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April 19, 2017


Mayor Bowman to Recommend Appointments to Winnipeg Police Board

Released: 8:46 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB â Mayor Brian Bowman will be recommending today that Council appoint two new members to the Winnipeg Police Board including a new Chair of the Board.

“The Winnipeg Police Board plays a critical governance and civilian oversight role within the administrative structure of the police service,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “In addition to their governance responsibilities, the Board is also an important liaison between the community and the police service, and is responsible for ensuring that community needs and values are reflected in policing priorities and objectives.”

Mayor Bowman is recommending that Council appoint Mr. David Asper as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board. Mayor Bowman is also recommending that Council appoint Mr. Brian Scharfstein as a citizen appointment replacing Mr. Derek Johannson who resigned his position with the Board in March 2017.

Mr. Asper is a respected corporate executive, community leader, and philanthropist. He is also a lawyer and legal educator who has taught at a number of universities and is noted for his lead gift that established the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto and for successfully representing David Milgaard in one of Canada's most well-known wrongful conviction cases.

Mr. Asper has extensive board experience. He is currently Chair of The Asper Foundation and Chair and Co-founder of Amenity Health Care. Formerly, he served as Chairs of the Winnipeg Football Club, Winnipeg Folk Festival and as the first citizen Chair of CentreVenture.

Mr. Scharfstein is a pedorthist, and principal owner of Canadian Footwear and the FootHealth Centre in Winnipeg and Calgary. He is also former Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

“David and Brian are both strong community leaders who are very committed to our community and city,” said Mayor Bowman. “I believe their combined leadership, community, and business experience will be an asset to the Board and I am pleased they have agreed to be recommended for appointment.”

“I also want to thank Derek for all the time and commitment he devoted to serving on the Police Board,” said Mayor Bowman. “Derek played an important role in preparing two police budgets, and helped lay the foundation for future financial sustainability of the police service as well as the city.”

Mr. Asper and Mr. Scharfstein’s appointments will be subject to successfully passing background security checks which is required of all Police Board appointments. If approved by Council, Mr. Asper and Mr. Scharfstein’s appointments will be effective immediately with their term expiring on December 31, 2018.

The Winnipeg Police Board is comprised of a maximum of seven members including two appointments made by the Province of Manitoba, and five appointments, including the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board, appointed by City Council.

Current members of the Winnipeg Police Board include Councillor Ross Eadie, Barry Tuckett (Vice-Chair), Mary Jane Loustel, Larry Licharson, and Alicja Szarkiewicz.

The Winnipeg Police Board was established by City of Winnipeg By-Law 148/2012, in accordance with the Province of Manitoba’s Police Services Act, which was enacted in 2009.

The legislated mandate of the Winnipeg Police Board is to provide civilian governance respecting the enforcement of law, the maintenance of the public peace and the prevention of crime in the City of Winnipeg, and to provide the administrative direction and organization required to provide an adequate and effective police service in the city.

City of Winnipeg celebrates Earth Day at Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot with compost giveaway

Released: 1:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB â To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, the City of Winnipeg is giving away free compost at the Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot. Citizens will have the opportunity to take home up to 100 litres of compost per vehicle that they can use for their lawns, gardens and plants, while quantities last.

All leaf and yard waste collected curbside from residents is taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility and turned into a nutrient-rich material called compost. This compost meets Category A standards under the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Guideline for Compost Quality, which is safe to use in all household applications, including vegetable gardens.

Compost is a natural fertilizer that promotes vegetation growth. For best results, it is recommended that citizens mix one part of this compost with three parts soil.

Earth Day event details:

  • 1120 Pacific Avenue, Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., while compost quantities last.
  • Citizens should bring their own containers, shovels and gloves.
  • Limit of 100 litres of compost per vehicle (approximately four 20-litre/5-gallon pails).
  • The event is for Winnipeg residents only.

Media event details:

What:
Earth Day at Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot
Who:
City Councillor Brian Mayes, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment
Randy Park, Supervisor of Waste Diversion
When:
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Where:
Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot, 1120 Pacific Avenue, between McPhillips Street and Weston Street

For more information on the compost giveaway event, please see City of Winnipeg â Compost Giveaway.

For more information on the Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot, please see City of Winnipeg âPacific 4R Winnipeg Depot

For more information on Earth Day, please see City of Winnipeg â Earth Day.

City of Winnipeg golf courses tee up for the season

Released: 2:47 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB â City of Winnipeg golf courses are set to open for the 2017 season on the following days:

  • Harbour View Golf Course and Recreation Complex, 1867 Springfield Road,
    9 holes
    • Opens Wednesday, April 19
    • Reserve online at tee-on.com or by calling the clubhouse directly at 204-222-2751.
  • Kildonan Park Golf Course, 2021 Main Street, 18 holes
    • Opens Thursday, April 20
    • Reserve online at winnipeg.ca/golf, by calling the clubhouse directly at 204-986-5679, or by calling 311.
  • Windsor Park Golf Course, 10 Des Meurons Street, 18 holes
    • Opening date to be determined; please check winnipeg.ca/golf, call the clubhouse at 204-986-3006, or call 311 for updates on opening dates and to reserve a tee time.
  • Crescent Drive Golf Course, 781 Crescent Drive, 9 holes
    • Opening date to be determined; please check winnipeg.ca/golf, call the clubhouse at 204-986-5911, or call 311 for updates on opening dates and to reserve a tee time.

Note to golfers: Early morning tee times vary daily according to overnight temperatures. To avoid frost damage, daily play will not be permitted until conditions are favourable.

For more information on City of Winnipeg Golf Services, visit winnipeg.ca/golf or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

April 19, 2017