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September 7, 2018


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Provencher Blvd. Fire

Released: 9:18 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a report of a fire at a two-storey wood frame commercial building in the 100 block of Provencher Blvd. Upon arrival, crews were met with heavy smoke, flames and high heat.

An offensive strategy was mounted and the fire was declared under control at 11 p.m. After overhauling the scene WFPS crews returned to their stations but checked in on the scene periodically throughout the night to ensure the fire had not reignited due to any smoldering material.

No occupants were on site at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

Elm Bark Beetle Control Program begins September 10

Released: 10:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Monday, September 10, 2018, the City of Winnipeg is commencing the Elm Bark Beetle Control Program - weather permitting. The program is intended to control elm bark beetles, the carriers of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

The Elm Bark Beetle Control Program will begin in Insect Management Area 20 (La Barriere, Parc La Salle, Perrault, Richmond Lakes, St. Norbert, Trappistes, Turnbull Drive) and Insect Management Area 21 (Agassiz, Cloutier Drive, Fort Richmond, Montcalm, University), weather permitting.

Weekly public service announcements will be issued on Fridays throughout the program indicating which Insect Management Areas will be treated the following week.

Treatment will occur between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, weather permitting.

Treatment will be conducted using Pyrate 480 EC® (Chlorpyrifos), a chemical product, which is sprayed from portable sprayers directly onto the lower 50 centimetres of the tree trunk. This product has been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, and will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators.

Register for notification
Residents can register for email notification regarding the elm bark beetle control program by visiting City of Winnipeg – Insect Control Register for Notification. They can also register for telephone notification by contacting 311 and providing their name, address, and phone number. Once registered, residents will receive automated phone or email notification identifying the area(s) of the city in which the Insect Control crews are intending to work, weather permitting.

More information
For more information please contact 311, or visit: City of Winnipeg - Insect Control.

Accelerated Regional Road Renewal Program Recommended for Approval

Released: 11:23 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – An administrative report published today for Executive Policy Committee’s (EPC) consideration next week is recommending approval in principle of an accelerated regional road improvement program that if approved by Council, and other levels of government, would result in over $300 million incremental investment into regional road repairs over the next five years.

“Fixing our roads is a key priority for Winnipeggers, and I continue to share that priority,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Over the last four years, we have made road renewal a priority and have made record annual investments in local and regional roads across Winnipeg. The recommendations being made for consideration by EPC and Council would continue that momentum over the next six years.”

The enhanced program would significantly enhance the City of Winnipeg’s ability to fix Winnipeg’s regional road network by accessing $100 million through the federal government’s New Building Canada Fund (NBCF). It requires no additional funding from the city or provincial governments beyond existing forecasted levels. If adopted, combined funding from all three levels of government for Winnipeg’s overall regional and local street renewal program would exceed $976 million over the six year period between 2019-2024.

In 2014, the NBCF was created to encourage investments in infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth, job creation, and productivity. Regional street renewals with traffic volumes in excess of 1,000 vehicles per day are an eligible project category under the NBCF.  In April 2017, it was identified that $527.5 million allocated for Manitoba under the NBCF of a total $667.9 million remained unallocated.

“This funding was sitting idle and was well on its way to lapsing in a federal bank account,” said Mayor Bowman. “Now, instead of it lapsing, it could be invested into pavement across Winnipeg.”

Mayor Bowman said investment in Winnipeg’s infrastructure, particularly roads, generates a significant positive rate of return, is money well invested, and provides a significant economic benefit.

“Investing in upgrading our regional and local road helps keep our city and province moving efficiently, and this is good for our overall economy and productivity, benefits of which are shared by businesses of all shapes and sizes both inside and outside of Winnipeg,” said Mayor Bowman. “And as Winnipeg’s population grows to one million people, investments like these, today, will help support a growing city into the future.”

Since 2013, quarterly polling has consistently shown the number one issue or concern of Winnipeggers is the poor condition of city streets. Within the City of Winnipeg there are over 10 million daily vehicle-kilometres driven by commuters and approximately 80% of the traffic volume is on regional streets. They City of Winnipeg’s Asset Management Plan identifies more than 7,300 lane kilometers within the city’s road network. It represents the city’s largest asset class, comprising almost half (42%) of the city’s total asset replacement value.

Currently, the City of Winnipeg has accessed only $45.875 million of NBCF funding for the Waverley Street Grade Separation Project, which results in approximately 7% of the province’s allocated NBCF funding.  The addition of the NBCF funding for the Accelerated Regional Street Renewals program, along with the Waverley Project, would result in $145.875 million, or approximately 22% of Manitoba’s total NBCF funding.

The Public Service applied established asset management processes to identify regional streets renewal projects. The administrative report outlines the following projects and many more that would be made possible through the enhanced regional renewal program:

  • Portage Avenue (Woodlawn to Garden)
  • Pembina Hwy (Ducharme to Des Trappistes)
  • Main Street (McAdam to Kildonan Park)
  • Roblin Blvd. (Shaftesbury to Assiniboine Park Dr)
  • Selkirk Avenue (Arlington to McPhillips)
  • Salter Street (Dufferin to Mountain)
  • Broadway (Osborne to Main)
  • Keewatin Street (Inkster to Adsum)
  • Maryland Street (Fawcett to Maryland Bridge)

Council approval in principle is required by the Federal Government to proceed with accessing the federal funding and to enter into an agreement with the Federal and Provincial governments. The recommendations are scheduled to be considered at the Executive Policy Committee on September 12. If adopted at that meeting, they will proceed for Council’s consideration on September 20.

The complete administrative report is available on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Public Open House for Waverley West ‘B’ Secondary Planning Process

Released: 1:45 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to a public open house on Wednesday, September 26 for an overview of the draft Waverley West ‘B’ Secondary Plan, and to learn about the process to date.

Over the last 10 months, landowners and the general public have provided input, through landowner and stakeholder workshops, and at a first public open house, to help inform the draft plan. The project team will provide feedback on how the input was considered and incorporated in the draft plan at the upcoming public open house.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: South Pointe School, 615 Kirkbridge Dr.
Format: Drop-in (come and go)

The Waverley West ‘B’ area is one of seven neighbourhoods in Waverley West, and is the only remaining neighbourhood in the area without a Council-adopted secondary plan by-law to help guide future land use decisions.

Once adopted by Council, all future proposed development applications will be required to conform to the vision, objectives, and policies provided in the secondary plan by-law.

Please visit winnipeg.ca/WaverleyWestB for more information.

Upcoming temporary closure of Sherbrook Street between Wolseley Avenue and Westminster Avenue for Sherbrook Street Festival

Saturday, September 8 at 7 a.m. until Sunday September 9 at 1 a.m.

Released: 1:59 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Sherbrook Street from Wolseley Avenue to Westminster Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic this Saturday, September 8 from 7 a.m. until Sunday, September 9 at 1 a.m. for the Sherbrook Street Festival.

Pedestrian access on Sherbrook Street will be maintained.

Motorists should allow for additional travel time, and use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

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.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

Upcoming temporary closure of King Street between William Avenue and James Avenue

Sunday, September 9 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Released: 2:12 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – King Street from William Avenue to James Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic this Sunday, September 9 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for a water main installation.

Pedestrian access on King Street will be maintained.

Motorists should allow for additional travel time, and use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

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.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

September 7, 2018