John Orlikow

John Orlikow

River Heights - Fort Garry ward report

John Orlikow is the city councillor for River Heights – Fort Garry.

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Six ways to soak in summer

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Six ways to soak in summer

John Orlikow 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

After such a challenging Winnipeg winter, summertime is a great season for us to get outdoors and enjoy our neighbourhoods. Gardens are blooming, people out in their yards, houses are being renovated and new local coffee shops and restaurants make great destinations.

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to celebrate this beloved season, here are a few to try out:

• Go for a bike ride — Wellington Crescent is part of the citywide enhanced bike route program. Vehicle through-traffic is diverted to Academy Road from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekly throughout the summer to provide a safer environment for cyclists riding to Assiniboine Park or connecting to other bike lanes, including the dedicated bike lane along the Rapid Transit lane from the University of Manitoba and The Forks.

• Take a dip — The spray pads at the Corydon Community Centre - River Heights Site and the Lindenwoods Community Centre are up and running and wading pools are opening up for you and your family to cool off. Another spray pad and enhanced play structure begins construction in the fall at the Corydon Community Centre – Crescentwood site to provide additional fun space for the neighbourhood.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Spray pads at the Corydon Community Centre’s River Heights Site and at the Lindenwoods Community Centre are up and running and wading pools have also opened up.

Making Wellington Crescent even more beautiful

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Making Wellington Crescent even more beautiful

John Orlikow 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Wellington Crescent is arguably one of the most popular routes in our city — and I am so proud it brings Winnipeggers from all corners to River Heights-Fort Garry.

From the stunning homes to the towering trees to the well-worn curves of the road and path, there is history in around every turn.

From those exploring on foot for the first time, community members who make it a part of their daily bike ride or finding a quiet spot along to enjoy a conversation with a loved one or read a good book, it’s beautiful way to get outside, stay active and appreciate a historic part of our neighbourhood.

Already beloved, I was pleased to help make it even more attractive through supporting a Winnipeg Wildflower Project initiative along the crescent this year.

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

A public seed/flower bed on the south side of Wellington Crescent at the Omand’s Creek Bridge, created as part of the Winnipeg Wildflower Project, will help beautify the area.

Outcroppings: Our newest public art

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Outcroppings: Our newest public art

John Orlikow 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022

Have you noticed the new illuminating public art south of the Waverley underpass, along the active transportation path?

Outcroppings is an installation by Jyhling Lee, a local artist committed to socially enabling the role of public art and design in placemaking within the built environment.

With her regional and national experience, Lee was inspired by the region’s geologic and cultural history to create these seven, large, powder-coated aluminum projective sculptural forms that range in height from five to 10 feet and a span of 165 feet as an acknowledgment of the mineral abundance and heritage of this land.

As she shares on the Winnipeg Art Council website, the art is, “to be experienced as a discovery emerging from the land, elemental in geometry and shaped like mythical Ordovician clams. The sculpture suggests outcroppings of a new type of mineral inspired by the ancient fossil impressions we see in locally-sourced Tyndall stone today. This land, like the people who have travelled and lived on it, has experienced diversity in its people and foundation.”

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022

Outcroppings, a public art installation by Jyhling Lee at the Waverley underpass, is quite spectacular at night.

City develops $90 million recovery program

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City develops $90 million recovery program

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Winnipeggers have done an excellent job working together so we could all best manage our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. It was not easy but now is the time to look forward as more and more of us are getting vaccinated, allowing restrictions to be loosened or lifted and our day-to-day lives return to more normalcy.

As deputy mayor, I’ve been proudly working with my council colleagues to draft a COVID-19 response and recovery program for Winnipeg.

The proposed program includes $70 million in tax incremental financing (TIF) which we will use as a tool to reduce homelessness and promote economic growth as well as $20 million to invest in our shared spaces throughout Winnipeg.

One of the areas of the city hardest hit by COVID-19 is downtown. A healthy and active downtown is important to all Winnipeggers and it has been seriously affected by office closures, lack of events and lack of people needed to support businesses in the area.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

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Increased seating and site improvements to the spray pad at Linden Woods Community Centre is one of the ward recovery projects prioritized by Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry).

Saving basements and attracting butterflies

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Saving basements and attracting butterflies

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

I believe that it’s incredibly important to take any opportunity we can take to incorporate improvements to our priceless environment through major civic infrastructure projects in our ward.

Since 2014, I have been proud to advocate for the Cockburn and Calrossie Sewer Relief Project, which has been a shining example of how it’s possible to complete needed upgrades to our key systems while looking beyond the immediate project to find unique ways to protect against climate change and add options for Winnipeggers to get active with friends and family.

This project in particular was needed to help reduce combined sewer overflows from entering local waterways, lowering water treatment costs by preventing rainwater and snow melt from going to the treatment plant and minimizing the risk of property damage due to basement flooding in the neighbourhood.

In River Heights-Fort Garry, changes to the Cockburn West and Calrossie sewer districts were also required to reduce the release of diluted wastewater into local waterways due to overflows. The project had two major components - the complete sewer separation in several areas and the creation of the Parker Storm Retention Basin.

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

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The Parker Storm Retention Basin is a constructed wetland with a walking path and has been intentionally designed as a habitat for butterflies and other pollinator species.

Free summer fun for all

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Free summer fun for all

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

As we head into the last few official weeks of summer, there’s still time to enjoy everything our city has to offer in this incredible season.

If you’re looking to safely get outside and enjoy the sunshine, I encourage you to check out the Summer 2021 Priceless Fun brochure at www.winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/leisure/leisureguide.stm

It is part of the Leisure Guide and highlights all sorts of free activities for children and youth, including community centre programming in our ward and other neighbourhoods around the city.

Another great free way to appreciate nature is to take advantage of our many beautiful parks and open spaces throughout Winnipeg. Use the parkmaps.winnipeg.ca tool to plan a fun day with friends and family by choosing the activities and amenities that are important to you.

Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

As we head into the last few official weeks of summer, there’s still time to enjoy everything our city has to offer in this incredible season.

If you’re looking to safely get outside and enjoy the sunshine, I encourage you to check out the Summer 2021 Priceless Fun brochure at www.winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/leisure/leisureguide.stm

It is part of the Leisure Guide and highlights all sorts of free activities for children and youth, including community centre programming in our ward and other neighbourhoods around the city.

Another great free way to appreciate nature is to take advantage of our many beautiful parks and open spaces throughout Winnipeg. Use the parkmaps.winnipeg.ca tool to plan a fun day with friends and family by choosing the activities and amenities that are important to you.

Caring for our trees this summer

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Caring for our trees this summer

John Orlikow 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

The heat wave we continue to experience this season has meant more days spent by the pool and evenings at the beach for Winnipeggers but it has also brought an extreme drought throughout the province.

The City of Winnipeg will be planting 435 trees in the River Heights-Fort Garry ward this year, 300 originally allocated and 135 though a grant I provided through the councillor’s office.

Sadly, the reality of the drought has had dire consequences for our established trees and these new additions to our boulevards and public spaces. If you have a tree you have planted on your private property or if you see one struggling on public grounds, we all have a role to play in keeping our urban trees healthy.

All new trees planted by the City of Winnipeg receive five to six watering cycles over the planting season depending on soil moisture levels. But you can help by watering new trees in your neighbourhood during this extended dry period if you notice the soil infiltration rate isn’t adequate.A few tips to keep in mind are: • If the soil below the wood chips is very dry, pour two to three pails of water slowly around the outer part of the wood chip mulch;• Allow the soil to dry somewhat between applications. Do not overwater the tree;• The proper amount of wood chips has been provided around the base of the tree. Do not add to, remove, or modify the wood chips;• Do not pile wood chips against the trunk of the tree. The stem of the tree needs to be open to the air to allow for air exchange;• Do not remove the weeping tile placed around the trunk of the tree. Weeping tile protects the tree from grass cutting damage and animal feeding.

Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

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It’s up to all of us that our trees, old and established or young and recently planted, are properly watered during this hot, dry summer.

Restoring our tree canopy

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Restoring our tree canopy

John Orlikow 3 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

Even with the need for our collective focus to be on COVID-19, we know that climate change continues to be yet another crisis we must tackle together. While we hear about the impacts of climate change all over the world, many in River Heights-Fort Garry need not go any further than their boulevards to see it.

Year after year, cottony ash psyllid, Dutch elm disease, or general mortality forces the City of Winnipeg urban forestry branch to remove hundreds of trees from our neighbourhood streets. The affect on our tree canopy is significant and while the branch works as quickly as possible to replant these trees, at the rate we must remove them it’s challenging to replace them in a timely way.

Because of this, and many other impacts, there has never been a more important time to invest in our environment.

With this in mind, I was proud to work to ensure a grant of $200,000 over the next two years from the land dedication reserve fund will be used to replace approximately 270 trees on boulevards in River Heights neighbourhoods of the River Heights-Fort Garry Ward in 2021 and 2022.

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

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Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman, Coun. John Orlikow and the Ikea tree planting team; pictured at a tree planting event in Munson Park in 2020.

Simple light, big difference

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Simple light, big difference

John Orlikow 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

Protecting our families and our properties has always been of the utmost importance in River Heights-Fort Garry.

Over the years, I’ve been proud to support a variety of community-led initiatives with the goal of educating residents on how to best ensure their homes, yards and vehicles are as safe as possible.

And we have seen amazing work done in the community, by the community for the community.

From increased communication in the neighbourhood on Facebook groups, to block parties (when it was safe to gather together) to get to know our neighbours, to the River Heights Patrol and Vehicle and Theft Prevention Program with yellow reminder cards on our dashboards, our volunteers and community members should be commended as all these activities work to make our area less attractive as a target for crime.

Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

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River Heights city councillor John Orlikow is again offering to help pay for the installation of back-lane motion sensor lights by residents of his ward.

Your tree canopy, priorities for future

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Your tree canopy, priorities for future

John Orlikow 2 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

I know you care deeply about Winnipeg’s tree canopy and its future, just as I do. I have seen first-hand how many passionate Winnipeggers there are who understand the importance of trees to the safety of our climate and the countless benefits they add to our communities.

In order to secure a long-term future for our city the City of Winnipeg is hard at work developing an urban forest strategy. To ensure we are effectively planning for the challenges that the current canopy faces from disease and climate change.

Survey results from Phase 1 of the City of Winnipeg’s public engagement initiative on the strategy were just released. You can read the full report at winnipeg.ca/urbanforest

Over 1,700 residents, including a large number from our ward, took the opportunity to have their voices heard between October and December 2020 by responding to survey questions, in addition to participating in online presentations, self-guided walking tours and discussion forums.

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

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Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights) and community members planted trees on 2020 National Tree Day.

First Winnipeg Wellness grants announced

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First Winnipeg Wellness grants announced

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

As I told you back in December, I’m so proud that city council has made Winnipeg Wellness grants available to ensure that we are all able to support one another during this challenging time of change, isolation and heightened stress for so many.

Approved as part of the 2021 budget, the $600,000 Winnipeg Wellness grant will provide funding of up to $40,000 per ward to support community-driven ideas that promote community mental health initiatives.

I am thrilled at the interest and creativity we have already seen in the applications that have been submitted. I’m also happy to say that three applications have already been approved. They include:

• $2,000 for the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre’s community fun nights - FGWRC is a non-profit organization that supports women in engaging in healthy choices for themselves and their families. They applied for a grant with the goal of offering a free virtual bingo event to women, and a free paint night to women and their families. Dads are welcome to attend the paint nights with their children. They will be using their grant funding to purchase and deliver supplies for paint nights and to have a facilitator lead the session online.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

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River Heights councillor John Orlikow (far left) is pictured here with some of the volunteers who maintain the community rink at Sir William Osler Park, including Karen Windatt, Greg Mitchell, Jim Hrabiuk, Colin Smith and Tom Hayward.

Delivering results in the 2021 balanced budget

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Delivering results in the 2021 balanced budget

John Orlikow 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

I was elected to deliver results to the residents of the River Heights/Fort Garry Ward and I’m honoured to serve all Winnipeggers as deputy mayor.

I’m proud to say that the 2021 preliminary budget that was adopted on Dec. 16 means I’m able to do both, as it provides additional funds to protect and enhance our tree canopy, record investments in community safety and to fix our roads, while adding millions to recreation facilities in our ward.

• Trees — Our successful advocacy resulted in an additional $3 million of operating funding to the $37 million budgeted, for a total of $40 million over the next three years. Directing ward funds to replanting trees is having a positive impact on protecting and enhancing our tree canopy.

We all know that trees are a big part of what makes Winnipeg beautiful and they contribute to the character of our community. Working together and continued investment in trees will make sure our urban forest is here today and for generations to come.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

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River Heights city councillor John Orlikow and Helen Norrie pictured at the unveiling of the site for the new Bill and Helen Norrie Public Library.

Winnipeg Wellness Fund to help communities

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Winnipeg Wellness Fund to help communities

John Orlikow 2 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

We could all use a bit more “happy” in our day.

And that is why I want to let you know about the upcoming City of Winnipeg Wellness Fund and its grants for community projects designed to help neighbours work together to relieve the mental and physical stress we are all facing.

The $600,000 Winnipeg Wellness Fund will provide grants of up to $40,000 to River Heights/Fort Garry and all other wards to support community-driven ideas that promote community mental and physical health initiatives.

I know there are so many creative people in our ward that given the support, will come up with brilliant ideas to continue to build our community spirit and life others up.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

We could all use a bit more “happy” in our day.

And that is why I want to let you know about the upcoming City of Winnipeg Wellness Fund and its grants for community projects designed to help neighbours work together to relieve the mental and physical stress we are all facing.

The $600,000 Winnipeg Wellness Fund will provide grants of up to $40,000 to River Heights/Fort Garry and all other wards to support community-driven ideas that promote community mental and physical health initiatives.

I know there are so many creative people in our ward that given the support, will come up with brilliant ideas to continue to build our community spirit and life others up.

Shop local, help businesses survive, thrive

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Shop local, help businesses survive, thrive

John Orlikow 2 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

Here in River Heights-Fort Garry, we are so lucky to have such a wide range of vibrant businesses and services right outside our doorsteps — and they need our help now.

While many of them have had to close due to COVID-19 health orders, many local stores offer online shopping-and-delivery options. Many are just a phone call away and can help you with a personal service and touch.

Over the years, my team and I, both at the office and at home, have always made it a priority to visit and support area shops. From picking up groceries and gifts to sitting down over a coffee to discuss our latest projects with residents at the local spot or restaurant, to dropping my daughters off at lessons, I’m so proud of the range of offerings available to our community and our city.

As a member of the Academy BIZ board of directors, I get to see and hear firsthand the love and dedication our local businesses have in providing us with the things we need — and now it’s our turn.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

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Businesses in the River Heights-Fort Garry need your help now.

Setting the path to protect our tree canopy

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Setting the path to protect our tree canopy

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

Our urban forest matters deeply to me and I know it does to many of you, too.

Our trees are crucial to fighting climate change and protecting our collective future. They have defined our neighbourhoods for decades and they contribute to making our houses and streets truly homes and communities.

Over the years, in speaking and listening to you, I have heard so many good ideas on how we can best tackle this challenge our trees are facing. I am so proud of the strides we have made together — creating working groups, programming and funding opportunities that have made a difference.

To ensure we continue down this path, taking all the lessons we have learned in River Heights-Fort Garry and including all of your voices and thoughts on this important topic, we’re asking that you take the time to participate in developing a city-wide plan for our tree canopy.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

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City councillor John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry, at left) participated in a tree-planting event with Mayor Brian Bowman (right) on National Tree Day.

Making it easier to protect our tree canopy

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Making it easier to protect our tree canopy

John Orlikow 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 25, 2020

Part of my new role as deputy mayor is supporting a cause that has been important to me and many of you for decades — protecting and growing our tree canopy.

It’s our love of trees and what they do for us, from creating a sense of place and community to the significant impact they make on our collective battle against climate change, that inspired the launch of the Million Tree Challenge last year.

The challenge to us all is this — to plant a million new trees as our city’s population grows toward one million residents over the next 20 years.

We know this is ambitious but as someone who has been dedicated to fighting the invasive and devastating forestry diseases over the last decade while working for you as your city councillor, I’ve seen the passion about this cause in our neighbourhoods.

Friday, Sep. 25, 2020

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Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) and community member Roger Morcilla receiving trees for a Community tree planting initiative.

Building our future, honouring our past

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Building our future, honouring our past

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

Community — including how and where we gather  — has never been more important than it is today.

Civic hubs in our neighbourhoods, such as pools and libraries, have always served Winnipeggers and will continue to do so as we continue to navigate the unknown that comes with a global pandemic.

With new protocols to keep visitors and staff safe, we’ve continued to push ahead where we can with building new projects. 

Despite the recent restrictions in place due to COVID-19, construction on the 14,000-square-foot Bill and Helen Norrie Library has safely continued on schedule and on budget. We are still estimating opening the doors to this state-of-the-art facility in late 2020 or early 2021 as part of the Grant Park recreation campus plan.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

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Acknowledging Rooster Town and its former residents, as depicted in this Winnipeg Free Press file photo, will be a significant part of the Bill and Helen Norrie Library and the Grant Park recreation campus plan.

Keep cool and stay safe this summer

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Keep cool and stay safe this summer

John Orlikow 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

We have all needed to reimagine what our summer fun would look like this year. But thanks to our care for one another and diligence in following public health guidelines, we are all still able to soak up the sun and cool off in our favourite ways — with a few changes and a little planning.

Our public pools and facilities continue to be a crucial community resource and are even more of a reprieve this summer. You may have heard that some facilities will require pre-booking this year and some do not — I wanted to make sure you know what’s available and how you can take part.

If you’re looking to safely jump into a pool, you’ll need to pre-register for a two-hour slot in advance this year.

Simply check for available blocks at leisureONLINE, reserve a time that works for you, pay for your admission fees and you’ll be ready to relax. New slots are added every Thursday so you plan your week.

Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

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The Lindenwoods spray pad is just one of many places to cool off in the River-Heights-Fort Garry ward this summer.

Continuing to work for you as deputy mayor

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Continuing to work for you as deputy mayor

John Orlikow 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 3, 2020

After more than 10 years serving River Heights-Fort Garry as your city councillor, last month I was honoured to add another responsibility to my portfolio — that of deputy mayor.

We are only halfway through 2020 and it is clear that our city and our world have changed in ways we couldn’t have imagined only six months ago.

While it has been a challenging time for so many Winnipeggers, I’m proud of how we have come together to take care of one another throughout the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic and the ways we are exploring how to right our wrongs and focus on making our Black, Indigenous and people of colour feel safe, protected and equal in our city.

When Mayor Brian Bowman asked me to step into the role of deputy mayor, I knew that strong leadership would be crucial to accomplishing these goals. 

Friday, Jul. 3, 2020

After more than 10 years serving River Heights-Fort Garry as your city councillor, last month I was honoured to add another responsibility to my portfolio — that of deputy mayor.

We are only halfway through 2020 and it is clear that our city and our world have changed in ways we couldn’t have imagined only six months ago.

While it has been a challenging time for so many Winnipeggers, I’m proud of how we have come together to take care of one another throughout the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic and the ways we are exploring how to right our wrongs and focus on making our Black, Indigenous and people of colour feel safe, protected and equal in our city.

When Mayor Brian Bowman asked me to step into the role of deputy mayor, I knew that strong leadership would be crucial to accomplishing these goals. 

Transitway art inspires

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Transitway art inspires

John Orlikow 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2020

While we’re all especially grateful for warm weather and sunshine this year, I’ve been looking forward to spring 2020 since well before COVID-19 became our reality for an entirely different reason — I knew that Phase 2 of the Southwest Transitway would be up and running.

Opened April 12, Phase 2 of the new Blue Line now connects downtown all the way out to the University of Manitoba. Whether you bike, walk or roll, you can experience the active transportation route and public art that runs alongside the entire rapid transit line.

Featuring dedicated bridges over McGillivray Boulevard and Pembina Highway, transitway stations are connected to walk/bike pathways and have bike lockers available. All Blue Line buses are equipped with bike racks and lockers, so you can ride and bike.

To keep our roads safe for everyone who uses them, traffic signals were installed along the corridor at important transitway intersections. These “fully actuated” traffic signals detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists approaching the intersection and the lights are triggered to change. At all other times, the lights are set to provide green signals to vehicles on the surrounding streets. The City’s Traffic Management Centre will monitor transitway intersections to evaluate their impact on all road users on an ongoing basis and adjust the traffic signal timing based on observations and feedback.

Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2020

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Ian August’s Rooster Town Kettle is one of several works of public art that now complement the newly opened Southwest Transitway.

Road construction projects still on track

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Road construction projects still on track

John Orlikow 3 minute read Monday, May. 4, 2020

While a lot of our usual spring events have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, one seasonal activity is ready to roll as usual — road construction and repair.

With road construction deemed an essential service, planned projects are expected to proceed, with approximately 85 per cent of the projects already tendered.

Kicking off this month, nearly 200 construction projects tendered totaling over 175 lane kilometres of improvements tendered will be built. All together, these projects represent $130 million in improvements to local and regional streets, back lanes, and sidewalks.

The City of Winnipeg’s investment in regional and local road renewal this year reflects the full value of the two percent increase in property taxes. It also marks the second year of a five-year accelerated regional roads investment program jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and the City. Many of these projects are right here in River Heights-Fort Garry.

Monday, May. 4, 2020

While a lot of our usual spring events have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, one seasonal activity is ready to roll as usual — road construction and repair.

With road construction deemed an essential service, planned projects are expected to proceed, with approximately 85 per cent of the projects already tendered.

Kicking off this month, nearly 200 construction projects tendered totaling over 175 lane kilometres of improvements tendered will be built. All together, these projects represent $130 million in improvements to local and regional streets, back lanes, and sidewalks.

The City of Winnipeg’s investment in regional and local road renewal this year reflects the full value of the two percent increase in property taxes. It also marks the second year of a five-year accelerated regional roads investment program jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and the City. Many of these projects are right here in River Heights-Fort Garry.

COVID-19 messages are familiar but vital

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COVID-19 messages are familiar but vital

John Orlikow 5 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020

How are you doing? This is a question I ask a lot lately. It is a difficult time with lots of change. And while there is no denying that or the impacts of COVID-19, I know that we will be get through this — together. In our corner of the city, I’ve seen the very best of River Heights-Fort Garry even in the middle of this crisis. To help us all get outside as safely as possible while practising physical distancing, the City of Winnipeg has designated four streets in Winnipeg as bicycle/active transportation routes every day until Sun., May 3, including Wellington Crescent from the west end of Academy Road to Guelph Street to the east. As I walk around the neighbourhood, I see a lot of amazing people showing respect by giving each other space so we can all use the crescent safely. But I know it’s not just as easy as taking a walk while physically distancing. There is a lot of information out there regarding COVID-19, which makes a frustrating situation even more confusing. On my website, orlikow.ca, we have listed the key resources that you can depend on for accurate, timely and dependable information including winnipeg.ca/emergweb/covid-19 and manitoba.ca/covid19.With so much news coming out every day, there’s three consistent pieces of advice from our public health authorities that have stayed the same: 1. Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;2. Stay home as much as possible aside from essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy; 3. If you must be out, please practise physical distancing and stay at least six feet or two metres from others. I know you’ve already heard all of these messages and it can be overwhelming to keep hearing them over and over again. But the reason that you hear them so much is because they are so very important. But isolating from our families and friends, even for the very best reasons, is hard. If you need help, or are able to give it, Manitobans have come together yet again to make sure you have a place to go.Help Next Door MB (helpnextdoormb.ca), an app developed by NorthForge, a Winnipeg company, and the provincial government, connects neighbours who want to help neighbours. If you have a specific need, all you have to do is request it and another neighbour will volunteer to answer your request. And don’t forget, my team and I are here to support you as well. Please feel free to contact me at 204-986-5236 or send me a note at jorlikow@winnipeg.caTogether, we will get through this. 

How are you doing? This is a question I ask a lot lately. It is a difficult time with lots of change. And while there is no denying that or the impacts of COVID-19, I know that we will be get through this — together. 

In our corner of the city, I’ve seen the very best of River Heights-Fort Garry even in the middle of this crisis. To help us all get outside as safely as possible while practising physical distancing, the City of Winnipeg has designated four streets in Winnipeg as bicycle/active transportation routes every day until Sun., May 3, including Wellington Crescent from the west end of Academy Road to Guelph Street to the east. 

As I walk around the neighbourhood, I see a lot of amazing people showing respect by giving each other space so we can all use the crescent safely. But I know it’s not just as easy as taking a walk while physically distancing. There is a lot of information out there regarding COVID-19, which makes a frustrating situation even more confusing.

Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020

How are you doing? This is a question I ask a lot lately. It is a difficult time with lots of change. And while there is no denying that or the impacts of COVID-19, I know that we will be get through this — together. In our corner of the city, I’ve seen the very best of River Heights-Fort Garry even in the middle of this crisis. To help us all get outside as safely as possible while practising physical distancing, the City of Winnipeg has designated four streets in Winnipeg as bicycle/active transportation routes every day until Sun., May 3, including Wellington Crescent from the west end of Academy Road to Guelph Street to the east. As I walk around the neighbourhood, I see a lot of amazing people showing respect by giving each other space so we can all use the crescent safely. But I know it’s not just as easy as taking a walk while physically distancing. There is a lot of information out there regarding COVID-19, which makes a frustrating situation even more confusing. On my website, orlikow.ca, we have listed the key resources that you can depend on for accurate, timely and dependable information including winnipeg.ca/emergweb/covid-19 and manitoba.ca/covid19.With so much news coming out every day, there’s three consistent pieces of advice from our public health authorities that have stayed the same: 1. Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;2. Stay home as much as possible aside from essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy; 3. If you must be out, please practise physical distancing and stay at least six feet or two metres from others. I know you’ve already heard all of these messages and it can be overwhelming to keep hearing them over and over again. But the reason that you hear them so much is because they are so very important. But isolating from our families and friends, even for the very best reasons, is hard. If you need help, or are able to give it, Manitobans have come together yet again to make sure you have a place to go.Help Next Door MB (helpnextdoormb.ca), an app developed by NorthForge, a Winnipeg company, and the provincial government, connects neighbours who want to help neighbours. If you have a specific need, all you have to do is request it and another neighbour will volunteer to answer your request. And don’t forget, my team and I are here to support you as well. Please feel free to contact me at 204-986-5236 or send me a note at jorlikow@winnipeg.caTogether, we will get through this. 

How are you doing? This is a question I ask a lot lately. It is a difficult time with lots of change. And while there is no denying that or the impacts of COVID-19, I know that we will be get through this — together. 

In our corner of the city, I’ve seen the very best of River Heights-Fort Garry even in the middle of this crisis. To help us all get outside as safely as possible while practising physical distancing, the City of Winnipeg has designated four streets in Winnipeg as bicycle/active transportation routes every day until Sun., May 3, including Wellington Crescent from the west end of Academy Road to Guelph Street to the east. 

As I walk around the neighbourhood, I see a lot of amazing people showing respect by giving each other space so we can all use the crescent safely. But I know it’s not just as easy as taking a walk while physically distancing. There is a lot of information out there regarding COVID-19, which makes a frustrating situation even more confusing.

A new website to meet your needs

John Orlikow 6 minute read Preview

A new website to meet your needs

John Orlikow 6 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

Have you noticed that I’ve done some early digital spring cleaning?My website, orlikow.ca, has a fresh look and feel — in addition to new community resources about the issues you care about most. Over the years, you’ve told me that River Heights-Fort Garry values being kept up-to-date on what’s happening in Winnipeg —whether it’s at the community centre down the street or downtown at City Hall. With dedicated News and Events sections on the site, I’m always adding relevant and timely information about my work representing you and your priorities as well as opportunities for you to get involved in our ward. Two of the issues I hear about the most from constituents are community safety and trees and greenspace. So many residents are looking for what they can do to protect our tree canopy and contribute to making our community as safe as possible. I strongly believe that the best way to tackle the challenges we face is to do it together — and that means everyone pitching in. My goal in redeveloping my website was to provide you an easy-to-navigate information hub for these issues, and more. When you visit the Issues section on orlikow.ca, you’ll find ways to get involved, community groups you can contact and join for more information, as well as lists of current initiatives I encourage you to participate in, organized by partners I believe are doing incredible work. If you’re concerned about safety, you’ll learn how to report any type of crime in the correct way, see the community groups available to join, such as the River Heights Crescentwood Safety Association or the Citizens on Patrol program. as well as find tangible actions you can take like joining Brighten Up, which is working to light up dark spots in back lanes.If greenspace and trees are on your mind, its section highlights the various groups and departments you can work with to protect trees from Dutch elm disease or emerald ash borer as well as how we can all participate in programs such as Trees Winnipeg’s ReLeaf, which helps provide homeowners with quality, affordable trees for your private property. Even though my team and I have put a lot of time and effort to building a website to best meet your needs, it doesn’t end at orlikow.ca. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for our Neighbourhood Update e-newsletters. Don’t worry — I won’t spam your inbox. Instead, I’ll send you information specific to your neighbourhood, only when you need to know it. I still want to hear from you. I’m always looking to improve and build on what we’ve put together for you, based on what you need and want to know. So, once you take a look at the new and improved orlikow.ca, send me an email and tell me what you think at jorlikow@winnipeg.ca. 

Have you noticed that I’ve done some early digital spring cleaning?

My website, orlikow.ca, has a fresh look and feel — in addition to new community resources about the issues you care about most. Over the years, you’ve told me that River Heights-Fort Garry values being kept up-to-date on what’s happening in Winnipeg — whether it’s at the community centre down the street or downtown at City Hall. With dedicated News and Events sections on the site, I’m always adding relevant and timely information about my work representing you and your priorities as well as opportunities for you to get involved in our ward.

Two of the issues I hear about the most from constituents are community safety and trees and greenspace. So many residents are looking for what they can do to protect our tree canopy and contribute to making our community as safe as possible. I strongly believe that the best way to tackle the challenges we face is to do it together — and that means everyone pitching in.

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

Have you noticed that I’ve done some early digital spring cleaning?My website, orlikow.ca, has a fresh look and feel — in addition to new community resources about the issues you care about most. Over the years, you’ve told me that River Heights-Fort Garry values being kept up-to-date on what’s happening in Winnipeg —whether it’s at the community centre down the street or downtown at City Hall. With dedicated News and Events sections on the site, I’m always adding relevant and timely information about my work representing you and your priorities as well as opportunities for you to get involved in our ward. Two of the issues I hear about the most from constituents are community safety and trees and greenspace. So many residents are looking for what they can do to protect our tree canopy and contribute to making our community as safe as possible. I strongly believe that the best way to tackle the challenges we face is to do it together — and that means everyone pitching in. My goal in redeveloping my website was to provide you an easy-to-navigate information hub for these issues, and more. When you visit the Issues section on orlikow.ca, you’ll find ways to get involved, community groups you can contact and join for more information, as well as lists of current initiatives I encourage you to participate in, organized by partners I believe are doing incredible work. If you’re concerned about safety, you’ll learn how to report any type of crime in the correct way, see the community groups available to join, such as the River Heights Crescentwood Safety Association or the Citizens on Patrol program. as well as find tangible actions you can take like joining Brighten Up, which is working to light up dark spots in back lanes.If greenspace and trees are on your mind, its section highlights the various groups and departments you can work with to protect trees from Dutch elm disease or emerald ash borer as well as how we can all participate in programs such as Trees Winnipeg’s ReLeaf, which helps provide homeowners with quality, affordable trees for your private property. Even though my team and I have put a lot of time and effort to building a website to best meet your needs, it doesn’t end at orlikow.ca. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for our Neighbourhood Update e-newsletters. Don’t worry — I won’t spam your inbox. Instead, I’ll send you information specific to your neighbourhood, only when you need to know it. I still want to hear from you. I’m always looking to improve and build on what we’ve put together for you, based on what you need and want to know. So, once you take a look at the new and improved orlikow.ca, send me an email and tell me what you think at jorlikow@winnipeg.ca. 

Have you noticed that I’ve done some early digital spring cleaning?

My website, orlikow.ca, has a fresh look and feel — in addition to new community resources about the issues you care about most. Over the years, you’ve told me that River Heights-Fort Garry values being kept up-to-date on what’s happening in Winnipeg — whether it’s at the community centre down the street or downtown at City Hall. With dedicated News and Events sections on the site, I’m always adding relevant and timely information about my work representing you and your priorities as well as opportunities for you to get involved in our ward.

Two of the issues I hear about the most from constituents are community safety and trees and greenspace. So many residents are looking for what they can do to protect our tree canopy and contribute to making our community as safe as possible. I strongly believe that the best way to tackle the challenges we face is to do it together — and that means everyone pitching in.

Winter is here to stay

John Orlikow - River Heights-Fort Garry City Councillor Ward Report 5 minute read Preview

Winter is here to stay

John Orlikow - River Heights-Fort Garry City Councillor Ward Report 5 minute read Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

While we got an unfortunate blast of high winds, ice and snow back in October, there’s no mistake – winter is now here to stay. To help us all get around more safely when conditions are less than ideal this winter, the City of Winnipeg has launched a new portal to ensure we have the most up-to-date information about snow clearing and road maintenance. Found at winnipeg.ca/snow, the new information hub features winter parking ban information, a comprehensive FAQ, and – most notably – a new snow clearing status map for major snow plowing operations.You can also track your street’s priority as well as view a snow route map – all in one spot with searchable maps. Best of all, the next time there’s a major snowstorm and we need to pull out the plows, you’ll be able to search your address and see the percentage of clearing completed by geographic area for regional and residential streets. And on a regular basis, during residential plowing, you check the percentage completed by snow zone. And active transportation routes are included too. Identified sidewalks, pathways and AT routes are tracked in a searchable map on the portal as well. Under this new system, identified priority AT routes will be cleared within 36 hours after three or more centimeters of snowfall. Over the last few years, we have worked with various user groups to prioritize these routes as part of a greater maintenance strategy aimed at making daily walking and cycling easier and accessible year-round, regardless of your age or ability. Because we know life doesn’t stop when it snows – especially here in Winnipeg – not only will this help you avoid parking tickets and tows, it’ll help you safely plan your route around the city when we’re in the middle of a clean-up. Do you have an innovative idea of how else the City of Winnipeg could be using technology to improve the way you access services? Tell me about it! As chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development, it’s my goal to lead and develop new ways of doing things that improves our programs and services while ensuring we are fiscally prudent with our funds. So, be sure to reach out to me at jorlikow@orlikow.ca or 204-986-5236 to share your next great idea! In the meantime, let me know what you think of the new portal and how you’re using it.

While we got an unfortunate blast of high winds, ice and snow back in October, there’s no mistake – winter is now here to stay. 

To help us all get around more safely when conditions are less than ideal this winter, the City of Winnipeg has launched a new portal to ensure we have the most up-to-date information about snow clearing and road maintenance. Found at winnipeg.ca/snow, the new information hub features winter parking ban information, a comprehensive FAQ, and – most notably – a new snow clearing status map for major snow plowing operations.

You can also track your street’s priority as well as view a snow route map – all in one spot with searchable maps. Best of all, the next time there’s a major snowstorm and we need to pull out the plows, you’ll be able to search your address and see the percentage of clearing completed by geographic area for regional and residential streets. And on a regular basis, during residential plowing, you check the percentage completed by snow zone. 

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

While we got an unfortunate blast of high winds, ice and snow back in October, there’s no mistake – winter is now here to stay. To help us all get around more safely when conditions are less than ideal this winter, the City of Winnipeg has launched a new portal to ensure we have the most up-to-date information about snow clearing and road maintenance. Found at winnipeg.ca/snow, the new information hub features winter parking ban information, a comprehensive FAQ, and – most notably – a new snow clearing status map for major snow plowing operations.You can also track your street’s priority as well as view a snow route map – all in one spot with searchable maps. Best of all, the next time there’s a major snowstorm and we need to pull out the plows, you’ll be able to search your address and see the percentage of clearing completed by geographic area for regional and residential streets. And on a regular basis, during residential plowing, you check the percentage completed by snow zone. And active transportation routes are included too. Identified sidewalks, pathways and AT routes are tracked in a searchable map on the portal as well. Under this new system, identified priority AT routes will be cleared within 36 hours after three or more centimeters of snowfall. Over the last few years, we have worked with various user groups to prioritize these routes as part of a greater maintenance strategy aimed at making daily walking and cycling easier and accessible year-round, regardless of your age or ability. Because we know life doesn’t stop when it snows – especially here in Winnipeg – not only will this help you avoid parking tickets and tows, it’ll help you safely plan your route around the city when we’re in the middle of a clean-up. Do you have an innovative idea of how else the City of Winnipeg could be using technology to improve the way you access services? Tell me about it! As chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development, it’s my goal to lead and develop new ways of doing things that improves our programs and services while ensuring we are fiscally prudent with our funds. So, be sure to reach out to me at jorlikow@orlikow.ca or 204-986-5236 to share your next great idea! In the meantime, let me know what you think of the new portal and how you’re using it.

While we got an unfortunate blast of high winds, ice and snow back in October, there’s no mistake – winter is now here to stay. 

To help us all get around more safely when conditions are less than ideal this winter, the City of Winnipeg has launched a new portal to ensure we have the most up-to-date information about snow clearing and road maintenance. Found at winnipeg.ca/snow, the new information hub features winter parking ban information, a comprehensive FAQ, and – most notably – a new snow clearing status map for major snow plowing operations.

You can also track your street’s priority as well as view a snow route map – all in one spot with searchable maps. Best of all, the next time there’s a major snowstorm and we need to pull out the plows, you’ll be able to search your address and see the percentage of clearing completed by geographic area for regional and residential streets. And on a regular basis, during residential plowing, you check the percentage completed by snow zone.