Tracy Groenewegen

Tracy Groenewegen

South Osborne community correspondent

Tracy Groenewegen is a community correspondent for South Osborne. She can be reached at tracy.groenewegen@gmail.com

Recent articles of Tracy Groenewegen

The Domino effect: Cat’s plight a cautionary tale

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The Domino effect: Cat’s plight a cautionary tale

Tracy Groenewegen 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Almost 500 cats are found dead on or near roadways in Winnipeg each year.

“When you let your cat roam, you place it at risk,” according to the City of Winnipeg’s responsible pet ownership bylaw.

However, a South Osborne resident whose cat nearly died after they stopped letting him roam the neighbourhood is warning other cat owners considering this transition to proceed with caution.

K. Wilson’s two-year-old feline, Domino, became very distressed and developed a urinary blockage after Wilson abruptly introduced this change in Domino’s lifestyle and routine. Wilson says more than one veterinary professional advised that Domino’s condition was directly related to the stress caused by the disruption and that male cats are especially susceptible, given their narrow urethra.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Domino the cat has had difficulty adjusting to a new, more-indoor focused routine — to the point that he’s required veterinary care.

Community garden group firmly rooted in place

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Community garden group firmly rooted in place

Tracy Groenewegen 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

While the pandemic has not stopped Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative from growing food and building community, it has challenged the group’s ability to meet its mandate more broadly.

Founded in 2009, SSOCC operates several garden sites — plus an orchard — in Riverview and Lord Roberts, along with associated garden clubs. A key part of its mission is to provide educational workshops and other programming related to sustainable local food systems, but COVID-19 has taken a bite out of that.

SSOCC president Mathew Scammell said the workshops — which taught skills ranging from tree grafting to food fermentation — all but came to a halt once the pandemic hit.

“It’s really in-person, it’s hands-on, you kind of need somebody to go there with you to do it as they’re teaching you,” he said.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Members of the People Garden Club work at the People Garden site, located on Balfour Avenue, behind Riverview Community Centre.

Two-hour street parking coming to Lord Roberts?

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Two-hour street parking coming to Lord Roberts?

Tracy Groenewegen 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

SOUTH OSBORNE

The City of Winnipeg is looking to curb non-resident parking in Lord Roberts.

A one-year trial of two-hour parking is being proposed for all streets in Lord Roberts north of Kylemore Avenue to improve parking availability in the neighbourhood. The restrictions would apply 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Residents can be exempted by applying for a residential parking permit at a cost of $25 per year.

The proposed trial is part of the Lord Roberts community traffic study, which began in 2018 and identified on-street parking availability as a key concern, particularly in the northeast section of the neighbourhood. Reports from the public engagement phases of the study show that residents take issue with the overuse of street parking by Winnipeg Transit employees.

Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

The City of Winnipeg is seeking residents’ feedback on a proposed trial of two-hour parking on all streets in Lord Roberts north of Kylemore Avenue. The goal is to avoid parking congestion, such as that illustrated here.