Transit move not a legal job action: Bowman

A threatened job action by Winnipeg Transit drivers appears to have fizzled.The transit union said Monday its drivers wouldn’t be collecting fares Tuesday in protest of the ongoing disputes over its collective bargaining agreement – calling it legal job action.According to numerous reports from transit users, however, many drivers were considering Tuesday business as usual and still asking passengers to swipe their Peggo cards.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Transit Plus bus repaired after photo of driver tying door closed with rope draws criticismMayor Brian Bowman told 680 CJOB that the…

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CentreVenture unveils plans for updated Chinatown

Change is coming to Winnipeg’s Chinatown.The City is asking for requests for proposals to develop a parcel of land just north of the Exchange District.The Paulin Biscuit Factory, as well as the neighbouring lot to the west between Ross Avenue and Pacific Avenue, are being offered up for sale, with the goal of putting a low-rise, mixed income residential development on the property.CentreVenture Development Corporation said Monday the plans for the land were done in consultation with neighbouring groups, including the Chinatown Development Corporation, Siloam Mission and Red River College.The…

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Activist ‘shocked and dismayed’ over Winnipeg mayor’s call to remove her from event

Despite calls from mayor Brian Bowman to have her removed, an event featuring activist Linda Sarsour carried on Friday night in Winnipeg.And Sarsour also had a chance to respond to the mayor’s comments.“I thought I was being invited to a democratic country where the Canadian people enjoyed freedom of speech,” Sarsour said before the event.Story continues below“And I was quite shocked that a mayor would be denouncing a person he does not know. He has never met me before, he has never engaged in conversation and unfortunately chose one group…

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EPC votes to make report of investigation into city workers allegedly slacking off made public

The Executive Policy Committee voted unanimously to allow the report into the investigation of city workers to be made public.Right now the city’s Chief Administrative Officer’s office is continuing the investigating after media outlets in Winnipeg, including Global News, were sent surveillance notes and hidden camera videos allegedly showing inspectors in the city’s Planning, Property and Development not putting in a full day’s work.Story continues belowThe reports appear to show employees making personal shopping trips, running errands and taking extended lunch breaks at restaurants like Hooters.READ MORE: City investigating after…

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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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Winnipeg should spend federal carbon tax money on local roads: Mayor Brian Bowman

One day after federal trade minister Jim Carr confirmed Winnipeg will see at least $40 million from this year’s gas tax allocation, Mayor Brian Bowman said he hopes to see that money spent on local roads.Speaking with 680 CJOB Friday, the mayor said ultimately, council will decide on where the money will be spent.“There’s nothing political about where the money is directed,” said Bowman, adding the gas tax money is based on population and municipalities are free to spend it where they see fit.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Pallister speaks publicly…

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City of Winnipeg passes 2019 budget with minimal road money — for now

Winnipeg’s 2019 budget is official — and as it stands, there will be minimal roadwork on local streets this year.Councillors passed the city’s operating and capital budgets by a vote of 11 to 5 Wednesday afternoon.As had been the case for weeks, the big talking point was roads.Story continues belowThe city said the province left a $40 million gap in funding by failing to fulfill the fifth year of its $250 million, five-year roads funding agreement in 2018.READ MORE: Winnipeg holds taxes at 2.33 per cent, lowers road spending by…

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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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Critics say Manitoba budget leaves many unanswered questions

The reduction of the PST announced Thursday with the provincial budget has garnered a lot of attention, but not everyone is celebrating.Finance Minister Scott Fielding said Thursday the PST will be reduced to 7 per cent effective July 1, six years to the date the previous government hiked the tax “without consulting Manitobans.”READ MORE: Manitoba’s PST to be cut back to 7 per cent on July 1Story continues belowNDP opposition leader Wab Kinew said while he criticized the move by the NDP at the time, cutting it back now may…

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New Transcona library opens doors to public

Transcona has turned the page on its brand new, 13,831-square foot library.The $6.5 million Transcona Library, which opened Thursday, features meeting and study spaces, a family literacy playground, an outdoor reading deck, and other amenities.“Libraries are a vital part of building healthy and thriving communities,” said Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman.“Over the last several years, council has approved significant investments in rebuilding libraries across Winnipeg, and it’s exciting that today we get to open the new Transcona Library, providing an updated and accessible facility for people to meet, learn and grow.”Students…

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