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May 31, 2013

Where in the world are Walter's owners?

Animal Services work on finding Walter and 43 friends, new homes during weekend dog sale

Released: 11:23 a.m.

Walter is looking to be adopted

Winnipeg, MB - Walter has been silent about his personal details since being picked up in the North End in mid-April and brought to the Animal Services Agency by a caring citizen. Despite his lack of verbal communication with Animal Services Agency officials, Walter has otherwise been extremely cooperative during his month-long stay at the Agency by allowing people to play ball with him, take him for walks, and in eating all his kibble.

Walter continues to keep his spirits up with regular attention from the Agency’s kennel staff and volunteers. To view a photo of Walter, click here.

“We know his name is Walter from the ear tattoo he received around 2008,” says Leland Gordon, Chief Operation Officer of the City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency. “The address and phone number associated with the tattoo have proved a dead end and no one has come looking for Walter. He is a great dog and was clearly someone’s pet and companion as he is perfect on a leash and knows sit and how to shake a paw. We are now trying to find Walter a new home as his owners have failed to contact us.”

Gordon adds: “Animal Services staff have made numerous attempts to find Walter’s owner but tattoos and microchips are not enough when your dog is lost. Dog owners need the total package including a license to fully protect their pet. If Walter had been wearing a current license he would have been likely reunited by 311 or given a free ride home by Animal Services Officers.”

The six-year-old Shepard mix is currently living in kennel number 29 and is one of 44 dogs currently at the Agency’s Logan Avenue facility. Faced with near maximum capacity, Agency officials are running a weekend dog sale to try and re-home as many dogs as possible over the weekend.

Dog Sale:

Friday, May 31 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 2 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.

All in-house dog adoptions are only $99 and include license, micro-chip, spay/neuter, basic shots, food and pet health insurance.


Animal Services officials remind the public that dogs over six months of age must have and wear a dog license. Stray dogs found wearing a current license are given a “free ride home” once a year.

What does license revenue fund?

  • The essential service of animal control
  • Housing and caring for stray dogs
  • Attending house fires, car accidents, and police assists to help in the removal of dogs.
  • An Adoption Program at Animal Services which allows adoptable dogs to be adopted to new families instead of being euthanized.
  • Animal Services Officers to help resolve neighbourhood disputes regarding animals.

In 2012, 927 dogs wearing a current license were reunited by 311 without ever setting foot in the Animal Services’ facility.

To license your dog or view pictures and videos of dogs for adoption visit City of Winnipeg - Animal Services or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at

Pet owners are reminded to call 311 and to visit Animal Services if they lose their dog.

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Cankerworm Bulletin #3
Cankerworm Control Program temporarily suspended

Released: 11:26 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Friday, May 31, 2013, the City of Winnipeg's Insect Control Branch has temporarily suspended the cankerworm control program.

Yesterday evening, the Insect Control Branch could not treat due to unfavourable weather.

A Public Service Announcement will be issued eight hours before the cankerworm control program resumes.

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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Scheduled water main work may temporarily cause discoloured water this week for some residents in parts of northeast Winnipeg

Released: 1:35 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - In conjunction with water main repair work being completed on Raleigh Street and Springfield Road, a large water main will be returned to operation today.

Water service will not be disrupted, but tap water may be temporarily discoloured for about a day for some residents in North Kildonan, Harbourview and the north part of Elmwood/East Kildonan.

Water mains are underground pipes that carry water from pumping stations to the street. Water travels slowly through the mains, causing sediment to settle to the bottom and build up over time. Mineral deposits will also form on pipe walls. Adjusting the flow of the water in the mains (e.g., due to water main work, hydrant use for firefighting) can temporarily disturb the sediment and deposits in the pipes, and can cause discoloured water for some properties.

Discoloured water events typically don’t last long. The disturbed sediment and deposits that are normally associated with these events have not been found to pose a health concern, and should not make you sick. However, discoloured water may not smell, taste or look pleasant, and can stain laundry.

To check if water is discoloured:

  • Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes.
  • Catch some water in a light-coloured cup or container to see if it is clear. If it is clear, it can be used. If the water doesn’t clear within five minutes, wait 30 minutes and try again.

If discoloured water persists for more than two to three hours, residents should call 311.

The City has a program to clean water mains each year to help preserve the very high quality of water as it passes from the drinking water treatment plant to the taps.

Manitoba Health and Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship regulate the quality of Winnipeg’s drinking water using the Manitoba Drinking Water Safety Act and the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

Winnipeg’s water is tested each step of the way, from Shoal Lake to the tap, to ensure safe, high-quality drinking water. Because water quality is so important, the City does more testing than the provincial government requires.

Winnipeg residents will be informed immediately if there is ever a water quality problem that could affect public health.

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Northbound McPhillips Street at the underpass reduced to one lane

Released: 3:29 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised that northbound McPhillips Street at the underpass is reduced to one lane of traffic.

City crews are working to have the lane open to traffic by Monday morning. Motorists are advised to allow for extra travel time in this area today and through the weekend.

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Last update: 23.08.2013

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