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November 20, 2014

Winnipeg paramedic spearheads shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services provides vehicle to help collect shoeboxes from Winnipeg schools, churches

Released: 10:39 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS)’s John MacKay wants to make sure the holiday season is happy for children across the world.

MacKay, a paramedic, has organized donations to Operation Christmas Child in conjunction with the WFPS for 15 years. Working with schools and churches across the city, MacKay and the WFPS collect donations of about 3,000 shoeboxes filled by participants from schools and churches for Operation Christmas Child. This year, the WFPS will supply its disaster unit, a specially-equipped ambulance with a trailer, to gather the donated shoeboxes.

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative started in 1990 by Samaritan's Purse, which collects and distributes shoebox gifts to children in need across the world. Each shoebox is filled with hygiene items school supplies, toys and candy. In 2014, shoeboxes donated by Canadians will be distributed in Uruguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Sierra Leon, Costa Rica, Haiti, Senegal, and more. Last year, Canadians donated more than 664,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

On November 20, the WFPS will use the disaster unit vehicle to collect shoeboxes from schools and churches across Winnipeg. The WFPS would like to thank Winnipeggers for supporting this important initiative, and for working with us to help make the holidays special for children around the world.

Winnipeg residents invited to comment on a new draft Water By-law

Public meetings on November 26 and 27, 2014

Released: 10:53 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg residents are invited to comment on a new draft Water By-law. This new draft Water By-law would replace the existing Water Works By-law No. 504/73, which has been in effect since 1973. The new draft Water By-law, prepared in user-friendly language, strengthens measures to protect the City’s waterworks system and safeguard the high quality of Winnipeg’s drinking water.

Some of the key revisions proposed in the new draft Water By-law are:

  • expanding the types of properties required to install a device that prevents water in a building from entering the City’s drinking water system,
  • increasing restrictions for the use of public and private fire hydrants,
  • adding requirements to ensure water meters are installed using a standardized approach that would improve safety and access, and
  • significantly increasing fines for by-law violations.

Residents can provide comments before Friday, January 16, 2015, by:

  Wed. November 26, 2014 Thurs. November 27, 2014
Registration and coffee  5:30 - 6:00 pm 9:00 - 9:30 am
Presentation 6:00 - 6:30 pm 9:30 - 10:00 am
Question and answer period 6:30 - 7:30 pm 10:00 - 11:00 am

A report with the recommended new Water By-law is expected to be provided to City Council for their consideration in June 2015. Feedback from the public will be provided with the report.

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Practice your pet's poses: photos with Santa at Animal Services Agency this Saturday

Get your pets camera-ready for their big moment with Santa

Released: 11:47 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - What will your pets ask for this Christmas? Give them a chance to tell Santa on their own at the Animal Services Agency’s photos with Santa event. Whether your pet asks for a new bone, a scratching post, or a tasty treat, you’re sure to get some great photos of your pet and the big guy.

Santa will be at the Animal Services Agency for photo-ops this Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1057 Logan Avenue (near McPhillips Street). All pets are welcome; Santa asks that all pets are comfortably restrained and are brought to the event by their owners to ensure the safety of all pets.

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Also attending the holiday photo event as Santa's little helpers will be two dogs up for adoption at City's Animal Services Agency, Coco and Elf. To view more photos and videos of adoptable pets, visit

Your photo with Santa will help make it a happy holiday for dogs at the Animal Services Agency too! All proceeds from the event will go to dog adoption programming to help care for the sick and injured dogs that come through our doors. You can help even more by doing the following:

  • Checking out the Christmas crafts and baked treats (for both humans and dogs!) for sale at the Photos with Santa event
  • Adopting one of our great dogs to a loving, permanent home
  • Purchasing a City of Winnipeg license for your dog
  • Volunteering with Animal Services
  • Bringing canned dog food for the pups in our care
  • Donating leashes and collars for our pups

Photos with Santa Event Information:
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency, 1057 Logan Avenue
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 for printed, $15.00 for both printed and emailed photos. All proceeds go towards the Animal Services Agency's adoption program.

About the Animal Services Agency:
Animal Services handles more than 13,300 incidents per year. The agency operates successful adoption, volunteer, and foster programs. License revenues help fund the services provided including housing stray dogs and reuniting them with their owners, attending house fires or car accidents to help in the removal of animals where needed, and providing an adoption program.

A contingent of Animal Services officers serve the residents of Winnipeg to help resolve neighbourhood disputes and incidents involving animals. To learn more about the Animal Services Agency visit City of Winnipeg - Animal Services.

Update on Donald Street lane closure: Catch basin repair work temporarily postponed

Released: 13:57 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Work to repair a catch basin is temporarily postponed, so the southbound lane on Donald Street will remain open until this work is rescheduled.

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Last update: November 20, 2014