Accountability at City Hall

During my four-year term as your City Councillor, I’ve worked with Council and Administration to strengthen accountability and transparency at City Hall. Accountability and transparency are two of the principles that guide public sector governance as well as integrity, stewardship, leadership, efficiency and customer service.

Governance Review at a Snail’s Pace

Governance Review at a Snail’s Pace

I don’t believe the 20 year old  governance model the City operates under is serving the taxpayers well. I am hoping the City will complete the governance review and recommendations by 2020. October 26, 2016: Councillors Wyatt and Eadie brought forward a motion to...

Internal Operations & City Leadership

Internal Operations & City Leadership

I recently asked for a status update on the hiring of Winnipeg’s new Chief Administration Officer (CAO) and would like to share some thoughts with you on this important role. As you may be aware, this past June, the former CAO announced his retirement in February,...

When a Candidate Comes Knocking on YOUR Door . . .

When a Candidate Comes Knocking on YOUR Door . . .

  The Provincial election is September 10th and the Federal election is October 21st. There are many candidates knocking on doors looking for your support and there are many many issues to discuss! When a candidate comes knocking on your door, I encourage you to...

‘Trust has left the room’

‘Trust has left the room’

Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this very important issue. Following the July 15th Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development meeting, it is still unclear when the report will become public. You may recall I requested a Public Report...

Open Letter To Premier Pallister

Open Letter To Premier Pallister

Mr. Premier, I am calling on you to take action and take action fast. Winnipeg’s economic engine is in a state of chaos. As a Councillor, and as part of a group of Councillors who do not control the majority of votes, I am asking you to accelerate your review and...

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

This is an invitation exclusively for residents who live in the Waverley West ward! Bring your family and join neighbours, friends and Councillor Janice Lukes for a tour of City Hall! Learn what City services are available to you, and how to ‘get action’ on important...

Civil Service Needs Overhaul

Civil Service Needs Overhaul

Thanks to the Winnipeg Free Press and reporters Ryan Thorpe, Aldo Santin and Larry Kusch for covering this important issue. Councillors call for change in wake of work culture investigation By: Ryan Thorpe          Posted: April 17, 2019   City councillors are...

Bulletin #4 Employee Conduct Investigation

Bulletin #4 Employee Conduct Investigation

Provincial Involvement   I don’t often share letters from levels of government, but I feel this is a very significant letter with a message that will ultimately have a positive impact on taxpayers: Letter from Minister Wharton to Mayor and City Councillors This...

Bulletin #3 Employee Conduct Investigation

Bulletin #3 Employee Conduct Investigation

April 16, 2019 - Speaking in support of Item 5: Employee Conduct Investigation, to Mayor and Executive Policy Committee   I want to thank Councillor’s Gillingham and Klein for supporting my motion at Assiniboia Community Committee, and would like to elaborate a...

‘City fires six property department employees in wake of internal probe’

Special Bulletin

To The Residents Of The Waverley West Ward & City of Winnipeg   The Winnipeg Free Press has printed an incredible story “City inspectors caught on camera” in today’s April 5th issue: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/…/sloth-in-the-city-plann… Please know I...

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

City Council passed the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget on March 20th. Two thirds of Council did not support the budget. I did not vote to support the budget but instead cast a symbolic vote against the budget to raise awareness on the critical need for ‘Councillor...

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Today Councillor Klein and I called a press conference with media to express our concerns with the City of Winnipeg’s 2019 Budget Process. You can read my statement below – and read Councillor Klein’s statement.  I must say, it is virtually impossible to ensure an...

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Winnipeg is growing at a rapid pace, and every 10 years or so, the City conducts a review of the ward boundaries to ensure fair and equitable representation for residents. Boundaries changed for many wards, some wards were combined and some were split. There are still...

Explanation for Missed Water Treatment Plant Lawsuit

Explanation for Missed Water Treatment Plant Lawsuit

This has been a very difficult file in seeking accountability. Not for one second do I believe that in eight years, there was no ability for the Public Service to bring forward a formal report to any Committee informing Council that there were catastrophic failures at...

City’s First Integrity Commissionaire and a revised Code of Conduct

City’s First Integrity Commissionaire and a revised Code of Conduct

I’m very pleased to have supported the hiring of Winnipeg’s first ever Integrity Commissioner and to have played a role working  with the Integrity Commissioner and members of Council to develop the revised Code of Conduct for Councillors. I would  like to thank...

The Challenging Road in Seeking Accountability

The Challenging Road in Seeking Accountability

In the last three months at City Hall, I’ve found myself at the forefront seeking accountability on two multi-million dollar files: $30M Missed Lawsuit on the Deacon Water Treatment Plant Confidence in the Chief Administrative Officer Both of these files involve the...

Confidence in the City’s Chief Administrative Officer

Confidence in the City’s Chief Administrative Officer

Confidence in the City's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) has come into question again with the handling of the Wilkes Avenue Alignment to William R. Clement Parkway Extension file. There has been extensive media coverage on this issue. I am highlighting my major...

Facilitating Better, Well Informed Decisions at City Hall

Facilitating Better, Well Informed Decisions at City Hall

On June 21, 2017, my Motion requesting administrative reports be available publicly a minimum of four business days before Committee meetings was debated at the monthly City Council meeting.  Ultimately, my Motion passed, but the Public Service will first be studying...

Poor Decision Making Process at City Hall – Time to Fix

Poor Decision Making Process at City Hall – Time to Fix

Poor Decision Making Process at City Hall - Time to Fix Councillors pressured into making multi-million dollar decisions in condensed time frames Office of Councillor Lukes - Media Release - June 19, 2017   Councillor Lukes is calling to change the amount of time...

Information Sharing – Problem Solving & The Cost to Taxpayers

Information Sharing – Problem Solving & The Cost to Taxpayers

At the May 24th meeting of City Council, I brought forward a Motion requesting the opportunity to schedule a meeting with the City's Departmental Directors if I required additional information on a report prepared for discussion at a Standing Policy Committee...

Working Towards Making Positive Change

Working Towards Making Positive Change

Honoured to Hold Position as Councillor By: Janice Lukes - South Winnipeg-St. Norbert City Councillor Ward Report Canwest Community News    Posted: 05/23/2017   I was elected by the citizens of South Winnipeg-St Norbert to be your representative at City Hall and...

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...

Seeking Accountability and Transparency at City Hall

Seeking Accountability and Transparency at City Hall

"We are going to have a much more inclusive council than we’ve ever seen before," he said.  - Brian Bowman at City Council Inauguration Meeting, November 4, 2014  (Winnipeg Free Press)  "Mayor Brian Bowman abandoned a promise to change the way EPC members are...

Restricting Information to Select Members of City Council

Restricting Information to Select Members of City Council

Of all the blogs I’ve been writing since being elected in 2014, please find the time to read this one in detail. It highlights how information to make informed decisions on behalf of Winnipeg tax payers is being restricted at City Hall. I welcome your questions and...

Calling for a Civic Governance Review

Calling for a Civic Governance Review

WHAT IS GOVERNANCE? Simply put, governance* is the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented).  Good governance has eight major characteristics. It is: participatory consensus oriented accountable transparent...

People, Projects, Partners and Process

People, Projects, Partners and Process

It's not about people, projects or development partners – it's about process.  Process matters. Proper process determines comprehensive, solid, well-informed decisions and results. As a Winnipegger, I was actively engaged with issues at City Hall 14 years BEFORE being...

People, Projects, Partners and Process

Civic Governance & Operational Review & Performance Assessment Motion

On October 26, 2016, Councillors Wyatt and Eadie brought forward to City Council a Motion speaking to Civic Governance, Operational Review and Performance Assessment: Civic Governance and Operational Review and Performance Assessment Motion Appendix A to Motion...

Internship Program – Councillor Janice Lukes

Internship Program – Councillor Janice Lukes

Internship Program:  Office of Janice Lukes, Councillor for South Winnipeg–St. Norbert Ward, City of Winnipeg We are now accepting applications for our January–April, 2016 session Application deadline is December 12, 2015 The South Winnipeg-St Norbert Councillor...

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...

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...

My Actions to Improve Accountability and Transparency

I am aiming to improve accountability and transparency by: 1. Providing information to keep Winnipeggers fully informed (through my office, website, newsletters, social media, and working with other Council members to do the same); 2. Encouraging public participation...

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City Councillor
Waverley West Ward
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