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May 28, 2019

Mayor Bowman to Represent Winnipeg on National and International Stages

Released: 9:25 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Mayor Brian Bowman will be traveling to Quebec City later today to participate in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference and Big City Mayors’ Caucus Meetings (BCMC), and to Normandy, France in June to represent Winnipeg at events marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Normandy.

“The BCMC and FCM meetings provide an excellent opportunity for Mayors and other civic colleagues from across Canada to discuss the many different issues they’re facing locally, and to share and learn from each other,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

The BCMC comprises a regionally representative group of FCM member cities. It meets two to three times a year to discuss shared issues and to reinforce FCM policy and advocacy agenda set by the National Board of Directors.

Big city mayors attending the meeting this week will discuss and receive updates on a number of items including efforts to modernize the federal-municipal relationship. Specifically, that means working together more directly and efficiently, with modernized tools such as more robust, direct federal transfers for infrastructure and permanent, direct federal investment in public transit.

Mayor Bowman said he looks forward to speaking with Ontario municipal leaders to learn about how they’ve managed unilateral funding reductions to municipalities proposed by the Ontario provincial government.

“It will be good to compare notes with municipal colleagues in Ontario who have had to find ways to manage unilateral funding reductions from their provincial government,” said Mayor Bowman citing the Manitoba provincial government’s unilateral decision to reduce provincial funding support for Winnipeg transit in 2017 and the retroactive funding reduction for road renewal last year.

At the invitation of Joël Bruneau, Mayor of Caen in Normandy, France, Mayor Bowman will also be representing Winnipeg at events planned to mark the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Normandy, June 3-7.

“I am honoured to have received this invitation and for the opportunity to represent Winnipeg at this significant international event,” said Mayor Bowman.

Mayor Bowman noted there are extensive connections between Winnipeg and Normandy. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the mass immigration to Winnipeg during and following World War II, Winnipeg’s large francophone community of Saint Boniface, and the shared ideals of increased diversity.

This year, June 6th, marks 75 years since D-Day and the battle of Normandy. Canada was a full partner in the success of the Allied landings in Normandy. Of the nearly 150,000 Allied troops, 14,000 were Canadians. At least 500 Manitobans, many from Winnipeg, were killed during the Battle of Normandy.

“Seventy-five years ago this June, soldiers from all over the world came together to fight to defeat Nazism, and to re-establish freedom,” said Mayor Bowman. “Victory came at an incredible human cost, but that victory, as well as its human cost, binds us as Canadians, as Winnipeggers, as Manitobans. And as Canadians, we should never forget that.”

In between representing Winnipeg in Quebec City and Normandy, Mayor Bowman will participate in Pride Winnipeg’s rally and parade scheduled for Sunday June 2, 2019.

Emergency Paramedics in the Community (EPIC) program to expand

Second unit to launch in June

Released: 1:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB Access to primary health care services for some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable and chronically ill residents will soon increase as a second Emergency Paramedics in the Community (EPIC) unit is added, announced the City of Winnipeg and Shared Health earlier today.

The EPIC program, operated by Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) and staffed by paramedics, provides early health assessments and intervention planning to Winnipeg patients who are identified as top users of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Department services and who are referred to the program. The program currently operates a single vehicle 12 hours per day, but will expand its services in June when a second unit is added.

“Our patients are often experiencing mental health, addictions, or chronic health issues,” said Dr. Rob Grierson, Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Response Services, Shared Health and Medical Director, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services. “By expanding the EPIC program, we can enhance our ability to provide valuable treatment to these patients in the community which results in reduced call volumes to EMS and less visits to an Emergency Department.”

EPIC Paramedics proactively visit patients as well as respond to a patient’s location when they call 911 for assistance. If the patient’s medical needs do not require transport to an Emergency Department, they receive a complete medical assessment by the EPIC unit. Once the assessment is complete, arrangements are made to connect the patient with an appropriate community health resource such as home care, an Urgent Care Centre or Community Health Access Centre. This ensures the patient receives the most appropriate and timely care.

Since its launch, EPIC Paramedics have completed over 7,000 assessments and managed over 2,700 at-risk referrals to the program. This has resulted in a 56% reduction in 911 calls by EPIC patients and a 62% reduction in ambulance transports to an Emergency Department.

“Our Paramedics are a valuable part of our community’s primary-health care team and their scope is ever-evolving and expanding,” said Ryan Sneath, Assistant Chief, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “Our Paramedics are not just working on ambulances and fire apparatus; they are also filling important roles where they have the opportunity to build longer-term relationships with individuals in the community, finding relevant and efficient ways to better their life quality.”

The second EPIC unit, which will also offer services 12-hours per day, formally launches on June 6, 2019. 

Spring clean-up complete

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City's spring cleaning of streets, sidewalks, boulevards, and parks is now complete.

The Public Works Department thanks residents for their cooperation while cleaning operations were underway.

311 is taking reports of missed streets and deficiencies until June 30, 2019. If your street has not been swept please contact 311.

For more information, visit: City of Winnipeg – Spring clean up

Statement from Mayor Brian Bowman in Response to Findings Released by the Provincial Government

Released: 4:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB Today, Mayor Brian Bowman released the following statement regarding the findings released by the provincial government:

“Since my election in 2014, I have indicated that many processes at the City were in need of improvement. I have consistently supported process improvements and have been willing to work collaboratively with the province in that regard.

I continue to believe a review like this should be independent, and if the province is serious about assisting in the improvement of city processes, it would call a public inquiry.

Unfortunately, what we have now appears to be a developer complaint box shrouded in anonymity.

I will be reviewing the lengthy PowerPoint released today, will consult with my Council colleagues, and look forward to meeting with the Premier to discuss it.”

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Burrows Avenue Fire

Released: 10:17 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 7:28 p.m. on May 28, 2019, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service crews responded to reports of a fire in a one and half storey, single-family home in the 700 block of Burrows Avenue. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the windows of the home and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared extinguished at 7:50 p.m.

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

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

May 29, 2019