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

Mayoral candidate Motkaluk again takes aim at Murray’s missing files

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Mayoral candidate Motkaluk again takes aim at Murray’s missing files

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk is again demanding answers from an election rival who failed to file campaign expenses for his previous Green Party of Canada leadership bid.

On Thursday, Motkaluk — who has yet to begin sharing her own platform pledges — told reporters it’s important to ensure voters are aware Glen Murray did not meet an April 2021 deadline to file his 2020 campaign expenses.

It was her second news conference on the matter since July 26.

Motkaluk challenged Murray to “proactively” reveal whether or not he is being investigated by federal authorities in the matter, repeatedly accusing him of “breaking the law.”

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

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Mayoral Candidate Jenny Motkaluk challenged Glen Murray to “proactively” reveal whether or not he is being investigated by federal authorities in the matter, repeatedly accusing him of “breaking the law.”

Mayoral candidate Murray dives into wading pool closures

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Mayoral candidate Murray dives into wading pool closures

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Most City of Winnipeg wading pools will be drained for the season by Aug. 19, making waves among those who believe the cooling amenity should be available throughout the summer.

Mayoral candidate Glen Murray said he’s received several complaints about plans to shut down “almost all” wading pools by that date, which he believes is about two weeks ahead of schedule.

“They usually run through to September, and it’s usually weather adjusted… It’s very unusual in mid-August to be closing the wading pools,” said Murray, who served as Winnipeg’s mayor from 1998 to 2004.

In an emailed statement, spokesman David Driedger confirmed 19 of Winnipeg’s 79 wading pools never opened for the 2022 season, noting the city has suffered from a shortage of attendants.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

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Aurora, age seven (left) and Eva, nine, splash in the wading pool at Valour Community Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday. It appears many wading pools are set to close by Aug. 19, which some complain is a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Powerful council committee should be elected, mayoral candidate says

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Powerful council committee should be elected, mayoral candidate says

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Members of city council’s most powerful committee should be elected by their peers, not appointed by the mayor, according to mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette.

If elected, Ouellette promises to let city council vote for the next round of executive policy committee members. If he can’t immediately convince the province to change the city’s charter to permit that change, Ouellette said an informal council vote will be held, which he will finalize through mayoral appointments.

“It (would ensure) that the mayor doesn’t control all of council. Currently, one of the issues is that the mayor, using EPC (appointments and removals) is able to use kind of a carrot-and-stick method to really get through the policies that (the mayor thinks) are important. One person shouldn’t be able to decide everything,” he said.

Ouellette hopes to ultimately convince the Manitoba government to change the city’s provincially legislated charter to let council directly elect EPC members, without any mayoral decision.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Robert Falcon-Ouellette is proposing to switch to an EPC that is elected by council, instead of appointed by the mayor, if he gets elected.

Mayoral candidate Gillingham calls for 311 boosts

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Mayoral candidate Gillingham calls for 311 boosts

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

The City of Winnipeg’s 311 service should receive $1.1 million more to its budget each year until soaring wait times drop to a quarterly average of less than three minutes each, says mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham.

Gillingham promised, if elected Oct. 26, to begin the funding boost in 2023, which he says would allow the city to hire more staff, increase hourly pay rates and/or invest in additional training, depending on what’s most needed.

“311 is not working well right now. Low morale is a problem, made worse by heavy call volumes during and after the (COVID-19) pandemic and by an extraordinary (past) winter that we just had… For the sake of busy residents who reach out to us in good faith every day, we must fix these problems,” he said Tuesday.

The candidate’s team said the department had a $4.3 million budget in 2022.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham promised, if elected Oct. 26, to begin the funding boost in 2023, which he says would allow the city to hire more staff, increase hourly pay rates and/or invest in additional training, depending on what’s most needed.

‘Habitual quitter’: Murray challenged to commit to full term as mayor

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‘Habitual quitter’: Murray challenged to commit to full term as mayor

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

A political opponent is challenging mayoral candidate Glen Murray to commit in writing to serve a full term of office, should he be elected.

Murray previously served as Winnipeg’s mayor from 1998 to 2004. He cut his second four-year term short to make an unsuccessful run for the federal Liberals in the 2004 federal election.

Now seeking to become Winnipeg’s mayor again, Murray said during a June interview that he hopes to serve as mayor for eight years.

“I think it takes eight years to do what I’m thinking we’d do (if elected),” he said, just after registering to run for the top council job.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Glen Murray previously served as Winnipeg’s mayor from 1998 to 2004. He cut his second four-year term short to make an unsuccessful run for the federal Liberals in the 2004 federal election.

Light rail transit pushed back into city conversation

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Light rail transit pushed back into city conversation

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

The decades-old debate on building light rail transit in Winnipeg may have some spark left in it.

While noting city council may be seen as “going boldly into the past,” Coun. Brian Mayes wants his colleagues to “seriously consider” adding light rail construction in the future, following the lead of many other cities.

“I feel like we may have missed the generation in which to do bus rapid transit. The city is growing… and I just feel like, why put in a network of BRT lines and then, the day you finish, start tearing them out because now you’re up to a million people and you want LRT?” said Mayes.

Winnipeg city council has debated the best way to ramp up its public transportation for decades, debating a light rail rapid transit option off and on since at least the 1970s. Eventually, the city settled on a bus rapid transit system and completed one dedicated corridor in 2020. The southwest rapid transitway was a two-phase project with a combined cost of $556 million.

Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

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“(Light rail) would attract more people. I think some people who wouldn’t ride on a bus would ride on a train. You can use electric power and (Manitoba is) rich on electric power,” said Winnipeg City Councillor Brian Mayes.

Union raises alarm on 911 staffing

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Union raises alarm on 911 staffing

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

The city police union fears short staffing at 911 call centres is forcing some to wait minutes on hold — a situation, the Winnipeg Police Service says, that remains quite rare.

Following reports of some call wait times that lasted at least two to three minutes, Winnipeg Police Association president Moe Sabourin blamed the issue on a lack of employees.

“It’s no surprise to us that people are waiting… During that time, those seconds can feel like minutes and minutes can feel like hours, especially when somebody is breaking in (to a house),” said Sabourin, whose union represents city police officers and 911 call centre staff.

Sabourin said Friday he believes wait times have grown worse over the past three months, and about 18 more staff should be hired to address the issue.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

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Following reports of some call wait times that lasted at least two to three minutes, Winnipeg Police Association president Moe Sabourin blamed the issue on a lack of employees.

Mayoral candidate Thawani disputes 2017 workplace safety fine

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Mayoral candidate Thawani disputes 2017 workplace safety fine

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

A Winnipeg mayoral candidate who was convicted of workplace safety and health violations in 2017 says he disputes the ruling but deemed it too expensive to appeal.

Govind Thawani, who on Wednesday became the 14th candidate to register a 2022 mayoral bid, confirmed he was fined $12,500 after a 2017 trial. Specifically, he was found guilty of “knowingly obstructing a safety and health officer” and instructing a worker to mislead a safety officer.

A worker was seriously injured after falling about 20 feet during a roof construction project July 27, 2012, which sparked the trial.

Sterling O & G International Corp., which Thawani currently owns and was director of at the time, was fined $52,650 in the matter. The company was found guilty of failing to provide appropriate equipment, failing to report the incident as soon as possible, and failing to comply with a stop work order on a specific boom truck.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

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Govind Thawani is seen in 2011 on the site of the Sterling O & G International Corp.’s new building. The company, which Thawani now owns and then directed, was found guilty in 2017 of failing to provide appropriate equipment, failing to report an incident as soon as possible, and failing to comply with a stop work order on a specific boom truck.

Memorial to be built at former residential school on Academy Road

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Memorial to be built at former residential school on Academy Road

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

When she left the Assiniboia Residential School decades ago, Betty Ross says she felt largely silenced, her own identity unclear.

“I graduated… from this residential school in 1968 and I was lost after that because I didn’t know who I was… There’s so much that happened to me that I still carry some of the atrocities,” Ross said Thursday.

During her time at her first residential school, St. Joseph’s Residential School in her home community of Pimicikamak Cree (Cross Lake) First Nation, she recalls abuse and trauma. One punishment at St. Joseph’s for speaking Cree caused permanent hearing loss in her left ear, Ross said.

The 75-year-old elder says she has since found her voice. On Thursday, she felt “ecstatic” to help unveil the details of a $1.3-million commemoration project at the former Assiniboia Residential School at 621 Academy Rd. She expects the development will teach Winnipeggers about the school’s history and honour the students who attended it.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the Assiniboia Residential School commemorative monument and gathering place.

Young teen girl stabbed, young teen girl charged

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Young teen girl stabbed, young teen girl charged

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Winnipeggers in the area of a North End playground where a 13-year-old girl was stabbed Monday expressed fear and dismay over the incident.

On Wednesday, city police reported a girl was stabbed multiple times on the 200 block of McKenzie Street, after she and a 12-year-old playmate were allegedly accosted and robbed.

A 13-year-old girl has since been charged.

Several people around the area Wednesday said the attack took place at the playground behind Strathcona School.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

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Police said officers were called to the 600 block of Alfred Avenue for a reported stabbing around 7 p.m. Monday. They found an injured girl and gave her emergency medical care before an ambulance arrived.

Mayoral candidate sets sights on protecting, rebuilding tree canopy

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Mayoral candidate sets sights on protecting, rebuilding tree canopy

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

Urgent action is needed to keep Winnipeg’s existing trees standing and plant many more, according to one mayoral hopeful.

Rick Shone, who owns Wilderness Supply stores in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, Ont., said outdoor enthusiasts have long-celebrated the local tree canopy, which is a major city asset.

“In order to make sure that we really actually see our canopy be strong and healthy, we need to put a lot more effort into it,” Shone said Tuesday. “We’re falling way far behind and so we need to focus on putting some money (into this).”

During recent years, Winnipeg has lost thousands more trees than it managed to replace. While there are more than three million trees within city limits now, many are at risk due to pests, disease and severe weather events linked to climate change.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

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“I think it’s really important for Winnipeggers to know just how quickly we could see some of our trees disappear… We’re fighting (an) almost losing battle unless we put more emphasis on protection,” said mayoral candidate Rick Shone.

Mayoral candidate ‘thinking like 50 years, 1,000 years into the future’

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Mayoral candidate ‘thinking like 50 years, 1,000 years into the future’

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

A speedy update to public transportation should be a central priority for Winnipeg, mayoral candidate Chris Clacio says.

In a platform document released Tuesday, Clacio proposes to complete the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan by the end of 2030, if he’s elected. Doing so would require major investments and construction to take place quickly, since the up to $1.5-billion plan is poised to redraw nearly all existing bus routes and complete a network of six rapid-transit corridors over the next 24 years.

“I just believe that people want a new way to engage with our city,” said Clacio.

Winnipeg should also complete a protected bike and active transportation network by 2030, he said. Clacio proposes to fund that promise by repeating this year’s 2.33 per cent property tax hike in 2023 and directing 0.33 percentage points of the increase to the AT network.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Chris Clacio proposes to complete the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan by the end of 2030, if he’s elected.

City begins replacing trees lost in botched 2021 house move

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City begins replacing trees lost in botched 2021 house move

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

Almost two dozen mature trees were destroyed in Charleswood during the transport of a large display home nearly a year ago. Now, the City of Winnipeg has begun replanting.

Three poplar trees were planted in the Roblin Boulevard median between Carlotta Crescent and Charleswood Road in June, while 20 other trees of various sizes and species are to be planted at Charleswood Memorial Park.

Winnipeg’s forester said the trees cannot all be replaced at the centre median of the regional street where they were unlawfully cut down in 2021, due to harsh growing conditions.

Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

Felled trees line the median on Roblin Boulevard last summer after the moving of a display home that was too wide to avoid hitting the trees. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press files)

City mulls potential price tag pivot in sewage plant overhaul

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City mulls potential price tag pivot in sewage plant overhaul

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

City of Winnipeg and provincial officials are pondering a change with the potential to shave hundreds of millions of dollars off the north end sewage treatment plant upgrades price tag.

The latest proposal would seek to reduce the amount of algae-promoting phosphorous in the plant’s effluent (a key contributor to algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg) to one milligram per litre or less in Phase 2 of the three-phase megaproject. That would meet a key target the province has set for the city.

The change would add $130 million to the Phase 2 price tag, which is facing $190 million of new inflation/project delays and $33 million for financing and other smaller costs.

Council’s previous upgrade plan presumed the city would reduce two algae-promoting nutrients, phosphorous and nitrogen, in an $828-million third phase, for which the city has yet to even seek funding.

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

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Phase one construction for the north end sewage treatment plant in Winnipeg.

Developments held up due to water-meter shortage

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Developments held up due to water-meter shortage

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

A water meter shortage threatens to delay the completion of some Winnipeg apartment buildings.

City officials say a shortage of small-diameter water meters has interfered with its practice of providing the devices to developers. Developers install them to monitor water use within individual apartments or condo units.

Coun. John Orlikow said the issue appears to have delayed some projects, though the precise number is not known.

“The bottom line (is) there’s not enough of (the devices)… supply-chain issues have occurred and I suspect now (some developers will) have to either take a pause (or switch to another part),” said Orlikow.

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

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“The bottom line (is) there’s not enough of (the devices)… supply-chain issues have occurred and I suspect now (some developers will) have to either take a pause (or switch to another part),” said Councillor John Orlikow.

Accelerating city sewage projects ‘obligation’ to communities: mayoral candidate Bokhari

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Accelerating city sewage projects ‘obligation’ to communities: mayoral candidate Bokhari

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

The City of Winnipeg needs to speed up two pricey projects to reduce water pollution — and finish one of them more than a decade sooner — according to mayoral candidate Rana Bokhari.

On Monday, Bokhari promised both a strategy to reduce combined sewer overflows and a major upgrade to the north end sewage treatment plant would be completed by 2033, if she’s elected in the October municipal vote.

Such a timeline would have the up-to-$2.3-billion sewer overflow strategy completed 12 years before its 2045 provincial deadline.

“We have an obligation to the people living on and around Lake Winnipeg to not pollute it. There are 30 communities, including First Nations, that live on or near the lake,” said Bokhari.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Rana Bokhari promised a strategy to reduce combined sewer overflows and a major upgrade to the north end sewage treatment plant would be completed by 2033 if she’s elected in October.

Mayoral candidate seeks to boost city night-time potential

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Mayoral candidate seeks to boost city night-time potential

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

If Shaun Loney is elected Winnipeg’s next mayor, another “mayor” would boost local nightlife.

Loney promises to create a new staff position of “nightlife mayor” to act as a liaison between the city and the arts and culture sector.

“It’s somebody that would be from (that) community who acts as a champion for the community to promote their success,” the 2022 mayoral candidate told the Free Press.

Loney admitted the inclusion of “mayor” in the title for an unelected position may appear unusual but said it simply echoes how other cities have labelled the role so far.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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A new staff position of nightlife mayor would serve as a liaison between the city and the arts and culture sector, says mayoral candidate Shaun Loney.

City staff diversity report highlights ‘always room for improvement’

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City staff diversity report highlights ‘always room for improvement’

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

The City of Winnipeg’s workforce is slowly becoming more diverse, a new civic report finds.

However, the study says staff diversity still lagged behind that of the community itself in 2021, especially for women and people with disabilities, while the median pay for those within “equity groups” was also lower that of all city employees.

A human resources expert said the data provides valuable insight.

“These diversity reports help remind the privileged among us that there are still barriers, there are still problems, there is still work to do,” said Katherine Breward, who teaches human resource management at the University of Winnipeg.

Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

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A recent report found female employees only represented 28.2 per cent of the City of Winnipeg’s workforce but about 51 per cent of the total population.

Mayoral candidate seeks city strategy for new Indigenous residents in need

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Mayoral candidate seeks city strategy for new Indigenous residents in need

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

A new “arrival strategy” would aim to help Indigenous folks who need some support after moving to Winnipeg settle in successfully — if Rick Shone is elected as the city’s next mayor.

Shone says his “Embracing Winnipeg” strategy would create two new full-time positions within the city’s Indigenous relations division. Those staff would provide a co-ordinated access point for local programs that provide training, education, scholarship, employment, literacy, nutrition, child care, housing and cultural supports.

Since Winnipeg’s population includes the largest percentage of Indigenous people of any major city in Canada — and that portion is expected to grow — it’s important to ensure supports for those least prepared for the move are easy to access, said Shone.

“We need to develop a strategy… (and) to be a willing partner to any organization that is offering supports to help streamline that transition so that it’s safe and (happens) in culturally appropriate ways,” the small-business owner said.

Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

Candidates pledge to fight crime, boost public transit

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Candidates pledge to fight crime, boost public transit

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

The City of Winnipeg would push for new peace officers to make risky places safer, create a broad crime-prevention plan and set skills targets for future police board members if Scott Gillingham becomes mayor.

One day after city police confirmed violent crime rose in 2021, the mayoral candidate released a strategy for policing and crime prevention.

“I believe it’s critical for Winnipeg to get ahead of our long-term crime challenges… We need a steady, reliable, effective, co-ordinated strategy to bring crime, especially violent crime, down, so that Winnipeg is a safer city,” Gillingham told reporters Thursday.

The Winnipeg Police Service reported Wednesday the number of violent crimes committed in 2021 was up five per cent from the previous year.

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham releases his platform on policing and crime prevention at the Alt Hotel on Thursday.

City asked to delist mansion

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City asked to delist mansion

Joyanne Pursaga 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

A request to demolish a former mansion believed to be Winnipeg’s oldest protected heritage structure is headed for a council vote.

Marymound, which owns the Leacock House at 442 Scotia St., is asking the city to remove it from Winnipeg’s list of historical resources, so it can be demolished. The social-service organization had hoped to convert the building into a long-planned transition home but now believes that renovation would be far too expensive and ill-fitted for the intended program.

In a letter, the organization says an extensive planning process determined the home, built in 1878, can’t feasibly offer that housing, which would support young people who struggle with mental-health difficulties, substance misuse, trauma and other complex needs.

“Ultimately, Marymound determined that this approach not only poses significant risk in its incompatibility with the intended use, it also is cost prohibitive, with the cost-per-square-foot in extreme excess of what is felt to be a responsible use of donor money,” writes Lindsay Oster, principal architect for Prairie Architects, on behalf of Marymound.

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

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Leacock House at 442 Scotia St. is located behind the main Marymound building. The social services organization is seeking permission to tear the house down.

Twelfth candidate enters race for Winnipeg mayor

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Twelfth candidate enters race for Winnipeg mayor

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

A new mayoral candidate said she would use the post to help women who flee domestic violence.

Jessica Peebles became the 12th candidate to register a mayoral bid on Wednesday.

“I decided to run for mayor because I have experienced a lot of issues as a woman leaving a domestic violence relationship in the past,” Peebles told the Free Press.

The political hopeful said she has personally experienced psychological abuse and believes better support systems, including enhancing the police response to women in such situations, should be pursued.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

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Jessica Peebles became the latest candidate to register a mayoral bid on Wednesday.

Strike mandate a no-brainer, CUPE head says

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Strike mandate a no-brainer, CUPE head says

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

The head of the city’s largest union says it’s no surprise the vast majority of municipal workers it represents voted in favour of a strike mandate after deeming the city’s latest wage offer as “a slap in the face.”

“The city’s latest wage offer was so low, a lot of our members just kind of saw it as a slap in the face. They were very angry,” said Gord Delbridge, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500. “(With) the current rates of inflation and (the city) coming back with 1.5 per cent (wage increases), we’re being offered less in some of the harshest economic conditions we’ve seen in a long time.”

Delbridge said the city offered a four-year contract with wage hikes of 1.5 per cent in the first year, 1.0 per cent in the second year, 1.5 per cent in the third year and 1.75 per cent in the fourth year.

Statistics Canada has reported the consumer price index has risen 8.7 per cent in Manitoba since last year. Delbridge said that would amount to a “pretty significant” reduction in the standard of living for many city workers.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

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“(With) the current rates of inflation and (the city) coming back with 1.5 per cent (wage increases), we’re being offered less in some of the harshest economic conditions we’ve seen in a long time,” said Gord Delbridge president of the CUPE Local 500.

Murray vows to ditch police chopper, achieve net-zero emissions

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Murray vows to ditch police chopper, achieve net-zero emissions

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

The police helicopter will be grounded, Winnipeg will have net-zero emissions, and all residents will have a key to a safe home.

Those are key elements of Glen Murray’s vision for Winnipeg, which the mayoral candidate has laid out in five campaign priorities.

While he doesn’t expect to achieve some of the most ambitious goals until 2040, a date that’s more than four full council terms away, Murray said his 2022 campaign will unveil specific steps toward achieving all of the goals.

“I haven’t been mayor for (18) years, but the (Canada Life Centre) arena got built, the human rights museum got built, rapid transit got built … these are all things that we laid the groundwork for and we steered and navigated and negotiated,” said Murray.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Glen Murray laid out five campaign priorities on Tuesday.