City of Winnipeg hosts Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak Celebration

October 19, 2018


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update

Released: 8:01 a.m.

Academy Rd. Fire

Winnipeg, MB – At 9:49 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic (WFPS) crews responded to reports of smoke in a restaurant in the 400-block of Academy Rd. Upon arrival, crews discovered the source of the smoke to be fire in the attic of the building. An offensive strategy was launched and after knocking down the interior ceiling, the fire was quickly extinguished.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

Cadboro Rd. Fire

At 10:21 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic (WFPS) crews responded to reports of fire and a possible explosion on Cadboro Rd.

Once on scene, crews found a houseboat and trailer engulfed in flames. As the fire occurred at an address not serviced by hydrants, water was shuttled in using WFPS tankers in order to extinguish the flames.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

City of Winnipeg sees record-setting advance voter turnout for 2018 Municipal and School Boards Election

Released: 9:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Electors in the City of Winnipeg have turned out in record numbers to take advantage of advance voting opportunities across the city.

An estimated 39,500 voters have participated in advance voting for the 2018 Municipal and School Boards Election, marking a 30% increase from the 30,619 electors who voted in advance of the civic election in 2014.

“We implemented several new measures this year to make advance voting as convenient and easy as possible,” said City of Winnipeg Senior Election Official Marc Lemoine. “From polling stations at malls across the city to new technology such as poll pads and additional automatic voting machines, our goal was to simplify the process, reduce wait times, and improve service for people casting a ballot.”

Lemoine notes the City of Winnipeg is always looking for new ways to improve the voting process.

“We’re very pleased with all of the positive feedback we’ve received so far, and with the fact that electors have turned out in record numbers ahead of Election Day,” he added. “And, of course, we want to encourage all eligible voters who have not yet voted to cast their ballots next week.”

Election Day is Wednesday, October 24. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voters Notices outlining designated election day voting locations have been mailed to all registered voters. Residents are encouraged to check their Voters Notice for their designated voting location, or visit winnipeg.ca/wheredoivote. Of special note this year, eligible voters in the new Waverly West ward will be able to vote at any of the election day locations in their ward.

All voters are required to bring valid identification that shows their name and current home address – such as a driver’s license – when they head to the polls. In the absence of a driver’s license or enhanced identification card, any two documents that together show the voter’s name and current home address will also be accepted.

More information is available by visiting winnipeg.ca/election2018 or by contacting 311.

Small section of Westview Park closed for maintenance

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – A small section of Westview Park will be closed for landfill cap repair starting the week of October 22, 2018.

The multi-use park is on one of Winnipeg’s closed landfills. From 1875 to 1948, it accepted primarily ash and glass materials from the City of Winnipeg’s old garbage incinerator building.

The steep hill on the south side of the park is frequently used by people looking for a challenging workout, and over time this area has worn down to expose some of the waste.

Repairs to this section began last fall but were unable to be completed due to weather conditions. The upcoming work will include covering it with compost from the City’s leaf and yard waste composting program and planting native grass and wildflower seeds.

Barriers will be placed around the area for at least a year to allow the grass and flowers to fully establish. The public is asked to refrain from using the area until it is reopened.

For more information on City parks please visit, City of Winnipeg – Parks and Open Space.

For more information on closed landfills, please visit, City of Winnipeg – Landfill Monitoring.

City of Winnipeg hosts Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak Celebration

Released: 12:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, Indigenous youth will be honoured and recognized at the Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak Celebration. Honourees include recipients of the Indigenous Education and Civic Pathways Award, Next Step Award, Post-Secondary Scholarships, and participants who have completed Career Week, internships and work placements across the civic system.

Twenty Indigenous youth are recipients of the Indigenous Education and Civic Pathways Award that are given to Indigenous students attending Winnipeg schools in Grades 7 to 12 for their efforts in academic and community leadership. This program encourages Indigenous students to stay in school and consider post-secondary education toward careers found at the City of Winnipeg.

Twelve Indigenous youth are recipients of the Next Step Award for demonstrating their commitment in taking their “next step” toward reaching their educational and/or employment goals. Each award is up to $1,000 and assists with costs such as work equipment, school supplies, transportation, childcare or tuition. This award is open to Indigenous youth who have participated in programs offered through Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak’s partner organizations.

Ten Indigenous youth are recipients of  Post-Secondary Scholarships. These scholarships are given to Indigenous youth between the ages of 15 and 30 who are registered at a post-secondary institution and have expressed interest in a career with the City. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each are applied to their tuition.

Nine Indigenous youth will be recognized for completing career weeks with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, and three Indigenous youth will be recognized for completing internships and work placements with the City’s Indigenous Relations Division.

Backgrounder:
Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak, the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Youth Strategy’s mission is to give Indigenous youth positive opportunities in the community and civic system by bridging and providing culturally appropriate programs and supports related to employment, literacy and recreation to increase resiliency, self-sustainability, pride and future opportunities. For more information on Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak please visit City of Winnipeg – OAN.