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.

Recent articles of Joyanne Pursaga

Judge settles school divisions’ long-standing tax battle with city

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Judge settles school divisions’ long-standing tax battle with city

Maggie Macintosh and Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CDT

School divisions should be receiving tax exemptions on more of their facilities — even if traditional K-12 instruction is not taking place inside all of them, a Manitoba judge has ruled.

For years, Winnipeg-area divisions and city officials have been at odds over whether bus depots and education resource centres should be treated like schools when it comes to municipal fees.

Court of King’s Bench Justice James Edmond sided with the former in a recent statutory appeal ruling delivered this week.

“The real property that is the subject of this appeal contains buildings that are used for a public school or for needs of a public school and therefore are exempt,” Edmond wrote in a 55-page decision dated Monday.

Yesterday at 7:00 PM CDT

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The Winnipeg School Division administration building in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg School Division, on behalf of all affected divisions, sought a definitive answer on the taxation status of approximately 23 buildings located both within and near city limits.

Work records in mayoral candidate debate spotlight

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Work records in mayoral candidate debate spotlight

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Yesterday at 6:24 PM CDT

A Winnipeg mayoral debate Wednesday featured a few heated exchanges between leading candidates, who were also put on the hot seat about their work records.

While candidates Kevin Klein, Scott Gillingham, Glen Murray and Shaun Loney engaged in a mostly polite discussion about how best to grow the city’s economy, they also traded a few verbal barbs.

One exchange began when Murray — who served as Winnipeg’s mayor from 1998 to 2004 — stressed he did have to face a challenging financial outlook while in office.

“We went through the tech (bubble) burst at the end of my first year as mayor and a lot of our growth in the economy sunk,” he said.

Yesterday at 6:24 PM CDT

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Four candidates for mayor (Kevin Klein, Scott Gillingham, Glen Murray, and Shaun Loney) attend the Mayoral Forum early Wednesday morning.

Murray commits to city tree canopy

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Murray commits to city tree canopy

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Yesterday at 5:46 PM CDT

Mayoral candidate Glen Murray is proposing a new “natural capital budget” for Winnipeg to enhance the city’s tree canopy.

Trees should be seen as essential infrastructure that is being lost at an alarming rate, he said Wednesday.

“As you can see behind me, we have lost many of the trees on our boulevards, which have died off… many of (the) smaller ones are marked for removal,” said Murray, during a news conference at the tree-lined boulevard on Broadway. “Trees must be treated as our most important urban infrastructure, as the best way to fight climate change and improve urban livability.”

The mayoral hopeful expects to sell carbon offsets and credits and obtain funding from foundations and social-impact investment funds to help cover the cost of his pledge.

Yesterday at 5:46 PM CDT

Glen Murray wants to sell carbon offsets and credits and obtain funding from foundations and social-impact investment funds to help enhance the city’s tree canopy. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Motkaluk’s brother appears to donate to competitor

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Motkaluk’s brother appears to donate to competitor

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

The brother of a mayoral contender appears to have donated to another candidate’s campaign.

In the goal of transparency, Scott Gillingham opted to share a list of individuals who gave $250 or more to support his mayoral run. The list includes the name John Motkaluk, which is also the name of mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk’s brother. John Motkaluk is a vice president of a Winnipeg construction firm.

When reached by phone, Jenny Motkaluk said little about the specific donation.

“My thoughts are that people in Winnipeg are free to contribute, listen to, support mayoral candidates because we have an election going on. It’s our responsibility as voters to get engaged,” she said.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

It appears mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk’s brother John Motkaluk donated money to the campaign of fellow mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Gillingham touts 3.5 per cent tax hike

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Gillingham touts 3.5 per cent tax hike

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

Mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham would raise property taxes by 3.5 per cent in each of the next four years and hike frontage fees.

“I was (council’s) chair of finance for five and a half years. Freezing property taxes is not realistic if we’re going to grow the city,” he said.

The added revenue is essential to delivering his campaign pledges, especially after the financial blows of COVID-19 combined with soaring inflation and last winter’s massive snow-clearing costs, which wreaked havoc with the city’s bottom line, Gillingham said.

“Now it’s time to boldly invest to grow the City of Winnipeg. I challenge every other candidate to explain their plan (for) the City of Winnipeg… and how those plans will be paid for,” he said.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

Under mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham’s plan, property taxes would increase 3.5 per cent annually for the next four years and frontage levies would increase. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Right-wing buzzwords, parks and rec, apology demanded: mayoral candidate roundup

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Right-wing buzzwords, parks and rec, apology demanded: mayoral candidate roundup

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk lashed out at what she deems “the woke mob” and “COVID theatre” during a fiery campaign speech at The Forks canopy Monday, while promising to ensure the site resumes hosting its traditional Canada Day parties.

“This summer, the woke mob decided… when I said that it was wrong to cancel Canada Day, they decided that I had to be shut up and shut down,” Motkaluk said of the social media backlash she faced in June.

At the time, Motkaluk took to Twitter and Facebook to share her disappointment in news the “It’s a New Day at The Forks” event would replace a specific celebration of the country.

On Monday, she promised, if elected Oct. 26., to fire and replace the city’s three appointees to The Forks North Portage Partnership board to ensure Canada Day is not “cancelled” again.

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk says if she’s elected she’ll fire and replace appointees to The Forks North Portage Partnership board to ensure Canada Day is not “cancelled” again.

Ward candidate calls for St. B separation

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Ward candidate calls for St. B separation

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

St. Boniface has gotten a raw deal since it joined the City of Winnipeg 50 years ago, and should now separate to become an independent municipality once more, according to one candidate for its council seat.

Marcel Boille is calling for “a new city of St. Boniface,” and vowing to ensure a referendum on having the ward leave the city is held within 18 months, if he’s elected to become the area’s councillor Oct. 26.

“St. Boniface sure as heck did not need to be part of Winnipeg to survive. It was doing very well,” said Boille, during a phone interview Monday. “We were forced into (amalgamation along with other municipalities in 1972) to help the City of Winnipeg survive. And for 50 years, we’ve been paying millions upon millions of tax dollars.”

The candidate accuses multiple city councils of investing the vast majority of tax revenue into road construction, an arena and other amenities for the downtown ever since, to the neglect of St. B.

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

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Marcel Boille is calling for “a new city of St. Boniface,” and vowing to ensure a referendum on having the ward leave the city is held within 18 months, if he’s elected to become the area’s councillor Oct. 26.

‘We move forward with our healing’: memories shared as Assiniboia Residential School monument unveiled

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‘We move forward with our healing’: memories shared as Assiniboia Residential School monument unveiled

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

One by one, they shared stories of loss, success, loneliness and friendship.

On Friday, dozens of survivors of the Assiniboia Residential School returned to its former site to mark the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Several shared their struggles with being separated from their families, as well as the joys of finding lasting friends and hobbies.

For Martina Fisher, the Winnipeg school brings back memories of feeling very much alone.

“There was… a lot of pain… I remember being so lonely and there was no way to communicate with my mom and dad,” said Fisher.

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

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Sheldon Cote performs a pipe ceremony at the official opening of the Assiniboia Residential School commemorative monument and gathering place Friday.

Kevin Klein campaign sets sights on combating city crime

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Kevin Klein campaign sets sights on combating city crime

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

Over four years as a Winnipeg city councillor, Kevin Klein has often been deemed a blunt critic of his political opponents, the kind of leader supporters credit with “telling it like it is.”

During his rookie term, he didn’t shy away from criticizing council decisions, along with what he deems persistent threats to public safety.

Now running for mayor, the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood councillor is not reluctant to portray high crime rates as a major threat to Winnipeg.

“It’s not time to give up on this city, it’s time to start fighting for our city,” Klein, 57, told the audience of an evening town hall he hosted in late August, which involved plenty of discussion on the topic.

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

During his rookie term, Kevin Klein didn’t shy away from criticizing council decisions. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Motkaluk believes ability to overcome obstacles gives her mayoral cred

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Motkaluk believes ability to overcome obstacles gives her mayoral cred

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

A dozen business owners and employees gather around rows of fridges, washers and other household appliances in the back of a sales and repair shop on Selkirk Avenue, as they wait to meet with a woman who wants to be Winnipeg’s next mayor.

After dropping off her purse on a deep-freezer, Jenny Motkaluk introduces herself and asks them what they want from their next municipal leader.

“Before I release my policy and my plans, it’s important for me to know… what’s important to you,” she tells the group.

Some appear skeptical, including a man named Paul, who tells her that politicians “only show up whenever they need (support).”

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

Jenny Motkaluk has prioritized conversations with residents and groups over policy announcements. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

‘I’ve got proven leadership,’ says two-term councillor, pastor

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‘I’ve got proven leadership,’ says two-term councillor, pastor

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

Scott Gillingham says the best part of campaigning to become mayor is visiting the doorsteps of Winnipeggers.

During a door-knocking session in Waverley West, the mayoral candidate said meeting residents in their communities has been the highlight of his previous two successful council campaigns and his current mayoral bid.

“This is the part I enjoy the most,” he says while running across a residential street to meet someone who opened the door to speak to one of his volunteers. “You never know what you’re going to get at the door.”

Between short conversations with voters who answer the knock, he notes dogs have chased him off properties “only twice” and that he makes sure to buy a new pair of shoes at the start of every election campaign.

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

Meeting residents in their communities has been the highlight of Scott Gillingham's mayoral bid. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

Motkaluk promises to celebrate Winnipeggers’ successes

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Motkaluk promises to celebrate Winnipeggers’ successes

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

MAYORAL candidate Jenny Motkaluk is promising a celebration of “all things Winnipeg.”

Motkaluk says she would create an event called Winnipeg’s Own Awards, a “giant party” open to all that would celebrate the successes of residents from a wide variety of fields.

“We’ll be taking nominations in various categories but they would include all the ways that Winnipeggers are successful on the world stage, whether that’s art or music or culture or business or inventing,” Motkaluk said during a Thursday interview.

“I think that we need to tell those stories and make sure that all Winnipeggers are aware and are proud of our city and proud of the people that are from here.”

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk says she would create an event called Winnipeg’s Own Awards, a “giant party” open to all that would celebrate the successes of residents from a wide variety of fields.

Mayor proud of work on reconciliation, human rights

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Mayor proud of work on reconciliation, human rights

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

NEARLY eight years after he became Winnipeg’s mayor, Brian Bowman counts his efforts to advance reconciliation and promote human rights as among his most meaningful work.

“Out of all of the things I’m most proud of, as a community, I’m really proud of the work that we’ve been doing on reconciliation. And I hope and expect that work will continue,” said Bowman, who isn’t seeking re-election.

While acknowledging that it may take generations to reconcile the impact of residential schools, which separated Indigenous students from their families and culture, the mayor said he believes local discussions on racism have become more genuine.

“I think we’re having more honest public discussions about reconciliation. Winnipeg is now seen as a leader in Canada’s journey of reconciliation. That’s because of the good work by many people on council, in the public service and in the broader community,” he said.

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

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Chief Gordon Bluesky from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation presents a Buffalo pelt to Mayor Brian Bowman. Indigenous sacred symbols were presented to the mayor and council earlier this month for display in the city council chamber.

Mayoral pledges put reconciliation in spotlight

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Mayoral pledges put reconciliation in spotlight

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

One day before Winnipeggers were to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, mayoral candidates revealed how they would support the path to a more unified city.

Surrounded by a few dozen supporters, including members of the Indigenous community, mayoral hopeful Shaun Loney shared a “reconciliation action plan” that aims to better support Indigenous women, boost the community’s economic prospects and remove barriers to employment.

As an initial step, Loney said, if elected Oct. 26, he would begin consultations on a violence prevention plan to answer calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“For a white, privileged man… the most important thing to me is to talk to Indigenous women about what they need in order to feel safe in the city. I think it’s going to mean continuing to modernize policing… There are systemic challenges in the police force,” said Loney.

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

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Mayoral hopeful Shaun Loney shared a “reconciliation action plan” that aims to better support Indigenous women, boost the community’s economic prospects and remove barriers to employment.

Portage Place revamp, green power, parades, death threats: mayoral candidate roundup

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Portage Place revamp, green power, parades, death threats: mayoral candidate roundup

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022

A plan to transform the Portage Place mall to offer a non-profit community centre and affordable homes has won the support of a mayoral candidate.

Rana Bokhari says she would back a recent proposal to revamp the downtown Winnipeg site, which was created by local non-profit agencies and community groups, especially its call for Indigenous leadership of the project, if she’s elected Oct. 26.

“I just think that Portage Place, for newcomers and Indigenous people, has been a community spot, whether it has been called that or not… It’s always had that beauty to it,” Bokhari said Wednesday.

The future of the mall has triggered speculation for years, especially after a $400-million Starlight Investments proposal to redevelop it stalled out in 2021. After the Toronto-based company asked for its deposit back on the mixed-use development plan, many stakeholders deemed the deal dead.

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Rana Bokhari says she would back a recent proposal to revamp the Portage Place mall if she’s elected Oct. 26.

Outgoing mayor Bowman cheeky about what comes next

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Outgoing mayor Bowman cheeky about what comes next

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

Brian Bowman has no intention of hitting the road.

But Winnipeg’s outgoing mayor won’t be pinned down on what’s in store for him after the Oct. 26 election.

“I love Winnipeg. My expectation is I’ll continue to reside here and be there to support the next mayor and council. I want them to be successful. I will continue to look for opportunities to contribute to community and community building,” said Bowman, who has spent two terms leading council.

During a wide-ranging interview to mark his upcoming departure, the politician joked his next job would explore his musical talents.

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

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Mayor Brian Bowman, who was a privacy lawyer before getting into politics, called his career path “a topic for another day.”

Loney hopes voters warm to heat-pump plan

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Loney hopes voters warm to heat-pump plan

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Sep. 26, 2022

Shaun Loney is proposing a “big switch” that aims to ensure 40,000 Winnipeg homes and businesses replace natural gas with greener heating options by 2030, if he’s elected.

The mayoral candidate promised to create a program that helps property owners obtain geothermal or cold climate air-source heat while still paying energy bills that are equal to or lower than what they’d pay for natural gas.

“One of the myths is that geothermal heat pumps cost money. The opposite is true. Geothermal systems save money,” said Loney.

The candidate said the new systems would most likely be added first to new homes, those undergoing major renovations and properties where natural gas equipment is nearing the end of its useful life.

Monday, Sep. 26, 2022

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Shaun Loney promised to create a program that helps property owners obtain geothermal or cold climate air-source heat while still paying energy bills that are equal to or lower than what they’d pay for natural gas.

City letter about possible CUPE strike sent in error

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City letter about possible CUPE strike sent in error

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

Some Winnipeggers who signed up for swimming lessons and other leisure guide programs were accidentally told the city isn’t responsible for any inconvenience they suffer, should city workers go on strike.

On Thursday, the city sent a notice addressed to “City of Winnipeg Recreation Services Customers,” which notes the government is preparing for a possible labour disruption and may not be able to fulfil its recreation agreements if that occurs.

“City services, functions and support may be unavailable during this time. It is unknown what the effect of the labour disruption will be on the city’s ability to perform the terms of the agreement. The city is not responsible for any inconvenience, nuisance, or discomfort this may cause you,” the document states.

It also warns recipients, “you may have to cross a picket line in order to access any city property,” should a strike take place.

Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500, the city’s largest union, recently set up a strike headquarters to prepare for possible job action.

Bowman bids adieu to city hall

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Bowman bids adieu to city hall

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Mayor Brian Bowman completed his final city council meeting on Thursday while offering no hints about his next job.

Following the meeting’s opening prayer, Bowman thanked fellow council members and city staff for their work over his eight years as mayor. Since he’s not seeking re-election, a new mayor is guaranteed to replace him after the Oct. 26 municipal vote.

Bowman expressed pride in council efforts to make Winnipeg more welcoming to diverse groups of people.

He thanked his wife and two sons for their support.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Mayor Brian Bowman attended his final city council meeting on Thursday. He is not running for re-election. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Osborne Village store owner to rebuild after council waives rezoning fee

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Osborne Village store owner to rebuild after council waives rezoning fee

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

The owner of an Osborne Village convenience store will rebuild following a tragic fire, after city council cleared a key financial obstacle in her way.

On Thursday, council cast a final vote to waive a $20,242.67 city bill to rezone the site of E-Mart Groceries at 157 Scott St., a request that had been previously defeated by council’s property and development committee.

During a brief phone interview, building owner Hae-Kyung (Heather) Shin said she’s excited to reopen E-Mart as soon as possible.

“Oh my goodness, I can express my thanks… Now, I know what to do right away. I’m very excited to move forward to build that new building there,” said Shin.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

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E-Mart Groceries owner Hae-Kyung (Heather) Shin, outside the burned out shell of her Osborne Village convenience store, which she plans to rebuild now that city council has voted to waive a $20,242.67 rezoning fee.

Council votes to put police parking plan into action

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Council votes to put police parking plan into action

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

A plan to devote one floor of the Millennium Library Parkade to safe parking for police is rolling forward.

On Thursday, city council cast a final 13-3 vote in favour of the idea, which was designed to settle a long-standing union grievance. The grievance alleges the city and Winnipeg Police Service have failed to provide safe and secure parking for the personal vehicles of cops and civilian staff who work at WPS headquarters at 245 Smith St.

Many council members who voted in favour of the plan argued rejecting it would have left taxpayers at risk of paying for a much more expensive solution, by allowing the matter to proceed to arbitration.

“If you vote no, you’re saying ‘I want to gamble and I’ll send the bill to the next council,’” said Coun. Brian Mayes.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

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Council’s approval of the plan clears the way to provide 264 parking stalls at the Millennium Library Parkade, for which WPS members would pay $275 per space per month to rent.

Councillor motions seek cleaner city

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Councillor motions seek cleaner city

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

New efforts that would make it easier to demolish vacant and derelict buildings, and otherwise clean up the city, will be debated by council.

Coun. Cindy Gilroy raised three new motions to target the issues at Thursday’s council meeting.

The first calls for city staff to prepare a bylaw change that would let Winnipeg’s planning, property and development director, in consultation with the affected ward councillor, approve demolition permits for residential buildings without the currently required public hearing. Council would be required to approve any bylaw change.

“It is really important… that we make sure that we take down these buildings relatively fast,” said Gilroy, who serves as council’s property and development chairwoman.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

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City councillor Cindy Gilroy said she hopes new rules can allow some buildings to be removed without a redevelopment plan from their owners.

Mayoral candidates make infrastructure, rail yard study, derelict property pitches

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Mayoral candidates make infrastructure, rail yard study, derelict property pitches

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

Mayoral candidate Kevin Klein is promising, if elected, to create a $2-million infrastructure plan to prioritize Winnipeg road and sewer projects — with the goal of removing politics from such decisions.

Klein said Wednesday an advisory board of industry experts would help determine which projects must happen first, ranking them by merit, instead of letting politicians select certain ones “to buy votes.”

“We need to take the politics out of our road maintenance and renewal… We will receive input so that we can make decisions based on priorities and knowledge.”

While the City of Winnipeg typically relies on provincial and federal funding to help pay for major infrastructure projects, Klein said he’s confident senior governments would devote their dollars to locally selected priorities, especially ones that target aging infrastructure.

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

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City issues RFP for first round of green buses

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City issues RFP for first round of green buses

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

The city is seeking companies to provide its first round of environmentally friendly buses, which should begin rolling down Winnipeg streets in 2024.

A new request for proposals aims to secure eight battery electric and eight fuel cell battery electric buses, which are expected to begin arriving early that year. The contract would include up to four possible one-year extensions.

If all extensions are finalized, the city would order up to 20 more green buses in each of the following two years, plus up to 55 more in each of the final two.

The third extension would see the city meet its commitment to add 100 to 110 zero-emission buses to its fleet by 2027, for which the feds and province have agreed to help fund. The three governments recently announced a cost-sharing deal that includes roughly $280 million to buy the electric buses, purchase more diesel models and add charging infrastructure.

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

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The city is seeking companies to provide its first round of environmentally friendly buses, which should begin rolling down Winnipeg streets in 2024.