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December 22, 2014

New Transcona BLVD. Officially Open

East-West Connections in Transcona Improved with City of Winnipeg Funded Street

Released: 9:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Beginning today, Transcona drivers will have an easier time traveling within the community following the completion of the new Transcona Boulevard. Mayor Brian Bowman and Transcona Councillor Russ Wyatt officially opened the City of Winnipeg funded street at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

The new street will provide improved east-west connections in Transcona, extending from Kildare Avenue (at Plessis Road) through the old City of Winnipeg Public Works yard and connecting with Peguis St.

“I am pleased to join Councillor Wyatt in opening this long needed street for the community of Transcona,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This type of infrastructure improvement is critical as we continue to build a modern, thriving city.”

“As Transcona continues to grow, it was becoming more evident that improved infrastructure was needed,” said Councillor Russ Wyatt. “The new Transcona Boulevard will provide residents with better connection to Winnipeg’s downtown, the nearby Concordia Hospital and has opened up West Transcona for future growth and development.”

As an added benefit, both Transcona Blvd. and Peguis Street (which was fully paved this summer) now have one of the longest LED overhead street light systems in the City, which will save the City of Winnipeg in hydro-electricity expenses.

“Manitoba Hydro was pleased to partner with the City of Winnipeg to make Transcona Boulevard one of the first streets in Winnipeg to use these new LED High Pressure Sodium streetlights,” said Larry Vickar, Board Member of Manitoba Hydro. “These new LED lights have a much longer life expectancy, use significantly less energy, perform better in cold weather and improve the quality of light for drivers and pedestrians.”

“The new Transcona Boulevard will now allow easier access to all areas of Transcona, providing an opportunity for further residential development to keep up with the communities growth,” said Rick Purling, President of Transcona BIZ.

Along with the construction of a new parking lot next spring to accommodate those using the Transcona Trail, additional future project plans include connecting Bienvenue Street to Transcona Boulevard, the addition of new sidewalks and landscaping, and of course the City Council approved new Transcona Library, which will be built at the corner of Transcona Blvd. and Plessis Road. The library site will be designed in a way that allows for the potential future addition of an indoor recreational facility such as a YMCA-YWCA.

The construction of Transcona Blvd. is part of the Transcona West Road Enhancement Project. Nearly 400 acres in Transcona have been earmarked for development by Genstar Development Company and Waterside Development Corp. The multi-phase developments will include single-family and multi-family housing to accommodate new residents moving into the community and retiring residents wishing to stay.

This road construction represents the first stage of the development of Transcona Blvd. and Peguis St, with the twinning of both roads being completed through developer obligations as development proceeds.

Recycle your Christmas tree - The perfect holiday gift for the environment

Let's Chip In depots open December 27, 2014 - January 20, 2015

Released: 10:09 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Recycle your real Christmas tree for free by taking it to one of the 11 Let’s Chip In depots, open December 27, 2014, to January 20, 2015.

All plastic tree bags, tinsel, decorations, and tree stands must be removed before leaving a tree at a depot.

Residents are welcome to help themselves to free wood chips, which will be available at all depots in early January (while quantities last). Please bring your own container.

Residents are reminded that trees placed at the curb next to recycling or garbage carts will not be collected.

Winnipeg residents recycled 12,841 trees last season. Keeping Christmas trees out of our landfills means that the trees will continue to be a valuable resource.

Depot Hours Location
Charleswood Centre 24 hour access 3900 Grant Ave., along Haney St.
SW corner of Safeway parking lot
Fire Station #17 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1501 Church Ave. at Sheppard St.
Kilcona Park 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Lagimodiere Blvd. and McIvor Ave.
off-leash dog area parking lot
Kildonan Park 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 2015 Main St., Rainbow Stage parking lot
King’s Park 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 198 King’s Dr., south parking lot
Panet Road - New 24 hour access Panet Rd. and Mission St.
St. James Civic Centre 24 hour access 2055 Ness Ave., NW corner of parking lot
St. Vital Park 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 190 River Rd., south parking lot
Vimy Arena 24 hour access 255 Hamilton Ave. at Vimy Rd.
Whittier Park 24 hour access NE corner of Darveau St. and Tache Ave., access from back lane
Winnipeg Soccer Complex 24 hour access 900 Waverley St. at Victor Lewis Dr.

The depot locations are also available:

Real trees can also be dropped off for recycling at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, 1901 Brady Road, during regular operating hours. Wood chips will not be available at this location.

Note: The depots at Transcona, Assiniboine Park Zoo and Pan Am Pool are permanently closed.

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Holiday season operating hours for City of Winnipeg facilities and services

Released: 10:32 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg would like to wish you and your family all the best this holiday season.

All civic offices are closed at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve), closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day), and closed on Friday, December 26, 2014 (Boxing Day).

Civic offices will also be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day).

For information on City services during the holidays, please contact 311 by phone at 311, or by email at . City of Winnipeg 311 services are always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including throughout the holiday season.

Recycling/Garbage Collection

All customers (single-family homes, apartments, businesses):

  • Recycling and garbage collection service as usual on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • No recycling and garbage collection service on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Single-family homes - Adjusted collection schedule
For customers that normally have collection on Thursday or Friday, please put your recycling and garbage carts out one day later during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

Christmas Week

Regulation collection day Adjusted collection schedule
Monday, December 22 No change
Tuesday, December 23 No change
Wednesday, December 24 No change
Thursday, December 25 No collection, moves to Friday, December 26
Friday, December 26 Moves to Saturday, December 27

New Year’s Week

Regulation collection day Adjusted collection schedule
Monday, December 29 No change
Tuesday, December 30 No change
Wednesday, December 31 No change
Thursday, January 1 No collection, moves to Friday, January 2
Friday, January 2 Moves to Saturday, January 3

Apartments and businesses - Collection schedule

For customers with:

  • Thursday or Friday collection: recycling and garbage collection service will be one day later during the weeks with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day,
  • Saturday collection: no change.

Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill)
Changes to the regular hours of operation during the holidays include:

Thursday, December 25 Closed
Friday, December 27 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 26 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 Closed
Saturday, January 3 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Let’s Chip In Christmas Tree Recycling Depots

Residents can recycle their real Christmas trees by dropping them off at any of the 11 Let’s Chip In depots, open from December 27, 2014, to January 20, 2015. Please remove all plastic tree bags, tinsel, decorations, and tree stands when dropping off your tree. Free wood chips will be available at all depots in early January (while quantities last). Please bring your own container to collect chips.

Trees placed beside recycling or garbage carts will not be collected.

For more information on the recycling and garbage collection calendar, the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, or Let’s Chip In depots:

Winnipeg Transit

Winnipeg Transit will be operating on a Sunday schedule on:

  • Thursday, December 25
  • Friday, December 26
  • Thursday, January 1

For route and schedule information, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Take a Free Ride New Year’s Eve and Celebrate Safely!
Take a free bus ride this New Year’s Eve starting at 7:00 p.m. until end of service. The last buses leave downtown at approximately 1:38 a.m. The free ride offer is sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance and applies to all Regular and Handi-Transit Service.

Leisure Centres

Wednesday, December 24 All Leisure Centres will close at 12 noon.
Thursday, December 25 All Leisure Centres closed
Friday, December 26 All Leisure Centres closed
Thursday, January 1 All Leisure Centres closed

Regular hours resume Friday, January 2, 2015
For specific Leisure Centre hours, visit The City of Winnipeg’s Leisure Centres site, or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Swimming Pools

Wednesday, December 24 All pools and fitness facilities scheduled to be open will close at 12 noon. Please call 311 for locations and swimming times for that day.
Thursday, December 25 All pools and fitness facilities will be closed
Friday, December 26 All pools and fitness facilities will be closed
Saturday, December 27 to Tuesday, December 30 Regular hours. Please call 311 for locations and swimming times for these dates.
Wednesday, December 31 All pools and fitness facilities scheduled to be open will close at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 All pools and fitness facilities will be closed

Regular hours resume Friday, January 2.
For City of Winnipeg swimming pools hours of operation, please visit The City of Winnipeg’s Indoor Pools site or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Winnipeg Public Library

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve) Millennium, Fort Garry, Henderson, St. Boniface, St. James-Assiniboia, St. Vital, Sir William Stephenson, West Kildonan Libraries Open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
All other libraries Closed
Thursday, December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day) All libraries Closed
Friday, December 26, 2014 (Boxing Day) All libraries Closed
Saturday, December 27 through Tuesday, December 30, 2014 All libraries Regular hours
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Millennium, Fort Garry, Henderson, St. Boniface, St. James-Assiniboia, St. Vital, Sir William Stephenson, West Kildonan Libraries

West End Library

All other libraries are closed.
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Open 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (West End Library only)
Thursday, January 1, 2015 All libraries Closed

Regular hours resume Friday, January 2.

Online services, including downloadable eBooks, catalogue searching, and holds/renewals, are available anytime at City of Winnipeg - Winnipeg Public Libraries.

For more information on Winnipeg Public Library Holiday Hours please visit City of Winnipeg - Winnipeg Public Libraries, or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Animal Services Agency

Wednesday, December 24 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 Closed
Friday, December 26 Closed
Saturday, December 27 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 28 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 29 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31 8:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 Closed
Friday, January 2 8:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Visit City of Winnipeg - Animal Services for more information on the City of Winnipeg’s Animal Services Agency, including how to purchase or renew your dog or cat license online, and to see a list of dogs available for adoption or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .
Animal Services officials remind pet owners to call 311 and visit Animal Services if you lose your dog.

Cemeteries

Cemetery grounds at Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona Cemeteries will be open for visitation from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day throughout the holiday season.

Cemetery offices will be open until 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1.

For more information on City cemeteries, visit City of Winnipeg - Cemeteries or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Winnipeg Parking Authority

Hours of operation for the Winnipeg Parking Authority during the holiday season are as follows:

Wednesday, December 24 8:30 a.m. to noon
Thursday, December 25 Closed
Friday, December 26 Closed
Saturday, December 27 Closed (as per regular hours)
Sunday, December 28 Closed (as per regular hours)
Monday, December 29 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31 8:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 Closed
Friday, January 2 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the Winnipeg Parking Authority, including how to pay a parking ticket online or by phone, please visit The Parking Store or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service remind citizens to be cautious around icy bodies of water

Released: 1:08 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - As colder temperatures arrive, thin layers of ice are forming on the city's rivers, streams, creeks, ponds and ditches, producing hazardous conditions. The Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service are urging citizens to be cautious around these ice-covered bodies of water.

In 2013, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service received 50 water and ice safety calls.

For information on thin ice safety, please visit Winnipeg Police Service - River Patrol or contact the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service - Public Education Branch at 204-986-2096.

Fraud & Waste Hotline

Recognize it. Report it.

Released: 1:11 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg’s webpage has been updated to provide information and access to the Fraud & Waste Hotline. The Hotline is available to all citizens as a convenient and confidential way to report any observed or suspected fraud, theft or misuse involving City resources. Reports should be about a specific incident and should, to the extent possible, include the - “who, what, when and where.”

The Fraud & Waste Hotline is operated by an independent third party under contract with the Audit Department and is accessible by phone or internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To report an incident of suspected fraud or other inappropriate activity, please visit the Fraud & Waste Hotline online at clearviewconnects.com or by telephone at 1-866-840-5837. Information in reports can only be accessed by the Audit Department.

Additional information is available at City of Winnipeg - Audit Department.

Last update: December 23, 2014