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October 27, 2017


Executive Policy Committee to Continue its Focus on Managing Growth & Fiscal Discipline

Released: 8:34 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The existing Executive Policy Committee (EPC) membership is being maintained to build upon the many positive changes achieved over the last year while also continuing to manage the infrastructure needs of a growing city and ensuring fiscal discipline, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“Over the last year, and over the last three years, we have achieved a lot as a Council,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “As a city projected to grow to one million people, we need to continue this momentum and continue working together to ensure our city maintains a strong fiscal position.”

“An important part of serving on EPC is demonstrating leadership and collaboration that transcends ward boundaries in the best interest of building a city we can all be proud of,” said Mayor Bowman. “I want to thank each member of EPC for all the work and commitment they have contributed to their portfolio of responsibilities. I certainly appreciate that sometimes it is challenging to balance ward priorities with city priorities, but all EPC members have been committed to building a unified city rather than focusing on regional divisions and differences.”

No changes are being made to the policy structure of EPC, and the committee chairs of each standing policy committee will remain consistent which include the following six members:

  • Councillor Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge): Chair of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
  • Councillor Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre): Chair of the Standing Committee on Innovation
  • Councillor Scott Gillingham (St. James-Brooklands-Weston): Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance
  • Councillor Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas): Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks
  • Councillor John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry): Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development
  • Councillor Brian Mayes  (St. Vital): Chair of the Standing Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment

Continuing in the role as Deputy Mayor is Councillor Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), and continuing in the role of Acting Deputy Mayor is Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface).

"These two leadership positions play an important role in promoting our city and building pride in who we are,” said Mayor Bowman. “I want to thank Councillors Gerbasi and Allard for serving in these roles over the last year. I look forward to working with them to continue building city pride, and I also look forward to working with Councillor Gerbasi in her national leadership role as President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.”

Remaining as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board is Mr. David Asper.

“I want to thank David for his strong leadership so far as Winnipeg Police Board Chair,” said Mayor Bowman. “The Winnipeg Police Board plays a critical governance and civilian oversight role within the administrative structure of the police service, and is an important liaison between the community and the police service. David has already been able to demonstrate an incredible amount of decorum and professionalism in a relatively short period of time as Chair and I am pleased he is continuing in this role.”

Minor changes have been made to certain committee appointments and Council Liaison positions. Councillor Matt Allard will assume responsibility as Council Liaison for Labour Relations as well as Secretary of the End Homelessness Strategies. Councillor Scott Gillingham will assume responsibility as Council Liaison for Veteran and Military Affairs and becomes the second of two Council representatives to the Partnership of the Capital Region.

With these changes, committee membership and Council Liaison responsibilities will be composed of the following:

  • Councillor Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry):
    • Deputy Mayor
    • Chairperson, Winnipeg Housing Steering Committee
    • Secretary of Urban Indigenous Opportunities
  • Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface):
    • Acting Deputy Mayor
    • Liaison for Intermodal Connectivity
    • Council Francophone Liaison
    • Secretary of the End Homelessness Strategies
    • Council Liaison for Labour Relations
  • Councillor Scott Gillingham (St. James-Brooklands-Weston):
    • Council Liaison for Veteran and Military Affairs
    • Council Representative to the Partnership of the Capital Region
    • Councillor Brian Mayes (St. Vital):
    • Council Liaison for School Board and Youth Opportunities
  • Councillor Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas):
    • Councillor Responsible for Assiniboine Park Conservancy
    • Council Liaison for Project Management
  • Councillor Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre):
    • Council Representative for the United Nations Women Safe Cities Global Initiative
  • Councillor Janice Lukes (St. Norbert):
    • Council Representative to the Partnership of the Capital Region
  • Councillor Shawn Dobson (St. Charles):
    • Council Representative for the Mayor’s Age Friendly and Senior’s Advisory Committee

“I want to thank Councillor Schreyer for his time serving as Secretary of the End Homelessness Strategies,” said Mayor Bowman. “Homelessness is a significant challenge for cities across Canada including Winnipeg. By elevating responsibility for this policy area to the Acting Deputy Mayor, we strengthen our focus at the political level on ending homelessness at a time when the federal government is poised to make significant investments in this area. As well, with this change, we will be better positioned to leverage the leadership of Councillor Gerbasi as President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities who is also Deputy Mayor and Chairperson of the Winnipeg Housing Steering Committee.”

"It’s been an honour to serve as Winnipeg’s Mayor over the last three years,” said Mayor Bowman. “I look forward to working with members of EPC and all Councillors as we continue to move Winnipeg forward.”

New City Hall plaque commemorates Susan A Thompson building dedication

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - At an event this morning, Councillor Devi Sharma was joined by former Mayor Susan Thompson to officially unveil a new plaque to commemorate the newly-named Susan A Thompson Building in the City Hall campus at 510 Main Street.

“As a passionate advocate for women’s equality, the dignity of all who participate in the political process, and the opportunity of all citizens to make a contribution to public life, Susan Thompson is an inspiration to me, and to a generation of Canadian women,” said Speaker Devi Sharma, City Councillor for Old Kildonan. “This plaque tells that story, and will be an eloquent reminder of her achievement, for generations to come.”

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 28 marks the 25th anniversary of Susan Thompson’s election win as the first female Mayor of Winnipeg, during which she served two terms as Winnipeg’s 40th Mayor. She later went on to serve as the first woman Consul General at the Canadian Consulate in Minneapolis and as the founding President & CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation. She was also a recipient of the Order of Manitoba and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from The University of Winnipeg.

“Today is a most special “Moment in Time" and "Moment in History" for me and I again thank Winnipeg City Council for this honour,” said former Mayor Susan Thompson. “The installation of this plaque is a very re-affirming action by the Mayor and City Council in the support of the importance of all women and our contributions and leadership to our city and its communities. It completes the process of the honour of having the re-naming of the Administration Building to the Susan A Thompson Building. It also provides the appropriate information for citizens as to why this building was re-named. Coming on the eve of my 25th anniversary as being elected the first woman Mayor of the City of Winnipeg and still the one and only woman to have achieved this in our 143 year history, it is hopefully an inspiration for more women to aspire to political office. It is an important statement to make, especially in this month of October, which is Women’s History Month.”

Councillor Sharma first proposed the idea of renaming Administration Building after a female representative in order to recognize the important role of women in politics and to mark the 100th Anniversary of women’s first right to vote in Canada. The naming of the Susan A Thompson Building was supported unanimously by Council, and was formally dedicated on June 22, 2017.

Halloween safety tips from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and Winnipeg Police Service

Released: 11:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and Winnipeg Police Service are reminding trick-or-treaters of all ages to help make Halloween 2017 safe and enjoyable for every ghost, goblin, princess, and superhero!

Here are some tips to ensure your Halloween is fun and safe:

Costume Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Wear a bright and reflective costume.
  • Carry a flashlight and use glow sticks or reflective tape as part of your costume.
  • Stay away from open flames and make sure you know how to stop, drop and roll if your clothing catches fire.
  • Use make-up instead of a mask because masks can shift and obscure vision.
  • To prevent falls, ensure your costume fits well and isn’t too long.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

  • Trick-or-treat when it is still light outside and never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Children and youth should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. Young people should trick-or-treat in a group, especially if an adult is not present.
  • Parents should discuss with children and youth the route they will be travelling and what time they are required to return home. Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time and pick well-lit streets.
  • Stay on sidewalks, and look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Always cross the street at corners and crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or in the middle of the block.
  • Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.

Candy and Treat Safety Tips

  • Trick-or-treaters should only eat treats that have been examined by an adult caregiver.
  • When examining treats, caregivers should look for signs of tampering including unusual appearance or discolouration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Avoid homemade treats. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Choking occurs most frequently among children under two years of age, but can happen at any age. Eating while playing, running, jumping, or talking increases the likelihood of choking.
  • Only commercially-wrapped candy should be handed out to trick-or-treaters.
  • Caregivers should be aware that many Halloween treats are not labeled with ingredients and can contain nuts, eggs, dairy products, and other allergens. Care should be taken to only allow children with food allergies to consume treats that have the ingredients listed. Treats should also be removed from packages prior to consuming to avoid cross contamination with non-safe products.  

Jack-o-Lantern and Home Safety Tips

  • Children should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins and should be supervised by an adult during pumpkin-carving activities.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight, glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are supervised when candles are lit.
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and away from trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, and walkways.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure your home is well-lit and your yard is clear and safe.
  • Keep your pets secure so no harm comes to them or trick-or-treaters.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • The Winnipeg Police Service should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

ATTENTION DRIVERS! Children will be very excited and their actions could be sudden and unpredictable. Exercise caution and drive slowly.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Princess Street between Higgins Avenue and Logan Avenue to be closed October 29 - 30

Released: 12:02 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Princess Street between Higgins Avenue and Logan Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 to 6 a.m. on Monday, October 30 for water work.

Motorists should allow additional time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

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.

Brookside Cemetery tours commemorate the significance of Remembrance Day

Released: 12:50 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Brookside Cemetery encourages members of the public to learn about the more than 10,000 War Dead and Veterans interred in its Field of Honour during the week prior to Remembrance Day by taking part in guided tours.

The Field of Honour is the burial place of War Dead, Veterans, Peacekeepers, Merchant Marines, and Military Service Men and Women from World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean War, and other wars and battles. The Field of Honour also contains some very significant Military monuments, including the only Commonwealth War Graves Commission ‘Stone of Remembrance’ in all of the Americas.

“Many people don’t realize the significance of Brookside Ceremony in terms of Manitoba’s war history,” said Jane Saxby, Cemeteries Administrator. “Remembrance Day is a day to remember, and we invite the public to join us for tours and to learn about our history.”

Brookside Cemetery is home to one of Canada's largest and most significant Military interment sites, with interments dating back to 1878. The cemetery's famous interments include Sergeant Tommy Prince, Manitoba’s most decorated Indigenous War Veteran, and Major Harry Colebourn, the First World War soldier who owned the bear cub that inspired Winnie the Pooh.

Field of Honour – General Public Tour
Date: November 5, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. (tour is approximately 3.5 hours)
Cost: Free. Advance registration is required. Please phone 204-986-4348 to register.

The tour is approximately 3.5 hours long and will feature a ‘Share the Story’ visit with Veterans. Bus transportation is included within the cemetery. At the end of the tour, a brief Service of Remembrance will be held at the Stone of Remembrance before cemetery visitors board the bus to return to their vehicles.

For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg – Cemeteries.

Share your vision for Winnipeg with us on World Town Planning Day

Winnipeggers invited to engage in OurWinnipeg review on November 8

Released: 2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - What's your vision for Winnipeg? We will be continuing the conversation with Winnipeggers to gather feedback for the OurWinnipeg review on November 8 at Millennium Library, which is also World Town Planning Day. This event will be followed by a series of pop up consultations in all areas of the City throughout the month of November.

OurWinnipeg is Winnipeg’s official 25-year plan, intended to guide everything the City does. Updated every five years, it provides a vision and policies that influence the delivery of City services, how we get around the city, and decisions about how the city grows. The OurWinnipeg review is currently underway, and opportunities for public input have begun.

Event details:
Date: Wednesday, November 8
Time: noon to 8 p.m. (drop-in format)
Councillor John Orlikow and Chief Planner Braden Smith will be on hand to engage with residents from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Millennium Library main floor foyer, 251 Donald Street

For more information on OurWinnipeg review activities, including upcoming pop ups and other events, please visit SpeakUpWinnipeg.com.

Yard waste collection delays expected

Released: 3:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Due to the weather conditions and increases in the volume of yard waste being placed out, collection delays are expected over the next few weeks.

Crews may be working on weekends, and as late at 10 p.m., to get caught up.

Residents are advised to place their yard waste out on their regular collection day and to leave it out until it gets collected.

If this week is your yard waste collection week and your yard waste has not been collected by 10 p.m. on Sunday, please contact 311 to report a missed pick up.

Residents can also take their yard waste to the 4R Winnipeg Depots, located at 1120 Pacific Avenue or at 1777 Brady Road.  The depots accept yard waste in addition to household recyclables, construction materials, household hazardous waste and electronic waste.  For more information on accepted materials and operating hours, please visit Winnipeg.ca/4RDepot or contact 311.

October 27, 2017