June 7, 2019
Pilot will test mandatory minimum pre-payments during certain days and times
Released: 11:45 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to provide input on an upcoming pilot that will require taxi passengers to pay a portion of their fare at the beginning of their trip, during certain days and times.
Passengers and industry stakeholders have identified fare disputes as a source of conflict and a top safety concern. The pilot will help the City determine if mandatory pre-payment could reduce conflicts between drivers and passengers.
Residents can provide input through an online survey until June 26, 2019. Feedback will be used to help determine terms of the pilot, including the minimum mandatory charge and specific days and times to enforce it.
Grazing sheep being tested as 'vegetation managers'
Released: 12:30 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – A flock of hungry sheep will soon call Winnipeg's Living Prairie Museum their temporary home.
A pilot program aimed at testing the feasibility of grazing sheep as a means of vegetation management begins Monday, June 10 at the museum, which is one of the few remaining areas still occupied by native tall grass prairie.
“There have been a number of studies showing that grazers can have a positive effect when maintaining natural areas and can be an effective tool for weed control,” says City of Winnipeg naturalist Rodney Penner. “We are very excited to join the list of Canadian cities, such as Edmonton and Calgary, who are looking to such innovative ways of managing vegetation in naturalized park spaces.”
The program, delivered in partnership with Millar Safety & Environmental Services, Prairie Habitats Inc. and a long-time Manitoba sheep farmer, will be on the ground for approximately two weeks.
Media are invited to visit, observe and film the sheep Monday, June 10
Living Prairie Museum – 2795 Ness Avenue
Program staff will be available for interviews at this time.
The grazing will be conducted according to the Canadian National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep, which guides management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation and aspects of other animal husbandry.
The sheep will spend their weekdays within a temporary, moveable fenced enclosure. They will return to their farm for the weekend.
While visitors to the museum are welcome to view grazing activities, the museum will not allow the public to pet, feed, or directly interact with the sheep to ensure both the animals’ and public safety. All visitors are asked to use the designated trails, and are reminded that all dogs must be on-leash.
The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30 acre) tall grass prairie preserve located inside the City of Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home to over 160 species of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife. The goal of Living Prairie Museum is to provide awareness and conservation of natural areas, specifically tall grass prairie, through environmental education
For more information, visit City of Winnipeg – Living Prairie Museum.
Wildland, brush and grass fires are preventable
Released: 2:00 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – With hot, dry conditions combined with high winds, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is once again reminding residents to follow important fire prevention strategies to reduce the risk of wildland, grass, and brush fires. In Winnipeg, these types of fires are typically wind-driven ground fires involving grass, brush, and dead plant matter which can spread quickly. Last year alone, WFPS fought 228 grass, brush, and wildland fires within City limits, many which damaged property and threatened structures. So far in 2019, crews have already fought 96 wildland fires.
“Today is going to be hot, dry and windy. These conditions significantly increase the risk of wildland fires. The wind allows fire to spread quickly, making these types of fires very dangerous,” said Chief John Lane, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. Over the past week, we’ve seen a number of large and dangerous wildland fires caused by careless activity. All of these fires were preventable.”
Residents are reminded that all open-air fires are prohibited when wind speeds exceed 25 kilometers per hour. This includes burning in approved fire pits. Even if a resident has obtained a burning permit, fires are not permitted under these conditions. The City has a set of guidelines regarding outdoor fire receptacles such as fire pits, fire places, and outdoor BBQs. The rules regarding fires within approved outdoor fire receptacles are set out in Part 6 of the City’s Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
It is also important that residents never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from their car window. Butts should also never be put out in planter pots.