City joins iCemetery app to improve access to burial records


City joins iCemetery app to improve access to burial records

June 19, 2018


City joins iCemetery app to improve access to burial records

Transcona Cemetery is first set of municipal cemetery records available through mobile app

Released: 11:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is now participating in the iCemetery app, a mobile app utilized by municipalities across Canada, which provides members of the public with an easy-to-use search tool for burial records at cemeteries. Transcona Cemetery is the first City of Winnipeg municipal cemetery available on the iCemetery app. St. Vital Cemetery data will be available in late summer 2018, with data for the Brookside Cemetery scheduled to be input at a later date.

“We are excited to provide iCemetery as an additional resource to visitors and clients, offering an easy and accessible way to do a burial search at our municipal cemeteries,” says Jane Saxby, Cemeteries Administrator. “While we are beginning with the Transcona Cemetery, we look forward to continuing to add to our database and expanding this service for all of our municipal cemeteries in the City. New users are strongly encouraged to give us their feedback to help improve the app and ensure its accuracy.”

Users of the app can report any issues, including errors or omissions in information, to the Cemeteries Branch by filling out an online form, found at: Application to Amend a Deceased Interment Record.

The free iCemetery app is available for download on smart phones and tablets from Google Play and the App Store. Burial records found on the iCemetery app will also remain available online at the City of Winnipeg cemeteries page: winnipeg.ca/cemeteries/.

For general information regarding burial searches in any municipal cemetery, please contact the Cemeteries Administration office at 204-986-4348.

City Libraries kick-off TD Summer Reading Club

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Registration for the annual TD Summer Reading Club begins today at all City of Winnipeg Library branches. Children up to age 12 are invited to visit any library branch to register and pick up a free reading kit that includes activities and a calendar to track reading time.

“The TD Summer Reading Club is an excellent way for kids to have a lot of fun while improving their reading skills,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I encourage all children and caregivers to get involved to support literacy and help reduce summer learning loss.”

Children can participate anytime and anywhere, from their local libraries or online at tdsummerreadingclub.ca. Participants explore recommended reads, track their own reading, collect reading incentives, and write stories and book reviews.

Pre-readers can also join the Club by being read to by their parents, siblings or caregivers. Reading aloud to pre-school children supports early literacy skill development and improves school readiness. The Club runs until Friday, August 17. Reading kits are bilingual (English/French).

An online Teen Summer Reading Club for Grades 7 to 12 is also available. For the Teen Summer Reading Club, visit Winnipeg Public Library – Booked

For details on all the Summer Reading Clubs, programs and special events visit winnipeg.ca/library or stop by any branch of Winnipeg Public Library.

Winnipeg Public Library hours, locations, and online services, including downloadable eBooks, streaming movies and music, catalogue searching, and holds/renewals, are available online anytime at winnipeg.ca/library.

Published at Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:45:00 -0400