Beban Pool to open on January 17

Aquafit classes and
swimming lessons also starting


The main 25-metre tank at Beban Park Pool will reopen Jan. 17. In addition, aquafit classes will resume at both Beban Park Pool and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, and a small set of winter swimming lessons will be available for registration.

The opening of the Beban Park main pool comes after a series of repairs were conducted. During that time, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre accommodated the vast majority of public swimming sessions and provided space for user groups and rentals. Now that both pools are fully operational, citizens can enjoy more swimming opportunities.

A short set of winter swimming lessons will be held until a full set can be offered in the spring. Available classes will be viewable online starting on Monday, January 17 with registration beginning on Wednesday, January 19.

To see the pool schedules that begin on January 17, please visit recreation.nanaimo.ca (drop in). Pre-registration is only required for aquafit classes. All other sessions do not require pre-registration.

There have been several improvements to Beban Pool, including new tiling in the washrooms, LED lighting upgrades, water-efficient taps and overall painting found throughout the facility. In additions, an accessibility audit was completed last year that should help the City of Nanaimo determine ways to enhance everyone's ability to access the pool amenities found at Beban Park.

For those who haven't visited Beban Park Pool in awhile, Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, a Coast Salish artist, was commissioned by the City of Nanaimo to create large-scale murals that were unveiled last fall. These feature the movement of the dog salmon run and the ecosystems sustained by the herring run and the eelgrass. Creatures, including littleneck clams, sea lion, bald eagle, octopus, and others, appear in his designs. Interactive and interpretive signage with English and Hul’q’umi’num words, and a take-away guide is available to share information, language and stories related to the artwork.

Although both pools are open, Provincial Health Orders require that weight rooms remain closed until at least January 18, facility capacities be restricted to 50 percent, and everyone over the age of 12 provide proof of vaccination in order to participate or spectate. As health orders are updated, schedules and procedures will be adjusted. Due to the demand of aquafit classes, pre-registration is required up to 8 days in advance by calling our registration desk at 250-756-5200 or online at recreation.nanaimo.ca (register for a program, drop in).

Strategic Link: Providing opportunities to recreate supports a liveable community.

* Beban Pool's main 25-metre tank will open, along with the rest of Beban Pool's amenities on Monday, January 17.

* Aquafit classes at both Beban Park Pool and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre will resume on January 17 with mandatory pre-registration. Pre-registration is available by phone with a credit card at 250-756-5200 or online at recreation.nanaimo.ca.

* A short set of winter swimming lessons will be offered. Available classes will be online for viewing starting on Monday, January 17 with registration beginning on Wednesday, January 19.

"On behalf of council and staff, I thank members of our community for their patience as repairs at Beban Park pool were undertaken. With both pools being fully operational, we are happy that we can once again provide a wide variety of swimming opportunities for our citizens."

  Leonard Krog
  Mayor
  City of Nanaimo

January meetings going virtual, Public Hearings postponed

Jan 12, 2022

The City of Nanaimo continues to adapt its processes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Due to concerns regarding the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant, all Council and Committee meetings for the month of January will be held virtually. In addition, Public Hearings that had been scheduled for January 20 and January 24 have been postponed until February. 

Staff continue to monitor public health orders and will re-evaluate the situation later this month to determine the best course of action for future Council and Committee meetings.  

As required by Legislation, the public are still able to attend these virtual meetings in person, to ask questions and/or appear as a registered delegation; however, the City strongly encourages the public to participate electronically if at all possible. Delegations are encouraged to join the meeting via Zoom rather than attend in person, and all meetings continue to be live-streamed and available for viewing on the City website at www.nanaimo.ca/meetings

For members of the public who wish to attend a meeting in person, please be advised that if maximum seating capacity is reached you will not be permitted to enter the meeting room. Masks are also required in all indoor public settings. Details on how to attend these virtual meetings in person is as follows:

**Council meetings**
* The public can attend in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre’s Shaw Auditorium, located at 80 Commercial Street. 

**Committee meetings** *(including Finance and Audit and Governance and Priorities Committee)*
* The public can attend in the Service and Resource Centre’s Boardroom, located at 411 Dunsmuir Street.

Strategic Link: Ensuring public safety and access for public participation in Council's decision-making process supports a priority of providing good governance.

KEY POINTS

* Council and Committee meetings for the month of January 2022 will be held virtually

* The Public Hearing dates scheduled for January 20 and 24 have been postponed

* Staff will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the situation later this month for future meetings

* Registered delegations are encouraged to attend meetings via Zoom, but public attendance is still permitted

"It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will still be with us for the foreseeable future, but thanks to modern technology and the ability to have meetings virtually, the work of Council carries on. We thank Staff for continuing to adapt during these unprecedented times by helping develop solutions that allow public participation to still take place in a manner that ensures safety is prioritized."

  Leonard Krog, Mayor
  City of Nanaimo

Section of Fourth Street to close for construction

220111 – The City of Nanaimo will begin work on phase one of the Albert/Fourth Complete Street project this month. This first phase of the project will cover Fourth Street between Harewood Road and Pine Street. The project aims to increase the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit and drive along this corridor.

Upgrades will include new cycling and shared use facilities, new concrete sidewalks, improved transit stops, improved intersection crossings and replacement of underground water mains and storm sewers.

The Government of Canada contributed $750,000 to the project through the Canada Community-Building Fund.

To help with construction activities, Fourth Street will be closed 24 hours a day to vehicle traffic between Bruce Avenue and Pine Street. A detour using Fifth Street and Park Avenue will be set up to direct traffic around the work zone. Access will be provided for local residents and businesses within the construction area.

Construction work on Phase 1 is expected to be completed before Summer 2022. For the latest project information, please visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/AlbertFourth

Construction on Phase 2 between Pine Street and Milton Street is expected to start in the summer of 2022.

Strategic Link: Environmental Responsibility, Livability, Excellence in Governance

KEY POINTS

* Fourth Street will be closed between Bruce Avenue and Pine Street. Detours will be in effect for the duration of the project.

* Phase 1, covering Fourth Street between Harewood Road and Pine Street, will start construction in January 2022 and be completed by summer 2022.

* Complete Streets are designed for everyone and will increase the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit and drive.

QUOTES

"Whether they walk, bike, drive or use public transportation, Canadians need to be able to get to their destination in a timely and safe fashion. Our Government is funding, in partnership with the City of Nanaimo, the upgrades to the Fourth Street streetscape that will benefit all commuters and encourage active modes of transportation."

  Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country on behalf of
  Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
  Government of Canada

"Work is beginning soon to make Fourth Street safer for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers. I'm glad our government can fund better sidewalks, bus stops and intersections, to make commuting more climate-friendly."

  Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo, on behalf of
  Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs
  Province of B.C.

"The Canada Community Building Fund is playing a critical role in the renewal of infrastructure in B.C.’s communities. The City of Nanaimo’s approach to “complete streets” is providing a comprehensive upgrade of facilities above ground and below. I am very pleased to see continued federal and provincial support for investments in the infrastructure local governments develop and maintain."

  Laurey Anne Roodenburg
  President
  Union of B.C. Municipalities

"Council and I are excited to see this project take off. This is an important route connecting VIU with downtown and, when finished, will accommodate all types of commuters comfortably. In addition, funding from the Canada Community-Building Fund will offset some of the costs to taxpayers, making this project a win-win!"

  Leonard Krog
  Mayor
  City of Nanaimo

QUICK FACTS

* Locar Industries Ltd. of Nanaimo was awarded the construction contract.

* The project includes 540 metres of water main upgrades, 470 metres of storm sewer upgrades, 470 metres of new sidewalks and 900 metres of new buffered cycle lanes.

* The project construction budget is $1.8 million, and the Government of Canada contributed $750,000 to the project through the Canada Community-Building Fund.

Albert / Fourth Complete Street Phase 1 Project Web Page
https://www.nanaimo.ca/goto/AlbertFourth

Krog and other mayors seek provincial housing solutions

Mayor Leonard Krog

22-01-11 – Nanaimo Mayor Leobard Krog is one of 13 mayors representing more than 55 per cent of British Columbians are again calling on the Provincial Government for the urgent implementation of complex care housing solutions to support the most vulnerable residents in their communities. Today they are releasing a video to reiterate their call.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNeHreeChlQ

Since being formed in the summer of 2020, the mayors have been in conversations with the Ministries of Mental Health and Addiction, Health, Housing, Municipal Affairs, Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and Justice, advocating to see appropriate housing and supports for people with complex needs to be operational in a matter of months, not years.

As a unified voice on critical issues facing urban British Columbia communities, the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus (BCUMC) is a non-partisan group of mayors from Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, Richmond, Saanich, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria.

Urging the Province to take immediate action, the video highlights the strain that leaving those with complex needs out on the streets is having on our communities and on the vulnerable people requiring care. 

“We know the Province is acting on a complex care housing framework, and we appreciate that we were invited to participate in the early formative conversations as the Province developed the model of care. We are hopeful that the provincial government will make an announcement soon,” said Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria and BCUMC Co-Chair. “We can’t stress enough how urgently our communities need this complex care in place.”

Residents with complex needs have overlapping mental health, substance use, trauma and acquired brain injuries and they are often left to experience homelessness. They do not fit into current supportive housing models, they do not fit within long-term healthcare systems, and if they commit crimes, they do not fit within the overloaded justice system which perpetuates a catch and release cycle.

“Together each of our communities are on the frontlines experiencing the same impact of gaps in the health, housing and justice system,” said Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna and BCUMC Co-Chair. “Our most vulnerable are falling through the cracks. Municipalities have invested in supportive housing, funded more police and bylaw officers and created policies to increase inclusion in our communities and yet more needs to be done and for that we need the Province’s support.”

Local retailers, restaurants and hotels, who have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, are also experiencing the frontline impacts of the gaps, with increased erratic behaviour, open drug use, crime and theft occurring outside their place of business.

The BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus Blueprint for British Columbia’s Urban Future, outlines four key priorities for urban communities across the province:

  1. Mental Health, Substance Use and Treatment
  2. Affordable Housing
  3. Public Transit
  4. A New Fiscal Framework

To Learn more, visit www.bcurbanmayorscaucus.ca.

 

Chambers, business group support call for housing action

220111 – The BC Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas of BC support  the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus call for complex care housing.

“Access to housing is critical for the health of our communities. Part of the solution is more complex care options for those who require extra support. As a result of the pandemic, the need for more complex care options is greater than ever before. Cutting red tape to develop tailored housing options with urgency, is therefore critical,” said Fiona Famulak of the B.C. Chambers.

“Business Improvement Areas of BC (BIABC), which represents more than 50 business communities across the province, is supportive of the work of the BC Urban Mayor’s Caucus to find innovative solutions like complex care housing to restore the health and wellbeing of our communities for all. Increasing homelessness, street disorder, property crime, violence, mental health and addiction-related issues have reached a critical point in our downtowns, main streets and commercial districts. We all need to work together to protect our communities and those most vulnerable,” said Teri Smith of the BIABC.

Along with the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus, both of our organizations urge the Province to move quickly on this urgent issue for our business members and our communities.

City addresses misinformation on homeless camp cleanup

The City of Nanaimo continues to support our community's most vulnerable populations during this difficult time of snow and cold weather. The City attempts to balance the inevitable necessity for homeless individuals to shelter with the interests of other residents and the protection of public lands and facilities by providing an array of supportive services including facilities and spaces for shower programs, public toilets, warming centers, temporary and permanent housing. It is well recognized that there is insufficient service capacity, so the City permits sheltering in a number of undeveloped parkland spaces where people can shelter overnight.

Recently, Council approved funding for the establishment and operation of a temporary daytime extreme cold weather space at Caledonia Park which began operations on December 27, 2021. Operated by the Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society, the cold-weather space is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on days when cold weather conditions are deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable persons. 

The City addressed misinformation in the community regarding vulnerable peoples that were dispersed from an encampment under the Bastion Street Bridge, and in the adjacent Bastion Street Parkade. The recent winter storm with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures saw emergency shelters filling to capacity, and a small group of unsheltered individuals set up tents under the Bastion Street Bridge adjacent to the City-owned Bastion Street Parkade.  

Enforcement officers did not disrupt this gathering through the most inclement weather. Instead, they requested those present to refrain from moving into the parkade facility, lighting fires or accumulating large quantities of materials, as they would be required to take down and remove their temporary shelters when weather improved.  

Unfortunately, the situation deteriorated quickly through the holidays. The encampment grew in numbers to 30 or more individuals. People settled through three levels of the parkade and in the staircases, rendering them inaccessible to pedestrian traffic. Fires were set inside the parkade and in the stairwells and five propane tanks were removed. In addition, a number of parking ticket kiosks were taken out of service after they were extensively damaged and had the power cables severed.

Parking pass holders reported being obstructed and harassed and expressed concern for the safety of their vehicles. Maintenance staff were unable to access areas of the parkade to clean up increasing accumulations of garbage, graffiti and human waste. Businesses in close proximity reported concerns for the safety of their staff and clients.  

Weather conditions improved after the New Year, and enforcement officers directed individuals to leave the parkade facility on Sunday, January 2 (Public Nuisance Bylaw 7267 prohibits entry or remaining in a City parkade except for the purpose of parking or removing a vehicle from a parking facility) and everyone was given notice that City crews would be attending early the next week to clean up the entire area. They were directed to leave the parkade again on Tuesday, January 4, and advised that all shelters would have to be packed up and removed for a clean up the following day. RCMP officers also went through the parkade advising everyone that the encampment would be closed in the morning.

City sanitation work crews began the clean up around 8 a.m. the morning of Wednesday, January 5, with the assistance of police and bylaw services, giving everyone ample opportunity to pack up and remove their belongings. Clean team staff distributed dozens of garbage bags, and the campers packed up waste material and unwanted items that were loaded into the truck.  

Five propane tanks, four shopping carts, and a large container of discarded needles were collected during the clean-up. The clean-up proceeded without incident. 

“Council absolutely sympathizes with individuals experiencing homelessness in our community, especially during extreme weather events such as what we have been experiencing the past two weeks. However, we also have a duty to other City residents and business owners to ensure that our City is safe, and our public lands and facilities are accessible.

"The misinformation we have seen regarding the recent dismantling of the encampment in the Bastion Street Parkade is both inaccurate and unfair. Bylaw officers, RCMP and City sanitation crews have an extremely difficult job and do excellent work in balancing the needs of everyone in our community. We cannot stand by idly and allow actions that threaten public property, and the safety of our community, to take place.” 

-Mayor Leonard Krog

Extreme winter storm event and road advisory

Nanaimo received up to 30 cm of snow overnight, which has impacted City roads, curbside collection services and recreation facilities. On the roads, City crews have been able to clear snow from priority 1 routes such as main roads and emergency routes and are now focusing on priority 2 and 3 routes such as secondary roads.

All City snow clearing trucks are out along with backhoes to clear the compact snow and ice from secondary roads, culs-de-sac and dead ends that accumulated from last week's storms. The public is encouraged to stay off the roads to help give plows time to clear the roads. If travel is required, be prepared for winter driving conditions (slow down, leave extra room, watch for pedestrians) and have a winter car emergency kit. 

City recreation facilities are closed for the day and all recreation programs and facility rentals have been cancelled. Recreation patrons, rental groups and program registrants can stay up to date on the City's Parks, Recreation and Culture page at: www.nanaimo.ca/parks-recreation-culture

Garbage and recycling collection for January 6, 2022 has been cancelled. Due to the extended delays in resuming curbside collection service, the RDN is offering City of Nanaimo residents free drop-off of their curbside waste at the Regional Landfill in Cedar (1105 Cedar Rd). Residents using the free drop-off will need to provide identification and their address at the facility scale house. The free drop off will be available for affected areas until curbside service is fully restored. Please wait until road conditions are safe before taking garbage to the landfill.

An alert was issued this morning to residents registered for the City's emergency notification system, Voyent Alert! advising of the hazardous road conditions and recreation facility closures. In the event of other wide-scale impacts, another alert will be sent out. Residents can register for Voyent Alert! by following the instructions at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts.

Please help pedestrians travel through Nanaimo safely. Property owners and tenants (residential and businesses) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their property. For driver safety and plow efficiency, please avoid shovelling snow onto the streets.

Snow is expected to turn into rain of up to 20 mm later today, which will further affect the roads and create the potential for localized flooding. City crews are out clearing as many catch basins and drains as possible, but homeowners and businesses are asked to help prevent flooding by clearing ones in front of their properties. If flooding occurs, sand and sand bags for filling are available at the Public Works yard (bring a shovel and ties). If possible, please wait until road conditions are safe before visiting Public Works. To report flooding, please call Public Works 24-hour hotline at 250-758-5222.

The City of Nanaimo understands ongoing frustrations over the impacts to roads and City services and thanks all residents for their patience and community-mindedness in helping out others during this time. 

Stay up to date with conditions on www.nanaimo.ca and on social media (@CityofNanaimo on Facebook and Twitter). For up-to-date information on public transit, follow @RDN_Transit on Twitter. Please also listen to local radio stations the Wave 102.3 or Wolf 106.9.

Strategic Link: Keeping our community safe is an important part of Livability and a responsibility of Governance Excellence.

* Nanaimo's crews have been operating 24/7 and all available snow clearing equipment is on the roads. In addition, the City has acquired extra backhoes to clear compact snow and ice accumulated from last week's storms.

* City recreation facilities are closed and recreation programs are cancelled for Thursday, January 6, 2022.

* Garbage and recycling collection is cancelled for January 6, 2021. When the roads are safe to travel on, residents can drop off their curbside waste at the RDN landfill for free of charge until collection resumes to normal operations.

* An alert was sent out this morning through the City's emergency alert system, Voyent Alert! advising residents of hazardous road conditions and recreation facility closures.

"Winter just keeps coming, Nanaimo and I know it is frustrating to not be able to go about your daily lives with ease. All available City resources have been out clearing roads and trails to try to get you back to normal. Thank you for your continued patience and help as we dig ourselves out...again."

  Leonard Krog
  Mayor
  City of Nanaimo

Curbside garbage collection proceeding at a slow place

220105 – Curbside collection resumed Tuesday, but with the ice and snow, collection this week will be moving at a slower pace than usual. Due to snow and ice build up creating slick and sometimes narrow roadways, pickup will only happen where it is safe to do so. The City recognizes the need for residents to be safe as well; if you don’t feel safe taking your carts to the curb, please don’t! And please walk carefully if you do bring your carts to the curb. 

For residents with missed collection this week, or for residents that choose to keep their carts in for safety, the City will accommodate missed collection. Residents with missed recycling collection will be able to put extra recycling out on their next scheduled recycling collection day. Similarly, for missed garbage collection, residents will be able to put an extra bag of garbage out for pickup on their next scheduled garbage collection day (one extra bag per account).

When putting out extra garbage on your next garbage pickup day, please place your bag 1 meter to the side or behind the black cart (not in front). An extra garbage bag can be any size as long as it would fit into your black cart. 

When putting out extra recyclables on your next recycling day, please place them in an easy-to-empty container or box that is the same size or smaller than your blue cart, and place this 1 meter behind or beside your blue cart when you take it to the curbside for pickup.

The City continues to monitor road conditions and will be updating the City website and the Nanaimo Recycles app (available on Google Play and the Apple App Store). https://www.nanaimo.ca/city-services/garbage-recycling/garbage

While we can’t control the weather, the City does realize that this is all extremely inconvenient. Thank you for your patience, Nanaimo!

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Winter weather conditions continue in Nanaimo

January 1, 2022

220102 – Nanaimo was hit with the heaviest snowfall of the season this week with the possiblilty for more snow, and even rain, in the forecast over the coming days.

City crews have been clearing snow focusing on priority routes such as main roads and emergency routes. With the break in snowfall, they have been focused on secondary routes and, if it doesn't snow again, will stay on secondary routes and cul-de-sacs and dead end roads. Winter driving conditions continue on Nanaimo roads with packed snow and ice surfaces on main routes and secondary routes. Motorists are reminded to drive with extreme care, stay well back from snowplows and other vehicles and avoid driving unless necessary. 

In City parks and facilities, crews are out clearing walkways into City buildings, downtown sidewalks with City-owned properties (including Maffeo Sutton Park) and the E&N Trail as first priorities. The public is reminded that trails, boardwalks, bridges, stairs and playground equipment can become slippery and hazardous when there is snow and ice. Please take care and walk with caution through the City's parks.

To report any concerns or issues in Nanaimo's parks and trails, please contact Nanaimo Parks & Recreation at 250-756-5200 or email parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca

Please help pedestrians travel through Nanaimo safely. Property owners and tenants (residential and businesses) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their property. 

Anticipated rainfall on top of snow increases the potential for localized flooding and flooding in and around homes. Residents are asked to help prevent flooding by clearing any catch basins or storm drains in front of their homes and businesses. If flooding occurs, sand and sand bags for filling (bring a shovel and ties) are available at the Public Works yard. To report flooding, please call Public Works 24-hour hotline at 250-758-5222. 

Garbage/Recycling collection has been cancelled for December 31 through January 3. Collection is anticipated to resume on January 4 and will follow the 2022 Collection Calendar. To accommodate missed recycling collection, residents will be able to put extra recycling out on their next scheduled recycling collection day. Similarly, for missed garbage collection, residents will be able to put an extra bag of garbage out for pickup on their next scheduled garbage collection day (one extra bag per account). Download the free Nanaimo Recycles app for up to date information on curbside collection. Find links to the app on the [Garbage and Recycling Calendar](https://www.nanaimo.ca/city-services/garbage-recycling/garbage-calendars) page on the City website. 

Warming centres are open Cold weather day-use spaces are open at:

* Caledonia Park (110 Wall Street), open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only when a cold weather event is occurring. Operated by the Nanaimo 7-10 Society
* 489 Wallace Street, open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
* 380 Terminal Avenue, open 7 days a week from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Operated by Risebridge.

For more information on services and supports for Nanaimo’s vulnerable population, visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/supportsandservices.

Stay up to date with conditions on www.nanaimo.ca, Twitter feed (@cityofnanaimo) and [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/cityofnanaimo) page. For up-to-date information on public transit, follow @RDN_Transit on Twitter. Please also listen to our local radio stations the Wave 102.3 or Wolf 106.9. 

Visit our [Snow and Ice Control](https://www.nanaimo.ca/transportation-mobility/snow-and-ice-control) page for information on the City's response to snow and what residents and commuters can do to stay safe.

* Drivers are reminded to use caution when approaching traffic signals and stop signs; allow extra time and distance when stopping; give ample room for snow clearing equipment when it is out on the road; and please do not attempt to pass equipment and crews when they are working.

* The City's priority for snow clearing sees major roads, including emergency and bus routes, plowed first, followed by residential areas with collector roads, followed by culs-de-sac and dead ends.

* Residents can also ensure the areas around the outside of their homes are free of snow, ice and debris to prevent potential flooding. Please consider your neighbours needs in the event they are elderly or may require assistance clearing their sidewalks and catch basins/storm drains.

* The City encourages residents to be prepared for severe winter weather by gathering essentials, such as food, medications, personal needs and other critical supplies, and have them on hand in the case of power outages or the weather prevents them from leaving their homes.

"The air is fresh, the snow has been brilliant and powdery, and it was a postcard, picture-perfect Christmas in Nanaimo," says Mayor Leonard Krog. "As much of a gift as the snow has been though, winter weather brings with it many challenges, slippery conditions and a necessary call for caution. Please be careful out there, Nanaimo."

QUICK FACTS

* 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.

* Property owners and occupants are reminded to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall ending.

LINKS
Snow and Ice Control information page
https://cnan.ca/3le6da9

Garbage and Recycling
https://cnan.ca/2LVQiLh

Services and Support
https://cnan.ca/3HrastI

Curbside collection is cancelled until Tuesday, Jan. 4

220103 – For everyone’s safety while we face our current winter road conditions, all scheduled curbside garbage, recycling and organics collection is now cancelled until Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

With a change in the weather forecast for this weekend and efforts still underway to clear the roads of accumulated snow, all collection (including the previously rescheduled weekend collection) is cancelled for all routes.

Scheduled collection will resume on Tuesday, January 4, following the 2022 Collection Calendar.

To accommodate missed recycling collection, residents will be able to put extra recycling out on their next scheduled recycling collection day. Similarly, for missed garbage collection, residents will be able to put an extra bag of garbage out for pickup on their next scheduled garbage collection day (one extra bag per account).

Collection staff will be physically tossing extra garbage and recycling. When putting out extra garbage on your next garbage pickup day, please place garbage in a tied garbage bag one metre to the side or behind the black cart (not in front). An extra garbage bag can be any size as long as it would fit into your black cart. 

When putting out extra recyclables on your next recycling day, please place them in an easy-to-empty container or box that is the same size or smaller than your blue cart, and place this one metre behind or beside your blue cart when you take it to the curbside for pickup.

The City continues to monitor road conditions and will be updating the City website and the Nanaimo Recycles app (available on Google Play and the Apple App Store). https://www.nanaimo.ca/city-services/garbage-recycling/garbage

Strategic Link: Keeping our community safe is an important part of Livability and a responsibility of Governance Excellence.

KEY POINTS

* For safety, due to our current winter road conditions, all scheduled curbside garbage, recycling and organics collection is now cancelled until Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

* To accommodate missed recycling collection, residents will be able to put extra recycling out on their next scheduled recycling collection day. Similarly, for missed garbage collection, residents will be able to put an extra bag of garbage out for pickup on their next scheduled garbage collection day.

"As beautiful as this snowfall has been, it’s brought with it an abundance of inconvenience. Curbside collection is the latest challenge for our crews, and with slippery roads and the great potential for icy roads this weekend, well - no one wants a 25 ton truck sliding out of control on our streets. Thanks for your patience, Nanaimo!"

  Leonard Krog
  Mayor
  City of Nanaimo