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December 19, 2014

Adoptable dogs seek homes in time for the holidays

Released: 10:08 a.m.

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Winnipeg, MB - There are 20 adoptable dogs at Animal Services who are looking to find loving homes this holiday season. To help these homeless dogs, Animal Services will be holding an Adopt-a-Dog sale on Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21 from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., and Monday, December 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Animal Services Agency is located at 1057 Logan Avenue, half a block east of McPhillips Street at Warnock Street.

All in-house adult 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. A dog license makes a great holiday gift for your best friend! Stray dogs found wearing a current license are given a “free ride home” once a year.

Pepsi is one of the dogs that Animal Services picked up as an unlicensed stray, and she is now up for adoption. She is an adorable 10-month old Labrador mix, and she loves walks, meeting new people, and playing fetch. Come and meet Pepsi and more at Animal Services during the Adopt-a-Dog sale this weekend.

In 2013, 856 dogs wearing a current license were reunited by 311 without ever setting foot in the Animal Services’ facility. Dog license tags protect one’s dog and license revenues help provide the essential service of animal control in Winnipeg.

To license your dog or view pictures and videos of dogs for adoption visit City of Winnipeg - Animal Services

Animal Services officials remind pet owners to call 311 and visit Animal Services if you lose your dog.

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Help the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service bring Christmas cheer to Winnipeggers

Donations for Toy Mountain accepted at WFPS station locations until December 24

Released: 11:32 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service invites you to get into the holiday spirit by dropping off your donation to Toy Mountain at Fire Paramedic Station locations. You can help the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service ensure that every child in Winnipeg has a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning by donating a new, unwrapped toy.

Toy donations can be dropped off at select Winnipeg Fire Paramedic stations, Winnipeg Police stations, or at City Hall.

Celebrate safely and take a Free Ride on New Year's Eve

Released: 2:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg and Manitoba Public Insurance are partnering to ensure New Year's Eve revelers get home safely by offering free transit service on New Year's Eve.

The Free Ride program applies to all Regular and Handi-Transit service starting at 7:00 p.m. until end of service. The last buses leave downtown at approximately 1:38 a.m. For complete bus route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or call 311.

“As Winnipeggers celebrate New Year’s Eve, I encourage everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and safely by taking advantage of the Free Ride on Winnipeg Transit,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The City of Winnipeg is proud to partner with Manitoba Public Insurance to help make it easy for everyone to enjoy themselves and keep our roads and designated drivers safe.”

As a road safety leader in the province, Manitoba Public Insurance is committed to reducing alcohol-related collisions, deaths and injuries. Providing the New Year's Eve transit service in Winnipeg makes perfect sense.

“We encourage people to plan ahead and make the right decision,” said MaryAnn Kempe, Vice-President, Business Development, Communications & Chief Product Officer, Manitoba Public Insurance. “If you drink, don’t drive. There are options to get home safely - take advantage of the transit buses.”

“The Winnipeg Police Service is supportive of all initiatives that keep impaired drivers off the streets. Impaired driving is still the number one criminal cause of death in Canada, and is 100 per cent preventable,” said Patrol Sergeant Kevin Cisaroski, Winnipeg Police Service. “If you are going out to celebrate over the holidays, leave the keys behind, and take advantage of other transportation options. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.”

Last year, more than 15,000 people rode the bus for free on New Year's Eve in Winnipeg.

The Free Ride New Year's Eve service is sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance and The Winnipeg Sun.

Ebola Preparedness Bulletin #9

Released: 4:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) officials today provided the public with an update on the Department's screening of 911 emergency medical calls related to the Ebola Virus Disease.

Risk related to Ebola Virus Disease in Winnipeg remains extremely low.

Since implementation of the screening process on October 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.:

Total number of 911 calls received by WFPS 13,897*
Total number of calls meeting the requirement for enhanced screening via phone 4,467 *
Total number of calls that met consideration for Ebola Virus Disease precautions and required further investigation by an EMS medical supervisor 8*
Total number of calls where paramedics were required to transport a suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease to a health-care facility 0*

*Information current as of Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

The WFPS would also like to encourage citizens to get their annual flu vaccine.

Preparations for Ebola Virus Disease are consistent with requirements for other infectious diseases, including more common influenzas and gastrointestinal illnesses. The legacy of the WFPS’s current planning activities will be greater responder and citizen protection from all infectious diseases in the future.

For information on Ebola Virus Disease, please visit Government of Manitoba - Public Health.

Last update: December 22, 2014