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 Outand 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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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.