Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Councillor tossed from EPC wants committee reviewed

Look to other cities, Havixbeck suggests

  • Print

A city councillor who was recently turfed from council's most powerful committee is calling for a review of how the mayor's inner circle is structured.

Coun. Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) said a large proportion of Winnipeg city councillors is appointed to executive policy committee (EPC) and the current structure leaves other elected officials without a say in key policy decisions.

Right now, six out of 15 members of city council have been appointed by Mayor Sam Katz to executive policy committee, including Couns. Russ Wyatt (Transcona), Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands), Brian Mayes (St. Vital), Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) and Dan Vandal (St. Boniface).

Havixbeck said Winnipeg's EPC model creates two tiers of councillors, whereas every elected official should have an equal voice. She said non-EPC councillors recently had a limited opportunity to participate in the budget process and only had a few hours to review the capital and operating budgets before the documents were made public.

By comparison, she said cities such as Edmonton rotate membership on their executive committee while others cities do not have an EPC.

"We (need to) at least take a look at this and see what might be some better models, even a rotational system or doing away with it," Havixbeck said Friday. "There seems to be a definite movement away from having an EPC."

Havixbeck said she was unable to get council's governance committee to consider the idea at its meeting earlier this week and hopes the committee will review the proposal at its next meeting in March.

Last month, Katz removed Havixbeck from EPC after she allegedly flip-flopped over the operational review of the Winnipeg Police Service and an increase to councillors' ward budgets.

The move came after Havixbeck became a vocal critic of the city's budget process and opposed the property-tax hike and a plan to increase councillors' discretionary ward budgets. She denied Katz's characterization as a flip-flopper.

Havixbeck is the second councillor to leave EPC in the last few months.

In November, St. Norbert Coun. Justin Swandel quit EPC and called it "dysfunctional, broken and divided."

jen.skerritt@freepress.mb.ca

Around city hall

Food establishment bylaws: Next week, council's protection and community services committee will consider a plan to exempt ice cream vendors from having to obtain a licence. A review of the city's food establishment bylaws, released Friday, said temporary food vendors who serve "low-hazard" items -- such as frozen novelties or beverages -- do not pose a risk to public health and do not need oversight. The report also recommends Winnipeg create a new licence that will allow seasonal food establishments -- such as vendors at farmers markets -- to obtain a single licence for the season, rather than renew every 14 days.

Community centre funds: St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal announced the city will spend an additional $500,000 to help the Southdale Community Centre complete ongoing renovations. Vandal said more than half of the extra funds -- $271,000 -- will come from the former water park money, which has been divvied up among all Winnipeg wards for recreation. The additional funds will help add a new outdoor skating rink, increase parking capacity and reduce the debt incurred for construction, Vandal said. In total, the city is spending $1.2 million on the community centre's renovations.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 16, 2013 B4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Lauren Bacall 'loved' working in Canada

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A pelican comes in for a landing Wednesday afternoon on the Red River at Lockport, Manitoba - Standup photo- June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What do you think of the new Blue Bombers uniforms?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google