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May 17, 2013

Construction on new playground at King Edward School to begin soon

Children and families to have more recreation options

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - King Edward School children and their families will have an exciting new playground and recreation area thanks to a joint investment through Phase Two of the Manitoba/Winnipeg Building Communities Initiative (BCI) II partnership, announced Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief and, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) on behalf of Mayor Sam Katz.

“King Edward School is a vital part of the Point Douglas community and this new playground will be geared to the needs of the local children and their families,” said Minister Chief. “Projects like this support healthy active lifestyles, making a tangible difference in our quality of life. This school and community have worked hard at local fundraising and we are proud to help them make this wonderful project a reality.”

“All children need a safe place to play,” said Mayor Katz. “This new playground will be a place to learn, explore and have fun. These kinds of outdoor, community spaces are so vital for families with children and will be a welcome addition not only to King Edward School, but to the entire Point Douglas area.”

Plans for the new playground include an investment of $100,000 for open play and games areas, a picnic site, an amphitheatre, a hill with a slide and many smaller play structures like swings, spinners and a climbing net. The project is scheduled to begin as soon as the school year ends and should be completed by the time the 2013/14 school year opens.

“New play structures will mean so much to the Point Douglas community,” said Councillor Pagtakhan. “A lot of planning has gone into making this recreation area a welcoming space for people of all ages. When this project is complete, the new playground will become a community hub for the entire neighbourhood.”

“As a parent and member of this community, my family and I know first-hand how much this project will mean to our neighborhood,” said Sue Keller, King Edward School Parent Advisory committee member. “This project will be a welcoming place for Point Douglas families and it’s great to see our two years of hard work as a community start to pay off with help from the Province and the City.”

The King Edward School Playground project is one of 34 BCI II, Phase Two projects announced in March 2013. The BCI partnership is a multi-year, cost-shared capital initiative developed jointly by the Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg. The goal of the funding is to support community revitalization through improvements to local community infrastructure in targeted older neighbourhoods and contribute to the vitality, safety and health of communities throughout the city. The projects supported through BCI II increase community confidence by attracting, supporting and helping retain local residents and businesses. Projects are selected in consultation with key stakeholders and community groups.

In addition to BCI funding, the City of Winnipeg is supporting the project with a $33,000 commitment through the Point Douglas Ward allocation of the Community Incentive Grant Program. The project’s other funding partners include the Children’s Heritage Fund ($20,000), King Edward School/Community and Student Council Fundraising ($13,200) and the Thomas Sill Foundation ($10,000) for a total project cost of $176,000.

Below is a link to the architect’s rendering of the project.

EPC Recommends Police Board Appointments

Released: 12:03 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Executive Policy Committee (EPC) is recommending to City Council that the following appointments be made to the Winnipeg Police Board:

  • Scott Fielding, City Councillor (St James - Brooklands), recommended to Chair the Winnipeg Police Board.
  • Thomas Steen, City Councillor (Elmwood - East Kildonan) and Councillor responsible for Youth and Recreational Opportunities.
  • Paul Edwards, partner in the Winnipeg law firm of Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter, practicing in the areas of Labour and Employment, Civil Litigation, Environmental, Government Relations Law and Negotiations. Mr. Edwards is recommended as Vice-Chair.
  • David Keam, President, Best Sleep Centre, a successful Manitoba retailer and a former member of the Winnipeg Police Advisory Board.
  • Mary Jane Loustel, National Aboriginal Program Executive for IBM Canada, Chair of Economic Development Winnipeg, and Board Director and Chair of Finance Committee with the Aboriginal Human Resources Council.

EPC first recommended Winnipeg Police Board appointees on March 7, 2013. However, one of the appointees withdrew his name before the recommendation could be considered at the March 2013 Council meeting. David Keam, President of the Best Sleep Centre, is the new recommendation from EPC.

These appointments will be made in compliance with provincial legislation (The Police Services Act) and will be subject to Council approval.The inaugural board will be made up of City Councillors, citizen members and provincial appointees.

City appointees were selected based on a balance of skills including experience in one or more of the following areas: financial acumen, community crime prevention, understanding of the urban Aboriginal context, familiarity with the City’s LiveSAFE Crime Prevention Partnership, governance, policy making and strategy.

Citizens appointed to the board will serve for a term not to exceed the lesser of three years or the term of the Council that made the appointment. Councillors appointed to the board may serve for a one-year term, and may be a board member only so long as they remain a Councillor.

Councillor Fielding today announced a compromise solution for appointees who wish to have a third party law enforcement agency complete their Winnipeg Police Board background checks.

“Background checks will continue to be conducted by the Winnipeg Police Service, however, for anyone who prefers to have a third party complete the check, such as the RCMP, we will make that option available,” said Councillor Fielding.

The mandate of the board, which was established in a by-law on November 28, 2012, is to provide civilian governance regarding law enforcement, give administrative direction to support effective policing in our city, and act as a liaison between the community and the Winnipeg Police Service.

Last update: 17.05.2013

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