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August 11, 2017

Arlington Bridge to be temporarily closed

August 12 to 18

Released: 9:39 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Arlington Bridge will be temporarily closed from Logan Avenue to Dufferin Avenue, starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, August 12 until Friday, August 18 at 6 p.m. to facilitate structural steel and sidewalk repairs.

Pedestrian access will be permitted on the west sidewalk while this work is underway.

Motorists should use alternate routes such as the McPhillips Street Underpass or Slaw Rebchuck Bridge.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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Hassle-free parking, without the fee

Drivers can enjoy the PayByPhone app’s convenience for free as the City of Winnipeg has absorbed the service charge at on-street locations and surface parking lots

Released: 10:40 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Parking Authority (WPA) has removed the service charge to use PayByPhone at the City of Winnipeg’s on-street locations and surface parking lots. This exciting initiative gives motorists free access to use the world’s leading parking app. The strategic move by the WPA will reduce the City’s reliance on costly parking infrastructure, such as meters, while encouraging service adoption - a model that has seen success across other major metropolitan hubs like Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco.

With citywide coverage, the PayByPhone app already processes over 40,000 parking transactions per month in Winnipeg. Motorists can also enjoy added benefits when parking with the app, including parking reminders and the opportunity to extend from any location, reducing the risk of receiving a parking ticket.

“PayByPhone is the most convenient way to pay for parking,” said Donna Olson, WPA Manager of Operations. “We are excited to waive the transaction fee for drivers so that now you’re just paying for parking.”

To celebrate the fees’ removal, PayByPhone is giving drivers the chance to win an Apple Watch, along with other great prizes including tickets to a hockey game throughout the campaign period. Full sweepstakes details can be found at The app can be downloaded for free on the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

PayByPhone. The best way to pay for parking anywhere, anytime and any occasion.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services hosts Equity and Diversity Camp to encourage newcomer youth to consider a career in firefighting, paramedicine and emergency telecommunications

Released: 1:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) training academy welcomed ten newcomer youth this week as part of their Equity and Diversity Camp. The week-long camp is designed to provide newcomer youth with exposure to a variety of scenarios that firefighters, paramedics, and WFPS 911 communication operators encounter on a daily basis. Youth also participate in career training workshops such as interview preparation.

“Increasing diversity within the WFPS is an important goal for us and the annual Equity and Diversity Camp is a wonderful way for us to engage with newcomer youth about the benefits of a career in firefighting, paramedicine or emergency telecommunications,” said Assistant Chief Mark Reshaur, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Fire and Injury Prevention “The Camp also provides us with an opportunity to educate newcomer youth on fire and injury prevention which empowers them to bring that knowledge back to their families and friends.”

The Camp has been running for seven years and starting in 2014, has been organized in partnership with Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) Inc. Since 2014, 40 newcomer youth have participated in the Camp.

The WFPS currently employs 490 firefighters, 393 firefighter-paramedics, 322 paramedics, and 68 911 communication operators who provide citizens with emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information on the WFPS, visit City of Winnipeg – Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

For more information on the City’s commitment to equity and diversity, please visit City of Winnipeg – Equity and Diversity.

August 11, 2017