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May 6, 2016

Mayor Bowman Announces Funding to Support Inuit Art Centre

Released: 10:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg is one step closer to becoming an international leader in Indigenous arts and culture with a City of Winnipeg investment into the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) Inuit Art Centre, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

Beginning this year, the City of Winnipeg is investing $1 million a year over the next five years totaling $5 million in support.

“I’m committed to helping make Winnipeg an internationally recognized leader in Indigenous arts and culture,” said Mayor Bowman. “Indigenous arts and culture constitute a large part of our collective heritage as Winnipeggers and that makes Winnipeg the logical place to celebrate it. The Inuit Art Centre will play an integral role in promoting Indigenous Arts and Culture and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

The Winnipeg Art Gallery holds in trust the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. It encompasses more than 13,000 pieces, including more than 7,400 Inuit sculptures, 4,000 prints, and 1,800 drawings, as well as hundreds of artifacts, ceramics, and textiles.

“Art is a dynamic force that can be used to build understanding and further reconciliation,” said Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director and Chief Executive Officer. “The City’s generous commitment comes at a pivotal time for the WAG and will ensure the Inuit Art Centre will be built. It bolsters the WAG’s commitment to showcase Indigenous art and curatorial practices, bringing you a new museum that truly reflects our community.”

The new facility will be a cultural landmark adjacent to the existing Winnipeg Art Gallery building. The four-level, 40,000-square-foot facility will include Inuit and Indigenous art galleries, studio and learning spaces, and artist-in-residence and curator-in-residence spaces.

Investing in the Inuit Art Centre builds on other efforts to support the arts, culture, and heritage sectors in Winnipeg. As part of the 2016 City of Winnipeg budget, funding to the Winnipeg Arts Council increased to $7 per capita this year. Funding support to civic museums was restored in 2014, and the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts is continuing this year.

“Winnipeg has a thriving arts and cultural community, and I have seen the tremendous impact it can have on our city both economically and in terms of civic pride,” said Mayor Bowman. “Together, we continue to make Winnipeg a great place to live, work, and raise a family, as well as a destination stop rather than a departure point.”

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Logan Avenue between Keewatin Street and Cecil Street closed to all eastbound traffic beginning Saturday, May 7

Logan Avenue between Keewatin Street and Cecil Street closed to all eastbound traffic beginning Saturday, May 7

Released: 10:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Logan Avenue between Keewatin Street and Cecil Street will be subject to significant lane closures starting Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. for a water main renewal project. While repairs are underway, both eastbound lanes on Logan Avenue will be completely closed to traffic between Keewatin Street and Cecil Street. A single lane of traffic will remain open in the westbound direction. Pedestrian access will be maintained on the north sidewalk.

Once the water main renewal has been completed in early July, a road reconstruction project will begin and the lane closures will remain in place until the road can be reopened this fall.

While repairs are underway motorists should allow additional time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

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 .

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Complete closure of Selkirk Avenue from Salter Street to McGregor Street to begin Monday, May 9

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time

Released: 11:14 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Selkirk Avenue between Salter Street and McGregor Street will be completely closed to vehicular traffic starting at 7:00 a.m., Monday, May 9. The closure is required for the first stage of a major street renewal project. The first stage of this project is expected to be completed by July 31, 2016.

Immediately following the completion of stage one, stage two of the project will commence which will require the complete closure of Selkirk Avenue from McGregor Street to Arlington Street. It is anticipated that stage two of the project will be completed by September 30, 2016 at which time Selkirk Avenue will be reopened.

Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the project.

While repairs are underway motorists should allow additional time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

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 .

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Winnipeggers reminded to �Park Smart!-

Released: 2:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - To help keep our community safe and enable emergency responders to do their jobs more effectively, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Winnipeg Parking Authority remind citizens not to park illegally when attending large events like neighbourhood garage sales.

Vehicles parked illegally at bus stops, near fire hydrants, double-parked or in other illegal situations can cause obstructions that delay fire engines, rescue, ambulance, police and other emergency responder units on their way to emergencies. Illegal parking can also impact Transit service to citizens.

Events such as neighbourhood garage sales can increase the number of vehicles in an area, and if parked improperly, can cause traffic jams.

Vehicles parked illegally may be subject to ticketing and towing under the provisions of the Fire Prevention By-law and the Traffic By-law.

Remember to “Park Smart!” and help keep your community safe. For more information visit Winnipeg Parking Authority - Park Smart.

Winnipeg's Spring Curbside Giveaway Weekend just around the corner: May 14 and 15

Released: 3:27 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Are you doing some spring cleaning and have some items in good condition that you’ll never use again? Residents are invited to take advantage of this year’s spring giveaway weekend on May 14 and 15, 2016. This is a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable, unwanted items taking up space in your home or to browse the curbs for some great finds.

Tips if you are giving away items

  • Place unwanted household items at the curb on your front street.
  • Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign.
  • Store items out of sight that you don't want to give away.
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday.

Examples of giveaway items include:

  • books, CDs and DVDs
  • furniture, electronics and small appliances
  • sports equipment and toys
  • yard and gardening tools and equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow blowers, rakes, shovels)
  • kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • unwanted gifts
  • construction material (e.g., nails, paint, wood)
  • clothing

Please do not put out:

  • items that could be unsafe
  • items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, bedding)
  • toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more)

Tips if you are cruising the curbs looking for treasures

  • Take only the items at the curb marked "FREE.”  
  • Check all items closely to ensure they are safe and in good condition before you put them in your vehicle or bring them into your home.
  • Don't walk or drive on private lawns or gardens.
  • Don't discard any items on private property.
  • Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don't block traffic, park illegally or block driveways with your vehicle).
  • Watch out for children.

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For more information on the giveaway weekend, including what to do with leftover items:

For information on items that aren’t safe to give away (e.g., baby walkers, lawn darts) visit the Consumer Product Safety Bureau.

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