I want to hear from you
The Daniel McIntyre community has a history of strong neighbourhood activism, and of banding together to address issues in the community in ways that make sense and are locally relevant.
In a neighbourhood like ours, part of my role as city councillor is to support grassroots initiatives, ideas, and events, and to make sure that our policies at City Hall are supportive and encouraging of community-led efforts, especially those that seek to strengthen our neighbourhoods and make them more inclusive for everyone.
Poverty, housing, safety, aging infrastructure, and supporting local businesses are important issues here in Daniel McIntyre, but in order to find solutions that work, it is important that you have a chance to voice your concerns, ideas, and experiences. Bringing your concerns forward at City Hall with the backing of community member’s voices will ensure that City Hall understands the issues in Daniel McIntyre and respects the views of our community.
As part of my community outreach strategy, I will be hosting “Conversations with the Councillor” on the first Thursday monthly beginning Sept. 1.
These Conversations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre (999 Sargent Ave.). There will be no formal agenda, and it is set up as a “come and go” event so you can come stop by on your way to the library, say “Hi,” and grab a coffee while your child is at swimming lessons, or stay to ask questions, share your concerns, and listen to others.
If you have any questions, or if you are unable to attend these events, but wish to share your concerns or ideas, please call Rohit Popli, my executive assistant, at 204-986-5953, or email him at: email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
Read more by Cindy Gilroy – Daniel McIntyre City Councillor Ward Report.
A new process for challenging a parking ticket is coming into effect this Monday, August 8. Motorists will
no longer attend Provincial Court to challenge parking tickets issued on or after August 8. Instead, If you
feel a ticket was issued unfairly or in error, you will appear before a City screening officer at the
Winnipeg Parking Authority, 495 Portage Avenue. You will also be able to have a screening conducted
online. A second level of review by a provincially-appointed adjudicator will also be available should you
want to contest your ticket further.
These changes are required by the Province through The Municipal By-law Enforcement Act (MBEA),
which comes into force on August 8. Get more info: http://www.theparkingstore.winnipeg.ca.
Staying safe in the neighbourhood
On June 28, I hosted Neighbours 4 Neighbours: A Community Safety and Fire Prevention Forum at Robert A. Steen Community Centre.
After the devastating fire at the corner of Maryland and Westminster, neighbourhood residents expressed a need for more information on how to prevent fires and look out for each other in order to improve neighbourhood safety. Over 50 Daniel McIntyre residents came out to participate in the conversation and ask questions on everything from the safety of your neighbour’s fire pit to dealing with bulky waste.
Here are some tips that were shared at the forum by these representatives to improve the safety of your home and your neighbourhood:
• If you have fire-related concerns (safety of a fire pit, bulky waste), email or call 311. If there is a dangerous fire in progress, call 911;
• Remove the opportunity for fires to occur by moving combustible materials (like yard waste and lumber) to a secure location (inside your garage or inside your yard away from your fence and the outside of your garage);
• Don’t stack combustible materials near houses, near garages, or near a fence;
• If you have a fire pit, there should be a 10-foot clearance between the fire pit and combustible surfaces, like your house or garage;
• Install motion lights in low-visibility areas of your property, like behind your garage;
• Keep an eye on the condition of your extension cords. Only use cords as intended; do not use indoor cords outside and vice-versa;
• Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and test them regularly. Vacuum the alarms annually to stop dust and dirt from accumulating;
• Have a fire extinguisher handy near the kitchen;
• If you suspect drug activity, weapons, gangs, exploitation, or abuse of an ongoing nature to be occurring anywhere in your neighbourhood, call Manitoba Justice, Public Safety Investigations at: 204-945-3475. All calls are kept confidential;
• If you witness a crime in progress, or a person in distress, passed out, or breathing heavy, call 911;
• If there is garbage accumulation by illegal dumping on your property or anywhere in your neighbourhood, this is a safety concern. Call or email 311 with the address;
• Get to know your neighbours! Call 204-986-6322 for more information and assistance on starting the Neighbourhood Watch program on your block, or to find out if there is already a program in place.
Thank you to the many community members that came out for the Neighbours 4 Neighbours Community Safety and Fire Prevention Forum I held this past Tuesday at R.A. Steen Community Centre. I was glad to see so many of you participate in the discussion and ask questions about how we can work together to improve the safety of our neighbourhoods. I will be working to follow-up with those of you who brought your concerns forward. Specifically, I would like to thank the following representatives and service providers who took time out of their evenings to come and share helpful stories, tips, and strategies with us and made themselves available to answer questions and follow-up with neighbourhood concerns:
Inspector Scot Halley, Inspector Jim Anderson, and Constable Rejeanne Caron (Winnipeg Police Service)
Mark Reshaur (Assistant Chief, Fire and EMS, Prevention and Public Education)
Pat Irving (Manager, Public Safety Investigations, Manitoba Justice)
John Lorbis (By-Law Enforcement Officer, City of Winnipeg)
Debra Jean Moore (Neighbourhood Watch Representative, Wolseley Resident)
If you live in the Daniel McIntyre area, and have a neighbourhood safety concern, but are unsure of who to contact, please call my office at 204-986-5951.