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April 17, 2019


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Alexander Avenue Fire

Released: 7:31 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 11:39 p.m. on April 16, 2019, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to reports of a fire in a two storey, single-family home in the 1300 block of Alexander Avenue. Once on scene crews found a small stovetop fire and quickly extinguished it. Damage was contained to area around the stove.

All occupants of the home safely evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. Paramedics assessed and treated two individuals on scene for smoke inhalation. Both were transported to hospital in stable condition.

Preliminary observations suggest the fire cause was accidental due to unattended cooking. Residents are reminded to always stay in the kitchen while cooking. Stove burners should always be turned off when leaving the kitchen, even for a short time. Anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — should always be kept away from the stovetop.

City-wide spring cleanup begins Monday evening

Released: 9:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Monday, April 22, at 10 p.m., crews will begin the annual city-wide spring cleanup. The entire street network, including back lanes, will be swept over the next five to six weeks. Due to warmer temperatures, some preliminary cleanup activities were undertaken in recent days with a focus on the downtown area, major routes, bridges, and overpasses.

During the $6 million operation, sidewalks, active transportation pathways, boulevards, and medians on main routes, bus routes, and collector streets will be swept. Crews will also clean up litter and debris within City parks. Clean up of boulevards in residential areas will be limited to areas where there is excessive accumulation of sand.

“Our crews will be busy cleaning up sand and debris from more than 7,000 kilometres of streets, 1,600 kilometres of walkways, and over 50 bridges and medians,” said Michael Cantor, Manager of Streets Maintenance. “Be on the lookout for no parking signs and street cleaning equipment in your neighbourhood and remember to stay back and stay safe.”

The spring cleanup operation involves over 300 pieces of equipment and approximately 500 staff, including both City and contractor personnel.

More information about spring cleanup is available at winnipeg.ca/springcleanup

Avoid a ticket and tow

To assist in efficient street cleaning operations, temporary “no parking” signs will be placed on some streets to restrict parking during scheduled cleaning times. Please note that not all streets will have spring cleanup signage. The City will only post signs on streets where parked vehicles present a problem to street cleaning. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate parking during the posted cleaning times to avoid being ticketed or towed. The cost of a parking ticket is $150.00, and the cost of a tow is $120.23.

Do your part

Residents are urged not to rake yard waste material or other debris onto streets as this can plug drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding. Debris should be put out for regular garbage collection. Compostable yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves), can be placed out for yard waste collection in any reusable containers without a lid, cardboard boxes, or paper yard waste bags.

This year's curbside yard waste collection program will start the week of April 29 for homes in yard waste collection area "A", and will begin the week of May 6 for homes in yard waste collection area "B.” Residents can also drop off yard waste for free at the Brady, Pacific, or Panet 4R Winnipeg Depots. Yard waste is collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same day as recycling and garbage.

Residents can find out their yard waste collection day by:

More information on the curbside yard waste collection program is available at winnipeg.ca/yardwaste.

Public invited to information session for the Bill and Helen Norrie Library

Public invited to view proposed design and provide feedback

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to attend a public information session regarding the Bill and Helen Norrie Library.

The Bill and Helen Norrie Library, named after former Mayor Bill Norrie and teacher and librarian Helen Norrie, will replace the existing River Heights Library located at 1520 Corydon Ave. The new library, located at the corner of Grant Avenue and Cambridge Street, will be 14,000 sq. ft. and will better meet the needs of the community with a fully accessible public space, more parking, proximity to public transportation, tutorial and programming rooms, improved study and leisure areas, and an outdoor reading and programming area.

The project team will be available on May 1 to gather feedback and provide information on the proposed design for the Bill and Helen Norrie Library.

Information session details:
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Pan Am Pool, lobby area, 25 Poseidon Bay
Format: Drop in, come and go

Residents not able to attend the information session can review the presentation and provide feedback online on the project website, or view displays available at the River Heights Library for two weeks following the event.

The proposed design is based on feedback received as part of the Grant Park Recreation and Campus Plan & Feasibility Study, developed in 2017. The feedback gathered during the planning process was used to develop a proposed design that meets the needs of the community.

For more information or to provide feedback online, visit winnipeg.ca/norrielibrary.

Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party street closures & transit reroutes - Round 1, Game 5

Released: 2:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – To accommodate the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party, along with associated set-up and take-down, the following streets will be closed from 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 until 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19:

  • Southbound Donald Street between Portage Avenue and St. Mary Avenue
  • Graham Avenue between Carlton Street and Garry Street
  • Northbound Smith Street will be closed to through traffic between St. Mary Avenue and Portage Avenue; however, access to the Millennium Parkade entrance from St. Mary Avenue and the Radisson Hotel Parkade from the back lane south of Portage Avenue will be maintained

Motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes such as Main Street and Osborne Street.

Millennium Library & Millennium Library Parkade

The Millennium Library will be closing early on Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m.

As a result of the street closure, the Donald Street entrance to and exit from the Millennium Library Parkade will not be accessible from 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 until 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19. All vehicles will need to enter and exit the parkade through the Smith Street entrance. The stairwell doors at street level to the parkade will be locked at 10:30 a.m. on April 18, and entrance to the parkade will be accessible only through the skywalk during this time.

During the street closures, access to the Millennium Library will only be available through the skywalk or through the parkade.

Winnipeg Transit & Winnipeg Transit Plus

To accommodate the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party, along with associated set-up and take-down, Winnipeg Transit buses will be rerouted off of Graham Avenue from Carlton Street to Garry Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 until 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19.

During these reroutes, bus stops located along Graham Avenue eastbound at Hargrave Street and at Smith Street will be temporarily out of service. Passengers who normally use these stops can catch their buses at either eastbound Graham Avenue at Edmonton Street or northbound Fort Street at Graham Avenue.

Bus stops located along westbound Graham Avenue at Donald Street and Edmonton Street will be temporarily out of service. Passengers who normally use these stops can catch their buses at westbound St. Mary Avenue at Donald Street and northbound Edmonton Street mid-block between St. Mary Avenue and Graham Avenue.

During the reroute, the Winnipeg Transit Plus loading zones on southbound Donald Street at Graham Avenue and at the Millennium Library will be temporarily relocated to eastbound Portage Avenue next to the Radisson Hotel. The City Place Winnipeg Transit Plus loading zone will be relocated to northbound Hargrave Street on the north side of St. Mary Avenue.

For Transit reroute and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets 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 as well as traffic re-route options.

Temporary lane closures and traffic restrictions on Graham Avenue and Vaughan Street

Released: 2:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Starting Thursday, April 18 at 6 a.m. until Tuesday, April 23 at 6 p.m., the following lane closures and traffic restrictions will be in place for Bell MTS manhole repairs:

  • Northbound Vaughan Street will be closed from Graham Avenue to Portage Avenue
  • Westbound Graham Avenue will be closed from Kennedy Street to Vaughan Street (except for buses)

Pedestrian access will be maintained. Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes during this time.

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.

April 17, 2019