New sponsorship deal with Metro News in City skywalk
Mayor Sam Katz and Councillor Paula Havixbeck, the Councillor responsible for Sponsor Winnipeg, were joined today by Steve Shrout, Vice-president of Metro News and Rod Chivers, Distribution Manager for the Metro News in the City's skywalk, to announce a three-year Sponsorship agreement with the Metro News worth $225,000.
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WINNIPEG - April 05, 2012 - Mayor Sam Katz and Councillor Paula Havixbeck, the Councillor responsible for Sponsor Winnipeg, were joined today by Steve Shrout, Vice-president of Metro News and Rod Chivers, Distribution Manager for the Metro News in the City's skywalk, to announce a three-year Sponsorship agreement with the Metro News worth $225,000.
"I am pleased that Metro News is jumping on board as a new partner of the Sponsor Winnipeg program," said Mayor Katz. "Through generous contributions from civic-minded individuals, organizations and the private sector, this innovative program grows and inspires others to participate as well."
"When we came to the city a year ago we immediately sponsored the downtown Spirit bus routes and the Downtown BIZ clean teams. We're continuing our partnership with the people of Winnipeg with our latest sponsorship, the Winnipeg Downtown Walkways. We are excited to partner with the City of Winnipeg and know that active Winnipeggers benefit as a result" said Steve Shrout, Vice-president of Metro News.
In exchange for this sponsorship, the Metro will receive exclusive placement of their newspaper racks in five locations in the skywalk that are under the City's jurisdiction. These locations will be clearly identified by decal signage at each of the locations. In addition to the signage, Metro personnel will be at these locations Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to personally distribute the Metro News to Winnipeggers.
Sponsor Winnipeg is a partnership program which provides public-spirited individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and community groups with opportunities to sponsor a wide variety of City of Winnipeg assets and programs, in return for naming rights, legacy opportunities and other marketing benefits associated with sponsorship of City facilities and services. This continuing program supports the City's commitment to deliver high quality services to the citizens of Winnipeg by generating new revenue sources.
Since the launch of Sponsor Winnipeg, the City has generated over $2 million to enhance civic programs and services.
SOUTHWEST TRANSITWAY OFFICIALLY OPEN Transit improvements thanks to federal-provincial-municipal partnership
The Southwest Transitway officially opened today, providing Winnipeggers with fast and reliable transportation options between the downtown and the southwest part of the city.
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WINNIPEG - April 5, 2012 - The Southwest Transitway officially opened today, providing Winnipeggers with fast and reliable transportation options between the downtown and the southwest part of the city.
Representatives were on hand to celebrate the opening of the project, which included the construction of a high-speed busway, new rapid transit stations and new pathways that will encourage bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the corridor, and to and from the stations.
"Winnipeg's first rapid transit corridor will offer people more choices for getting around and will play an important role in the city's future growth by creating development opportunities along the line," said Premier Greg Selinger. "Everyone benefits when more of us choose to leave the car at home and take the bus or bike, and this will make those choices more convenient, safe and reliable."
The stations are fully accessible, provide convenient access and offer a safe, comfortable waiting environment for passengers. They incorporate such amenities as heaters, benches, real-time BUSwatch electronic displays, information kiosks, directional signs, and efficient, effective lighting.
"Our government's top priority is jobs, growth and long term prosperity," said the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport). "This new rapid transitway will mean faster, more reliable commute times for families, help increase the use of public transit, promote alternative means of transportation, such as cycling, and contribute to a cleaner environment for all residents."
"I know that Winnipeggers will love the transitway in rush hour, but even in off-peak travel times, I expect they will enjoy the consistency of service, the higher speeds and the break from the stop and go of traffic," said Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg.
The total cost of the project is $138 million. The Government of Canada is funding $17.5 million from the Public Transit Capital Trust. The Province of Manitoba is sharing the balance of the project costs with the City of Winnipeg.
Building on the $900-million Public Transit Canada Trust in 2006, the $500-million Public Transit Capital Trust announced in Budget 2008 supports capital investments in public transit infrastructure both as a means to reduce traffic congestion and to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions. Funding under the 2008 Public Transit Capital Trust was made available to provinces and territories on a per-capita basis. The entire allocation of the Trust has been committed.
City's major spring cleanup operation starts Monday night Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution around cleanup crews and equipment
City of Winnipeg crews will begin major cleanup activities this Monday night, April 9, 2012, as the annual spring cleanup operation of streets, sidewalks and back lanes, gets underway on a city-wide basis.
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WINNIPEG - April 5, 2012 - City of Winnipeg crews will begin major cleanup activities this Monday night, April 9, 2012, as the annual spring cleanup operation of streets, sidewalks and back lanes, gets underway on a city-wide basis.
So far this spring, due to warm temperatures, sweeping crews have been able to get some preliminary cleanup activities accomplished in the Downtown area, on regional streets, as well as on bridges and overpasses.
"In the weeks ahead, crews will be focused on cleaning up the city. During these operations, road safety is important to everyone as traffic in some areas may be temporarily altered to facilitate the cleanup operations. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to use extra caution when in the vicinity of cleanup crews and heavy equipment that will be working," said Ken Boyd, Manager of Streets Maintenance.
During spring clean-up operations the City places temporary "no parking" signs to restrict on-street parking on some streets that are scheduled to be cleaned. When these signs are in place on a city street, motorists are encouraged to move their vehicles to alternative parking locations during the posted times. Vehicles parked in violation of the temporary parking ban may be ticketed and towed.
The public is reminded that under the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law, it is a ticketable offense to place portable signage on boulevards and sidewalks because it is a safety concern for the public and City employees.
The major cleanup of boulevards and parks will commence a week later on Monday, April 16.
The $4.5 million cleanup is expected to take four to five weeks to complete and will involve approximately 300 pieces of equipment and more than 500 people.
How can the public help?
Property owners are asked not to rake yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves) or other debris onto streets, manhole covers or ditches. Such waste can plug the street drains, cause water ponding problems on the street, and could also increase the risk of basement flooding by causing water to drain into the wastewater sewer through manhole covers.
Residents can help out with their city's cleanup by raking and bagging their yard waste and dropping it off at one of the City of Winnipeg's free Leaf It With Us depots now open.
To find a Leaf It With Us depot location near you:
contact our 311 Contact Centre, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at email@example.com
call the 24-hour recorded yard waste information line at 204-986-8888, code 9813
call the 24-hour recorded Brady Road information line at 204-986-8888, code 9814