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August 18, 2011

Zero tolerance dog licensing to begin September 1, 2011

Released: 9:42 a.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

Effective September 1, 2011, Winnipeg will become a zero-tolerance dog licensing city. Owners of dogs over six months of age without a license are subject to a $250 fine, plus court costs. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - August 18, 2011 - Effective September 1, 2011, Winnipeg will become a zero-tolerance dog licensing city. Owners of dogs over six months of age without a license are subject to a $250 fine, plus court costs

The initiative is patterned after the City of Calgary which has had a zero tolerance dog licensing policy for 15 years. This policy has resulted in a 90 per cent dog licensing compliance rate in Calgary, while Winnipeg is estimated at 40 per cent.

Dogs impounded at Animal Services that are not licensed and have not been identified become property of the City of Winnipeg after five days. Thereafter, an unlicensed dog can be adopted to another family, sent to a rescue or euthanized. Dogs wearing a license are held 10 days at Animal Services.

Photo of Shylee and owner Joseph H. in front of Animal Services

This photo shows Winnipeg resident Joseph H. with his dog Shylee. Shylee accidentally got loose and was impounded as a stray at Animal Services wearing a current dog license. Since Shylee was wearing a current license, he was eligible for Animal Services' Free Ride Home program. Had Shylee not been licensed, Joseph would have been responsible for impound and boarding fees in addition to a $250 fine.

Dog licenses cost $27 a year for spayed/neutered dogs, and $62 for others. Residents can purchase a two-year license and receive a 10% discount in the second year. Dog licenses are available for purchase online at Winnipeg.ca or by calling 311.

What does license revenue fund?

Animal control and care of stray dogs which includes:

  • A facility for the care of stray dogs.
  • Reuniting stray dogs with their owners including a "Free Ride Home" program.
  • Emergency services including attending house fires, car accidents, and police assists to help in the removal of dogs.
  • An Adoption Program at Animal Services which allows adoptable dogs to be adopted to new families instead of being euthanized.
  • Animal Services Officers to help resolve neighbourhood disputes involving animals.

Animal Services receives almost 10,600 calls a year for service from the community.

For more information visit: Winnipeg.ca/animalservices.


City steps up arson prevention strategies, urges residents to work together

Released: 2:00 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

Today Mayor Sam Katz is urging Winnipeggers to be mindful of their properties and work together as a community as the City steps up arson prevention strategies.(for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - August 18, 2011 - Today Mayor Sam Katz is urging Winnipeggers to be mindful of their properties and work together as a community as the City steps up arson prevention strategies.

"By working together to identify the issues and take precautions, we can all play a role in ensuring a safer community for everyone," said Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz. "Ultimately, I am confident that the individuals responsible will be brought to justice, but we can all continue to be vigilant and minimize the opportunity for this criminal behavior."

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS), along with the City's Water and Waste department, are actively taking a number of arson prevention measures in an effort to stop arson and encourage and educate residents in their role to help keep their neighborhoods safe.

  • WFPS is actively studying trends in fire setting activity to quickly identify emerging or existing hot spots.
  • Fire crews are entering into neighborhoods to identify properties at risk and speak with the property owners/tenants on how best they can protect themselves from becoming the target of an arsonist. Crews will also provide the owner with a checklist to assist them with taking direct action to remove the opportunities for arson and provide information to community groups and encourage action in neighborhood watch programs or citizens on patrol.
  • The City's Fire Prevention branch is working closely with fire crews identifying properties at risk to support their efforts through building and fire code, and by-law enforcement.
  • If abandoned waste is identified by crews, 311 will be called to request removal.
  • The City's Fire Investigations Unit, a partnership between WFPS, Winnipeg Police Service, and the Office of the Fire Commissioner, are working to determine cause and origin of fires, as well as gathering evidence to present for arrest and prosecution of individuals who are suspected with committing the criminal act of arson.
  • When an area is showing a trend towards increased arson activity our Public education teams will engage in the schools and community clubs to provide fire prevention education.
  • When a young fire setter is identified they will be encouraged to join the Youth Fire Stop program.

Arson Prevention Tips

More information and safety tips about arson prevention are available on the WFPS website at winnipeg.ca/fps/pdfs/Reducing Arson Homeowners Checklist.pdf

Bulky Waste Pick Up

Large household items are not picked up with regular curbside garbage collection. To get rid of items such as furniture and mattresses, residents have several options:

  1. Phone 311 and arrange for a special bulky waste pickup. A fee may apply.
    • The items are picked up according to the Five Day Collection Calendar.
    • Two business days notice is required. For example, if your collection day is Day 1, and your next Day 1 collection is on a Friday, you need to call before Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
    • Place your items at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day, but no sooner than the night before.
  2. Take your items directly to a landfill for disposal. There is a fee.
  3. Hire a private hauler to take your items to a landfill for disposal.

These options also apply to residents in the automated cart collection that have large household items or extra garbage bags that do not fit in their cart.

It is illegal to dispose of garbage or bulky items any other way than described above.

Residents that notice abandoned waste in their neighbourhood can call 311 and a special pickup will be scheduled just like a bulky waste pickup. There is no fee for requesting an abandoned waste pickup.

For information on how to dispose of other household waste items that require special handling and are not picked up with curbside garbage collection (e.g., household construction/renovation materials), visit winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/garbage/specialHandle.stm

Waste Disposal Tips

  • Residents are advised to place their garbage and recycling containers out for curbside collection no sooner than the night before their collection day. The containers should be moved back on to their property as soon as possible after collection.
  • Businesses should keep the lid on their garbage container closed at all times.
  • Don't leave any garbage, recycling or tree trimmings at the curb between collection days. For information on how to put tree trimmings out for curbside garbage collection, visit winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/garbage/specialHandle.stm#logs
  • Don't store firewood or lumber near your home or garage.

Fall Leisure Guide now available

Released: 2:11 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide offers a number of fun and exciting programs to help preschoolers and children develop the skills they need to get active for life.(for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - August 18, 2011 - The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide offers a number of fun and exciting programs to help preschoolers and children develop the skills they need to get active for life. Enjoy a fun environment while learning a critical life skill like swimming!

The Fall Leisure Guide is now available at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres, and will be available Saturday at a number of retail locations. Winnipeg Free Press subscribers will receive a copy in their weekend edition of the paper on Saturday, August 20. The Leisure Guide can also be viewed online by visiting Winnipeg.ca.

Registration for programs begins Monday, August 29 at 9:00 a.m.

To help 311 best serve all citizens who want to register during what is expected to be a high call volume period, residents who do not already have a PIN and login ID number for online registration are asked to set up an account prior to the first day of registration. This can be done by calling 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by visiting any civic indoor pool or the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre (located at 625 Osborne Street).

For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

Leisure Online
Visit Winnipeg.ca/leisureonline (a login ID and PIN, and a credit card are required).

Call 311
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

In-person
Visit 395 Main Street or any civic indoor pool (check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice). Fort Rouge Leisure Centre will also be accepting in-person registration on August 29 only from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Drop-off
Completed registration forms can be dropped off at any of the following locations (check facility for operating hours):

  • Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, 625 Osborne Street
  • Main floor, 395 Main Street
  • St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Avenue

Mail
Registration Office
395 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3N8

Last update: 18.08.2011

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