Joyanne Pursaga

Joyanne Pursaga

Reporter

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Joyanne loves to tell the stories of this city, especially when politics is involved.

Joyanne discovered her love of journalism at the University of Manitoba, when she began volunteering for the student newspaper. That eventually led her to Ontario, where she attained a journalism degree.

Joyanne landed her first permanent reporting job in 2004 at a small newspaper in the interior of British Columbia, where she first covered city hall. Since then, she has had the pleasure of covering municipal, provincial and federal politics in three different cities.

In 2012, she was fortunate to begin writing about politics in Winnipeg, covering both city hall and the Manitoba legislature for the Winnipeg Sun.

Over the past few years, her passion has grown for informing readers about how government decisions affect their daily lives. From garbage to water quality to snow-clearing to emergency room wait times, she enjoys breaking down the details of stories that matter to her fellow Winnipeggers and Manitobans.

She feels privileged to go to work and write about those key issues in her city of choice, while also being able to learn something new each day.

Joyanne became the city hall reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press in early 2020.

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City reduces library staffing shortage, but union says more employees needed

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City reduces library staffing shortage, but union says more employees needed

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

A persistent staffing shortage that previously forced the city to reduce hours at Winnipeg’s public libraries has now eased, though a union says there are still too few employees.

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Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

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The vacancy rate for all city libraries combined was 7.8 per cent, with 28 unfilled positions, as of Jan. 17, down from 22.8 per cent vacancy and 92 unfilled positions on July 23, 2021, according to data from the city.

Thou shalt share views on Ten Commandments monument

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Thou shalt share views on Ten Commandments monument

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

The City of Winnipeg wants residents’ views on whether a monument that displays the Ten Commandments should return to its former home at a prominent park.

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Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

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Ten Commandments commemorative monument Assiniboine Park

Developer tweaks plan for homes near Red

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Developer tweaks plan for homes near Red

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Six homes are on track to get built in the Cloutier Drive neighbourhood, despite initial concerns about risk of flooding from the nearby Red River.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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During the Riel committee meeting, John Wintrup, a planning consultant for the developer, said the city’s concerns about the plan have been addressed.

Leacock House heritage de-listing vote splits committee

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Leacock House heritage de-listing vote splits committee

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

The fate of one of Winnipeg’s oldest heritage buildings is unclear, after a call to allow its demolition left a city committee deadlocked.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Social services organization Marymound, which owns Leacock House (442 Scotia St.), is asking the city to remove the structure from its list of historical resources, so it can be torn down to make room for a long-planned transition home.

City reducing parking requirements for affordable-housing projects

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City reducing parking requirements for affordable-housing projects

Joyanne Pursaga 1 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

The City of Winnipeg hopes to make it easier to create affordable housing by letting developers provide fewer parking spaces.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

The City of Winnipeg hopes to make it easier to create affordable housing by letting developers provide fewer parking spaces.

Bigger park, plaza considered for Burton Cummings Theatre

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Bigger park, plaza considered for Burton Cummings Theatre

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

A larger park, and possibly a plaza, could become a reality if a small part of Smith Street is moved — something supporters expect would add vibrancy to downtown.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

A new proposal aims to revamp Smith Street, realigning some of its lanes that lead to Notre Dame Avenue to make room for a much bigger Odeon Park and potential plaza.

Councillor seeks first step to bare winter sidewalks

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Councillor seeks first step to bare winter sidewalks

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Once winter conditions set in, Tom Jones rarely leaves home, unless he’s headed to work.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

If the city cleared sidewalks down to the pavement, getting around independently would be much easier for Tom Jones, he says. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

Clan Mothers transitional housing plan a no-brainer

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Clan Mothers transitional housing plan a no-brainer

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

A plot of land on Maple Street could one day provide “transformational” housing and job opportunities for vulnerable Winnipeggers.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Clan Mothers Healing Village hopes to have a safe place for Indigenous women, two-spirit and trans people downtown, says Jamie Goulet, a co-founder of the organization. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)

Gillingham asks province for changes to city charter to give council more control

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Gillingham asks province for changes to city charter to give council more control

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Winnipeg’s mayor wants the province to let city council determine the fate of its most powerful committee, which could affect his own power to sway votes.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

In a letter to the premier, Mayor Scott Gillingham recently asked for several changes to the provincially controlled City of Winnipeg Charter.

Vacant building owners to pay if firefighting required

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Vacant building owners to pay if firefighting required

Joyanne Pursaga 1 minute read Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

The owners of vacant buildings in Winnipeg will be charged the cost to battle fires at their properties.

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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

The owners of vacant buildings in Winnipeg will be charged the cost to battle fires at their properties.

Premier touts good news for future city funding

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Premier touts good news for future city funding

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Manitoba’s premier is hinting her government could finally thaw its funding freeze for the City of Winnipeg.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Premier Heather Stefanson and Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Council motion seeks to reopen district police stations to public

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Council motion seeks to reopen district police stations to public

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

A call to open all four of Winnipeg’s district police stations to provide round-the-clock service to the public will be considered at city hall.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The motion aims to switch the downtown WPS headquarters on Smith Street, the west district station on Grant Avenue (pictured), the north district facility on Hartford Avenue, and the east district station on Dugald Road to round-the-clock service.

New safety standards needed for hookah lounges, councillor says

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New safety standards needed for hookah lounges, councillor says

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Winnipeg should set new rules and safety standards for hookah lounges due to concerns they could create poor air quality, a city councillor says.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

In traditional hookah use, the multi-pronged water pipe can be used to smoke shisha, a mixture of tobacco and molasses, sugar or fruit. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Weapons, not drugs, focus of library entry searches: city

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Weapons, not drugs, focus of library entry searches: city

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

When security staff at Millennium Library check a patron’s bag for weapons, they’re not also searching for illicit drugs, the City of Winnipeg says.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The Millennium Library reopened to patrons Monday, with airport-style security measures, including a walk-through metal detector, two on-site police officers and four extra security guards.

City will use part of federal grant money to plant hundreds of trees

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City will use part of federal grant money to plant hundreds of trees

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

A new branch of the City of Winnipeg’s tree-planting efforts has been revealed.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The money should lead to 400 or more trees to be planted, with funding prioritized for projects that plant in “underserved” communities or areas with higher poverty rates, said Kerienne La France, the city’s supervisor of forestry technical services.

City ponders letting employees pick own stat holidays to reflect culture

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City ponders letting employees pick own stat holidays to reflect culture

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

The city will look at matching statutory holiday time with workers’ own cultural and religious priorities, but some warn the proposed change falls short of what’s needed.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

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Winnipeg City Hall.

Millennium Library reopens services with increased security measures

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Millennium Library reopens services with increased security measures

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Patrons walked through a metal detector Monday for their first chance in more than a month to freely explore Millennium Library.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Security personal check for dangerous metal objects being carried by library users on the first day of the Millennium Library opening Monday. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Street-clearing crews leave some sidewalks impassable for pedestrians, mobility-challenged

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Street-clearing crews leave some sidewalks impassable for pedestrians, mobility-challenged

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

A hill of snow and ice blocked the sidewalk at one point of Daniel Rempel’s on-foot commute to work earlier this week, an active-transportation hazard he says has grown far too common.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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Andrew Tod posted this photo on Twitter Friday: “I’ve never understood why people who clear the streets think that sidewalks are the place to leave the snow. @cindygilroy any chance you could deal with this? St Matthews at Garfield. “

New library borrowing rules sets suspension at 10 overdue items

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New library borrowing rules sets suspension at 10 overdue items

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

The City of Winnipeg is cracking down on overdue books and other library materials, which could result in some patrons temporarily losing ability to borrow items.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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Winnipeg Public Library patrons who have borrowed 10 or more overdue items “will have their memberships suspended until overdue items are returned,” effective Feb. 1, according to a new policy announced by the library this week.

Staff shortages plague city services

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Staff shortages plague city services

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

The City of Winnipeg is struggling with a labour shortage that has already reduced access to some public services and threatens to hinder others.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

After a record high 130 assaults on bus operators in 2022 (including verbal threats), the union that represents Winnipeg Transit drivers said a lack of safety on buses is the top obstacle to hiring.

Millennium Library reopening next week with on-site police, metal detector

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Millennium Library reopening next week with on-site police, metal detector

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

The Millennium Library will fully reopen Monday with enhanced safety measures including police on the ground, more security staff and a metal detector, after closing last month in response to the slaying of a 28-year-old man.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

The Millennium Library has been closed since Dec. 11 when 28-year-old Tyree Cayer died after being stabbed in the facility. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

To clear or not to clear? That is the question bylaw doesn’t answer, councillor complains

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To clear or not to clear? That is the question bylaw doesn’t answer, councillor complains

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

A city committee will take another look at rules that may leave residents at risk of fines when they voluntarily clear snow from sidewalks.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

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Earlier this month, city staff told the public works committee the bylaw doesn’t prohibit Winnipeggers from clearing public sidewalks.

Social-support services annex likely not part of library reopening plan

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Social-support services annex likely not part of library reopening plan

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

When the Millennium Library reopens, a space to connect vulnerable people with social supports could remain shuttered.

On Tuesday, Winnipeg’s top bureaucrat told reporters the downtown library’s community connections space, which is designed to connect vulnerable patrons with shelter/housing, social assistance, mental health, addiction services and other supports, “very likely” won’t resume at that time.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Millennium Library, temporarily closed after a fatal stabbing, in Winnipeg on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. For Joyanne story. Winnipeg Free Press 2022.

City upholds Sherbrook Street rubble pile clean-up deadline

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City upholds Sherbrook Street rubble pile clean-up deadline

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

It’s a massive pile of rubble city officials say they’ve visited many times over the past year, where some folks have set up camp at times and others have searched for salvageable items among the bricks and debris.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Tyler Searle / Winnipeg Free Press Files

The remains of a former apartment building at 694 Sherbrook St. that burned in a fire last February. Monday, the City of Winnipeg’s property and development committee denied the appeal of a city order to get the site cleaned up by Feb. 15, leaving in place that deadline to remove all remains of the building’s structure and foundation.