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June 1, 2022

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to carbon monoxide incident on Dufferin Avenue

Released: 8:38 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 1:26 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a fire alarm at a seven-storey, multi-residential building in the 200 block of Dufferin Avenue.

When crews arrived on-scene, they discovered unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and confirmed readings of between 20 and 80 parts per million (ppm) on at least two floors.

Crews quickly initiated an evacuation of the entire complex, calling in extra units to facilitate the process. Residents self-evacuated or were assisted by crews in safely evacuating the building. No injuries were reported and no one reported feeling ill.

Winnipeg Transit was called to the scene to provide temporary shelter to displaced residents.

Manitoba Hydro attended the scene and located and addressed the source of the leak in a mechanical room.

Fire crews ventilated the building thoroughly, allowing residents to return to their suites once carbon monoxide readings dropped to below 4 ppm.

Carbon monoxide is an extremely dangerous colourless, odourless, tasteless gas produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels. Exposure can be deadly. WFPS reminds residents that carbon monoxide poisoning causes flu-like symptoms, including nausea, dizziness, confusions, vision and hearing loss, but no fever.

If you suspect carbon monoxide in your home, exit immediately and call 9-1-1. To stay safe, consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm on every floor of your home.

Winnipeggers invited to weigh in on roadway modernization options for north Henderson Highway

Released: 9:41 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is asking Winnipeggers for feedback on proposed changes to Henderson Highway north of Chief Peguis Trail as part of Phase 2 of the Henderson Highway North Improvements Study.

The project, which began in late 2021, is specifically looking to improve safety, traffic flow, and livability from Gilmore Avenue to the north city limit at Glenway Avenue.

While the project includes a number of engineering and traffic improvements, Phase 2 engagement will ask Winnipeggers to weigh in on a few specific items, namely:

  • Introducing a median on Henderson Highway to manage access and improve safety
  • Improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • Replacing the existing Bunn’s Creek crossing structure

The designs presented in Phase 2 are based on technical analysis and traffic studies, as well as what was heard through stakeholder meetings and public participation in a mapping tool that looked at what matters most to road users and residents in terms of safety, efficiency, and accessibility along the corridor.

The improvements consider the unique nature of the study area and look to improve travel for all who use Henderson Highway for its many purposes: as a major city route, as a neighbourhood connection, and as a residential corridor that transports people, goods and services with diverse needs.

Learn more about the proposed solutions to enhance the movement of goods and people throughout the corridor at winnipeg.ca/henderson.

City launches Heritage and Economic Development Incentive Program in support of COVID‑19 recovery

Released: 10:36 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg launched the Council-approved Heritage and Economic Development Incentive Program in support of development projects that result in job creation, conservation of heritage buildings, and the redevelopment of downtown surface parking lots.

The program will provide tax increment financing grants based on location and program criteria, including minimum thresholds for private capital investment and economic outcomes. Total grants available under the program are limited to $20 million, including $10 million in the downtown and $10 million outside Downtown.

Successful applicants may receive up to 80% of the incremental municipal taxes arising from a new development project, to a maximum of $2 million. The program will also enable proponents to access existing provincial or federal programs that may require support from another level of government.

“The goal of the Heritage and Economic Development Incentive Program is to support and leverage new investment in our city,” said Councillor Markus Chambers, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development. "We believe this program will help create new quality jobs and encourage economic development as we emerge from the challenging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Our downtown has seen tremendous investment over the last decade,” said Chambers. “This program will help continue that momentum and support other downtown recovery efforts. And by investing in the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings we are also encouraging sustainable and green economic development.”

For more information on the Heritage and Economic Development Incentive Program, see: www.winnipegtif.ca.

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