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September 22, 2016

2017 City of Winnipeg Budget Schedule Announced

Public engagement opportunities enhanced

Released: 8:40 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The preliminary 2017 Operating and Capital budgets will be tabled at a special meeting of Executive Policy Committee on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and opportunities for residents to be involved in the budget process this year have been enhanced Councillor Marty Morantz, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance announced today.

“We want to hear from Winnipeggers what their priorities and preferences are as we work to bring forward preliminary operating and capital budgets that are balanced,” said Councillor Morantz. “I want to encourage all Winnipeggers to find time to provide their input on this year’s budget. This feedback will be used to shape the budget, and assist in determining how best to balance city revenues and expenditures.”

Building on last year’s goal of increasing citizen engagement in the budget process, this year’s budget planning process will be enhanced through the addition of five community-based consultations to be held at locations across Winnipeg. These consultations will be open to all members of the public and community organizations. It will provide residents an opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Winnipeg, and to share their ideas with administrative and elected officials on the upcoming capital and operating budgets.

The dates, locations, and times of the community consultations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 12: North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair Street, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 13: Jonathan Toews Community Centre, 1188 Dakota Street, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 27: St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Avenue, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28: Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, 11:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29: Henderson Library, 1050 Henderson Highway, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Additionally, residents will also have the opportunity to provide input and feedback through various on-line platforms, and a telephone survey will be scheduled in early October. Information on how to provide input and feedback online will be available in the coming weeks.

“Also for this year, our Budget Working Group will be expanded to include three Councillors who together with Executive Policy Committee members will help prepare and bring forward the City’s preliminary budgets,” said Councillor Morantz. “These members include Councillors Jenny Gerbasi, Cindy Gilroy, and Matt Allard. I look forward to working with all three of them as part of this year’s Budget Working Group.”

After the preliminary budgets are tabled in mid- November, a series of public meetings will be held by various Standing Policy Committees. This provides additional opportunities to hear from public delegations as Councillors consider and debate the preliminary operating and capital budgets.

“Over the next few months, I will be listening to the priorities of Winnipeggers and working with all members of Council and our Corporate Finance team to find a path to balance the 2017 budget,” said Councillor Morantz. “Currently, we are facing an immense $52 million deficit in our operating budget, and we need to work collaboratively and creatively to bring the budget back into balance for Council’s consideration in mid-December.”

The schedule of Standing Policy Committee meetings to hear delegations on the preliminary 2017 operating and capital budgets will be released shortly.

Transcona Kinsmen Centennial Pool status update

Released: 11:08 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Renovations to the outdoor Transcona Kinsmen Centennial Pool, located at 1101 Wabasha Street, are moving ahead. The outdoor pool is scheduled to reopen to residents in summer 2017.

All construction is anticipated to be completed to allow for opening to the public by the end of June 2017. The grand opening of the new outdoor faculty is scheduled for Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, 2017.

A major component of the construction involves converting the existing outdoor pool into an outdoor aquatic park facility. Most of this work will be completed this fall, including excavation, piles, concrete, spray features and mechanical/electrical work. Other features being renovated in this component include:

  • A new beach entry with spray features
  • A new four-slide water slide feature with landing pool
  • New 82- by 46-foot pool with diving boards
  • New pathways, seating areas and landscaping

Work is also underway on the new outdoor pool building, approximately 3000 square feet, which features:

  • Universal access washroom/change room
  • Accessible washrooms
  • Exterior access change rooms
  • Locker facilities
  • Mechanical and electrical rooms for the outdoor pool
  • Storage space

We would like to thank everyone, especially the residents and children of Transcona for their patience on this project. For more information on City of Winnipeg aquatics facilities, please see City of Winnipeg - Recreation & Leisure Services.

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Public invited to open house for the Waverley Underpass Project

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeggers are invited to attend a public open house about the Waverley Underpass project.

A detailed design for the Waverley Underpass project is currently underway. An open house event will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The open house is an opportunity for the public to view the detailed design for the underpass, learn about pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, intersection and road improvements, as well as construction timelines and detours.

There will be two sessions and the public is invited to drop in during either session:
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Times: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Avenue

For more information, to view the open house presentation boards or to provide feedback, please visit winnipeg.ca/waverleyunderpass

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Public invited to Candlelight Service of Remembrance

Event to recognize, honour those who have served

Released: 1:40 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Members of the public are invited to attend a Candlelight Service of Remembrance today, Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m. at the Field of Honour in Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue to recognize and honour those who have served.

A candle will be placed on each of the more than 11,000 military monuments found in Brookside Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest military interment sites in Canada.

“Thousands of Canadian men and women have served and given their lives during war to help bring about peace, and they deserve our remembrance and thanks,” said Jon Reyes, Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for St. Norbert and Special Envoy for Military Affairs in Manitoba. “We continue to honour and commemorate their service, as well as the sacrifices made by the families they left behind.”

“This service is about giving thanks, and honouring a past that has shaped us as a city, a province, and a nation,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It is also a chance to remember and recognize the tremendous sacrifices made to make our country and our city safe.”

In addition to all three levels of government, Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon and military representatives will take part in the service.

For more information, visit: Candlelight Service of Remembrance

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September 23, 2016