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May 24, 2013

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service hosting EMS Week May 26 - June 1

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - EMS Week 2013 is being held across Canada from May 26 to June 1, 2013. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is working with its partners to provide a variety of educational and entertaining activities, to highlight the emergency medical system in our community.

Sunday, May 26
What: Paramedics will attend the Children’s Hospital Foundation Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Where: Assiniboine Park
When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
An ambulance, the Major Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV) and other specialized apparatus will be set up for children to tour, with paramedics on hand to tend to all sick and injured teddy bears.
911 communications officers will also be demonstrating an interactive 911 call simulator to teach the importance of how and when to use the 911 system.

Tuesday, May 28
What: Annual Manitoba Paramedic Honour Guard Golf Tournament
Where: Bridges Golf Course
When: 12:00 p.m.
The Paramedic Honour Guard operates on a volunteer basis, lending their services to a wide variety of special events throughout the year including Service, Civic, Union, Provincial, Federal and International events that benefit from uniformed Honour representation. The golf tournament is a key portion of their fundraising initiative which they rely on to operate.
Members of the WFPS are participating in the tournament to support the Honour Guard and the valuable contribution they make to EMS.

Wednesday, May 29
What: EMS Children's Day at the Zoo
Where: Assiniboine Park Zoo
When: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WFPS, the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS), the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Paramedic Association of Manitoba and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in partnership with the Assiniboine Park Zoo will host an Emergency Services Children's Day for schools and the general public which will highlight health and safety messages, physical activity and nutrition.

Thursday, May 30
What: 5th Annual Celebration of Life Awards Ceremony
Where: Masonic Memorial Temple, 420 Corydon Avenue
When: 11:00 a.m.
WFPS members and civilians will be recognized for their extraordinary service and their contributions to help make Winnipeg a safe community.

Dignitaries in attendance:
The Honourable Phillip Lee, Lieutenant Governor
The Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health, Province of Manitoba
Councillor Brian Mayes, City of Winnipeg
Chief Reid Douglas, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Friday, May 31
What: EMS night out at the ball park
Where: Shaw Park
When: 7:00 p.m.
Thanks to the support of the Manitoba Government Employees Union (MGEU) and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Senior Officers Association (WFPSOA), EMS week will conclude with an EMS appreciation night at Shaw Park. MGEU and WFPSOA members and their families are invited to come out to watch the baseball game.
Specialized apparatus will be set up along the pre-game promenade with paramedics on hand to provide tours of the vehicles and answer any questions. The Manitoba Paramedic Honour Guard will be escorting the vocalists onto the baseball field. Videos and displays will be on hand throughout the park to demonstrate the abilities of the EMS Service.

City of Winnipeg first municipality in Canada to adopt
National Business Number

Red tape reduced for businesses working with City departments

Released: 10:33 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg announced that the City’s use of the National Business Number has begun and that local business will now see a reduction in red tape when working with the City’s Assessment and Taxation, Community Services, and Planning, Property and Development Departments. The City of Winnipeg is the first municipality to integrate the National Business Number into its customer service processes.

“Our Government is focused on creating jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. Through the measures we have introduced as part of the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan we are allowing companies to focus on what they do best, create jobs and grow the economy,” said the Honourable Minister Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue. “I am pleased that Winnipeg has decided to streamline business dealings with government. This initiative will simplify the way that businesses interact with different levels of government, reducing the burden placed on entrepreneurs.”

“Manitoba has been a leader in encouraging adoption of the business number because we know it will streamline business operations and help them to succeed”, said Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson.  “We are pleased that our provincial capital is the first municipality in the country to come on board.”

The City began using the National Business Number during customer service for licenses, permits, and business tax, on May 13. City staff report that the use of the business number has been well received by City clients.

I am proud that the City of Winnipeg is the first Canadian municipality to adopt the use of the National Business Number,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “By taking the lead and making a strong commitment to reducing red tape for local business, we are making it easier for businesses of all sizes to operate and thrive in our city.”

“The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the City of Winnipeg for becoming the first municipality in Canada to adopt the national Business Number and all three levels of government for working together to make this a reality. Adopting the Business Number will reduce the red tape burden on small businesses giving them more time to focus on what they do best: creating jobs and growing the economy,” said Ben Kolisnyk, Policy Analyst, Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The National Business Number is a unique, nine-digit number that identifies a business and is assigned by the Canada Revenue Agency. Each business uses the same nine-digit number in order to establish a common business identity across departments and levels of government.

For more information on the National Business Number, visit Canadian Revenue Agency - Business Number Registration or Province of Manitoba - One Business, One Number

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Portage Avenue East partial road closure begins Monday, May 27;
full road closure begins Saturday, June 1

Manitoba Hydro repairing three manholes; closure to last four weeks

Released: 2:18 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised that beginning Monday, May 27, there will be intermittent road closures on Portage Avenue East from Main Street to Westbrook Street will be closed due to manhole repairs.

Beginning Saturday, June 1, there will be a full closure of Portage Avenue East for approximately two weeks. Local access will be available from Main Street only. Westbrook Street will remain open, but northbound left turns will be restricted. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Manitoba Hydro will be working at Portage Avenue East and Westbrook Street rebuilding three manholes that are a critical part of Winnipeg’s electrical system. This work is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete.

For Transit re-route information, visit Winnipeg Transit.

For more information on Manitoba Hydro’s system renewal, visit:

For a map of the closure area, please click here.

Last update: 24.05.2013

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