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May 2, 2013

Canadian Tire selects Downtown Winnipeg as site for new national computing centre

Released: 11:13 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Canadian Tire Corporation announced today that it has chosen Winnipeg as the home of its new state-of-the-art digital content warehouse, application lab, testing lab and high performance data centre. When it opens in the Air Canada Centre in downtown Winnipeg in the fall of 2013, the ‘Canadian Tire Advanced Cloud Computing Centre’ will be one of the most advanced centres of its kind in North America. During the first year of operations, the Centre will bring 50 new jobs to Winnipeg.

“The opening of the Canadian Tire data centre will create terrific opportunities in our technology sector and will significantly advance the digital media industry in Winnipeg,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “This announcement by one of Canada’s top retailers also signals our success in making Winnipeg a city of choice for companies looking to make considerable investments.”

“The Canadian Tire Advanced Cloud Computing Centre will serve as the core digital hub for the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, including Canadian Tire Retail, Mark’s, FGL Sports, Partsource, Gas+ and our Financial Services division,” said Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation. “We’re entering the next phase of our digital journey and we’re excited that our journey puts the Winnipeg community front and centre.”

More than 10 community partners participated in attracting Canadian Tire Corporation to Winnipeg for this state-of-the-art facility including: YES! Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg, Economic Development Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, ICTAM, New Media Manitoba, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, Manitoba Hydro as well as several private sector organizations.

Full closure of Waverley Street from Taylor Avenue to Wilkes Avenue

Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Released: 11:25 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised a full road closure will take place this Sunday on Waverley Street between Taylor Avenue and Wilkes Avenue. This closure will be in effect on Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 a.m. and will reopen at 3:00 p.m.

Canadian National Railway will be undertaking this work for equipment upgrades. The closure is to ensure motorist safety.

For information on Winnipeg Transit re-routes, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Motorists are reminded to allow additional travel time.

Winnipeg's Spring Curbside Giveaway Weekend just around the corner

Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2013

Released: 12:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Are you doing some spring cleaning and have some items in good condition that you’ll never use again? Residents are invited to take advantage of this year’s first giveaway weekend on May 11 and 12, 2013. This is a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable unwanted items taking up space in your home or to browse the curbs for some great finds. The fall giveaway weekend will be September 7 and 8, 2013.

Tips if you are giving away items:

  • Place unwanted household items at the curb on your front street.
  • Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign.
  • Keep any items safely stored away that you don't want to give away.
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday.

Examples of giveaway items include:

  • books, CDs and DVDs
  • furniture, electronics and small appliances
  • sports equipment and toys
  • yard and gardening tools and equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow throwers, rakes, shovels)
  • kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • unwanted gifts
  • construction material (e.g., nails, paint, wood)
  • clothing

Please do not put out:

  • items that could be unsafe
  • items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, bedding)
  • toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more)

Tips if you are cruising the curbs looking for treasures:

  • Take only the items at the curb marked "FREE.”
  • Respect other people's property - don't walk or drive on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Don't discard any items on another person’s lawn.
  • Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don't block traffic, park illegally or block people's driveways with your vehicle)
  • Watch out for children.

For more information on the giveaway weekend, including what to do with leftover items:

  • visit winnipeg.ca
  • contact our 311 Centre, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca
  • download the mywaste app at Winnipeg.ca/mywaste

For information on items that aren’t safe to give away (e.g., baby walkers, lawn darts), visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/garage-eng.php

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Last update: 02.05.2013

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