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March 20, 2014

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata celebrates newly renovated facility

$1,492,773 provided through Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Released: 10:52 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - City of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and MP for Elmwood - Transcona, Lawrence Toet joined community members today to help officially open the newly renovated Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre located in the Point Douglas area.

The renovations will provide the organization with an additional 8828 sq. feet of drop-in/program space. The additional space will allow Ma Mawi to continue to provide much needed support services that promote longer-term stability to Aboriginal children, youth, individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in a culturally appropriate manner.

The City of Winnipeg is providing $1,492,773 in financial support through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) to Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi) for the capital construction ($1,280,860) and the delivery of their drop-in centre ($211,913).

“For 30 years, Ma Mawi has been an integral component within in our community,” said Mayor Katz. “The additional space will allow Ma Mawi to continue to provide much needed support services that promote longer-term stability to Aboriginal children, youth, individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.”

“Our Government is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness and poverty,” said MP Toet, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development). “We are proud to invest in smart, long-term solutions to ensure vulnerable individuals in Winnipeg continue to benefit from the support services offered by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.”

Ma Mawi was established in 1984 to reclaim Aboriginal people's inherent role and responsibility as the caregivers for Aboriginal children and families in Winnipeg. They are a community mandated, Aboriginal directed and supported human service organization, delivering children in care and community based programs and services to Aboriginal families. Today, with over 50 programs, 11 sites, and over 200 staff and volunteers, Ma Mawi provides a valued local presence in key neighbourhoods.

“This important, cultural based housing program offered at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and funded by Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides Indigenous Homeless Youth the tools they need to find and maintain appropriate, safe housing”, said Erin Leonzio, Housing Specialist for Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre. “Being able to witness the relief displayed by youth upon securing housing, speaks volumes about the success of the program. This partnership has allowed us to offer supports that build capacity which in turn results in bigger and brighter futures for those we assist”.

On April 25, 2012, the City of Winnipeg entered into a funding agreement with the Government of Canada to administer the Homelessness Partnering Strategy which provides support to organizations that assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the city.

Frozen Pipes Bulletin #15: Third Frozen Pipe Citizen Resource Centre opens today at Elmwood Kildonans Pool

Centre will augment access to resources for citizens in East Winnipeg

Released: 2:07 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg today opened the third Frozen Pipe Citizen Resource Centre at Elmwood Kildonans Pool (909 Concordia Avenue). Like the existing locations at Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex and Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, this resource centre provides citizens with access to stations for refilling drinking water, in-person information access, personal comfort kits, cleaning kits and civic shower facilities.

“Every citizen whose water service has been interrupted matters and they deserve all the support we can offer right now,” said Randy Hull, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “That is the purpose of these three resource centres, and the City will continue to support impacted Winnipeggers where there is a demonstrated need to do so, until this situation has resolved.”

Resources available at Elmwood Kildonans Pool include:

  • Sanitization instructions and drinking water refill stations
  • containers of water (also available at select Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Stations)
  • in-person access to a 311 service representative for frozen water  pipe reporting and temporary hose line assistance
  • personal comfort kit and cleaning  kit from the Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba Region
  • access to shower facilities

Frozen Pipe Citizen Resource Centres locations and hours:

Elmwood Kildonans Pool, 909 Concordia Avenue
Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, 625 Osborne Street
Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, 999 Sargent Avenue
Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This winter there has been a sudden and dramatic increase in frozen water pipes due to prolonged periods of frigid temperatures and deeper-than-usual frost penetration into the ground. This is the second coldest winter in 75 years and frost has reached a depth of approximately eight feet.

For more information about frozen pipes, please visit winnipeg.ca/frozenpipes

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Frozen Pipes Bulletin #16: Citizens with temporary hose lines encouraged to insulate exterior taps during cold weather

Wrapping an old towel around taps may prevent freezing during temperature drop

Released: 2:07 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - With temperatures expected to drop again over the next few days, residents with a temporary hose line connection are encouraged to take precautions to help prevent exterior taps from freezing.

Residents of both properties (the property supplying the water and the property receiving the water) are advised to wrap an old towel around the outside tap to provide some insulation and help protect the hose and taps from freezing.

In the event that temporary hose lines do freeze during colder temperatures, citizens can contact 311 to have their hose line thawed. If the hose line is leaking, turn off the supplier's outside tap, contact 311, and wait for a City crew to attend to reinstate the hose line.  If the outside tap is frozen and can’t be turned off (yet water still leaking), try wrapping the outside tap in hot wet towels or pouring a cup of hot water on the tap. This should "thaw" the outside tap (i.e., the valve portion) enough to turn it off until the crews arrive.

The City cautions citizens against using a propane heater or open flame device (e.g., blow torch, candle, butane lighter) to thaw a water pipe, temporary hose, or the outside tap.  Citizens are also advised not to use heat guns, hair dryers, heating pads or any other electrical appliances to thaw frozen pipes. Leaking water could cause an electrical shock.

This winter there has been a sudden and dramatic increase in frozen water pipes due to prolonged periods of frigid temperatures and deeper-than-usual frost penetration into the ground. This is the second coldest winter in 75 years and the frost is currently at an average of about seven to eight feet deep below pavement surfaces.

For more information about frozen pipes, please visit winnipeg.ca/frozenpipes

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Residential plow for drainage improvement, drivability continues until Friday at 7 p.m.

City will monitor and update residents on any impacts tonight's weather has on snow clearing operation

Released: 4:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Plowing and drainage improvement operations on residential streets continued overnight and this morning, and will continue until Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The focus in this operation is to improve drainage by exposing curb inlets (catch basins) and subsequently improve the driving lane where snow accumulations warrant. Additionally, where possible, the parking lane will be cleared.

To achieve the conditions needed to promote efficient drainage of our streets as spring melt progresses, the snow and ice clearing operation has taken additional time. Once complete, it is anticipated that this operation will help to prevent some of the overland flooding that can result in a quick melt of the accumulated snow and ice on and adjacent to our roadways.

Changing weather conditions expected tonight may impact how quickly this operation is completed.  An update will be provided on Friday.

“Our goal is to make streets safer and easier for citizens traveling from home to their destinations,” said Jim Berezowsky, Manager of Streets Maintenance, Public Works Department. “We also want to ensure all the snow and ice accumulated in snow banks has a place to drain efficiently when the weather warms up.”

For those residents that may not receive drainage clearing and driving lane improvements during the planned schedule, those streets will be addressed in the coming days.

A residential parking ban is NOT in effect, but motorists are encouraged to find alternate parking so that both the driving and parking lanes can be cleared.

Public Works is using the Know Your Zone boundaries to provide the public with an awareness of the areas in which the City is providing the service in each of the 12-hour shifts. Citizens are encouraged to confirm their snow zone letter through knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or by contacting 311.

RESIDENTIAL PLOW AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT OPERATIONS SCHEDULE BY SNOW ZONE

Thursday, March 20 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, March 21
B


Friday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to 7p.m. Friday, March 21
A

The City thanks residents for their patience and cooperation during this operation.

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Last update: 07.08.2015

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