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February 13, 2014
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City of Winnipeg plowing operations ongoing due to snowfall and blowing snow

Released: 8:05 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – City of Winnipeg crews started snow clearing operations at 11:00 p.m. last night, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, to deal with the accumulation of snow that has been falling on city streets.

In keeping with Council's policy, the following will occur:

Priority 1 streets (regional) – Grader plowing operations will continue to improve network conditions. Sanding operations are ongoing and will continue.

Priority 2 streets (bus/collector routes) - Grader Plowing Operations have commenced and will continue on the collector/bus route network in combination with the Regional Network. Sanding operations are ongoing and will continue.

Priority 3 streets (residential) – Monitoring residential road network conditions. Areas prone to drifting are monitored and will continue to be addressed with spot plowing services and sand spreading as and where required.

Priority 1, 2 and 3 sidewalks – Full sidewalk plowing/blowing operation of the P1, P2 and P3 sidewalk network through to the completion of the entire network began today, Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 a.m.

Back lanes - Monitoring lane conditions, responding to 311 requests as required. The back lane clearing operation will commence Friday, February 14, 2014, at 7:00 a.m.

Citizens are urged to use caution in and around these winter equipment operations.

Citizens are reminded that the Declared Snow Route Parking Ban remains in effect on streets designated as snow routes from 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. until further notice.

Plowing operations were completed in accordance with the City Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at City of Winnipeg - Snow Clearing Policy

For more information, contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca. Residents can also make snow removal requests using the 311 App and online at City of Winnipeg - 311 Online

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City cemeteries open today

Citizens advised to proceed with caution when driving on cemetery roadways

Released: 8:07 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Citizens are advised that while City cemeteries including Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona, will be open today, visitors are advised to proceed with caution when driving on cemetery roadways.

Crews are currently working to clear the snow from roadways.

All funerals will proceed as scheduled.

For more information, contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca

Residential Parking Ban will be in effect starting Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m.

Motorists who park on residential streets are urged to park elsewhere when a street is scheduled for snow clearing; citizens are encouraged to find out snow zone letter today

Released: 8:53 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The public is advised that the Declared Snow Route Parking Ban that was put into effect Thursday, February 13, 2014 will be extended as a result of a forecasted system that brought snow and blowing snow into the Winnipeg area early Thursday morning.

The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban is an extension of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban, which is currently in effect daily from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.; Sunday, December 1, 2013 to Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Grader plowing operations on the Regional and Collector/Bus Route Network are continuing.

The public is also advised that the plowing of residential streets will begin Saturday morning, February 15 at 7:00 a.m. to improve the overall condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Saturday morning.

Residents are urged to confirm their snow zone letter of the alphabet at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or by contacting 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca. Citizens are encouraged to find out their snow zone letter well in advance of Saturday's start of residential plowing.

Winnipeggers are also reminded to be aware not only of which snow zone letter has been assigned to their residential street, by visiting knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or calling/emailing 311, to know the zone letter of any residential streets where they might park when a Residential Parking Ban is in effect.

Starting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, February 15, residents of snow zones C, F, I, M, N, S, U will need to move their vehicles as plowing will be underway in those zones until 7:00 a.m. Monday. Please refer to the entire schedule below for details about when snow zones will be cleared this week.

THIS WEEK’S RESIDENTIAL PARKING BAN SCHEDULE FOR SNOW ZONES

Saturday, February 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
C, F, I, M, N, S, U

Saturday, February 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, February 16
D, G, J, L, P, R, V

Sunday, February 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
E, H, K, O, Q, T

Sunday, February 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Monday, February 17
B


Monday, February 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A


The City is urging motorists to move their vehicles, when their zone is scheduled, to an off-street parking location such as a driveway, parking lot, or nearby street not currently scheduled for clearing, said Jim Berezowsky, Manager of the City's Streets Maintenance Division. When vehicles are parked in violation of the regulations, it impacts the snow clearing operation and no one wants to see streets only partially cleared due to vehicles parked in the way.

Vehicles parked in violation of the residential parking ban will receive a $150 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be cleared, or that has already been cleared. If you believe your vehicle may have been towed due to the residential parking ban, please contact 311 for assistance in locating it. There will not be warning notifications during the upcoming Residential Parking Ban. Tickets will be issued and vehicles may be towed if parked in violation of the ban.

For the residential streets that are scheduled, residents are urged to find an alternative place to park such as an off-street driveway or parking lot, or a nearby street that is not currently scheduled for plowing. This will help the plowing operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed.

The Residential Parking Ban applies to specific snow zones across the city in 12-hour shifts that will start at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15 and continue to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 17.

The schedule for clearing in affected snow zones will appear on the City's website at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca as of Thursday, February 13 and automated Twitter messages and emails to subscribers will also begin at that time. The City’s website will also display this information on a map that is updated daily starting this Tuesday, while snow clearing is underway. The map will highlight those residential streets where the ban applies for the current and next shift.

The residential snow zone letters are the same as they were during the last residential plow in December 2013. If residents do not know their snow zone, they are urged to visit knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or call/email 311 to confirm their letter, and to determine when their snow zone is scheduled to be cleared. The public is also encouraged to sign up in advance for email or Twitter notifications through knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca to find out when designated snow zones are scheduled for clearing.

In 2011, City Council approved changes to improve Winnipeg's winter parking bans to ensure even more timely and effective clearing of snow and ice from city streets. The most significant change is to the Residential Parking Ban which, when declared, will be in place around-the-clock and will apply in 12-hour shifts, day and night, in designated snow zones across the city.

Plowing operations commenced in accordance with the City Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at City of Winnipeg - Snow Removal Policy

Mayor Katz Congratulates Festival du Voyageur

Celebration of French-Canadian culture in its 45th year

Released: 11:26 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – As the Festival du Voyageur prepares to open its gates, Mayor Sam Katz congratulates the festival on its 45 year run as one of Winnipeg's favourite winter celebrations.

We are a city that knows how to have fun, no matter the weather, said Mayor Katz. Festival du Voyageur has been proving this for 45 years, growing from humble beginnings into one of Winnipeg's premiere winter events.

"It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to celebrate this milestone, and to thank the thousands of Winnipeggers and visitors that have returned year after year to make this festival the tremendous success that it is today."

"The Festival is excited to be celebrating 45 years in 2014!" said Ginette Lavack Walters, Festival du Voyageur's Executive Director. "If we are able to put on a winter event that all Winnipeggers are proud to call their own, it's due in no small part to the support of partners like the City of Winnipeg who continue to believe in the importance of this annual celebration of culture, heritage and winter!"

This year's Festival du Voyageur takes place from Feb 14 to 23 at locations throughout the city. Among the activities offered over the 10-day festival are the popular beard-growing and snow-sculpting contests, as well as dozens of musical and cultural events. The opening celebration takes place tomorrow evening, following the Torch Light Walk from the Forks to Voyageur Park.

The venerable winter festival began in St Boniface in 1970. For more information on the history of the Festival du Voyageur, please visit History of Festival du Voyageur

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Louis Riel Day operating hours for City of Winnipeg facilities and services

Released: 12:33 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – All civic offices are closed on Louis Riel Day, Monday, February 17, 2014.

Winnipeg Transit

On Monday, February 17, Winnipeg Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule.

For route and schedule information, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca

Recycling/Garbage Collection Schedule

To find your recycling, garbage and yard waste collection days:

Brady Road Resource Management Facility

Saturday, February 15 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 17 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Recycling/Garbage Collection Calendar more information on the Brady Road Resource Management Facility can be found at City of Winnipeg - Water and Waste or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Leisure Centres

All Leisure Centres will be closed on Monday, February 17.

For more information on all other Leisure Centres please see the Leisure Guide, or visit City of Winnipeg - Leisure Centres or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Swimming Pools

All City of Winnipeg indoor swimming pools will be closed on Monday, February 17 with the exception of Pan Am Pool and the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex.

Pan Am Pool will be open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex will be open 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on City of Winnipeg swimming pools, visit City of Winnipeg - Indoor Pools or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Libraries

All Winnipeg Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 17.

Online services, including catalogue searches, requests/renewals, databases, and eBooks are available anytime at Winnipeg Public Library.

Animal Services Agency

Hours of operation for the Animal Services Agency during the Louis Riel Day long weekend are as follows:

Friday, February 14 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 Regular hours - 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 Regular hours - 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 17 Closed
Tuesday, February 18 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency, including how to purchase or renew your dog license online and a list of dogs available for adoption, visit City of Winnipeg - Animal Services.

Citizens can also contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca for Animal Services information.

Cemeteries

Cemetery grounds at Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona Cemeteries will be open for visitation from dawn till dusk over the Louis Riel Day long weekend including Monday, February 17.

Cemetery offices will be closed on Monday, February 17.

For more information on City cemeteries, visit City of Winnipeg - Cemeteries or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Winnipeg Parking Authority

Hours of operation for the Winnipeg Parking Authority during the Louis Riel Day long weekend are as follows:

Friday, February 14 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 Closed
Sunday, February 16 Closed Sundays
Monday, February 17 Closed
Tuesday, February 18 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the Winnipeg Parking Authority, including how to pay a parking ticket online or by phone, please visit The Parking Store or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Last update: 11.03.2014

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