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May 16, 2019

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Arlington Street Fire

Released: 8:02 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 5:32 a.m. on May 16, 2019, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a fire in a vacant bungalow in the 1600 block of Arlington Street. Once on scene, WFPS crews launched an offensive attack and declared the fire under control at 6:08 a.m. The house suffered significant smoke, fire and water damage.

Crews conducted a search of the structure and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Selkirk Avenue Fire

At 7:03 a.m. on May 16, 2019, WFPS crews responded to reports of a debris fire in a vacant lot in the 700 block of Selkirk Avenue. Once on scene, WFPS crews determined the fire was threatening a nearby home but confirmed it had not extended. Efforts were put in place to protect the home as crews worked to extinguish the fire. It was declared under control at 7:22 a.m.

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

Traffic along Selkirk Avenue will be impacted until crews complete their work on scene.

Recruitment of City's Next Chief Administrative Officer Moving Forward

Released: 8:55 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Recruitment of the City of Winnipeg's next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) took another step forward today with the selection of an external consultant to assist the recruitment committee, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“This is an important step in the process of recruiting the city’s next chief administrative officer,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I am pleased to have this consultant in place and that we continue to move closer to finding and recommending for Council’s consideration the next senior leader of our public service.”

Harris Leadership Strategies has been selected to assist with the recruitment effort.

They were one of ten applicants to reply to the request for proposals which closed April 11, 2019. Submissions in response to the request for proposals were reviewed and evaluated according to the City of Winnipeg’s standard procurement policies and procedures.

The consultant met with the recruitment committee for the first time earlier this week. The consultant is responsible for providing support and assistance to the recruitment committee who is also conducting its work under the guidance of the City of Winnipeg’s Human Resources department.

The consultant’s key responsibility is to conduct a national search as part of sourcing candidates for the position of CAO. As part of sourcing candidates, the consultant is responsible for a host of services including:

  • Supporting consultations with individual Councillors on what they feel are important leadership qualities for the next CAO;
  • Updating the CAO job description based on feedback received;
  • Establishing screening and interview selection criteria;
  • Preparing advertisements;
  • Receiving and screening applications;
  • Creating interview material;
  • Identifying a minimum of five qualified, screened candidates; and
  • Conducting additional background checks and final reference checks on a preferred candidate.

The recruitment committee will be responsible for conducting candidate interviews together with the assistance of the City of Winnipeg’s Human Resource department.

The recruitment committee is inclusive of both Executive Policy Committee (EPC) members as well as non-EPC members and includes Mayor Brian Bowman, Councillor Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan), Councillor Ross Eadie (Mynarski), Councillor Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), and Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface).

The recruitment committee is tasked with recommending to EPC the City of Winnipeg’s next CAO. Executive Policy Committee is then mandated by provincial legislation through The City of Winnipeg Charter to recommend appointments of statutory officers, including the CAO, to Council for their consideration.

The City of Winnipeg’s current CAO is scheduled to retire May 24. Executive Policy Committee unanimously recommended on May 7 that Council consider appointing Michael Ruta as interim CAO and Paul Olafson as interim Chief Financial Officer. These recommendations require Council approval and are on the agenda for today’s Council meeting.

Public invited to participate in Building Engagement

Released: 2:58 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Building public engagement is part of building a stronger democracy, stronger communities, and a stronger Winnipeg.

The draft Engage Winnipeg Policy is one of the outcomes of the candid feedback received by the Office of Public Engagement over the past several years on how the City can improve engagement. The City is requesting the public’s input to continue to build a strong foundation for engagement and build engagement for all Winnipeggers.

The public is invited to attend a workshop and participate online to provide feedback that will be used to refine the draft public engagement policy before submission for Council review and the engagement framework that will follow policy approval.

Participate in-person
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Susan A. Thompson Building, former Grace Café, main floor, 510 Main St.
Format: Brief presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by group activities
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Participate online
Residents can tell us about their experiences and the engagement challenges they have noticed through an online survey, available until June 9, 2019. Show support for other ideas and participate in the online discussion to propose solutions.

Visit for more information.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Redwood Avenue Fire

Released: 4:45 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 1:51 p.m., Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to reports of a fire in a vacant two-storey home in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue.

Upon arrival on scene, crews found a well involved fire with heavy smoke conditions on the second floor. Initially an offensive attack was launched however due to deteriorating conditions they transitioned to a defensive fire attack.

While working to extinguish the fire, crews also worked to protect neighbouring homes from fire extension. Once conditions improved, they were able to transition back to an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 3:04 p.m.

Crews completed a search of the house and found no occupants. Two occupants from the neighbouring home to the west were evacuated. They were assessed by paramedics on scene but did not require transport to hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

May 17, 2019