City rolls out plan to tackle invasive species and temporarily preserve Winnipeg’s ash trees

The City of Winnipeg’s Insect Control Branch will begin treating ash trees this Monday to stop the spread of a beetle that can cause widespread damage.Kerienne La France,  Supervisor of Urban Forestry Technical Services told 680 CJOB that the city’s 350,000 ash trees – 100,000 of which are located in public parks and on boulevards – are at risk to the emerald ash borer.The city will be proactively removing infected trees, as well injecting ash trees with insecticides which can kill the ash-borer larvae inside the trunks.“As invasive pests move…

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Winnipeg City Hall abuzz with hive of new neighbours

Winnipeg’s City Hall is usually a hive of political wheeling and dealing, but the building was abuzz Thursday with news of its latest visitors.A controlled hive of European honey bees from local Beeproject Apiaries has taken over a portion of the second-floor roof for the summer.The bees – who will forage on urban gardens, which include fruit trees and lilacs inside City Hall – will be part of two free beekeeping workshops that will be open to the public.READ MORE: World Bee Day: How beekeepers are keeping the pollinating buzz…

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Winnipeg police use armoured vehicle more than 30 times in 2018

The Winnipeg Police Service‘s armoured response vehicle was in high demand last year.The ARV was used for tactical deployment 34 times in 2018, according to the city police board’s latest report.Of those times, the vehicle was deployed on eight occasions for active firearm calls, including an incident in which the vehicle was shot at, the report says.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Police Service adds armoured vehicle to its fleet“Notably, one of these events included an active shooter situation in November 2018. The ARV sustained multiple shots directed at members, saving…

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Fail to cut your grass? Winnipeg will mow it for you – then fine you for it

Mow your lawn or the City of Winnipeg will mow it for you – and charge you to do so.A city-wide pilot project is making the neighbourhood livability by-law a little tougher by clamping down earlier on those who don’t cut their grass.Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) told 680 CJOB Monday it may not seem like much of a priority, but added councillors hear about it all the time.READ MORE: Manitoba cosmetic pesticide ban leads to dandelion infestationStory continues below“I worked quite a bit around the University Manitoba, dealing with…

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Several road closures in store for Winnipeg this weekend

The City of Winnipeg has announced multiple road closures beginning this weekend.The temporary closures are all in connection with upcoming and/or reoccurring events.King Street King Street will be closed from McDermot Avenue to William Avenue from 6 p.m. Friday through noon Sunday for the 1919 centennial concert happening Saturday at Old Market Square.TransconaStory continues belowA number of temporary street closures will be put in place from Thursday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at 11 p.m. due to the Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival.Northbound and southbound Day Street from Victoria Avenue to Melrose…

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Councillor calling for culture change in Winnipeg after latest cyclist death

The death of a cyclist after a collision with a vehicle on Higgins Avenue Monday has re-ignited the debate about how to keep cyclists – and drivers – safe on Winnipeg’s streets.Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) told 680 CJOB she thinks Winnipeg needs a culture shift when it comes to traffic.“Every time I hear that there’s been another accident or another death, it’s very disheartening,” she said.Story continues below“In my opinion… what’s really missing is a comprehensive communication, education strategy. We need to change the culture in our city. We…

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Excessive snowfall to blame for Winnipeg’s first-quarter deficit

An above-average dumping of snow is to blame for the city’s first quarter financial shortfall, according to a report that will be presented Friday.The first quarter financial status report and forecast is projecting a deficit in the General Revenue Fund – the tax-supported operating budget – of $9.8 million.The city said Monday that above-average snowfall in February of this year led to a $10 million over-expenditure related to snow removal and ice control.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Oh, snow! Winnipeg, southern Manitoba under snowfall warning Sunday“As in recent years, it is…

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Winnipeg transit union votes to reject city’s latest contract offer

Winnipeg’s transit union offered an overwhelming ‘no’ as they rejected the city’s latest contract offer.Nearly 97 per cent of members voted against the offer.“The results of the vote tell me that the members won’t take the concessions that the city is pushing,” said Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary.Story continues below“Bringing in 200 part-time operators at wages $10 less than the average for regular operators with no pension or benefits is not how you run a successful public transit system.”This comes after more than 98 per cent of union…

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City of Winnipeg document details $4.9 billion in capital projects over next decade

The City of Winnipeg released a document Friday that details 22 major capital projects the city has proposed over the next 10 years.The Unfunded Major Capital Projects Detail document – which will be presented at the city’s Executive Policy Committee on June 11 – is intended to give council and the public an overview of the scope and rationale behind the projects before council makes decisions on individual items.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Here’s a list of local Winnipeg streets that (probably) won’t get fixed in 2019The city said the estimated…

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Number of Winnipeggers biking to work behind rest of Canada

Winnipeggers are falling behind the rest of the country when it comes to riding a bike to their downtown workplace, according to Statistics Canada.A new report shows Winnipeg has the highest number of people living within five kilometres of their workplace in the core of the city, but commuters are less likely to ride a bike to work than people in Canada’s eight largest metropolitan areas.Story continues below“There’s lots of opportunity but at the same time were not catching up with that opportunity,” Bike Winnipeg executive director Mark Cohoe said.…

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