City of Winnipeg unveils process to request changes to historical markers and place names
Released: 10:32 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg unveiled a process whereby members of the public can submit requests to create new, add to, or remove/rename historical markers and place names to resolve the absence of Indigenous perspectives, experiences, and contributions in the stories remembered and commemorated, as part of the Welcoming Winnipeg initiative.
The Welcoming Winnipeg initiative is one aspect of the reconciliation process the City is committed to, and will help ensure that the contributions, experiences, and perspectives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit are reflected truthfully in our stories, historical markers, and place names.
“Today’s announcement is an important step forward for inclusivity in Winnipeg,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “For over a year, the City of Winnipeg has led proactive community dialogue regarding historical markers and place names in our community and the absence of historical perspectives. I’m happy to see an official submission process now in place so that important conversations about our history will be heard.”
Any member of the public can submit an online request form, as an individual or on behalf of an organization. Those submitting the request will need to demonstrate how the proposed change contributes to a Welcoming Winnipeg and achieves a balances perspective of history, honours Indigenous people, promotes reclamation of land, or offers an educational opportunity.
All requests will be reviewed by the Committee of Community Members for City-owned assets only, excluding street naming/renaming which has its own process. The committee is tasked with making recommendations for the Executive Policy Committee/Council’s consideration and decision.
The public is welcome to provide feedback online, by phone, or by appearing as a delegation before the Committee of Community Members, Executive Policy Committee, or Council.
For more information, please see: winnipeg.ca/welcomingwinnipeg.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Kingston Row
Released: 5:15 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 11:09 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of fire in a home’s attached garage in the 200 block of Kingston Row.
When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from the garage. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 1:25 p.m.
Occupants of the home safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. One firefighter was transported to hospital in stable condition for an injury obtained on scene.
There are no damage estimates available at this time. Preliminary observations suggest the fire was accidental, originating with a vehicle parked inside the attached garage. WFPS reminds residents to follow these safety tips to prevent these types of fires:
- Always ensure block heaters, extension cords, and receptacles are in good working condition with no nicks, frays, or exposed wires.
- Never use damaged cords, including those that have been run-over or stretched when drivers accidently drive away while still plugged in.
- Do not plug in a vehicle when it’s parked inside a garage.
- Have your block heater checked annually by a licensed mechanic.
Drivers in the area should use caution as the water used to fight the fire covered the road and has now frozen. City crews will be monitoring the area and applying sand and de-icing agents as required.
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