June 18, 2020
Released: 8:51 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 3:26 a.m. on June 18, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey, converted residential dwelling in the 500 block of College Avenue.
When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the building. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 3:58 a.m. The fire was contained to a single suite.
All occupants from the structure safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Released: 9:24 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Mandate letters have been delivered and are now available online for the public to view, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.
“Mandate letters help provide those in leadership roles with a roadmap toward meeting expectations and a publicly available tool for residents to hold chairs to account,” said Mayor Bowman. “As we collectively begin to adjust to a new normal, I want committee chairs to have increased focus on the impacts of COVID-19 in their portfolios.”
Mandate letters provide direction on key responsibilities and outline expectations of those serving in various leadership roles. Mandate letters for the chairperson for each of Council’s six standing policy committees, as well as for Councillors serving as Deputy Mayor and Acting Deputy Mayor and the chair of the Winnipeg Police Board, have been in place since November 2016.
“Last week, I held individual meetings with committee chairs, as well as the Deputy and Acting Deputy Mayors and the new chair of the Winnipeg Police Board, to discuss the changes in leadership roles and the mandates associated with each portfolio,” said Mayor Bowman. “There is no doubt the world around us has changed and those in leadership roles need to be extra attentive to balancing the impacts of COVID-19 on our residents, as well as the impacts to the City’s finances.”
The global pandemic has caused a public-health and economic crisis whose scope goes beyond what most of us will see in our lifetimes. Winnipeggers have pulled together and done their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to protect one another’s health but the path to economic recovery will not be easy.
Residents and our economy are hurting, and the City of Winnipeg must continue to be there for Winnipeggers. This Council took a leadership role in providing temporary relief on penalties for unpaid property and business taxes while continuing to tweak policies and procedures to help residents, like the relaxing of enforcement on residential parking.
“As a community, we will continue to pull together to battle the impacts COVID-19,” said Mayor Bowman. “It has been a challenging few months for everyone and I’m hopeful that as the Province continues with plans to reopen, there will be renewed optimism in our city. While we continue to navigate the unknown, the refresh of leadership roles and mandates will offer fresh perspectives on issues facing our city and I want Winnipeggers to know that we are up to the challenge.”
Mandate letters can be found on the Mayor’s website under the ‘Priorities’ tab at:
As indicated in last week’s release, all changes in leadership positions will take effect on June 27, 2020.
Released: 4:58 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 3:02 p.m. on June 18, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a single-family bungalow in the 1000 block of Garwood Avenue. When crews arrived to the address they encountered thick smoke coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 3:19 p.m.
All occupants of the home safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is considered accidental due to unattended cooking. Residents are reminded of the following safety strategies:
- 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.
- Oil should always be heated slowly. If cooking oil catches fire and the fire is small and manageable, use a kitchen fire extinguisher or cover the pot with a metal lid. Never use water to put out an oil fire.
No damage estimates are available at this time.