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August 12, 2013

Construction underway to improve basement flood protection
in the St. James area

Released: 1:41 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Construction gets underway this week to install new land drainage sewers to help protect businesses and homes in this area from basement flooding. The new sewers will also help protect the water quality of our rivers and Lake Winnipeg by reducing the frequency of combined sewer overflows.

This work will take about five to six months and will include installing sewers on:

  • Ness Avenue - between Berry Street and Madison Avenue
  • Madison Street - between Silver Avenue and Ness Avenue
  • Kensington Street - between Silver Avenue and Ness Avenue

Parking and traffic restrictions will include:

  • reducing westbound traffic on Ness Avenue to:
  • two lanes from Madison Avenue to Century Street
  • one lane (Century Street to Berry Street)
  • turning restrictions on Century Street around Ness
  • local access only on Kensington Street and Madison Street

At least one lane of eastbound and westbound traffic will be maintained at all times.

Residents can find more information on the project, including a map illustrating the traffic restrictions, at City of Winnipeg - Water and Waste Overflow Relief Projects

Map of the construction area.

Planned maintenance work underway at Fort Rouge Leisure Centre necessitates temporary closures in areas of the facility

Released: 1:43 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - To complete planned maintenance work currently underway at Fort Rouge Leisure Centre at 625 Osborne Street, temporary closures of the following areas of the facility will occur as follows in the coming weeks:

2nd Floor
Closed to the public from Monday, August 12 until Friday, November 1, 2013

Main Floor Men’s Change Room (in the Weight Room)
Closed to the public from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, 2013. During this period, the alternate men’s change facility will be the main floor men’s washroom.

Kitchen Facility
Will be unavailable from Monday, August 12 until Friday, November 1, 2013.

Arena Corridor and Washrooms
Closed to the public from Monday, August 12 to Monday, September 2, 2013.

Multi-Purpose Room
Currently closed to the public, re-opening Saturday, August 24, 2013

The required maintenance work includes upgrades to the facility’s lighting, as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The work will also include painting and tiling work occurring in the corridors, while the facility is open to the public.

This maintenance project is on track to be completed by November 2013. While the majority of the work has been scheduled to occur after hours to ensure minimal impact to the public using these recreation spaces, some areas of the building will be inaccessible for periods of time, as outlined above.

If any Leisure Guide programs or Sam Southern Arena bookings are affected, participants will be notified.

These planned closures will also be communicated to facility users through signage at the Leisure Centre and on the City’s website at

Facility users can also contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at, for up-to-date information regarding facility hours and temporary closures.

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Mayor Awards Key to the City to Sir Paul McCartney

Released: 5:08 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Tonight Mayor Sam Katz presented the Key to the City to Sir Paul McCartney before the legendary musician took the stage for a sold-out performance at Investors Group Field.

“We are thrilled to present Sir Paul with the Key to the City,” said Mayor Katz. “Not only have his songs touched generations of music fans, his many years of working with charitable organizations has set a tremendous example of caring and humanity for us all.” 

McCartney, a founding member of the Beatles, is considered to be one of the world’s most successful musicians of all time. In addition to his prolific career as a composer and recording artist, McCartney has become known for his philanthropy and activism, working with organizations to bring awareness to animal rights, vegetarianism, musical therapy and education, and participating in numerous benefit concerts.

In 1997, McCartney received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music”.

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Last update: 13.08.2013

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