City of Winnipeg’s response to Critical (Red) status

Change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries

Released: 11:48 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2 a.m., the clocks will “fall back” one hour marking the end of daylight-saving time. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) reminds residents to replace their smoke alarm’s batteries and test their smoke alarms when they adjust their clocks this weekend. The old batteries should be recycled at one of the City’s 4R Winnipeg Depots.

Sunday also marks the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. With colder weather upon us, WFPS also reminds residents of the need to protect themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide. If residents don’t already have carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, they are encouraged to install a one on every floor. The time change also serves as a good time to test the batteries in these devices.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas produced by the combustion process. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like and include nausea, dizziness, confusion, vision, and hearing loss, but no fever. If a resident suspects carbon monoxide in their home, they should exit immediately and call 911.

For those purchasing smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms, they should consider purchasing a device that does both.

In addition to changing clocks and testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, the time change is a good reminder for businesses and organizations to check their Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), as AED batteries and contact pads have a shelf life. AEDs require regular checks and maintenance, as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.

Residents are encouraged to keep themselves and their loved ones safe in their homes by following these simple steps:

  • A working smoke alarm will buy you valuable time. In case of fire – Get out, stay out, and call 911.
  • If your carbon monoxide alarm activates do not attempt to find the source of the leak. Exit the building immediately and call 911.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas and in your basement.
  • Replace alarms in accordance with manufacturers directions. The date of manufacture is written on the back of the smoke alarm.
  • If your smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm uses disposable batteries, change them twice per year when the time changes.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire, and practice your escape plan.
  • Have fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, wood-burning fireplaces, and gas dryers cleaned and checked annually by a qualified service technician.
  • Never idle vehicles in an attached garage, even if the door is open.
  • Ensure all fresh air intake vents, exhaust vents and chimneys are clear of snow, insulation, leaves, bird nests, lint, or debris.
  • Make sure wood stoves are properly installed and vented.
  • Don’t operate gasoline-powered engines, charcoal or propane barbecues or grills, kerosene stoves or propane heaters indoors or in enclosed spaces

For more information on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide safety and fire prevention, visit winnipeg.ca/fps.

City receives $12.5 million for local housing projects that support Winnipeg’s vulnerable population

Proponents can now submit an initial expression of interest for project funding through the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative

Released: 1:12 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is receiving $12.5 million of capital funding from the federal government under the newly announced Rapid Housing Initiative. The funding, which is being distributed through the Major Cities Stream of the program, will be used to expedite the delivery of affordable housing units to vulnerable people and populations targeted under the National Housing Strategy, especially those affected by COVID-19.

In addition to projects the City of Winnipeg is already aware of, the City is inviting proponents – which includes non-profits, businesses, developers, citizens, or anyone with great ideas that could help to address homelessness in Winnipeg – to identify any projects currently planned that may fit the parameters of the Rapid Housing Initiative and to submit an initial expression of interest detailing their project by Friday, November 6, 2020. Proponents can submit a project description through the submission form available at winnipeg.ca/rapidhousinginitiative.

“Housing, and particularly housing unsheltered Winnipeggers, continues to be a focus of my advocacy directly to Prime Minister Trudeau alongside counterparts on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayor’s Caucus,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The announcement of $12.5 million in support of the City of Winnipeg is a direct result of that advocacy. I want to thank Prime Minister Trudeau for his ongoing support for housing.”

The City recognizes the timelines are very compressed for this initial stage, however, the expression of interest requires only basic information from those with projects already defined.

Any individual project must contain a minimum of 5 units/beds and meet all program requirements including affordability as defined by CMHC. A minimum of 49 units are required to be constructed amongst all projects. Please visit the CMHC website for complete information on Rapid Housing Initiative program requirements.

City of Winnipeg’s response to Critical (Red) status

Released: 2:36 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – As part of our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our residents and employees, and in consideration of Winnipeg being elevated to Critical (Red) in the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System, the City of Winnipeg is suspending all of its recreation and leisure programs and services, including Leisure Guide programming, and closing all City-owned and operated recreation facilities, gyms, indoor pools, arenas, and libraries effective Saturday, October 31 until further notice. More information on our facilities is available online at winnipeg.ca/cms.

Although community centre facilities and assets are owned by the City, they are their own legal entities, each governed by volunteer board of directors. Each community centre board is responsible for the management and operations of their centre, and are ultimately responsible for the decision to close their community centre.

In addition, the Council Building will also be closed to members of the public effective October 31, and City Hall wedding ceremonies are being suspended until further notice.

Previously, the City announced the suspension of in-home, non-emergency inspections. These measures are still in effect, until further notice.

For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.

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