Mayor Bowman Presents 2018 BIZ Awards

Mayor Bowman Presents 2018 BIZ Awards

May 18, 2018

City of Winnipeg spray pads to open for May long weekend

Released: 9:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to enjoy community spray pads as some will open earlier than expected, on the May long weekend, Saturday, May 19.

“Summer fun has come early this year,” said Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “Winnipeg is fortunate to have 18 spray pad locations throughout the city, offering enjoyment to each community. I hope people of all ages will take pleasure in these family-friendly amenities in the coming summer months.”

Spray Pads

Beginning on Saturday, May 19, 13 spray pads will open and operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until September 3 at the following locations:

Central Corydon Community Centre – River Heights Site
Central Park
Jill Officer Park
Machray Park
Park City West Community Centre
Provencher Park
Shaughnessy Park
St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool
St. Norbert Community Centre
Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
Waverley Heights Community Centre
West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre
Westdale Outdoor Pool Spray Pad

The remaining five spray pads will open on May 26:

Fort Rouge Park
Gateway Community Centre
Lindenwoods Community Centre
Lindsey Wilson Park
Sturgeon Heights Community Centre

Three new spray pads are scheduled to open in summer 2018:

Freight House Spray Pad
Valley Gardens Community Centre Spray Pad
Old Ex Spray Pad

For more information on spray pads, please visit City of Winnipeg – Spray Pads or contact 311.

Aquatic Fun Guide

Check out the Aquatic Fun Guide, the City of Winnipeg’s complete guide to outdoor aquatic facilities. The Summer 2018 Aquatic Fun Guide is available online.

Outdoor Pools

Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool and Transcona Aquatic Park are anticipated to open on Friday, June 15. All other City of Winnipeg heated and unheated outdoor pools are anticipated to open on Friday, June 29.

All outdoor pools will operate seven days a week, weather permitting. Contact 311 or visit City of Winnipeg – Outdoor Pools for pool hours and amenities.

Wading Pools

The 81 City of Winnipeg wading pools are anticipated to open on a staggered basis beginning Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2.

For operating schedules and more information on wading pools, please visit City of Winnipeg – Wading Pools or contact 311. Operating hours vary by wading pool.

Tree pest caterpillar control program commences

Released: 9:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, weather permitting, the City of Winnipeg’s Insect Control Branch will commence its tree pest caterpillar control program starting at 9:30 p.m. in Insect Management Areas 42 (Central Park, Colony, Daniel McIntyre, Portage – Ellice, Spence, West Alexander) and 45 (Burrows Central, Robertson). The program will be targeting the forest tent caterpillar, elm spanworm, and the spring and fall cankerworm species. Spraying will not occur if there is significant rainfall or winds are greater than 20 km/hr.

Treatment will be conducted utilizing Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk), a biological, organic product which is sprayed from high pressure tree sprayers directly onto the foliage of the trees located in City parks and on City boulevards. Once Btk is ingested by the tree pest caterpillars, they stop feeding and perish approximately two to three days later. This product has been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, and will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators.

Buffer zones
All buffer zones will be respected. Crews will ensure that the sprayer is not treating within 30 metres on each side of a registered property on the front street, side street, and rear lane.

Residents can apply for a 30-metre buffer zone in order to exempt their property during a tree pest caterpillar treatment program. Property owners not wanting insecticides applied on or adjacent to their principal residence may register as “Anti-Pesticide Registrants” for tree pest caterpillar control using Btk. Those who wish to register must provide identification that ties the registrant to the address being registered for a buffer zone. A photocopy or scanned document like a driver’s licence, Manitoba Hydro, Bell MTS or other utility bill will suffice as acceptable identification proving primary residence.

There are three different options to register:

  • In writing to Insect Control Branch at 3 Grey Street, Winnipeg, MB R2L 1V2;
  • Contacting 311
  • In person at 1539 Waverley Street.

A 72-hour turnaround time is required for processing.

Email notification
Citizens may register for email notification regarding adult mosquito and/or tree pest caterpillar control programs by visiting City of Winnipeg – Insect Control Register for Notification. Once registered, residents will receive automated phone or email notification identifying the area(s) of the City in which the Insect Control crews are intending to work, weather permitting.

More information
For more information contact 311, or visit City of Winnipeg – Insect Control Branch.

Ellice Avenue reduced to one lane in each direction from Erin Street to Arlington Street for street reconstruction

One lane eastbound, and one lane westbound will be maintained

Released: 9:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Ellice Avenue between Erin Street and Arlington Street will be reduced to one lane of vehicular traffic in each direction starting this Tuesday, May 22 at 9 a.m., and these lane closures will remain in place until the street reconstruction project is completed at the end of July.

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time to get to their destinations.

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 of major streets 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 as well as traffic re-route options.

Temporary open-air fire ban lifted

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Due to recent environmental conditions, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is lifting the temporary open-air fire ban for the city of Winnipeg. In addition, WFPS will resume issuing fireworks display permits and open fire permits. The WFPS will continue to enforce all permit conditions.

The WFPS would like to remind residents of the regulations regarding outdoor fire receptacles such as fire pits, fire places, and outdoor BBQs. Note that all open fires, including permitted burns and recreational fires within approved outdoor receptacles on public or private property are not permitted when wind speed exceeds 25 km/h.

“Even with the recent rainfall, prudent fire safety measures should always be followed when enjoying a recreational fire,” said John Lane, Chief of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “Residents should have a water supply at the ready and only use by-law approved fire pits to reduce the potential spread of airborne embers which increase the risk of brush and grass fires.”

From January 1 to May 16, 2018, WFPS responded to 79 grass/brush fires. In 2017, WFPS responded to a total of 85 grass/brush fires for the year.

For rules regarding fires within approved outdoor fire receptacles, please consult The City of Winnipeg – Neighbourhood Liveability By-law 1/2008, part 6.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service celebrates Paramedic Services Week

Winnipeg’s Paramedic Team: Health – Community – You

Released: 10:31 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is celebrating Paramedic Services Week, May 22 to 27, by participating in a variety of community and educational activities to help provide more information about the variety of paramedical services provided.

“I am incredibly proud of the dedication of our paramedics in providing quality medical care for residents,” said John Lane, Chief of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “Our paramedics serve Winnipeggers in a wide variety of ways. Whether doing front-line work aboard ambulances, fire trucks, and supervisor vehicles, working in community settings or our communications centre, or involved in research and administrative leadership roles, our paramedics work tirelessly to help those in need in our community.”

The WFPS currently has 730 licensed paramedics on staff who provide residents with emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Tuesday, May 22
What: Paramedics will attend Norquay Elementary School for the official Paramedic Services Week kickoff event.
Where: Norquay Elementary School, 132 Lusted Ave.
When: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
WFPS members will interact with students, staff, and parents at Norquay Elementary School. A variety of operational equipment and vehicles will be on display, in addition to educational materials. Students will have an opportunity to take part in a ‘What does a paramedic mean to you’ contest.

Wednesday, May 23
What: Celebration of Life Awards Ceremony
Where: Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, 281 Donald St.
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WFPS will be highlighting three emergency incidents at this year’s awards luncheon. They are incredible stories of bravery, perseverance and recovery.

Friday, May 25
What:  Paramedic Services Week – Children’s Day at the Zoo
Where: Assiniboine Park Zoo
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In partnership with the Assiniboine Park Zoo, WFPS will host 200 students from Norquay Elementary School at Emergency Services Children’s Day. A variety of vehicles and equipment will be on display for all zoo attendees to see.

Sunday, May 27
What: Paramedics will attend the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Where: Assiniboine Park
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WFPS will have a variety of vehicles and equipment on site for the public of all ages to learn more about. Additionally, paramedics will tend to all sick and injured teddy bears.

City crews begin annual grass mowing program to keep Winnipeg clean and green this summer

175 mowers used city-wide for grass cutting of over 2,489 hectares of green space

Released: 11:55 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Parks and Open Space crews will officially begin the City’s annual grass mowing program on Tuesday, May 22 (weather dependent) to keep Winnipeg clean and green this summer.

Starting next week about 175 mowers will be out mowing boulevards, athletic fields, parks and other city owned green spaces. In total, over 2,489 hectares are mowed on a rotating basis with mowing cycles ranging from an average of 10 to 14 days, which equates to about eight to twelve mowing cycles during a season. For reference, one hectare is approximately the same size as a CFL football field.

In addition to spring cleanup activities so far this year, Parks and Open Space staff have been preparing the parks, lining the athletic fields for spring play, and completing garbage pick-up and 311 service requests. Some mowers have already started their operations in regional parks and community athletic fields, and as crews complete spring clean-up operations they are deployed to litter pick up and mowing.

Grass growth in Winnipeg has started to occur for the season and usually continues until mid-October. How quickly the grass grows this year will be determined by the weather we receive such as amount of rainfall and heat. Depending on the extent of the grass growth this year crews will work weekends as required.

Once dandelions have emerged in Winnipeg they will be cut down as part of the mowing program. Dandelions typically emerge for three to four weeks before going to seed.

Citizens are reminded to use caution and to stay back to stay safe when in the vicinity of mowing crews.

Mayor Bowman Presents 2018 BIZ Awards

Released: 1:57 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At today’s annual Business Improvement Zones (BIZ) Awards Ceremony Mayor Brian Bowman recognized 16 Winnipeg individuals and organizations that have made contributions to enhance their local improvement zones.

“Business improvement zones play an important role in building our city as well as enhancing pride in our city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It’s great to have an opportunity every year to show our appreciation for all the great work our BIZs do making our communities and city a better place to live, work, and do business. Congratulations all of this year’s award recipients, and thank you for contributing toward a stronger Winnipeg.”

The annual Mayor’s BIZ Awards acknowledge the many contributions made to BIZ zones through marketing, special events and promotions, as well as local area beautification and safety.

The 2018 Mayor’s BIZ Award recipients are:

  • John Waldman – Academy Road BIZ
  • Luigi D’Amato – Corydon Avenue BIZ
  • Sachit Mehra – Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
  • Nuit Blanche – Exchange District BIZ
  • Carpathia Credit Union – North End BIZ
  • Dan Carlson – Norwood Grove BIZ
  • Eric Robert – Old St. Vital BIZ
  • David Moxley – Osborne Village BIZ
  • Shawn Brandson – Provencher Blvd BIZ
  • Portage Cycle & Sports – St. James Village BIZ
  • Jean-Guy Talbot – St. Norbert BIZ
  • Lloyd’s Quick Print – Selkirk Ave BIZ
  • Ted McLachlan – South Osborne BIZ
  • Glenn Campbell – Transcona BIZ
  • Greg Macpherson – West Broadway BIZ
  • Rennie Zegalski – West End BIZ

Almost 5,000 businesses are represented across16 BIZs in Winnipeg. Each zone has its own mandate and mission statement, but all work toward enhancing their zone for business members. The Downtown BIZ was established in 1989 as the first BIZ zone, while the St. Norbert BIZ is the most recent addition.

Winnipeggers invited to take advantage of Sunday/holiday bicycle routes starting this Sunday

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to take advantage of the City’s Sunday/holiday bicycle routes starting Sunday, May 20 until Monday, October 8. There are four streets in Winnipeg designated as Sunday/holiday bicycle routes:

  • Lyndale Drive – Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street
  • Scotia Street – Anderson Avenue (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong Avenue
  • Wellington Crescent – Academy Road (at Wellington Crescent) to Guelph Street
  • Wolseley Avenue – Raglan Road to Maryland Street

Sunday/holiday bike routes are in place on Sundays and holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, motor vehicle traffic will be restricted to a distance of not more than one block.

Signs are posted on all approach roadways as notification that motorists are entering a Sunday/holiday bicycle route. Signs are also posted at the end of the routes advising motorists that they are leaving the Sunday/holiday bicycle route. Barricades will be placed at the beginning and end of the routes to remind motorists that vehicle through-traffic is limited to one block on these routes. A violation of the Sunday/holiday bicycle route rules as outlined in the Traffic By-law may result in a fine.

It is important to note that these roads are not closed. Cyclists are reminded to use caution and continue to follow the rules of the road, and pedestrians should not walk on the roadway.

For more information, visit City of Winnipeg – Sunday/Holiday Bicycle Routes

Published at Fri, 18 May 2018 15:57:00 -0400