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September 8, 2021

Winnipeg Public Library announces 2021-2022 Writer-in-Residence

Released: 9:52 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Public Library is pleased to announce that Anna Leventhal is its new Writer-in-Residence for 2021-2022, and will be available for consultations beginning October 1, 2021.

Leventhal is an author and editor whose short stories and non-fiction articles have been featured in publications such as Geist, Maisonneuve, and the Toronto Star. She's the author of the award-winning short fiction collection Sweet Affliction, and has been longlisted for the Journey Prize and nominated for Pushcart and Canada Writes prizes.

Leventhal has led creative writing workshops for a wide variety of audiences including high schools, colleges and adult writers of many levels of experience, and has worked one-on-one with emerging writers through the Québec Writers’ Federation’s mentorship program.

“As a writer I'm always taking in new ideas and methods and forms of inspiration, and I aim to enter into a mentor-mentee relationship with that spirit of open exchange,” said Leventhal.

The Writer-in-Residence provides free consultation by email, phone, and online with emerging and established Manitoba writers of all genres. Manuscripts for review can be submitted by email or by mail. Visit Winnipeg Public Library – Writer-in-Residence for complete submission guidelines.

Leventhal’s term as Writer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library runs until April 30, 2022.

The Writer-in-Residence program is funded by the City of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Public Library Board, the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library, and Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.

Winnipeggers invited to weigh in on draft road safety action plan

Released: 1:48 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – With road safety top-of-mind as kids throughout Winnipeg return to school, the City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to provide feedback on a long-term action plan to make local streets safer for all users.

The third and final phase of engagement on the Road Safety Strategic Action Plan project launches today, allowing Winnipeggers the chance hear about the City’s road safety vision and goal and share thoughts on a series of draft focus areas and actions that will shape the City’s efforts to prevent serious injury and death on our roads. 

At this time, we are offering two ways to get involved:

Provide feedback online

Take our online survey.

Talk Road Safety

We selected four pop-up locations to engage with communities in higher needs areas that experience frequent collisions.

Stop by and learn more the proposed targets and actions and – at locations marked with an asterisk (*) – get a complimentary bike tune up from the WRENCH.

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Bronx Park Farmers’ Market, 720 Henderson Hwy.

Date: *Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: The Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, 51 Morrow Ave.

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market, True North Square, 242 Hargrave St.

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Winnipeg Central Global Market in Central Park, 400 Edmonton St.

Public health measures will be adhered to at all pop-up events. Participants must self-screen prior to attending, stay home if ill, and wash or sanitize hands prior to handling materials. Masks are recommended while speaking with staff at these outdoor events.

The online survey will be open through September 30.

For more information, please visit

Statement from Mayor Brian Bowman on the Passing of Anne Oake

Released: 2:51 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Anne Oake. As the co-founder of the recently opened Bruce Oake Recovery Centre, Winnipeg has lost a tremendous community champion who leaves a legacy of healing for generations to come. The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will have a lasting, positive impact on our city and I am grateful for the tireless efforts put in by Anne, Scott and Darcy Oake to see it come to fruition. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the Oakes during this most difficult time.”

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a fire on Young Street

Released: 3:43 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey apartment building in the 400 block of Young Street.

When crews arrived, they encountered heavy black smoke and flames coming from the building. Crews launched an offensive attack and the fire was declared under control at 8:42 a.m.

One patient was treated on-scene by paramedics and transported to hospital in stable condition. All other occupants self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. No other injuries were reported.

The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services was deployed to the incident to assist 23 displaced residents in finding alternate accommodations.

The building sustained significant damage. No damage estimates are available at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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