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Mayor Sam Katz has pledged to meet with the premier to discuss whether it's possible to launch a public bedbug registry to track local infestations.
The move was prompted by Coun. Harvey Smith, who told council's executive policy committee Wednesday morning that Winnipeg needs to do more to inform the public about bedbugs. The Daniel McIntyre ward councillor has called for a public registry to disclose where infestations have occurred and which ones have been eradicated.
Smith recently proposed a bedbug registry to track ongoing infestations, but the motion was defeated at council's community services and protection committee due to concerns about publicizing infestations in private homes.
Katz said he thinks Smith has some valid points, noting Winnipeg currently publicizes certain infestations in restaurants.
"I think it's important that we look into it and discuss it and see what we could do," Katz said. "I know when there's restaurants that have certain infestations, we do make that public."
The province recently unveiled its plan to tackle the bloodsucking pests, which includes a bedbug website and a hotline. They are working with a coalition of municipalities, health authorities and businesses to come up with a common solution to get rid of bedbugs.
The plan does not include mandatory public reporting of infestations.
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