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Public Consultation – Changes to City Ward Boundaries
November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
The City of Winnipeg is inviting Winnipeggers to make comments on proposed changes to the current ward boundaries. This is your opportunity to provide feedback:
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
WHERE: Council Building at Winnipeg City Hall, 510 Main Street
Recently compiled 2016 Statistics Canada data shows the South Winnipeg-St Norbert ward now has tens of thousands more residents than many other wards in Winnipeg . . . with an estimated population of nearly 68,000 residents! Our ward’s population is over 44% higher than the average population (47,016), and is in fact double the size of some other City wards (see table and maps below).
For more information, please refer to Challenges of Rapid Growth on Councillor Lukes’ website.
My thanks to Winnipeg Sun for reporting on this story.
Wards need makeover: report
Winnipeg Sun – October 18, 2017 – David Larkins
A new City of Winnipeg report is recommending a swath of changes to how the city defines ward boundaries.
The draft report from the three-person Winnipeg Wards Boundaries Commission is recommending a new Waverley West ward be established encompassing 16 neighbourhoods, including moving Whyte Ridge out of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge and West Fort Garry Industrial from River Heights-Fort Garry.
The commission also recommends renaming the Charleswood-area ward to Charleswood-Tuxedo, one of three renames included in the report. St. James-Brooklands-Weston would be renamed St. James and South Winnipeg-St. Norbert would become St. Norbert.
The impetus for boundary changes is the city’s population growth, which has caused some wards to grow at rates inconsistent with other wards.
“This growth has implications for a wide range of public policy areas, including the City’s ward boundaries system,” the report reads. “At present, there are major discrepancies in ward populations, with the largest, the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward, having 68,112 citizens, more than double the size of the St. Charles Ward at 32,171 citizens.”
Among other recommendations: Buchanan, Crestview, Heritage Park, Saskatchewan North, and Sturgeon Creek would be reassigned to St. James, while Charleswood-Tuxedo would take on the neighbourhoods of Assiniboia Downs, Glendale, Kirkfield, and Westwood. Dakota Crossing and St. Vital Perimeter South be moved to the St. Norbert Ward; Dugald, Southland Park, St. Boniface Industrial Park, and Symington Yards would move from St. Boniface to Transcona; and Riverbend and Rivergrove would reassign from Old Kildonan to North Kildonan.
The report also recommends multiple changes to the Point Douglas area. North Point Douglas would move from Mynarski to Point Douglas ward, along with Brooklands, Omand’s Creek Industrial, and Weston out of St. James. Mynarski and Robertson would move out of the Point Douglas ward into Mynarski, which would also take on a consolidation of the Dufferin neighbourhood.
A public consultation on the recommendations will be held Nov. 1 before the commission issues its final report. Any changes are slated to take effect in September 2018.