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Councillors want findings of civil service investigation made public

April 8 Assiniboia community committee round up

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Councillors on Assiniboia community committee have requested the City of Winnipeg’s chief administrative officer make its investigation into allegations of property, planning and development inspectors’ indolence public.

A motion by Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) calls for the CAO to "make public to council a full and detailed report of the investigation and its findings within 30 days of the closing of the investigation."

Waverley West city councillor Janice Lukes.
(Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Waverley West city councillor Janice Lukes. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

"I think it’s our responsibility, of course, for council to provide oversight and stewardship and ensure the citizens have confidence in the tax dollars are being utilized in the most efficient manner possible," Lukes said.

The motion was passed unanimously with support from Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) and Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James). The motion will be forwarded to the executive policy committee for consideration.

On April 4, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that a surveillance operation carried out by a local private investigation firm into the activity of City of Winnipeg inspectors with the planning, property and development department, in February and March, revealed little to no work was being done during a shift. The surveillance was funded by a group of more than a dozen Winnipeg citizens to the tune of $18,000. On average, the investigators allege City inspectors put in less than three hours of work per shift, while under surveillance. The City of Winnipeg has since launched an investigation into the planning, property and development department.

Lukes initially requested the qualitative and quantitative employee performance metrics in place prior to the investigation be included in the public report, and that the CAO conduct a corporate culture audit, but those lines were struck from the motion prior to voting.

"I’d like to have the public understand the investigation and what they found," Lukes told the committee.

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Plans for a new Lexus car dealership at Kenaston Boulevard and Lowson Crescent were approved unanimously by the Assiniboia community committee on April 8.

The new dealership at 200 Lowson Cres. will have one principle building with display area, interior parking area and vehicle service area.  Total on-site parking includes 233 stalls, five accessible stalls, two van accessible stalls, 12 bicycle parking stalls and two loading spaces.

The current storage facility and commercial buildings on the property will be removed, according to a City planner’s report.

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Coun. Klein has requested a traffic study for the intersection of Cuthbertson Avenue and Lamont Boulevard.

The intersection, not far from École Tuxedo Park, has seen an increase in vehicle traffic and increased speeds, Klein said. The increase in traffic may be due to restricted turns at Park Boulevard and Corydon Avenue during rush hour, he mused. The traffic study will specifically evaluate pedestrian safety.

"It’s becoming a little unsafe for the kids," he said.

The request will be considered by the standing policy committee on infrastructure renewal and public works.

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The following organizations received per capita grants:
• The Pakistani Students’ Association received $500 from the Waverley West ward to help with the cost of organizing the Pakistani Foodorama, held at the Winnipeg Grand Mosque.
• The South Pointe Residents’ Group received $300 from the Waverley West ward to support the group’s Winter Festival.
• Shahin Shooshtari, diversity director at Whyte Ridge Community Centre, received $350 from the Waverley West ward to host a block party for the neighbourhood.
• The Manitoba Youth Association of Multiculturalism received $500 from the Waverley West ward for start up costs and to host a Canada Day event.
• Vincent Massey Collegiate and Fort Richmond Collegiate received $175 for graduate awards from the Waverley West ward.

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