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Osborne Village honoured on Canada Day

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CANADA Day wasn't the only special event celebrated in Osborne Village Sunday -- a presentation ceremony was held to honour the unique Winnipeg area as Canada's Great Neighbourhood for 2012.

The title is awarded each year as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners' (CIP) Great Places Canada contest, with the winner selected by a CIP panel.

"Osborne Village is most deserving of Canada's Great Neighbourhood title," said Mayor Sam Katz. "Osborne Village is an example of a neighbourhood that works, as one of Canada's most densely populated areas, with an eclectic mix of people and businesses, and a clear identity. This national recognition is truly worth celebrating."

The award plaque was presented by CIP Manitoba representative Donovan Toews and accepted by Coun. Jenny Gerbasi.

"This Great Places Canada award will let people from across the globe know what Winnipeggers have always known -- that Osborne Village is a place you just have to visit," said Gerbasi. "With eclectic eateries, funky shops, a vibrant arts scene, and strong sense of community spirit, there is something for everyone in Osborne Village."

Osborne Village was one of 22 entries for the Canada's Great Neighbourhood category in this year's contest.

A permanent Osborne Village location for the plaque to be displayed will be determined in the near future.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 2, 2012 A5

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