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January 21, 2013
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Government of Canada Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg’s Community Infrastructure

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, announced support to revitalize the St. Norbert Community Park and Farmers’ Market under the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“I am pleased to see Winnipeg benefit from our Government’s commitment to renew and improve community infrastructure,” said Minister Yelich. “Our investment in the St. Norbert Community Park and Farmers’ Market will upgrade a tremendous local asset while contributing to the community’s growth and prosperity.”

The Government of Canada’s investment of over $250,000 will enhance the experience of participants and visitors to the St. Norbert Community Park and Farmers’ Market and while creating economic opportunities locally.  Under the project, improvements will be made to the market entry, park access, and pathways.  In addition to landscaping, the seating will be replaced and the floor in the market area will be upgraded.

“As one of the largest and best known markets in Manitoba, attracting more than 150,000 visitors during the season, the St. Norbert Community Park and Farmers’ Market is an important part of community life,” said MP Bruinooge.  “I am pleased to see our Government investing in projects such as this, which will leave a lasting legacy of modernized community facilities for future generations.”

This $500,898 project will also see investments by the City of Winnipeg, community groups and the St. Norbert Foundation. 

"The St. Norbert Farmers Market showcases the best of the best of products that are made, baked or grown by local vendors, and has become a favourite destination for families and out-of-town visitors," said Mayor Sam Katz. "We are pleased to contribute $121,300 towards this project so that this wonderful venue can thrive for many years to come.”

“This showcase project highlights how the use of sustainable water management best practices can be incorporated into the planning and design of public community facilities,” said Bob Roehle, President of the St. Norbert Foundation and spokesperson for the participants of the St. Norbert Water Stewardship Coalition.  By embracing our water challenges and applying innovate water stewardship techniques – we are able to significantly improve St. Norbert’s community park and Farmers’ Market.  These improvements will have a positive impact on the quality of life for St. Norbert residents and visitors to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market."

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities. 

Since 2006, the Government of Canada, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneur pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Major snow hauling operation underway around-the-clock for the next few weeks

High snow piles will be removed from bridges, underpasses and intersections on main routes to improve visibility and safety
Temporary No Parking signs will be placed at some locations where snow will be removed

Released: 12:09 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB. – The public is advised that a major snow hauling operation began last night across the city, to improve visibility and safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Snow hauling will continue around-the-clock for the next few weeks to remove accumulations of snow and ice from bridges and underpasses, and to remove high snow piles from intersections on main routes, around schools, and at some locations where snow storage capacity has been used up. This operation will create additional snow storage space for any future plowing operations that may be required this winter.

To aid the snow hauling operation, Temporary No Parking signs will be placed in advance at some locations where snow will be removed. Motorists are urged to refrain from parking where temporary parking restrictions are in effect, and to find alternate parking locations while the snow hauling operation continues. Vehicles that are parked in violation of a temporary parking restriction may be ticketed and towed.

This major snow hauling operation will utilize dozens of pieces of heavy equipment and trucks, such as front-end loaders, large snow blowers and semi-trailers, and may result in delays for traffic travelling in the vicinity. Motorists are reminded to use extreme care and caution when driving near crews that are working, and to drive to winter road conditions. Drivers are encouraged to factor in additional travel time to get to destinations, slow down to a safe travel speed for winter conditions, and allow appropriate stopping distances.

Plowing operations commenced in accordance with the City Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/Snow_Clearing_Policy/default.asp

City staff among team nominated for award for reduction in Red Tape

Business Number project a finalist for Golden Scissors Award

Released: 1:51 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Three City of Winnipeg staff, along with their counterparts in the provincial government, are among the finalists for the Golden Scissors Award, a yearly program of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to recognize initiatives that produce meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for business.

The six-person Government of Manitoba/City of Winnipeg Business Number project team is among ten finalists announced on Friday, January 18, 2013 for this year’s awards.  The CFIB will present the awards on January 25, 2013.

“As e-government continues to develop, the business number will support self-service through the Internet,” said Mayor Sam Katz.  “An initiative like this reduces red tape, and makes it easier for small business owners to get the job done more efficiently.  I congratulate the nominees on this important initiative.”

The City of Winnipeg will be the first Canadian municipality to adopt the national business number as a common identifier among its programs.  Using one common business number across the levels of government simplifies businesses’ interactions at the federal, provincial and municipal government levels.

The City of Winnipeg, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments, announced its transition into the business number in October, 2012.  The program will be implemented by the City starting in the spring of 2013.

City of Winnipeg reminds citizens to stay safe during extreme cold temperatures

Open City facilities available to public for 'warming-up'

Released: 3:11 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg is inviting citizens to come in and warm up in civic facilities during regular operating hours today, and throughout the week as extreme cold weather continues. 

City facilities that normally are open on weekdays and weekends are available as ‘warming areas’ where the public may come in for relief from the cold.

“The City is extending an invitation for citizens to come in and warm-up at open City facilities,” said Mayor Sam Katz.  “We also want to remind citizens to look in on family, friends and neighbours during ongoing cold weather.”

City facilities that can provide a comfortable place to warm-up include: Winnipeg Public Libraries, swimming pools, and Leisure Centres.

For regular operating hours of City facilities, please check Winnipeg.ca or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

For more information on staying safe during extreme cold weather, visit the City of Winnipeg's Winter Safety webpage.

Frigid weather keeping recycling and garbage collection crews working later than usual this evening

Residents with a Monday collection advised to leave their carts and bins out

Released: 4:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Recycling and garbage crews from both collection contractors will be working later than usual this evening and possibly throughout the week if the weather stays cold.  To protect the health and safety of employees, particularly those working with semi-automated collection, additional warm-up breaks are required under the Workplace Safety and Health Guidelines.  Also, extremely cold weather is slowing the hydraulics of the collection vehicles and causing some vehicle breakdowns.

Residents are advised to leave their carts or bins out past the usual time for collection.  If carts or bins are not emptied by the end of their scheduled collection day, leave them out and they will be emptied the following day.

Last update: 21.01.2013

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