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February 22, 2018


Council Approves Appointment of New City Clerk

Released: 10:47 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mr. Marc Lemoine has been appointed the City of Winnipeg's new City Clerk following approval of his appointment at today's Council meeting Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“Mr. Lemoine has extensive knowledge and understanding of city processes and procedures,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “As Deputy Clerk for many years, he has demonstrated strong leadership and project management skills, and I look forward to his continued service with the City of Winnipeg in this new and challenging role.”

The recruitment and recommendation of Mr. Lemoine was undertaken by the Governance Committee of Council chaired by Council Speaker Devi Sharma.

“I want to thank my colleagues on the Governance Committee including Councillors Jeff Browaty, Shawn Dobson, and Cindy Gilroy for all their work and time invested in the recruitment process,” said Councillor Sharma. “Our City Clerks Department is a leader amongst North American municipalities. We are looking to Mr. Lemoine to continue this leadership and ensure provision of the highest level of services to members of Council, senior administrators and the public. In my experience in working with Mr. Lemoine, I know he will be successful.”

The City Clerk position was posted on January 19, 2018 and closed February 5, 2018. The opportunity was open to both internal and external candidates, and was widely promoted including advertisements in the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and the Institute of Public Administration in Canada. A total of 61 applications were received.

As one of four statutory officers, the appointment of the City Clerk requires Council approval. With Council’s approval today, Mr. Lemoine will assume the fulltime, permanent duties of City Clerk effective March 5, 2018. As with all new statutory appointments, Mr. Lemoine has agreed to make his employment contract publicly available consistent with the appointments of the Chief Administrative Officer and the City Auditor.

Previous to this appointment, Mr. Lemoine was the City of Winnipeg’s Deputy City Clerk. He was also the Senior Election Official for the City of Winnipeg and the city’s six school divisions. He joined the City of Winnipeg in 1986, assuming the role of Deputy City Clerk in 2001 and the role of Senior Election Official in 2006.

Mr. Lemoine has been involved in 39 elections and by-elections involving City Council or school trustees during his time with the city, and was a member of the 2009 and 2017 Ward Boundaries Commissions.

He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Manitoba as well as a Master Municipal Clerk Designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Mr. Lemoine has also served as President for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (2013 to 2014), representing over 13,000 City Clerks in fifteen countries.

No Kidding, Winnipeg Seeking to Appoint its First Kid Mayor!

Released: 10:51 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Kids between the ages of eight and twelve living in Winnipeg are being invited to apply to become Winnipeg's first Kid Mayor, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“This is a fun, but at the same time educational initiative that I hope will build a greater appreciation for and understanding of municipal government,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “As well, it will be a great opportunity for elected members to learn from our kids who can sometimes say the darndest things and are rarely shy about what they think and feel. I hope kids across Winnipeg can find time to share what they think it means to be Mayor, and if given a chance what they would do to make Winnipeg an even greater city.”

Applicants seeking to become Winnipeg’s first Kid Mayor need to explain what they think Mayors do, and what they would do to make Winnipeg an even better place to live and why. Submissions need to be under 250 words, can be made into a video if applicants have the means to do so, and can be submitted either online or by mail.

Entries will be reviewed by an external panel of judges, and one lucky submission will be selected to become Winnipeg’s first Kid Mayor.

As Kid Mayor, the winner will be provided an opportunity to join Mayor Brian Bowman for an exciting day of being Mayor where they will have an opportunity to pitch City Councillors on their idea to make Winnipeg an even better place to live, cut a ribbon or two, and even host their own press conference.

Applicants are required to have permission from a parent or legal guardian to apply. Entries will be received until Tuesday April 3, 2018, and can be submitted online at: www.mayorbowman.ca.

“Being Mayor is an incredible responsibility and it carries with it very high expectations,” said Mayor Bowman. “It’s my hope this initiative will underscore the importance of the Office of Mayor for both kids and parents, but do so in way that’s also fun and educational.”

Kid Mayor is the latest initiative undertaken by Mayor Bowman to engage Winnipeg’s youth in civic government while also building pride in our city. Today’s announcement builds on initiatives including the creation of Winnipeg’s first Council Liaison position for School Board and Youth Opportunities, creating the Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership which recognizes and rewards the efforts of high school students who are helping make Winnipeg a stronger community, and undertaking to visit every high school in Winnipeg to directly speak with and listen to students.

Taxi license lottery event to select 60 successful lottery applicants to apply for a taxi licenses

Released: 10:51 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On February 23, MNP LLP will conduct the February 2018 Taxi License Lottery on behalf of the City of Winnipeg. The first 60 randomly drawn lottery applicants will be given the opportunity to apply for a taxi license. All other lottery applicants will be drawn to form a waiting list that will be used, should the any of the first 60 applicants not fulfill the requirements for a taxi license within 60 days (by April 30, 2018). There were 3,200 applications for the lottery.

The event details are as follows:
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: CanadInns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave.

Those who have entered the taxi license lottery are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Attendance is not required to be selected in the lottery.

The first 100 names will be randomly drawn at this event and all other names will be randomly selected electronically afterwards. The list of all applicants, and their place on the lottery list, will be posted on the City’s website after the lottery process has concluded. The Winnipeg Parking Authority will also contact the 60 successful applicants next week, and provide them with the information necessary to complete the licensing process.

For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/vehiclesforhire.

Public invited to information session on the Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension to St. Matthews Avenue

Released: 2:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to attend a public information session on how the City of Winnipeg proposes to close the gap in the active transportation network to connect the Yellow Ribbon Greenway and protected bike lanes under construction on St. Matthews Avenue. Residents will have the opportunity to view the design concept and safety features, talk with the project team members and provide comment on the project.

The Yellow Ribbon Greenway is an off-road pedestrian and cycling path that connects the Sturgeon Creek Greenway to Silver Avenue. Buffered bike lanes are being constructed on St. Mathews Avenue between Century Street and Ferry Road. By closing the gap near St. James Memorial Sports Park, Winnipeggers will have a continuous cycling connection from Sturgeon Creek to the Downtown.

Construction on the St. Matthews Avenue Protected Bike Lanes began in August 2017 and construction completion is anticipated in summer 2018. Construction of a new bike lane on the east side of St. James Memorial Sports Park is expected to take place in summer 2018.

Event details

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bord-Aire Community Centre, 471 Hampton St.
Format: Drop-in

More information

For more information, to fill out a comment sheet, or to view the open house presentation boards online, please visit winnipeg.ca/WalkBikeProjects.

Statement from Mayor Brian Bowman on Today’s Outcome in the Raymond Cormier Criminal Trial

Released: 6:24 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Mayor Brian Bowman issued the following statement in response to today’s outcome in the Raymond Cormier criminal trial:

My heart and my thoughts are with Tina Fontaine’s family, and members of the Sagkeeng First Nation. The death of this young woman – bright, full of promise, but at the same time vulnerable and in need of protection – was a tragedy.

Winnipeggers and Canadians may have differing views on today’s outcome in this case. I think it is important, however, to be mindful that for many people, today is a day marked by grief, anger, and broken hearts.

No one can be blind to the racial tensions in our country.  The work of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is shedding light onto a dark past of violence and a history of racism in Canada. All of us have a responsibility to challenge racism and discrimination when we see it. And all of us need to work to repair the broken relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

There’s no question in my mind that we all failed Tina. And we are all continuing to fail other young Indigenous people in communities across our country. I believe Canada is the greatest country in the world – a land of tolerance, diversity, and civility – but until we all confront the shame and tragedy of our country’s racism and treatment of Indigenous people we will fall short of that great country we know Canada to be.

When I declared 2016 a Year of Reconciliation in our city, I had great hope. I think there have been positive steps forward, and I remain hopeful. But the pain and prejudices that go back for generations cannot be healed in a year or two. We are striving for profound changes in culture, attitudes, and actions – and that takes time.

I believe the progress we’ve made is tangible, despite the despair we feel thinking about the loss of young people like Tina or the level of violence our community witnessed against Rinelle Harper. With determination, however, we can continue our journey of reconciliation. And despite how many in our community may be feeling today, now is not the time to let our pain, our fear, or our prejudices hold us back. Now is not the time for the commitment we all made as a country many years ago – a commitment to peace and partnership with Indigenous people – to be interrupted or forgotten.

February 23, 2018