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March 6, 2015

Change your clock, test your smoke alarm

Released: 10:03 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - On Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., the clocks will "spring ahead" one hour marking the beginning of daylight savings time. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is encouraging citizens to take a moment to test their smoke alarms when adjusting their clocks for this weekend's time change.

According to recent statistics, people are four times more likely to die in a fire if their smoke alarms aren’t working.

Everyone notices when a clock stops ticking, but when a smoke alarm is not functioning it’s not as obvious. The battery could be dead or missing. The only way to ensure it’s working is to test it.

As you move your clocks ahead this Sunday, think about fire safety. When getting a chair or stepladder to change yours, or a loved one’s clock, take an extra moment to push the button on your smoke alarms too - it could save your life.

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

  • A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time. Get Out, and Stay Out and call 911
  • Make sure you have one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them monthly.
  • Make testing your smoke alarms part of your household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button monthly and change the battery twice a year corresponding with the time change.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape route.

For more information on testing your smoke alarm, visit: http://www.firecomm.gov.mb.ca/docs/smoke_alarm.pdf.

City of Winnipeg Spring/Summer Leisure Guide now available

Released: 10:54 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Spring/Summer 2015 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, March 7, 2015.

The Leisure Guide can also be viewed online by visiting Winnipeg.ca.

Program registration will have staggered start dates as follows:

Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 a.m. �" Registration begins for swimming lessons only.

Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m. �" Registration for all other programs begins and swimming lesson registration continues.

Tuesday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m. �" Registration begins for all programs for non-residents.  For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg - Recreation Registration Non-Resident.

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 City of Winnipeg - leisureonline (a login ID and PIN, and a credit card are required).

Citizens who do not already have a login ID and PIN 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, 7 days a week, or by visiting any civic indoor pool or leisure centre.

Call 311

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In-Person Registration Locations for March 17 and March 18 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 March 17 and March 18 only, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:

In-person registration on March 17 and March 18 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):

Due to the temporary closure of Elmwood Kildonans Pool, registration for the Spring/Summer 2015 session will not be available at this location.

Queue numbers at all in-person registration locations will be handed out starting at 7:00 a.m. on March 17 and March 18.

Please note that on March 17 and March 18 only, in-person registration will not be processed at the following locations:

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

Ongoing In-Person Registrations after March 18

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):

City provides financial status update on Police Headquarters Project

Work nearing completion, summer move-in anticipated

Released: 2:06 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today the Winnipeg Public Service provided a financial status update for the fourth quarter of 2014 regarding the Winnipeg Police Service Headquarters Redevelopment Project.

Construction is progressing on repairs to the water damage to the building as planned, with crews working hard to finish the project. The City will tentatively take possession this summer.

Once opened, the new Winnipeg Police Service headquarters will provide a number of benefits to the community and the downtown in particular, including:

  • A greater presence of WPS foot patrols and itinerant officers on streets and in covered walkways in the downtown.
  • Consolidation of core WPS functions that are now dispersed at several locations throughout the city, thus enabling better service delivery and easier access to the public for information and services.
  • Easier access to the Law Courts complex, cutting transportation time and costs for WPS members attending court.
  • The ability to accommodate both the current and anticipated needs of the WPS.

The project is forecasted to be within amended budget, as costs related to water damage caused by the August 21, 2014 rain storm are being submitted as an insurance claim.

The report, which will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Finance on Thursday, March 12, 2015, can be found here.

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Budget 2015: City reconfirms commitment to Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool and clarifies funding in Budget 2015 for the facility

Released: 2:18 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg Public Service today provided clarification on aquatics funding in Budget 2015 with regards to Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool.

“We understand that some of our community partners are concerned about what proposed funding changes to aquatics facilities and programming mean for Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool,” said Clive Wightman, Director, Community Services Department. “Budget 2015 does not alter the City’s financial commitment to the reopening of Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool in early 2016. Community Services will continue to provide affordable recreation opportunities for the citizens who will utilize the renovated facility.”

Wightman added: “As Budget 2015 is not yet approved by Council, we are in the very early stages of identifying where we can find efficiencies in our aquatics operations. I’m confident that any efficiencies we identify will result in minimal impact in facility access and programming for citizens. Our major user groups will not be affected. Efficiencies will come from better administrative management at our pools and more effective staff scheduling.”

Under Budget 2015, the proposed reduction to the aquatics portfolio is $100,000 for administrative scheduling efficiencies across the City’s indoor pools (12), effective September 1, 2015. In 2016, an additional $200,000 for administrative indoor pool efficiencies is proposed for a total of $300,000 annually.

Background
The Sherbrook Pool was closed in 2012 for safety reasons following inspections that detected structural concerns with the building, which is more than 80 years old. Repairs to the building systems and structure are estimated to require 9 to 12 months, with a goal of re-opening in late 2015/early 2016.

Renamed the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool, funding for the renovation project includes $1 million from the province through the Manitoba/Winnipeg Infrastructure Agreement (MWIA), more than $421,000 in cost-shared funding from the Building Communities Initiative II (BCI II) between the province and the city, approximately $1.7 million from the City of Winnipeg, and a $1 million Sponsor Winnipeg contribution from the Kinsmen Club for enhancements.

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Last update: March 6, 2015