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Media Releases

July 29, 2020


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a fire on Balmoral Street

Released: 8:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 10:38 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey building in the 500 block of Balmoral Street.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke coming from the building. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 10:51 p.m.

Paramedics assessed one patient on scene and no transportation to hospital was required. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

Freight House outdoor swimming pool opens today

Released: 9:11 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Freight House Recreation Centre outdoor pool, located at 200 Isabel Street, will be open for public use today. This is a free non-heated pool and operates from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A spray pad is also available at this site and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Pre-registering for a two-hour swim block is encouraged. Walk-ups are permitted, however may be turned away if the pool is at capacity. Pool capacities are limited to ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained and following provincial guidelines. Individuals must maintain a distance of at least two metres from every other individual who is not in their household. Pools will be closed to the public for 30 minutes between the two-hour swim blocks for a full cleaning and disinfecting of all areas.

Access to lockers and change rooms/showers will be limited; please come dressed to swim. There will be limited quantities of lifejackets and no other equipment on-site for public use; however, swimmers may bring their own lifejackets and flutter boards. For more information on allowable swimming devices, please visit Indoor / Outdoor Pool Rules. Each pool will have posted signs and zone markings to follow. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each entrance.

Contact 311 or register online at to reserve an available swim block. A leisureONLINE account is required to reserve a swim block online. Video tutorials are available on how to create an account and how to register for an activity

Please visit Outdoor Pools for more information.

Residents are required to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms. Do not visit pools if you are experiencing any symptoms. For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see

Assiniboine Forest reopened

Released: 11:47 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The portion of Assiniboine Forest previously closed due to dangerous coyote activity has been reopened.

Visitors are reminded to be vigilant in observing their surroundings and advised that all dogs must be kept on-leash.

Any sightings of aggressive or otherwise odd coyote behaviours should be reported to the Province of Manitoba at 1-800-782-0076.

July 29, 2020