City awards community safety and crime prevention funding to 20 community groups

Park projects announced for Transcona ward to enhance safety and renew park playgrounds


Released: 9:39 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg announced three park projects today that will improve safety and recreational opportunities for families in the ward of Transcona. The projects include light enhancements at Southland Park (175 Royal Mint Dr.), development of a new playground at Kildonan Meadows Park (1120 Devonshire Dr. West) and renewal of the playground at Kern Park (14 Kern Dr.).

“Recreational infrastructure investments ensure families and visitors have welcoming and safe places to gather, maintain healthy lifestyles, and build a sense of community,” said the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface-Saint-Vital on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government is investing in these three park improvement projects here in Winnipeg to enhance quality of life and welcome families back to improved public spaces”.

“The Manitoba government is pleased to administer the federal Canada Community-Building Fund for projects just like the ones here in Transcona,” said Reg Helwer, Manitoba Minister of Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services. “These enhancements and renovations will allow children, and families to enjoy new recreational opportunities together, and safely, for years to come.”

“Investments in the renewal of community parks and trails in Transcona, which is also known as the Park City, has been an ongoing priority in this ward,” said Shawn Nason, Councillor for Transcona. “It’s important to respond to the changing needs of the community we serve. From the lighting needs in Southland Park to the addition of play equipment at Kildonan Meadows and a playground renewal in Kern Park, these investments today will support many more residents tomorrow and promote a healthier community.”

Light enhancements at Southland Park will include the removal and installation of new light poles and luminaires at the park, along with any required new piles, trenching and cabling. This project is expected to commence in June 2023 and be completed in August 2023.

The addition of a playground at Kildonan Meadows Park will include installation of new play equipment and swings, as well as new safety surfacing, drainage system, granular pathway, and site furniture. This project is expected to commence in September 2022 and be completed in June 2023.

The playground renewal at Kern Park will include the removal of the old play equipment and installation of new equipment, including play structure and swing set, as well as new safety surfacing, pathways, site furniture and fencing. This project is expected to commence in September 2022 and be completed in June 2023.

Council approved funding for the project through the COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Plan, which focuses on enhancing active transportation, improving regional park infrastructure, and adding accessible recreational amenities in underserved areas of the city. The combined budget for these projects is anticipated to be approximately $500,000, with total funding from the Canada Community-Building Fund to be $494,000 and the remaining funded by the City of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Banning Street and Lanark Street


Released: 10:31 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two structure fires this morning.

Banning Street Fire

At 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in an unoccupied two-and-a-half storey multi-family residence in the 800 block of Banning Street.

Upon arrival on scene, crews found a well-involved fire with heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. An offensive attack was initially launched, but due to deteriorating conditions, crews were forced to exit the building and transition to a defensive fire attack using aerial ladders and hand lines. The fire was declared under control at 9:31 a.m. Crews are expected to remain at the scene into the afternoon as they work to fully extinguish all hotspots.

Occupants of the neighbouring houses have been temporarily evacuated as a precaution. No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time, but the structure suffered significant fire, smoke, and water damage, and is considered to be a complete loss.

Banning Street is closed to traffic between Notre Dame Avenue and Wellington Avenue. It will re-open once crews complete their work at the scene.

Lanark Street Fire

At 8:32 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half storey, single-family home in the 200 block of Lanark Street.

When crews arrived at the scene, they found smoke coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 8:47 a.m.

All occupants of the house safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.

Preliminary observations suggest the fire was accidental, caused by unattended cooking. Residents are reminded of the following safety tips to reduce the risk of kitchen fires:

  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.
  • Oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains should be kept away from the stovetop.
  • Oil should be heated slowly. If cooking oil catches fire and the fire is small and manageable, use a kitchen fire extinguisher or cover the top with a metal lid.
  • Never use water to put out an oil fire.

City awards community safety and crime prevention funding to 20 community groups


Released: 3:39 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City of Winnipeg announced that 20 community groups will receive funding for community safety and crime prevention activities through the fourth and final annual intake of the City of Winnipeg’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention (CSCP) program.

“During the last election campaign, I committed to creating the Community Safety and Crime Prevention program as a way to increase safety and crime prevention efforts in our community,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The targeted approach used by this program has enabled community groups to address the unique crime and safety issues they experience. These groups form an important part of our community and the improvements they’re making are helping to create safer neighbourhoods.”

The CSCP program was established to support community-level activities that strengthen local crime prevention and community safety efforts, promote the exchange of information between community residents, and help build closer relationships between communities and the Winnipeg Police Service. A total of $100,000 was made available through the program, with projects approved to a maximum of $5,000 per application.

The community groups receiving funding include:

Community Group

Activity

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) Neighbourhood watch
Wolseley Family Place Inc. De-escalation, harm-reduction and overdose prevention training
Bear Clan Patrol Inc. – Northwest Chapter Neighbourhood watch
Mount Carmel Clinic Sharing circles / safety training
Siloam Mission Exterior / interior sharps containers
Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc. Afterschool program
William Whyte Neighbourhood Association Residential solar security lighting program
204 Volunteers Inc. Neighbourhood watch
Knox United Church Security surveillance upgrade
Main Street Project Community clean-up
South Sudanese Community Centre Security surveillance and lighting
Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (NEEDS) Support for Introduction to Canadian Society (INTRO) program for children and youth
Spence Neighbourhood Association Community Connecting Nights
Downtown Community Safety Partnership Project Clean Slate
Point Powerline Community awareness and crime prevention
Elmwood Community Resource Center and Area Association Inc. Community safety training
Winnipeg Central Mosque Security upgrades
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. Community mural and feast
Bright Mamas Welfare Inc. Community gatherings
The Welcome Home – A Mission of St. Alphonsus Inc. Security surveillance

This year’s program applications were evaluated by a Program Award Selection Committee comprised of representatives from Community Services, the Winnipeg Committee for Safety, and the Winnipeg Police Service. For more information on the CSCP program, see: winnipeg.ca/communitysafetyfund.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Pritchard Avenue


Released: 4:09 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 12:32 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey house in the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 1:04 p.m.

All occupants evacuated the building prior to the arrival of crews, with one individual exiting through a second-storey window and jumping to the ground. Two individuals were assessed by paramedics, and one of them was transported to hospital in unstable condition.

The City’s Emergency Social Services were called to assist the displaced occupants in finding temporary accommodations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and damage estimates are not available at this time.


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