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April 23, 2013

Winnipeg's Southwest Transitway Project wins
prestigious engineering award

Stage 1 of Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor earns Infrastructure
and Transportation Award of Excellence

Released: 10:18 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg’s Southwest Transitway Project received the prestigious Award of Excellence in the Infrastructure and Transportation category at the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Manitoba 2013 Awards of Excellence dinner held last week.

The ACEC recognized the best of Manitoba’s engineering profession in innovation, the advancement of technology and contributions to society at its annual awards event attended by over 300 representatives of the engineering industry, government and Manitoba’s business community.

"Winnipeg Transit is excited and honoured to have Stage One of the Southwest Transitway recognized at the 2013 ACEC Awards of Excellence Event,” said Dave Wardrop, Director of Winnipeg Transit. “Congratulations to our Project Consultant, Dillon Consulting Limited, and to all of our staff that participated in, and contributed to the successful delivery of the first leg of the Southwest Transitway. It is terrific to have the efforts of staff formally recognized by a professional organization such as ACEC, as well as being a tribute to the success of such an important project and our organization as a whole."

A complex project in both design and construction, the Southwest Transitway was built within an existing dense, urban environment on an alignment in immediate proximity to the CN mainline, the Red River, a Manitoba Hydro substation, major arterial roads, multiple underground utilities, and several private properties. The ACEC Award of Excellence recognizes Transit’s and its consultant Dillon Consulting Limited’s ability to embrace these complexities to deliver the project on time and on budget with rapid transit service beginning in April of 2012.

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Adoptable dogs seeking homes

Animal Services Agency holding spring Adopt-a-Dog sale April 24-26

Released: 10:36 a.m.

Juliet is looking to be adopted

Winnipeg, MB - Looking for a companion to take walks with on those beautiful spring mornings? Why not consider adopting a dog from Animal Services!

The City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency is experiencing abnormally high holding levels for dogs.  There are currently 50 dogs in the Animal Services facility: 34 dogs available for adoption, and 16 unlicensed, stray dogs waiting for their owners to come.

One such dog that was picked up without a license and is now up for adoption is Juliet. Click here to view Juliet’s photo.

In order to help free up kennel space, the Animal Services Agency will be holding an Adopt-a-Dog sale on the following days at 1057 Logan Avenue:

Wednesday, April 24 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.

All in-house dog adoptions are only $99 and include license, micro-chip, spay/neuter, basic shots, food and pet health insurance.

Animal Services officials remind the public that dogs over six months of age must have and wear a dog license.  Stray dogs found wearing a current license are given a “free ride home” once a year.

In 2012, 927 dogs wearing a current license were reunited by 311 without ever setting foot in the Animal Services’ facility. Dog license tags protect one’s dog and license revenues help provide the essential service of animal control in Winnipeg.

To license your dog or view pictures and videos of dogs for adoption visit:

Pet owners are reminded to call 311 and to visit Animal Services if they lose their dog.

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Two new Pedestrian Countdown Signals installed in Winnipeg

Signals part of a pilot project started in the city last summer

Released: 11:21 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Public Service recently installed two Pedestrian Countdown Signals at all four crosswalks at two busy intersections; Osborne Street at River Avenue, and Portage Avenue at Smith Street.

The purpose of the pilot project is to evaluate the field performance of the devices within the traffic signals system, as well as to receive feedback on the operation from users. Pedestrian Countdown Signals are intended to provide pedestrians with more information to assist them in their decision-making process when crossing a street.

“As an added safety measure when crossing busy intersections in our City, these signals provide pedestrians, cyclists and those with limited mobility with an accurate gauge to make prudent choices,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “The installation of these signals will deter individuals from making hasty decisions and improve safety for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

The City’s first Pedestrian Countdown Signal was installed at the intersection of Portage Avenue and Donald Street in June 2012.

The Pedestrian Countdown Signal is a numeric countdown display mounted below the existing pedestrian signal (walking figure/flashing hand/solid hand) that indicates the number of seconds remaining for a pedestrian to complete the crossing.

Installation costs approximately $10,000 per intersection. The City is currently in the process of creating installation criteria to evaluate the potential for city-wide deployment of the pedestrian countdown signals.

City's elected officials and employees to observe
2013 National Day of Mourning

Ceremonies to be held on Friday, April 26 at various City worksites

Released: 11:52 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - City of Winnipeg elected officials and employees will join thousands of other Canadians in observing Canada’s National Day of Mourning which is held each year on April 28. The National Day of Mourning is held to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace as well as workers who have become ill as a result of their work.

“The National Day of Mourning is a day in which we should take a moment to remember workers who have suffered as a result of their occupation,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “I would also encourage people to use this annual event to commit themselves to doing their part to make all workplaces safer.”

To help mark the National Day of Mourning, the City will hold a ceremony on Friday, April 26. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Details for the ceremony are as follows:

Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: City Hall Court Yard, 510 Main Street (In case of inclement weather, ceremony will be moved to Council Building)

In addition to the ceremony at City Hall, three other National Day of Mourning ceremonies will take place on Friday, April 26, at various City worksites. City employees are being encouraged to attend.

The City has developed a number of programs to help reduce workplace injury, including: an online workplace inspection system to proactively address safety issues; strengthening the City’s partnership with the  Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba to reduce safety incidents; and conducting an audit of the City’s health and safety program.

National Day of Mourning was proclaimed by Canada’s Parliament in 1991, and is recognized in more than 80 countries across the globe. Please visit the National Day of Mourning website for more information.

Last update: 23.04.2013

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