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November 13, 2012

Residential Parking Ban in effect for Snow Zones
Residential streets in snow zones B, G, J, L, P, Q, T, will be plowed from 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning

Motorists are urged to move their vehicles from their residential streets when plowing is scheduled.

Released: 7:00 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The public is advised that the Residential Parking Ban is in effect and plowing is continuing, to improve the overall condition of residential streets.

  • Residents are urged to confirm their snow zone letter of the alphabet, as some snow zones have been changed for this winter due to revisions to the recycling/garbage day schedule.
  • Currently, plowing operations are underway in zones E, H, K, O, S, U.
  • Starting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening and continuing until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, plowing operations will be conducted in snow zones B, G, J, L, P, Q, T.
  • Starting at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 14, residents of snow zone A will need to move their vehicles as plowing will be underway in that zone until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

Residents are encouraged to visit knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or call 311 to confirm their residential snow zone letter of the alphabet, and to determine when their snow zone is scheduled to be plowed.  The public is also encouraged to sign up in advance for email or Twitter notifications through knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca to find out when designated snow zones are scheduled for plowing.

For the residential streets that are scheduled, residents are urged to find an alternate place to park such as an off-street driveway or parking lot, or a nearby street that is not currently scheduled for plowing. This will help the plowing operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed.

Vehicles parked in violation of the residential parking ban may receive a $150 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed or that has already been plowed. If you believe your vehicle may have been towed due to the residential parking ban, please contact 311 for assistance in locating it.

 Residential Parking Ban now in effect

PLOWING AND RESIDENTIAL PARKING BAN SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Nov 13 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Wednesday

B, G, J, L, P, Q, T

Wednesday, Nov 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A

Motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions and to use extreme caution when driving near any plowing or salting/sanding equipment.

Plowing operations are continuing in accordance with the City Council approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at winnipeg.ca/publicworks/snow/snowClearing/snowClearingPolicy.stm.

St. Boniface Library to close temporarily for renovations

Released: 11:28 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - St. Boniface Library, located at 100-131 Provencher Boulevard, will be closed temporarily starting Monday, November 26, 2012 for renovations. The library is expected to reopen in approximately four weeks.

Renovations include interior painting, adding a new service desk and making the washrooms more accessible.

During the closure:

  • Items borrowed from St. Boniface Library will not be due during the closure.
  • St. Boniface Library's book return will be closed. Library materials can be returned to any other branch of Winnipeg Public Library.
  • St. Boniface Library holds will be sent to St. Vital Library, located at 6 Fermor Avenue, during the closure.

Updates to the renovation, including the reopening date, will be posted online at winnipeg.ca/library.

The public is reminded the Library's online service of downloadable music, databases, eBooks and audiobooks is available anytime. Library users are also welcome to use the online My Account service at winnipeg.ca/library to see items checked out, review holds placed, and to renew borrowed items.

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Citizens reminded to Know Your Zone

Moving your vehicle avoids tow, ticket; helps crews plow more efficiently

Released: 12:00 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Residents who live on a street designated as a P3 are reminded to visit knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or call 311 to confirm their residential snow zone letter of the alphabet, and to determine when their snow zone is scheduled to be plowed. The public is also encouraged to sign up in advance for email or Twitter notifications through knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca to find out when designated snow zones are scheduled for plowing.

This is the first time that the new Residential Parking Ban has been implemented, as last year there was not enough snow to warrant a residential plowing operation. To allow citizens some time to absorb the changes, the City is not issuing actual tickets, only warnings, during the first plow operation that ends this Thursday, November 15.

The new system for plowing residential streets means citizens are now only inconvenienced for the 12-hour period that their zone is scheduled for plowing, rather than several nights as with the previous system. Winnipeg is one of only a few cities in North America that have implemented such a snow zone system, which minimizes the inconvenience to the public while allowing the snow-fighters the ability to clear the streets in an effective and efficient manner.

Under the regular provisions of the by-law, vehicles parked in violation of the residential parking ban could be subject to a $150 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed or that has already been plowed. If you believe your vehicle may have been towed due to the residential parking ban, please contact 311 for assistance in locating it.

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Snow zones can be accessed via mobile devices

Released: 12:00 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The public is advised that the City of Winnipeg's Know Your Zone winter parking ban web page at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca is suited for portable mobile devices like iPhone and Blackberry.

When traveling and parking in unfamiliar snow zones across the city while the residential plowing operation is underway this week, the public is encouraged to use their mobile devices to check in advance by street address, which snow zones are scheduled for plowing, in order to avoid getting ticketed and towed.

Alternatively, the public can also call 311 for this information.

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Winnipeg Convention Centre Unveils Expansion Plan Design

Funding possible thanks to government partnership

Released: 1:30 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Today, the Winnipeg Convention Centre unveiled its plan for the expansion and renovation of the existing facility in downtown Winnipeg. The Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, along with Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg, and Klaus Lahr, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Convention Centre, were on hand for the event.

The expansion involves a new 340,000-square-foot addition built on a surface parking lot, immediately south of the existing 492,000-square-foot facility. The present facility will also receive significant structural and electrical upgrades. It is expected that the construction will start before the end of this year, with an anticipated opening before the end of 2015.

"Manitoba has a longstanding reputation as one of the best host cities in North America, and the expanded Winnipeg Convention Centre will help us continue to attract best local, national and international events," said Premier Selinger. "This project is fundamental to our ability to showcase our province and city to the world as new attractions near completion and the remarkable transformation of Winnipeg continues."

"The Winnipeg Convention Centre plays an extremely important role in promoting local business development in Winnipeg by hosting hundreds of meetings, conferences, and tradeshows each year," said Minister of State Fletcher. "Our Government is proud to provide this project with the support it needs so that the Winnipeg Convention Centre can continue to bring jobs to Winnipeg and promote economic growth in our community."

"From the moment convention delegates arrive in Winnipeg, they contribute to our economy, making use of transportation, restaurant, hotel and entertainment options within our city," said Mayor Sam Katz. "The newly expanded convention centre will give us an immediate boost in the rankings of national and international convention planners, helping Winnipeg stand out as a convention destination."

"We interviewed meeting and convention leaders, industry partners, customers, general public and internal staff to get their perception of our facility and Winnipeg," said Klaus Lahr, President & CEO, Winnipeg Convention Centre. "We listened to our stakeholders and while the facility has worked in the past, it's become evident that the growing list of requirements for large conventions and meetings are getting harder to accommodate. In the end, there was an overwhelming response by everyone to just get shovels in the ground."

Funding for this project was announced on June 25, 2012. Its total cost is estimated to be over $180 million. Federal funding for this project comes from the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component, under which the Government of Canada is setting aside up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum federal contribution of $46,646,667. The Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg are each contributing up to $51 million. The balance of funding will come from new incremental property tax revenues from an integrated hotel and commercial development adjacent to the Winnipeg Convention Centre, as well as additional revenue generated by the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Last update: 13.11.2012

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