All Sections

June 7, 2020

13° C, Light rain showers

Full Forecast

Help us deliver reliable news during this pandemic.

We are working tirelessly to bring you trusted information about COVID-19. Support our efforts by subscribing today.

No Thanks Subscribe

Already a subscriber?


Advertise With Us

Lukes lays out priorities for Whyte Ridge

Janice Lukes was acclaimed city councillor for the new Waverley West ward.


Janice Lukes was acclaimed city councillor for the new Waverley West ward.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/10/2018 (614 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Whyte Ridge is now officially part of the new Waverley West Ward, with Janice Lukes as the city councillor, having run unchallenged by the Sept. 18 nomination deadline. I spoke with her recently about her upcoming plans and priorities for the Whyte Ridge area.  

Janice said she has been gathering feedback during many weeks of canvassing residents and businesses in anticipation of the election and this has helped to shape her initial plans for the area.

One of first things she mentioned was the need to raise awareness about crime. While Whyte Ridge is one of the safer neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, there have been break-ins and vandalism over the past few years, including an incident at the community centre this spring. Janice said the city-wide increase in drug-related crime over the past few years may have consequences in Whyte Ridge. She plans on finding ways to increase awareness about this issue in the community. I noted that Neighbourhood Watch has become much less visible in Whyte Ridge over the past 10 years or so.

Janice also plans on addressing street repairs and traffic issues in the community. Residents have expressed concerns about traffic and safety issues along both McGillivray Boulevard and Kenaston Boulevard as they pass through the community. This includes foot traffic across McGillivray to FortWhyte Alive, the entrance and exit to Kenaston Commons, and the intersection of Kenaston and McGillivray. As I reported this spring, this latter location was the subject of a City-MPI-CAA study to test the effectiveness of signage to lower speed limits, as it has one of the highest rates of accidents in the city.

Another issue Janice wants to address is the degradation of some of the open spaces in the community, such as sports fields and some of the pathways. While these areas are still relatively new in many other parts of the ward, some of them need updating in Whyte Ridge. She plans on working with the schools and community centre to identify and address these needs.  

Finally, as I reported last month, the next phase of the City’s Recreation and Parks Strategies project begins this fall, with a public survey followed by stakeholder engagement and open houses. With all of the new and exciting development occurring south of Whyte Ridge it will be important for members of the community to actively participate in this process to make sure that the needs of Whyte Ridge are part of the planning process.  I was very encouraged that Janice seems to be very receptive to participating in venues to solicit input about the needs Whyte Ridge in the ward.

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes
Whyte Ridge community correspondent

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

Read full biography


Advertise With Us

Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.

To those who have made donations, thank you.

To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.

The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.

After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.

If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.

We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.

The Free Press would like to thank our readers for their patience while comments were not available on our site. We're continuing to work with our commenting software provider on issues with the platform. In the meantime, if you're not able to see comments after logging in to our site, please try refreshing the page.

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.


Advertise With Us