September 21, 2020
City of Winnipeg implements electronic voting
EPC voting data will be available on the City’s Open Data Portal and the Decision Making Information System
Released: 9:45 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today’s Executive Policy Committee (EPC) meeting will mark the first votes cast via the City of Winnipeg’s new electronic Vote Information System (VIS).
“Today’s launch of electronic tracking of votes marks a significant step forward for transparency and accountability at City Hall,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The foundation of accountability for all elected officials is an accessible record of what we stand for and with today's meeting, the City of Winnipeg is launching a new level of accountability that I look forward to seeing rolled out to Council and all Standing Policy Committees in the coming months."
When a vote is called, committee members will be prompted to enter a decision on their computer screens. Results are sent to the meeting chair, and registered within the VIS database. Vote record data will be available on Open Data once meeting minutes have been finalized and published on the Decision Making Information System.
The VIS will initially only be used for EPC meetings. Expansion of the system to other committee meetings will be determined at a later date.
“There is no data more valuable to residents than the decisions being made each and every day by the elected officials who represent them,” said Glen Cottick, the City’s Acting Chief Innovation Officer. “The Vote Information System, together with the Decision Making Information System and Open Data Portal, will serve as an important tool for promoting transparent governance at the City of Winnipeg.”
The Open Data Portal offers public insight into a wide range of City services and planning tools. Over 150 datasets are now available to be freely used, shared, and built on. For more information, visit data.winnipeg.ca.
Public advised of potential COVID-19 exposure on Winnipeg Transit
Released: 2:26 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living has indicated a bus passenger who has since tested positive for COVID-19 rode Transit on Tuesday, September 15.
The passenger rode route 14 between 11:10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., boarding the bus at Ellice Avenue and Spence Street and exiting on St. Mary Avenue.
Winnipeg Transit has identified and notified the Operator who was driving the route and appropriate follow-up measures are being taken.
Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit: manitoba.ca/covid19.
Winnipeg Transit began requiring the use of masks that cover the mouth, nose and chin on buses and in Transit Plus vehicles on August 29, 2020, in addition to other measures brought in as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff.
These measures include an enhanced sanitization program that sees all buses treated with a hospital grade sanitizer at least once every 48 hours, using electrostatic sprayers aimed primarily at high-touch point areas. You can learn more about the cleaning procedure in this video.
Passengers are reminded of their role in safe Transit use, and asked to follow these guidelines:
- Maintain a reasonable separation between yourself and others.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
- Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times.
- Be kind to others who may not be able to wear a non-medical mask.
- Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
- Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
- Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
- Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
- If you are sick; follow advice to isolate and do not take public transit.
Passengers are also reminded that single-use masks are available at Winnipeg Transit Customer Service Centres as part of our efforts to educate the public on the mask requirement. More information about how to wear a mask safety and our ongoing efforts to keep Transit safe is available on the Winnipeg Transit Response to COVID-19 page.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a house fire on Donan Street
Released: 5:48 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 3:20 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one-storey, single-family home in the 100 block of Donan Street.
When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from the home. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 3:53 p.m.
All occupants safely self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. Paramedics transported one patient to hospital in stable condition. Crews located two dogs and reunited them with their owner.
No damage estimates are available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.