Taxi fare prepayment pilot starting Sept. 30
The City of Winnipeg is test driving a new pilot program for local taxi operators in an effort to reduce the number of fare disputes.
Beginning on Sept. 30, taxi passengers must provide a $10 deposit at the start of their ride, regardless of the length of the trip, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
"We’ve consistently heard that fare disputes have been identified as one of the main sources of conflict in taxis," said Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface), the chair of the standing policy committee on infrastructure renewal and public works. "Through this pilot, we hope to find out if mandatory prepayment will help make taxi rides a safer and more equitable experience for both drivers and passengers."
The pilot will run for nine months and is in effect seven days a week. According to City officials, at the end of a trip, passengers will pay the remaining difference or be refunded if the final fare is less than $10. All payment methods will be accepted for the deposit, which can be refunded in cash (regardless of pre-payment method), if applicable.
Taxi drivers will be permitted to refuse passengers who do not make a deposit between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Exclusions from prepayment include passengers beginning their trip at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, passengers who present a valid taxi voucher, passengers who maintain an account with the taxi dispatcher, and personal transportation providers (rideshare) or limousines.
The City will monitor the number of fare disputes and customer feedback during the pilot to determine next steps.
Tiber River cracks top 500 list
A local bath and beauty company is making a mark in the national business community.
Tiber River was included on the 2019 Growth 500 list at No. 193. The list, compiled by Canadian Business and Maclean’s, ranks Canada’s fastest-growing companies based on five-year revenue growth.
Tiber River reported a five-year revenue growth of 478 per cent.
"We are incredibly grateful for our team, our community and loyal customers who continue to support Tiber River," said Adriana De Luca, Tiber River founder and chief executive officer, in a statement.
"Everything we do, from developing products, writing witty product descriptions, creating fun packaging, supporting entrepreneurship and being people and planet Earth-friendly, is designed to empower people to feel connected through a shared sense of purpose."
Tiber River was founded in 1999 and manufactures handmade bath, body and household products. It is owned and operated by De Luca and Michelle Lalonde. The business has two storefronts and spas at 408 Academy Rd. and 1650 Kenaston Blvd., in addition to an ambassador "at-home" sales network and online store.
Who’s running for MP? Candidates in the federal election campaign
The Governor General proclaimed the dissolution of Parliament on Sept. 11, marking the start of the 2019 federal election campaign. The nomination period for candidates closes on Sept. 30.
Candidates in Winnipeg South Centre include:
• Jim Carr (Liberal) - Incumbent.
• Joyce Bateman (Conservative).
• Elizabeth Shearer (New Democratic Party).
• Jane MacDiarmid (People’s Party of Canada).
• James Beddome (Green Party of Canada).
• Linda Marynuk (Christian Heritage Party).
Candidates in Winnipeg South include:
• Terry Duguid (Liberal) - Incumbent.
• Melanie Maher (Conservative).
• Jean-Paul Lapointe (New Democratic Party).
• Paul Bettess (Green Party of Canada).
• Mirwais Nasiri (People’s Party of Canada).
The federal election is on Mon., Oct. 21.
Barks and Bathtubs dog adoption fair on Sept. 28
Local home improvement company Dynasty Bathrooms will host Manitoba Underdogs on its sales floor for a special event.
On Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dynasty will hold its Barks and Bathtubs adoption fair. People stopping by the showroom at 3-996 Lorimer Blvd. can check out between eight and 10 pups available for adoption from Manitoba Underdogs.
According to organizers, the purpose of the adoption fair is to create awareness about the rescue.
"Dynasty is hosting it because as a family locally owned company we think it’s important to support those in our community," organizers said in a statement.
Donations will be accepted at both of Dynasty’s locations including 369 Logan Ave. Those who make a donation will be entered to win a Mirolin bathtub.
Detailed adoption requirements are available at www.manitobaunderdogs.org/adopt/how-to-adopt
Guy Maddin among honorary degree recipients
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin will receive an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba at its fall convocation ceremony.
The university announced Maddin’s inclusion in a class of recipients that includes Craig Baines, Morley Hollenberg, and Jean Senft.
Maddin has a number of titles to his name, including the award-winning film My Winnipeg (2007). He has previously received an Emmy, the Telluride Medal for lifetime achievement in film, and the Manitoba Arts Council’s Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
Baines is a rear-admiral in the Canadian Forces and commands the Canadian Atlantic Fleet in Halifax, N.S. While commander of the HMCS Winnipeg frigate from 2007 to 2009, he and his crew disarmed numerous pirates in the Gulf of Aden, earning him the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General, which recognizes exceptional leadership and service to Canada.
Hollenberg is a medical doctor and professor at the University of Calgary where his work on peptide hormones has informed research and understanding of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and neurological diseases. In 2011, the Royal Society of Canada awarded him with the McLaughlin Medal.
Senft is an international figure skating judge who had a role in exposing unethical adjudication practices during the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Senft is also an author and philanthropist committed to ensuring sports promote fairness and excellence. She was the first recipient of the Jean Riley Senft Integrity Award from Sports Officials Canada in 2009.
The 52nd fall convocation ceremonies will be held Oct. 15 to 17 and Nov. 7.
Winnipeg School Division elects chair, begins by-election process
Chris Broughton, school trustee for Winnipeg School Division Ward 2, will serve as chair of the school board for the 2019-2020 school year.
The division announced Broughton’s election on Sept. 18. Ward 6 trustee Yijie Chen will serve as vice-chair.
According to a release, WSD trustees requested division administration contact the City of Winnipeg clerk’s department to initiate the byelection process to fill two vacancies on the board.
On Sept. 10, former Ward 3 trustee Mark Wasyliw was elected as MLA for Fort Garry. Former Ward 4 trustee Lisa Naylor was elected as MLA for Wolseley.
Returning trustees for the school year include: Jamie Dumont (Ward 1), Cindy Murdoch (Ward 5), Arlene Reid (Ward 7), Betty Edel (Ward 8), and Linda Schatkowsky (Ward 9).
Friends of WPL holding book sale and fundraiser
The Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library is holding its annual book sale in the Grant Park High School gym (450 Nathaniel St.) in late October.
According to organizers, used books from over 55 categories will be available for purchase, as well as DVDs, CD, art prints, posters, vinyl records, and more.
Proceeds from the sale support special projects within the Winnipeg Public Library system.
The sale happens Sat., Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., Oct., 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ways to register to vote in October federal election
Elections Canada is encouraging Canadians to check and find out if they are registered to vote and, if not, to register now.
All Canadian citizens age 18 or over are eligible to vote.
Registration for the Oct. 21 general election is underway and electors can register to vote in several ways.
• Online: Go to elections.ca and follow the "registration" link. This is the second General election that has made this option available.
• In person: Bring your ID to an Elections Canada office and the staff will help register you. To find a local office, go to elections.ca
• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-463-6868 and the Public Enquiries Unit can take registrations over the phone.
Registered voters can skip the registration desk at the polls and go straight in to vote.
Assiniboine Park Zoo accredited by AZA
Assiniboine Park Zoo has once again received accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
The AZA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation, according to officials. The AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in Canada and 11 other countries.
"Only the very best aquariums and zoos can meet AZA’s accreditation standards for animal care and welfare, conservation, education, and more, which are the most rigorous in the profession," said AZA president and CEO Dan Ashe in a statement. "By achieving AZA accreditation, Assiniboine Park Zoo demonstrates a commitment to protecting animals around the world and inspiring their guests to do the same."
AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete a rigorous accreditation process every five years to be members of the association.
The accreditation process includes a detailed application and on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the facility’s operation, including animal care and welfare; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and more.
The Assiniboine Park Zoo first received AZA accreditation in September 2014.
Macdonald Youth Services signs agreement with Southern Chiefs’ Organization
With signatures on a "Friendship Memorandum of Understanding," Macdonald Youth Services and the Southern Chiefs’ Organization has agreed to terms that will promote reconciliation and Indigenous-led support and service in the province’s child welfare system.
According to a release, the agreement ratifies how the two organizations will "collaborate on a governance and community care model, which is guided by the principles of reconciliation and reflects the needs and aspirations of First Nations of southern Manitoba."
There are 34 southern Manitoba First Nations represented by the organization.
"There is an alarming overrepresentation of Southern First Nations’ children in care, many of whom are in placements that are detached and foreign to our communities and culture," Daniels said. "It is a growing crisis and there is a need for dramatic and urgent system change.
"My intention is that this partnership will be a big first step signaling significant and positive change that transitions governance and services for our children, families and communities."
The partnership includes the appointment of a SCO representative to the MYS board of directors; the establishment of an advisory group to help steward the partnership; the development of a joint work plan that meets shared goals to improve social programs and infrastructure for southern First Nations; and the establishment of joint reporting mechanisms to measure partnership outcomes.