March 9, 2018
Released: 9:30 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m., the clocks will "spring ahead" one hour marking the start of daylight savings time. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is encouraging citizens to take a moment to replace the batteries and test their smoke alarms when adjusting their clocks for this weekend's time change.
According to recent statistics, people are four times more likely to die in a fire if their smoke alarms aren’t working.
Everyone notices when a clock stops ticking, but when a smoke alarm is not functioning it’s not as obvious. The battery could be dead or missing. The only way to ensure it’s working is to test it.
As you adjust your clocks this Sunday, think about fire safety. When getting a chair or stepladder to change yours, or a loved one’s clock, take an extra moment to put fresh batteries in your smoke alarm and test it by pushing the button - it could save your life. (Smoke alarms powered by 10-year lithium ion batteries only require testing.) Disposable batteries should be replaced per (in accordance with) the manufacturer’s instructions. If the instructions are not available replace the batteries twice per year when the time changes.
Changing your clock is also a good reminder for businesses and organizations to check their Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), as AED batteries and contact pads have a shelf life. AEDs require regular checks and maintenance, as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.
Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:
- A working smoke alarm will buy you valuable time. Get out, and stay out and call 911.
- Make sure you have one smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of all sleeping areas. Don’t forget to place a smoke alarm in the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. The date of manufacture is written on the back.
- Disposable batteries should be replaced twice per year when the time changes.
- You should test your smoke alarm monthly.
- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape route.
For more information on smoke alarms and fire prevention, visit City of Winnipeg – Fire Safety.
Released: 11:00 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City of Winnipeg launched a number of online tools that will help members of the public learn more about how their tax dollars are being invested, as well as the unfunded major capital projects the City is pursuing.
The City launched its Open Budget tool and its custom-developed Open Capital Projects Dashboard so that Winnipeggers can get further insight into the City’s active capital projects in a visually engaging, and interactive way. Both tools rely on the financial data shared on the City’s open data to generate the visual representations and will improve transparency and accountability in capital project management.
“Today’s announcement marks another significant step forward in making information more readily available to residents about how their tax dollars are being invested,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “These new tools make the City of Winnipeg amongst the civic leaders in Canada by making it easier for residents to access information on budget and capital projects in an open, accountable, and user-friendly way.”
Open Budget reports fundamental financial information of adopted budget, amended budget, and actual costs categorized by department, category and subcategory for the City’s entire portfolio of almost 700 open capital projects.
The first of its kind, the Open Capital Projects Dashboard complements Open Budget by reporting on the performance of the City’s active capital projects with budgets of $5 million or more. Project performance is a complex process that requires analysis of both financial and non-financial information. The dashboard’s schedule/cost variance matrix was custom developed to do this analysis and measures all projects’ performances based on costs and schedule criteria.
“These tools, and in particular the Open Capital Projects Dashboard are truly innovative,” said Cindy Gilroy, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation. “They eliminate the complexity required to analyze capital projects by using the matrix.”
Also launched today is an unfunded major capital projects website, which aims to improve openness and transparency and to provide a status update as to the current cost and class estimate of unfunded major capital projects, as well as an update on potential financing options and active funding requests.
“The information posted online through the unfunded major capital projects website is truly foundational. Not only does it provide greater clarity for elected officials and members of the public, it gives Council a more robust set of data for which we can make informed decisions,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Council Liaison for Project Management. “This is all the more important, because as the city continues to grow, we will face difficult choices in funding capital projects, determining affordability, and what additional sources of revenue may be available to fund them.”
To access the Open Capital Projects Dashboard, please see: City of Winnipeg – Open Capital Projects Dashboard.
To view the Open Budget Portal, please see: City of Winnipeg – Open Budget.
Information regarding the City’s unfunded major capital projects can be accessed here: City of Winnipeg – Unfunded Major Capital Projects.
Released: 1:30 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg offers a variety of fun, cost-effective activities for kids and families this spring break.
City of Winnipeg Aquatic Services
Take a splash, dive or slide into our City of Winnipeg swimming pools!
Free Swim schedules, including teen swims and information on reduced-fee pool admissions, are available for all pools at City of Winnipeg – Indoor Pools.
Winnipeg Public Libraries
Sign up your kids for fun and interactive learning activities at the library this Spring Break. From writing workshops to robotics to performances, there is something to keep every child busy and entertained!
For the full list of spring break programs, visit winnipeg.ca/library and browse our calendar of events, or pick up our At The Library program guide. Registration is available at any branch of Winnipeg Public Library. All programs are free.
For Tweens (ages 9-12):
Squishy Circuits: Use play dough to build sculptures and conduct electricity. Registration required.
West Kildonan Library: Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Great Robot Race: Design and build an obstacle course, then race your robot to the finish line! Registration required.
Henderson Library: Monday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Write a Fictional Hero: Local author Karin Adams presents on how to create a story hero based on yourself. Registration required.
Sir William Stevenson Library: Wednesday, March 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For Teens (grades 7-12):
Creating Authentic Characters: Local author Karin Adams explores how to develop a backstory for your character. Registration required.
Henderson Library: Thursday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
YAC Mingle: Drop in for some fun hosted by the Sir William Stevenson Youth Advisory Council members. Registration required.
Sir William Stevenson Library: March 24, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Reading with Raptors: Owls and falcons visit the library with the staff of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. For children ages 6 years and older. Younger siblings may attend with an adult. Registration required.
West End Library: Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
River Heights Library: Monday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Louis Riel Library: Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Pembina Trail Library: Thursday, March 29, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Fiddlers on the Loose: Learn how instruments make the sound they do with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. For families with children up to 12 years of age. Registration required.
Charleswood Library: Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Munroe Library: Monday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Cornish Library: Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
St. James-Assiniboia Library: Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Millennium Library: Thursday, March 29, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Mad Science: Make your own cup of slime while learning about the difference between a magician and a scientist! For children ages 6 to 12 years of age. Registration required.
Transcona Library: Monday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Westwood Library: Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Osborne Library: Saturday, March 31, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Book to Movie Days for Kids: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Millennium Library: Wednesday, March 28, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City of Winnipeg Recreation Services
The following activities are available free of charge during spring break. For more information on community centres and locations, please visit City of Winnipeg - Recreation and Leisure Services.
Free Play Program, Ages 6 to 12: Broadway Neighbourhood Centre (185 Young Street)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free Play Program, Ages 6 to 12: Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside Street)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Youth Drop-In Program, Ages 12 & up: Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside Street)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Free Play Program, Ages 6 to 12: Mayfair Recreation Centre (40 Mayfair Place)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free Play Program, Ages 6 to 12: East Elmwood Community Centre (490 Keenleyside Avenue)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Youth Drop-In Program, Ages 12 & up: East Elmwood Community Centre (490 Keenleyside Avenue)
Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Youth Drop-In Program, Ages 12 & up: Bernie Wolfe Community School (95 Bournais Drive)
Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Youth Drop-In Program, Ages 10 & up: Marlene Street Community Resource Centre (27 Marlene St.)
Monday, March 26 and Thursday, March 29 from 4:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Free Play Program, Ages 6 to 12: Norquay Community Centre (65 Granville Street)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free Play Program, Ages 6 to 12: Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre (510 King Street)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Youth Drop-In Program, Ages 12 & up: Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre (510 King Street)
Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Youth Drop-In Program, Ages 12 & up: Arthur E. Wright School (1520 Jefferson Avenue)
Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.