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April 25, 2018

New Osborne Village Safety Program Receives Funding Support

Released: 1:09 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – A new foot patrol ambassador program being established by the Osborne Village Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) will benefit from $30,000 in civic support during its initial year of operations Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“Safety ambassador and foot patrol programs operated by business improvement zones are a highly visible, well understood, and effective safety resource,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I am pleased to assist the Osborne Village BIZ with establishing their first foot patrol program which has been identified as a high priority for their members as well as residents living in the area.”

The City of Winnipeg has sixteen different business improvement zones. Each is responsible for beautifying, improving, and promoting economic development within their zones, and is funded through the collection of business improvement levies. In addition to the $30,000 in support announced today, the Osborne Village BIZ has allocated $27,000 toward the cost of establishing the new foot patrol ambassador program.

“We have worked very hard the past two years to crunch an already small budget in order to save the funds to establish the foot patrol,” said Stephanie Meilleur, Executive Director, Osborne Village BIZ. “Now having the additional support from the City, we are able to launch the patrol program earlier than planned and extend the operational hours. Our ambassadors will be a changing force for the Osborne Village, and will have the ability to work closely with the Winnipeg Police Service and intervention organizations to help deal with real issues.”

The Osborne Village BIZ foot patrol ambassador program will become the fourth program of its kind operated by Winnipeg BIZs.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bowman announced $30,000 in additional funding to enhance existing safe walk and foot patrol programs operated by each of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the West End BIZ, and the Exchange District BIZ representing a total investment of $90,000. These programs, each uniquely structured according to the needs of the neighbourhood being served, will use this funding to enhance services this year through a combination of expanded operational hours, additional staff, and upgraded equipment and training.

“Safety patrols, like the one being developed by the Osborne Village BIZ, can provide a critical link between residents and the police, and can be a reassuring presence for many residents,” said Mayor Bowman. “I am pleased we were able to support the work of existing foot patrol and ambassador programs by bolstering their programming this year, and also help introduce a new program in Osborne Village.”

Mayor Bowman emphasized that as Winnipeg’s population continues to grow, the safety of Winnipeg’s residents remains paramount.

“Everyone deserves a chance to thrive and grow, and they need a community that celebrates all those who choose Winnipeg as their home,” said Mayor Bowman. “Most importantly, all Winnipeggers need to feel accepted and safe.”

In his State of the City Address earlier this spring, Mayor Bowman announced several safety initiatives including the establishment this year by the Winnipeg Police Service of a formal Illicit Drug Strategy. Mayor Bowman also committed to leading discussions later this year with frontline agencies including police, city planners, social and health professionals to find ways to reduce aggressive panhandling in the city, and to working with the Police Board, police department, privacy professionals, and the Ombudsman’s office to explore how the Transportation Management Centre’s traffic cameras can be leveraged to strengthen public safety.

Mayor Bowman also noted the 2018 City of Winnipeg budget, adopted by Council in December, recommended the development of a multi-year downtown public safety strategy using funds available in the Destination Marketing Reserve.

The funding announced today in support for the Osborne Village BIZ foot patrol ambassador program is being provided through the City of Winnipeg’s Civic Initiatives Fund. The new foot patrol ambassador program is scheduled to begin operations at the beginning of May.

Sign up for summer fun! There's still time to register for City of Winnipeg summer camps

Released: 2:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Summer is right around the corner and there's still time to register for your Leisure Guide activities and camps.

The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide features a number of exciting summer camp options to keep your children busy, active and having fun. Camps operate during July and August and are conveniently offered at a variety of locations throughout the city.

Full-day and half-day L’il Critters Camps, for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years, are offered and feature a new theme each week filled with crafts, games, story time, music, and indoor and outdoor play. Children ages 6 to 12 years can experience an action-packed week of activities and games by signing up for the What’s Up! Camps. Our Fish ‘n’ Fun Camps teach children many life-long skills, all while enjoying and learning about nature. We also offer a variety of sports camps, including golf, tennis, dance, baseball, fencing, water sports, racquet sports, and flag football. Spaces are limited, so register today!

Register early for your chance to win - all City of Winnipeg 2018 summer camp registrants who register by May 4, 2018 are entered into a draw to win their camp for free!

The Spring/Summer Leisure Guide is available at all City indoor pools, libraries, and leisure centres and at over 220 retail locations. You can also check out the Leisure Guide online at City of Winnipeg – Leisure Guide.

For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

Pembina Trail Library temporarily closed for renovations

Released: 2:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Pembina Trail Library, located at 2724 Pembina Hwy, will be closed as of Saturday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. for renovations. The library is expected to reopen in fall 2018.

The renovations will include an upgraded entrance, universally accessible washrooms, improved shelving and collections layout, and a new location for the book return. There will be new furniture, paint, flooring and a single service desk. The City’s budget for this project is approximately $294,000.

Holds will be sent to the Fort Garry Library, 1360 Pembina Hwy, during the closure, unless customers have directed their holds to be sent to a different branch.

The Pembina Trail book return will be closed. Items can be returned to any other branch of the Winnipeg Public Library.

Winnipeg Public Library’s online services of My Account, downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, and streaming movies and music are available 24/7 at

April 25, 2018