Hot off the press! Spring 2017 Newsletter now being delivered

My Spring 2017 newsletter is now being delivered throughout the Daniel McIntyre community. I am so proud to share updates on all of our work together over the last year, and of the many improvements being made throughout our neighbourhoods. Please click on the images below to zoom in and read more.

Interested in food security? Apply now to join the Winnipeg Food Council!

A Spence community garden. Photo courtesy of Spence Neighbourhood Association.

For Immediate Release Monday, April 3, 2017 City accepting applications for Winnipeg Food Council membership Winnipeg, MB – Residents are invited to submit their applications for membership in the newly-minted Winnipeg Food Council. “The issues of local food production and distribution are important for our health,” said Councillor Brian Mayes, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage and Riverbank Management. “I look forward to receiving recommendations from this new committee.” On February 22, 2017, Council voted unanimously to create a food council, which will serve to:
  • Advise the Mayor and Council on food system related issues;
  • Support the work of the community on food issues, enhance public health and local food security, and increase food literacy and access to food by encouraging multi-sector and strategic approaches, fostering coordination and networking, and supporting ongoing consultation; and
  • Initiate the development of and support the implementation, maintenance and evaluation of a City of Winnipeg Agricultural and Food Strategy to address municipal food security and food system issues. The City of Winnipeg Agricultural and Food Strategy will:
    • include policy directions identified through community engagement , focused research, innovative initiatives, and other actions to identify proven practices;
    • include evaluation and implementation components; and
    • be operationalized in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Service, the local food movement, businesses, community agencies, stakeholder groups, and private citizens.
The Winnipeg Food Council membership application can be found here: winnipeg.ca/WinnipegFoodCouncil<http://www.winnipeg.ca/PPD/PublicEngagement/WinnipegFoodPolicyCouncil/default.stm> The application submission deadline is Friday, April 21, 2017.  

Empress Street Reconstruction Open House Wednesday April 5th 4-7 p.m. at Polo Park Mall (Centre Court)

Construction is expected to start later this year to renew Empress Street. Street renewal and rehabilitation will also include: streamlining traffic flow, creating new, and improving existing, cycling and pedestrian facilities, improving accessibility for walking and cycling, and stabilizing river and creek embankments. If you are unable to attend the open house to discuss the project plans, you can view the open house boards and complete the online survey here: http://winnipeg.ca/publicworks/construction/studies/empress.stm.

Valour Community Centre – Orioles Site Frontage Redevelopment Public Consultation

Community members at the Valour Community Centre - Orioles site redevelopment consultation

If you missed the Open House last week regarding the Orioles frontage redevelopment, you still have an opportunity to share your thoughts and review the Open House boards with redevelopment ideas online! Visit: http://winnipeg.ca/PPD/PublicEngagement/ValourCommunityCentre/default.stm before April 4th to fill out the online survey. Under the Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program, the club is currently redeveloping a paved area on the south side of the property near Burnell Street and St. Matthews Avenue. With the intent of making the site more inviting, we are developing a master plan for the front entrance of the community centre and investigating in a number of new features and facilities. The community garden in that same location will be retained and possibly reoriented. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2017.