The year is almost over, and as families celebrate their traditions this December, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, season’s greetings, and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.
Since my last report to you on Nov. 7, the Elmwood Giants brought Elmwood High School its first Winnipeg High School Football League’s Andy Currie "A" Division title. They came from behind to beat the West Kildonan Wolverines 14-7. Congratulations to Head Coach Nathan Falk and his team, including standout players Andrew Ricard, Brady Welburn and Shaun Neil, and Principal Mike Babb.
In October, Premier Selinger and I met with Concordia’s Health and Fitness Centre Board officials, including David Olfert, Chairman, and Les Janzen, Chief Operating Officer, and board official George Wall. I would like to thank them for the briefing on their proposed 90,000-square-foot world-class fitness and exercise centre. They need 4,500 sign-ups for this innovative project to proceed, so I would encourage you to learn more about the proposal and visit concordiafit.ca for more information.
This year, Prince Edward Legion No. 81 held its Remembrance Day ceremony at St. Alphonsus School. Stanley Miner, World War II Navy and Burma veteran, captivated the large crowd with his stories from the war. A special thanks to Legion President David Harper and the legion for inviting me to say a few words, and to Mr. Miner and the 177 Air Canada Royal Canadian Air Cadets for making this a most memorable occasion.
As we turn the corner to 2014, the low interest rates we are experiencing make this a good time to attend to our infrastructure needs. By maintaining and improving infrastructure, we are creating good jobs and ensuring our economy continues its steady growth. Projects like the Disraeli Bridge and the Plessis Road Underpass are large enough in scale to require partnerships between the various levels of government. Still on the horizon, the City of Winnipeg’s Louise Bridge project will have public consultations with the community scheduled in the near future. The current Louise bridge was originally built in 1911 and we look forward to the public consultations on how to preserve a piece of Elmwood history.
If you’ve any questions or need more information, please call my office at 204-415-1122, or email me at Jim.Maloway@YourManitoba.ca.