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May 9, 2013

City begins 2013 insect control season

Released: 1:35 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, the City of Winnipeg announced the start of its surveillance and larviciding activities for the 2013 insect control season.

Mosquito Control Program

This season’s mosquito control program will continue to be based on an environmentally conscious Insect Control Strategy.

The City of Winnipeg will continue using a balanced control approach including larviciding, biocontrols and residual treatments, and when necessary, fogging, to supplement these ongoing measures.

  • As in previous years, the Insect Control Branch (ICB) continues to use four larviciding helicopters on contract.
  • The total number of staff working at the Branch will be similar to last year, with approximately 160 staff being employed.
  • Currently the Branch monitors and treats over 20,000 to 40,000 hectares of water area on an ongoing basis based on weather conditions.
  • Our Geographic Information System database contains approximately 7,000 standing water listings, many of which contain multiple sites.
  • Monitoring for adult nuisance mosquitoes in the New Jersey Light Traps did start first week of May this season. The trap counts and AFA will be posted daily on the Insect Control website. The current New Jersey Light Trap count is 0.

Fogging will be initiated only when the requirements of the City policy, the AFA (Adulticiding Factor Analysis) Guidelines, and the Provincial Pesticide Use Permit are met. If nuisance mosquito fogging is required, the program will be carried out in the entire city, buffer zones respected, prioritizing first for areas with highest nuisance mosquito populations. For details on the AFA factors, please refer to the Insect Control website.

A 24-hour public notice will be issued prior to a nuisance fogging program being implemented.  Daily public notices will also be issued detailing where fogging will occur that night. Personal notification by telephone and/or email of the mosquito fogging programs activities is also available by:

  • Contacting the Insect Control Branch in writing at 3 Grey Street, R2L 1V2,
  • Emailing 311@winnipeg.ca or faxing 311,
  • Registering online, and
  • Registering in person at 1539 Waverley Street.

All Winnipeg neighbourhoods have been grouped into 51 Insect Management Areas so that residents can become familiar with their Insect Management Area. Information on all fogging, cankerworm and elm bark beetle control activities will be provided by referencing the specific Insect Management Area in which they are being carried out. These maps can be found on our website or at 1539 Waverley Street or 3 Grey Street. You can also find out the Insect Management area that you live in by calling 311.

Residents can apply for a 90-metre buffer zone in order to exempt their property during a Residential Adult Nuisance Mosquito Fogging Program. Property owners not wanting insecticides applied on or adjacent to their principle residence may register as “Anti-Pesticide Registrants” for adult nuisance mosquito control using Malathion 95ULVâ or Pyrocide 7067â.

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 or utility bill will suffice as acceptable identification proving primary residence.

There are four different options to register:

  • In writing to Insect Control Branch at 3 Grey Street, R2L 1V2,
  • Emailing 311 at 311@winnipeg.ca or faxing 311, and
  • In person at 1539 Waverley Street.

As a minimum 72-hour turnaround time is required for processing, residents are reminded to begin registering now for the 2013 season, in the event that cankerworm control or mosquito fogging is required.

PLEASE HELP FIGHT THE BITE!
The City is strongly encouraging property owners to also help “Fight the Bite” as approximately 50 per cent of standing water sites are located on private property.

Homeowners can take one of the following steps to eliminate standing water on their properties:

  • Dump It! - containers
  • Drain It! - eavestroughing or unused containers
  • Cover It! - rain water collection containers
  • Fill It! - low-lying areas
  • Treat It! - biological larvicide

Cankerworm Control Program

Due to the late spring the cankerworm monitoring information is unavailable as the spring run has only just started.

The ICB will provide updates on cankerworm monitoring in the coming weeks as the spring run results become available.

Homeowners are reminded to remove tree bands
It is too late to carry out any further banding of your trees this spring as the wingless female moths have already started climbing the trees and laying their eggs in the crown. Please remember to remove any tree bands on May long weekend, as the band will damage the bark of the tree if left on throughout the summer. To control fall cankerworm please put new sticky bands up in early September.

Residents can apply for a 30-metre buffer zone in order to exempt their property during a Cankerworm Treatment Program. Property owners not wanting insecticides applied on or adjacent to their principle residence may register as “Anti-Pesticide Registrants” for the cankerworm control using Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki).

There are four different options to register:

  • In writing to Insect Control Branch at 3 Grey Street, R2L 1V2,
  • Emailing 311 at 311@winnipeg.ca or faxing 311, and
  • In person at 1539 Waverley Street.

As a minimum 72-hour turnaround time is required for processing, residents are reminded to begin registering now for the 2013 season, in the event that cankerworm control or mosquito fogging is required.

Personal notification by telephone and/or email of the cankerworm programs activities is also available by:

  • Contacting the Insect Control Branch in writing at 3 Grey Street, R2L 1V2,
  • Emailing 311@winnipeg.ca or faxing 311,
  • Registering online, and
  • In person at 1539 Waverley Street.

Interested individuals may acquire more information by contacting 311 or by visiting the Insect Control Branch website.

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Mayor Katz Presents Medal to Madison Bowey

Hockey Player Receives Mayor's Award for Sports Excellence

Released: 2:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - In a presentation today at City Hall, Mayor Sam Katz honoured 18-year old Madison Bowey, Winnipeg native and defenseman for the Kelowna Rockets, with the Mayor’s Award for Sports Excellence.

Bowey, along with his Team Canada teammates, won the gold medal at the 2013 World Under-18 Hockey Championships, held in Sochi, Russia in April. Bowey contributed one goal to tie the score at 2-2 in the second period of the tournament’s exciting final game against the United States. The game finished in a 3-2 victory for Team Canada.

“I admire the determination and talent that it takes to compete - and win - at a World Championship level,” said Mayor Katz. “This young man has phenomenal talent and Winnipeggers can be proud of his achievements.”

Bowey spent his childhood playing hockey in Winnipeg. Before joining the Kelowna Rockets, a Western Hockey League team, Bowey played for the Winnipeg Wild AAA.

“Receiving this award from the Mayor is a tremendous honour,” said Bowey.

The Mayor’s Award for Sports Excellence is presented to Winnipeggers who have won gold in a recognized World Championship event. The award was introduced by Mayor Katz in 2008.

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Winnipeggers reminded to "Park Smart!"

Released: 4:03 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - To help keep our community safe and enable emergency responders to do their jobs more effectively, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Winnipeg Parking Authority warn citizens not to park illegally when attending large events like neighbourhood garage sales.

Vehicles parked illegally at bus stops, near fire hydrants, double-parked or in other illegal situations can cause obstructions that delay fire engines, rescue, ambulance, police and other emergency responder units on their way to emergencies. Illegal parking can also impact transit service to citizens.

Beginning this weekend, Winnipeg Parking Authority and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic staff will attend large community events to educate citizens on the importance of keeping streets clear for traffic at all times. Staff will provide information to drivers and ask them to move their vehicles if parked inappropriately. Events such as neighbourhood garage sales can bring in a lot of vehicles which, if parked improperly, can cause traffic jams.

Vehicles parked illegally may be subject to ticketing and towing under the provisions of the Fire Prevention By-law and the Traffic By-law.

Remember to “Park Smart!” and help keep your community safe.

Mayor Supports Cadets and Students in Quest to Visit PPCLI Battlefields

Ticket Drive Launched at City Hall

Released: 4:16 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today Mayor Sam Katz and members representing Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) launched a ticket drive to help send PPCLI cadets and students to the 100th anniversary commemoration of the PPCLI battle at Frezenberg, Belgium. Frezenberg, part of the Second Battle of Ypres, is the location where the PPCLI fought its first major battle and sadly, lost most of its original volunteers, many of them Manitobans.

The “Patricias” - as they are fondly called - have a long association with the City of Winnipeg. In 1914, Winnipeg was an active recruiting centre for the Regiment and for many years, the 2nd Battalion PPCLI was located at Winnipeg’s Kapyong Barracks. Today, 2 PPCLI is located in Shilo; however, Winnipeg remains home to two PPCLI Army Cadet corps and an active PPCLI Association.

In a launch event held at City Hall today, Mayor Katz purchased the first pair of tickets to a fund-raising event called the Manitoba Gala, to be held Oct. 4, 2013 at CanadInns Polo Park. Money raised from this event will help send cadets and students to France and Belgium to take part in tours of battle sites and events marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War years.

“Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards sending some very special cadets and students to Belgium and France in 2015 for a commemorative tour of battle sites holding tremendous significance to our nation’s military, and in particular, the Patricias,” said Mayor Katz. “I am honoured to support young people who wish to honour the memories of all those who fought with the PPCLI and other Canadian regiments in the First World War.”

"The Gala that the Manitoba Committee is putting together will be a great night - featuring Julian Austin and his great music, and going a long ways to help Manitoba youth get to Belgium and walk where other generations fought,” said Lieutenant-General (retired) Ray Crabbe, Colonel of the Regiment PPCLI. “Join the PPCLI family at CanadInns Polo Park on Friday, October 4."

Tickets for the Manitoba Gala are now on sale at McNally Robinson and guest services at CanadInns Polo Park.

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Last update: 09.05.2013

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