communities need the most. The Government of Canada will continue supporting these targeted investments in local infrastructure that help build greener and more resilient communities.”


The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan,
Minister of International Development and
Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic
Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of
the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc,
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,
Infrastructure and Communities


“Building more benefits into infrastructure projects for the people who will use and rely on them makes communities more affordable and more livable for everyone. Combining active transportation projects with important public works addresses multiple needs at once and is a great way for local governments to maximize the value of their investment.”


Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan


Applications open for Advisory Committee

on Accessibility and Inclusiveness

Deadline to apply is April 21


230322 – The City of Nanaimo is now accepting applications for eleven volunteer at-large members for the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness (ACAI).

The purpose of the ACAI is to promote social and political equity within existing and proposed City plans, policies, bylaws and infrastructure and make recommendations to ensure that the City is inclusive and accommodating to citizens of all ages, abilities and walks of life. The term for this committee will end October 2026.

Those interested in joining the committee are encouraged to visit the City website to review the terms of reference before submitting an application. Residents of Nanaimo who have experience related to matters of accessibility and inclusiveness and wish to make a difference in their community are encouraged to apply.

Application forms can be submitted online, downloaded from www.nanaimo.ca/goto/committees, or picked up from Legislative Services in City Hall (455 Wallace Street). Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Link to Strategic Plan: The Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness supports City Plan's Empowered Nanaimo goals.


Key Points

  • The City of Nanaimo is accepting applications for eleven Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness positions.
  • Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness meetings will be held once every two months.
  • Applications will be accepted between March 22 and April 21, 2023.

Quotes

"We are very excited to see this committee starting up again, and look forward to seeing a diverse group of citizens volunteer to put their names forward. If you care about your community, and have a passion for helping to ensure our City is accessible and inclusive to all, we invite you to apply."

Leonard Krog

Mayor

City of Nanaimo


Quick Facts

  • In September 2022 updates were made to the Accessible British Columbia Act, requiring public sector organizations to establish an accessibility committee.
  • The ACAI was first established in December 2019. Membership requirements were recently updated to reflect changes directed under the Accessible BC Act.
  • Under the new legislation, at least half of the members must be persons with disabilities or persons representing a disability-serving organization. Indigenous representation must also be included.

Links

Nanaimo Parkway/Highway 19 to close March 26 to 30

Traffic must detour nightly from 7 pm to 7 am

The City of Nanaimo’s Midtown Water Supply Project is well under way. From March 26 to March 30, the Nanaimo Parkway (Hwy 19) will be closed between the Jingle Pot/Third Street intersection and the College Drive/Fifth Street intersection to install a water pipeline crossing. Over the four-day period, the closures will be in effect from 7 pm to 7 am.

Northbound traffic will be detoured via the truck route down Fifth Street to Wakesiah Avenue and up Third Street/Jingle Pot Road. Southbound traffic will be diverted down Jingle Pot Road/Third Street to Wakesiah Avenue and back up Fifth Street. Drivers are reminded to drive carefully and pay close attention to signage.

Commuters and commercial traffic are encouraged use the Old Island Highway (Hwy 19A) as an alternate route.

In addition, Nanaimo residents who have registered for alerts through the City's Voyent Alert! system, will receive an informational alert as a reminder of the overnight closure. To receive alerts, please visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts for instructions on how to sign up.

For more information, visit the Midtown Water Supply Project page at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/MidtownWater.

Link to Strategic Plan: The Midtown Water Supply Project supports a resilient community by ensuring a safe water supply to a growing Nanaimo.

"Thank you to all drivers for their understanding and cooperation during this detour. It will enable an important highway crossing to be installed quickly and safely. This water supply backbone is one of the City's most significant infrastructure projects to date, improving resilience, reliable access to safe clean potable water and fire protection in our community."


Bill Sims
General Manager, Engineering & Public Works

City of Nanaimo

Culture and Heritage Recipients are announced

The City has celebrated local excellence in arts and culturethrough its annual Culture Awards event since 1998. The awards honourextraordinary achievement and raise awareness and pride for the calibre of artsand culture activity in Nanaimo, as well as the dynamic impact of the sector onour community’s economic, social and cultural well-being.

Mayor LeonardKrog congratulated the 2023 Culture Award winners – Joel Good and MargotHolmes. “Their talent, imagination, long hours of dedicated effort andleadership contribute to the beauty and richness of our arts and culturecommunity and benefit all of us," said the Mayor.

The public is invited to a celebration of award recipientsat a free community event at the Port Theatre on April 25.

The 2023 Culture Heritage Award recipients are:

Excellence in Culture, Joel Good

Joel Good won the Excellence in Culture Award for hisachievements in visual art. He is a traditional Coast Salish artist fromSnuneymuxw First Nation, well-known for several inspiring local public artinstallations. Good's designs are informed by Snuneymuxw oral history, taughtto him by his father, as well as research into traditional Coast Salish artforms. He adeptly fuses Snuneymuxw teachings and classical painting inspired bythe work of his mother, artist and painter Sandra Moorhouse-Good, to form hisown traditional style.

Good and his father, master carver and historian Dr.William Good collaborated on two Coast Salish house post totem poles inst’lilup (Departure Bay). Together, they also created a pole in honour ofMissing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, for Tillicum Lelum AboriginalFriendship Centre in Nanaimo.

Using Snuneymuxw techniques, Good also creates steam-bentboxes. A video showing this process is available on the Nanaimo LadysmithPublic Schools YouTube channel.

A selection of Good’s other prominent commissions includethe Spindle Whorl and Dancing Eagle panel for the City of Nanaimo, along withart for the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Snuneymuxw FirstNation, Leadership Vancouver Island, BC Hydro and the Canadian Museum for HumanRights.

Good’s art has received both national and internationalattention featured on garments created by Ay Lelum - The Good House of Design,run by his sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward Good. Joel’s designs on AyLelum couture and ready-to-wear garments have been on the runways of VancouverFashion Week and New York Fashion Week, and have graced the pages of numerouspublications like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Honour in Culture, Margot Holmes

Margot Holmes won an Honour in Culture Award for herlong-time career as the Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver IslandSymphony, promoting Canadian culture and championing the performing artscommunity for over three decades. Holmes continues to develop community partnershipsand find new ways of connecting the arts to audiences and sponsors.

Caline Artists International, owned by Holmes for the past32 years, has played an integral role in developing the careers of hundreds ofCanadian musicians. As an agent and manager for professional musicians, she’stoured artists, including the British Columbia Boys Choir, around the globe ascultural ambassadors for Nanaimo and Canada while assisting them to buildsuccessful long-term careers.

She has worked with a variety of non-profit artsorganizations presenting hundreds of arts events both large and small. In 2015,she spearheaded the creation of Festival Nanaimo, coordinating an annualmonth-long festival each March. During the pandemic she kept Nanaimo culturealive by instigating Vancouver Island Symphony summer pop-up concerts, theNanaimo Big Band Festival, the Chapters series of four multi-genre events atthe Port Theatre and the Music from Edges of Canada series - 11 double billconcerts live streamed from theatres coast to coast.

Holmes is a dynamic supporter of veteran and emergingartists in our city and constantly creates opportunities for them to connect,grow and thrive. She has a long list of awards including the 2007 Arts andCulture Advocate of the year, the 2008 Agent of the Year, the 2014 CulturalChampion Award for Arts Leadership awarded by Business for Arts Canada, the2014 City of Nanaimo Award of Distinction for her contribution to the Arts, andthe 2015 Agent of the Year awarded by Canadian Arts Presenters.

 

Krog calls for senior government

action on failing public safety

Nanaimo is facing a public safety crisis resulting from the failed policies of senior government that is beyond the City's capacity to control or repair, says Mayor Leonard Krog.

On Sunday, March 12, an altercation in an encampment of homeless people resulted in serious injuries to two people attempting to retrieve goods allegedly stolen from them.

Mayor Leonard Krog

"On behalf of City Council and the community, I call upon the federal and provincial governments to recognize their responsibility to our residents and to step up and take meaningful action now. Our City is not able to fix the underlying issues that have led to the problems we are facing and the kind of situation that unfolded here on Sunday.

"When government is no longer able to protect people and their property, we are in a dangerous place.

"Despite our efforts to increase public safety and clean up the downtown - at significant cost to taxpayers - we continue to struggle with the effects of senior government policies that have failed to curb violence from known offenders or help the most vulnerable among us. As a result, some people feel they have no option but to take matters into their own hands," Krog said.

Since 2018, Nanaimo has taken a multi-pronged approach to public safety, homelessness and the housing crisis. Among those actions, the City created and is implementing a Health and Housing Action Plan, including the newly-launched Systems Planning Organization.

The City is leading a Situation Table where vulnerable people can be identified and helped, and approved the Downtown Safety Action Plan. The safety plan includes 12 Community Safety Officers to proactively identify and prevent conflict, and enhanced cleaning of parkades and other downtown areas. With CSOs in place, Bylaw officers and police can focus on enforcement throughout the City.

This year, taxpayers will see the full cost of CSOs and the two full-time, seven-day-a week Clean Teams in the City budget.

City Council also approved hiring an additional 20 firefighters this year and 20 in 2025, plus six civilian RCMP members this year and nine civilian and sworn members in the coming five years. The new police staff will relieve officers of administrative work and allow police more time to focus on protecting the public.

Nanaimo was part of the 13-member Union of BC Municipalities Urban Mayors' Caucus. At the urging of those 13 mayors, the Province is adding new funding for police under the Safer Communities Plan, and has committed to strengthening enforcement and enhancing service delivery.

Building permit values
second highest on record

At $410 million, the construction value of building permits in the City of Nanaimo last year was second only to 2019, with residential units leading the way. Building permits were issued for a total of 1,370 residential units with 1,065 of those in multi-unit developments.


"Our population is growing and our housing options are growing with it,” says Mayor Leonard Krog. “With more and more housing concentrated in areas where people can easily access shopping, services and employment, we are becoming a more vibrant urban centre. By growing up, rather than out, Nanaimo is protecting green spaces and natural areas and providing housing options that more people can afford."


Private developers are responding to public demand for more housing in urban centres, including downtown, with projects throughout the city. Some highlights include an 87-unit multi-family building at 550 Brechin Road, a mixed-use development with 98 residential units at 4831 Cedar Ridge Place and a 160-unit seniors care residence at 4979 Wills Road. In addition, the popularity of secondary suites and carriage houses in single-family homes continued with 152 building permits granted.


The City's long-term vision of more complete neighbourhoods with convenient access to services that can be linked by transportation corridors, including bus service, was confirmed through the REIMAGINE Nanaimo public consultation process. For more information on development growth in Nanaimo, visit www.nanaimo.ca/whatsbuilding.

Link to Strategic Plan: Multi-family housing in urban centres, including downtown, supports the goals of City Plan:Nanaimo ReImagined.


Key Points

  • The value of building permits issued by the City of Nanaimo in 2022 was $410 million, second only to 2019 when building permit values topped $445 million.
  • The resurgence in construction activity shows that Nanaimo has a strong economy and demand for housing remains high.
  • The long term vision of more complete neighbourhoods near town centres and downtown was confirmed through public consultation and is embedded in City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined. Building permits issued in 2022 show that vision is becoming a reality through the construction of multi-unit buildings near transportation corridors and urban amenities.
  • The 2022 building permit results show that developers are delivering the housing types that people want.

City infrastructure upgrades on

Bowen Road to result in delays and rerouting

23/02/28

The City of Nanaimo's Midtown Gateway Project and the Midtown Water Supply Project will be teaming up to install critical underground infrastructure across Bowen Road and into Beban Park in March. This approach is efficient but will restrict access and delay traffic.


From March 1 to 31, the southern Bowen Road access to Beban Park will be closed all day and night to all vehicle traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. All other park access points are open and accessible.


Pedestrians using the Bowen Road sidewalk along Beban Park must follow sidewalk detour signage and use the sidewalk on the opposite side of Bowen Road. All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities within Beban Park are open during construction. For the public's safety, some areas of the park are fenced-off and restricted for all non-construction personnel. Please exercise caution, obey all signage and follow the directions of any flag persons on duty.


From March 11 to 26, there will be alternating lane closures on Bowen Road 24 hours per day. One vehicle lane per direction will be available, however, drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible to avoid delays. Rosstown Road at the intersection of Bowen Road will be closed to vehicle access 24 hours per day.

Drivers are asked to detour around using Pheasant Terrace and Labieux Road. There will also be no transit service along Rosstown Road or Pheasant Terrace during this time. Transit users are asked to use existing bus stops on Labieux Road and to check out the latest information at www.bctransit.com/nanaimo/schedules-and-maps/alerts.


Construction work will typically take place Mondays through Fridays, from 7 am to 7 pm; however, it will expand to 24 hours per day from March 11 to March 26 in order to complete the works across Bowen Road as quickly as possible and to minimize disruption.


All businesses will remain open and accessible during construction.

Please note there will be other significant traffic disruptions required for these projects in the coming months. More details will be provided soon.


The City thanks residents for their on-going patience during these important construction projects. Please follow the City's Facebook or Twitter accounts (@cityofnanaimo) and visit the project webpage at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/MidtownGateway for the most current information.

Link to Strategic Plan: These projects support a livable Nanaimo.


Key Points

  • March 1 to 31: The southern Bowen Road access to Beban Park will be closed 24 hours per day to all vehicle traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. Please use alternate park access.
  • March 11-26: Alternating lane closures on Bowen Road will be in affect 24 hours per day. One lane in each direction will be available. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible to avoid delays.
  • March 11 to 26: Rosstown Road at the intersection of Bowen Road will be closed to vehicle access 24 hours per day. Drivers are asked to detour around using Pheasant Terrace and Labieux Road.
  • March 11 to 26: There will be no transit service along Rosstown Road or Pheasant Terrace. Transit users are asked to use existing bus stops on Labieux Road, and check out the latest information at www.bctransit.com/nanaimo/schedules-and-maps/alerts.



"It is incredibly important for our infrastructure to keep up with our growth, and the coordination of these two major midtown projects to bring as little disruption on Bowen Rd as possible is more than just good timing, it's great planning."

Mayor Leonard Krog


City provides funding for cold weather sheltering

23/02/22

With temperatures dropping due to arctic outflow beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22, the City of Nanaimo is assisting people in need of warming services. The City will again provide funds for existing organizations to extend their hours of service.


"Without housing, staying warm on a cold and often wet night in Nanaimo is a terrible challenge," says Mayor Leonard Krog. "By providing extra services, the City of Nanaimo and service providers are helping to ensure the unhoused are cared for during the extreme cold."


Service hours within the community are as follows:

7-10 Club Society (at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Chapel Street) will be open an additional three hours per day, from 7 am to 7 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 24, and can assist 30 to 40 people at one time. Typical 7-10 Club Society hours are Monday to Friday, 10 am to 7 pm.

Unitarian Shelter offers 27 overnight shelter beds and during extreme cold, offers daytime warming centre services to their shelter guests only.


Risebridge, in response to the cold, will provide overnight services by adding additional warming relief hours between 7:30 pm and 7:30 am on Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24. Regular warming hours are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day.


The City of Nanaimo provides funding to 7-10 Club and Risebridge for daytime warming centres for people experiencing homelessness, and to the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter to assist overnight guests with daytime services as needed. Funding comes from a Union of BC Municipalities ‘Strengthening Communities’ Services program grant to the City to support daytime cold and hot extreme weather service, and the City applies for funding for additional hours of service for extreme weather events through the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.


The following services are also available:

Salvation Army has 35 overnight shelter beds and daytime access only for existing shelter guests. Samaritan Place has added five additional beds during extreme cold in addition to its existing 14 beds. St Peter’s Winter Shelter now has 35 beds open 8 pm to 7:30 am.


Visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/supports for a full list of drop-in and indoor meal services.

Link to Strategic Plan: Providing warming opportunities contributes to a livable community for all.


Key Points

  • With temperatures dipping due to arctic outflow beginning Wednesday, the City of Nanaimo will provide funds for existing organizations to extend their hours of service.
  • Risebridge, in response to the cold, will provide overnight services by adding additional warming relief hours between 7:30 pm and 7:30 am on Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24. Regular warming hours are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day.
  • 7-10 Club Society (at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Chapel Street) will be open from 7 am to 7 pm during extreme cold on Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24, and can assist 30 to 40 people at one time. Open Monday to Friday. Regular warming hours are 10 am to 7 pm.
  • The City applies for funding for additional hours of service for extreme weather events through the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.


Recycle BC now accepting new materials


23/02/21 – Recycle BC’s residential packaging and paper recycling program has been accepting new items, as of Jan. 1. Newly added items will be accepted either in Blue Carts for curbside collection or at depots, depending on the item. These changes resulted from an amendment to the Province of BC’s Recycling Regulation.

 

Some of these items were previously accepted in the program if the item was indistinguishable from packaging (e.g., foil pie plates, kraft paper bags). Here is a comprehensive list of the new official items you can refer to as a reference.

 

Newly accepted Blue Cart items include:

 

Plastics:

  • plastic plates, bowls and cups
  • plastic cutlery, straws, stir-sticks, and sample sticks
  • non-durable plastic food containers
  • rigid plastic gift bags or boxes
  • plastic plant pots and saucers
  • plastic tape dispensers (empty)
  • plastic dental floss containers (empty)
  • plastic clothing hangers
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Paper:

  • compressed paper clothing hangers
  • coated paper plates, bowls and cups
  • single-use paper party décor
  • paper bags, gift bags, boxes
  • corrugated cardboard

 

Metal:

  • aluminum foil
  • aluminum-foil baking dishes and pie plates
  • metal storage tins (thin gauge)

Examples of flexible plastics now accepted at depots only:

  • single-use foam party decor
  • plastic vacuum, sandwich, and freezer bags
  • plastic shrink wrap
  • soft plastic gift bag or box
  • flexible plastic drop sheets and covering
  • flexible plastic bubble wrap (no bubble wrap-lined paper)
  • flexible plastic recycling bags (blue, clear bags, or yellow or blue bags used for curb-side collection)
  • flexible plastic carry-out shopping bags (reusable, plastic only no PVC or vinyl).

All items have been added to the What Goes Where Waste Wizard tool on the Nanaimo Recycles App. Please visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/WhatGoesWhere to access this search tool or download the App from the App store or Google Play.

Link to Strategic Plan: Supports waste diversion through improved reuse and recycling services for a diversity of materials

 

Key Points

Depots are now able to accept crinkly and stretchy plastics in one stream so residents will no longer need to separate them in order to take them to the Depot. They do not go into your blue cart.

 

The Nanaimo Recycles App has a handy What Goes Where Waste Wizard tool that allows you to enter an item to recycle and see which cart to use for curbside pick up or where you can take that item to be recycle at a depot.

 

Mayor Leonard Krog says the addition of new items by Recycle BC allows progress towards our desired outcome of zero waste throughout the full life cycle of production, consumption, recycling, and disposal to achieve local and regional waste management goals.

 

Photo Library of Accepted and Unaccepted Material

Amendment to Province of BC's Recycling Regulation

Nanaimo Recycling What Goes Where Waste Wizard Tool

 

 

City extends cold weather sheltering and supports

With temperatures dropping due to arctic outflow beginning Saturday night, the City of Nanaimo is assisting people in need of warming services. The City will provide funds for existing organizations to extend their hours of service. City staff and RCMP members will be on the street increasing coverage of wellness checks and providing warming supplies.


Additional service hours are as follows: 7-10 Club Society (at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Chapel Street) will be open from 7 am to 7 pm during cold on Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31, and can assist 30 to 40 people at one time. Open Monday to Friday. Regular warming hours are 10 am to 7 pm.

Unitarian Shelter offers 27 overnight shelter beds and during extreme cold, offers daytime warming centre services to their shelter guests only.


Risebridge, in response to the cold, will operate from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Jan. 30. Regular warming hours are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day.


The City of Nanaimo provides funding to 7-10 Club and Risebridge for daytime warming centres for people experiencing homelessness, and to the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter to assist overnight guests with daytime service as needed. Funding comes from a Union of BC Municipalities ‘Strengthening Communities’ Services program grant to the City to support daytime cold and hot extreme weather service.


The following services are also available:

Salvation Army has 35 overnight shelter beds and daytime access only for existing shelter guests. Samaritan Place has added five additional beds during extreme cold in addition to its existing 14 beds. St Peter’s Winter Shelter now has 34 beds open 8 pm to 7:30 am.


In addition, the City’s Community Safety Officers (CSO) will be working extended hours. A team of CSOs will be on and performing wellness checks until 2:30 am, with the next shift starting at 4 am. CSOs have been handing out warming supplies, cold weather clothing and hot drinks as needed. RCMP members are also performing wellness checks, offering assistance and coordinating response with CSOs.


Visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/supports for a full list of drop-in and indoor meal services.

Link to Strategic Plan: Providing warming opportunities contributes to a livable community for all.


Craig Evans named Patron of the City

Craig Evans accepts the award from Mayor Leonard Krog

23/01/15

Nanaimo City Council is pleased to honour Craig Evans with a Patron of the City award to recognize his exceptional service to the community for more than three decades. A resident of Nanaimo since the 1970s,  Evans has been a passionate advocate for community food systems, the environment and local organic farms.


With enthusiastic dedication to local, sustainable food production, Mr. Evans is credited as the founder of the Nanaimo Community Gardens in 1987, the Nanaimo Foodshare Society in 1997 and the VIU Farmers Market in 2013. He also co-founded the Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op in 2009 and the Farmship Growers Cooperative in 2013.

Over the years, Mr. Evans has been a strong advocate on a number of environmental initiatives. In 1978, he founded the Nanaimo Recycling Society and is credited for starting and organizing curbside pickups for the entire city. At the time, this recycling operation was Canada’s largest recycling operation west of Kitchener, Ontario. In 1999, he was awarded the Environmental Achievement Award from the City of Nanaimo for his work in promoting recycling and community gardening.


His advocacy efforts halted plans for a proposed ferrochromium plant at Jack Point and a BRINI waste incinerator in 1991. From 2013-2015, Mr. Evans was a Director for the Colliery Dams Preservation Society which successfully sought to protect and preserve Colliery Dam Park.


In 2000, Mr. Evans began working at Vancouver Island University as a Worksite Trainer for the Employment and Life Skills Training Program. He currently works in the Work Essential Skills Training (WEST) Program, mentoring students with diverse abilities and securing them work training sites.


The service that Mr. Evans has provided his community for more than three decades has inspired many and will have a lasting impact for years to come. The City is grateful for his dedication to the environment and the people of Nanaimo and is pleased to bestow him with the honour of Patron of the City.


Link to Strategic Plan: Environmental Responsibility and Livability: Craig Evans has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to protecting our environment and ensuring a livable future for future generations.


Key Points

  • The Patron of the City award recognizes outstanding achievement and selfless volunteerism.
  • A certificate was presented to Mr. Evans during a private ceremony on Jan. 4, 2023.
  • Mr. Evans will be honoured at a special ceremony during a future Council meeting.

"I have known Craig for nearly 40 years. He is modest, kind and compassionate and is indeed a worthy recipient for this award and an outstanding example of what real citizenship is about." said Mayor Leonard Krog. "We are at our best when we are “doing for others” and he has done that his whole life. Our City is a better place because of all he has done, particularly for those who have faced real challenges."