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May 30, 2013

Cankerworm Bulletin #2
Cankerworm Control Program continues in selected areas

Released: 11:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Thursday, May 30, 2013, weather permitting, the City of Winnipeg’s Insect Control Branch will continue its cankerworm control program.

Yesterday evening, the Insect Control Branch started treatment in Insect Management Area 47.

Starting at 9:30 p.m. today, May 30, 2013, crews will continue treatment in the Insect Management Area 47 in the following neighbourhoods Inkster - Faraday, Luxton, St. John's and St. John's Park, weather permitting. Spraying will not occur if there is significant rainfall or winds are greater than 20 kmph.

General Information

Treatment will be conducted using Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk), a biological product, which is sprayed from high pressure tree sprayers directly onto the foliage of the trees located in City parks and on City boulevards. This product has been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, and will be used in accordance with federally approved labeled directions by licensed pesticide applicators.

All buffer zones will be respected. Crews will ensure that the sprayer is not treating within 30 metres on each side of a registered property on the front street, side street, and rear lane.

Property owners not wanting insecticides applied on or adjacent to their principle residence may register as “Anti-Pesticide Registrants” for the cankerworm control programs. 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 such as a driver’s licence or a 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 or faxing 311, and
  • In person at 1539 Waverley Street.

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 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 City’s Insect Control website.

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New state-of-the-art fare boxes being installed on buses

Released: 1:07 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Starting today, Winnipeg Transit will begin introducing new, electronic, state-of-the-art fare boxes on all 565 buses in its fleet. The GFI-Odyssey fare boxes, supplied by Garival Inc. of Laval, Quebec, will be equipped with automatic coin counters, on-screen information displays, paper transfer printers and readers, a separate ticket slot and smart card sensors.

“We know that convenience and simplicity encourages more ridership” said Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux. “That is why we are pleased to partner with the City of Winnipeg to modernize our transit system, giving riders easier access to our buses.”

“The City of Winnipeg is committed to providing Winnipeggers with affordable, accessible transit,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “Converting our fare boxes to a more efficient, user-friendly system will improve the transit experience for both rider and Operator. The investments that we are making now will serve us well into the future.”

New fareboxes more user-friendly and include improved security features
Coins will now be validated and counted as they are dropped, one at a time, through the coin slot. As payment is made, information will be presented visually on the display screen that is mounted on top of the fare box. The fare boxes do not accept pennies or paper currency. Based on experiences in other markets that are already using the GFI-Odyssey system, the new fare boxes represent a minor change to most transit customers who pay with cash or tickets.

Ticket paying customers will need to drop their tickets into a clearly marked ticket slot located on top of the new farebox. Pass holders will encounter no change at all to their current payment and boarding method.

Transfers now printed, issued and read by the new farebox
When paying a fare with cash or tickets, riders can still ask the Operator for a transfer, however, now the transfer will be printed and issued by the new fare box, not the operator. The printed transfer will include a bar code that will be automatically validated by the bar code reader when scanned by the new fare box on a connecting bus. The fare box will indicate both audibly and visually if the transfer is valid. The transfer is good for up to 75 minutes from the time it is printed, up from the 60-minute transfer guarantee offered by current transfers.

The conversion process is expected to extend over the next few weeks. During the installation phase, passengers may encounter both types of fareboxes. Passengers with an old style transfer will still need to show their transfer to the operator when boarding.  Passengers with a new bar code transfer boarding a bus with an old farebox will also need to show the operator their transfer.

Smart cards to be introduced in the near future
The next phase of the project will be the implementation of a new smart card fare payment system that will provide transit customers with a more convenient way to pay for their bus rides. Transit will still accept cash on buses with the new system; however, all paper pass and ticket products currently in use will be replaced once smart cards are introduced. Transit will continue to offer special fare discounts for seniors and students. More details about the new smart card system, including an implementation timeline will be available in the late summer or early fall of 2013.

For more information about the new Fare Collection System, visit

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Reminder - Winnipeggers can still register for Summer Leisure Guide programs and camps

Released: 2:45 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Hip Hip Hooray - hot summer days are on the way! Summer Leisure Guide programs and camps are starting soon and there is still time to register.

The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide offers an exciting lineup of summer camps, featuring a number of fun options to keep the kids busy and active this summer! There are camps running every week throughout the summer at a variety of city locations.

With Summer Escape theme weeks, kids can discover the secrets of science with Einsteins & Frankensteins, soak up the sun with Hawaiian Hullabaloo, cook up some tasty and nutritious creations with Incredible Edibles, and so much more.

The Leisure Guide also offers L'il Critters theme weeks for preschoolers and a variety of Sport Camps including Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Fencing, Cheerleading/Trampoline, Racquet Sport, and Flag Football/Ultimate Frisbee. Spaces are limited, so register today.

The Spring/Summer Leisure Guide is available at all City of Winnipeg indoor pools, libraries, and leisure centres and at over 175 retail locations.

The Leisure Guide can also be viewed online by visiting

For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

Visit (a login ID and PIN, and a credit card are required). Citizens who do not already have a PIN and login ID number need to set up an account prior to registering. This can be done by calling 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by visiting any civic indoor pool or leisure centre.

Call 311
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Visit or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at for in-person registration locations and times.

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Last update: 05.06.2013

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