April 13, 2017
Public invited to provide input on green space improvements at McKittrick Park and the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre
Released: 12:30 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg asking residents who live and play in the Fort Rouge area for feedback on concept plans for McKittrick Park and the green space located at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre site's northeast corner. These concept plans feature a number of improvements to the swing sets, pathways, and park benches. The City is asking the community to share their vision for the sites to ensure that the proposed concept plans meet residents’ visions and needs for the area.
Work proposed for McKittrick Park includes new swing sets along with an accessible swing seat, a new asphalt path and bike loop with some small amenities, removal of old climbers, and the addition of benches and a barbeque pit.
At the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, proposed concepts for the green space located at the northeast corner of the site include the removal of the lawn bowling green and fencing area with regular park turf, creating an opportunity to have a pleasure rink in the winter and summer turf games, and the development of a reading garden with new benches and trees.
Approximately $200,000 is available through the City’s Parks and Recreation Enhancement Fund. Construction is expected to begin in late summer / fall 2017 and will take approximately one month to complete.
Winnipeggers can share their vision for these locations at an upcoming open house.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Fort Rouge Leisure Centre (main floor, multipurpose room), 625 Osborne Street
For more information, to view the open house presentation boards, or to provide your input through an online survey, please visit winnipeg.ca/mckittrickfortrouge.
Released: 2:41 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB - An administrative report recommending the establishment of Winnipeg's first lobbyist registry will be considered by Executive Policy Committee next week, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.
“Lobbyist registries are an accountability tool used across Canada at federal, provincial, and municipal levels to encourage openness and transparency,” said Mayor Bowman. “It is important members of the public are able to see who is attempting to influence government decision makers and the reasons behind their efforts, and a tool like a lobbyist registry has been missing from Winnipeg’s City Hall for too long.”
The administrative report recommends a simplified and streamlined lobbyist registry that falls within the City of Winnipeg’s existing legislative authority. It is also recommending the newly appointed Integrity Commissioner be designated the registrar for the new registry, and that she be responsible for reviewing future changes to the registry process including any consequential changes to The City of Winnipeg Charter.
The report recommends the lobbyist registry be voluntary, that there be no cost to register as a lobbyist, and that the City Clerk’s department administer the registry within existing resources.
The report recommends a simplified definition of lobbyist. It recommends that any individual representing a financial or business interest, or the financial interest of a not-for-profit with paid staff, who communicates outside of standard city process with a councillor or city staff to try and influence a decision on governmental matters be considered a lobbyist, and that they be required to register their lobbying activity within ten days of the interaction.
Individual citizens who engage with councillors or communicate with City of Winnipeg officials through an established process or an open civic forum are not considered lobbyists, and individuals acting in their official capacity as a government or public sector official are also not considered lobbyists.
“These types of registries can help build a more open, transparent, and accountable government,” said Mayor Bowman. “But at the same time, we want to ensure it does not restrict individual residents from engaging with councillors and city staff on any service issues they may encounter.”
Currently, The City of Winnipeg Charter does not provide for powers to investigate or the ability to levy and enforce fines or other penalties should a lobbyist not register their activity.
The administrative report recommends that the Integrity Commissioner, within its future mandate, further investigate and determine what consequential amendments to The City of Winnipeg Charter might be required in order to provide enforcement measures, investigation powers, and sanctions or penalties for non-compliance.
In December 2016, in response to a motion from Mayor Bowman, Executive Policy Committee directed the City Clerk’s Department to prepare a report for the consideration of Council detailing an immediate implementation plan for a lobbyist registry. It also recommended that consideration be given to recommendations previously made by the city auditor.
The city auditor’s May 2015 “Report on the Creation of a Lobbyist Registry” provided a number of recommendations with respect to establishing a lobbyist registry, many of which form the basis for the initial implementation of a lobbyist registry.
“Just as we did with the Integrity Commissioner, we are moving forward and establishing a lobbyist registry within the city’s existing legislative authority and by doing so we are changing City Hall for the better,” said Mayor Bowman. “We cannot afford to move backward, allowing old-school politics back into City Hall. A lobbyist registry will help move us forward by ensuring the public gets to see who is trying to influence government decision making and why.”
The administrative report is publicly available on the City’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS).