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City approves $300,000 towards planting trees in Daniel McIntyre
By Cindy Gilroy
"I was happy to have support of City Council for a motion I recently made to devote funding of $300,000 towards planting trees in the Daniel McIntyre ward."
This initiative is an important step to support our local tree planting efforts. Our community has been devastated by the loss of trees we have so treasured. These inner-city neighbourhoods have some of the oldest tree canopy in the City, but we have lost a large portion over the years from the combined impact of Dutch Elm Disease, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, Forest Tent Caterpillars, storms, and age.
The motion waives the eligibility criteria for the Land Dedication Reserve Fund, allocated to Daniel McIntrye, so that funding of $300,000 can be made to the City of Winnipeg’s Urban Forestry Branch to assist with the cost of the tree planting program within the ward. This fund is available in each ward for the acquisition and improvement of land for parks, recreation, and community use.
We love our trees and the elms that line our streets are an integral part of our identity, provide shade and a beautiful canopy, and are home to many birds and animals that make up our urban environment. Trees help with our mental health and are a huge benefit to helping us fight climate change by storing carbon.
The City has called on all citizens to do their part to plant more trees through the One Million Tree Challenge (see winnipeg.ca/milliontrees). The Challenge was launched to help protect, preserve, and repopulate Winnipeg’s tree canopy. In our area, this additional $300,000 will mean about 400 more trees will be planted towards this effort.
We want to reach out and involve the community to help identify locations on public property to plant saplings all across the Daniel McIntyre ward. We will work along with the Urban Forestry Branch to make that happen. I invite residents of the Daniel McIntyre ward to email their suggested locations to firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe this is an important investment in our trees that will benefit the entire community. We all want to find ways to help grow our urban forest and make our city healthier and greener for our children.
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Digital library downloads hit the 1 million mark!
While Winnipeg library branches are all open for safe browsing, residents are encouraged to consider using the digital library. All services are available 24/7 and are free with a library card. If you don’t have a library card yet, you can apply for a digital one from the comfort of your own home through the library’s website.
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When to dial 911
All calls are important, but not every call is life threatening.
Call 9-1-1 for emergency situations.
Emergencies are defined as:
Any crime in progress (break & enter, robbery, etc)
Any situation where people or property are at risk (fire, children on ice, etc)
Any medical emergency (heart attack, accidental poisoning, etc)
When Dialing 911
Stay on the line, stay calm and explain the emergency, as well as the full address where the emergency is occurring. The address and telephone number from which you are calling is automatically displayed to the operator (unless you are calling from a cell phone).
Through appropriate questioning, the 9-1-1 operator will determine what you are reporting and then transfer you to the appropriate Emergency Service (Police, Fire or Paramedics).
Let the operator control the conversation and stay on the line until you are told to hang up.
On very rare occasions, you may get a recorded message when dialing the 9-1-1 emergency line.Do not hang up. Your call will be answered as soon as an operator is available.
If you are unsure if something that is happening is actually an emergency, dial 9-1-1 and report what is happening to the operator. If they decide it is not an emergency, they will simply ask you to hang up and call the non-emergency telephone number.
NON-EMERGENCY POLICE 204-986-6222
City of Winnipeg suspending various in-home inspections until further notice
Winnipeg, MB – Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in the community, the City of Winnipeg is suspending in-home, non-emergency inspections, effective Monday, October 19, 2020 until further notice.
Those who have scheduled inspections or appointments will be contacted in the coming days, and presented with alternative means to conduct their inspection, if possible. For individuals who prefer an in-person inspection, appointments will be rescheduled to a later date.
The following is a summary of service impacts by department:
Assessment & Taxation
All interior residential property inspections are suspended, and inspections will be completed through photos or via phone until further notice.
By-Law Enforcement Services
All interior residential property inspections are suspended, and inspections (where possible) will be completed through photos or via phone until further notice.
Planning, Property & Development
All in-home inspection appointments will be conducted virtually until further notice. Inspections of unoccupied homes will continue, as will on-site inspections for urgent situations.
Water and Waste
In-home visits for emergency utility services will continue; however, water meter reading and inspections, as well as water meter returns, removals, and replacements are suspended until further notice. Customers are reminded that they are responsible for providing regular water meter readings to avoid estimated bills. Water meter readings can be provided via phone 204-986-4445 or online at myutilitybill.winnipeg.ca.
For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.
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A Partner in UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Programme
In 2013, Winnipeg was selected as the first city in Canada to join the UN Global Safe Cities Initiative to reduce sexual violence against women and girls.
The Safe Cities Initiative supports innovative approaches to preventing and reducing harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. I am the chairperson of this Committee for the City of Winnipeg.
Manitoba Status of Women and the City of Winnipeg are partnering with UN Women, representatives from the Winnipeg Police Service and community groups on this initiative. After signing onto the initiative, Manitoba Status of Women, the City of Winnipeg and community and government representatives established the Winnipeg Safe City Steering Committee. The Winnipeg Safe City steering committee identified a five neighbourhood site to target efforts to address this serious crime.
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