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May 10, 2012
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Reminder: Spring Giveaway Weekend - May 12 and 13, 2012

Residents are reminded that this weekend, May 12 and 13, is the first giveaway weekend of this year. This is a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable and unwanted items taking up space in your home or to browse the curbs for some great finds.

Released: 11:55 a.m.

WINNIPEG - May 10, 2012 - Residents are reminded that this weekend, May 12 and 13, is the first giveaway weekend of this year. This is a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable and unwanted items taking up space in your home or to browse the curbs for some great finds.

Tips if you are giving away items:

  • Place unwanted household items at the curb on your front street.
  • Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign.
  • Keep any items safely tucked away that you don't want to give away.
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday.

Examples of giveaway items include:

  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Furniture, electronics and small appliances
  • Sports equipment and toys
  • Yard and gardening tools and equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow throwers, rakes, shovels)
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Construction material (e.g., nails, paint, wood)
  • Clothing

Please do not put out:

  • Hazardous material
  • Items that could be unsafe
  • Items that could carry bedbugs

Tips if you are cruising the curbs looking for treasures:

  • Take only the items at the curb marked "FREE."
  • Respect other people's property - please don't walk or drive on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Don't discard any items on another person’s lawn.
  • Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don't block traffic, park illegally or block people's driveways with your vehicle).
  • Watch out for children.

For more information on the giveaway weekend, including what to do with leftover items visit Winnipeg.ca or phone our 311 Contact Centre, open 24 hours every day. The 311 Contact Centre can also reached by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

For information on items that aren't safe to give away (e.g., baby walkers, lawn darts) visit the Consumer Product Safety Bureau at hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/garage-eng.php

Winnipeggers reminded to "Park Smart!"

To help keep our community safe and enable emergency responders to do their jobs more effectively, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Winnipeg Parking Authority warn citizens not to park illegally when attending large events like neighbourhood garage sales.

Released: 2:00 p.m.

WINNIPEG - May 10, 2012 - To help keep our community safe and enable emergency responders to do their jobs more effectively, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Winnipeg Parking Authority warn citizens not to park illegally when attending large events like neighbourhood garage sales.

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Vehicles parked illegally at bus stops, near fire hydrants, double-parked or in other illegal situations can cause obstructions that delay fire engines, rescue, ambulance and other emergency responder units on their way to emergencies. Illegal parking can also impact transit service to citizens.

Beginning this weekend, Winnipeg Parking Authority and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic staff will attend large community events, to educate citizens on the importance of keeping streets clear for traffic at all times. Staff will provide information to drivers and ask them to move their vehicles if parked inappropriately. Events such as neighbourhood garage sales can bring in a lot of vehicles which, if parked improperly, can cause traffic jams like one shown in this photo.

Following the education campaign, vehicles parked illegally may be subject to ticketing and towing under the provisions of the Fire Prevention By-law and the Traffic By-law.

Remember to "Park Smart!" and help keep your community safe.

Last update: 19.09.2013

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