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April 9, 2019


Application Period For Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Now Open

Youth Across Winnipeg Encouraged to Apply: Bowman

Released: 7:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The application period for the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council is now open and youth between the ages of 15 and 21 are encouraged to apply, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“A youth advisory council will better allow the voice of our youth to be heard at City Hall,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “There are so many young people in our community working hard to make Winnipeg a place we are all proud to call home and this council will provide a platform to communicate, consult, and solicit feedback on issues important to the young leaders of today.”

The Youth Advisory Council will act as an independent advisory body and resource providing the Mayor with youth perspectives on existing city governance, programs and services, as well as input on various social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues facing the city.

The new advisory council consists of up to fifteen members allowing for one youth council member to be selected from each of the city’s existing fifteen electoral wards.

Youth interested in applying must be residents of Winnipeg, and be between 15 and 21 years of age as of September 1st. They must be high school or post-secondary students with an overall grade average of 70 percent, and demonstrate interest in civic government and community affairs.

The deadline to apply for the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council is Thursday May 30th, 2019.

Implementing a Youth Advisory Council fulfills a commitment made by the Mayor. It builds on a number of initiatives undertaken by Mayor Bowman to engage Winnipeg’s youth in civic government while also building pride in our city.

The Youth Advisory Committee builds on initiatives including:

  • Establishing Winnipeg’s first Council Liaison position for School Board and Youth Opportunities;
  • Creating the Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership which recognizes and rewards the efforts of high school students who are helping make Winnipeg a stronger community;
  • Visiting every high school in Winnipeg to directly speak with and listen to students;
  • Appointing Winnipeg’s first Kid Mayor; and
  • Providing $1.25 million annually to support the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Youth Strategy.

The application period for Kid Mayor as well as for the Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership both remain open. Kid Mayor is accepting applications until April 26th, 2019, and the Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership is accepting applications until May 17th, 2019.

For more information on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Scholarship including the application form, please visit: www.mayorbowman.ca/applications.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: De La Morenie Street Fire

Released: 7:56 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 2:50 a.m. on April 9, 2019, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service crews responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey, multi-family home in the 400 block of De La Morenie Street. Once on scene, crews encountered heavy smoke and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 3:39 a.m. The structure suffered fire, smoke, and water damage.

All occupants of the home self-evacuated as a result of hearing the smoke alarm. On-scene paramedics treated two individuals for smoke inhalation, transporting one to hospital for further assessment. Crews rescued one cat, but another was reported missing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Boyd Avenue Fire

Released: 9:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 6:53 a.m. on April 9, 2019, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to reports of a fire in a single family bungalow in the 400 block of Boyd Avenue. Once on scene, crews encountered heavy flames and smoke and launched an offensive attack.

Crews located two individuals in the residence. One was declared deceased on scene and the second was transported to hospital in critical condition. Two deceased cats were also located by crews.

At this time, it is not known if the home was equipped with working smoke alarms.

The fire was declared under control at 7:56 a.m. The home suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party street closures & transit reroutes - Round 1, games 1 & 2

Released: 12:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – To accommodate the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party, along with associated set-up and take-down, the following streets will be closed from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 until 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, and again from 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12 until 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13:

  • Southbound Donald Street between Portage Avenue and St. Mary Avenue
  • Graham Avenue between Carlton Street and Garry Street
  • Northbound Smith Street will be closed to through traffic between St. Mary Avenue and Portage Avenue; however, access to the Millennium Parkade entrance from St. Mary Avenue and the Radisson Hotel Parkade from the back lane south of Portage Avenue will be maintained

Motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes such as Main Street and Osborne Street.

Millennium Library & Millennium Library Parkade

The Millennium Library will be closing early on Wednesday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m.

As a result of the street closure, the Donald Street entrance to and exit from the Millennium Library Parkade will not be accessible from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 until 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, and again from 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12 until 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. All vehicles will need to enter and exit the parkade through the Smith Street entrance. The stairwell doors at street level to the parkade will be locked at 10 a.m. on April 10, and at 11:30 a.m. on April 12, and entrance to the parkade will be accessible only through the skywalk during this time.

During the street closures, access to the Millennium Library will only be available through the skywalk or through the parkade.

Winnipeg Transit & Winnipeg Transit Plus

Winnipeg Transit buses will be rerouted off of Graham Avenue from Carlton Street to Garry Street beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 until 2 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, and again at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12 until 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.

During these reroutes, bus stops along Graham Avenue eastbound between Hargrave Street and Smith Street will be temporarily relocated to eastbound York Avenue at Donald Street and to northbound Smith Street at Graham Avenue. Bus stops along westbound Graham Avenue between Smith Street and Edmonton Street will be temporarily relocated to westbound St. Mary Avenue at Donald Street and to northbound Edmonton Street mid-block between St. Mary Avenue and Graham Avenue.

During the reroutes, the Winnipeg Transit Plus loading zone on southbound Donald Street at Graham Avenue will be temporarily relocated to eastbound Portage Avenue next to the Radisson Hotel. The Millennium Library Winnipeg Transit Plus loading zone will be temporarily relocated to the eastbound front driveway of the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters, and the City Place Winnipeg Transit Plus loading zone will be relocated to northbound Hargrave Street on the north side of St. Mary Avenue.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.

City of Winnipeg: Flood Bulletin #2

Released: 2:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Due to favourable weather conditions and the anticipated use of the floodway, the City of Winnipeg has revised its flood planning level and is reducing the number of properties that may require a dike to protect from river flooding.

To determine at-risk properties, the City is now planning to use a peak of 19.6 feet at the James Avenue gauge. The peak is expected to arrive in Winnipeg over the Easter long weekend. The City had originally been planning for a peak of 20.5 feet.

Previously, the City had identified 123 properties that might be at risk of river flooding and might require dikes. We are now projecting that only 18 of these properties might still need a dike, requiring a total of 14,400 sandbags. The City is contacting these property owners directly to discuss next steps. Notices are being hand-delivered to those properties no longer considered at risk, advising them to remain on standby in the event conditions change.

The City has started delivering sandbags to those properties that might require a sandbag dike, and will work with affected property owners to provide support to construct sandbag dikes as needed. The City has an adequate number of sandbags and is not producing additional sandbags at this time. A clay dike is being built at one location, instead of using sandbags.

The City is not putting out a call for volunteers to assist property owners with sandbagging efforts at this time.

Additional precipitation or a change in ice conditions could alter the number of properties at risk. The City will continue to monitor river levels and weather conditions, while working closely with the Province of Manitoba, to adapt protection measures accordingly and release additional flood bulletins when necessary.

If a property owner has not heard from the City and believes their property is at risk of river flooding, they can contact 311.

The City continues to undertake other flood mitigation activities, including monitoring river levels and ice movement, making preparations for temporary and permanent pumping, closing river gates and sealing manholes.

As of 2:08 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, the river level at the James Avenue gauge was 12.42 feet. River levels are available online at City of Winnipeg – River Levels and updated in real time every 10 minutes.

Basement flooding
Homeowners are reminded to take steps to protect their homes and property against basement flooding. Although basement flooding is a risk at any time of the year, the risk increases in the spring and when river levels rise because the sewer system must rely heavily on pumping stations rather than gravity to carry the water runoff due to higher river levels.

Homeowners are reminded to take the following steps to protect their homes and property:

  1. To ensure maximum protection against basement flooding, arrange for a licensed plumber to install a sewer line backup valve and a sump pit with pump in the basement.
  2. Inspect backup valves and sump pump drainage systems to make sure they are functioning properly.
  3. Ensure drainage is directed away from the home by extending downspouts away from the basement walls and ensuring the earth is built up around the house.

Property owners are reminded it is against the law to drain sump pump water into the basement floor drain or any other part of the house plumbing system, as it can overtax the sewer system placing their basement and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.

Residents are encouraged to follow the City of Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter (#WpgFlood), for flood updates as well as reviewing flood information online at winnipeg.ca/emergweb

Waterway Safety
Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution near waterways this spring due to the presence of ice on and beneath the surface of the water and fast moving current. Parents and teachers are urged to speak to children and students about the dangers of waterways.

At this time, the Assiniboine river walk is closed to pedestrians. The City maintains the pathway through Mostyn Park which connects to the river walk at the Legislative Building stairs up to Queen Elizabeth Way.

Residents are also advised that City boat launches are closed until further notice.

April 9, 2019