Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 23/6/2015 (1671 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Summer has arrived at last, and I wanted to connect with you one more time before the hot sun really hits, and no one gives a hoot about City Hall! I have a few announcements and a few updates about the work I’ve been doing here at 510 Main St. so far in 2015.
With a surprising amount of fanfare from our friends in the media, the Public Works Department launched a pilot program for the "zipper merge." I was pleased to learn the public education campaign and first official "zipper lane" would be in St. Boniface ward. Commuters northbound on Lagimodiere during construction near Fermor are successfully taking turns and keeping traffic flowing well each and every morning. I look forward to the public service report at the end of the pilot, and hope to see it expanded across Winnipeg.
On Fri. June 26, the City of Winnipeg will provide free access to non-heated outdoor city pools until Aug. 3. In St. Boniface Ward, they are;
Happyland Pool: Open 1 to 6 p.m.
Norwood Pool: 1 to 8 p.m.
Provencher Pool: 1 to 8 p.m.
Windsor Park Pool: 1 to 6 p.m.
I know my daughter is excited. See you at the pool this summer.
New Whistleblower Protections
Earlier this year, I proposed a motion — seconded by Mayor Brian Bowman — calling for whistleblower protection at the City of Winnipeg level. This idea came to me from a voter at the doorstep who told me they knew of malpractice in their workplace, but would not come forward nor reveal their knowledge to me for fear of reprisal.
Last week, I was delighted to attend an announcement hosted by Mayor Brian Bowman and the provincial Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg Drew Caldwell. There, we learned the province would table amendments to the Winnipeg Charter designed to incorporate several new accountability measures, among them protection for whistleblowers at the civic level. This is an excellent step forward in restoring accountability to City Hall. The work continues.
Windsor Park Library Open House
The Winnipeg Public Library will be holding public open houses to share the preliminary design plans for the new Windsor Park Library. The new library, replacing the existing Library at 955 Cottonwood Rd., will be located at 1201 Archibald St., adjacent to the Bonivital Pool. There will be two opportunities for the public to learn more about the project and to provide feedback on the plans at the following times and locations:
Windsor Park Library
955 Cottonwood Rd.
• Thurs., June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.
• Tues., June 30 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
As always, I want to hear from you. If you have a concern I can help you with, an idea for our city, or any feedback about my work so far, my assistant Ryan and I want to hear it!
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 204-396-4636
St. Boniface city council ward report
Matt Allard is the city councillor for St. Boniface.