January has started off harshly with a wicked cold snap that has gripped most of Canada and the United States.
While we have been more fortunate than Ontario, the extreme weather has created a lot of difficulty for Winnipeggers. In the Elmwood -East Kildonan area, the massive amounts of snow and frigid temperatures has made for some of the worst street conditions in recent memory. I would like to thank residents for being patient as we struggled through these extreme weather conditions.
I am also grateful for those of you who took the time to phone my office and let myself or my staff know of problem areas, especially around schools and those who require extra attention due to disability.
While the cold weather has kept many inside, the best way to survive the winter is to embrace the cold and get out and enjoy all the season has to offer. I am always encouraged when I see young children out in the cold playing shinny or a pickup game of hockey at one of our local community clubs. I also enjoy watching the brave souls at "Garbage Hill" who enjoy the winter zooming down the hill, whether it’s on a tricked-out toboggan or a simple piece of cardboard.
Our community also has a number of recreational facilities, such as the YMCA and East Kildonans Pool, where one can go and get some exercise if the weather is too extreme.
In the midst of all this cold weather I am involved with the administration in planning for this spring and summer’s projects. As you know we have increased the funds available for our local and regional streets. The administration has developed a list of what they feel are the streets that have the greatest need in the area. I am, however, open to receiving recommendations from residents as to where this money should go in the community. I am also reviewing with Parks and Recreation staff which parks and facilities should be receiving additional resources. I would also welcome input for the community on these priorities as well.
So however you enjoy the winter, make sure to bundle up and play safe.