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News in brief for Nov. 9, 2022

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Gillingham announces key council appointments, changes

Winnipeg city council’s executive policy committee has been reduced from six members to five, as well as Mayor Scott Gillingham, it has been announced.

According to a recent City of Winnipeg release, five members of the new EPC will each chair a standing policy committee: Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) will chair the SPC on finance and economic development; Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) will chair public works; Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) will chair water, waste and environment; Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) will chair community services; and Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) will chair property and development.

Lukes will also serve as deputy mayor, and Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River) will serve as acting deputy mayor, as well as chair of the Winnipeg Police Board.

The reduction in size of EPC is due to the consolidation of the SPC on finance with the former SPC on innovation and economic development, which is consistent with Gillingham’s commitment during the recent municipal election, officials say.

Mandate letters for each of the committee chairs will be forthcoming upon completion of the strategic plan that will be developed by all of city council, the release continues.

Nominations and appointments to various agencies, boards, commissions, and council liaison positions, will be made as part of the organizational meeting of council on Nov. 9.

Prior to the Oct. 26 election and recent reshuffle, Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface) and Coun. Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre) had both served on the previous EPC.

Children’s Hospital Book Market seeks donations

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is already gearing up for its spring book market.

The foundation is asking the public for donations of new and gently used books in preparation for the sale, which will be held from April 21 to 23, 2023 at St. Vital Centre.

Books can be dropped off at Winnipeg firehalls and at Dufresne Furniture and Appliances stores in Manitoba.

The recent 2022 Children’s Hospital Book Market at the centre raised more than $246,000 for sick and injured children.

Go to www.goodbear.ca for more information.

Learn to play with Bridge Manitoba

Bridge Manitoba is offering a seminar on how to play bridge on Sat., Nov. 19 at Soul Sanctuary (second floor, 2050 Chevrier Blvd.)

The session will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a $20 registration fee will get you a particpants’ manual, refreshments and lunch. For more information, visit bridgemanitoba.org, email learn@bridgemanitoba.org or call Deloris Ankrom at 204-795-4361; Marielle Brentnall at 204-231-6021; or Bridge Manitoba at 204-231-6047.

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