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October 7, 2019


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service invites residents to participate in Fire Prevention Week, October 6 to 12

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!

Released: 9:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) invites all residents to mark Fire Prevention Week, October 6 to 12, by practicing fire escape plans at home, school, and at work. This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.” Emergency situations can arise and change quickly; it’s important to create a plan before you need one and to practice it often.

“In an emergency, every second counts. Whether you’re at home, school, or at work, knowing the escape plan and practicing it often can save lives,” said Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane. “We remind residents to review their safety plans and practice fire drills often.”

Community Events
This week, WFPS will team up with Canadian Tire to promote the importance of smoke alarms and other fire and life safety equipment by making public appearances at Canadian Tire stores throughout the city. WFPS members will be available to chat with the public about how to test smoke alarms and where to install them in a residence.

Date Time Canadian Tire Location
Wednesday, October 9 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 157 Vermillion Rd.
Thursday, October 10 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 750 St. James St.
Friday, October 11 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 2305 McPhillips St.

Fire Drills for Schools
Schools across Winnipeg will take part in fire drills, promoting fire safety and providing tips on fire prevention to students. 

When: Friday, October 11
Where: Schools across Winnipeg

Fire Paramedic Station Open Houses
Winnipeggers are invited to attend open houses at all of the fire paramedic stations. Children can also enter a contest to become Fire Paramedic Chief for the Day.

When: Saturday, October 12 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: All WFPS fire paramedic stations

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, please see City of Winnipeg – Fire Prevention Week or search #FirePreventionWeek on Twitter or Facebook.

City Releases 2019 Financial Status Report and Forecast to August 31, 2019

Year-end deficit projection further reduced to $6.9 million

Released: 9:46 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg's updated Financial Status Report and Forecast is showing a projected deficit in the tax-supported operating budget (General Revenue Fund) of $6.9 million, as at August 31, 2019. The City’s latest financial update will be presented at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance on October 11, 2019.

The updated financial forecast marks an improvement of about $800,000 since the second quarter projection of a $7.7 million year-end deficit, as at June 30, 2019. The Public Service anticipates that the projected deficit will continue to decrease over the remainder of the year, based on anticipated financial improvements, as well as through continued efforts to control expenses without impacting the delivery of core services.

“Maintaining sound fiscal management will be necessary to end the year in a balanced position,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “Departments will be expected to make every effort to control expenses and remain within budget over the remaining months in order to eliminate the forecasted deficit.”

A major factor contributing to the forecasted deficit figure includes a significant over-expenditure by the Public Works Department related to snow removal and ice control. During the year, $46 million is expected to be spent on these operations, resulting in a projected over expenditure of $11.2 million. The over-expenditures are the result of above average snow accumulation during February 2019.

Discussions with Shared Health regarding funding for 2019 are ongoing and this current forecast has assumed a funding model where EMS costs are fully recovered from Shared Health.

The City’s financial update is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

October 7, 2019