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November 27, 2014

Fight the cold snap with a cuddly furry friend!

Animal Services to participate in Black Friday dog sale

Released: 9:30 a.m.

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Winnipeg, MB - What better way to stay warm this winter than to cuddle up to your new best friend? The City of Winnipeg's Animal Services Agency will hold a dog sale event on Friday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All in-house adult dog adoptions are only $99 and include licence, micro-chip, spay/neuter, basic shots, food and pet health insurance.

Remi and Pepsi are two dogs up for adoption at Animal Services. Remi is very sweet and loves to be with people. Pepsi loves walks and cookies!

Animal Services’ Black Friday Sale:
Date: Friday, November 28
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: 1057 Logan Avenue
Price: $99 for all adult dogs
More info: Winnipeg.ca/animalservices

To license your dog or view pictures and videos of dogs for adoption visit: Winnipeg.ca/animalservices or contact 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone or by email at .

Animal Services officials remind pet owners to call 311, visit Animal Services, and post on Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert on Facebook if you lose your dog.

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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service reminds homeowners to clean and inspect chimneys

Released: 9:58 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) would like to remind homeowners with fireplaces or woodstoves to observe the following safety tips:

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces or wood stoves.
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  • Insulate chimneys and ensure spark arresters are in place at the top of the chimney.
  • Extend the chimney at least three feet above the roof.
  • Remove any tree branches hanging above and around the chimney.
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. A restricted air supply may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire or carbon monoxide buildup.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

In 2013, the WFPS responded to four fires associated to or originating in a chimney.

It is also recommended that all homes have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors installed near all sleeping areas, and that these units are tested once per month.

It is also important for all family members to know when and how to call for help in the event of an emergency, and to make and practice a home escape plan.

For more information, visit Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

New Flyer Battery-electric buses enter into service with Winnipeg Transit

Released: 12:04 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - New Flyer Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States announced today that Winnipeg Transit will begin daily service using up to four New Flyer Xcelsiorâ battery-electric transit buses.

The buses will be in daily operation on a 40 kilometer, two-hour route starting at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, making its way through the city center to East Kildonan and returning to the airport. The route was chosen as its length, speeds and loads are typical of many central business district routes in Canada and USA. Winnipeg Airports Authority permitted New Flyer to install a high power charging station at the airport, a project that completed in October of 2014.

“We didn’t want an easy route,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We encouraged Winnipeg Transit to select a route that would showcase the technological capability of our Xcelsior battery-electric bus in a real life in-service situation that will experience a wide range of weather and traffic conditions.”

Soubry explained, “Once at the airport the bus drives up to the charging station and, while passengers are loading or disembarking, a roof mounted pantograph (similar to the proven technology used in city trams around the world) connects seamlessly with the overhead charger interface. After approximately a 10 minute charge, the bus has fully replenished the energy consumed in the previous two-hour route. For added operational flexibility the battery capacity allows the bus to operate for five hours without recharge and by charging on route, the bus can maintain service for more than 20 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The project is a continuing collaboration between New Flyer, the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Red River College and Winnipeg Transit.  The project team which started the effort in May of 2011, received additional assistance in October 2012 when Sustainable Development Technology Canada (“SDTC”) announced funding on behalf of the Government of Canada of $3.4 million to take the project from prototype to full production and field demonstration, and in 2014 when Manitoba’s Vehicle Technology Center provided an additional $94,000 for charging station development.

“This electric bus project is a key element in Manitoba’s Clean Energy Strategy and supports our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of effective, cost-efficient, renewable energy,” said Eric Robinson, Minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro. “Our innovative advancements in clean energy technologies have contributed to our placement as the first in Canada to employ the new, unique on-route rapid charging system, promoting affordable public transportation and electric vehicle knowledge which will create jobs.”

“Part of our vision for Winnipeg’s future includes supporting technology and innovation, especially when it is homegrown and the end-users who benefit from it are Winnipeggers,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “During a time of rising fuel costs and anticipated rising tourism from the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, the City of Winnipeg is proud to add eco-friendly buses to our current Winnipeg Transit fleet and provide better transit options for Winnipeggers.”

“Our government is positioning Canada as a global leader in the clean technology sector by supporting innovative projects aimed at producing and using energy in cleaner and more efficient ways. This project exemplifies the work being done by our government to build our economy while benefiting our environment,” said Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona.

Zero-emission battery-electric propulsion transit buses are expected to significantly reduce green house gas and smog-causing criteria air contaminant emissions. In Manitoba, where the electrical grid is highly renewable (nearly 100 percent of electricity is generated without burning fuel), the use of electric propulsion buses are expected to translate to an estimated reduction of 160 tonnes of green house gas emissions, per bus, per year.

“Manitoba Hydro is proud to be a part of the Manitoba Electric Transit Bus project and to have applied our expertise in the distribution and use of energy to development of the rapid charging station at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Scott Thomson, Manitoba Hydro President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a full-service energy utility, we welcome opportunities to support development of environmentally-friendly technologies that promote safe, reliable and efficient use of our renewable electricity resource; and to work closely with customers and industry to ensure these technologies can be incorporated into our distribution system.”

“Red River College is proud to support community economic development as a participant in this project,” said David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College. “Our instructors, staff and students have all contributed to the success of the consortium and we look forward to the zero emissions bus going into commercial use at many transit authorities across North America.”

“Winnipeg Transit is excited to be part of the testing and development team for this innovative project,” said Dave Wardrop, Director of Winnipeg Transit.  “We believe that the Xcelsior electric buses hold tremendous promise for Transit’s future with the potential for lower operating costs and reduced emissions. We are extremely pleased that our long standing partnerships, and new relationships, continue to yield dividends for our customers and for our community.”

"Core to our operations is the principal of working with community to lead transportation innovation and to do so in a sustainable manner," said Barry Rempel, President & CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. "This project is proof of that concept and we are proud that Canada's greenest terminal at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first in North America to provide an environmentally friendly transit bus rapid charge station.”

All dollar amounts in this release are stated in Canadian currency.

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Hargrave Street closed from Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue

Released: 15:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Northbound Hargrave Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue on Sunday, November 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to accommodate work on a utility manhole in the west curb lane. Pedestrian access to Hargrave Street during the lane closures will be maintained.

Following the complete street closure, the west curb lane of Hargrave Street will reopen, while the other three lanes remain closed due to a continuing road construction project.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex pool reopens

Released: 7:32 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised that the pool at Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, located at 999 Sargent Avenue, has been re-opened after water tests deemed it safe to do so.

The City thanks patrons for their patience during this closure.

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Last update: August 10, 2015