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December 21, 2016


City of Winnipeg joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

Two-way data share hopes to ease congestion and improve commute for drivers

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg has entered into a data-sharing partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Through Waze, Winnipeg drivers will be able to share information with and receive the latest traffic information from the City’s soon to open Transportation Management Centre.

“I am pleased Council approved this partnership earlier this fall,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The Transportation Management Centre is going to be an important part of improving traffic flow in Winnipeg, and is an important part of building a modern transportation network that helps drive our economy and serve a city that is growing toward one million people strong.”

The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipalities an unprecedented look at real-time road activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Established as a two-way data share, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-downinformation directly from the source: drivers themselves. In exchange, the City will provide real-time government-reported construction, crash and road closure data to Waze to return one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current road conditions today.

“We are thrilled to partner with Waze to gain a deeper understanding of real-time traffic conditions and to share information with drivers from our Transportation Management Centre through the app,” said Michael Cantor, City of Winnipeg Traffic Signals Engineer. “We encourage all Winnipeggers to download the Waze app and start using it today so that we can improve Winnipeg traffic flow together.”

The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing more knowledge with Wazers about potential delays to their commutes. The Connected Citizens program yields even more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams within the app. The City of Winnipeg can also provide Wazers with advanced notice of major traffic events such as parades and other special events that will affect their daily routes.

“Through the Waze Connected Citizens Program, Winnipeg will contribute critical data to the Waze app which is key for hyperlocal citizen support,” said Mike Wilson, Country Manager for Waze Canada. “No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers, and Winnipeg will be able to use these anonymous insights to further promote safer roads. In exchange, Winnipeg is providing critical road closure and incident data to Waze, helping Wazers better circumvent major traffic events and real-time traffic blocks.”

To find out more about Connected Citizens visitwaze.com/ccp or watch this video. To learn more about Waze visit www.waze.com or watch this video.

To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit www.waze.com/get.

About Waze
Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favorite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace.

Take a Free Ride on Transit this New Year's Eve

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Transit is pleased to once again partner with Manitoba Public Insurance to offer free Transit service on New Year’s Eve to help everyone get home safely.

“The Free Ride program is an easy and convenient way for Winnipeggers to get home on New Year’s Eve while keeping our streets safe from alcohol-related tragedies,” said Councillor Marty Morantz, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. “With the support of Manitoba Public Insurance, Winnipeg Transit is helping citizens to make the right choice not to drink and drive.”

The Free Ride program applies to all Regular and Handi-Transit service starting at 7:00 p.m. until end of service. The last buses leave downtown at approximately 1:35 a.m. For complete bus route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or call 311.

“We encourage people to plan ahead and make the right decision,” said Ward Keith, vice-president, Business Development & Communications and chief product officer Manitoba Public Insurance. “Let’s start the New Year on a safe and happy note. The New Year’s Eve bus is a safe option to get home.”

Manitoba Public Insurance has sponsored the Free Ride New Year’s Eve service since 2011. As a road safety leader in the province, Manitoba Public Insurance is committed to reducing alcohol-related collisions, deaths and injuries.

“By all means, please go out and enjoy yourself on New Year’s Eve, but make a plan before you go out to get home safe,” said Winnipeg Police Staff Sergeant Rob Riffel. “The New Year’s Eve Free Ride program is a great alternative to ensure your night ends on a happy note.”

Last year, more than 15,000 revelers made Winnipeg Transit part of their plan to get home safely on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday season operating hours for City of Winnipeg facilities and services

Released: 13:40 p.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 Friday, December 23, and closed all day on Monday, December 26, and Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

Civic offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017.

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

Recycling/Garbage Collection

There are no changes to recycling and garbage collection during the holiday season as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on a Sunday.

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

Sunday, December 25 closed
Sunday, January 1 closed

Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot hours of operation (residential customers only):
Changes to the regular hours of operation during the holidays include:

Sunday, December 25 closed
Sunday, January 1 closed

Let’s Chip In Christmas Tree Recycling Depots

Residents can recycle their real Christmas trees by dropping them off at any of the Let’s Chip In depots, open from December 27, 2016, to January 20, 2017. Please remove all plastic tree bags, tinsel, decorations, and tree stands. Free wood chips will be available at all depots in early January (while quantities last). Please bring your own container.

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

For more information and depot locations:

Winnipeg Transit

Winnipeg Transit will be operating on a Sunday schedule on:

  • Sunday, December 25
  • Monday, December 26
  • Sunday, January 1

For route and schedule information, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.

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 applies to all Regular and Handi-Transit and is sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance. For route and schedule information, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.

Leisure Centres

Friday, December 23 All Leisure Centres are open regular operating hours.
Saturday, December 24 All Leisure Centres that are regularly scheduled to be open will close at 12 noon; except Freight House, which closes at 12:30 p.m., and the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, which closes at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 All Leisure Centres closed
Monday, December 26 All Leisure Centres closed
Tuesday, December 27 All Leisure Centres return to regular operating hours.
Saturday, December 31 All Leisure Centres are closed except:
Fort Rouge Leisure Centre is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.;
St. James Civic Centre is open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Freight House is open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and
Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre is open from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 1 All Leisure Centres closed
Monday, January 2 All Leisure Centres are open regular operating hours.

For specific Leisure Centre hours, visit The City of Winnipeg’s Leisure Centres site, or contact 311

Swimming Pools

Friday, December 23 Regular hours. Please visit The City of Winnipeg’s Indoor Pools site or contact 311for locations and swimming times for that day.
Saturday, December 24 All pools scheduled to be open will close at 12 noon. Please visit The City of Winnipeg’s Indoor Pools site or contact 311for locations and swimming times for that day.
Sunday, December 25 All pools will be closed
Monday, December 26 All pools will be closed
Tuesday, December 27 Pan Am Pool open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre open 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All other pools will be closed.
Wednesday, December 28 to Friday, December 30 Regular hours. Please visit The City of Winnipeg’s Indoor Pools site or contact 311for locations and swimming times for that day.
Saturday, December 31 All pools and scheduled to be open will close at 4:00 p.m. Please visit The City of Winnipeg’s Indoor Pools site or contact 311for locations and swimming times for that day.
Sunday, January 1, 2017 All pools will be closed.
Monday, January 2, 2017 Pan Am Pool open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre open 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
All other pools will be closed.

For City of Winnipeg swimming pools hours of operation, please visit The City of Winnipeg’s Indoor Pools site or contact 311.

Winnipeg Public Library

Friday, December 23 All libraries Regular hours
Saturday, December 24 All libraries Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 All libraries Closed
Monday, December 26 All libraries Closed
Tuesday, December 27 All libraries Closed
Wednesday, December 28 All libraries Regular hours
Thursday, December 29 All libraries Regular hours
Friday, December 30 All libraries Regular hours
Saturday, December 31 All libraries Regular hours; Millennium Library closes at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 1 All libraries Closed
Monday, January 2 All libraries Closed

Regular hours resume Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Online services, including downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, streaming movies, 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

Cross Country Ski Trails

Harbourview Complex

Saturday, December 24 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 Closed
Monday, December 26 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 29 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 30 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 31 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 1 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, January 2 Regular hours - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Windsor Park Nordic Centre

Saturday, December 24 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 Closed
Monday, December 26 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 29 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 30 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 31 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 1 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Monday, January 2 Regular hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Animal Services Agency

Friday , December 23 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 Closed*
Sunday, December 25 Closed
Monday, December 26 Closed
Tuesday, December 27 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 29 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 30 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 31 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 1 Closed
Monday, January 2 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*The Agency will be open December 24, 2016 from noon until 2:30 for pick-up of impounded dogs or drop off of stray dogs only.
For more information on the Animal Services Agency, including how to purchase or renew your pet license online and to view dogs available for adoption, visit City of Winnipeg - Animal Services.

Cemeteries

Cemetery grounds at Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona Cemeteries will be open for visitation from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day throughout the holiday season, weather permitting.

Cemetery offices will be open until 12:00 p.m. on December 23 and closed on December 24, December 25, December 26, December 27, 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 311@winnipeg.ca.

Winnipeg Parking Authority

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

Thursday, December 22 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 23 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Closed Half-day
Saturday, December 24 Closed (as per regular operating hours)
Sunday, December 25 Closed (as per regular operating hours)
Monday, December 26 Closed - Boxing Day
Tuesday, December 27 Closed - in lieu of Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 28 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 29 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 30 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 31 Closed (as per regular operating hours)
Sunday, January 1 Closed (as per regular operating hours)
Monday, January 2 Closed - in lieu of New Year’s Day
Tuesday, January 3 Regular hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 311@winnipeg.ca.

December 21, 2016