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Bowman wants to tap into expertise at Winnipeg's universities

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Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman vowed to tap into the expertise of Winnipeg's post-secondary institutions Thursday morning, benefitting students and the city.

Wearing a Bisons jacket and standing in the middle of the U of M Fort Garry campus, Bowman outlined a five-point plan to bridge city hall with the city's college and universities.

"It's time to harness the strength of colleges and universities to help Winnipeg reach it's full potential," Bowman said as students hurried across campus, seemingly oblivious to the mayoral hopeful.

Bowman's plan includes:

  • Creating a new research chair in municipal engineering at the University of Manitoba, which he estimated would cost $100,000 annually.
  • Creating an expert panel with post-secondary institutions to identify best municipal infrastructure practises.
  • Establishing a Mayor's scholarship to provide financial. support for the brightest Grade 12 graduates entering post secondary institutions.
  • Reviewing and expanding co-op and internship positions across the civic administration.
  • Support community engagement programs, like the rehabbing of the Merchant's Hotel.

Bowman's post-secondary plan is similar to one announced earlier by Paula Havixbeck, who also wants to tap into the expertise at the city's colleges and universities.

Bowman, who did his undergraduate degree at the U of M and is a former president of the school's alumni association, said his plan will engage students and faculty and help city hall find solutions for its crumbling infrastructure.

"I have said throughout this campaign that we are stronger when we are working together," Bowman said. "As Mayor, I want our incredible colleges and universities to be part of a stronger, vibrant Winnipeg."

Bowman's announcement was the first of several that will be made by mayoral candidates today, including this morning by David Sanders, Gord Steeves, Judy Wasylycia-Leis and later this afternoon by Havixbeck.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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