Matt Allard

Matt Allard

St. Boniface ward report

Matt Allard is the city councillor for St. Boniface.

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Potholes – the talk of the town

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Potholes – the talk of the town

Matt Allard 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

Potholes. Why are there so many? What is the city doing about it? When will they be fixed? How are they being fixed?

It’s what Winnipeggers are talking about right now.

Here are some answers:

As of April 29, Winnipeg’s public works department has repaired approximately 45,934 potholes to date in 2022., with 13,310 potholes being filled in the week prior.

Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

City crews fill potholes with ‘cold mix’ along Burrows Avenue in late April.

Working to combat excessive road noise

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Working to combat excessive road noise

Matt Allard 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

Many constituents have been contacting me in recent months with concerns about excessive noise on Winnipeg’s major roads.

While illegal modifications, racing, or engine revving has been a problem for decades in various areas of the city, residents report growing concern in particular along our major highways and roads.

Residents along Bishop Grandin Boulevard, Fermor Avenue, Lagimodiere Boulevard, and other major roadways have been raising the longstanding issue again, and I’m committed to tackling it.

On Nov. 5, the public works committee, which I chair, adopted a new motion asking for city staff recommendations on how to tackle this problem by May 2022.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

Many constituents have been contacting me in recent months with concerns about excessive noise on Winnipeg’s major roads.

While illegal modifications, racing, or engine revving has been a problem for decades in various areas of the city, residents report growing concern in particular along our major highways and roads.

Residents along Bishop Grandin Boulevard, Fermor Avenue, Lagimodiere Boulevard, and other major roadways have been raising the longstanding issue again, and I’m committed to tackling it.

On Nov. 5, the public works committee, which I chair, adopted a new motion asking for city staff recommendations on how to tackle this problem by May 2022.

Pathways bring communities together

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Pathways bring communities together

Matt Allard 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

St. Boniface ward is comprised of many neighbourhoods, from Island Lakes in the south to Norwood in the west, Holden in the east and Point Hebert in the north.

One defining feature of the ward is the manner in which it is bisected by major natural and artificial barriers; namely, the Seine River and our highways.

In the southeast, roads such as the Trans-Canada Highway 59, and Route 165 make our community an archipelago of island neighbourhoods.

In spite of these boundaries, there is much that binds them together. Many of our children attend schools across these lines. Friends and family live on opposite sides of these boundaries. Community centres, parks, and recreation areas and activities are all held in common. We shop and run our errands at the same stores wedged between them.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

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This path from Boulevard de la Seigneurie to Sage Creek was upgraded in Island Lakes this summer.

Windsor Park in line for new fire hall

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Windsor Park in line for new fire hall

Matt Allard 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021

I am writing today to provide an update about plans for the former Windsor Park Library and fire hall site.

The City of Winnipeg plans to consolidate two existing fire halls at that location to build a brand-new and expanded, state-of-the-art facility.

In 2018, city council adopted the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Master Plan, which outlined a plan for keeping the agency from lagging behind community growth and development and instead maintaining or enhancing service as the community grows.

That plan recommended the consolidation of Station 9 (Marion Street and Panet Road) and Station 15 (Autumnwood Drive and Cottonwood Road) into a single, enhanced station which would allow the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service to deploy resources more efficiently across Winnipeg, and to improve service levels in the St. Boniface and Windsor Park neighbourhoods.

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021

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St. Boniface city councillor Matt Allard poses in front of the current Windsor Park fire hall. An expanded, new facility has been proposed for this site.

Working to preserve our tree canopy

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Working to preserve our tree canopy

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

In 2021 I am redoubling my commitment to trees.

Trees have always been tone of the most important aspects of our city’s character. I’ve heard it said that Winnipeg was famously described as “the worst city in Canada to hang glide over” because the dense urban canopy blocked the necessary thermal updrafts.

It’s uncertain if we could make that boast today. Dutch elm disease and the emerald ash borer beetle have devastated our urban canopy. Trees are not only part of the character of our communities, they also provide shade, are beautiful to look at, support an urban ecosystem, and draw down carbon from the atmosphere; trees are essential in our struggle against cataclysmic climate change.

I am doing what I can with my council colleagues and community to reverse the trend of Winnipeg losing more trees than it plants.

Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

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St. Boniface city councillor Matt Allard recently took part in a tree-planting at Elzear Goulet Park as part of the Million Tree Challenge.

Chipping away at our infrastructure deficit

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Chipping away at our infrastructure deficit

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 12, 2021

This is going to be another record breaking year for St. Boniface roadwork.

At over $150 million, the 2021 City of Winnipeg budget calls for its fourth record year-over-year spending on local and regional roadwork investment since 2014.

I often get calls to my office, especially after the snow melts, inquiring about when one road or another (usually a local residential street) is going to get its turn for rehabilitation.

What we say every time is that we appreciate your patience, and we’re chipping our way steadily through the infrastructure deficit, rehabilitating more streest every year.

Wednesday, May. 12, 2021

This is going to be another record breaking year for St. Boniface roadwork.

At over $150 million, the 2021 City of Winnipeg budget calls for its fourth record year-over-year spending on local and regional roadwork investment since 2014.

I often get calls to my office, especially after the snow melts, inquiring about when one road or another (usually a local residential street) is going to get its turn for rehabilitation.

What we say every time is that we appreciate your patience, and we’re chipping our way steadily through the infrastructure deficit, rehabilitating more streest every year.

Island Lakes to see upgrades, improvements

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Island Lakes to see upgrades, improvements

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

Island Lakes residents will soon be celebrating the completion of two exciting projects in 2021.

The projects are:

• Waterfront Park play structure - This summer, the City of Winnipeg will rehabilitate and replace the aging play structure at Waterfront Park in Island Lakes (off Waterfront Road).

The current play structure was built in 1993. It is in poor condition and does not meet current CSA standards.The existing granular pathway and site furnishings are in poor condition and do not meet current City of Winnipeg standards.

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

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The play structure at Waterfront Park will be upgraded and renovated this year.

Bonivital repairs complete, pool to re-open

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Bonivital repairs complete, pool to re-open

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

Bonivital Pool will be re-opening this month.

I am delighted to finally be able to write these words. The Bonivital pool was closed last year for critical mechanical upgrades and structural repairs that were needed for the safety and integrity of the pool tank and systems.

Concrete rehabilitation was completed on the pool deck and in the tank. This work not only repaired long-term deterioration, but also helps to protect against future water seepage. New tile was also installed through various areas in the facility. Heat recovery ventilator and water treatment filter replacements are also complete.

As it turns out, these renovations coincided largely with the shutdown of pools due to COVID-19, meaning that disruption to pool use was limited. Further, completion of the work has happily been completed nearly just in time for the re-opening of public pools by the end of March.

Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

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Critical repairs to BoniVital Pool are now complete, the pool will soon re-open and its future seems secure thanks to funding committed to the city’s multi-year budget.

Supporting well-being with wellness grants

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Supporting well-being with wellness grants

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

In the 2021 budget, the City of Winnipeg created a new COVID-19 grant program called the Winnipeg Wellness Fund.

Each of the City of Winnipeg’s 15 wards have $40,000 to grant to groups and individuals in the community to create programs for mental and physical well-being.

Many Winnipeggers young and old are struggling to keep happy and healthy amid the isolation, disruption, and uncertainty of the pandemic. Thank you to councillors John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) and Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) for envisioning and championing the creation of this unique program.

Here are just a few of the many worthy projects the St. Boniface ward is supporting:

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

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A retirement boot camp, which will be held at Norwood Community Centre, pictured in this file photo, is one of the initiatives being supported by a City of Winnipeg grant program called the Winnipeg Wellness Fund.

Secondary plans are vital planning tools

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Secondary plans are vital planning tools

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

At the Jan. 4 Riel community committee meeting, I moved a motion calling for a secondary plan in the Central St. Boniface neighbourhood.

For the last two years, I have been lobbying for the creation of new, detailed neighbourhood plans which will help us guide and build public support for sustainable, context-sensitive infill development in St. Boniface ward and across Winnipeg.

A secondary plan is like a micro-neighbourhood version of the City of Winnipeg’s overall planning guidelines. It can provide detailed recommendations for density, design and other zoning decisions on a street-by-street, even property-by-property basis. A thorough community consultation process is undertaken to create one, which helps secure a high degree of certainty and consent from existing residents and property owners for future infill development.

For many years, we have had a secondary plan in the North St. Boniface neighbourhood, and my office participated in the modernization of it in 2016 with the help of the urban planning division and Old St. Boniface Residents’ Association.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

At the Jan. 4 Riel community committee meeting, I moved a motion calling for a secondary plan in the Central St. Boniface neighbourhood.

For the last two years, I have been lobbying for the creation of new, detailed neighbourhood plans which will help us guide and build public support for sustainable, context-sensitive infill development in St. Boniface ward and across Winnipeg.

A secondary plan is like a micro-neighbourhood version of the City of Winnipeg’s overall planning guidelines. It can provide detailed recommendations for density, design and other zoning decisions on a street-by-street, even property-by-property basis. A thorough community consultation process is undertaken to create one, which helps secure a high degree of certainty and consent from existing residents and property owners for future infill development.

For many years, we have had a secondary plan in the North St. Boniface neighbourhood, and my office participated in the modernization of it in 2016 with the help of the urban planning division and Old St. Boniface Residents’ Association.

Happy New Year to St. Boniface Hospital staff

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Happy New Year to St. Boniface Hospital staff

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

As we close out one of the hardest years in living memory, we reflect that there are few it’s been harder on than our brave and dedicated health care workers.

I want to show my appreciation for the health-care workers who have struggled so much in 2020 and, in spite of the vaccine rollout, still have tough times ahead in 2021.

With that in mind, my office is humbled to partner with the Norwood Grove and Provencher Business Improvement Zones to provide a gift to nurses at the St Boniface Hospital.

Using the St. Boniface ward per capita grant, $1,000 worth of gift cards are being purchased from restaurants and eateries in the St. Boniface area to be distributed to nursing staff at the St. Boniface Hospital.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

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St. Boniface city councillor Matt Allard has provided health care workers at St. Boniface Hospital with $1,000 worth of gift cards as a way of saying thank your for all their effort and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The merits of infill housing guidelines

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The merits of infill housing guidelines

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

Thank you to all Winnipeggers who recently completed the new infill housing guidelines survey.

The City’s passionate and hardworking urban planners developed a survey on small and medium infill housing development with the intent of creating guidelines meant to ease conflict within communities, some of which have become far too heated lately, resulting in hard feelings and some infill home residents feeling unwelcome, while residents in older homes feel alienated.

We need to keep this discussion positive and proactive.

The survey provided precise and detailed options about things such as height, side yards, setbacks, and styles.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

Winnipeg Free Press file photo by Ken Gigliotti
The need for infill housing guidelines has become a hot topic in older neighbourhoods. Winnipeggers recently participated in a survey from which new guidelines will be drawn up.

Method to madness of road construction

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Method to madness of road construction

Matt Allard 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

In 2020, the City of Winnipeg has invested more many than ever before in local and regional road infrastructure.

The 2020-2023 multi-year budget allocated over $130 million toward road infrastructure, setting a record for the third time in the last six years. Since 2014, council has directed over $600 million to road repair, making huge progress in cutting down our infrastructure deficit. We are on track, by the end of the multi-year budget period, to have invested over $1 billion in our roads, which is an amount forecast to virtually eliminate a backlog of road repair which took decades to accumulate.

In St. Boniface ward, this has meant numerous long-awaited projects — either full rehabilitations or modest preservation works —either already underway or beginning this year. These include:

• Fermor Avenue  —  between St. Anne’s Road/Rue Archibald;

Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

In 2020, the City of Winnipeg has invested more many than ever before in local and regional road infrastructure.

The 2020-2023 multi-year budget allocated over $130 million toward road infrastructure, setting a record for the third time in the last six years. Since 2014, council has directed over $600 million to road repair, making huge progress in cutting down our infrastructure deficit. We are on track, by the end of the multi-year budget period, to have invested over $1 billion in our roads, which is an amount forecast to virtually eliminate a backlog of road repair which took decades to accumulate.

In St. Boniface ward, this has meant numerous long-awaited projects — either full rehabilitations or modest preservation works —either already underway or beginning this year. These include:

• Fermor Avenue  —  between St. Anne’s Road/Rue Archibald;

Improvements coming to eastern Southdale

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Improvements coming to eastern Southdale

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

Eastern Southdale is about to receive two long awaited upgrades.

Using dollars from the St. Boniface ward’s 2019 parks recreation enhancement program, Burmac Park (at the corner of Capston Road and Burmac Road) is seeing its playground fully rehabilitated. Work began in early July and is expected to be completed by the end of August, in time for families to use during the fall.

Playground renovations at Burmac Park include a new play structure, a slide, climbing components, play panels, motion components and a swing set. New site improvements include a park pathway, timber fencing, park sign, sand box, new park benches, a waste receptacle and picnic table.

This park was originally scheduled to receive it’s upgrade in 2019, however a fire at the factory of the company which won the contract to construct it temporarily delayed those plans. The project was again postponed in early 2020 due to production delays as a result of COVID-19.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

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What would you like to see done with the greenspace at the Royal Canadian Mint?

Issues moved forward in April and May

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Issues moved forward in April and May

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 8, 2020

I wanted to touch base to let you know about three of the initiatives I’ve been working on at City Hall since April.

Thank you first to the City Clerks department, community members, advocates and others whose hard work and creativity has allowed the business of government and policy to continue amid COVID-19 measures.

• Amber light times - At the May public works committee meeting, I moved a motion asking the public service to report back on Winnipeg’s “four-second amber” timing at traffic lights.

Some time ago, I met with traffic reform advocate Chris Sweryda, with whom my office has maintained a dialogue for the past couple of years. We have worked together in the past to bring forward proposals for reform on issues such as alleged missing traffic signage, low-mounted lights for pedestrian corridors and now this. I believe this is a good time to take this issue on, given the City’s steady progress on the related matter of advance-warning flashing lights in high-speed areas.

Monday, Jun. 8, 2020

I wanted to touch base to let you know about three of the initiatives I’ve been working on at City Hall since April.

Thank you first to the City Clerks department, community members, advocates and others whose hard work and creativity has allowed the business of government and policy to continue amid COVID-19 measures.

• Amber light times - At the May public works committee meeting, I moved a motion asking the public service to report back on Winnipeg’s “four-second amber” timing at traffic lights.

Some time ago, I met with traffic reform advocate Chris Sweryda, with whom my office has maintained a dialogue for the past couple of years. We have worked together in the past to bring forward proposals for reform on issues such as alleged missing traffic signage, low-mounted lights for pedestrian corridors and now this. I believe this is a good time to take this issue on, given the City’s steady progress on the related matter of advance-warning flashing lights in high-speed areas.

City responds to the ongoing pandemic

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City responds to the ongoing pandemic

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 12, 2020

As of May 4, we have headed into what I believe is the second phase of this pandemic.

Beginning in mid-March, Winnipeg entered a period of lockdown the likes of which we’ve never seen. It does appear as of this writing that we have “flattened the curve.” After rising throughout March and early April, they began to slow, then mostly plateau. We are now seeing days go by with no new cases announced by provincial officials. This is very encouraging. It’s a testament to the widespread uptake and compliance with social distancing recommendations. Thank you, Dr. Brent Roussin for your ongoing work and leadership.

With the curve flattened for now, some of the economy has begun to reopen. While this situation is at its heart a healthcare issue, it has huge implications for all areas of society, including municipal government.

In the past few weeks and ongoing, the City of Winnipeg has made a number of major changes in its jurisdiction.

Tuesday, May. 12, 2020

As of May 4, we have headed into what I believe is the second phase of this pandemic.

Beginning in mid-March, Winnipeg entered a period of lockdown the likes of which we’ve never seen. It does appear as of this writing that we have “flattened the curve.” After rising throughout March and early April, they began to slow, then mostly plateau. We are now seeing days go by with no new cases announced by provincial officials. This is very encouraging. It’s a testament to the widespread uptake and compliance with social distancing recommendations. Thank you, Dr. Brent Roussin for your ongoing work and leadership.

With the curve flattened for now, some of the economy has begun to reopen. While this situation is at its heart a healthcare issue, it has huge implications for all areas of society, including municipal government.

In the past few weeks and ongoing, the City of Winnipeg has made a number of major changes in its jurisdiction.

How are you coping with COVID-19?

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How are you coping with COVID-19?

Matt Allard - St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 6 minute read Monday, Apr. 13, 2020

I am writing to you from my house in St. Boniface. I want to touch base personally and provide an update to let you know about some big steps the City is taking around COVID-19, including tax deferral, state of emergency, safe walking and cycling routes, and other information.I’ll start by saying I’m getting used to working remotely and with kids around, just like many others. I am working to help create a process for virtual council and committee meetings and I am wondering if many of the changes happening in society may be with us long after we’re through this.I’m also always thinking of those whose jobs don’t allow this, including thousands of our front line City of Winnipeg staff. Healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and everyone else whose jobs are essential and can’t be done from the kitchen table also deserve our utmost recognition and support.I’d like to let you know about a few major steps the City has taken or is about to take. For a more comprehensive list, check out www.winnipeg.ca/emergweb/covid-19/Business and property taxesWinnipeggers will have the option to defer payment of 2020 business and property taxes without being assessed penalties or other fees.Find out more here: http://www.winnipegassessment.com/AsmtTax/English/State of emergencyThe state of emergency declared on April 6 grants new and extraordinary temporary powers to council and the public service, allowing the City to take swift and dramatic actions if and when they are needed.See the declaration from the April 3 agenda of our special meeting of city council.http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/ViewPdf.asp?SectionId=560679#page=1Sunday cycling routesIn an effort to assist with social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has expanded its annual bicycle and active transportation schedule. We have observed many residents using parks and sidewalks with limited space to run essential errands or get exercise during our period of long-term social distancing. We need to reduce the concentration of people walking and cycling by providing more and safer locations for people to move about.From April 6 until May 3, four streets in Winnipeg are designated as bicycle/active transportation routes:• Lyndale Drive, from Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street;• Scotia Street, from Anderson Avenue (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong Avenue;• Wellington Crescent, from Academy Road to Guelph Street;• Wolseley Avenue, from Raglan Road to Maryland Street.Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians must respect the rules of the road and each other — not to mention appropriate social distancing — for this measure to be maintained and possibly expanded to other areas.Local resourcesThe City of Winnipeg COVID-19 website is here: www.winnipeg.ca/emergweb/covid-19/The provincial COVID-19 website is here: www.covid19manitoba.ca/By many estimates, we’re going to be in this situation for months. Please consider me a resource to help with any regular concerns you may have with the City, now or outstanding — not to mention regarding the City’s response to COVID-19.Please practise social distancing to the best of your ability, and let’s get through this together.

I am writing to you from my house in St. Boniface. I want to touch base personally and provide an update to let you know about some big steps the City is taking around COVID-19, including tax deferral, state of emergency, safe walking and cycling routes, and other information.

I’ll start by saying I’m getting used to working remotely and with kids around, just like many others. I am working to help create a process for virtual council and committee meetings and I am wondering if many of the changes happening in society may be with us long after we’re through this.

I’m also always thinking of those whose jobs don’t allow this, including thousands of our front line City of Winnipeg staff. Healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and everyone else whose jobs are essential and can’t be done from the kitchen table also deserve our utmost recognition and support.

Monday, Apr. 13, 2020

I am writing to you from my house in St. Boniface. I want to touch base personally and provide an update to let you know about some big steps the City is taking around COVID-19, including tax deferral, state of emergency, safe walking and cycling routes, and other information.I’ll start by saying I’m getting used to working remotely and with kids around, just like many others. I am working to help create a process for virtual council and committee meetings and I am wondering if many of the changes happening in society may be with us long after we’re through this.I’m also always thinking of those whose jobs don’t allow this, including thousands of our front line City of Winnipeg staff. Healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and everyone else whose jobs are essential and can’t be done from the kitchen table also deserve our utmost recognition and support.I’d like to let you know about a few major steps the City has taken or is about to take. For a more comprehensive list, check out www.winnipeg.ca/emergweb/covid-19/Business and property taxesWinnipeggers will have the option to defer payment of 2020 business and property taxes without being assessed penalties or other fees.Find out more here: http://www.winnipegassessment.com/AsmtTax/English/State of emergencyThe state of emergency declared on April 6 grants new and extraordinary temporary powers to council and the public service, allowing the City to take swift and dramatic actions if and when they are needed.See the declaration from the April 3 agenda of our special meeting of city council.http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/ViewPdf.asp?SectionId=560679#page=1Sunday cycling routesIn an effort to assist with social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has expanded its annual bicycle and active transportation schedule. We have observed many residents using parks and sidewalks with limited space to run essential errands or get exercise during our period of long-term social distancing. We need to reduce the concentration of people walking and cycling by providing more and safer locations for people to move about.From April 6 until May 3, four streets in Winnipeg are designated as bicycle/active transportation routes:• Lyndale Drive, from Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street;• Scotia Street, from Anderson Avenue (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong Avenue;• Wellington Crescent, from Academy Road to Guelph Street;• Wolseley Avenue, from Raglan Road to Maryland Street.Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians must respect the rules of the road and each other — not to mention appropriate social distancing — for this measure to be maintained and possibly expanded to other areas.Local resourcesThe City of Winnipeg COVID-19 website is here: www.winnipeg.ca/emergweb/covid-19/The provincial COVID-19 website is here: www.covid19manitoba.ca/By many estimates, we’re going to be in this situation for months. Please consider me a resource to help with any regular concerns you may have with the City, now or outstanding — not to mention regarding the City’s response to COVID-19.Please practise social distancing to the best of your ability, and let’s get through this together.

I am writing to you from my house in St. Boniface. I want to touch base personally and provide an update to let you know about some big steps the City is taking around COVID-19, including tax deferral, state of emergency, safe walking and cycling routes, and other information.

I’ll start by saying I’m getting used to working remotely and with kids around, just like many others. I am working to help create a process for virtual council and committee meetings and I am wondering if many of the changes happening in society may be with us long after we’re through this.

I’m also always thinking of those whose jobs don’t allow this, including thousands of our front line City of Winnipeg staff. Healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and everyone else whose jobs are essential and can’t be done from the kitchen table also deserve our utmost recognition and support.

Improving Winnipeg road construction

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Improving Winnipeg road construction

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

We’re making tremendous progress in the drive towards better, longer lasting roads in Winnipeg.

Fixing Winnipeg’s roads has been a top priority for voters since I was first elected in 2014. In that first campaign, I heard again and again that addressing the infrastructure deficit should be top of mind at City Hall.

It has been, and that’s why, since 2014, the City of Winnipeg has invested a record amount in local and regional roads. People have anecdotally reported that many of the worst roads they drove over have been addressed.

More is still to come; Archibald Street (a major source of complaints in St. Boniface ward) is scheduled for a major rehabilitation with the support of federal infrastructure money this year. Over $600 million has been spent on roads since 2014, with hundreds of millions more projected in the coming years.

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

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Dr. Ahmed Shalaby (at left); Matt Allard, and public works director Jim Berezowsky are pictured March 3 outside the public works committee at which new road construction specifications were debated and adopted.

Budget goals for St. Boniface

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Budget goals for St. Boniface

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 4 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

I wanted to shed some light on the City of Winnipeg budget situation.

There has been quite a bit of press lately regarding the City of Winnipeg’s departmental budget proposals.

A bit of context. For the first time in memory, the City of Winnipeg is making its departmental submissions in public. In the past, departments submitted their proposals to a group of city councillors and the mayor behind closed doors, and that group had to make the difficult decisions in private, and make a recommendation to council and the public for consideration. Now, that’s all happening in public. Also, the City’s first “four year, multi-year budget,” means that difficult choices previously pushed into “forecasts” for next year, are now being dealt with.

Committees have now heard delegations from the public on all forecasts. It flows next to executive policy council, then council. Finally, a draft City budget will be tabled and a final balanced budget needs to be approved by law, no later than March 31, 2020.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

I wanted to shed some light on the City of Winnipeg budget situation.

There has been quite a bit of press lately regarding the City of Winnipeg’s departmental budget proposals.

A bit of context. For the first time in memory, the City of Winnipeg is making its departmental submissions in public. In the past, departments submitted their proposals to a group of city councillors and the mayor behind closed doors, and that group had to make the difficult decisions in private, and make a recommendation to council and the public for consideration. Now, that’s all happening in public. Also, the City’s first “four year, multi-year budget,” means that difficult choices previously pushed into “forecasts” for next year, are now being dealt with.

Committees have now heard delegations from the public on all forecasts. It flows next to executive policy council, then council. Finally, a draft City budget will be tabled and a final balanced budget needs to be approved by law, no later than March 31, 2020.

Building a future, preserving the past

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Building a future, preserving the past

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

In growing cities, there is typically a tension between the need to preserve our heritage and to create new diversity of housing options for a diverse population.

There is also a tremendous need to densify our city if we are to combat the very real and growing issue of climate change, and address our structural fiscal challenges, and rejuvenate our mature neighbourhoods. Urban development goes hand in hand with both environmentalism and fiscal responsibility. The City of Winnipeg Climate Change Action Plan mentions the word density 70 times. We can accomplish the new residential densities that come with infill and densification while preserving our heritage. In fact, the former is essential to the latter with some buildings.

I wish to highlight how heritage preservation in St Boniface aligns with this goal. Recently the home at 700 St. Jean Baptiste was acquired by the City of Winnipeg in a tax sale. It is to be placed on the market which could potentially prompt redevelopment in a form which would not protect the heritage value of the structure. The building, otherwise known as Maison Beliveau (Dumoulin Apartments 1906) is listed on the City of Winnipeg’s Commemorative List of Historical Resources, but may not be fully protected there.

At Riel Community Committee, I moved a motion:

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

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The historic value of 700 St. Jean Baptiste is to be evaluated before it is sold by the City.

Big plans for St. Boniface

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Big plans for St. Boniface

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

Big things are happening for St. Boniface recreation this year and next.

With some projects near completion, about to begin, or in the planning stages, I wanted to give the community a mid summer roundup of some of the community level parks and recreational investments were working on! In particular, I’ll be focusing today on our plans for PREP, the Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program, which each ward is allocated roughly $200,000 per year.

Burmac Park: $102,000

The playground and park at the corner of Capston Road and Burmac Road in Southdale is scheduled for a complete rehabilitation. At about $102,000 out of the 2019 PREP budget it will be the signature major park upgrade of this round. The project was to take place at the end of the year, but due to a large number of playground projects bid on in 2019, it will happen early 2020.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

Big things are happening for St. Boniface recreation this year and next.

With some projects near completion, about to begin, or in the planning stages, I wanted to give the community a mid summer roundup of some of the community level parks and recreational investments were working on! In particular, I’ll be focusing today on our plans for PREP, the Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program, which each ward is allocated roughly $200,000 per year.

Burmac Park: $102,000

The playground and park at the corner of Capston Road and Burmac Road in Southdale is scheduled for a complete rehabilitation. At about $102,000 out of the 2019 PREP budget it will be the signature major park upgrade of this round. The project was to take place at the end of the year, but due to a large number of playground projects bid on in 2019, it will happen early 2020.

Investing in Bonivital Pool

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Investing in Bonivital Pool

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 2 minute read Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

The City of Winnipeg will be investing over $7 million in St. Boniface aquatics over the next three years, possibly the most ever.

Bonivital Pool has served the St. Boniface and St. Vital communities with year round programming and public swimming since 1975.

This regional aquatic facility is the second busiest in Winnipeg for instruction, supporting programming, casual swimming, and is immediately next door to the brand-new Windsor Park Library and the recreation and learning campus they create.

I want to thank Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) who was an important ally in securing and protecting this funding. This pool was named for the two communities (St. Boniface and St. Vital) it straddles the border between, and to that end it is fitting that their two councillors would find common cause in supporting it.

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

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Camille Saltel-Allard, daughter of Coun. Matt Allard, at Bonivital Pool.

Infill development the way forward

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Infill development the way forward

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Winnipeg faces a choice about its future. That choice will depend on our urban planning.

Our city is in a bad fiscal situation. Against the march of inflation; years of tax freezes, and still more years of outward growth of our urban footprint, have left our city struggling to provide the public services and investments that Winnipeggers want, and deserve.

Recently, we have seen more and more examples of our city’s budget becoming strained. We are having to choose between multiple important priorities. Maintenance and upkeep of City facilities is being pushed further and further back. Much-needed new investments like improved transit frequency are largely out of financial reach.

On top of this, we have a provincial government which is willing and able to walk away from signed financial agreements, retroactively cut funding for a program at the end of a fiscal year, and overall is simply not a reliable partner.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Winnipeg faces a choice about its future. That choice will depend on our urban planning.

Our city is in a bad fiscal situation. Against the march of inflation; years of tax freezes, and still more years of outward growth of our urban footprint, have left our city struggling to provide the public services and investments that Winnipeggers want, and deserve.

Recently, we have seen more and more examples of our city’s budget becoming strained. We are having to choose between multiple important priorities. Maintenance and upkeep of City facilities is being pushed further and further back. Much-needed new investments like improved transit frequency are largely out of financial reach.

On top of this, we have a provincial government which is willing and able to walk away from signed financial agreements, retroactively cut funding for a program at the end of a fiscal year, and overall is simply not a reliable partner.

Laying out priorities for new term

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Laying out priorities for new term

Matt Allard — St. Boniface City Councillor Ward Report 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

On Oct. 24, I was honoured to be re-elected as your city councillor in St Boniface.

It’s been a thrilling and productive four years serving this community at 510 Main St.

With a strong new mandate, I intend to work with Mayor Brian Bowman to pursue an ambitious agenda to guide our growth as we move towards being a city of one million people.

During the last term and during my election campaign, I heard from residents about their desires and dreams for the city, their concerns and ideas.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

On Oct. 24, I was honoured to be re-elected as your city councillor in St Boniface.

It’s been a thrilling and productive four years serving this community at 510 Main St.

With a strong new mandate, I intend to work with Mayor Brian Bowman to pursue an ambitious agenda to guide our growth as we move towards being a city of one million people.

During the last term and during my election campaign, I heard from residents about their desires and dreams for the city, their concerns and ideas.