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September 5, 2018


Mayor Bowman to Recommend City of Winnipeg Employees be Included in Provincial Whistleblower Framework

Released: 9:10 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – A motion recommending that City of Winnipeg employees be included within the provincial whistleblower protection framework will be tabled for consideration at next week's Executive Policy Committee meeting, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“City employees work incredibly hard to provide high quality services to residents across our city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “An open and transparent City Hall needs to ensure employees feel safe and protected if they feel the need to report incidents of wrongdoing in the workplace, and if included within the provincial whistleblower framework they would have those protections.”

In February 2015, Council requested the Province of Manitoba either amend The City of Winnipeg Charter or The Public Interest Disclosure Act to include statutory whistleblower protection for City of Winnipeg employees and members of the public appointed to City of Winnipeg boards and commissions.

In response, the provincial government recently passed The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act which is scheduled to come into force on December 4, 2018. This act enables the provincial government, by regulation, to extend whistleblower protections under the act to include employees of municipalities.

The Minister of Municipal Relations recently asked the City of Winnipeg to advise via Council resolution if the City of Winnipeg wishes to be included in the provincial whistleblower protection framework concurrent with the act coming into force on December 4, 2018, and that they do so no later than October 15, 2018.

The motion to be introduced by Mayor Bowman will recommend that Council formally request to be included in provincial statutory whistleblower protection under The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act. The motion will recommend that these statutory protections be extended to all civic employees, including members of the public appointed to City of Winnipeg boards and commissions, Executive Assistants to Councillors, and employees of the Mayor’s Office.

“Providing whistleblower protection to City of Winnipeg employees complements many other measures implemented over the last four years to increase the level of openness and transparency at City Hall,” said Mayor Bowman. “I want to thank the provincial government for the changes introduced allowing for these protections to be extended to City of Winnipeg employees, and for the opportunity to have those protections in place as soon as the new legislation comes into force later this year.”

The motion will be considered at next week’s Executive Policy Committee meeting on September 12. If adopted, it will then proceed to Council for consideration on September 20 which, if adopted, will meet the October 15 provincial submission deadline.

Living Prairie Museum seeking volunteers to help collect native prairie seeds

Released: 2:36 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Living Prairie Museum is seeking volunteers to help collect native seeds in some of Winnipeg's prairie habitats. Volunteers will learn about the museum's efforts to conserve the genetic diversity of prairie landscapes, as well as sustainable harvesting practices. Volunteers will also be able to keep some of the seeds they collect.

Volunteers can register to harvest native seeds throughout the city on the following days:

  • September 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Living Prairie Museum’s seed plots in St. Norbert
  • September 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Ave.
  • September 19 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Living Prairie Museum’s seed plots in St. Norbert
  • September 27 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Little Mountain Park

Those interested in volunteering must register by contacting the Living Prairie Museum at 204-832-0167. The location of the seed plots will be provided upon registration.

Follow the museum on Twitter @livingprairie or find it on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

For more information about the Living Prairie Museum, visit City of Winnipeg – Living Prairie Museum.

September 5, 2018