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October 6, 2017


Reminder - Citizens encouraged to get involved on Boards and Commissions

Two weeks remain to submit applications for positions

Released: 9:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg will be accepting applications for positions on various Boards and Commissions from August 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017.

The City Clerk’s Department initiates an annual selection process to fill citizen member positions to Boards and Commissions on which there are imminent or existing vacancies.

Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies on the following boards:

  • Access Advisory Committee
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Board of Revision
  • Citizen Equity Committee
  • General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres Board of Directors
  • Library Advisory Committee
  • Seven Oaks House Museum Board
  • St. Boniface Museum Board
  • Grant’s Old Mill (St. James-Assiniboia Pioneer Association)
  • St. James-Assiniboia Museum Board
  • Transcona Historical Museum Board
  • Winnipeg Arts Council Inc.
  • Winnipeg Committee for Safety
  • Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation
  • Winnipeg Public Library Board

Canadian citizens who reside in Winnipeg and who are entitled to vote in municipal elections are eligible to apply for these positions. Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 or postmarked no later than Friday, October 20, 2017.

Interested citizens are asked to visit the following link for more information and to apply online or access application forms: http://www.winnipeg.ca/clerks/boards/CitizenAppointments.stm

City releases August 2017 financial update

Financial position shows improvement as City anticipates $1 million year-end surplus, up from $8.2 million deficit in second quarter

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg's latest Financial Status Report cites a year-end projected surplus in the tax-supported operating budget (General Revenue Fund) of $1 million as at August 31, 2017, and represents a $9.2 million improvement over second quarter projections. The projected positive year-end variance is due largely to Council approved savings options for Winnipeg Transit. Based on the projected surplus, no additional transfer from the Financial Stabilization Reserve Fund is anticipated at this time.

To address a shortfall in the tax-supported operating budget, a cost mitigation strategy was proposed and implemented that includes a hiring freeze, restrictions on discretionary departmental spending including the use of external consultants and conference related travel, as well as limiting other discretionary spending. These cost mitigation measures are projected to total $9.5 million in 2017. In June 2017, Council approved a $4.3 million reduction in cash to capital contributions and an additional $0.6 million in transfers from other reserves to the General Revenue Fund.

In June 2017, a new collective agreement approved by Council with the Winnipeg Police Association, contributed nearly $4 million in savings from the Winnipeg Police Service budget in 2017, but these savings are reduced to $2.0 million, in part due to lower provincial funding for the cadet program and police helicopter.

In September 2017, Council approved Winnipeg Transit’s requested over-expenditure approval of $10.7 million along with the approval of additional deficit elimination measures to help fund its deficit over and above those identified as part of the City’s cost mitigation strategy. That included approximately $6.1 million in changes to capital project budgets and a $1 million draw from retained earnings. Including the previously identified cost mitigation measures and slight improvements to Winnipeg Transit’s most recent financial projection, the anticipated additional contribution from the tax-supported operating budget has been reduced to $1.6 million.

“The City entered 2017 facing a shortfall in the budget. Departments immediately took steps to mitigate costs and control expenses in an effort to end the year in a balanced position,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “While the latest financial report shows an improvement over previous forecasts, we remain mindful that any changes in provincial funding levels or significant snow events could impact our year-end results."

The Public Service will continue to closely monitor its expenses over the remainder of the year. The City’s financial update is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service hosting Fire Prevention Week, October 8 to 14

Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Fire Prevention Week 2017 is being held across Canada from October 8 to 14. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is working with its partners to provide educational activities that highlight the importance of fire prevention in our communities. The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!

Fire Prevention Week Kick-off

The Fire Prevention Week kick-off will feature a pumper truck and crew, fire safety houses, and lots of great information for kids. The kick-off will be attended by students, teachers, school staff, and Mayor Brian Bowman.
When: Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Cecil Rhodes School, 1570 Elgin Avenue West

Canadian Tire Events

WFPS firefighters will team up with Canadian Tire to promote the importance of smoke alarms and other fire life safety equipment by making public appearances at Canadian Tire stores around the city. Firefighters will be available to chat with the public about how to test smoke alarms and where to install them in a residence.

Date Time Canadian Tire Location
Wednesday, October 11 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2305 McPhillips Street
Thursday, October 12 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 157 Vermillion Road
Friday, October 13 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 750 St. James Street

Fire Drills for Schools

Schools across Winnipeg will take part in fire drills, promoting fire safety and providing tips on fire prevention to students. 
When: Friday, October 13
Where: Schools across Winnipeg

Fire Paramedic Station Open House

All Winnipeg fire paramedic stations will invite the public in for an open house. Kids can enter a contest to become Fire Paramedic Chief for the Day.
When: Saturday, October 14 from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: all WFPS fire paramedic stations

For more information on Fire Prevention Week from October 8 to 14, please see City of Winnipeg – Fire Prevention Week or search #FirePreventionWeek on Twitter or Facebook.

City of Winnipeg cemeteries' visiting hours changing

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – City of Winnipeg cemeteries visiting hours are set to change as of October 16, 2017 for the fall and winter months. The change in hours applies to all three City cemeteries - Brookside, St. Vital, and Transcona.

Cemetery Visiting Hours

  • Beginning October 16, 2017 to October 31, 2017: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • Beginning November 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
  • Beginning March 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

In the spring and summer months, hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information on City cemeteries, please see: http://www.winnipeg.ca/ppd/cemeteries.

Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord signatories meet for first All Partner Gathering

Released: 12:08 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, signatories of Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord, including local organizations, businesses, groups, and individuals, met for the inaugural All Partner Gathering. This was the first of ongoing gatherings that bring together Accord partners for meaningful dialogue, to feature and share successes, and to learn from one another.

“Establishing Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord was an important step in our city’s Journey of Reconciliation,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I am especially grateful and want to thank all those who became initial partners in the Accord. Your commitment and leadership has been crucial. Your energy, your willingness to establish tangible goals and make them visible for the whole community is what will keep us moving forward on our Journey of Reconciliation. I have been deeply moved by Winnipeggers’ desire to work in partnership toward reconciliation, and I encourage everyone to consider becoming a signatory to our city’s Indigenous Accord.”

The Accord guides our shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation, and is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action and is guided by the commitments and principles contained in the Accord.

“Today’s gathering was an important opportunity to have many individuals and organizations who are committed to a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Winnipegers in the same room engaging in dialogue,” said Marcia Anderson, co-chair of the All Partner Gathering and member of the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle (MIAC). “As we learn how to walk forward together in a different way than we have in the past, it will be really important to ensure that we are striving for measurable outcomes that are considered meaningful by Indigenous communities. I’m excited to be part of this process.”

As a living document, the Accord is an ongoing responsibility accepted by signatories, who through becoming partners to the Accord agree to report the success of their commitment to reconciliation and their future goals on an annual basis.

Collaboration with other organizations and groups, across sectors, and with Indigenous organizations, governments, and individuals is essential to the ongoing Journey of Reconciliation in Winnipeg to make our city a better place to live based on mutual respect, equal opportunity, and hope.

To view the Accord and partner goals, please visit: winnipeg.ca/indigenousaccord.

Negotiated agreement with WPSOA recommended for approval

Released: 3:55 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Next week, Executive Policy Committee (EPC) will consider ratification of a negotiated agreement between the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Police Senior Officers Association’s (WPSOA).

“I want to thank the negotiating parties for working collaboratively on this agreement,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This represents the fourth, multi-year settlement that has been successfully negotiated this year, all of which have been more sustainable for taxpayers and more in-line with forecasted inflationary increases while also respecting and valuing the important work provided by employees.”

The Memorandum of Agreement between the City and WPSOA is a 60-month term from December 25, 2016 until December 31, 2021, and includes general wage adjustments of 2.5% at the end of 2017, 2.5% at the end of 2018, 2.5% at the end of 2019, 1% in June of 2020, 1.5% at the end of 2020, 1% in June of 2021, and 1.5% at the end of 2021.

Additional changes include:

  • Deletion of the Executive Assistant position and classification from the bargaining unit resulting in a permanent reduction in the bargaining unit strength by one,
  • Freezing of pay rates as at December 24, 2016 and unused balances for sick leave cash out provisions,
  • Updating of Maternity Leave provisions to reflect changes to Employment Insurance legislation, and
  • 50% increase in the number of overtime hours required to be worked (from 40 to 60 hours) before payment.

The next steps in the approval process include the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) being considered at the next Executive Policy Committee scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2017. The MOA will also need to be approved by Council.

The Administrative Report recommending adoption of the negotiated agreement can be found on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System.

October 6, 2017