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April 28, 2017

City supports creation of industry based safety program for self-insured employers in Manitoba

Released: 10:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg has partnered with SAFE Work Manitoba to develop an industry based safety program (IBSP) for self-insured employers. This program will facilitate collaboration between some of the largest employers in Manitoba, including municipal, provincial and Crown corporations.

The City is part of a group of large self-insured organizations that do not fully align to just one industry, and as such, its operations do not fall within an existing IBSP.

Creation of the IBSP will enable the City to become SAFE Work Certified, a voluntary provincial standard for occupational safety and health developed by SAFE Work Manitoba used to measure organizations throughout the province. Certification to this standard will ensure consistent application of effective safety and health management practices, leading to fewer injuries and illnesses for workers.

“The City is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees. In 2016, we implemented a safety review protocol for all departments, conducted over 150 inspections across the organization, and 206 leaders participated in our Safety for Supervisors training program,” said Doug McNeil, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer. “Supporting the creation of an industry based safety program reaffirms our commitment to enhancing our practices and protecting our workers from harm.”

The program is anticipated to start in mid-2017, provided sufficient support is attained to create the IBSP. The City will provide a representative to sit as a member of the committee that serves in principle as the IBSP.

"SAFE Work Manitoba congratulates the City of Winnipeg for demonstrating true safety leadership in its support of an industry based safety program for self-insured employers," said Jamie Hall, Chief Operating Officer of SAFE Work Manitoba. "This sets the stage for the City of Winnipeg to participate further in the SAFE Work Certified program, a standard that is helping to reduce workplace injury and illness in organizations across the province."
Earlier this year, the City endorsed the SAFE Work Certified standard as part of its contractor safety process. As such, the City requires bidders on affected Bid Opportunities to submit written confirmation of a safety and health certification meeting the SAFE Work Certified standard on request.

See SAFE Work Manitoba for more information about the program.

See the City’s Contractor Safety Program for more information.

Mandate Letter Provided to Winnipeg's First Citizen Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board

Released: 10:25 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - A mandate letter has been provided to Mr. David Asper, the first citizen appointed Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board, and is now publicly available Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“I am very pleased Mr. Asper accepted the challenging and demanding leadership role of chairing the Winnipeg Police Board,” said Mayor Bowman. “And I want to thank Council for supporting his appointment at this week’s Council meeting.”

Earlier in the week, City Council voted 15-1 in favour of appointing Mr. Asper as the new Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board. Also appointed to the Board was Mr. Brian Scharfstein.

Mandate letters provide direction on key responsibilities and outline expectations of those serving in various leadership roles. Mandate letters for the chairperson for each of Council’s six standing policy committees, as well as for Councillors serving as Deputy Mayor and Acting Deputy Mayor, have been in place since November 2016.

“Mandate letters are an effective way to publicly outline expectations of those serving in leadership roles, as well as provide them with the direction necessary to fulfill their responsibilities,” said Mayor Bowman. “I have met with Mr. Asper, have outlined my expectations of him as my designate as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board, and have provided him with his mandate letter.”

As the first citizen Chair to be appointed to the Board, Mayor Bowman stressed the importance of being accessible to the community, particularly to all members of City Council.

“As an important leadership role the community, the Chair of the Police Board needs to be a key liaison between the community and the Board, and also needs to be professional and conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with a standard reflective of this position’s role in our community,” said Mayor Bowman.

Mayor Bowman also outlined his expectation that the Chair work collaboratively with the Winnipeg Police Service and other Winnipeg Police Board members to align budgetary and other fiscal priorities with the existing Winnipeg Police Board’s strategic plan.

Mr. Asper’s mandate letter is now publicly available in an open and transparent manner on Mayor Bowman’s website together with the mandate letters introduced in November 2016.

The Winnipeg Police Board was established by City of Winnipeg By-Law 148/2012, in accordance with the Province of Manitoba’s Police Services Act, which was enacted in 2009.

The legislated mandate of the Winnipeg Police Board is to provide civilian governance respecting the enforcement of law, the maintenance of the public peace and the prevention of crime in the City of Winnipeg, and to provide the administrative direction and organization required to provide an adequate and effective police service in the City.

The Winnipeg Police Board is comprised of a maximum of seven members including two appointments made by the Province of Manitoba, and five appointments, including the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board, appointed by City Council.

Current members of the Winnipeg Police Board include Mr. David Asper (Chair), Mr. Barry Tuckett (Vice-Chair), Councillor Ross Eadie, Ms. Mary Jane Loustel, Mr. Larry Licharson, Ms. Alicja Szarkiewicz, and Mr. Brian Scharfstein.

Mr. Asper’s mandate letter and other mandate letters are available and can be accessed on the Mayor’s website at:

Public invited to a workshop about the Bishop Grandin Walk Bike Bridge Over Pembina Highway project

Released: 11:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg is gathering public input on the Bishop Grandin Walk Bike Bridge Over Pembina Highway project. Winnipeggers are invited to participate in a workshop on Thursday, May 11, 2017 to help shape the preliminary design.

The Bishop Grandin Walk Bike Bridge Over Pembina Highway will close a gap in one of Winnipeg's most prominent active transportation pathways by connecting the Bishop Grandin Greenway across the very busy and complex intersection at Pembina Highway and University Crescent at Bishop Grandin.

The new bridge will provide a safe and more convenient walking and biking connection to nearby neighbourhoods, Investors Group Field and the University of Manitoba. Another key component of this improved connection is to allow people from nearby neighborhoods to walk or bike to new Southwest Rapid Transitway Stage 2 stations where secure bike parking will be available.

The City intends to start construction as early as in March 2018 with the bridge anticipated to open in 2019, subject to Council approval and funding.

Event details

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Sky Deck Event Centre (South end of stadium)
Investors Group Field
315 Chancellor Matheson Rd
Free parking is available in the U Lot at the south end of the stadium.
Format: Presentation followed by group discussion

More information

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Urban Forestry Branch to conduct inventory of ash trees on private property

Public urged not to move firewood

Released: 1:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Again this year, the City of Winnipeg's Urban Forestry Branch will be conducting an inventory of ash trees on private property starting May 1 to augment the City's public tree inventory, and to continue its preparation for the arrival of the emerald ash borer beetle.

The emerald ash borer is a destructive invasive pest that feeds on and kills all ash trees. As a large portion of ash trees in the City are located on private property, this inventory is a critical part of the City’s emerald ash borer preparedness efforts as it will provide necessary information to identify the impact of this pest on our urban forest and the resources that will be required to manage it.

Urban Forestry staff are authorized to enter private property to conduct the inventory under the provisions of the Manitoba Forest Health Protection Act. All City staff will be carrying official City and provincial identification cards.

The closest confirmed infestations of the emerald ash borer beetle are in Thunder Bay, Ontario and in Duluth, Minnesota.

Join the effort to keep the emerald ash borer out of Winnipeg!

  • Don’t move firewood. Especially, don’t move firewood into Manitoba that was obtained outside of Manitoba. Buy it locally and leave it where you bought it.
  • Report suspect ash trees to City of Winnipeg by contacting 311 or the Urban Forestry Branch, 1539 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 4V7.

For more information on emerald ash borer visit City of Winnipeg - Emerald Ash Borer.

April 28, 2017