La Barrière Parc

La Barrière Park is not located in the Waverley West ward, but is a nature lover’s paradise located just minutes away and waiting to be discovered by the growing population of South Winnipeg! I have been exploring this park for the past 20 years and it still holds many surprises for myself and my family!  This 323 acre (84 hectares) park hugs the banks of the La Salle River, just outside the southern edge of the City of Winnipeg. See Discover La Barrière Parc for directions and further details about the park’s amenities.

Waverley West Parks, Pictures & Prizes Challenge

Waverley West Parks, Pictures & Prizes Challenge

https://youtu.be/KNlHapVUKhc   We have over 248 hectares of parks and open spaces just in the Waverley West ward! That is equivalent to 500 Canadian football fields!! Some are formalized parks, with park identifications signs, and have amenities such as...

Use of Retention Ponds for Recreational Activity

Use of Retention Ponds for Recreational Activity

There are 44 retention ponds in the Waverley West ward. For years, residents have been skating on these ponds. I brought forward a Use of Retention Ponds for Recreational Activity motion to have the public service to do a cross jurisdictional review on the use of...

Snow & Ice Removal Update

Snow & Ice Removal Update

Good update on snow and ice removal status this morning (Dec 23) by Manager of Streets Maintenance. Thanks CJOB for covering! https://youtu.be/0GQjYwd2YXg SPECIFIC to Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater, Prairie Pointe, South Pointe and streets that are prone to snow...

Happy Yalda – Video

Happy Yalda – Video

Happy Yalda to our Iranian friends who are celebrating the winter solstice festival on the longest night of the year!  

Updates on Skating – Video

Updates on Skating – Video

Updates on skating!  Excellent video explanation by Mr. Jay Shaw, Assistant Chief of Emergency Management – City of Winnipeg. The City and Province have clarified regulations around skating on public rinks: Signs will be put up at facilities, clearly indicating the...

Life Safety Message – Video

Life Safety Message – Video

This is a very important life safety message from Mr. Jay Shaw, Assistant Chief of Emergency Management – City of Winnipeg. Some may not agree with the message, but it’s important people are aware of the potential hazards associated with retention ponds....

Impact Fees Now Being Refunded

Impact Fees Now Being Refunded

UPDATE: December 2, 2020 I’ve been receiving many calls from residents asking for assistance in dealing with homebuilders and the return of impact fees. For the record, and noted below, this was an ill-conceived plan by the Mayor and we are all now having to deal with...

SKATING on RETENTION PONDS

SKATING on RETENTION PONDS

Residents have been asking about skating on retention ponds. The beautiful ponds/lakes behind our homes or near neighbourhood parks. Please read this carefully: There are 44 retention ponds in the Waverley West Ward. These ponds are part of the land drainage system...

Crime Prevention in Waverley West – Video

Crime Prevention in Waverley West – Video

I’ve been holding off on releasing this video on Crime Protection in Waverley West – hoping for a day where the Covid news isn’t so shocking, but we are in a Covid crisis situation and no time seems to be the right time. And apologies, discussing crime protection is...

Job Opportunity

Job Opportunity

Reaching out to my network to see if anyone is interested in an IT job opportunity. Pembina Active Living 55+ is seeking a developer/designer to help with their IT technical needs, which is even more necessary during the current pandemic. Please review the job...

SEEKING VOLUNTEER  – Winnipeg Library Advisory Committee

SEEKING VOLUNTEER – Winnipeg Library Advisory Committee

The City has positions available on the Library Advisory Committee for residents who live in the Waverley West, St James and Charleswood- Tuxedo- Westward wards. IF you are interested in volunteering on the committee and providing advice related to library matters –...

My November 2020 Newsletter

My November 2020 Newsletter

Check out my November newsletter – topics on community gardens, cannabis houses, traffic calming on Hawstead Rd, crime, local Remembrance Day video & more! Sign up for future newsletters by registering at Councillor Lukes’ E-Newsletter.

Virtual Remembrance Day in St Norbert

Virtual Remembrance Day in St Norbert

Remembrance Day this year will be very different as we follow the COVID 19 Provincial Health guidelines. I encourage you to ‘tune in’ to the St.Norbert “Virtual’ Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11th, at 10:45 am. The St Norbert Remembrance Day Organizing...

Residential Cultivation of Cannabis

Residential Cultivation of Cannabis

Photo Credit: CBC UPDATE – Nov 26, 2020: Council members unanimously supported the motion I and Councillor Eadie brought forward. Now, the Winnipeg Public Service is directed to report back to Council within 120 days with options legally available to the City to...

IMPACT FEES – October Update

IMPACT FEES – October Update

Photo Credit: CTV UPDATE from City of Winnipeg’s Director of Legal Services: Nov 5, 2020 Final details with respect to the refund process are being completed. This includes the process itself as well as the formulas that will be used to determine the amount of each...

Bison Drive Build Out

Bison Drive Build Out

Since elected in 2014, I estimate I’ve brought forward over 40 requests to have engineers in Public Works study traffic issues ranging from: Traffic calming (speeding) Installing stop signs (due to increased traffic volumes) Installing turning signals (arrows in...

Transit Expansion – Southwest Winnipeg & Beyond

Transit Expansion – Southwest Winnipeg & Beyond

The City is seeking resident’s input on many projects that were underway before Covid-19. Covid-19 is making the public engagement process more difficult, so I will be sending focused messages to residents on issues directly related to Waverley West.  To see all the...

Community Gardens are Coming to South Pointe Neighbourhood in 2021

Community Gardens are Coming to South Pointe Neighbourhood in 2021

Are you interested in having a garden plot? Better book it now! I know there are a lot of keen gardeners in our community, but have no idea how many are interested in having a garden plot for the 2021 growing season. I have a feeling there will be high demand – so if...

Parents / Caregivers:  School Travel Survey

Parents / Caregivers: School Travel Survey

UPDATE: Oct 29, 2020 Thank you to EVERYONE who filled out the survey! We had a SUPER response rate and we are working through sifting and sorting the data. We will be posting a summary of the data for each school in early November, and then discussing the data results...

Amber Flashing Lights, Leadership & Governance

Amber Flashing Lights, Leadership & Governance

Photo Credit: Brett Purdy/CBC The loss of a $1.7M gift of amber flashing lights is representative of a far greater problem at City Hall. This is just one example of many that has resulted in a negative impact on the tax payer. (list below) In my short time at City...

PARENTS – Transportation To and From Schools

PARENTS – Transportation To and From Schools

COVID is presenting significant transportation challenges for students attending schools. Pembina Trails School Division is responsible for transporting students who live further than 1.6 km. from the school, and the City is responsible for providing transportation...

Road Safety Plan – Phase One

Road Safety Plan – Phase One

The City is launching a year long project to develop a Road Safety Plan with the goal of implementing short-term solutions and long-term investments over the next 3-5 years and beyond.   What is a Road Safety Plan ? Quite simply - a detailed plan of actions that...

Seeking Advisors – Waverley West Active Transportation Group

Seeking Advisors – Waverley West Active Transportation Group

I am seeking people who are interested in being part of an ‘Active Transportation Advisory Group for Waverly West.’ I’d like your advice on many active transportation topics! Are you a parent who wants / needs your child to walk or cycle to school, and would like to...

UPDATE-South Winnipeg Recreation Centre – Video

UPDATE-South Winnipeg Recreation Centre – Video

The development of Waverley West is fast approaching 45,000 people, and soon will be larger than the City of Brandon! Currently, with no gymnasiums, few meeting places, or any aquatic facilities, the new recreation centre is a much-needed addition to the community!...

Neighbourhood Liveability By-laws – Video

Neighbourhood Liveability By-laws – Video

A short video to help residents understand some liveability by laws that protect our infrastructure & keep our neighbourhoods beautiful!   [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://janicelukes.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/123456789.mp4"...

Slower Speed Limits in Waverley West

Slower Speed Limits in Waverley West

Much work / study and analysis has been done by City engineers in determining revised speeds on certain streets in the Waverley West ward. Signs will be installed notifying drivers when the speed reduction goes into effect. For additional details on these streets and...

Happy Canada Day – Video

Happy Canada Day – Video

Happy Canada Day! In these extraordinary and changing times, I am so thankful to be living in Canada. To be sure, we have many historic challenges to work through and together we will! We are Canadians! Wishing you and your family and friends an incredible Canada Day!...

Homelessness in South Winnipeg – What to do ?

Homelessness in South Winnipeg – What to do ?

Homelessness is an increasing concern in Winnipeg and for communities across North America.  Media is covering many stories on camps being set up throughout the City, and the increase in use of the overnight shelters.  In South Winnipeg camps are being set up in...

My November 2020 Newsletter

My June 2020 Newsletter

Check out my June newsletter with updates on 2020 parks, pathways, road construction and more! Sign up for future newsletters by registering at Councillor Lukes’ E-Newsletter.

2020 Parks Update

2020 Parks Update

We have many parks and open  greenspaces in the Waverley West ward. Each year Councillors meet with the Parks department and review upgrades that need to occur. In the Waverley West ward, the majority of parks are maintained by the City Parks department, but, some are...

Replacement of Sod – Bridgwater Lakes & Bridgwater Forest

Replacement of Sod – Bridgwater Lakes & Bridgwater Forest

The sod around the Bridgwater Lakes Fountain, the Bridgwater Lakes park / soccer field and the Bridgwater Forest park/soccer field is being replaced this summer. Construction has started in Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Forest will occur shortly after. Existing sod...

Traffic Calming: Your Street and Neighbourhood

Traffic Calming: Your Street and Neighbourhood

I receive many calls from resident who want to know how to calm the speeding traffic on their residential street and in their neighbourhood. In many cities throughout the world, the speed limit is reduced to 30 km/hr on residential streets to calm traffic. Winnipeg is...

Open Letter to Parents – Bridgwater Speed & Racing

Open Letter to Parents – Bridgwater Speed & Racing

This message is for everyone, but is directed to parents  with a request that you talk to your kids about the deathly dangers of speed. In my graduating year, two classmates died when a powerful car they were passengers in crashed and rolled. The following year, when...

Traffic Study – Yellow Advanced Flashing Lights

Traffic Study – Yellow Advanced Flashing Lights

Currently, the City and Province allow 4 seconds for a green light to transition to red. The light is green, it changes yellow and remains yellow for four seconds, and then the red light comes on indication ‘stop’. The yellow transitional time is different in many...

My November 2020 Newsletter

My May 2020 Newsletter

I’ve prepared a brief but informative E-newsletter on the impacts COVID-19 is having on our City and in the neighbourhoods of Waverley West. Read May 2020 Newsletter Sign up for future newsletters by registering at Councillor Lukes’ E-Newsletter.

Gradual Opening of City Facilities

Gradual Opening of City Facilities

Starting Monday, May 4th, the City will be gradually opening facilities. I've provided the information Council has received below. Now, I will be frank on a couple of issues that concern me: 1. The pandemic is NOT over. I am very very concerned that people will think...

Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up

Over the next 5-6 weeks the City is conducting its annual spring clean-up of streets, pathways, parks, boulevards and more! To find out when  your street will be cleaned, check the Street Cleaning Map  or download the Know Your Zone app. Local neighbourhood groups...

Please Slow Down

Please Slow Down

The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically changing our recreation and transportation activities; transit service has been reduces, many recreation facilities are closed, and as a result, there is much more interaction with pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles on the streets...

Reduced Transit Service & Low Income Pass

Reduced Transit Service & Low Income Pass

Reduced Transit Service COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 72% reduction in ridership, over this same time in 2019. Winnipeg Transit has reduced transit service by approximately 30%. Transit officials believe this reduction in service of 30% is the right amount...

Spring Cleanup in Progress

Spring Cleanup in Progress

Spring cleanup is in progress for the next 5-6 weeks! City cleanup activities, including removing sand, debris, and litter that accumulated on public property over the winter months, and cleaning our parks are now in progress.  Download the Know your Zone App or check...

Physical Distancing: Education & Enforcement

Physical Distancing: Education & Enforcement

The pandemic is not over, and physical distancing will be in place for many months to come. It is critically important that everyone follows the Provincial Health order to stay two metres (6ft) apart. Education: On April 11th , the City launched the Community Service...

2020 Waverley Street Construction

2020 Waverley Street Construction

Phase two – and completion of Waverley Street is underway! Please see attached letter sent to residents 2020 Waverley Street Construction. If you have any accessibility concerns or requirements, or general questions about the project, please contact: Brad Cook of...

Councillor Lukes’ Videos on COVID-19

Councillor Lukes’ Videos on COVID-19

COVID 19 is making us physically distance ourselves from each other. I hope these videos build on the connection we had before COVID-19 – and help to create new connections! April 27, 2020: Please slow down!  [video width="1280" height="720"...

THANK YOU Front Line Workers!

THANK YOU Front Line Workers!

A huge shout out to ALL the front line workers in this COVID-19 pandemic! Healthcare, Fire, Ambulance, Police, Grocery Clerk’s, Child Care Workers, Transit Operators, etc. -so so SO many people doing all they can to keep us safe! THANK YOU! Our Pembina & Bison...

Message from Councillor Lukes

Message from Councillor Lukes

To the residents of the Waverley West Ward: There is an incredible amount of information coming from all directions – and I want residents to know I am available to attempt to answer any questions you may have. WHAT do you want to know from your City Councillor over...

23 Year Old Identifies $4.3 M Transit Error

23 Year Old Identifies $4.3 M Transit Error

How does a 23-year-old student union President find a $4.3 M ‘miscalculation’ in the City of Winnipeg budget and save the U-Pass program? This is a long blog full of information - for people who aren’t already in information overload (!?!). It’s an incredible...

Direct Impacts on South Winnipeg if Universal Buss Pass is Cut

Direct Impacts on South Winnipeg if Universal Buss Pass is Cut

As a member of Council, who was not part of the months-long daily budget deliberations, I was not able to have any direct input into many decisions made in the proposed four-year budget (2020-2023) It is only AFTER the draft budget is released that I and six other...

WATCH VIDEO: Fire Hall for Waverley West

WATCH VIDEO: Fire Hall for Waverley West

  We are moving forward on a Fire Hall in Waverley West. The City has commissioned a report which identifies priority needs in our rapidly growing Waverley West. I am genuinely pleased to be working with the United Firefighters of Winnipeg and the City to ensure...

New Fire Station in Waverley West – 2023-2024 Construction

New Fire Station in Waverley West – 2023-2024 Construction

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) has developed a strategic direction based on three foundational reports to help ensure current and future service demands are met.  For a summary of the 2020 Strategic Direction, view the 2020 Strategic Direction Detail. Fire...

Older Adults – ‘Making Connections’ in South Winnipeg

Older Adults – ‘Making Connections’ in South Winnipeg

I’m very pleased to be involved with a brand NEW Pembina Active Living 55+ (PAL) initiative called “Making Connections”! While South Winnipeg is a growing community of many young families, we also have a very large and growing population of older adults, many who are...

Two New Schools in Waverley West

Two New Schools in Waverley West

The Provincial Government is constructing two new schools in Waverley West. Pembina Trails School Division recently held an open house presenting plans and catchment areas.  For full details, see Pembina Trails New Schools.  The new South Winnipeg high school Will...

Impact Fees Should Pay for New Fire Hall

Impact Fees Should Pay for New Fire Hall

Photo Credit: Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files   The City has published the most recent financial update on the Impact Fee Reserve Fund, which identified that Waverley West new home-owners have contributed a total of $10,259,521.00 to the Impact Fee Reserve...

Investing in Waverley West Ward

Investing in Waverley West Ward

Thank you to the Sou’wester for providing space to update residents on important community issues. I look forward to seeing shovel’s on the ground for this recreation campus! By: Janice Lukes — Waverley West Councillor Ward Report Posted: 01/22/2020 Winnipeg South MP...

Snow Removal on Pathways in Waverley West

Snow Removal on Pathways in Waverley West

Been out walking on the pathways in Waverley West this winter? Notice that they are now being plowed?  Many residents called me over the years to ‘clear the pathways’! Just over three years ago, I made a motion to investigate the cost and logistics of clearing...

April 12, 2020: Transformation Transit Is Coming to Southwest Winnipeg

April 12, 2020: Transformation Transit Is Coming to Southwest Winnipeg

Photo Credit: CBC I’ve long been a supporter of improving transit in Winnipeg. During the 2014 election, I campaigned on supporting the construction of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway. Today, Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway (SWT) is in testing and training...

The ‘Next New Neighbourhood’ in Waverley West

The ‘Next New Neighbourhood’ in Waverley West

I find the development process, whether it be construction of buildings, transforming empty fields into neighbourhoods, or the planning of community amenities a fascinating and complex process. So much development is happening in our community and I like to share as...

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

Over the next few months, Animal Services will be focusing on patroling in Waverley West. By-law officers will be frequencing the parks and walkways in the ward ensuring pet owners are complying with the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law. Pet owners must remove their...

Discover La Barrière Park

Discover La Barrière Park

La Barrière Park is not located in the Waverley West ward, but is a nature lover’s paradise located just minutes away and waiting to be discovered by the growing population of South Winnipeg! I have been exploring this park for the past 20 years and it still holds...

Reconstruction Of Waverley Road To La Barrière Park

Reconstruction Of Waverley Road To La Barrière Park

A long time coming, the $2.5M re-construction of Waverley Rd starts this year! There will be much construction over a two year period, but according to projected plans, Waverely will remain open at all times. This was a recent update (May 27, 2019) from the Public...

2019 Plans For Our Parks

2019 Plans For Our Parks

I recently met with the Parks department for our annual review of the parks, playground and greenspaces in the Waverley West ward, and to set plan for upcoming park improvements. IF there are improvements to parks that you don’t see listed here but would like to...

Expansion Of Cricket In South Winnipeg

Expansion Of Cricket In South Winnipeg

This is an outstanding project that I’ve had the honour to work on with the Manitoba Cricket Association and community leaders. The addition of these two new cricket fields is a significant step forward towards the advancement of cricket in Manitoba. Thanks to the...

NEXT STEPS: La Barrière Park

NEXT STEPS: La Barrière Park

BACKGROUND On September 24, 2015, Councillor Mayes (St. Vital Ward) and I held an open house to gather input and ideas from the community on how to improve La Barrière Park. With the growth of Waverley West, La Barrière Park has the potential to become a more heavily...

La Barrière Park – Public Consultation on Improvements

La Barrière Park – Public Consultation on Improvements

Please join me and Councillor Mayes (St. Vital Ward) for a community discussion on Thursday, September 24 regarding improvements to La Barrière Park. Located just west of the community of St. Norbert, at 4403 Waverley Street, this scenic spot is a great place for...

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City Councillor
Waverley West Ward
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