Transportation Conversations with the Chair of Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works

Councillor Gilroy cycling to work on Bike2Work Day 2015

Councillor Gilroy cycling to work on Bike2Work Day 2015

There are still three more conversations about transportation in Winnipeg planned for this year. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the conversation, share your ideas and ask questions about transportation in our city. If you are concerned about active transportation, pedestrian and cycling strategies, or the City of Winnipeg's 5-Year Transportation Master Plan Update, you are welcome to join Councillor Janice Lukes, chair of the City’s Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works at the next three conversations, which will all be held at The Forks, Centre Food Court from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on the following dates:
  • April 21 – Active Transportation in 2016 Budget
  • May 19 – Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies Moving Forward
  • June 16 – City of Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan 5-Year Update

The Metro March 28: Daniel McIntyre City Councillor Ward Report

"Always grateful for chance to share with residents"

Councillor Gilroy with a copy of the 2016 City of Winnipeg Budget

Councillor Gilroy with a copy of the 2016 City of Winnipeg Budget

West End 24/7 Safe Space Announced!

Province, City support Safe Space for West End youth

Funding allows Spence Neighbourhood Association to open a 24-hour safe space

Released: 4:26 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Funding from the Manitoba government and a donation in-kind from the City of Winnipeg will help allow the Spence Neighbourhood Association to open a 24-hour safe space, giving at-risk youth in Winnipeg's West End neighbourhood a safe space to go to no matter what time of the day they need it, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Melanie Wight and Cindy Gilroy, City Councillor, Daniel McIntyre, announced today.

“Having a safe space open overnight means youth in the West End neighbourhood will always have somewhere to go, whether they need protection, someone to talk to or just a safe place to hang out with friends,” said Minister Wight. “This is something the entire community has rallied around and our government is proud to make sure such an important program gets rolling as soon as possible.”

The Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA), in partnership with the City of Winnipeg, currently runs a drop-in program for youth, Monday to Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. out of the City of Winnipeg-owned and operated Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (MERC) on Langside Street. Seeing the need for a safe place for its users to have access to outside of those hours, SNA and volunteers with the community-based West End 24/7 Safe Space group have been working to raise the money needed to keep the program running from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on weekends and school holidays.

The group has been able to raise $35,000 from the community and today the province committed another $380,000 for the project over the next three years. The City of Winnipeg has also committed to provide in-kind contributions to allow the MERC building to remain open during the hours required for the operation of the 24-hour safe space.

“I am so proud of all those who worked tirelessly going door to door collecting signatures and talking about the need for a 24/7 safe space for youth. I am fully behind this project and am thrilled that I can advocate for it at City Hall,” said Councillor Gilroy. “This is a great step to providing a safe space for youth in our community and I'm so pleased and honored to be part of this announcement today.”

“We have been working for over a year with the community and youth who are out on the streets and need a safe space. Our youth are most vulnerable overnight, so a 24-hour safe space in the West End neighbourhood will mean they have safety, love and supports when they need it most,” said Jamil Mahmood, executive director, SNA. “This funding for a 24-hour safe space will save lives of youth in the community and provide love and support youth need 24 hours a day.”

The program targets youth between the ages of 15 and 26 and the SNA currently sees an average of 80 to 100 youth taking part every day. It expects as many as 30 participants will use the space overnight once the extended hours start this spring.

For ongoing information see the following links:

Spence Neighbourhood Association Facebook Page for West End 24/7 Safe Space

Transportation Conversations with the Chair

Transportation Conversations with the Chair of Infrastructure, Renewal and Public Works Starting January 21, 2016, Janice Lukes will be hosting a series of six ‘Transportation Conversations with the Chair’ at 12:00 noon, on the third Thursday of the month! From January to June, these casual conversations over lunch will focus on relevant transportation themes and topics. I will be at the centre food court at The Forks and welcome anyone who is interested in talking transportation. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND! LOCATION:         The Forks, Centre Food Court TIME:                    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m (bring your own lunch) DATES:                  Third Thursday of the month as follows: Jan 21st - Winter Maintenance of Active Transportation Infrastructure Feb 18th - Transit & Rapid Transit Mar 17th - Roads in 2016 Budget Apr 21st - Active Transportation Infrastructure in 2016 Budget May 19th - Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies Moving Forward Jun 16th - City of Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan 5 yr Update