Communication : Ward Priorities

Communication

In order to have an efficient and functioning city, there needs to be a good communication system in place. I understand that within any large organization, information flows many ways, but the key component is that it flows. It is a priority of mine to ensure good constituent-Councillor communication channels.  I’ve been developing a website, and using social media to achieve this.

Prior to being elected, I found the City’s communication system very challenging.  Currently, I am still finding that it is difficult to gather and relay information in a timely manner.  The good news is that communication improvements are underway!  This page will keep you updated on these changes as they are implemented.

 

Languages Used on Signage/Advertising

Languages Used on Signage/Advertising

Our office has received numerous phone calls and E-Mails from residents asking about the use of languages other than English or French on ads/signage, as there has been a visible increase in private businesses'  signage containing Arabic, Asian and Hindi text....

Celebrating Our Unsung “Sheroes”

Celebrating Our Unsung “Sheroes”

It was an absolute privilege to attend this event, recently hosted by the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba, and to celebrate the outstanding contributions of these 'Sheroes'! Our community is stronger because of their contributions. BRAVO! My thanks to The...

My October, 2017 Newsletter

My October, 2017 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read OCTOBER,...

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market – New Canopy Delayed

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market – New Canopy Delayed

Le Marche St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is in the process of constructing a new canopy structure!  While installation has been delayed, the new canopy will be an exciting feature on ‘Main Street St. Norbert’ vs the seasonally removed canvas canopy. My thanks to the...

Power & Street Light Outages – Report to Manitoba Hydro

Power & Street Light Outages – Report to Manitoba Hydro

Frequently, Winnipeggers call their City Councillor's office to request assistance with burnt out street lights or power outages in their neighbourhoods. These matters are the responsibility of Manitoba Hydro, a provincial crown corporation, and should be reported...

Students at Parc La Salle Celebrate New Sidewalk on Houde Drive

Students at Parc La Salle Celebrate New Sidewalk on Houde Drive

Local students getting things done The Sou'Wester    By: Janice Lukes — St. Norbert City Councillor Ward Report Posted: 10/6/2017 8:39 PM   Grade 1 and 2 students at Parc La Salle School in St. Norbert are celebrating the installation of 100 metres of new...

My September, 2017 Newsletter

My September, 2017 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read...

Community Forum on Safety & Crime Prevention

Community Forum on Safety & Crime Prevention

Please mark your calendar to join me on October 4 at this community forum on public safety and crime prevention: WHEN:  7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 WHERE:  École South Pointe School, 615 Kirkbridge Drive (Community Use Room - directional signs will be posted)...

Home-based Businesses in Residential Communities

Home-based Businesses in Residential Communities

This summary provides a high level overview about establishing, opposing and enforcement of home-based businesses in residential communities. For complete details, see Home Based Business on the City of Winnipeg website.   APPROVAL PROCESS for Home-Based Business...

Parking of Trailers, RVs, Boats & Snowmobiles

Parking of Trailers, RVs, Boats & Snowmobiles

Like all municipalities, the City of Winnipeg has zoning by-laws.  Some Winnipeggers may not be aware of Zoning By-Law No. 200/2006 which applies to all areas of the city that are outside of the Downtown Winnipeg boundaries. By-Law 200/2006 regulates a wide range of...

Changes to City Ward Boundaries – Attend a Public Hearing

Changes to City Ward Boundaries – Attend a Public Hearing

The City of Winnipeg has just announced a series of public hearings to allow Winnipeggers to make comments on changes to the current ward boundaries. Recently compiled 2016 Stats Canada data shows the South Winnipeg-St Norbert ward now has tens of thousands more...

Citizens Encouraged to Get Involved on City Boards and Commissions

Citizens Encouraged to Get Involved on City Boards and Commissions

The City of Winnipeg will be accepting applications for positions on various Boards and Commissions from August 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017.  The City Clerk’s Department initiates an annual selection process to fill citizen member positions to Boards and Commissions...

Dealing with Discolored Water

Dealing with Discolored Water

Occasionally, our office receives calls from residents with questions about "brown water".   Implementing the recommendations of the 2013 discoloured water investigation has been a priority for the City's Water and Waste Department.  As a result, there has been a...

Coffee & Conversation -AND- Summer Office Hours

Coffee & Conversation -AND- Summer Office Hours

Summer is here, and I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family as well as residents in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward! Back by popular demand!  Everyone is invited to join me for coffee and conversation at the lively St. Norbert Farmers’ Market on...

Recent Crime Activities in South Winnipeg–St. Norbert Ward

Recent Crime Activities in South Winnipeg–St. Norbert Ward

Compared to the City of Winnipeg as a whole, crime in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward is low, BUT it does exist. SEE CRIME STATS MAP.  Recently, there has been a rash of vehicle and residential break-ins that I have been made aware of, and I have asked the...

Pickleball Adult Beginner Program at Courts behind Margaret Grant Pool

Pickleball Adult Beginner Program at Courts behind Margaret Grant Pool

Have you heard of pickleball?  It's a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels - a fun activity that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, especially with free training!...

My June, 2017 Newsletter

My June, 2017 Newsletter

I’ve compiled a comprehensive E-newsletter for your summer reading pleasure, highlighting Interesting topics, issues and events at City Hall and the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.  Enjoy!  For the most recent news, check out my JUNE, 2017 Newsletter. To review past...

Crosswalk at Victoria General Hospital

Crosswalk at Victoria General Hospital

Since 2016, I’ve been working to have a crosswalk installed on Pembina Highway in order to provide safe access to Victoria General Hospital for southbound residents.  At that time, I requested that the City’s Public Works Department complete a study, and while the...

Challenges of Rapid Growth in the South Winnipeg–St Norbert Ward

Challenges of Rapid Growth in the South Winnipeg–St Norbert Ward

JUST RECEIVED - New 2016 Data from Statistics Canada* Recently compiled 2016 Stats 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 68,000 residents! ...

Celebrate Canada Day in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Celebrate Canada Day in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

A HUGE thanks to all of the community groups and hard-working volunteers who are organizing 2017 Canada Day celebrations in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward! Thank you for all your efforts – I’m pleased to support you, and look forward to attending each...

Winnipeg Police Service Launches Public Survey

Winnipeg Police Service Launches Public Survey

The Winnipeg Police Service has just launched a public survey, covering a wide range of issues including officer courtesy, police presence in neighbourhoods, red-light cameras and more. Citizens, selected at random, will be contacted to participate in the survey. ...

Seeking Operator for Canteen at St. Norbert Community Centre

Seeking Operator for Canteen at St. Norbert Community Centre

Hello from the Canteen at St. Norbert Community Centre (SNCC)!   Nestled in the confines of the SNCC Arena, and operational during the entire hockey season, the canteen provides food and beverages (hot and cold) from September to April each year. A well run canteen...

Responding to Your Phone Calls and E-Mails

Responding to Your Phone Calls and E-Mails

There are peak times throughout the year when the volume of e-mails and phone calls our office receives between 60 to 100 each day!  Spring is definitely ‘a peak time’ with people inquiring about many city maintenance issues. This high volume of inquiries, combined...

Tick Awareness Month – Stay Safe This Summer

Tick Awareness Month – Stay Safe This Summer

As we move into May, it's time to start thinking about summer in Winnipeg.  Whether it's enjoying our City's parks, concerts and festivals, or having a picnic in your own back yard,  it's all part of being outdoors, and making those important connections with nature,...

New Canopy Structure for St. Norbert Farmers Market

New Canopy Structure for St. Norbert Farmers Market

Le Marche St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is constructing a new canopy structure!  Federal, City and private funding has been secured to create a larger more permanent structure. The new canopy will be larger in size and height, and will be a permanent feature on ‘Main...

Population Surge: 68,000+ Residents in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Population Surge: 68,000+ Residents in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Statistics Canada recently released its 2016 Census data on population and dwelling counts. This information is extremely exciting for data crunchers!  I’ve been working with a data analyst from the Manitoba Partnership of the Capital Region, which has resulted in the...

Changes to Flight Paths – NAV CANADA Open House

Changes to Flight Paths – NAV CANADA Open House

NAV CANADA is currently seeking feedback on proposed changes to aircraft flight paths which could see over 2,000 flights being re-directed over St. Norbert, the Red River and Fort Richmond area.  This NAV CANADA Powerpoint as well as the You Tube video summarizes the...

Boys and Girls Clubs Celebrating 40 Years

Boys and Girls Clubs Celebrating 40 Years

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg are celebrating 40 years of service. The clubs grew out of two teen drop-in centres established in the late 1960s, and now 11 clubs operate throughout the city. In 2006, two clubs were formed in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward;...

Active Living – Get the Latest Community Centre News!

Active Living – Get the Latest Community Centre News!

The South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward has three very active community centres which have just released their spring, 2017 newsletters! These informative newsletters contain updates on community centre events, expansions, spring registrations, advertisers, supporters and...

Manitoba Hydro: Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

Manitoba Hydro: Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

Manitoba Hydro's Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project includes construction of a 500,000-volt AC transmission line from the Winnipeg area to the U.S. border in SE Manitoba. The proposed route will travel south of St. Norbert Provincial Park (see map below), along...

New Canopy Structure at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market – Open House

New Canopy Structure at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market – Open House

Le Marche St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is constructing a new canopy structure!  Federal, City and private funding has been secured to create a larger more permanent structure. The new canopy will be larger in size and height, and will be a permanent feature on ‘Main...

Encourage Dialogue Not Confrontation

Encourage Dialogue Not Confrontation

My thanks to Dr. Idris Elbakri, former President of the Manitoba Islamic Association, for his insightful words of hope (see article below).  I've had the privilege of working with Dr. Elbakri over the past two years, and continue to be inspired by his compassion and...

Fort Richmond is a Great Place for Newcomers

Fort Richmond is a Great Place for Newcomers

It's always great to read about our communities from the perspective of local residents.  My thanks for Sunday Olukoju for his wonderful article!   Fort Richmond is a great place for newcomers The Sou'Wester    By: Sunday Olukoju    Posted: 01/30/2017 Fort...

My January, 2017 Newsletter

My January, 2017 Newsletter

About every month, I prepare an E-newsletter highlighting key issues and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.  With so much happening, it’s an easy way for residents to stay informed. For the most recent news, check out my January, 2017 Newsletter, hot off...

2017 City-Ward Priorities:  Councillor Lukes

2017 City-Ward Priorities: Councillor Lukes

I’ve been very busy these past two years focusing on ward priorities I heard from residents during the 2014 election campaign. Since being elected, I’ve hosted many ‘community conversations’ with residents to keep in tune with priorities. Throughout the year, a...

Free Nutrition Tour Program at Save-on-Foods

Free Nutrition Tour Program at Save-on-Foods

A new nutrition tour program is available at all Save-On-Foods stores in Manitoba.  A team of Registered Dietitians lead groups though grocery store aisles to discuss a variety of healthy eating principles such as choosing foods, label reading, and special diet...

Special Snow Bulletin for South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Special Snow Bulletin for South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

About every month, I prepare an E-newsletter highlighting key issues and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.  With so much happening, it's an easy way for residents to stay informed.  I've started off 2017 with a Special Snow Bulletin, just hot off the...

Manitoba’s Health Care System – Complete the Survey

Manitoba’s Health Care System – Complete the Survey

Every day, people across the province are directly affected by the choices government makes to invest in health care. Manitobans now have the opportunity to share their views on the future of our health care system as part of a health sustainability and innovation...

Stay Safe – Test Your Home for Radon

Stay Safe – Test Your Home for Radon

Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless and emits ionizing radiation. As a gas, radon can move freely through the soil enabling it...

Councillor Lukes’ November Newsletter

Councillor Lukes’ November Newsletter

About every month, I prepare an E-newsletter highlighting key issues and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.  With so much happening, it's an easy way for residents to stay informed. Get all the current news in my November, 2016 E-Newsletter, just hot off...

New Roles & Opportunities at City Hall!

New Roles & Opportunities at City Hall!

Each November, an Organizational Meeting of Winnipeg City Council is held.  The governance model of the City of Winnipeg currently enables the Mayor to appoint and select  members of Council to the Mayor's Executive Policy Committee (EPC).  The Committee’s duties can...

Survey on Active Transportation – Deadline November 22

Survey on Active Transportation – Deadline November 22

The Province of Manitoba is currently engaged in a federal, provincial and territorial governments study reviewing existing policies and best practices related to active transportation in Canada.  They are seeking public assistance in collecting information through a...

Drainage from Sump Pumps & Downspouts

Drainage from Sump Pumps & Downspouts

Our office receives many questions from residents regarding drainage off properties, from both sump pumps and downspouts.  To assist, we are providing below some links to the Water and Waste Department's page on the City of Winnipeg website. Residential Lot Grading It...

Citizens Encouraged to Get Involved on City Boards and Commissions

Citizens Encouraged to Get Involved on City Boards and Commissions

City of Winnipeg News Release - September 23, 2016   The City Clerk’s Office will be accepting applications for positions on various Boards and Commissions from September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016. Every September, the City Clerk’s Department initiates an...

Embrace Canadian roots, Muslim president says

Embrace Canadian roots, Muslim president says

Since being elected Councillor of the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert in 2014, I've been working closely with Dr. Idris Elbakri and the Manitoba Islamic Association, and attended many wonderful community events in the beautiful mosque at 2444 Waverley Street!  To learn...

Coffee & Conversation -AND- Summer Office Hours

Coffee & Conversation -AND- Summer Office Hours

Summer is officially here, and I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family as well as residents in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward! Back by popular demand!  Everyone is invited to join me for coffee and conversation at the lively St. Norbert Farmers’...

Dealing with Discolored Water

Dealing with Discolored Water

Occasionally, our office receives calls from residents with questions about "brown water".  In Winnipeg, discoloured water can result from nearby construction projects, firefighting, emergency water main breaks, or routine operations such as water main cleaning. ...

Rogers Communications’ Response:  Proposed Cell Tower at 50 Barnes

Rogers Communications’ Response: Proposed Cell Tower at 50 Barnes

Today, Rogers Communications Inc. issued a formal update on their proposed cell tower at 50 Barnes Street (site of Grace Christian Church), in response to comments they received from the June 14th open house to discuss their proposal. To read their formal response,...

Take Action: Report By-Law Infractions!

Take Action: Report By-Law Infractions!

Every day, my office receives many phone calls and E-Mails from residents with concerns about by-law infractions.  The majority of concerns fall into two primary by-law groups: Zoning By-Laws:  Regulate the use and development of land Neighbourhood Liveability...

Maintenance of Retention Ponds

Maintenance of Retention Ponds

Each summer, my office receives many enquiries from residents with questions about the growth of aquatic vegetation and algae on retention ponds in their neighbourhood. Stormwater retention ponds are used to manage stormwater.   A primary benefit is that they can...

Update – Proposed Cell Tower at 50 Barnes Street

Update – Proposed Cell Tower at 50 Barnes Street

On June 14, 2016, Rogers Communications hosted an open house to discuss their proposal to construct a 30m Monopole Telecommunications Tower at 50 Barnes Street (site of Grace Christian Church).  Rogers asked Evolve Surface Strategies to conduct their public...

ReLeaf Program: Receive a Tree for your Property!

ReLeaf Program: Receive a Tree for your Property!

Sign up now to receive a tree for your property - a $150 value for $55!  You will receive the tree, mulch, rabbit guards, tree care resources, and a workshop on how to plant and care for your tree! This great package is a $150 value, which you are able to receive at a...

Feedback Wanted!  Complete Winnipeg’s Accessibility Survey

Feedback Wanted! Complete Winnipeg’s Accessibility Survey

The City of Winnipeg invites members of the public and interested organizations to fill out an accessibility survey. To view the survey, visit: 2016 City of Winnipeg Accessibility Plan Survey. The City recognizes that barriers to accessibility may create difficulties...

Proposed Cell Tower at 50 Barnes – Open House

Proposed Cell Tower at 50 Barnes – Open House

Rogers Communications Canada Inc. is hosting an open house to discuss their proposal to construct a 30m Monopole Telecommunications Tower and supporting equipment cabinets on the ground level at 50 Barnes Street, Winnipeg (site of Grace Christian Church).  The...

Neighbourhood Safety and Crime Prevention

Neighbourhood Safety and Crime Prevention

I was very pleased to host this important community forum on public safety last week in our ward.  With about 40 residents in attendance, it was a tremendous opportunity to learn about what we can all do by working together to keep our community safe. For some tips...

YOUR Input on the Next Chief of Police

YOUR Input on the Next Chief of Police

What qualities and skills will the next Chief of Police need?  The Winnipeg Police Board is asking for the community’s input on the recruitment of the next Chief of the Winnipeg Police Service. The Winnipeg Police Board formed a committee to oversee hiring of the next...

April Newsletter Now Available!

April Newsletter Now Available!

Many people subscribe to my monthly ‘e-newsletter’!  It's a great update on priorities in the South Winnipeg–St.  Norbert ward, and is specially designed for folks who prefer email over Facebook and Twitter. The April newsletter has just been distributed and can be...

2016 Approved Budget Impact – Communication

2016 Approved Budget Impact – Communication

Many of these communication initiatives in the City's 2016 approved budget benefit the entire City, with some having a focused impact in our ward: Funding for a full time French language translator position to translate more City materials into Canada’s official...

Welcome to My Year in Review!

Welcome to My Year in Review!

When I decided to run for City Councillor, I knew my years of experience working with community groups, levels of government, fund development projects, and business/community leaders in Winnipeg would be valuable in this role. A year later, I’m realizing this...

Mayor Strengthens Accountability and Capital Project Management

Mayor Strengthens Accountability and Capital Project Management

Demonstrating a continued commitment to increase accountability through greater openness and transparency, Mayor Brian Bowman today launched the Capital Expenditures Monthly Report, a new online tool that makes all active city infrastructure projects,  with associated...

Mayor Announces Improvements to Access to Information

Mayor Announces Improvements to Access to Information

To kick start international Right to Know Week, Mayor Brian Bowman today announced that, on a go-forward basis, public information released by the City through Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) applications, along with additional proactively...

Upcoming Community Engagement Events

Upcoming Community Engagement Events

A recent article in The Lance and Sou'Wester Community Newspapers provided a helpful overview of community meetings which I will be hosting over the next few weeks.  I encourage to attend these events and share your ideas! Great Conversations As I work through my...

Your Feedback on Public Safety Priorities

Your Feedback on Public Safety Priorities

I invite you to provide feedback on the strategic plan for the Winnipeg Police Service before the deadline of October 1. The City published the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan for the Winnipeg Police Service in the Spring of 2015, and has committed to revisiting the plan...

Setting the Foundation to Communicate Change

Setting the Foundation to Communicate Change

I encourage you to read this excellent and accurate article Dan Lett has written (Winnipeg Free Press - July 29, 2015).   He especially hit the proverbial nail on the head with this comment: “Changing organizational culture is a difficult task.  There are many people...

Regular Office Hours – July & August

Regular Office Hours – July & August

Under Procedure By-law No. 50/2007, Winnipeg City Council establishes an annual schedule of meetings for Council, Standing Policy Committees and the prorogued period. The prorogued period is a time frame when meetings are temporarily suspended. In 2015, meetings will...

Invitation – Coffee & Conversation at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Invitation – Coffee & Conversation at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Please join me for coffee at the lively St. Norbert Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings in August!  Let’s meet, talk about what’s been going on in South Winnipeg, at City Hall and share any ideas you have on making our City a better place to live, work and play!  ...

Re-engineering the City’s Communication Process

Re-engineering the City’s Communication Process

This is a short progress update on re-engineering the City of Winnipeg’s communication process.  Two key goals of mine are to: Improve the ‘customer experience’ in how residents communicate with City Hall. I strongly believe we need to see a complete change of focus...

30 kms/hour: Setting the Record Straight

30 kms/hour: Setting the Record Straight

The Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (IRPW) receives countless requests to have Winnipeg's Public Service study traffic and make recommendations on various types of traffic calming devices which can be installed to mitigate speeding...

Frustrated By Calling 311?  Try E-Mailing 311@Winnipeg.ca

Frustrated By Calling 311? Try E-Mailing 311@Winnipeg.ca

For many reasons, calling 311 can be a frustrating experience (long wait times, dropped calls, unable to access previous history, lost service request numbers, etc.).  With support from the office of the Chief Administrative Officer as well as Administration, one of...

City Hall’s Communication System Challenging

City Hall’s Communication System Challenging

The city’s failure to promote an open house this week on the final leg of the southwest transitway corridor prompted one councilor to lament the inadequacies of the various communications elements within city hall.  Councillor Janice Lukes, chairwoman of the public...

Communication Improvements Underway at City of Winnipeg

Communication Improvements Underway at City of Winnipeg

You may recall that improving communication was a top priority of mine during the 2014 election. It’s been just over six months since I was elected, enabling me time to have a better understanding on the functional workings of City Hall, and specifically:  how...

My First Six Months at City Hall: A Personal Perspective

To celebrate the launch of my website and my first six months, I’ve penned a short summary as Councillor for St. Norbert.  It is a tremendous honour and privilege to have this opportunity, and I will do my utmost to serve the area well.  With seven new City...

Upcoming Events

  1. Foodorama hosted by Indonesian Society of Manitoba

    November 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Dakota Community Centre AGM

    November 28 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Breakfast with Santa – Dakota Community Centre

    December 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Breakfast with Winnipeg Police

    December 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Janice Lukes
City Councillor
South Winnipeg-St.Norbert Ward
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