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South Osborne’s charms on display

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Fort Garry-Riverview MLA James Allum at the Osborne South Sidewalk Festival with Chocolate Zen owner Barbara Rudiak and her husband Kevin Jardine.

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Fort Garry-Riverview MLA James Allum at the Osborne South Sidewalk Festival with Chocolate Zen owner Barbara Rudiak and her husband Kevin Jardine. Photo Store

When my family and I moved into the south Osborne area from Kingston, Ont. in the summer of 1996, we quickly learned that we had landed in an incredible community with many wonderful amenities and very friendly neighbours.

École Riverview (and later Collège Churchill) proved to be a warm and caring learning environment for our kids and the community club offered many activities for the whole family. In a mere few months, we felt very much at home!

Since my early years living in south Osborne, I have been particularly enthusiastic about the rapid growth of our area’s business community. Those of us who live or work in Lord Roberts and Riverview know that south Osborne has developed into one of the finest niche business areas in Winnipeg, complete with incredible entertainment choices, fine dining experiences, key service outlets, and marvellous shopping choices.

All of these — and much more — were on display at the Osborne South Sidewalk
Festival on Aug. 24. Organized by the dynamic Osborne South BIZ, the Sidewalk
Festival not only featured the 80 businesses now operating along the south Osborne strip, but offered numerous activities for all ages. An incredible array of neighbourhood non-profits also participated, and the fabulous wares on sale at Fred Tipping Place made the event an inclusive representation of all that south Osborne has to offer.

I was especially pleased to participate this year because my new constituency office is now located at the corner of Osborne and Morley. Like everyone else, we opened our doors and hosted an open house so that everyone could inspect the new premises, chat about life in our community, and enjoy what few days remained of summer. It was a wonderful day.

The annual Osborne South Street Festival is a special event that serves as a reminder of how far we have come as a community, and keeps that momentum moving forward. On that note, it was recently announced that Pollock’s Hardware is setting up shop in South Osborne.

As your representative in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, I welcome your ideas on how I can best serve you. Feel free to contact our office in person at 556 Osborne St., by phone at 204-475-2270 or via email
james.allum@yourmanitoba.ca

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