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November 30, 2012
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Winter Leisure Guide now available

Released: 9:57 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The Winter 2013 Leisure Guide is now available at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres, and will be available Saturday at a number of retail locations. Winnipeg Free Press subscribers will receive a copy in their weekend edition of the paper on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The Leisure Guide can also be viewed online by visiting Winnipeg.ca.

Program registration will have staggered start dates as follows:

Tuesday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m. - Registration begins for swimming lessons only.

Wednesday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. - Registration for all other programs begins and swimming lesson registration continues.

Registration for all programs will be ongoing after these start dates. For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

leisureonline
Visit Winnipeg.ca/leisureonline (a login ID and PIN, and a credit card are required).
Citizens who do not already have a PIN and login ID number for online registration are asked to set up an account prior to the first day of registration. This can be done by calling 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by visiting any civic indoor pool or leisure centre.

Call 311
24 hours a day, seven days a week

In-Person Registration Locations for December 11 and December 12 only
Choose one of our Registration Centres – designed to provide you with a fast and efficient registration experience! You will receive pre-registration guidance in a comfortable waiting area with six service desks ready to complete your registrations. The following Registration Centres will operate on December 11 and December 12 only, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

  • Central Registration Centre - Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, 999 Sargent Avenue
  • South-East Registration Centre - Louis Riel Library, 1168 Dakota Street
  • Pan Am Pool, 25 Poseidon Bay

In-person registration on December 11 and December 12 will also be accepted at the following locations (check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice by calling 311 or visiting Winnipeg.ca):

  • North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair Street
  • Transcona Centennial Pool, 1101 Wabasha Street
  • St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool, 644 Parkdale Street
  • Elmwood Kildonans Pool, 909 Concordia Avenue

Please note that on December 11 and December 12 only, in-person registration will not be processed at the following locations:

  • Main Floor, 395 Main Street
  • Fort Rouge Leisure Centre
  • St. James Civic Centre
  • Sherbrook Pool
  • Bonivital Pool
  • Margaret Grant Pool
  • Seven Oaks Pool

Queue numbers at all in-person registration locations will be handed out starting at 7:00 a.m. on December 11 and December 12.

Ongoing In-Person Registrations after December 12
Visit Winnipeg.ca or call 311 for in-person registration locations and times.

Mail or Drop-off
Please note that payment must be made by cheque for all mail or drop-off registrations. Please make your cheque payable to "The City of Winnipeg."

Mail your completed registration forms to:
Registration Office
395 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 3N8

Completed registration forms can be dropped-off at any of the following locations (check facility for operating hours by visiting Winnipeg.ca or calling 311):

  • Main floor, 395 Main Street
  • St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Avenue

Update on Waverley West Arterial Roads Project
Funding shortfall identified, external approvals not yet in place

Released: 2:35 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - A report published today by the Winnipeg Public Service provides an update on the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project.

While this major project to provide vital transportation links to the growing residential subdivision is proceeding on schedule, several items depending on external approval have driven the cost estimate up by $20 million to a total of nearly $78 million.

The following items contribute to the current funding shortfall:

  • The configuration of Kenaston Boulevard's connection to PTH100 (the south Perimeter Highway) is subject to direction and approval of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation. This final direction, needed to proceed with design and engineering, has not yet been received but may lead to additional costs of $5 million depending on the intersection design and layout required by the Province.
  • Costs associated with a late construction start, due to a longer than anticipated environmental approval process, are estimated to have cost the overall project an additional $5 million.
  • Current estimates for the cost of a partial grade separation (fly-over structure) at Kenaston and Bishop Grandin are projected to be an additional $10 million.

The longer than anticipated approval process and the resulting effects on progress have meant that more accurate cost estimates have not been available until recently. Budget discussions are ongoing with the federal and provincial governments to determine funding options for the up to $20 million in extra costs.

In September 2009, the federal and provincial governments announced funding of the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project through the Building Canada Fund, subject to a tri-level funding agreement. To date, total commitments by the federal and provincial governments amount to $33.2 million (up to $18.2 million federal and $15 million provincial).

The report, which will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Finance on Monday, December 3, 2012, is available on the City Clerk's website.

Moody's and Standard and Poor’s issue stable credit ratings for Winnipeg

Released: 3:23 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Major credit ratings agencies Moody's Investors Service and Standard and Poor's have issued their annual reviews on the City of Winnipeg's financial situation, and have both confirmed stable credit ratings, with an Aa1 rating from Moody's and an AA rating from Standard and Poor's.

The reviews also show that the City's credit rating is supported by a disciplined fiscal plan, which has led to improving debt and debt servicing ratios. Winnipeg's diverse economy has also provided a degree of stability to the City's tax base.

"Moody's and Standard and Poor's annual reviews for the City indicate that we continue to be in good financial standing," said Mayor Sam Katz "Through this stable outlook, the City will be able to access lower borrowing rates to help support Council's plans for important programs and improvements to infrastructure."

Since 2006 Moody's and Standard and Poor's rating for the City have remained the consistent.

"We are pleased these reviews recognize the City's multi-year budgeting plans have allowed us to identify challenges before they arise and develop appropriate strategies to address them," said Chief Financial Officer, Mike Ruta. "Our ratings are supported by the City's robust liquidity, stable and healthy diversified economy and healthy budgetary performance."

Last update: 30.11.2012

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