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April 4, 2017

Winnipeg Parking Authority campaign encourages drivers to "Be Aware. Park with Care" around schools, fire lanes and designated spaces

Campaign aims to educate drivers prior to WPA mailing out tickets for parking violations

Released: 11:07 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, the Winnipeg Parking Authority (WPA) launched its "Be Aware. Park with Care" campaign which encourages drivers to follow parking laws when stopping or parking around schools, fire lanes and designated parking spaces. The campaign aims to educate drivers about the parking rules in these high-offense areas prior to the WPA beginning to mail out parking tickets on May 1, 2017.

“Parking illegally around schools, in fire lanes and in designated parking spaces can cause serious safety concerns, traffic delays and inconvenience,” said Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation. “I’m pleased to see the Winnipeg Parking Authority take the initiative to educate the public and emphasize that these spaces are saved for something more important than your convenience.”

The campaign features several videos that will be used to supplement a social media campaign, radio spots, newspaper advertising as well as targeted communication with schools and parents.

“Illegally parked vehicles during school pick up and drop offs create serious safety hazards for children and cause traffic delays,” said Councillor Brian Mayes, the City’s Liaison for School Boards & Youth Opportunity. “I am thrilled the Winnipeg Parking Authority is launching this campaign and working with schools to address these concerns.”

Similarly, the campaign notes that illegally parked cars in fire lanes, whether at a shopping mall, grocery store, community centre or other public venue, can also cause safety issues.

“It’s vital that fire lanes remain free and clear of any parked cars so that we can respond quickly to emergency situations,” said Assistant Chief Mark Reshaur, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “Whether it’s a fire or a medical emergency, seconds count so please pay attention to signage and do not park in fire lanes.”

Also highlighted in the campaign are designated parking spaces which are reserved for persons with a physical disability and a properly displayed current permit.

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City of Winnipeg starts development of a Biosolids Land Application Program

Released: 1:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg is developing a Biosolids Land Application program and is ready to engage with regional, municipal and local stakeholders. The Biosolids Land Application program is being developed in response to changes in provincial legislation that now requires wastewater biosolids to be beneficially reused.

Biosolids are a nutrient-rich, solid by-product of wastewater treatment. Applying biosolids to farmland brings much needed nutrients to the soil and provides an opportunity to reuse biosolids instead of disposing them in the landfill. Biosolids land application is a safe, sustainable, provincially regulated strategy for biosolids management widely used in Canada and all over the world.

The public engagement for this program seeks involvement from regional, municipal and rural stakeholders and community members. Public engagement will help the City gather information on preferred application locations in rural Manitoba and program options such as timing of application and biosolids storage. Public open houses are being planned for summer 2017.

For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg - Biosolids Land Application.

Project background

The Manitoba Government regulates how the City of Winnipeg handles wastewater biosolids through the Water Protection Act. The legislation states that the biosolids must be beneficially reused and nutrients must be recovered and recycled to the maximum extent possible.

In 2014, the City completed a public engagement program on biosolids management and developed a 30-year Biosolids Master Plan. The Master Plan recommends that the City develop multiple beneficial reuse strategies for a flexible and adaptable biosolids program. One of the key reuse strategies is application of biosolids to farmland.

The first phase of the land application program started in January 2017. Phase one includes engaging the public and rural stakeholders in the program development and applying for an Environment Act Licence from the Province. Phase two is scheduled to begin in fall 2017 and includes a pilot project, which will have 5,000 wet tonnes (WT) of biosolids applied to farmland. Phase three includes a plan for a 20,000 WT per year, three-year biosolids land application program starting in 2018.

April 4, 2017