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December 12, 2014

More than half of "100 Day" commitments complete with 50 days remaining

Released: 11:25 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - At the halfway mark of Mayor Bowman’s First 100 Days in Office, he today announces that more than half of those 19 early-day commitments are complete.

"I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made to date - not only keeping on schedule with the commitments I made for my first 100 days in office, but in the remarkable amount of work City Council and the Public Service have accomplished together since October 22nd,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I’m honoured to be a part of such a dedicated City Council and I look forward to working with them to continue addressing the priorities of Winnipeggers going forward.”

At the halfway point of his First 100 Days in Office, Mayor Bowman has completed 11 of the 19 promises, including:

  • Meet with Mayor Sam Katz to transition into office;
  • Be sworn in as Mayor;
  • Meet with acting CAO and senior staff for a briefing on the State of the City and budget,
  • Elect and appoint members of EPC and special committees, including the CAO hiring committee;
  • Meet with the Acting CAO and department heads regarding implementing 2 per cent efficiencies and savings;
  • Meet with Premier Selinger, Minister Chief, and senior federal minister regarding Winnipeg’s fair share, and BuildWINNIPEG partnership;
  • Meet with Tourism Winnipeg and stakeholders to discuss making Tourism Winnipeg an independent body;
  • Introduce motions at City Council, including amending The Councillors’ Representation Allowance (CRA) Fund, adopting the United Way’s Homelessness Reduction Strategy, and abolishing the Office of Policy Development and Communication;
  • Begin visiting other cities across Canada to promote Winnipeg,
  • Conduct a mandatory OurWinnipeg review session for Councillors, senior administration, and planning staff;
  • And conduct a follow-up meeting with Premier and Minister Chief regarding the BuildWINNIPEG partnership and the City’s fair share of PST.

One commitment unable to be completed in those first 100 days is the hiring of the Chief Administrative Officer. However, the national search has commenced and evaluations will begin as soon as the posting closes at the end of December, with an anticipated hiring date of March 2015.

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Waverley West Arterial Roads Project Completed

Road infrastructure improvements form vital transportation links in southwest Winnipeg

Released: 11:32 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today officials formally opened the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project, a series of road infrastructure improvements that provide vital transportation links in this growing residential area, including the extension of Kenaston Boulevard which is a principal route for people and goods within Winnipeg and Manitoba.

The key components of the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project include:

  • Reconfiguration of the Kenaston Boulevard and Bishop Grandin Boulevard intersection.
  • A two lane overpass and ramp lanes that connect southbound Kenaston Boulevard to eastbound Bishop Grandin Boulevard to allow for continuous traffic flow.
  • A new four lane extension of Kenaston Boulevard, linking the Kenaston Boulevard/Bishop Grandin Boulevard intersection with the south Perimeter.
  • A new four lane section of roadway that realigns Waverley Street to connect to the new Kenaston Boulevard extension.
  • The addition of two new lanes and rehabilitation of two existing lanes of Waverley Street from Sandusky Drive to Bison Drive.
  • A new intersection at the realigned Waverley Street and Kenaston Boulevard.
  • A new at-grade intersection at Kenaston Boulevard and the south Perimeter.
  • The closing of north access at the signalized intersection at Waverley Street and the South Perimeter, and related alterations to the south access of Waverley Street.

Pedestrian and active transportation improvements were also made, including connections to the Bishop Grandin Greenway, and new neighbourhoods to the south.

Quick Facts

  • The total cost of the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project was $69.7 million.
  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $18.233 million from the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. The Province of Manitoba is providing $15 million and the City of Winnipeg is contributing the remaining $36.5 million.
  • Waverley West is about 2,900 acres of land in southwest Winnipeg where new neighbourhoods are emerging.

“By working together with all levels of government we were able to complete this major infrastructure project that will improve traffic flow, and enhance safety for the families living in Winnipeg.”

Kevin Chief
Minister of Jobs and the Economy and Minister responsible for relations with the City of Winnipeg

“Our Government is pleased to have invested in this important project that will improve the flow of traffic, decrease commute times, and increase safety for motorists on these heavily used roadways. We continue to work with our partners to improve infrastructure for area residents and promote long-term economic growth in Winnipeg.”

Lawrence Toet
Member of Parliament for Elmwood�"Transcona

“Kenaston Boulevard is an essential route, not only for Winnipeggers, but also as a trucking route that has a significant impact on our City’s trade. The improvements made through the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project enhance the flow of this route and make vital connections to emerging residential neighbourhoods. The City of Winnipeg is proud to be taking the lead role in this project through the investment of $36.5 million in these important infrastructure improvements. We are grateful to our partners, the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba, for their contributions to this project.”

Brian Bowman
Mayor of the City of Winnipeg

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Construction of lime berm at Brady Resource Management Facility to begin Monday, December 15, 2014

Beneficial reuse of a natural by-product of the sugar beet refining process

Released: 11:52 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Starting December 15, 2014, a project will begin at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) to build a new berm along the boundary of the Brady facility.

The berm will be constructed of lime mud, a natural by-product of the sugar refining process from a former Manitoba sugar beet processing plant, located northwest of Pembina Highway and Bishop Grandin Boulevard. All costs are the responsibility of Hopewell Development Inc., the developer of the property at the former sugar beet processing site.

This initiative has a number of benefits:

  • demonstrates responsible environmental stewardship by beneficially reusing the majority of the lime mud that has been stockpiled for more than 30 years and would otherwise be landfilled,
  • helps buffer visibility of the landfill, particularly for neighbouring properties,
  • allows the native earth at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility to be used for future phases of development,
  • generates surplus clay material excavated for the berm that can be used as landfill cover for existing and future landfill disposal cells, and
  • allows redevelopment of Bishop Grandin Crossing, a Major Redevelopment Site within the Complete Communities Direction Strategy approved by Council in 2011.

The berm will be a raised barrier about 3 metres (about 10 feet) from the ground surface and about 30 metres wide (about 100 feet), and will be landscaped once complete.

Trucks will haul 300,000 cubic metres of lime mud, weather permitting, up to 24 hours a day on weekdays beginning December 15, 2014.

Construction of the berm should be complete by the end of summer 2015.

Ebola Preparedness Bulletin #8

Released: 3:01 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) officials today provided the public with an update on the Department’s screening of 911 emergency medical calls related to the Ebola Virus Disease.

Risk related to Ebola Virus Disease in Winnipeg remains extremely low.

Since implementation of the screening process on October 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.:

Total number of 911 calls received by WFPS 12,419*
Total number of calls meeting the requirement for enhanced screening via phone 3,952 *
Total number of calls that met consideration for Ebola Virus Disease precautions and required further investigation by an EMS medical supervisor 8*
Total number of calls where paramedics were required to transport a suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease  to a health-care facility 0*

*Information current as of Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

The WFPS would also like to encourage citizens to get their annual flu vaccine.

Preparations for Ebola Virus Disease are consistent with requirements for other infectious diseases, including more common influenzas and gastrointestinal illnesses. The legacy of the WFPS’s current planning activities will be greater responder and citizen protection from all infectious diseases in the future.

For information on Ebola Virus Disease, please visit Government of Manitoba - Public Health.

Last update: December 12, 2014