Extreme weather could impact invasive insect species, says Winnipeg forester

Winnipeggers love to complain about the harsh winters, but prolonged periods of extreme conditions might have an unexpected effect on certain pests.City forester Martha Barwinsky told 680 CJOB Monday that researchers are looking into the cold hardiness of invasive insects like the emerald ash borer and elm bark beetle.Extended cold snaps, she said, have the potential to impact over-wintering pest populations, although it won’t be clear how much until things warm up.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowREAD MORE: It’s a record-breaking year for Winnipeg mosquitoes — and…

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City vs. province spat will affect Manitoba voters, says politics prof

With an ongoing squabble between Brian Bowman and Brian Pallister in full swing, it is the voters who will ultimately be left paying the price, says a political science professor.Kelly Saunders of Brandon University told 680 CJOB Friday that friction between municipal and provincial governments isn’t anything new, but Winnipeg’s mayor and Manitoba’s premier seem to be taking it to the next level.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowREAD MORE: Manitoba premier and Winnipeg mayor spar over budget delay“There’s always going to be a source of friction, regardless…

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Winnipeg’s top administrator calls it a career

The City of Winnipeg‘s Chief Administrative Officer will be retiring this spring.Doug McNeil, Winnipeg’s CAO, announced his decision to step down at a press conference Thursday.McNeil was hired as the city’s CAO in April 2015 after being unanimously recommended by the mayor and a council committee.READ MORE: Flood fighter Doug McNeil gets nod for Winnipeg top jobHelp us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowPrior to becoming CAO, McNeil had over three decades of experience in the public sector, including a stint with the Water and Waste Department where he…

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Winnipeg going to the mattresses with new recycling program

Here is a chance to get a jump start on your spring cleaning, thanks to the City of Winnipeg.The city announced the launch of a new mattress recycling program Wednesday, in partnership with Winnipeg-based Mother Earth Recycling.For a limited time, Winnipeggers will be able to drop off up to six mattresses and box springs at the Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot for free.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowThe program will run until Jan. 31, 2020, or until a total of 8,000 mattresses are collected. It comes with a…

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Justin Trudeau promises ‘better results’ for Winnipeg transit users

February 12 2019 6:14pm Speaking at the Ft. Rouge transit depot Tuesday, the Prime Minister said the federal partnership with the City of Winnipeg will fund an efficient, affordable, clean transit system. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if ( !gNews.Common.isIE && !gNews.Common.isTrident && gNews.Common.isFlash ) { var gnca_videoShareCallbackInterval…

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Pembina Highway to be closed over Louis Riel weekend near Jubilee; parking on Osborne to be restricted

Residents who complained about slow-moving traffic due to the closure of a major Winnipeg road and a lack of parking restrictions can put the pedal to the metal next weekend.The City of Winnipeg is closing down Pembina Highway between Jubilee Avenue and Stafford Street from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 through 4 a.m. Feb. 19 to install girders for the new Rapid Transitway over the Pembina Bridge.Help us improve GlobalNews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowThe last time the City shut down the street entirely over a weekend, Osborne neighbourhood residents…

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Residential streets to be plowed starting Sunday night; parking ban will be in effect

Do you Know Your Zone?The residential parking ban will be in effect as of 7 p.m. Sunday as the city plows residential streets.The city is urging Winnipeggers to confirm their zone letters, so they know when their street is scheduled to be plowed.You can find your zone letter by using the city’s Address Lookup Tool, by calling 311, or using the Know Your Zone app.A Residential Parking Ban will take effect Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m: https://t.co/Y0pDbYxvoZ. For more information: https://t.co/OjAS6TgE0H. pic.twitter.com/DqywyJJYGL— City of Winnipeg (@cityofwinnipeg) February 8, 2019READ…

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Winnipeg Square evacuated due to gas leak

Winnipeg Square has been evacuated due to a gas leak Thursday afternoon.Manitoba Hydro is urging people to avoid the area and to expect delays around Portage Avenue and Main Street as crews work to investigate the situation.Winnipeg Square is being evacuated due to a gas leak in the area. We have crews headed there now to investigate. Expect delays around Portage and Main as emergency crews may close parts of the road. Please avoid the area if possible.— Manitoba Hydro (@manitobahydro) February 7, 2019Winnipeg police said the buildings at 220…

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Committee votes unanimously to close Norwood Pool

The Norwood Pool won’t be among the city facilities opening back up to Winnipeggers this summer.Councillors voted unanimously Wednesday to close the nearly 60-year-old facility.A report by the city’s public service determined there were too many issues with the pool to make it worthwhile to keep it open.In September, council’s community services and parks committee voted to delay action on the pool, which was previously slated to close due to its age and damage.The final decision was made Wednesday morning.READ MORE: Winnipeg Pan Am Pool officially reopensCoun. Janice Lukes (Waverley…

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Overnight snowfall means reassessment of city plowing plans

The city’s manager of street maintenance says a fresh dumping of snow overnight and this morning means Winnipeg may have to re-evaluate its plowing plan.Michael Cantor told 680 CJOB Wednesday that the mix of snow and cold has made for a difficult operation.“Plowing in these temperatures is a slow process with increased damages to equipment,” he said.“We do as much as we can, and we appreciate the patience of residents.”Story continues belowREAD MORE: Residential streets won’t be plowed despite ruts, says City of WinnipegThe morning rush hour saw several crashes, stalls…

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