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September 22, 2017


Temporary closure of Peguis Street for railway crossing and roadway improvements

Transit reroutes in effect for duration of project

Released: 9:30 a.m.

Winnipeg – The public is advised that Peguis Street from Prairie Crocus Drive to south of Concordia Avenue East will be completely closed from Monday, September 25 to November 13 for major railway track work and widening of Peguis Street over the railway. The extension of the asphalt path along the west side of Peguis Street up to Concordia Avenue East will also occur during the closure.

As a result of the closure, access to apartments located at 545, 535, and 525 Peguis Street will be limited to the north entrance. There are currently two driveways off Peguis Street that provide access to the three buildings. Once the south driveway is closed to allow road construction, the north driveway can be used to access all three buildings via a rear aisle in the parking lot.

For passengers who live along Peguis Street between Prairie Crocus Drive and Regent Avenue, please note that the Route 44 Grey service will be diverted off Peguis Street due to the closure. Winnipeg Transit will be operating a shuttle service at regular Route 44 stops along Peguis Street that will run from Kildonan Place along Peguis Street to Prairie Crocus Drive and back to Kildonan Place to make connections with Routes 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 75, 77, 85, 87, 90, and 92. The shuttle will operate from Kildonan Place every 20 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sundays.

For more information and full Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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Smith Street between Graham Avenue and Portage Avenue will be closed to traffic Sept 23-24

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time

Released: 9:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Smith Street between Graham Avenue and Portage Avenue will be closed for crane work from 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 24.

Pedestrian access will be maintained, and motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

Ellice Avenue between Erin Street and Wall Street will be closed to traffic Sept 25 - 27

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Ellice Avenue between Erin Street and Wall Street will be closed for railway crossing work from 6 p.m. on Monday, September 25 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27.

Pedestrian access will be maintained, and motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

Bowman Recommends Cooling-Off Period for Departing Members of Council

Released: 10:54 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Limiting the ability of departing Council members as well as Mayors to lobby City Hall could take a significant step forward if Council supports a motion to be introduced next week by Mayor Brian Bowman and seconded by Councillor Matt Allard, Councillor for St. Boniface and Acting Deputy Mayor.

“I believe it is essential that as members of City Council we put public interests before private and self-interest,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I also believe there should be a period of time immediately following our departure from public office where this principle continues in order to guard against conflict of interest as well as the perception of conflict of interest.”

“Cooling off rules will provide additional assurance that elected officials are making decisions exclusively in the public interest until the last day on the job,” said Councillor Allard. “Thank you Mayor Bowman for your leadership with yet another concrete action to strengthen accountability at City Hall.”

Mayor Bowman plans to introduce a notice of motion next week requesting that the Province of Manitoba amend The City of Winnipeg Charter to restrict departing members of Council, as well as the Mayor, from certain employment and lobbying activities for a period of time following their leave of office.

This restriction, commonly referred to as a cooling-off period, is already in place provincially. Provincial legislation restricts outgoing Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, assistant deputy ministers, as well as senior officers of Crown agencies from certain employment and activities for a period of one year following their leave of office.

“It makes sense that restrictions in place provincially should also apply to members of Council as well as the Mayor,” said Mayor Bowman. “I believe this is another step we can take to restore trust, change City Hall for the better, and I hope my Council colleagues will support a request of the province to make this legislative amendment.”

Introducing a cooling-off period would complement several important changes that have already been made to improve openness, transparency, and trust at City Hall. This includes hiring an Integrity Commissioner, creating a voluntary lobbyist registry, expanding on-line streaming of Council and Committee meetings as well as the recent development of a Practices and Procedures Manual for the Board of Revision.

Mayor Bowman said that in addition to introducing a cooling-off period, he recently recommended to the Integrity Commissioner that the Code of Conduct for Councillors be amended to require all gifts received by elected members, no matter their value, be reported publicly. Currently, the minimum value for reporting single gifts or gifts received by elected members from one source within a calendar year is $250.

The Integrity Commissioner is in the process of drafting a new Code of Conduct for Members of Council, and has been meeting with Members of Council individually, as well as a group, to receive input on ways each Member feels the Code of Conduct could be revised.

The City Solicitor has indicated that introducing a cooling-off period for members of Council and the Mayor cannot be facilitated through the Code of Conduct and that legislative amendments are required.

“I want the new Code of Conduct to set a high transparency level for City Council, and I was very pleased to have had a chance to provide recommendations to the Integrity Commissioner.”

Mayor Bowman thanked the Integrity Commissioner for all her work so far, noting there has been a very high level of engagement with Council on a revised Code of Conduct.

“I look forward to reviewing the recommended changes to the Code of Conduct when they are brought forward for Council approval later this fall,” said Mayor Bowman.

Temporary closure of Panet Road community recycling depot extended to October 2

Released: 2:10 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The temporary closure of the community recycling depot located on Panet Road at Mission Street is being extended to Monday, October 2, 2017. The closure is needed to accommodate construction of the new Panet 4R Winnipeg Depot which is expected to open in late 2017.

Community recycling depots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and accept all the same recyclable materials that can be put in the curbside blue cart program.

Residents can drop off their recyclables at any of the other community recycling centres, located at:

  • Garden City Shopping Centre, along Kingsbury Avenue
  • St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Avenue at Guildford Street
  • Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street
  • Pan Am Pool, Poseidon Bay at Taylor Avenue
  • 1539 Waverley Street, at Chevrier Boulevard

Residents can also drop off recyclables at the Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot (1777 Brady Road) or the Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot (1120 Pacific Avenue) during operating hours.

For more information on the community recycling centres, visit City of Winnipeg - Recycling Depots.

For more information on the 4R Winnipeg Depots, visit City of Winnipeg - 4R Depots.

September 25, 2017