Lastest serious crash at Exchange District intersection prompts calls for changes

A Winnipeg woman is calling for new safety measures at a downtown intersection after witnessing too many crashes.Heather Laser, the Director of Philanthropy at the Manitoba Museum, was in her office at the corner of Main Street and Rupert Avenue Tuesday afternoon when she heard a loud noise.“That made me stand up and take a look and I went, immediately, ‘Not again,’” Laser told Global News Wednesday afternoon.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg mom asking for crosswalk changes after 8-year-old son killedLaser saw a crash involving three vehicles, one of which…

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Seniors’ group hoping to get back into Winnipeg-owned building no one is using

A local seniors’ group says they’ve had to cut back on recreational programming after they were kicked out of a city building no one is using.The Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre was previously using the vacated former Charleswood Library on Roblin Boulevard after a new library was built in 2015.The City gave the centre written permission to use the space until it went up for sale, said Camilla Waitt, executive director of the centre.Story continues belowLast May, the centre got notice they needed to be out of the space by…

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Union, planning committee to probe Winnipeg city workers’ abuse of paid time

Questions continue to be raised after hours of surveillance and dozens of report pages showed City of Winnipeg employees appearing to waste time on the job.CUPE President Gord Delbridge, head of the workers’ union, says they’ve been talking to the members involved.“At this point in time, I don’t want to speculate on anything that’s taken place here,” he said.Story continues below“I don’t know the details of any flex time or banked overtime or vacation time that’s being used. It’s not uncommon for departments to encourage as a cost saving measure,…

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City investigating after ‘concerning’ hidden camera investigation of Winnipeg employees wasting time

April 5 2019 6:40pm The city says it is investigating after receiving hidden camera footage allegedly showing City of Winnipeg workers using work time for personal activities. ‘ }); } 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 = window.setInterval( function() { //console.log(‘…

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City investigating after ‘concerning’ hidden camera investigation of Winnipeg employees wasting time: Bowman

Several City of Winnipeg employees were caught on camera spending work time making personal shopping trips, running errands and taking extended lunch breaks at restaurants like Hooters.A group of Winnipeg residents and business owners say they hired a private investigating company to track the staff at the city’s Planning, Property and Development Department, after years of complaints about long wait times for routine permits and inspections.After a three month-investigation spanning from January to March, the group’s report was sent to media outlets including Global News.The video surveillance and reports appear…

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Motion for expert planning commission passes at property and development committee

A rookie city councillor says he wants to remove political considerations from Winnipeg’s planning and development decisions, by setting up a commission of industry experts and community stakeholders.Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) told 680 CJOB he doesn’t want something as vital to the city’s future as property development to be vulnerable to political interference.READ MORE: Rookie councillor Kevin Klein nominated for Police Board chairStory continues below“If you look at some other major jurisdictions across Canada, they have planning commissions that are made up of experts in the field,” he said.“Development and…

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City IDs over 100 properties at risk of spring flooding

The City of Winnipeg has identified 123 properties that may be at risk of river flooding this spring and could require dikes.In a release Friday, the city said they’re hand-delivering notices to the affected property owners and will be surveying each of the properties to figure out the best location for potential dikes.

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Here’s a list of local Winnipeg streets that (probably) won’t get fixed in 2019

At least 56 streets and 11 back alleys likely won’t be fixed in Winnipeg this year, thanks to a funding spat between the City and the Province.The City’s infrastructure committee was told at the beginning of March that all residential roadwork was being deferred until 2020 at the earliest, due in part to a funding squabble with the province.Brad Neirnick, the City’s manager of engineering, said they had identified 53 street locations and 11 lanes that were scheduled for work for 2019.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Front street in bad shape?…

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Bowman threatens to vote against collecting school taxes for Province

The city of Winnipeg will pass its 2019 budget Wednesday, but it’s not without some controversy.The ongoing funding feud between city and province has reared its head once again, this time over the issue of school taxes.Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman told 680 CJOB that there are concerns about the province’s reduction in support for education, and that it can also be confusing for residents to pay the city for school taxes, as education is a provincial mandate.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg set to chase the Province for missing roads money“Provincial…

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20 Winnipeg schools to receive bike cages as part of new partnership

More than 20 Winnipeg schools are set to receive new bike racks and cages, thanks to a partnership between the Green Action Centre and the City.The project was created in response to the statistic that bike thefts in Winnipeg increased by 82 per cent between 2012 and 2017 – a number that likely deters students from biking to school and discourages parents, said the GAC.READ MORE: Winnipeg EPC set to pass bike registrationStory continues below“Having secure bike parking is a simple way to make biking an easier choice for students…

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