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September 10, 2019

Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Established

Initial Meeting with Youth Advisors Set for Tomorrow

Released: 8:39 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The voices of Winnipeg's youth will be heard loud and clear at City Hall with the establishment of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council which is set to meet for the first time tomorrow, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“I am so happy to formally launch this advisory council,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I have met so many young Winnipeggers who are incredibly passionate about their city, their province, and their country. This advisory council will provide a platform to communicate, consult, and solicit feedback on issues important to them as well as to myself and Council. I look forward to our initial meeting tomorrow, and to collaborating and listening to them on ways they think we can build a better city for all its residents.”

The Youth Advisory Council is 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. A requirement of Youth Advisory Council membership is a five hour per month volunteer commitment. Members are able to fulfil this requirement in groups as well as individually.

The new advisory council consists of up to fifteen members. Members of the first Youth Advisory Council include:

  • Jake Bell, grade 12, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate
  • Armaandeep Dhanoa, grade 10, Maples Met School
  • Nathan Dueck, university, Canadian Mennonite University
  • Brianna Jonnie, university, University of Winnipeg
  • Clèche Kokolo, university, University of Manitoba
  • Cherice Liebrecht, postsecondary studies in early childhood education
  • Mabel Macasaet, grade 11, Kelvin High School
  • Izzy Marquez, grade 12, Oak Park High School
  • Emma Mitchell, university, Université de St. Boniface
  • Emily Neufeld, grade 12, Churchill High School
  • Ashton Olin, grade 12, St. Paul’s High School
  • Yesenia Portillo, grade 11, Churchill High School
  • Matthew Saranchuk, grade 11, Kelvin High School
  • Alex Smolianyski, grade 10, River East Collegiate
  • Shiven Srivastava, grade 10, Vincent Massey Collegiate

Implementing a Youth Advisory Council fulfills a commitment made by the Mayor. Youth interested in becoming members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council were encouraged to apply through a recruitment effort earlier this spring. Over 50 applications were received.

To apply, applicants 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.

Public invited to provide input on the redevelopment of two parks in the Brooklands neighbourhood

Released: 1:40 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to attend a public workshop on Wednesday, October 2 to provide feedback on redeveloping two parks in the Brooklands neighbourhood: Blue Bird Park and Lismore Park.

Blue Bird Park was last redeveloped in 1999, therefore the park is due for an update. With the open greenspace at Lismore Park right beside it, this is a good time to think of the two greenspaces together and come up with ideas for what is needed in the community and the best way to address it in the available park spaces.

Members of the public can provide input through an online survey, or through an in-person workshop. The online survey will be open until Thursday, October 10.

Public workshop details:

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Brooklands School, 1950 Pacific Avenue W.
Format: Brief presentation at 6 p.m., followed by table discussions

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing .

For more information, please visit

Residents invited to provide input on where and how infill housing should be accommodated in mature communities

Released: 1:50 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Building on the priorities identified in the Residential Infill Strategy's Implementation Action Plan, the City of Winnipeg is seeking public input on residential infill design guidelines and intensification criteria to help ensure that new development in Mature Communities is compatible in form, scale, and design, and to help determine when and where density changes should occur on residential streets.

The overall objective of this project is to advance a vision for residential infill development within our mature communities that helps address the demand for new housing while enhancing existing neighbourhood quality, character, and livability.

Residents can provide their input through our online survey, open until October 10, 2019 or at any of the following public open houses:

Date: September 24th, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Linwood School (266 Linwood St.)

Date: September 25th, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Bronx Park Community Centre (720 Henderson Hwy.)

Date: September 26th, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Edmund Partridge School (1874 Main St.)

Date: October 1st, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Notre Dame Recreation Centre (271 Ave. de la Cathédrale)

Date: October 3rd, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Crescentwood Community Centre (1170 Corydon Ave.)

Format: Come and go
Refreshments will be provided.

Those who require ASL interpretation or alternate formats are asked to please advise by Monday, September 16, 2019 by email at or by phone at 204-986-2636.

For more information on the Residential Infill Strategy, please visit

Eastbound and westbound Bishop Grandin Boulevard between Lakewood Boulevard and Shorehill Drive closed September 13 to 15

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Bishop Grandin Boulevard between Lakewood Boulevard and Shorehill Drive will be completely closed to eastbound and westbound traffic starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 13 for a railway crossing reconstruction. Bishop Grandin Boulevard will reopen at 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.

Motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes such as the Perimeter Highway or Fermor Avenue.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, follow @transitalerts or contact 311.

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

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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to Winnipeg Avenue Fire

Released: 5:39 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 3:40 p.m. on September 10, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one and a half storey single family home in the 800 block of Winnipeg Avenue. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke and flames and launched an offensive attack. The fire was quickly declared under control at 4:02 p.m.

Occupants of the house had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.

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

September 11, 2019