February 5, 2020
Released: 1:38 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Later today, Mayor Brian Bowman will be travelling to our nation’s capital region to join Mayors from across Canada for the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) meeting in Ottawa as well as the Urban Project in Gatineau.
“The federal government has acknowledged the importance of a greater federal-municipal partnership and with the upcoming federal budget, it is important for the Big City Mayors’ Caucus to be working toward our shared priorities,” said Mayor Bowman. “Cities across Canada need help from other levels of government on public transit, affordable housing and climate action and these will be areas of focus during this week’s meetings.”
The Big City Mayors’ Caucus comprises a regionally representative group of FCM member cities. It meets two to three times a year to prioritize shared issues and to reinforce FCM policy and an advocacy agenda set by the National Board of Directors.
Big city mayors attending the meeting this week will also receive updates on a number of items including the work of the opioid taskforce, mental health and addictions, infrastructure and international trade.
“I will be updating my colleagues on the ongoing challenges we are facing locally with regard to methamphetamines, public safety, addictions and mental health and the actions we’ve taken in response,” said Mayor Bowman.
“The Urban Project meeting in Gatineau will bring together experts and policymakers to discuss urban mobility challenges and focus on optimizing public transit with tangible solutions for growing populations across Canada,” said Mayor Bowman.
The Urban Project is a subset of BCMC that leverages expertise amongst government, private sector and academia to tackle the big challenges facing growing cities. This week’s meeting will be focused on the challenges cities are facing to improve road safety, active transportation and public transit ridership within a municipal funding framework.
“These are incredibly important areas of focus because of the clear benefits to the health of our citizens and the environment,” said Mayor Bowman.
Released: 2:51 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 5:56 a.m. on February 5, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to an automatic alarm at a three-storey apartment block in the 700 block of Toronto Street. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from one of the suites. Crews immediately launched an offensive attack and the fire was declared under control at 6:31 a.m.
Most residents of the complex self-evacuated from the building. WFPS crews completed a search of the complex and evacuated all those requiring assistance. No injuries were reported. Once crews completed ventilation of the building, most occupants were able to return to their suites.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Drivers should use caution in this area, as water used to fight the fire has frozen. The City of Winnipeg is monitoring conditions and applying sand and de-icing agents as required.