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March 29, 2021

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Creek Bend Road and Ross Avenue West

Released: 8:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two overnight structure fires.

Creek Bend Road

At 1:42 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a five-storey apartment building in the 100 block of Creek Bend Road.

When crews arrived, they encountered smoke and flames coming from the building. The building’s sprinkler system was activated. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 2:23 a.m.

Paramedics treated one patient on scene but no transportation to hospital was required. Winnipeg Transit buses were provided as temporary shelter for evacuated residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available, but there was significant water and smoke damage in the building.

Ross Avenue West

At 2:11 a.m., the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a house in the 1600 block of Ross Avenue West. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 2:28 a.m.

Crews searched the home and no occupants were located. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

New Bill and Helen Norrie Library now open

Released: 10:03 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today the City of Winnipeg officially opened the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library (15 Poseidon Bay) to replace the former River Heights Library.

Named after former mayor Bill Norrie and his wife Helen Norrie, who worked as a teacher/librarian in public schools in Winnipeg, the new 14,000 square foot facility will better meet the needs of the community, offering a fully accessible multi-use public space, tutorial and programming rooms, improved study and leisure areas, and a 24/7 book return chute.

“It is an honour to officially open the Bill and Helen Norrie Library in recognition of the Norrie family who have been championing Winnipeg for decades,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Especially with their commitment to libraries, I’m pleased to honour the Norrie family with this incredible new library that will serve our community for decades to come.”

The new $9.3 million facility features accessible parking, and proximity to public transportation.

“The new Bill and Helen Norrie Library is an exciting addition to our city’s community services facilities,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “From its innovative design and accessibility, to the acknowledgment of Rooster town, this library will be a gathering place for many years to come.”

“I am incredibly proud to have this amazing community hub in River Heights-Fort Garry,” said John Orlikow, Councillor for River Heights-Fort Garry. “Being able to honour those who lived in Rooster Town as well as recognize Bill and Helen’s long-time commitment to Winnipeggers with this new accessible, state-of-the-art space in our ward means so much to me. I know it's destined to become just as beloved and full of memories as its previous location.”

“This is a beautiful new library in an ideal location and I’m thrilled to have Bill’s and my name associated with it,” said Helen Norrie. “It has so many special features: Wifi plug-ins; kid-sized shelves in the children’s area; an indoor-outdoor fireplace in a cozy reading room. I think it will be a wonderful resource for not only River Heights area but for Crescentwood, Fort Rouge and Linden Woods as well.”

The new library’s design responds to community feedback received during the planning process, including an outdoor reading deck and programming area, double-sided gas fireplace, children’s area with three reading nook playhouses and a Family Literacy playground, non-gendered universal washroom, single floor layout with two moss feature walls on the interior.

Another important building element includes the recognition of the history of the site. After consulting with the families of those who lived in the area formerly known as Rooster Town, the library was designed with a pitched roof, wood panelling and earth tones. The library features images of Rooster Town, interpretive panels, artifacts, and books. Glass walls etched with Saskatoon berry designs and lighting features have also been incorporated into the interior.

Construction for the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library was identified as a priority in the Library Redevelopment Strategy.

For more information about the new library, programs, services, and hours of operation, see: winnipeg.ca/library.

Bonivital Pool reopens with facility upgrades

Released: 11:08 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Bonivital Pool (1215 Archibald St.) has re-opened to the public following significant facility upgrades, including mechanical and structural repairs that required the pool to close on January 1, 2020. 

“As the City begins reopening pools, it’s great to see the Bonivital Pool upgrades ready just in time,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The much-needed upgrades will help ensure residents have access to aquatic fun and wellness today and well into the future.”

The $2.9 million project funded through the City’s capital budget included concrete repairs and retiling of the pool deck and tank, as well as upgrades to the pool filtration system and the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) system which regulates the humidity in the building.

“I’m excited to see Bonivital Pool open once again and being enjoyed by our residents,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “This facility is loved by the community and I’m happy that the upgrades will allow it to be used by many generations.”

“This undertaking will leave us with a legacy of a beautiful, functional, and improved Bonivital pool for all the residents of south-east Winnipeg for decades to come,” said Matt Allard, Councillor for St. Boniface.

Due to current COVID-19 public health restrictions, Bonivital Pool will operate at 25 percent capacity for aquatic sports groups, lane swimming, aquatic fitness classes, and limited public swimming.

For more information about the City’s indoor pools, see winnipeg.ca/pools.

For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.

Leisure Guide aquatic programming to resume this spring

Released: 1:26 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is offering Leisure Guide aquatic programming this spring, and the Spring 2021 Leisure Guide Swimming brochure will be available online as of April 13, 2021.

Leisure Guide aquatic programming registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 for Winnipeg residents. Residents can register online, by calling 311, or in person at 395 Main St., Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers wishing to register in person are reminded that they are required to wear a face mask and must maintain physical distancing.

A new or current leisureONLINE account is required to register for aquatic programs. Video tutorials are available on how to create an account and how to register for an activity

Lessons will begin as of Sunday, May 9, 2021. Swimming lessons will have staggered start and end times to help reduce congregations at entrances/exits.

For more information on Leisure Guide programming, see: winnipeg.ca/recreation.

For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Burrows Avenue and Sherbrook Street

Released: 4:44 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two fires during the day on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Burrows Avenue

At 10:16 a.m. the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half storey house in the 600 block of Burrows Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene, smoke could be seen coming from the house. Crews launched a defensive exterior attack until it was safe enough to launch an offensive interior attack. The fire was declared under control at 10:47 a.m.

Crews searched the house and no occupants were located. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

Sherbrook Street

At 12:19 p.m. the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey apartment building in the 500 block of Sherbrook Street. Crews were alerted to the fire by an automatic alarm system in the building.

Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 12:50 p.m.

Paramedics transported one person to hospital in stable condition. Crews located one dog and reunited it with its owner.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

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