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March 12, 2015

Arlington Bridge to temporarily close for inspection and maintenance

Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 a.m. to Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Released: 9:33 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised that the Arlington Bridge over the Canadian Pacific Railway yards from Logan Avenue to Dufferin Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 a.m. to Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. The bridge is being closed for inspection and minor maintenance that cannot be undertaken with vehicular traffic on the bridge.

Motorists are reminded to allow additional travel time. Alternate routes include McPhillips Street to the west and Salter Street to the east.

The west sidewalk on the bridge will remain open during this period to maintain pedestrian access.

City continues to study crossing solutions for the North End
The Arlington Bridge is nearing the end of its usable life and the City is undertaking a study to determine the best possible plan to move people and goods safely and efficiently across the CPR Yards when the Arlington Bridge closes.

The CPR Yards Crossing Study will look at a number of options for a new crossing in the area and at improving existing crossings of the CPR Yards between McPhillips Street and Salter Street. Visit cprcrossing.winnipeg.ca to learn more about the project and participate in online interactive surveys. The next community workshop will take place:

When: Saturday, March 21
Time: 12:00 p.m. noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: King Edward School library, 825 Selkirk Avenue

Reserve your spot by emailing freig.associates@shaw.ca or contact 311.

Meow-ntain of cat licences purchased by responsible pet owners

Over 13,000 cat licences sold in first two months of program

Released: 9:46 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - As of January 1, 2015, cats over six months of age residing in Winnipeg are required to have a licence. More than 13,000 cat licences have been sold either online, through 311, at the Animal Services Agency or at a number of pet supply stores, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and other retail outlets.

“We are thrilled and grateful that so many Winnipeggers have licensed their cats. Not only are people adding extra protection for their own cats, they are also helping to provide spay/neuter funding for cats they have never met,” said Leland Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of the Animal Services Agency. “Half of the gross revenues from cat licensing will support community spay/neuter programs to help reduce the cat overpopulation problem in Winnipeg.”

Winnipeg’s most vocal cat rights activist, #Whiskerpeg, has helped promote cat licensing and equality for cats. #Whiskerpeg’s efforts can be seen at Winnipeg.ca, and on the City of Winnipeg’s Twitter feed, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

#Whiskerpeg is also encouraging all fellow feline fans of responsible pet ownership to enter our #1 Cat Contest, open until March 27. One lucky kitty will be named Winnipeg’s #1 Cat and will receive the #1 cat licence, which will be a free licence for the life of the cat. Enter your cat into the #1 Cat Contest at City of Winnipeg - #1 Cat Contest.

Annual licence fees for spayed and neutered pets are $15 for cats and $31 for dogs ($50 for intact cats and $66 for intact dogs).

When pets are caught without a licence, owners may be subject to impound and boarding fees, as well as a $250 fine. With a licence, Animal Services and 311 can reunite dogs and cats with their owners, typically avoiding fees and fines.

Pet owners can purchase or renew licences in a number of convenient ways:

Committee to consider implementing UPass program for participating post-secondary institutions

Released: 10:19 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - A recommendation to proceed with the UPass program beginning September 1, 2016 will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on March 16, 2015.

A universal post-secondary transit pass, or UPass, is a mandatory pass purchased by all students of a post-secondary institution as part of their tuition payment for a given semester or term. The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association (UMGSA) and The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) all held successful referendums to approve the UPass at a cost of $260 per student for the fall and winter semesters.

The proposed UPasses will bring substantial benefits to students at participating post-secondary institutions by lowering their travel costs to and from school. UPass programs also encourage Transit ridership among students not only during their post-secondary education, but also following graduation.

The UPass will also benefit the community as a whole by increasing the number of Transit users in the city which will help to reduce traffic congestion and the need for roadway maintenance and traffic management projects, as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Qualifying post-secondary institutions in Winnipeg that have not adopted the UPass will continue to offer regular monthly post-secondary passes, which students can purchase at their post-secondary institutions.

The report will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on March 16, 2015.

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Public invited to public information display session regarding the William R. Clement Parkway Extension Study

Released: 11:23 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is invited to a Public Information Display Session about the William R. Clement Parkway (WRCP) Extension Study. The WRCP Extension is an important component of the City of Winnipeg’s future transportation system, providing a north-south link in west Winnipeg.

This study will guide the implementation of the WRCP Extension, which consists of two phases:

  • Phase I (short-term) - Extension of WRCP from Grant Avenue to Wilkes Avenue
  • Phase II (long-term) - Future extension of WRCP from Wilkes Avenue to McGillivray Boulevard

Join us at the Public Information Display Session to view presentation boards outlining background information and project details, speak with project team members, and provide input. The public information display session takes place:

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (drop-in format)

Where: Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard
Located in the Chapel south of Grant Avenue off Shaftesbury Boulevard.

For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg - The William R. Clement Parkway Extension Study

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Last update: March 12, 2015