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April 28, 2016

Mayor Bowman Embarks on Winnipeg High School Tour

Released: 7:31 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Brian Bowman will be kicking off his commitment to visit every high school in Winnipeg beginning with a visit to Nelson McIntyre Collegiate today.

Mayor Bowman will speak to 200 students later this afternoon about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation; share his vision and enthusiasm for the city; and encourage students to identify and undertake three things to make Winnipeg a better place to live and work.

“I am very excited to be visiting high schools and connecting with students over the coming months,” said Mayor Bowman. “We have many different reasons to be proud of our city, and I want to provide our young people with an opportunity to speak directly with me about what makes them proud and what makes them anxious. As a takeaway, I want to encourage all of them to find and undertake three ways in which they can make Winnipeg an even better place to live.”

Over the next couple months, and continuing in the fall, Mayor Bowman will be visiting high schools across Winnipeg with the goal of visiting all 62 high schools over the next two years.

“I want to thank all the schools and school divisions who have so far helped facilitate my engagement with students,” said Mayor Bowman. “I do believe we are able to build a better, stronger, and safer community through collaboration and partnership, and our education system plays an important role in this. Diversity, greater inclusion, and celebrating our differences not only make our community stronger; they are also the foundation for successful learning environments. It requires hard work from all of us to ensure dignity and opportunity for all people across our community.”

Visiting high schools across Winnipeg builds on engagement efforts to connect with young people and schools including last year’s appointment of Councillor Brian Mayes as Council Liaison for School Boards and Youth Opportunities, and this year’s creation of a scholarship recognizing community leadership.

The Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership award recognizes the important work of young people and will award five, $1,000 scholarships to students who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding dedication in solving a community problem or making their community a better place to live. This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward the achievements of Winnipeg’s future leaders and support them on the path toward their educational and career goals.

“There are many young people in our community working hard to make Winnipeg a place we are all proud to call home,” said Mayor Bowman. “It is important to acknowledge, reward, and support the important work young people do for our community, especially as they grow into our future leaders.”

Scholarship applicants must complete and submit an application form, found on the Mayor’s website, The Mayor’s office will manage application intake and award recipients will be selected by an independent selection panel. Scholarship applications must be received by May 20, 2016.

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City's elected officials and employees observe 2016 National Day of Mourning

Ceremonies held on Thursday, April 28 at City Hall and various City worksites

Released: 9:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - City of Winnipeg elected officials and employees joined thousands of other Canadians in observing Canada's National Day of Mourning, which is held each year on April 28. The National Day of Mourning is held to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace as well as workers who have become ill as a result of their work.

“It is important to take moment on the National Day of Mourning today, to recognize the hundreds of thousands of people who are injured or killed on the job every year around the world,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I encourage businesses around Winnipeg to talk about health and safety rights, responsibilities, and prevention measures to create awareness and education about workers health and safety.”

To mark the National Day of Mourning, the City held a ceremony at City Hall and also held ceremonies at various other city worksites.

The City has developed a number of programs to help reduce workplace injury, including: measurement and reporting of safety performance information; an online workplace inspection system to proactively address safety issues; a Safety Code of Practice to reinforce the City’s commitment to a safe workplace; a standardized departmental safety program review process.

National Day of Mourning was proclaimed by Canada’s Parliament in 1991, and is recognized in more than 80 countries across the globe. For more information regarding the National Day of Mourning, please visit:

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Work Begins on Sturgeon Road Twin Bridges over Sturgeon Creek

Released: 11:46 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - On Monday, May 2, repair work will begin on the Sturgeon Road Twin Bridges over Sturgeon Creek. Repairs will be made to the northbound bridge deck, and final landscape restoration will be completed. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2016.

The bridge deck repairs are warranty work due to the premature deterioration of the concrete.  All costs under this warranty work will be assumed by the contractor that performed the original work.

Repair work related to the March 28, 2014 water main break were undertaken last year, and remaining work is mainly landscape restoration that was not completed then.

A minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction on Sturgeon Road from Portage Avenue to Booth Drive and access to the Grace Hospital will be open at all times.Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit stop relocations and schedule information, visit or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

Shaftesbury Boulevard between Wilkes Avenue and West Taylor Boulevard closed for railway crossing reconstruction project

Saturday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. to Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Released: 12:03 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Shaftesbury Boulevard between Wilkes Avenue and West Taylor Boulevard will be completely closed to northbound and southbound traffic starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 for a CN railway crossing reconstruction project. Shaftesbury Boulevard will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time and to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit reroute and schedule information, visit or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

Winnipeggers invited to a public open house about the Lyndale Drive Retaining Wall Study

Thursday, May 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Released: 12:32 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeggers are invited to an open house about the Lyndale Drive retaining wall, between Monck Avenue and Gauvin Street, which is nearing the end of its life cycle and requires rehabilitation or replacement. The purpose of this study is to develop a preliminary design that will stabilize the Lyndale Drive riverbank and protect the City’s flood defenses, utilities, and roadway infrastructure from riverbank movements.

With community input and further analysis, the City of Winnipeg and consultant team have refined a selection of design and stabilization techniques for this section of riverbank, including new active transportation facilities. At the open house, there will be an opportunity to review and provide feedback on three design concepts.

Open house details

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (drop-in anytime)
Location: Norwood Community Centre, 87 Walmer Street

For more info, to view design options, or if you are unable to attend the open house and would like to provide feedback online, please visit:

Spots are still available! Register now for City of Winnipeg Summer Leisure Guide programs and camps

Released: 3:19 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Summer Leisure Guide activities 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. There are camps running every week this summer at many locations throughout the city.

New for 2016, full-day L’il Critters camps for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years will be offered at select locations. Full-day camps will feature two themes per week and the days will be filled with crafts, games, story time, music, and indoor and outdoor play.

The Leisure Guide also offers What’s Up! Camps for ages 6 to 12 years, and a variety of sport camps including golf, tennis, baseball, fencing, water sports, racquet sports, and flag football. Spaces are limited, so register today!

Also, congratulations to two young Winnipeggers, Samuel and Evan, who are the winners of our early bird summer camp registration draw. Samuel has won a week at one of our L’il Critters camps and Evan has won a week at one of our Sport camps!

The Spring/Summer Leisure Guide is available at all City of Winnipeg indoor pools, libraries, and leisure centres and at over 220 retail locations. You can also check out the Leisure Guide online at City of Winnipeg - Leisure Guide.

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

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