April 7, 2022

Residents invited to weigh in on Moving on Marion

City collecting feedback on options for Complete Streets concept, impact of intersection improvements

Released: 1:09 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is looking to get more people moving more effectively on Marion Street, and is relying on public feedback to help shape the corridor’s future.

Phase 2 of the Moving on Marion Street Project opens today, with Winnipeggers able to have their say on a series of proposed treatments for the area, including roadway safety improvements, active transportation options, and subtle changes to the roadway designed to have big impacts on traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Through a series of online workshops and an online survey, the City is hoping to determine public opinion on:

  • How best to incorporate pedestrian and cycling infrastructure improvements
  • How the Marion-Goulet couplet (the pairing of streets from St. Mary’s Avenue to Dufresne Avenue) could be transformed into a community-focused roadway that equally serves motor vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, Winnipeg Transit, and business (Complete Streets concept)
  • Whether recommended improvements to safety, roadway alignment, sightlines, and turning movements at the Youville-Marion intersection meet Winnipeggers’ needs
  • Whether proposed improvements mitigate traffic flow and safety issues at three primary locations: Marion-Archibald; Marion-Panet-Dawson; and Lagimodiere-Marion/Lagimodiere-Dugald
  • How Winnipeggers feel the proposed options and recommended improvements could change how they travel through the project area as a whole

The recommendations and options presented in this phase of the project were developed based on a combination of policy direction, as well as technical analysis and what we heard from Winnipeggers in Phase 1 of the project, which took place in early 2019.

What we hear in this phase of engagement will help ensure the eventual design reflects the values and priorities of Winnipeggers.

Opportunities to engage are open through April 28, 2022. More information on engagement opportunities can be found at winnipeg.ca/movingonmarion.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Euclid Avenue

Released: 4:43 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 12:12 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2022 the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey multi-family residential building in the 0-100 block of Euclid Avenue.

Once crews arrived on-scene, they encountered smoke coming from a suite in the building. They launched an offensive attack, quickly extinguishing the fire and declaring it under control at 12:27 p.m..

Two occupants of the fire suite self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. Occupants of neighbouring units also self-evacuated and were able to return to their suites once conditions improved.

Paramedics assessed two patients on-scene. One was transported to hospital in unstable condition, and the other was transported in stable condition. No other injuries were reported.

Fire damage was contained to the suite of origin, with no extension to neighbouring units. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

Statement from Mayor Brian Bowman on Today's Federal Budget

Released: 4:55 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Statement from Mayor Brian Bowman on today’s federal budget:

“First, I was happy to see a strong commitment made by the federal government toward a range of housing investments including affordable housing. Like many Canadian cities, Winnipeg is in need of more affordable housing and I hope this funding will build on the progress we’ve been making. Seeing a continuation of the Rapid Housing Initiative, and additional funding for Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy to eliminate chronic homelessness by 2030, were both welcomed as these efforts align well with those already underway in Winnipeg.

As Mayor of a Canadian city that is prioritizing efforts to combat racism, I am encouraged to see funding for a new federal Anti-Racism Strategy and National Action Plan on Combating Hate. Greater leadership at the national level is welcome and needed during this time in our nation’s history. I look forward to seeing more details.

I was hoping to see a permanent doubling of the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly Gas Tax). Funding through the CCBF provides municipalities with the flexibility to administer it across a wide range of project categories and a permanent doubling would have been a strong way to help municipalities now and into the future. While not in this federal budget, I continue to advocate for this kind of direct municipal support.

I note that there is no new support for public transit announced. Nonetheless, I’m hoping to see provincial and federal support on public transit operating funding. The recent funding announced by the federal government, which requires provincial support, is an avenue the City of Winnipeg will be pursuing once available. I’m hoping to see provincial and federal governments unite in their support of the largest ongoing loss the City has suffered as a result of the global pandemic. I’m also hopeful to see approval of the City of Winnipeg’s entire Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program request, which will deliver on significant steps to transform the city’s transit system. 

Lastly, with hundreds of thousands of Winnipeggers who have a family origin of Ukraine, we’ve been shaken to our core by the ongoing invasion and the toll it has taken on the Ukrainian people. I am, therefore, pleased to see the federal government bolster support of Ukraine.”

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