Splash pads opening early
In anticipation of a warm weekend, the City of Winnipeg will be opening 11 of its kid-friendly splash pads on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Officials originally intended to open the mini-water parks Monday, but decided to open the pads two days early when they caught a glimpse of the forecast, which calls for a high of 23 C today and 24 C on Sunday.
The following splash pads will be open for business starting today:
- Central Park;
- Lindenwoods Community Centre;
- Provencher Park;
- River Heights Community Centre;
- River East (Peguis Trail Health & Fitness Centre);
- Shaughnessy Park;
- St. Norbert Community Centre;
- St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool;
- Transcona Centennial Pool;
- Vimy Ridge Memorial Park;
- Westdale Community Centre.
The Fort Rouge Park pad is undergoing repairs and will be opened at a later date.
Warm spring stirs skeeters
Warm spring weather in Winnipeg has sped up the development of summer nuisance mosquitos.
Insect-control superintendent Ken Nawolsky said Thursday Winnipeggers should expect to see an emergence of adult nuisance mosquitoes within the next two to four days, depending on the weather.
The primary nuisance mosquito species is Aedes vexans, which causes an annoying bite but is not known to transmit diseases to people.
Nawolsky said it will join existing populations of overwintering adult mosquitoes and spring mosquitoes, which belong to other nuisance species.
Mosquito trap counts, however, remain very low; the city-wide average count was three on Friday.
The city is continuing to treat bodies of standing water with larvicides to mitigate the coming emergence of adult mosquitoes, Nawolsky said.
He also said cankerworms won't be out in big numbers this spring and Winnipeggers need not worry about midges, which do not bite, or ants, which are ecologically beneficial.
One fewer mayoral hopeful
Mayoral candidate Gordon Warren has formally pulled out of the mayor's race.
Warren's candidacy has been literally "stroked" from the city clerk's website, as of May 26.
Gordon, 49, is a controversial local blogger who was sued for libel last summer by Sandy and Robert Shindleman and a local marketing firm over allegations he repeatedly made against them in his blog postings.
The action by the marketing firm has been resolved but the Shindleman brothers' court case is ongoing.
Warren's withdrawal leaves six candidates officially running for mayor: Coun. Paula Havixbeck, lawyer and former councillor Gord Steeves, lawyer Brian Bowman, university administrator Robert-Falcon Ouellette, funeral home operator Mike Vogiatzakis and Michel Fillion, a booking agent for exotic dancers.
City hall observers are still waiting to see if Judy Wasylycia-Leis will enter the mayor's race and if Mayor Sam Katz will run for re-election.