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July 8, 2015

9th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival takes place July 19 at the Living Prairie Museum

Released: 12:11 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Living Prairie Museum presents the 9th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, July 19 from noon until 4:00 p.m.

The festival is a free family event that encourages butterfly conservation. Make your own butterfly wings, map your milkweed, and create a little piece of prairie in a pot.

Guest speakers Cary Hamel (Nature Conservancy Canada), Jeff Marcus (University of Manitoba), and John Morgan (Prairie Habitats Inc.) will be sharing information about butterfly biology, conservation, and creating habitat.

Learn about the place that many butterflies call home by taking a guided hike through the tall grass prairie preserve, bring your butterfly questions to “Ask an Entomologist,” and bring a t-shirt to make a one-of-a-kind festival souvenir. Free milkweed will be available!

For more information on this event, or to volunteer, please call 204-832-0167 or email , follow the Living Prairie Museum on Twitter @livingprairie, like Living Prairie Museum on Facebook, or visit City of Winnipeg - Living Prairie Museum.

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Necessary Council building maintenance commences

Released: 2:16 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Important maintenance to the Council Building has begun, and will include necessary structural repairs such as roof replacement, window upgrades, stone repointing, and Building Code-related safety system upgrades. This maintenance work is needed as many important building components and systems have reached the end of their usable lifecycle and require updating in order to meet the needs of the public and Council long-term.

The Council building is over 50 years old, and was recently designated as a heritage building. A health and safety report by a fire protection consultant in 2010 suggested a number of essential repairs, including upgrade to fire detection, suppression and alarm systems to meet current code, asbestos abatement, and security and safety improvements. A separate consultant report from 2002, updated in 2012, also identified a number of required repairs, including repairs to the roof, clerestory windows and tyndall stone façade.

Repairs to these necessary facilities, including installation of an energy-efficient roof and windows, are already long overdue, will ensure that the building is up to current safety system and Code requirements, and will also lead to cost-savings in the future. These repairs will also help avoid incurring further costs to repair aging infrastructure such as patching roof leaks and spot-repairing water damage to the tyndall stone façade.

This building repair is expected to be completed by late 2017. Work will occur in phases, and will be completed as efficiently as possible with respect to season and time-sensitive work in order to minimize cost and limit service delivery interruptions.

City Hall maintenance was identified as a priority in Budget 2012. Requests for proposals for Council building repairs will be posted at City of Winnipeg - Bid Opportunities as the project proceeds.

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Closure on Jefferson Avenue between Cail Bay and King Edward Street due to railway crossing reconstruction project

Released: 3:57 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Jefferson Avenue between Cail Bay and King Edward Street will be completely closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015 for a CP railway crossing reconstruction project. Jefferson Avenue will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit reroute and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

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Last update: July 8, 2015