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February 20, 2014

Mayor Katz Congratulates Team Jones

Winnipeg curling team wins gold in Sochi!

Released: 10:13 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Immediately following the Olympic Women’s Curling final, Mayor Sam Katz congratulated Team Canada on its gold medal win.

“It is with great pride that I congratulate Jennifer Jones and her teammates on their gold medal winning performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” said Mayor Katz. “It is a rare honour to have the opportunity to represent your country at the Olympics, and Team Jones did a phenomenal job as both athletes and ambassadors for Canada. Speaking on behalf of all Winnipeggers, we could not be prouder.”

The Winnipeg-based team, made up of skip Jennifer Jones, third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer, lead Dawn McEwen, alternate Kirsten Wall and coach Janet Arnott, made Olympic history when they remained undefeated throughout round-robin play.

Upon their return, Mayor Katz will present the team with City of Winnipeg Outstanding Achievement Award Medallions - an honour bestowed to Gold Medal Olympic Champions based or residing in Winnipeg. A presentation ceremony will be announced at a later date.

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New Transit Parking and Servicing Garage Officially Opens in Winnipeg

New facility expected to increase transit efficiency

Released: 2:45 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Officials gathered today in Winnipeg to celebrate the completion of the City's new Transit Parking and Servicing Garage located on Brandon Avenue south of downtown.

The new 135,000-square-foot facility will allow the City to address a number of its immediate and long-term space requirements. With this additional space, Winnipeg Transit will be able to expand its bus fleet to meet increasing passenger demands and, in turn, increase transit efficiency. The new garage has the capacity to park up to 153 forty-foot buses and was built to LEED Silver standard.

The project, which was completed $350,000 under budget, also involved the creation of a servicing lane so that returning buses can be easily cleaned and refuelled.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed more than $17 million towards this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • The Province of Manitoba contributed $3 million towards this project through the 2010 Manitoba - Winnipeg Infrastructure Fund.
  • The City of Winnipeg contributed close to $2.6 million of the estimated project cost of $22.6 million.

Quotes

“Our growing city needs a modern, efficient public transit system to connect families with opportunities across Winnipeg well into the future. That’s why we are investing in facilities that allow Winnipeg Transit to expand its fleet, that’s why we are committed to Phase Two of Rapid Transit, and that’s why we have the most generous transit funding agreement in Canada protected in legislation.”

Kevin Chief
Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities
Minister responsible for relations with the City of Winnipeg within the Department of Municipal Government

“This facility is a key piece of infrastructure that will allow the City to expand its bus fleet and bring better, more efficient service to residents throughout Winnipeg. We are proud to support significant infrastructure projects, such as this one, that help create jobs and build strong, prosperous communities across Canada.”

Steven Fletcher
Member of Parliament for Charleswood�"St. James�"Assiniboia, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

“This major capital project ensures the City of Winnipeg’s transit infrastructure is well placed to support the growth of our city. The new garage will accommodate our expanding fleet and serve Winnipeg Transit for years to come.”

Sam Katz
Mayor of Winnipeg

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Last update: 11.03.2014

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