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November 10, 2011
City Hall Christmas Tree set to arrive Sunday, November 13, 2011
Released: 12:58 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The annual tradition of moving a citizen-donated Christmas tree to City Hall will take place this Sunday, November 13. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - November 10, 2011 - The annual tradition of moving a citizen-donated Christmas tree to City Hall will take place this Sunday, November 13.

This year's tree, selected from 60 candidates, comes from the yard of Evelyn and Manfred Knochel of 31 Budden Drive in East Kildonan. The 12.5-metre-high (41') Colorado Blue Spruce, has a trunk diameter of 45 centimeters (18") at its base and is about 27 years old.

Schedule of events for the installation of the Christmas tree at City Hall

Sunday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m. the tree will be cut and lifted by crane from 31 Budden Drive. The tree will then be transported to City Hall, 510 Main Street and be positioned by crane. Estimated time for the tree's arrival at City Hall is 11:00 a.m., Sunday, November 13.

An Urban Forestry crew will then spend several days decorating the tree with over 6,000 white LED lights.


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Maginot Arena to remain closed until end of December 2011
Released: 3:00 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The temporary closure of the Maginot Arena at 910 Maginot Street is being extended to end of December 2011 in order for the facility to be remedied after testing confirmed the presence of mould in the building. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

Editors Note: Barry Thorgrimson, Acting Director of Planning, Property and Development, will be available at 3:45 p.m., TODAY for comment in the multi-purpose room, basement level, Administration Building, 510 Main Street.

WINNIPEG - November 10, 2011 - The temporary closure of the Maginot Arena at 910 Maginot Street is being extended to end of December 2011 in order for the facility to be remedied after testing confirmed the presence of mould in the building.

As a safety precaution, the facility was closed to the public last Thursday, November 3, when city officials noticed stains developing on the wood ceiling. The City notified all appropriate authorities and brought in environmental specialists to conduct various tests that showed levels of mould that the City considered to be higher than what is deemed acceptable. The City is now in the process of removing the ice from the arena to begin the remedial work required.

All major users at Maginot Arena have been contacted by the City's Community Services Department and are being relocated to other arena sites where possible. The City is extending the hours of operation of other arenas and adding additional ice time in the evening to accommodate adult users.

In the meantime, the City has inspected all City operated arenas. These inspections observed some areas of staining at Bertrand Arena, St. Vital Arena and Roland Michener Arena. Testing at Bertrand Arena has concluded that there is a low level of mould that "does not appear to be having a direct or negative impact on the air quality as measured at centre ice nor in the adjoining lobby area" as stated by the environmental consulting engineer. Some staining has been identified at St. Vital and Roland Michener arenas and testing is currently being done. At this time, based on consultation with environmental and health experts, there is no health risk to the public and therefore no need to close these three arenas.

The City is also enhancing its current indoor air-quality management program (which tests for carbon monoxide) and will now include an inspection process for mould in City arenas.

For further information on questions relating to mould, please click on the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) website www.wrha.mb.ca, call Health Links at (204) 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 or visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/air/mould-moisissure-eng.php


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Last update: 03.10.2011

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