Be One in a Million – Plant a Tree and Let Us Know About It

Winnipeg Public Library invites applications for the position of Writer-in-Residence for 2020-2021

Released: 10:02 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Public Library is seeking applications for the 2020-2021 edition of its Writer-in-Residence program.

During their term, the Writer-in-Residence offers mentorship and public workshops to emerging Manitoba writers of all genres. The successful candidate works one-on-one with writers by email, online conferencing, phone or in person (when possible). In addition, the Writer-in-Residence hosts workshops and online programming to share their expertise on topics such as writing for specific genres or getting published. The residency also includes time to work on a personal writing project.

The Writer-in-Residence term runs October 1, 2020 until April 30, 2021. Applications are due on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

This program has helped guide hundreds of new and emerging writers since it began in 1985. This upcoming term will be the Library’s thirty-first Writer-in-Residence.

For full details on the position and information on how to apply, visit:

The Writer-in-Residence position 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.

Plessis Road to temporarily close between Kildonan Meadow Drive and Transcona Boulevard

Released: 10:21 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – From Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. until Monday, June 22 at 11 p.m., northbound and southbound Plessis Road between Kildonan Meadow Drive and Transcona Boulevard will be completely closed to vehicular traffic for rail crossing repairs.

Motorists must use alternate routes during this time.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

Be One in a Million – Plant a Tree and Let Us Know About It

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers love their trees but our incredible urban forest is at risk due to old age, disease, and invasive species. With the aim of protecting and expanding our city’s immense tree canopy, Mayor Brian Bowman launched the Winnipeg Million Tree Challenge last fall to help protect, preserve, and grow Winnipeg’s incredible tree canopy. A few weeks later, Winnipeg was hit with an unprecedented weather event that further deteriorated our tree canopy.

“It’s great to see that Winnipeggers can now plant a tree and register it as part of the Million Tree Challenge,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Especially in light of the unprecedented weather event last fall, I hope Winnipeggers will take up the challenge and do what they can to bolster our tree canopy.”

This summer is a perfect time to join the Challenge and help support Winnipeg’s trees. Winnipeggers can now plant a tree and register it at:  Be one in a million!

“I know that Winnipeg’s tree canopy is a source of pride for many Winnipeggers,” said Councillor John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry). “One of my duties moving forward will be to help promote and improve the Million Tree Challenge through engagement with Trees Winnipeg and other external stakeholders. I have been a longstanding supporter of helping make our community greener and I look forward to continuing those efforts through the Million Tree Challenge.”

In partnership with Trees Winnipeg and by building a team of residents, businesses, and not for profit groups, we aim to collectively plant one million trees before our population reaches one million people.  It will be a community effort and everyone can get involved. We can all do our part to make Winnipeg healthier and greener for generations to come.

You can help by simply planting a tree in your yard.  Talk to the experts and your local greenhouse or garden centre about what will grow best in your yard, and then tell us about it at:

You can also help by working with community groups that will be organizing group tree planting efforts once provincial public health orders are eased.

Another way you can help is by donating to the Winnipeg Million Tree Challenge through under the designation “Winnipeg Million Tree Challenge”:

The Million Tree Challenge is off to a great start!

On the occasion of their 100th anniversary, Canadian National (CN) has recognized the vision of the Million Tree Challenge and committed $1 million to Tree Canada to support tree planting efforts in Winnipeg. Telpay Canada has also contributed $250,000 to the challenge.

Winnipeggers are showing their generosity by sending personal donations. It is a true community commitment.

Winnipeg Public Library kicks-off online TD Summer Reading Club

Released: 10:41 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The TD Summer Reading Club returns this year, with summer reading activities available online for children up to age 12. Registration is available online at the TD Summer Reading Club website.

Children can participate anytime and anywhere at Participants explore bilingual content on the website including recommended reading lists, online workshops, weekly trivia, and a personal online notebook to track their reading.

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 Monday, August 31.

For details on the TD Summer Reading Club, programs, games and video explaining the program, as well as a downloadable reading log calendar, visit the TD Summer Reading Club Info Guide.

The 2020 Teen Summer Reading Challenge, for youth in grades 7-12, is running online until Monday, August 31, with the popular Challenge Card featuring fun activities suggested by members of our Youth Advisory Councils. For information on the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, visit the 2020 Teen Summer Reading Challenge Info Guide.

Winnipeg Public Library online services, including downloadable eBooks, streaming movies and music, catalogue searching, and holds/renewals, are available online anytime at

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to apartment fire on Poplar Avenue

Released: 5:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB –At 3:31 p.m. on June 17, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey, apartment block in the 300 block of Poplar Avenue. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke coming from the building. An offensive attack was launched with the Incident Commander declaring the fire under control at 4:00 p.m. Crews then worked to ventilate smoke from the building. The fire was contained to the suite of origin.

Most occupants of the building self-evacuated prior to the arrival of WFPS. All those remaining were assisted to safety by crews. One individual was assessed on scene by paramedics and transported to hospital in stable condition. No other injuries were reported.

Three cats were located and brought to safety. Winnipeg Animal Services attended the scene to provide care for the animals.

All occupants of the complex, with the exception of those living in the suite where the fire originated, were able to return to the suites once crews completed their work on scene.

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

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