St. Vital community correspondent
Ryan Palmquist is the managing director of Save Our Seine, a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division, and a community correspondent for St. Vital.
Recent articles of Ryan Palmquist
Re-imagining St. Vital Centre3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023
In recent years, shopping malls across North America have begun to reimagine their roles in the urban environment and how they use their space.
New cannabis shop aims to offer craft products2 minute read Preview Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021
Atomic Flower Cannabis opened its doors in Old St. Vital on Jan. 10.
Business partners Joel Lafond, Gabriel Fortin-Barbier and Peter Sloupski opened their store at the corner of St Mary’s Road and Kingswood Avenue as part of the further opening up of retail cannabis licenses by the in 2020.
They says there has been a learning curve to actually setting up shop.
“We are part-time smokers but it was mind-boggling, the amount of products that actually exist. (There were) over 800 products to choose from,” Lafond said.
2020 — the year of walking and kindness3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
2020 and (hopefully just) the winter of 2021 will be remembered as the year of walking.
Walking because that’s all there was to do, for the most part.
In March, April and May the city expanded its Open Street program, which meant Lyndale Drive and Egerton Road in southeast Winnipeg were preserved as pleasant walkable and bikeable streets every single day until Labour Day.
That was nice. Fingers crossed it comes back in the spring.
Strive to keep active even after the pandemic3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
As we wind down towards the end of a summer like none other, I wanted to look back with the hope that our community might apply some hard-earned lessons from recent months as we head into our first autumn of COVID-19.
In March, dealing with an essentially unknown virus, scientific experts, governments and health agencies did the best they could with the information available to craft responses and recommend what actions were needed to keep safe.
Some months on, some reliable observations have been made about how and where the virus is transmitted, and air flow seems to be key. The virus is less likely to be transmitted outdoors than in the stale, recycled air and poor circulation of many indoor environments.
Manitoba’s own guidelines make it clear that much larger gatherings are permitted outdoors (100) than indoors (50).
Strange days indeed in St. Vital3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020
Every community event is cancelled. Most neighbours are hidden from view. We have a group chat with some people on our street chat it’s buzzing like crazy. Mostly jokes about isolation but often checking in, asking if we need anything. It’s nice.
Our neighbours started a window art schedule for neighbourhood kids taking a walk. Flowers on the first day, rainbows two days later, and so on. It was inspired by some St. Patrick’s Day cloverleafs we saw when walking the dog in Sage Creek.
My wife — a teacher at École Varennes — is making YouTube science lessons in French for kids home from school.
Pretty much every business is closed. Except Superstore of course. The atmosphere inside the store is tense, quiet. There’s a short lineup outside. People go about their business, fast and efficiently. It’s a well-organized operation. Lines are taped to the floor. Staff direct traffic. I see the familiar faces, employees I used to see nearly every day. I hope they’re OK.
King George V dog park group raising funds2 minute read Preview Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
The latest chapter in the long running saga of the proposed King George V off-leash dog park has opened.
As readers may know, your author was elected co-chair of the newly formed Friends of King George V Off-Leash Dog Park group in late 2019.
A board of community members was also elected and in late January the group — with the support and skills of board member Jennifer Young, in particular — launched a fundraising campaign which will run until late February.
The group seeks to establish an off-leash dog park in the back corner of the large semi-wooded park area to the rear of Superstore, at the foot of Des Meurons Street. The project was first conceived of by area resident Rene Bisson (now the other co-chair of the group) and, last year, was successful in obtaining over 80 per cent support via petition of residents within 150 metres of the park, as per the City of Winnipeg’s dog park master plan requirements.