Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Loudoun Road

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Loudoun Road

Released: 7:56 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 3:49 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire on a commercial property in the 1300 block of Loudoun Road.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy flames and smoke coming from two commercial buildings. Crews first launched a defensive attack and then transitioned to an offensive attack using water tankers to shuttle water to the scene, as the fire was outside the City of Winnipeg water district.

Crews protected several other nearby buildings including an adjacent home from the spread of the fire. All occupants of the home safely self-evacuated. No injuries were reported. The fire was declared under control at 6:20 a.m.

Wilkes Avenue has re-opened to traffic in both directions. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

City releases Winnipeg Parking Strategy Conceptual Framework

Final five-year strategy to be completed following public and stakeholder engagement

Released: 10:16 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is releasing the Winnipeg Parking Strategy: A Conceptual Framework to inform the public and help guide stakeholders through the decision-making process as we develop a five-year parking strategy. The conceptual framework will be presented at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on October 15, 2020.

The City recognizes the importance of having a strategic plan developed with input from residents, businesses, hospitals, and other stakeholders who rely on effective parking management.

The final Winnipeg Parking Strategy will be a roadmap that clearly articulates the City’s vision for on-street and off-street parking. Through this project, the City will create a framework for the development of progressive policies and programs related to its parking supply. It will also include a curbside management program that balances access for all stakeholders who rely on this space, including drivers, cyclists, mobile vendors, emergency services, and vehicles for hire.

The City will begin public and stakeholder engagement this year, and incorporate feedback into a final strategy for Council’s review and consideration in spring 2021.

The City is also immediately implementing the following action items:

  • Formally adopting a Saturday Complimentary On-Street Parking Policy to help reduce confusion for drivers and, in doing so, support local businesses in the Downtown and Exchange Districts. Drivers will be allowed two hours of free parking, with the option to purchase an additional two hours of paid parking before or after (for a total of four hours), at on-street paid parking spaces. This policy aligns with the current Saturday complimentary parking practice and will be applicable throughout the city except in areas around hospitals.
  • Continuing to remove under-utilized paystations as part of an asset rationalization plan that began in 2015 to reduce future capital cost requirements when aging paystations are replaced. Paystations removed as part of this plan will be replaced with signage providing information on the mobile parking payment application.
  • Implementing a new block-by-block numbering system in 2020 for on-street parking payments made through the mobile parking payment application to provide more detailed data on parking consumption that may be used to support decisions regarding pricing and future customer service enhancements.

The immediate implementation timeline reflects the fact that these items were planned as distinct projects prior to the development of the Winnipeg Parking Strategy and have since been integrated into the strategy, with preliminary work already underway.

The City is also exploring expanding the use of mail as the method of serving parking-related penalty notices generated by existing automated licence plate recognition equipment to improve the operational efficiency of parking enforcement. This item will be recommended as part of the 2021 Budget.

The administrative report is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Public invited to provide input into the development of the Winnipeg Urban Forest Strategy

Released: 10:21 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to provide input into the Winnipeg Urban Forest Strategy – a long-term planning document that will guide the protection, preservation, and management of the city’s tree canopy.

The development of the strategy, which includes a robust research process, technical analysis, and conversations with Winnipeggers, is crucial and timely; Winnipeg’s urban forest faces both significant loss due to insects and disease, and pressure from climate change and urban development.

Residents are invited to provide feedback online through a survey, discussion forum, and interactive mapping tool. In addition, online presentations will be held whereby participants can learn more about the current state of our urban forest and discuss a vision for the future.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in a self-guided walking tour or virtual tour, available until November 1, 2020, to explore Winnipeg’s urban forest and provide input on the Winnipeg Urban Forest Strategy.

What we hear in Phase 1 will guide the development of a community vision for Winnipeg’s urban forest and help identify opportunities to protect, grow, and enhance it to form the draft urban forest strategy we will discuss in Phase 2.

For more information about the project and for more details on how to participate, please visit winnipeg.ca/urbanforest.

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