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Summer is here with the arrival of June! We are still in pandemic but vaccinations are moving us forward and soon this pandemic will be behind us. Last week, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in British Columbia reported remains of 215 children had been found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. This is tragic news, but as we know, the Truth and Reconciliation Report estimates over 4,000 Indigenous children are listed as having died at residential schools from the date the first ones opened in the 1870s until the last one closed in 1996. Evil comes under many guises. The City’s Welcoming Winnipeg committee is revisiting the street name Bishop Grandin, named after a prominent proponent of the residential school system. I’ve seen some incredible orange memorials on the exteriors of many Pembina Trails School Division schools honouring the children. For sure the teachers are having difficult discussions with children and I am so grateful these discussions are occurring.
This newsletter represents a tiny sliver of what is happening in the Waverley West ward. I miss seeing residents in person and hope everyone is staying safe and well.
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Spot Cleaning Now Happening!

Spring cleaning is still happening!
Hundreds of kms of streets and boulevards are cleaned each spring BUT some may have been missed! IF you see excessive sand on your street or boulevard please contact 311 or email 311@winnipeg.ca
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Crime Trends

The trending data presented by the Winnipeg Police Service is very interesting. Southwest Winnipeg is one of the safest areas of the city BUT we still are experiencing crime. The Winnipeg Police Services has provided data over the years on crime trends. See Crime Trends
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Short Term Rentals (Airbnb) Regulations

There has been an increase in ‘short term rentals’ throughout the city of Winnipeg. I’m working with Councillor colleagues and the Public Service to initiate regulations on short term rentals (Airbnb & others). Cities throughout the world are regulating rentals to improve neighbourhood safety. Please see: Short Term Rental Regulations
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Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program

This year the City of Winnipeg is PILOTING an ‘Enhanced Summer Bike Route’ program on 17 streets in the City of Winnipeg. Rose Lake Court (circular section) is one of the streets being PILOTED. See why Rose Lake Court had been chosen for our ward's Enhanced Summer Bike Route: Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program
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Tree Replacements on City Boulevards

Healthy public trees are a valuable asset to the City and the community; therefore, tree removals are made only in cases that are determined to be serious enough to warrant this action. For details on how to request a tree replacement or stump removal, please see: Replacing Trees
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Non-Repayable Funding for Small Businesses

The City is providing an additional $3 million to the Economic Support Grant Program in order to assist businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are impacted by these recent restrictions. This funding is now available on a first come basis if all criteria is met. See eligibility requirements and other details here.
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Amnesty for Unpermitted Work

If you are aware of past renovations or upgrades in your home completed without a permit, City has a new solution that will help you ensure the work was done safely and to code. Please see: Amnesty for Bringing Unpermitted Work Up to Code
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Crossing McGillivray to FortWhyte Alive

I’ve been working with various groups, and FortWhyte Alive for many years to secure a safe pedestrian crossing from the neighbourhood of Whyte Ridge to FortWhyte Alive.
This week (June 1st) I received some very positive news! See UPDATE: Crossing McGillivray to FortWhyte Alive
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Discovering Parks in the Waverley Ward

We have over 248 hectares of parks and open spaces just in the Waverley West ward! The pandemic is limiting our activities, but is providing an excellent opportunity for us to get outside and discover some of these great parks and open spaces! You can find the names and locations of all Waverley West parks Discovering Parks in the Waverley Ward
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Please Slow Down Signs

Cities across Canada are reporting more and more people working from home due to the pandemic, the streets are less congested and are becoming drag strips for those who like to speed. If you live in the Waverley West ward and would like to receive a Please Slow Down Sign, contact my staff, Arian Arianpour (aarianpour@winnipeg.ca), provide your address and we will deliver a sign for your yard.
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Beautiful sunset over the newly established South Pointe Community Garden. Over 40 gardeners are working away to transform this land into a bountiful paradise. Much gratitude to Qualico for providing the land.
A list of many community supporters will be announced soon!
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